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Why choice is so important in replacement windows

When you update your home exterior, the changes will be with you for years. The products you pick need to fit your family’s specific needs. That’s why you should be able to choose from multiple options: multiple brands, multiple styles and multiple materials. This is especially the case when you’re choosing replacement windows.

The windows you choose will affect your family in many ways. Your window choices can affect what kind of maintenance you’ll need to provide, how energy efficient your home will be, and even how you’ll be able to let in fresh air. Windows also play an important role in your home’s beauty and curb appeal.

That’s why when you are shopping for new windows, you should work with a company that can offer you a wide variety of options. Some providers may only offer a few choices. Make sure to work with a company who can show you many kinds of replacement windows.

Here are some of the choices you should be able to make:

  • What frame material would you like? Wood, vinyl, fiberglass or composite?
  • What style do you want? Bay windows, sliding windows, casements, picture windows … the list of possibilities continues.
  • What brand do you prefer? How about Andersen, Lindsay, Weather Shield, or Infinity from Marvin?
  • What features do you choose? Double pane, triple pane, low-E coatings?

For your family, it may be especially important that windows are low maintenance, strong or energy efficient. The right company will help you find just the options you are seeking.

At MEI, we believe in the Power of Choice. We offer high-quality brands and a wide range of styles. Whether you want wood windows to suit a historic home, efficient windows to conserve energy, or a beautiful picture window to gaze through, we can help you. We’ll listen to your needs and walk you through your options. When you work with us, you’ll feel confident you have the information – and the choices – you need to find just the right windows for your home. Come see us in Osseo to learn more about your options.


What kinds of windows will you be glad to have this winter?

In fall and winter, it’s so nice to be able to gaze outside from a warm, cozy home. The materials and features you choose in home windows can have an impact on energy efficiency. So when you’re shopping for windows, what should you look for? Here are some window materials and features that can help your home be energy efficient this winter – and next summer.

Energy-efficient frame materials
If helping your home conserve energy is a focus for you, here are some window frame materials to look for:

  • Fiberglass. In addition to being smart about energy, fiberglass frames are low maintenance. They’re also strong.
  • Vinyl. Vinyl window frames are cost-effective and easy to take care of, in addition to helping you use energy wisely.
  • Wood. Wood window frames take some maintenance, but they are beautiful to look at and a sound choice for energy efficiency.

Features to seek
In addition to choosing a frame material, you can also look for certain window features that help you with energy conservation. Here are some features that can help keep extreme temperatures outside:

  • Low-E (low emissivity) coatings
  • Double or triple panes
  • Argon gas between panes

Windows with ENERGY STAR® certification can also help you feel confident you’re making an energy-efficient choice. And, it’s smart to choose a quality brand. Andersen, Lindsay, Weather Shield and Infinity from Marvin offer great options.

Minnesota Exteriors offers a variety of window brands and styles – and the experience to help you find what you’re seeking. We understand how important it is to conserve energy. Come visit us at our Osseo showroom, or give us a call. We’ve served Minnesota families for 70 years, and we’ve earned an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website. Tell us about your home and interests. Let’s talk about how we can help keep your home beautiful and comfortable, season after season.


Home window technology to make your home more comfortable

Quality windows have features carefully designed to improve your home. This technology can help you save money on energy costs – and keep your home more comfortable and secure. As you shop for home windows, here are some features you may see.

  • Double or triple panes. When you look through a window, you’re often looking through more than one pane of glass. As you can guess, double-pane windows have two panes and triple-pane windows have three panes. This is all in the name of energy efficiency.
  • Argon gas. Sometimes panes of glass will have Argon gas between them.
    This makes your window an even better insulator.
  • Low-E coatings. Low-E refers to low emmisivity. A Low-E coating is a layer over the windowpane. This layer helps return heat where it came from – in other words, it helps indoor heat stay inside and outdoor heat stay outside. And, Low-E coatings can also help reduce UV rays.
  • Warm-edge spacers. Spacers separate panes on double- or triple-paned windows. Warm-edge spacers cause less of a long-term issue with condensation than older versions did.
  • Interlock. When sashes and frames interlock, they have a system to fit together especially well.
  • Extrusions. When you see the term “extrusions” or “extruded”, it means pieces were formed by pushing material through a “die”, a cut-out mold.

Another term you’ll encounter as you shop for windows is: U-factor. U-factor refers to the transfer of heat. It has to do with a window’s ability to insulate. A lower U-factor means better insulation.

Some features may be useful for your family; others may not. We’re here to help you decide which kinds of windows would be helpful for you. Give us a call, schedule an appointment, or visit us in our Osseo showroom. We’ll walk you through your options and help you find the windows that are right for you. A third-generation, family-owned company, we want you to be happy with your choice for the long term.


Six questions to consider when choosing home windows

When you’re choosing new home windows, you’ll encounter a variety of materials and styles. To help you make a good long-term decision, it’s smart to specify what you’re really seeking. Here are six questions to ask yourself when shopping for new windows. Understanding your needs will help you find the options that are the best fit for you.

You’ll want to decide …

  1. How important is energy efficiency to you? If conserving energy is a high priority on your list, consider features such as LowE glass, double panes and a layer of Argon gas between panes.
  2. What kind of maintenance do you want to provide? If you’re willing to spend more time on maintenance, take a look at beautiful wood frames. If you’re looking for more low-maintenance window frames, consider vinyl or fiberglass.
  3. How strong does the frame need to be? If you need an especially strong window frame, such as for a large picture window, you may want to consider fiberglass.
  4. How much money do you want to spend? If you are looking to keep your initial costs down, vinyl windows may be a smart option.
  5. What suits the look of your home? Choosing frames that complement the rest of your home can make your residence even more beautiful.
  6. How will you want to open the window? Are you looking for a window style that slides open, or would you prefer to turn a crank to open it? Do you want to be able to open the window on both the top and bottom, or just one side? Or does it even need to open at all?

When you’re shopping for windows, you deserve many choices. That’s why at Minnesota Exteriors, we believe in the Power of Choice. In our spacious showroom, you can choose from multiple brands. We’ll help you evaluate your options in a friendly, no-pressure atmosphere. Stop in to see us, request a free estimate or give us a call. We’re happy to help you choose home windows that suit your needs.


Why are vinyl windows so popular?

If you’re looking for replacement windows, chances are good you’ll be considering vinyl window frames. Why is vinyl so popular? It has to do with convenience and efficiency – and cost.

Here are some of vinyl’s strong points:

  • Low maintenance. When you buy vinyl window frames, you won’t have to worry about painting them. They’re also easy to clean.
  • Energy savings. Vinyl windows are better at insulating than some other types of frames.
  • Value. Vinyl windows are often less expensive than other materials.
  • Variety. You can find vinyl window frames in a world of different styles, including casement windows, sliding windows, picture windows or double-hung.

With their easy maintenance and affordable price, vinyl window frames can help you feel good about replacing your windows. Vinyl window frames may have helpful features such as:

  • Low E glass to help block UV rays and keep heat where you want it
  • Multiple chambers inside, which make frames stronger
  • Tilt-in sashes that make cleaning more convenient
  • Sophisticated latches
  • Easy lifting
  • Energy Star approval
  • Thorough weatherstripping
  • Multiple seals
  • Spacers between layers of glass, to help conserve energy
  • Beveling on the outside frame, for an elegant appearance
  • Manufacturer warranties

When you work with us to buy your windows, you’ll feel confident you’ll receive a quality product that will be well-installed. In addition to manufacturer warranties, we also offer a warranty on installation: our Lifetime Workmanship Warranty. With an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau website, you know we’ll provide conscientious, skilled service.

Vinyl window frames have many advantages, but wood, composite and fiberglass windows also have their strong points. We’re happy to walk you through the options and help you decide which material is best for you. Give us a call or visit us at our Osseo showroom. We’ll ask you about your home and show you several choices. We’ll help you find the right windows for your family’s needs.


Time for home window installation? Four brands you should know

When you’re choosing new windows, select a quality product that will last a long time. Buying a reputable brand can help you avoid needing window work again in the near future. When it’s time for home window installation, here are four brands to consider.

Andersen
Andersen is a well-known, trusted brand of windows and doors. Andersen Corporation has won ENERGY STAR® awards relating to energy efficiency. The company has been in business for more than 100 years.

Infinity from Marvin
If you’re looking for strong, low-maintenance window frames, you’ll want to consider Infinity from Marvin. These products are made from Ultrex fiberglass. Ultrex is very tough. Window frames made from Ultrex are so strong that the frames may not have to take up as much space; you could have more windowpane and less frame.

Weather Shield
Weather Shield has been around for more than six decades. The company emphasizes innovation, a wide selection of options, and energy efficiency. It’s a family-owned company with an eye on quality and lasting relationships.

Lindsay Window & Door
Lindsay is another family-owned company. It provides high-quality vinyl windows. Lindsay looks to provide great value for its customers, rather than the cheapest prices.

Some home improvement companies only offer a few brands to choose from – or maybe only one. Minnesota Exteriors is different. We offer our customers a wide array of brands. We’ll help you find the brand, style and material that’s the perfect fit for your needs.

The next step
After choosing a quality product, make sure your windows are installed correctly. We can help you with that, too. In addition to manufacturer warranties, we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installation. When you purchase new windows from us, you can rest assured you’ve made a smart investment.

Call us today or come in for a free consultation. We’ll take the time to get to know you, and help you find the right windows for you.


What are the best windows for your house?

Whether you’re choosing replacement windows or building a new home, a certain question is bound to come up: What are the best windows for your house? The answer depends on your unique needs. Here are some of your options for window styles. Which styles sound good to you?

  • Picture windows bring in sunlight and beauty, but cannot be opened.
  • Bay windows are when smaller windows are put together to form a geometric shape that juts outward, somewhat like a half oval. They make a great space for window seats.
  • Sliding or gliding windows open easily to the left or right.
  • Single-hung windows have one sash you can push upward or downward. They have another sash that stays still.
  • Double-hung windows give you two sashes to move up or down.
  • Casement windows are attached to the frame on one side, and can open out on the other. You use a crank to open them.
  • Awning windows are attached to the frame on the top, and can be pushed out on the bottom.

As you decide which window style to choose, consider … what would be the most comfortable way to open a window in that location? And, what about cost or energy concerns? How will you clean the windows? Appearance is also a factor. Beautiful windows can add to a home’s curb appeal.

Home windows are a long-term investment. You should be able to choose from a wide variety of options. Some companies only sell a few brands. But at Minnesota Exteriors, we give you the power of choice.

When you visit our showroom, you’ll be able to choose from many high-quality brands such as Lindsay, Infinity from Marvin, Andersen and Weather Shield. We offer an array of window styles. Tell us about your home and interests. Our experts will take the time to learn about your lifestyle and priorities. We’ll help you pick the right model for you.


What to consider when it’s time for new window installation

Maybe you’re building a new home or doing long-awaited remodeling. Or maybe you’re replacing older frames and sashes. Whatever the reason, when it’s time for new window installation, you have choices to make. One question is: What type of frame material should you choose? Here are some factors to keep in mind  – and some materials it’s smart to know about.

Factors to consider

When you choose new window frames, some of the most important qualities to consider are:

  • Maintenance. Find out how easy it will be to clean and maintain your new windows.
  • Strength. Do frames have what it takes to keep your window panes in place?
  • Durability. How will frames hold up against Minnesota sun, snow and rain?
  • Energy efficiency. Will frames help keep summer heat – and winter cold – outside? When your air conditioner or furnace is working hard, will windows help keep the temperature comfortable inside?
  • Appearance. How well will your new windows blend in with the rest of your home? Do they increase your home’s curb appeal? Can they be painted if you want a color change in the future?
  • Value – and price. Consider long-term value – and what will fit in your budget right now.

As you keep these qualities in mind, here are some frame materials to evaluate:

  • Trends come and go, but wood frames are always beautiful.
  • Fiberglass frames may be more expensive than some other materials initially. However, they are low-maintenance and stand up well against extreme temperatures. Ultrex fiberglass windows by Infinity from Marvin replicate the appearance of wood with modern features, low maintenance and long-lasting performance.
  • If you’re looking for energy efficiency, you may want to consider vinyl windows. They are also low maintenance.

When you’re choosing window frames, you deserve to have many options. Minnesota Exteriors offers a huge selection of brands and materials. We’ll work with you to help you find the right fit for your home. Contact us today to learn more.


Bay Windows: Adding a World of Benefits to Your Home

luxurious bay windows

Bay Windows are one of the most striking window types available. The brainchild of a Victorian architect, their tasteful design is still a standard of elegance.  Bay windows tend to be more expensive than most other types of windows. But they make up for it with beauty that can make a regular home more distinctive. Bay windows are an eye-catcher. They add to a home’s outside appearance, and also improve its inside atmosphere; they add a picturesque view and cozy nook to any room.

The most recognizable aspect of bay windows is that they have a main window frame in the middle, with two supplementary windows at an acute angle on either side.

Some of the main benefits of bay windows are:

· Charm

These windows add a touch of grace and old world charm to your home. They add a distinctive touch that makes your home unique and pleasant.

· “Curb Appeal”

Curb appeal is a property’s beauty as viewed from the street. Bay windows can increase a home’s curb appeal. A house with bay windows could have a higher asking price than other properties in the same neighborhood.

· Extra Space

A bay window provides an excellent view and a cozy place to sit. It’s the perfect nook to enjoy a cup of coffee or a good book – or to just look out the window and dream.

· Light

Almost all bay windows are built in three-window clusters. This structure allows light to come in from three directions simultaneously.

· Air

Since most bay windows are basically three windows in one main frame, opening them invites fresh air.  A bay window with a wire mesh screen is the perfect antidote to a stuffy room.

There was a time when bay windows were mostly found in nineteenth-century structures. Now they can be found in many brand new residences. To learn more about bay windows, contact one of the friendly folks at Minnesota Exteriors. We’ll be glad to discuss them with you further.


What You Need to Know About Energy-Efficient Windows

window efficiency through new windows

Installing energy-efficient windows is a significant investment. But in the long term, it can pay for itself. It can also make your home more beautiful and comfortable. Here is what to keep in mind as you consider window replacement.

Types of Energy-Efficient Windows

There are certain window designs that are inherently more efficient than others. Here are some common ones.

· Picture Windows

These windows don’t open. That may sound strange, but they work great in some areas. Further, they come in different sizes and shapes, which allows you to get creative with your designs.

· Casement Windows

Casement windows are perfect for windy weather. They are attached to the frame by one or more hinges.

· Double-Hung Windows

This type of window has two sashes sliding vertically up and down in the frame. They can be opened wide, either from the top or the bottom.

· Slider Windows

Slider windows have at least one operating window gliding along the track. They are a modern option that gives a contemporary touch to your home.

· Stationary Windows

These types of windows do not open, but they can be customized in many shapes and angles.

Other Factors to Keep in Mind

Here are some other topics to consider as you look for energy-efficient windows.

· Insulated Glass and Gas-Filled Windows

“Insulated glass” means that the panes of the window are separated by air in the center and edges, providing greater thermal efficiency. Ultimately, a good thermal insulation glass will help you save money with low energy bills.

Gas-filled glass is another modern window technology. It seals gas between the panes of the glass. The gas used is a better insulator than air, increasing the window’s thermal value.

· Low-E Glass

You may have heard about Low-E glass. Low-E stands for low emissivity. This means the glass is coated with clear material acting to cut the transmission of rays that come from outside the house. Low-E glass also improves the thermal efficiency of the window. It helps prevent the damage caused by ultraviolet rays, and cuts glare. If you live in an area with warm weather, low-E windows can make a difference in your air conditioning bill.

· Price

Cost is one of the first factors that will jump out at you. But remember, you are making a long-term investment, so also consider quality and functionality.

· Energy Star Label

If a product has a blue Energy Star label, you can feel confident that it is energy efficient.

There are several factors to consider when looking for energy-efficient windows. Feel free to consult with one of our experts at Minnesota Exteriors. We will be happy to learn about your needs and recommend some good options for you.