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Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.

SKYLIGHTS
Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for windows.

AWNING WINDOWS
Like casement windows, they crank out, but the sash opens upward instead of sideways.

STORM WINDOWS Protect older windows against energy inefficiency and are an economical option.

SLIDER/GLIDER
These windows feature a sliding track allowing the sashes to move left and right.

SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS Only the bottom sash opens. The top half of the window is stationary.

DOUBLE HUNG
Both sashes move up and down. Generally both sashes will pop in for easy cleaning.

BAY/BOW WINDOWS Generally protrude out from the exterior wall of a home, creating a wide view and wide window sill inside.

CASEMENT WINDOWS These windows crank out and allow maximum air flow in and out of a home.

BASEMENT EGRESS These maximize light in a basement and are also used for safety.

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Northfield Replacement Windows

Northfield replacement windows are available in a wide variety of styles and and budgets to update your MN home. Replacement windows can modernize your home's exterior, raise your market value, and increase your heat insulation as well as climate control in the summer. Factor in the decrease in your utility bills that a better insulated home adds, and Northfield replacement windows are an excellent investment in your Minnesota home. Researching your Minneapolis window replacement options in the area can help you better understand what you hope to gain from your window replacement project and how much you are willing to invest in your Northfield home.

Assessing Your Replacement Need

The first step in replacing your windows is determining your needs. First, examine your frames for damage or signs of age distress. If you have wood frames, look for cracks or warping. If your frames are metal or aluminum, check for a heat breaker. As you examine your frames, it's also a good idea to ensure that they are properly installed. Even if you have technologically advanced, high-quality panes, your home can remain drafty if your windows are improperly installed. Also look at your window panes. If you have single panes, chances are they won't stand up to the windy winters of Minnesota. Obviously, cracks or drafty panes are a good indicator that you need a replacement as well.

Function also plays a role in assessing your need for Northfield replacement windows. If you rely on windows as a source of light, you may want to assess whether you need to change your shape or style to allow for more natural sun. If you don't want to spend a lot of time cleaning your window panes, you may also want to consider updating your style to a double hung or bay window, which require less effort to wash. Spend some time thinking about what role each window plays in your home to determine the best style to consider as you shop for Northfield replacement windows.

Choosing Your Window Materials

Thanks to advances in Minnesota window replacement technology over the last two decades, you have many materials to choose from when it comes to new frames and windowpanes. Panes, typically double or triple layered in Minneapolis, are often filled with an inert gas for insulation. Krypton, argon and regular carbon dioxide are all good options for varying degrees of insulation, all of which are transparent and harmless. Krypton is often cited as the best for insulation, but is also the most expensive. A low-emittance coating of a microscopically thin, transparent metallic oxide coating combined with an insulating gas is a great way to keep your home climate-controlled through all four seasons.

Frame materials are also important to consider. With wood, metal, aluminum, vinyl and fiberglass, you have many options to choose from. Each has advantages and disadvantages. For example, metal frames are light and inexpensive, making them easy to install, but without a heat breaker, these materials do little to keep your Northfield house warm. Fiberglass is an excellent option for aesthetics and heating, but it can also be expensive if you are trying to stay within a budget.

Installing Your Replacement Windows

Installation is one of the most important factors to consider when it comes to Northfield replacement windows. On one hand, if you install your own frames, you can save a good deal of money and perhaps put those funds toward better materials. On the other hand, an improperly installed window can leave your home drafty no matter what materials you choose. Poorly installed Northfield replacement windows can also leave your home susceptible to rot and mold. If you decide to install our own frames, do your homework before attempting the project. Research retailers that offer classes, or get a handy friend to help. Before installing your frames, add a layer of waterproof material, metal flashing and caulk to safeguard your Northfield replacement windows against water damage.

If you choose professional installation, make sure you research what services come with installation so you can get the best value. Ask whether your Northfield retailer will remove your old windows and clean your new ones. If you don't foresee having the time for cleaning and other maintenance tasks, ask about ongoing maintenance options. As you compare Northfield window installers, also consider payment plans, satisfaction guarantees and warranties to ensure that the quality of your installation.

Northfield replacement windows can add a great deal of value to your MN home. Whether you would like to raise your home's market value by modernizing your exterior or you simply hope to lower your utility bills while making your Northfield residence more environmentally friendly, Northfield replacement windows can transform your home inside and out. Researching Northfield retailers and home improvement stores online can help you find the best option for your budget.

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