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The Best Windows for Your Region

Window needs across the country vary greatly.

Just like shoes are made for certain environments – flip flops for the balmy beach, and boots for the bitter cold of winter — window styles and materials are made for certain geographic regions.

Outfitting your home with the right type of windows and doors can help ensure that your money won’t fly out the window once the snow or rain starts falling outside. And, you’ll stay more comfortable inside, too.

No matter which area of the country you live in, Pella offers region-specific window options that are just right for your home and region’s unique style. Here’s your guide to shopping for the best windows for your location.

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Northeast Windows & Considerations

The predominant classical architecture of this region makes it a great place for traditional window styles, like a single-or double-hung window. If your home is contemporary, however, casement and sliding windows will help you achieve the look you want.

When it comes to glass, if you live in the northern part of the United States, you need something a little more insulated if you want to keep the cold of winter and the heat of summer out. Our AdvancedComfort Low-E insulating glass with argon blocks more of the sun’s rays and keeps the winter outside where it belongs. For those brave enough to weather the bone-chilling temperatures of the far northern United States and Canada, your windows may need glass that insulates from the cold while letting the sun’s rays in. Our NaturalSun Low-E insulating glass with argon is specially designed to allow more passive solar heating in the winter to help you create a home that's as energy efficient as possible.

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Northwest Windows & Considerations

The Pacific Northwest is known for its natural beauty, and with the right windows, many homes can offer a striking view. Opt for sweeping bay or bow windows, or rows of large casement or single-hung windows to let the beauty of the outdoors inside. Our InsulShield® Advanced Low-E glass insulates well from both the cold and heat, offering exceptional energy efficiency.

Midwest Windows & Considerations

Because of the high winds that can whip through the Midwestern terrain, experts recommend casement windows, which are more resistant to blustery weather. InsulShield® Advanced Low-E glass insulates well from both the cold and heat. This type of thermal protection offers exceptional energy efficiency.

Western Windows & Considerations

For the desert Southwest, look for windows that feature a low U-Factor number, a low SHGC number, and a high VT number. This will ensure your window lets in the right amount of natural light while reducing solar heat. Our SunDefense glass with argon is the best choice to achieve this in your home. This type of glass reflects out light and heat, giving you window sun protection that will reduce your interior’s exposure to UV light.

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Southern Windows & Considerations

Much like the Northeast, the South’s charm and traditional architectural styles make double-hung windows a great, symmetrical choice. To complete the look, select a traditional grille pattern to go with your window.

Homes in southern states need a trusty sidekick when summer shows up. Our SunDefense™ Low-E insulating glass with argon features a unique Low-E coating made from three layers of thermal protection to greatly reduce solar heat gain while maximizing visible light – so you can beat the heat all summer long.

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Coastal Windows & Considerations

Similar to the Northwest, sweeping bay or bow windows, or rows of casement windows will offer you the best views. Hurricane windows with HurricaneShield® impact-resistant glass are very important in this region, because they offer a barrier against potential storms, hurricanes and winds. With an exceptionally strong polymer interlayer that’s sandwiched between two sheets of glass, our HurricaneShield window glass is reinforced to withstand intense winds.

Canada Windows & Considerations

With cold weather being prevalent in the Canadian provinces and territories, be sure to purchase double-paned windows and consider upgrading to triple-pane windows, which feature a tight seal and can keep cold weather from getting into your home.

Could your windows be in need of replacement? Learn how to tell when it’s time to upgrade.


This article was written by

Kolbie Creger, Social Media Specialist

An Instagram enthusiast and tiny house fanatic, Kolbie is a member of the Pella Marketing team, focused on social media and brand strategy. In true Iowa fashion, her free time varies by season. You can find her in the gym coaching high school basketball throughout the winter, attempting to roller blade through downtown Des Moines in the spring, and sipping iced coffee on the back of a boat every other chance she gets.

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