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

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When shopping for windows for your restoration or new construction project, you naturally 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 Memphis area home.
  2. The windows you pick can make a positive difference in your overall level of comfort and energy consumption.
  3. The material and durability of your windows can have a positive cost impact on the long-term value of your Memphis area home if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to investigate the style and function options available, you will be pleased with your purchase and love the pleasure of gazing through your new windows for decades.

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

  • How will my new windows look? Don’t forget 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. Stand inside and study the view carefully; does the style, color and type of opening (crank shaft or sliding) work with your home’s décor? 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 properly judge if the style of replacement window you are considering fits with the look of your Memphis home.
  • How much expected energy savings can I expect with these windows? Learn the data 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 grade the insulating value of windows. The best windows have low U-values to help keep out extreme temperatures. Compare efficiency ratings beforehand to help reduce heating and cooling expenses and maximize your investment.
  • How will my new windows function? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to try out the functionally of your choice of window before you choose one. Is it easy to open and close the window? Will the window be easy to clean? Will the window hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be an exit from the home during emergency situations in case of fire, make sure it opens easily and provides an adequately-sized opening.
  • How will you install the windows? Installing your windows is either added into 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 Memphis area can be unpredictable. 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? The color you select can reflect your style and increases the overall appeal of your Memphis home. Some window producers 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.
  • How much does a quality window cost? 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. 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 Memphis area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 901-401-9399.