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Looking for New Windows in Your Salt Lake City, UT Home? Pella has Tips to Help Make the Right Choice

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

  1. Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your Salt Lake City area home.
  2. The type of windows you select can make a measureable difference in your overall level of comfort and energy consumption.
  3. The material and durability of your windows can have a significant impact on the long-term value of your Salt Lake City area residence if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to explore 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 many years.

What questions should you contemplate when purchasing replacement windows for your Salt Lake City home?

  • What do they look like? Consider the fact that your family and guests are going to view your replacement windows most often from the interior of your house, not standing outside of it. Observe your current windows or opening from 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? 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 properly judge if the style of replacement window you are considering fits with the fascia of your Salt Lake City 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. Topics to consider are U-values and Low-E insulating glass with argon windows, and weatherstripping. For instance, U-values measure the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Compare efficiency ratings before you purchase a window to help lower heating and cooling spending and receive the most value for your investment.
  • Will your new windows operate as you expect them to? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to test operating any window before you settle on one. Does the window open and close smoothly? Is the window accessible enough to clean inside and out? Can 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, be certain it opens easily and supplies an adequately-sized opening.
  • What is the installation process? The installation of your windows is either blended with the overall purchase price or requires 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.
  • Is it easy to clean and maintain your new windows? The weather in the Salt Lake City area changes 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 for an easier way of keeping your windows clean and looking great for years.
  • What is available in terms of color and hardware options? The color you select can reflect your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Salt Lake City home. Some manufacturers offer limited exterior color options. Identify what limitations are in place for the windows you want. Don’t forget, there are many window hardware options that should match 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 invite you to visit Pella at the Salt Lake City area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 385-203-8083.