6 Things to consider when choosing new windows

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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.

1. Window Maintenance

Find out how easy it will be to clean and maintain your new windows. If you don’t want to do a lot of cleaning or maintenance, double-hung or vinyl-framed windows may be your go-to. If you don’t mind a little maintenance, opt for wood-framed windows.

2. Window Strength

Do the window frames you’re considering buying have what it takes to keep your window panes in place? This is important to know, to avoid a premature need for window replacement.

3. Window Durability

How will the window frames hold up against Minnesota sun, snow and rain? With extreme weather, durable windows are a necessity. Review different brands to find a durable window option for your home.

4. Energy efficiency

Will the window 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?

5. Window and Frame 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? These are all important questions to ask yourself when deciding on the appearance of your new home windows.

6. Product Value – and price

Consider long-term value – and what will fit in your budget right now. Try to find the right balance between quality products and affordable prices. If you want the highest quality product, but can’t afford it, exterior home financing may be an option with some companies.

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As you keep these qualities in mind, here are some window 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 about our residential services and exterior home financing options.