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The Best Windows for Your Region

Investing in the right type of window — and window glass — for your region can help cut down on energy costs and keep your home more comfortable year-round.


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

Find the Best Window & Glass Types for Your Region

Just like shoes are made for certain environments — flip flops for the balmy beach and boots for the bitter cold of winter — windows are made for certain geographic regions.

It’s important to make sure your home is outfitted with the right kind of windows and doors. The right products will withstand your region’s weather and help you stay comfortable throughout the year.

Best Windows for the Northeast

Window Types: Single-Hung, Double-Hung, Casement, Sliding

The predominant classical architecture of the northeast makes it a great region for traditional window types, like single- or double-hung windows. If your home leans more contemporary, however, casement and sliding windows with clean, uninterrupted sightlines will help you achieve the look you want.

Type of Glass: Advanced Comfort Low-E, NaturalSun Low-E

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 extreme temperatures outside where they belong. For those brave enough to weather the bone-chilling temperatures of the far northern United States and Canada, your windows 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 help you create a home that's as energy efficient as possible.

Best Windows for the Northwest

Window Types: Bay or Bow, Casement

The Pacific Northwest is known for its natural beauty, and with the right windows, many homeowners can get a striking view of their surroundings. Opt for sweeping bay or bow windows or rows of large casement windows to bring the beauty of the outdoors inside. Another idea: Consider a patio door. Pella’s multi-slide patio doors expand your horizons by eliminating barriers and opening your home. Our favorite thing about these impressive doors? With both a wall pocket and stacking option, these doors can be tucked completely out of sight, so nothing will stand between you and the outdoors.

Type of Glass: InsulShield Advanced Low-E

The Pacific Northwest is no stranger to cool, wet weather. Keep the chill and the precipitation out with InsulShield® Advanced Low-E glass which insulates well from the cold. This type of thermal protection offers exceptional energy efficiency.

Best Windows for the Midwest

Window Types: Casement

Because of the high winds that can whip through the Midwestern plains, experts recommend casement windows, which are more resistant to blustery weather. Because there’s no dividing sash, casement windows form a complete seal when fully closed, helping to better insulate Midwestern homes from extreme fluctuations in temperature.

Type of Glass: InsulShield Advanced Low-E

In regions that experience both extreme heat and cold, InsulShield® Advanced Low-E glass is an excellent choice as it insulates well from both the cold and heat. This type of thermal protection offers exceptional energy efficiency. Dual- or triple-pane vinyl or fiberglass windows will also help provide better insulation than a single-pane window would.

Best Windows for the South

Window Types: Double-Hung

Much like the Northeast, the South’s charm and traditional architectural styles make double-hung windows a great, symmetrical choice, although any type of operable window will provide Southern homeowners the opportunity to take advantage of cooling breezes. To complete the traditional look of your windows, select a traditional grille pattern to go with your window.

Type of Glass: SunDefense Low-E

Homes in southern states experience mild winters, but need a trusty sidekick when hot, sticky summer shows up. Our SunDefense™ Low-E insulating glass with argon features a unique Low-E coating made of three layers of thermal protection to greatly reduce solar heat gain while maximizing visible light – so you can beat the heat all summer long and keep your cooling costs down.

Best Windows for Coastal Regions

Window Types: Bay or Bow, Casement, Sliding

Similar to the Northwest, sweeping bay or bow windows or rows of casement windows will offer the most natural light. Casement windows, when closed completely, provide a very tight weather seal, helping protect your home from wind and water. Sliding windows are also an expansive, airy option for your coastal home’s enclosed porch or patio. 

Type of Glass: Impact-Resistant Glass

Windows with impact-resistant glass are key in coastal regions, because they offer a barrier against potential storms, hurricanes and high winds. With an exceptionally strong polymer interlayer that’s placed between two sheets of glass, our impact-resistant window glass is reinforced to withstand intense winds.

Pella has windows designed specifically for protection from hurricanes and strong storms. Pella Hurricane Shield Series offers products that have been rated for use in the High Velocity Hurricane Zone (HVHZ) and meet the most stringent requirements. With automatically locking hardware, simply close and lock our products — no additional storm preparation is required for these windows.60

Pella Defender Series windows offer protection from strong storms. These high-performance impact-resistant windows are a great option for coastal homes.

Could your windows be in need of replacement? Learn how to tell when it’s time to upgrade or connect with your local Pella representative to discuss the best options for your home.

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