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

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

When purchasing windows for your restoration or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, ponder these facts:

  1. Windows can impact the interior and exterior character of your Bedford area home.
  2. The windows you pick can make a positive difference in your overall level of comfort and energy consumption.
  3. The construction of your windows can have a positive cost impact on the overall value of your Bedford area residence if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to research the style and function options available, you will be delighted with your purchase and appreciate the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for decades.

What questions should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Bedford home?

  • What do they look like? Consider the fact that your family and guests are going to look through your replacement windows most often from in the home, not outside of it. Stand inside and study the view carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s interior? Can you reach the window in order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through the window? And don’t neglect to stand outside from multiple viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the architecture of your Bedford home.
  • How much expected energy savings can I expect with these windows? Get the statistics relating to your windows that relate to their energy efficiency. Specifics 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 your estimated energy savings beforehand to help reduce heating and cooling expenses 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 any window before you decide to purchase it. Can you open or shut the window easily? Is the window accessible enough to clean inside and out? Does the window hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window blinds or shades undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
  • Who will install the windows? The installation of your windows is either included with the overall purchase price or calls for an independent 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.
  • How easy is it to clean your new windows? The weather in the Bedford area can be unpredictable. The appearance of your windows can be impacted negatively by wind, sun, rain and snow. Consider low-maintenance options like aluminum cladding or in-between-the-glass grilles for an easier way of keeping your windows clean and looking great for years.
  • What color and hardware options are available? Color selection reflects your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Bedford home. Some window companies offer limited exterior color choices. Determine what restrictions are in place for the windows you may purchase. Don’t forget, that latches and handles complement the style of your home and coordinate with other hardware options in your home, such as cabinets, faucets and even appliances.
  • What is the price? 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 encourage you to visit Pella at the Bedford area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 603-228-3352.

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