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Looking for New Windows in Your Des Moines, IA 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 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 look and feel of your Des Moines area home.
  2. The type of windows you select can make a significant 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 resale value of your Des Moines area house if or when you decide to sell.

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

What areas should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Des Moines home?

  • What do they look like? Don’t forget that your family and guests are going to see 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 current style? Will you be able to easily open the window for cleaning? Will I need to control the amount of sunlight shining in through the window? And don’t neglect to stand outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering complements with the architecture of your Des Moines home.
  • How much expected energy savings can I expect with these windows? Learn the facts relating to your windows that relate to their energy efficiency. Items to consider are U-values and Low-E insulating glass with argon windows, and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values identify the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Identify efficiency ratings as you conduct your research to help reduce heating and cooling spending and maximize your investment.
  • Is it convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to try out the functionally of a window before you choose one. Does the window open and close smoothly? 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 coverings undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency exit in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
  • How will you install the windows? The installation of your windows is either blended 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 will you maintain your windows? The weather in the Des Moines area varies often. 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 .
  • What color and hardware options are available? Color options can reflect your style and adds to the overall appeal of your Des Moines home. Some manufacturers offer a small selection of exterior color choices. Figure out what restrictions are in place for the windows you may purchase. In addition, that latches and handles complement the style of your home and coordinate with other hardware options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and cabinetry.
  • What is the price? The philosophy ”you get what you pay for” applies to many products, and windows are no exception. The least expensive windows may not be your best buy. Windows are an investment in your property. The type of window you select should be based more on performance than on price.

We invite you to visit Pella at the Des Moines area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 515-219-7723.