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Looking for New Windows in Your Nashville, TN 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 obviously want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. As you make this important decision, consider these facts:

  1. Windows can dramatically change the interior and exterior appearance of your Nashville area home.
  2. Your window choice can make a significant difference in your overall level of comfort and energy consumption.
  3. The quality of your windows can have a healthy impact on the long-term value of your Nashville area home if or when you decide to sell.

If you take the time to review the style and function choices available, you will be happy with your purchase and enjoy the pleasure of viewing the outside world through your new windows for years to come.

What items should you consider when purchasing replacement windows for your Nashville home?

  • What do they look like? Consider the fact that your family and guests are going to view 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 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 forget to stand outside from several different viewing positions to determine if the style of replacement window you are considering works with the overall façade of your Nashville home.
  • How energy efficient are the windows? Get the data relating to your windows that impact their energy efficiency. Specifics 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 ratings of efficiency as you conduct your research to help lower heating and cooling costs and make the most of your investment.
  • Is it convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to try out the functionally of a window before you decide to purchase it. Is it easy to open and close the window? 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 treatments undisturbed? If the window will be an emergency 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 included 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.
  • Is it easy to clean and maintain your new windows? The weather in the Nashville 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 choices do you have for color or hardware? Color options can reflect your style and enhances the overall appeal of your Nashville home. Some window producers offer a small selection of exterior color to pick from. Identify what limitations are in place for the windows you may purchase. In addition, there are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and cabinetry.
  • How much does a quality window cost? Quality windows come at a price. The cheapest 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 Nashville area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 615-348-8786.