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Looking for New Windows in Your Cape Cod, Massachusetts Home? Pella has Tips to Help Make the Right Choice

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When shopping for windows for your remodeling or new construction project, you obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of choices, ponder these facts:

  1. Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior character of your Cape Cod area home.
  2. The windows you pick can make a drastic difference in your home’s energy bills.
  3. The material and durability of your windows can have a positive cost impact on the resale value of your Cape Cod area home if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to research the style and function selections available, you will be delighted with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of looking through your new windows for many years.

What factors should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Cape Cod home?

  • What do they look like? Don’t forget that you are going to see your replacement windows most often from the inside of your home, not the outside. Observe your current windows or opening from inside and study the view carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s décor? Can you reach the window in order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? How does the sunlight appear during the morning and afternoon? And remember 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 Cape Cod home.
  • What is the energy efficiency rating of the windows I am considering? 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 measure 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 bring down heating and cooling expenses and make the most of your investment.
  • How will my new windows function? Just like purchasing a car, it is important to try out the functionally of a window before you settle on one. Does the window open and close smoothly? Will the window be easy to clean? Does the window hardware (or the crank handle) fold away in order to leave window coverings undisturbed? If the window will be a means of exit in case of fire, confirm that it opens easily and offers an adequately-sized opening.
  • How will you install the windows? The installation of your windows is either added into the overall purchase price or involves 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 Cape Cod 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 is available in terms of color and hardware options? Color selection reflects your style and increases the overall appeal of your Cape Cod home. Some manufacturers offer limited exterior color choices. Identify what restrictions are in place for the windows you want. In addition, there are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware options in your home, such as cabinetry hardware, faucets and other fixtures.
  • How much will you pay? Quality windows come at a price. The least expensive windows may not be your best buy. A quality window will be energy efficient and offer years of beauty and performance.

We encourage you to visit Pella at the Cape Cod area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 508-638-5897.