When you’re in the process of deciding on new windows for your home, you may have trouble knowing where to begin. New windows are a fantastic way to create a stunning look for your home and add to its curb appeal and overall value, which is why it’s a decision that requires some thought.

At Window World Twin Cities, we specialize in helping Minneapolis and St. Paul homeowners create beautiful exteriors they’ll love. We believe it’s important to make sure all of our clients are completely happy with their replacement windows, which is why we’ll take the time to help you make the right choice.

In this post, we’ll share a complete buyer’s guide to picking out new windows for your home. When you’re ready, we’ll be happy to help you install yours and even help with financing options.

Choosing a Window Contractor

Before you make any other decisions, it’s important to choose a window contractor you can trust. Although it might be tempting to hire a handyman who offers a cheap rate, this decision can end up costing you down the road.

The problem with these fly-by-night contractors is that they often aren’t available to help you if an unexpected problem should arise. They rarely hold the right licensing and insurance, and the windows they install are often constructed and installed poorly.

A trustworthy contractor, on the other hand, has been around long enough to be trusted and is willing to back their workmanship and products with a good warranty. Window World has been in business since 1995, and Window World windows are backed up with a warranty to match the quality workmanship and installation you’ll get.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing to work with a window contractor.

Review Credentials

Official certifications, referrals, testimonials, online reviews; you should be taking all of these variations of credentials into account before enlisting the services of any window contractor.

Go Over Warranties and Contracts

Schedules, budgets, deposits, warranties on all products and installation procedures; all of these various elements to replacement window installation need to be officially squared away (in writing) before a contractor even lays a finger on your home.

Compare Costs

It’s important to get somewhat of a frame of mind as to what you can expect to spend on your next window installation project. Just because a certain contractor is more expensive or cheaper doesn’t necessarily mean they’re ripping you off or providing you a great deal.

Just be aware of the pricing range for typical window contractor services before choosing to go with a specific company.

Considering Energy and Performance

Once you’ve chosen a contractor, it’s time to learn about window performance. One of the most common reasons homeowners replace old or outdated windows is because of poor energy performance.

Older windows are often poorly insulated, which can cause energy costs to add up on your monthly energy bills. Poor window insulation can also make the interior temperature of your home uncomfortable and uneven.

A well-insulated window is about more than just having the right glass. Hallmarks of an efficient window include a high-performance frame, weatherstripping, and glass panes.

Hallmarks of Window Thermal Performance

When you’re comparing windows, be sure to ask about a window’s R-value. R-value is a term that refers to the window’s thermal performance, a necessity in the cold-weather climate of Minnesota.

A high R-value is preferred over a low one and will keep your home more comfortable year-round by working together with your siding and doors to create a thermal envelope.

It’s also important to consider the wind resistance of a window before making a purchase. For example, Window World windows incorporate 22 layers of weatherstripping, a hurricane-rated steel-reinforced meeting rail, and double-strength glass.

The Energy Benefits of Vinyl Windows

A key component in energy efficiency is the material a window is constructed from. Wood windows can contract and expand, causing the wood to warp and become damaged or allowing mildew and mold to proliferate.

High-performance vinyl windows from Window World are one of the best values for the money because they’re both affordable and well-constructed. Cheap vinyl windows available from other window installation contractors are prone to damage and often poorly constructed.

Too often, other contractors install budget vinyl windows with reground vinyl, bulky frames, and shoddy design elements. Window World windows are manufactured with precision corners, constant force balance, maximum glass space, pure virgin vinyl, and special UV inhibitors.

Choosing a Window Design

The style and design of your window may depend on a number of factors, including your budget, your home’s architectural style, and your aesthetic goals. Before you choose which window design is right for your home, it’s important to learn about some of the key differences in window style.

Here is a breakdown of the window styles we offer at Window World!

Double-Hung Windows

Double-hung windows use two sashes, one on top and one on bottom, and open up and down vertically. They generally achieve a more traditional, classic look for your home and are ideal for homeowners looking to achieve better ventilation through their window system, without having to exhaust themselves of routine maintenance.

Casement Windows

Casement windows use a crank to open from the side with a hinge. They also come in a wide variety of custom color and design options, so you can accentuate your home’s appearance and aesthetics without drastically altering the appearance.

Sliding Windows

These windows slide open horizontally. Sliding windows are renowned for their energy-efficiency, typically coming with a high-quality window glazing that provides ultimate thermal insulation, which in turn can do wonders for lowering your energy bill.

Bay Windows

A bay window consists of three or more angled window panes that form a bay by projecting outward. They’re highly recommended for adding a feel of more space to your living environment, providing a panoramic view of your immediate surroundings that’s ideal for letting in more natural light.

Bow Windows

Bow windows protrude out similarly to bay windows, but they form an arch rather than an angled bay. Bow windows will not stick out from the side of your home as far as bay windows generally do, offering less protrusion of your home’s appearance as well as more room to play with customizable design features.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are similar to casement windows. However, the hinge opens up and down. They tend to be more utilized in taller homes, as they can be safely installed higher on walls, as opposed to other traditional types of windows.

Awning windows are great for second or third-story rooms that want to capture more natural light and improve ventilation, while also maintaining a sense of privacy.

Customizable Window Options

Every homeowner or designer fancies beautiful windows that fit into their aesthetic style. With Window World, your window choice can be customized with the colors and textures that fit your lifestyle.

Choose from the following exterior and interior palettes: White, Almond, Natural Oak, Hillside Oak, Colonial Cherry, Bronze, Cream, Clay, Silver, Cocoa, Forest Green, and Black.

Preparing Your Home for New Windows

Getting your home prepared for window replacement might seem daunting at first, but it’s a fairly straightforward remodeling process. Follow the tips below to prepare your home, and the job will go as smoothly as possible!

Call a Window Installation Expert

It’s best you get in touch with a window expert to ensure a successful installation. A professional can advise you on the best windows to install and help you settle on a design that fits your home’s architectural style.

Clear the Way

It’s essential to clear the way before the window installers arrive at your home. This requires that the walkway leading to the installation must be cleared of any furniture or other obstructions.

Especially if you’re installing a bay or bow window and double-hung windows, it’s recommended that you create more space to accommodate the size of the windows.

Remove Wall Hangings

It’s critical to safeguard your wall decor from harm in addition to cleaning the walkway area. During installation, there is a good chance that there will be some vibrations in the walls.

To avoid any hanging objects falling or shattering as a result of vibrations, it is best to take them down beforehand.

Turn Off Your Security Alarm

Have your home security company deactivate any alarm systems connected to windows to prevent a false alarm. It’s a good idea to turn off the alarm completely when installing the windows.

Note: Anything to do with your security system should be handled by you and your alarm company, as window replacement contractors are not alarm experts.

Call Our Twin Cities Replacement Window Contractors

If you’re ready to replace your windows, it’s important to work with a name you can trust. At Window World Twin Cities, we love helping homeowners through the design and installation process. We even offer an online design center to help you design your perfect window and trim combination.

In addition to windows, we can also help transform your siding and entry or patio doors. Visit our Window Showcase online to get started designing your new windows, then call our Window World Twin Cities window installation pros at 651.770.5570.

You can also contact us on the web to get a free quote on your replacement windows and learn more about our services.

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