Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Picking Out Windows And Doors With Pella

My husband and I are building a new home currently, and one of the most important aspects of the house for me are the windows. I love natural light. The more the better! My whole house layout had to work around the most natural light coming into my kitchen during the day (no joke).
So when it came down to picking out the windows ( and also a set of French doors), I was pretty darn picky.
That's why we decided to go with the Pella Windows and Doors 350 Series.
We wanted Vinyl over Wood or Fiberglass windows, and we loved all of the features that comes with the Pella 350 Series.

Watch the video below to see all of the features the Pella 350 Series has to offer.

My husband is a licensed contractor, so he is very familiar with windows, doors, and measurements. I was afraid I'd be left in the dust trying to understand everything that goes into window selection, but  Sheri (my Pella rep from our local showroom), made the whole process pretty darn easy and explained everything to me. 

Here are some helpful hints when picking out your windows and doors.
  1. Know your budget!!!! There is no point in picking out things you know you can't afford. The good news is Pella has windows, doors, blinds and shades that can fit anyone's budget. 
  2.  Make a Pinterest board of the styles you love. What shapes do you want? What style of grilles do you want. Search for "kitchen windows", "living room", "bedroom", etc. and pin your favorites.
  3. Figure out what kind of windows you want. Do you want double hung, casement, awning, slider, fixed, etc. Not sure on terminology, start HERE.
  4. What kind of material do you want the windows to be made out of? Pella offers Wood, Vinyl or Fiberglass. Thankfully Pella offers the Window and Door Design Tool that walks you through the process of choosing the perfect window or door for your needs. Pella also offers many different types of glass and hardware for your windows and doors, so keep that in mind.
  5. How important is energy efficiency to you? (it should be). Pella offers energy options that are just right for your climate no matter what area of the country you live in.
  6.  Work with an expert. Regardless of whether you'll do the job on your own, it helps to talk to a home improvement store rep, independent contractor or manufacturer's installer. This is where Sheri, our Pella showroom rep, came in. She was so helpful! 
  7. Find a retail showroom. Pella has more than 200 locations that only focus on windows and doors – You can see the products and get the expertise you need for your project.
 As I mentioned above, my husband is a licensed contractor with Gladden Construction.
He, our Pella rep, and myself all sat down and picked out the windows and doors that will go into our home.
As a contractor, Jamie appreciated being able to see grille patterns, window proportions, and the ability to change something on the spot with the rep's computer program.
He felt it would be a big help to the client, as most people can't visualize what their windows and doors will look like. I can agree with this, as it really helped me to see what each window would look like, and what our French doors will look like.

My husband and I decided on the Pella 350 Series Windows and a Proline Double Inswing Door that will lead to our back patio.  The majority of our windows are double hung, with grilles on the top halves. We also have sliding windows, transoms above the casement windows in the kitchen and breakfast nook, and three, fixed circle windows.

Here are two examples of the windows that will go in our home.
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So when it comes to picking out quality windows and doors, Pella offers everything you need to help with the process. Take a deep breath and know you are in good hands. You can do this! Pella can help!

Disclaimer: My blog is currently partnered with Pella, and I received discounted windows and doors. However, the thoughts and opinions expressed in this blog post are solely that of my husband and myself.


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