Replacement windows are arguably one of the most important investments you’ll make as a homeowner, so why not choose quality the first time? After all, the benefits you receive are likely to result in a favorable return on your investment. Minnesota’s 1st Choice suggests considering these factors when choosing your new windows:
- Window Frame. Your window’s framing material will affect its energy efficiency, durability and longevity, so it’s important to select one that can satisfy your home’s needs. Wood and vinyl are two of the most popular materials today, and for good reason. Wood has a unique and beautiful look that goes great with a wide range of home styles. It also has insulating properties that effectively resist heat and cold for a more comfortable interior. Vinyl, on the other hand, is known for its excellent low-maintenance properties and low cost.
- Glass Type. Thanks to recent advancements, you now have a wider range of choices when it comes to window glass. Low Emissivity or Low-E glass has an extremely thin and virtually invisible layer that reduces the amount of heat absorbed by your home, leading to better energy efficiency and lower energy bills. This is a great glass type for windows in areas that experience high sun exposure, as well as for patio and entry doors. Meanwhile, impact resistant glass can offer exceptional durability that can withstand extreme weather conditions and impact.
- Warranty. Manufacturer warranties vary in coverage and length. As this is your investment’s main protection, be sure to choose a warranty that covers all aspects of your new windows, including the material and the installation. Carefully examine the contents of the warranties before making your decision.
- Installer. Like your roofing system, your new windows need to be properly installed in order to provide their best benefits. We recommend looking for the windows that you want first and then finding a contractor with manufacturer training and certification. This ensures they have the right skills and equipment for a flawless window installation.
Minnesota’s 1st Choice offers high-quality windows from Marvin® and Andersen®. Call us today at (507) 200-4422 to learn more about our window replacement services. We serve Apple Valley, Albert Lea, Owatonna and nearby MN communities.