As the end of 2017 draws near, you may be thinking of New Year’s resolutions. As you plan what you’d like to achieve in 2018, remember to think about your home exterior. What maintenance or projects would you like to complete in the new year? Here are seven smart goals for your home.
1. Make sure your attic has effective insulation. This can help prevent ice dams. If you’re not sure how well your attic (or the rest of your home) is insulated … 2. Have an energy audit done. An energy audit can help you discover what you can do to make your home more energy efficient. Then the savings can really add up. 3. Prepare an emergency kit for your home. Hopefully you won’t have to use it, but stored supplies come in very handy if there is a power outage. From Elk River to Eden Prairie, it’s a good idea to pack away some flashlights, blankets, water and non-perishable food. And remember supplies for your pets! 4. Keep your gutters clear and in good repair. Whether or not water can successfully drain away from your home can make a significant difference in your home’s well-being. 5. Clean your siding – and entry doors. Giving your home exterior a good wash can help it look fresh and bright. 6. Have your roof inspected. Winter snow and summer rain can make an impact on shingles. It’s wise to find damage and repair it before it becomes worse. 7. Clean windows and check for leaks or cracks. The world looks so much brighter through clean windows. And keeping windows well-sealed and maintained can help you conserve energy.
Your home is such an important part of your life. So while you’re making goals for the New Year, remember to plan what you’d like to do with your home. Perhaps it’s time for new siding, windows or roofing. Whatever your needs, let us know how we can help. A trusted company, we’ve helped Minnesota families improve their homes for 70 years. We can help you keep your home beautiful and well-maintained in the new year.
Are you thinking of making home improvements in the new year? From colorful siding to updated windows, there is a world of options available. Here are five home exterior trends you may see in 2018. Which ones would you like to see on your home?
1. Scenic doors and windows. Larger doors and windows can help you get more sunshine and feel more connected with the great outdoors. Not to mention, they give you a more beautiful view. 2. Energy conservation. Products are available that help conserve energy – and were also manufactured in a way that keeps the environment in mind. 3. Colorful window frames. Window frames don’t need to blend in with the rest of your home. Bright or dark window frames can add a fun touch to your home exterior. 4. Intriguing textures. Siding is available in many textures: vertical and horizontal, the look of shingles or lap siding. Why not use a few different choices for your home? 5. Low maintenance requirements. You can have lovely siding or windows without needing to sacrifice your weekends taking care of them.
Updating your home exterior can make your house more efficient, as well as easier to care for. New siding, roofing or windows can also increase your home’s curb appeal. But even as you look at new trends and choose the newest products, make sure to look for old-fashioned service and commitment. Choose a home exterior company that can provide skilled installation. Find out what warranties a contractor provides – and ask how long they have served your geographic area.
At Minnesota Exteriors, we can provide both new trends and old-fashioned service. When you work with us, you’ll be able to select from multiple brands. You can choose styles and features that truly suit your home. And you can feel secure that your products will be properly installed; we offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installations. Whether you live in St. Michael or St. Paul, come browse our large Osseo showroom. You’ll find beautiful new styles and dedicated, knowledgeable service.
Windows and doors are a necessity, but they can also give your home originality. And, they can help protect your home and keep your energy costs down. You have options available to you that can make your home even more inviting. Here are six features that can help make your Minnesota windows and doors something really special.
• Sidelights. Do you recall seeing tall rectangular windows to the left and right of a front door? These are sidelights. Sidelights are a stately touch that guests can see right away when they arrive.
• Transoms. Transoms are the small windows you may see directly above doors. Transoms can allow more light to enter your home. Sometimes they have long horizontal shapes, or sometimes they are made of multiple panes. Available in many forms, they can add elegance to your home.
• Shutters. A classic look, shutters could be a charming addition to your home exterior. When you’re choosing shutters, look for models that are low-maintenance. That way, you can enjoy shutters’ appeal without having to spend as much time taking care of them.
• Colors. A fun trend is to make your windows and doors more colorful. Feel free to take a look at brighter (or darker) tones than you have considered in the past. Vivid window frames and doors can provide an appealing contrast to your siding.
• Storm doors. From Becker to Brooklyn Park, Minnesotans understand the need for protection against the weather. Storm doors can help conserve energy. They can also help keep your front door in great shape.
• Energy-smart windows. Features such as double and triple panes can help you keep your energy bills down. Also look for Low-E coatings, and windows that have Argon gas between the panes. Conserving energy can help the environment … and your budget.
When you’re choosing windows and doors for your home, you deserve lots of choices. You need to be able to find the styles and features that best suit your needs. That’s why at Minnesota Exteriors, we carry multiple high-quality brands. We want you to find products that will be assets for your home.
Come visit our Osseo showroom. We’ll help you find windows and doors that suit your home well. From shutters and storm doors to sidelights and transoms, we can help you find the right extra touches for your home.
These days, you may be hanging colored lights for the holidays. But how about your windows? You can hang festive decorations on them. But how do you get them clean first? Here are some tips for cleaning your Minnesota windows in winter. From Plymouth to St. Paul, cleaning your window panes can make your home even brighter.
Washing windows in cold weather
When washing your windows, the golden rule is to follow manufacturer instructions. But here are some general tips that can help you make your window panes gleam:
• Pick the right time of day: Do not clean windows while they are receiving direct sunlight.
• Begin by wiping off dust.
• As you wash your windows, you may want to wear thin rubber gloves, like you could wear for washing dishes.
• Unless the manufacturer specifies another option, you can try using windshield cleaner mixed with water as a cleaning fluid. Some manufacturers may want you to use a regular glass cleaner, or a mixture of water and gentle detergent. But remember …
• Mind the temperature: Hot water does not belong on cold window panes.
• Squirt your cleaner on a window, then you might use a squeegee tool. Pull the squeegee tool from top to bottom. Or, some manufacturers recommend utilizing a gentle brush, rag or even a sponge.
• If the liquid pools along the edges, use a paper towel to clean it up.
• Manufacturers may specify: Do not let your windows air dry. You might use a squeegee or rag.
• Also, do not use razor blades or harsh cleaners on your window panes.
Making your windows shine can help you welcome holiday guests to your home. Fresh, clean windows can also help you make the most of the sun we receive.
If you have questions about home windows – or if your home might need some newer, more efficient frames and panes – give us a call at Minnesota Exteriors.
We carry respected brands of windows in many styles, and we’ve served the Twin Cities for decades. You can feel secure that we’re an established company, ready to help you with knowledgeable advice and high-quality products.
Your home looks especially beautiful during the winter. White flakes decorate the trees, and your house seems warm and cozy. But in the winter, window issues can be particularly problematic. Inefficient windows can increase your energy bill – and allow chilly breezes inside. And other window issues could be happening, as well. Here are five signs your Minnesota windows may need some attention.
1. It’s tough to get them closed – or open. If you find yourself tugging just to shut your windows, your windows may need some help. They could need cleaning. Some small parts may need replacing. Or, if you have wood window frames and the weather is humid, the frames may have swollen up. 2. Curtains are blowing in the wind. If the wind huffs and puffs outside, do your drapes inside move around? That’s a sign your windows have some leaks. 3. You can feel the cold air even behind thick walls. Drafts are some of the clearest signs of issues. Sometimes it’s a matter of fixing the weatherstripping. Or sometimes, the window panes may be inefficient. 4. You can see issues from outside, too. If you safely can, check out your windows from the great outdoors. Inspect where your window frames meet the outside walls. Do you see openings? You likely have some leaks. 5. Water is leaking inside. Water inside your home is never a fun sight to see. It could be due to a number of issues.
Whether you live in Becker or Brooklyn Park, you want your windows to be performing well. This is especially the case in winter. Give us a call if you have questions about your windows – or if it may be time for some new ones.
At Minnesota Exteriors, we have the experience to address your questions and help you find the solutions you need. We’ve been in business for 70 years, and we carry respected brands such as Weather Shield, Infinity from Marvin, Lindsay and Andersen. A trusted company, our priority is to help you keep your home cozy and comfortable, season after season.
Minnesota weather definitely takes some preparation. Whether you live in Blaine, Fridley or Plymouth, it’s smart to plan ahead for our cold winters and scorching summers. One of the ways you can prepare for Minnesota’s range of seasons is to purchase the right windows for your home. Windows can help keep extreme weather outside. They can also help you enjoy a crisp breeze on a fall day. Here are three qualities to look for as you’re choosing home windows in Minnesota.
1. Energy efficiency. No doubt about it, one of Minnesota’s defining characteristics is extreme weather. Choosing energy-efficient windows can help you keep your home more comfortable in winter and summer. Energy-efficient windows can also help keep your heating and cooling costs more reasonable. Seek features such as double or triple panes, and Low-E coatings. 2. A style that suits your needs. If you love to welcome a breeze in your home, think about how you want to be able to open your windows. If you would like a window to open out on one side, consider casement windows. If you prefer sashes that you can open on both the top and bottom, look at double-hung windows. Another choice is sliding windows: They are a great way to let in lots of fresh air. We need to enjoy pleasant temperatures while we have them! 3. Skilled installation. Choosing your new windows is the first step. Then, it’s important to make sure they’re installed correctly. Take the time to research your home exterior company. Check their Better Business Bureau rating. And find out what kind of warranties they offer: In addition to manufacturer warranties, look for a warranty on installation. You want to make sure that if there are any issues with your windows’ installation, your home exterior company will make it right.
At Minnesota Exteriors, we’ll help you find energy-efficient windows that suit your lifestyle. We carry respected brands such as Weather Shield, Andersen, Lindsay, and Infinity from Marvin. And our skilled installation crews will make sure your windows are installed properly. We offer a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on installations, so you can rest secure we’ll stand behind our work. A third-generation, family-owned company, we’ve seen plenty of Minnesota winters. We want to make sure your family is cozy and comfortable, too.
Wood window frames have a charm all their own. They add a sense of elegance and warmth to your home. They take some maintenance, but the effort can be well worth it. Here are four tips to help you enjoy your wood window frames year after year.
1. When you purchase new windows, hang on to the user guide. Take the time to read through the manufacturers’ guide to your windows. Store it in a place where you can easily find it later. The guide should explain in detail how to care for your particular product. 2. Keep them clean and sparkling. Wipe down wooden window frames with warm water. You can use gentle dish soap if you’d like, just be sure to wipe the frames again afterwards to make sure the soap is gone. Follow any manufacturer instructions. You may want to dust the frames as well, before washing them. 3. Clean panes before frames. While you’re cleaning window panes, the dust, dirt or cleaning product can escape onto frames. So clean panes first and frames second. 4. Give your windows a regular check-up. Is paint flaking off? Wood window frames need paint or stain in good condition. Is the wood cracking? Cracks may call for some filler. And, how about the outside caulking? Make sure your window is all sealed up. And, although it’s not fun to say, it’s smart to check wood windows for signs of rot.
With regular maintenance, wood window frames can add a lovely touch to your home and last a long time. Plus, they are strong insulators.
To learn more about your frame options, visit us at Minnesota Exteriors. We have a large selection of wood frames and can talk with you further about their advantages and maintenance. We can also discuss vinyl and fiberglass frames with you. When you visit us, you’ll find high-quality brands and a variety of styles. Whatever your needs, our priority is to help you find a frame material that’s both beautiful and a good fit for your lifestyle.
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.
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.
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.