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Looking for New Windows in Your Beltsville, Maryland Home? Pella has Tips to Help Make the Right Choice

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When purchasing windows for your restoration or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, ponder these facts:

  1. Windows can affect the interior and exterior character of your Beltsville area home.
  2. Your window choice can make a drastic difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
  3. The material and durability of your windows can have a healthy impact on the overall value of your Beltsville area home if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to investigate the style and function selections available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for years to come.

What factors should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Beltsville home?

  • Will my new windows look good on my house? Remember that you are going to see your replacement windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Stand inside and study the view carefully; will the type of window and color fit with your home’s décor? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and afternoon? And remember to stand outside from several different viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the overall façade of your Beltsville home.
  • How much expected energy savings can I expect with these windows? Get the facts relating to your windows that relate to their energy efficiency. Among the issues to consider are U-values and Low-E insulating glass with argon windows, and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values grade the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Compare efficiency ratings as you conduct your research to help lower heating and cooling costs and receive the most value for your investment.
  • Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to open and close a window before you decide to purchase it. Does the window open and close smoothly? How much effort does it take to clean the window? Does the window hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be a means of exit in case of fire, be certain it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
  • How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or involves a third-party contractor. If you are using the services of contractor, it may be smart to inquire about installation price and included services prior to ordering your windows.
  • Is it easy to clean and maintain your new windows? The weather in the Beltsville area varies often. Wind, rain, sun and snow can have a negative impact on the appearance of the glass, especially on low quality windows. Consider low-maintenance options like aluminum cladding or in-between-the-glass grilles .
  • What is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color options can reflect your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Beltsville home. Some window producers offer few exterior color to pick from. Identify what restrictions are in place for the windows you are considering. In addition, there are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware options in your home, such as cabinetry hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
  • How much will you pay? The old saying “you get what you pay for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. The lowest priced windows may not be your best buy. Shop around and compare. Price should be a factor, but not the only factor.

We urge you to visit Pella at the Beltsville area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at (301) 327-3013.