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8 Benefits of New Windows

Get the biggest bang for your home improvement buck

You’ll have a hard time finding a project that brings as many benefits – and stretches your investment dollar farther – than new windows. Here are some of the benefits you’ll start enjoying from day one:

  1. Increased home value. New windows can return homeowners 71 to 78 percent of the project cost upon resale. 36
  2. Enhanced safety and security. Windows that don’t open easily or are painted shut are more than just an annoyance – they can be a safety hazard, for example when trying to escape during a fire.
  3. Reduced dust and allergens.  Blinds and shades tucked between the panes of glass stay protected from dust, helping to reduce allergens in your home.
  4. Improved comfort. Energy-efficient, well-sealed windows can help reduce cold drafts and hot spots in your home.
  5. Improved energy efficiency. New windows can reduce wear on your furnace and air conditioner, helping you save money by improving your home’s energy efficiency.
  6. More peace and quiet. Insulating frames and triple-pane glass help reduce the noise from traffic, lawn mowers and barking dogs.
  7. An enhanced view. New windows can dramatically improve the beauty of your home – inside and out.
  8. Less time spent cleaning. Today’s windows are designed with convenient features like sashes that tilt in – making it easier to clean places that used to be harder to reach.

How to Choose the Right Window

5 things to think about as you shop

Windows play an important role in framing the moments that matter to you most, making every day a little brighter and more comfortable. With a wide variety of window styles available, you can choose the right one for your home.  As you start shopping, consider these five things to help you focus your search:

  1. Lifestyle.  Keep the people, places, and things in your life in mind as you shop for windows.  Need to keep blinds and shades out of reach of little hands or paws? Do you redecorate frequently? Is there a particular view you’d like to preserve or create? And what about regional considerations – does your area see extreme temperatures?
  2. Budget. Until you have a particular product and installation method in mind, it’s hard to estimate your total cost. When you’re ready to start planning your budget, schedule a free in-home consultation to get a better idea of what a new window will cost.
  3. Material types. It’s important to consider the material type of your window. Here are the most popular options:
    • Wood creates a warm, natural look and can be stained or painted to complement your home’s style.
    • Fiberglass is proven to protect your home against extreme heat and cold, while also offering the look of a painted wood window.
    • Vinyl is energy efficient and offers affordable quality that’s easy on your budget.
  4. Styles. You’ll be able to choose from a variety of styles, including casement, double-hung, bay or bow, awning and more.  If you’re not sure which one to choose, don’t worry – an expert can help match you with the right window.
  5. Features and options. You can personalize your window with options that bring added beauty and performance. Try out different stains and finishes, add stylish nickel hardware, or select windows with blinds, shades or grilles tucked between the panes of glass. Learn more about ways you can customize your window.

9 Styles of Windows

More choices mean more ways to find the right window

A wide variety of window styles and finishes are available. So choosing the right window option will depend on your personal preference, the style of your home, the purpose or function of the window, and your budget. Here are the main types you can choose from:

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Casement

Featured in a wide variety of home designs, casement windows  feature one window that opens from the side using a crank handle. Casement windows offer great ventilation and tight seals for improved energy efficiency and comfort. They’re typically taller than they are wide, and because they swing out, they may not be well-suited to busy pedestrian traffic areas such as decks or front porches.

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Awning

Awning windows  are hinged from the top and open outward from the bottom. They generally have less air leakage because the sash closes by pressing against the frame.

Because of this design, awning windows shed water away from the window opening. They are a good choice for windows that are wider than they are tall.

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Double-Hung

Double-hung windows  feature two sashes in a single frame. The top and bottom sashes bypass each other vertically when sliding open from the bottom up or the top down.

Double-hung windows look best when they are about twice as tall as they are wide and the sashes are equal-sized squares. They are often installed in traditional homes, like those designed in a Victorian or Colonial style.

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Single-Hung

Single-hung windows offer the same features and benefits of double-hung windows with one difference: only the bottom sash opens by sliding upward. The ventilation opening can be adjusted from a small area to one-half of the window area.

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Sliding

Sliding windows, sometimes called gliders or sliders, function just as their name implies – their sashes move side to side.

Sliders are one of the sleekest, most contemporary profiles in windows, and are ideal for installing in hard-to-reach areas, like over the kitchen sink. They also are commonly installed in multifamily buildings and apartment complexes. Sliders are typically available as single-sliding (only one sash moves) or double-sliding units.

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Bay or Bow

A bay window often has a large center window flanked by double-hung or casement windows set at 30- or 45-degree angles. The bow window, similar to a bay window, has four or more equal-size windows, usually casements, joined together to form a graceful curve.

Both bay and bow windows open up the view and give your room the feeling of being larger than it really is. A window seat is a popular addition to any bay or bow window.

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Special Shapes / Fixed

Often selected for decoration or used in combination with other windows, special shape and fixed windows don’t open or vent.

Round, octagonal, elliptical, rectangular, pentagonal, hexagonal and other shapes of windows can be strategically placed to enhance the view or add architectural interest to your home. Create a unique window wall by adding movable windows and small, fixed units, called transoms.

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Transom

Like fixed windows, transoms are most often used in combination with other windows, and can be either venting or fixed units.

They typically are installed above or below the room’s primary windows. They help give the illusion of larger windows, allow in more light and, if venting units, may increase airflow. Transom windows are available in many different shapes, including square, rectangular, half-circle and elliptical.

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Custom

If you can dream it, the right window manufacturer can help you build it. From extra tall to extra wide, from unique shapes to curved frames, or from intricate grilles to stained or beveled glass – the possibilities for your new window are virtually endless.

You can also create a custom look by mixing and matching windows and doors. Start with a single window or door, then add more windows next to, above, or below to create a combination that reflects your personal style.

Combine different sizes, shapes and styles to create a “window wall” – an architectural focal point inside your home and out.

Window Features and Options

Personalize your windows with the features you want

Finishes and colors

If you like color choices, you’re in luck. Windows are available in a wide range of finishes and colors to complement both the interior and exterior of your home. Depending on the product, you may be able to choose from dozens of color options to find the one that’s right for your home.

Between-the-glass blinds

Pella offers wood windows with snap-in technology, which lets you easily change your shades, blinds or grilles whenever you want a new look.  Because they’re tucked between the panes of glass, they won’t harbor dust and allergens like typical window fashions do. 27   And they’re available motorized with Insynctive® technology, so they can be operated via a remote control or from virtually anywhere with a smart device connected to a compatible home automation system. 40

Grilles

Grilles create the individual windowpanes, giving you the most authentic look of true divided-light windows.  There are several window grille types, so you can choose one that best fits your home’s architectural style.  Some grilles-between-the-glass make the window easier to clean, too.

Hardware

Window hardware can be as beautiful as it is functional.  You’ll have your choice of today’s most popular finishes to coordinate with other decorative finishes in your home – such as light fixtures and cabinet hardware.

Trim for wood windows

From Colonial to Craftsman and Ranch to Provincial, you can choose from a variety of interior trim options that give you fresh new ways to frame your view.  On the outside, look for low-maintenance aluminum-clad trim options for wood windows.  The more styles available, the more likely your windows can stay true to your home’s architectural style and decor.

Energy-efficient glass options

Choosing the right glass for your region and your home is as important a decision as any you’ll face when buying windows.  For optimum energy efficiency, choose two or three panes of glass.  And look for windows with Low-E (Low-emissivity) insulating glass with argon between the panes to block more of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.  For maximum energy performance, choose products that meet ENERGY STAR® requirements.

Screens

Window screens are important to your home’s light, ventilation, and view.  Today’s innovative high-transparency screens are practically invisible, which helps you bring the outdoors in. Pella’s retractable screens roll up and down like a shade to maximize your view and allow more light into your room.

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