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

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When buying windows for your home improvement or new construction project, you most likely want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you evaluate your options, think about these facts:

  1. Windows can impact the interior and exterior look and feel of your Albany area home.
  2. The type of windows you select can make a drastic difference in your home’s comfort level and energy costs.
  3. The quality of your windows can have a positive cost impact on the overall value of your Albany area house 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 looking through your new windows for years to come.

What areas should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Albany home?

  • How will my new windows look? Don’t forget that you’re going to look through your replacement windows most often from in the home, not outside of it. Stand inside and study the view carefully; will the type of window and color fit with your home’s interior? Is the window accessible for regular cleaning? Can light flow into the home? And don’t neglect to stand outside from several different viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the look of your Albany home.
  • How energy efficient are the windows? Understand the data relating to your windows that influence their energy efficiency. Topics 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. Check your estimated energy savings beforehand to help bring down heating and cooling expenses and make the most of your investment.
  • Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to try out the functionally of your choice of window before you buy it. Can you open or shut the window easily? Will the window be easy to clean? Will 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 offers an adequately-sized opening.
  • What is the installation process? The installation of your windows is either added into the overall purchase price or involves an outside 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 will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Albany area changes 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 choices do you have for color or hardware? Color options can reflect your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Albany home. Some manufacturers offer a small selection of exterior color choices. Figure out what restrictions are in place for the windows you may purchase. Also, that latches and handles complement the style of your home and coordinate 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 cheapest windows may not be your best buy. A quality window will be energy efficient and offer years of beauty and performance.

We urge you to visit Pella at the Albany area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 518-414-5302.