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Looking for New Windows in Your Champaign, IL 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 naturally want to choose the best windows for your project and budget. ponder the number of choices, consider these facts:

  1. Windows can impact the interior and exterior character of your Champaign area home.
  2. The type of windows you select can make a positive difference in your overall level of comfort and energy consumption.
  3. The construction of your windows can have a positive cost impact on the overall value of your Champaign area house if or when you decide to sell.

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

What factors should you think about when purchasing replacement windows for your Champaign home?

  • What do they look like? Remember that you’re going to look through your replacement windows most often from in the home, not outside of it. Picture things in your mind from inside and study the view carefully; is the color, style and type of window suitable with your home’s interior? Can you reach the window in order to clean it or utilize potential accessories? Can light flow into the home? And don’t forget to stand outside from many viewing positions to evaluate if the style of replacement window you are considering fits with the overall façade of your Champaign 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. Among the issues 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 before you purchase a window to help lower heating and cooling spending and maximize your investment.
  • Is it convenient to operate the windows? Just like purchasing your vehicle, it is important to try out the functionally of your choice of window before you settle on one. Is it easy to open and close the window? How much effort does it take to clean the window? 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 provides an adequately-sized opening.
  • How will you install the windows? Installation of 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 Champaign area varies often. 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 in order for you to easily clean your windows and allow them to look great for many years to come.
  • What is available in terms of color and hardware options? The color you select can reflect your style and adds to the overall appeal of your Champaign home. Some manufacturers offer few exterior color options. Determine what restrictions are in place for the windows you may purchase. Also, there are plenty of option to coordinate window hardware with other hardware options in your home, such as faucets, door knobs, hinges, and cabinetry.
  • What is the price? The old saying “you get what you pay for” is especially true when it comes to purchasing quality windows. 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 Champaign area Showroom to learn more about your choices, or give us a call at 217-356-6474.