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Your windows protect and beautify your home.  Homeowners may elect to upgrade their windows to add curb appear, privacy or better energy efficiency.  Other homeowners replace their windows because they are no longer functional.

Replacing your windows can be a daunting task.  There are endless brands, styles, and options.  Since most consumers are not experts in window replacement, they can fall victim to slick sales tactics.

A salesperson may show you a “special feature” to sell their product.  Some of these features include blinds between the glass panes, self-cleaning glass or “special” warranties.  However, you need to be able to read between the lines.  

A poor quality window may include blinds, but do does it have an insulating gas to provide better energy efficiency? Will your salesperson tell you if their product meets or exceeds current Energy Star ratings?  

Self-cleaning windows may sound unique, but this is a common feature that can be added to many windows.

Warranties may give you peace of mind, but what does the warranty really include?  Will a defective window be fixed by a factory qualified technician, or will the repair be done by an unqualified third party?

A reputable contractor will give you all of the information needed to guide you towards the best choice for your home.  They will answer all of your questions, and ask you questions so that they fully understand your needs and budget.  Remember, if a deal sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Pella offers excellent warranties.  To learn more about them, click here.

What to look for when you need to replace your windows.