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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.


Five Reasons to Consider Double Glazed Windows

woman looking outside from behind double glazed windows

Almost all homeowners have single glazed windows in their homes. But with single glazed windows, rooms tend to become hotter during summer months and cooler during winter. This is one reason to consider window replacement. If you want energy efficient windows, consider a double glazed option. Here’s why.

1. You Can Save Money on Energy Bills

Double glazed windows have two panes (or layers) of glass, with a space in between. This reduces the amount of heat entering or exiting. Your house can remain cooler during the summer and warmer during the winter. This can help you save money on energy costs.

2. Your Home Can Have Better Soundproofing

Double glazed windows are thicker and tend to reduce the unwanted noise that enters your home. If your home is near high-traffic roads, noisy neighbors, or an airport, double glazed windows are something to consider. They can help you live in a more peaceful environment.

3. You Can Enjoy Improved Security

When you install double glazed windows, this can improve your home security. These windows are tougher to break completely through, since they have two panes. That’s another way they help you rest a little easier.

4. You Can Reduce Condensation

Condensation can be a serious issue if you live in an older home. Older homes can grow mildew and mold due to condensation. This can rot window frames and affect your family’s health. Double glazed windows can help reduce condensation and excess moisture on window panes.

5. You Can Help Keep Furnishings Bright

We all love sunshine, but when it strikes your furniture day after day, beautiful colors may start to fade. When you have double glazed windows, there are double protective layers, and your home and furnishings are better protected.

To learn more about double glazed windows, contact one of our friendly representatives at Minnesota Exteriors. We can explain how to incorporate energy efficient features in your home.


Top Five Factors Affecting Window Replacement Cost

woman admiring new windows

When it’s time to replace your windows, one of the first questions to pop into your mind is, “How much will window replacement cost?” It’s hard to know for sure until a professional gives an evaluation. But here are five factors that come into play.

· Material

One of the first choices you’ll make as you choose new windows is the material. Fiberglass, vinyl and wood are some of your choices. Each material has its own advantages – and cost. Wood may be one of the more economical options, but this depends on the type of wood you choose.

· Style

There are countless window designs and styles available. Some of your choices include double-hung, casement, awning, and bay or bow windows. Look for an option that suits your home and climate.

· Accessories

Besides choosing a material and style, you can even choose optional features for windows. Accessories such as grilles, artistic glass and special hardware can make your windows more distinctive. However, they can also add to cost. If keeping costs down is a priority for you, opt out of window accessories.

· Window Size

Are you planning to replace a single window, or are you considering replacing every window in your home? Further, how big are the windows? Window size is a key factor in price.

· Installation Cost

Many homeowners would like to install windows on their own, but it is wise to consider bringing in an expert for window replacement. An expert’s help can make installation less stressful. An expert can also make sure windows are installed correctly. Careful installation is a smart investment for the future.

It’s wise to stay within your budget. It’s also wise to choose quality. Get in touch with our experts at Minnesota Exteriors. We can help you make cost-effective window replacement choices that are a sound long-term investment.


What to Know About Sashes and Frames

Are you considering window replacement? Find out what to look for and how windows are made. Window replacement should be a one-time investment, so quality materials are very important – especially in cold climates such as Minnesota. Here is some information to help you.

Sashes and Frames

The frame is the external area of the window which is tied to the opening of the wall, while the sash is the movable panel. The frame holds the sash, and glazing fits into the sash. A window can become a source of heat loss if not constructed properly. So, make sure to choose a knowledgeable provider.

Materials

Here are some different materials from which sashes and frames are made.

· Wood

Wood frames and sashes are an ideal choice for homeowners who seek natural beauty and durability. Further, wood frames and sashes are good insulators. They add structural strength and value to the window. However, they require protection from certain elements to prevent damage. In order to prevent rotting, you need to regularly maintain the wood.

· Aluminum

Aluminum frames and sashes are quite strong, durable and light. Further, this type of frame also resists warping. However, they are not great at keeping heat inside your home. To help with heat loss, make sure there is a break (with a different material) in between the interior and exterior panes.

· Fiberglass

This is one of the newest materials for window replacement. Fiberglass is a durable and very strong material that does not require a lot of maintenance. Sometimes, the frames have a core filled with foam for greater thermal performance.

· Combination

Combination frames are when the frames and sashes are formed with two or more materials mentioned above. They combine the best features of the materials in order to create the best finished product.

For more information about window replacement, please contact our experts at Minnesota Exteriors. They’re happy to help you figure out the best options for your home.


Three Mistakes to Avoid When Replacing Windows

If you are considering energy efficient window replacement, take your time to make an informed decision. There are different types of glass coatings, window styles, frames, and other questions to consider. Here are three common mistakes to avoid – and some information to help you make a decision you can be happy about for years.

Here’s what to avoid:

1. Just using the same type of windows for a replacement

When it comes to replacing windows, choose options that are an improvement. It can be tempting to simply buy the same type you already have, so you don’t have to go through the process of picking something different. But replacement windows are a long-term investment. Take time to look into other types and styles.

There is a world of options available to you. You may find choices that are more energy-efficient or that give your home a, fresh, updated look. Choose windows that suit the design of your home.

2. Not asking questions

It’s normal to feel a little anxious about installing new windows. The process takes time, changes your home, and may disrupt your daily routine for a short while.

Every window installer has their own procedure. So ask lots of questions. Find out the exact process. When you know what will happen, you’ll feel more comfortable. You can also learn if the provider is the type of person you want to work with. You deserve to work with professionals who are courteous, helpful and clear.

3. Looking only for the cheapest price

Window replacement should be a long-term investment. Look for quality materials and lasting value. Once they are installed, you want to be able to enjoy your windows for years. Examine the details and choose the option that will serve you best in the long run.

To learn more about replacement windows, contact the professionals at Minnesota Exteriors. They can learn more about your needs and provide further information.


A Better Room: Picture Windows

enjoy picture windows

Do you want to see spectacular views from inside your home? If so, you may want to consider window replacement. A picture window can be a great way to brighten up your home. You can bring outdoor beauty into your home by installing larger windows. You can enjoy more sunlight and an open atmosphere. Here are more advantages of installing picture windows in Minnesota.

Versatility

When it comes to window replacement, picture windows can be a great option because they offer a surprising number of options. Picture windows come in different sizes. They can be customized for any type of opening. Further, you can choose different color combinations and grille patterns. Windows also come in a variety of materials. Your options may include wood, composite, vinyl and fiberglass.

With so many options available, you can customize your home in a huge variety of ways. If you want better ventilation and beautiful views, you can look for a picture window with casement. You can also find specialty windows in different sizes and shapes. If you want floor-to-ceiling beauty in your home, they are a great option. Speak with the friendly folks at Minnesota Exteriors to find out which options would work best for you.

Sunlight

In addition to a better view, picture windows provide natural light and sunshine. The light brings out the true color in your home. Further, when your home is open to sunlight, you won’t have to turn on the lights as frequently. Sunshine can even help you feel better: It can decrease stress and tension.

Picture windows can give you light, beauty and even a more positive atmosphere. Installing them could be easier than you think. Contact Minnesota Exteriors to find out more about window replacement. Minnesota Exteriors offers trusted brands that are both beautiful and functional.


Four Signs You Need Replacement Windows

Guide to window replacement

Installing replacement windows can reduce your energy bills and make your home more beautiful. But it’s also a significant investment. So how do you know it’s time to update your windows?  Here are four signs it’s time to make an upgrade.

1. Drafts

Do you feel a cool breeze in your home, even when all the doors and windows are closed? If so, there may be a crack in the window glass – or frame. Cracks can cause drafts when you want a warm, cozy home.

2. High Energy Bills

If your energy costs are abnormally high, it may be from a lack of proper insulation in your walls – or an issue with your windows. Your windows may not be doing their job. High energy bills can be a slow drain on your bank account. It may be better to make a one-time investment and install new windows.

3. Difficulty Opening and Closing Windows

Have you tried to open or close your windows, only to find them stuck? Windows can get stuck to the frame because of paint layers.  The paint can keep the window sash from moving.  This is a sign that you should consider replacing the windows.

4. Window Repair and Painting

When your windows reach a point where they are cracked and peeling, it can be easy to think they just need painting. But that may be only a short-term solution. For an efficient approach, you can replace the windows instead of repainting them time and time again. Window replacement can be a long-term solution.

Next Steps

When it comes to replacing windows, the first thing to keep in mind is that you need to hire a credible company. You should look for a company that is certified, reliable and experienced. You want your windows to be a lasting feature in your home – be sure to choose a professional.

Minnesota Exteriors has an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. We’ve offered quality, trust and experience since 1947. We’re happy to discuss your windows with you. Give us a call.


Evergreen Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are as uniquely American as baseball and apple pie. In fact, they are widely considered to be the most common type of windows found all over the USA .

The dividers present on these windows are called ‘Muntins.’  As far as opening this type of window is concerned, there are different modes of operation depending on owner preferences. Some double hung windows are actually a form of ‘sliding windows,’ but unlike most slider windows, they are not operated horizontally, but rather slide up and down on oiled tracks. Alternately, the casement version of these windows is also opened vertically, due to the vertical casements present in these windows. With the passage of time, technology also improved and now many such windows are also available with spring loaded catches so that they can be opened and shut more conveniently.

Some of the advantages of Double Hung Windows include:

· Easily cleaned

Cleaning and maintaining your typical single hung window is not the easiest of prepositions since an opened window makes cleaning its outer pane an awkward operation at best. However, a double hung window is far easier to clean than many other window types, because both its upper and lower panes can be opened for both ease of operation as well as maintenance. The sash (that part of the frame that actually holds the glass pane) is quite conveniently placed on the lower part of the window so as to make opening and shutting the window as easy as it can get.

· Superb ventilation properties

One of the key factors that have served to make these arguably the most popular type of windows available is their unique ability to offer exceptional ventilation in any room they are installed in.  All warm air rises upwards, while cold air due to its greater density tends to be heavier. This is why all that is needed to eliminate stuffiness in a room is to open both the upper and lower portions of the windows simultaneously. This way the colder air from outside would be able to get in while the warmer air would seep out leaving your room cooler than before while being properly ventilated.

· Lower electricity bills

The cooler the room, the lesser the need to switch on your air conditioner, thus lowering the overall energy bills of your household.

· Low chance of accidents

Unlike casement or bay windows double hung windows do not open outwards or inwards, which means it would not be easy to blunder into an opened window in case of a power outrage in the middle of the night.

· Energy efficient design

Double Hung Windows, by their very nature have been created to let in the maximum amount of sunlight possible. Moreover, their ventilation properties in summer help curb runaway energy bills while a multi-layered double hung window in winter can easily trap residual heat and so help keep the room warmer.

· Aesthetically appealing

Such windows are not merely functional but also aesthetically appealing as well and give an old world traditional look to your home.