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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.


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.