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Your Guide to Twin Cities Home Window Replacement

19 May 2018

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions answered by calling 651-989-9226 or texting 81807.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 5.19.18.

In nearly every home we visit, homeowners frequently comment that they’ve got a space that they wish received more natural light.  Oftentimes, the easiest remedy for an overly dark hallway, closet, or bathroom is the installation of a skylight or sun tunnel.  Having been in business for over 75 years, we feel confident in offering VELUX skylights and sun tunnels.  They lead the industry with unique innovations, including their Solar Night Light.  This subtle addition to a sun tunnel provides moderate overhead light when the sun isn’t shining.  Unlike builder grade brands, VELUX offers a “No Leak Skylight” that’s accompanied with a triple layer of water protection with patented deck seal technology.

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Many homeowners fail to understand that excessive levels of moisture within their home can have catastrophic effects.  At times, we’ve had homeowners inquire about replacing window trim without taking the time to understand why it’s rotting.  Often, the windows get blamed when in actuality, the true culprit is elevated moisture levels.  These moisture levels result in window condensation that results in the corrosion of wood window trim and energy loss.  Diagnostic tools and testing, such as a home performance test, a humidistat, digital microscope, and smoke pencil allow contractors to fully understand your home’s building envelope.

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At times, new windows are needed because a home’s current ones have reached the end of their lifespan.  As a general rule, any window that’s lasted 25 years or more should be replaced rather than repaired.  Be wary of any window that’s marketed as builder grade, as their shelf life is minimal.  Builder grade windows meet the bare minimum requirements and may not be multi-chambered for insulation purposes, allowing for drafts.  Mass production also means that builder windows are less likely to come in odd sizes.  In the event that you fill an odd sized window hole with a builder grade window, you may end up with gaps that will allow outside air to escape into your home.

This St. Paul home renovation included new SeasonGuard windows & LP© SmartSide©.

When it comes to builder grade siding, the most common complaints homeowners share with us is the material’s vulnerability to cracking, fading, water infiltration, and denting.  When it comes time for replacement, we recommend LP® siding installation.  The biggest reasons we gravitate towards this siding for homes are its aesthetics, stability, and moisture resistance.  We utilize Diamond Kote® finishing for its durability, which includes a 35-year, non-prorated warranty.

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Our Energy Efficient Window Projects:

Stephanie & Richard’s Brooklyn Park, MN Window Project

LP Diamond Kote Pelican

John’s Bloomington LP® SmartSide®, SeasonGuard Window, Insulation, & LeafGuard® Gutter Project


Ray’s SeasonGuard Window Project in Oakdale, MN

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