Replacement Windows: 5 Reasons Why Choosing Replacement Windows is Like Choosing a Wedding Dress

Curious, aren't you?

Here is the thing. I am behind on my blogging because I have been caught up in the excitement of planning our wedding!!   We are celebrating with 200 people we love and are planning the whole big party in 5 weeks. Crazy, maybe, but fun.

As I get ready for my final dress fitting it comes to me.   Choosing replacement windows and choosing a wedding dress actually have quite a bit in common.

Buying windows is like buying a dress

  1. Choose your perfect look.   Are you thinking traditional, modern, or purely functional?    Do you want to stick with white or something more interesting like a color?  What options do you have to choose from?
  2. Know your deadline and order in advance!   Wedding dresses can take up to 6 months to come in but you can get your custom vinyl replacement windows installed in as little as 6 weeks.   Family coming to town?  Hosting for the holidays?  No problem.  Call today to get started!
  3. Order the right size!   Doesn't it make more sense to order the exact size you need so you don't have to force fit the product, or worse, pay for the labor of unnecessary alterations later?  Our UniShield windows are all custom sizes for your convenience!  Not only that, but with a custom fit they are guaranteed to reduce drafts and keep your family  more comfortable in your home!
  4. Think about how you want to complete your final look.   With your dress you think about shoes, jewelry and veils.  With your windows you consider trimwork, painting or staining, and new custom window treatments.   It's really the same.
  5. Show it off!!   Once everything is decided and paid for and complete don't you want to show it to everyone you know?   Take pictures!!  Post them on Facebook!

See?   Replacement windows and wedding dresses actually have more in common than you think!   While we can't help you choose your wedding dress, we can certainly help you make a replacement window decision.   Quotes are always free and we'd love to visit with you.   Contact us today!

 

Windows Fogged Up: The Number One Reason Why Windows Fog up.

Are your window fogged up? Instead of peering through clear glass to enjoy the view outside are you stuck looking at dirty, drippy, fogging glass? Do you hate driving up to your house and being greeted by fogged windows? Have you ever wondered why this happens?

Metal spacers will cause your window to fail Windows fog up when your glass package has failed. At some point the seal that was holding that glass package together popped, causing all the insulating gas to escape. Without that barrier, and with an opening, wind and condensation have been getting in and causing the mess. Not only that, but without the Argon gas, the window is no longer energy efficient at all.

 

Glass packages with metal and aluminum spacers in them will fail. It doesn’t matter if

Metal Spacers cause windows to fog up

your house is 3 years old or if you just had the “best” windows put in 10 years ago. Look closely at the bottom of your glass. See that silver metal? It’s your cause of failure.

Independent tests done by the NFRC test exactly how long each type of window spacer is expected to last. Windows that use metal or aluminum spacers are proven to fail in as little as 3 years and in some cases have lasted as long as 27 years.

When you are shopping for replacement windows focus on finding a quality product at a great price.  Quality starts with the spacer system. Choose a windows with a warm edge super spacer. The super spacer is a flexible material that can actually move with your glass package, allowing it to last 70-100 years longer than any other spacer on the market

I was in a home recently describing the different spacer systems to a homeowner.

You’ve worked too hard for your money. Home improvement decisions need to pay for themselves over time and need to add to the value of your home. Don’t waste your money on a replacement window with a metal spacer that will need to be replaced again in the next 10 years. Choose the highest quality spacer on the market. Choose the super spacer.

Universal Windows Direct, MN offers homeowners across the Twin Cities the highest quality replacement window at a factory direct price. Our exclusive UniShield window comes standard with the warm edge super spacer and a warranty that backs it up. Contact us today for a few quote.

Window Terminology: Window Terms Starting with "O"

Obscure Glass

Any textured glass (frosted, etched, fluted, ground, etc.) used for privacy, light diffusion, or decorative effects.   Commonly used in main floor bathroom windows.

 

For more information on window terminology, and to get your free quote on replacement windows from Universal Windows Direct, MN contact us today!

 

Ideal Customer: Who is the ideal customer of Universal Windows Direct?

We laugh sometimes when people ask us "who is your ideal customer?".   The answer seems obvious - because our ideal customer is anyone who is looking for windows, siding, or doors at factory direct prices.

BUT.....   what that person looks like can be a whole different story.    What do I mean? Check it out.

Top 10 "Ideal Customers" of Universal Windows Direct, Twin Cities

  1. Your niece, the first time home buyer, who wants to update her old single pane windows that came with the house.
  2. Your neighbor, who is selling their house,  who wants to upgrade the front door to something more inviting.
  3. Your cousin, the Contractor, who is looking to get a better price on a great vinyl windows and keep a bit more cash in his pocket.
  4. Our previous customers who replaced windows on the first level of the house last year, and are now ready to replace windows in the upper level.
  5. Your co-worker in North Minneapolis, Fridley, or Forest Lake who was affected by the recent tornadoes and literally needs to replace the windows and siding in their home.
  6. Your Mom or Dad who are looking to add a bay or bow window to the front of their home.
  7. You.  Because you have spent your last winter with cold drafty windows.
  8. Your aunt and uncle, who are building a 4 season porch full of windows.
  9. Your boyfriend, the guy who can do anything - even install windows,
  10. Your sister who has lived with that hail damage on her siding for two years too long.

No matter who you know or what their reasons are for calling, Universal Windows Direct will come to your home, discuss your project, answer your questions and leave you a price.   The price reflects when you buy direct.  Contact us today!

 

Replacing Siding: When should you replace your siding?

First of all, it isn’t as hard as it seems.  If you’re starting to think it might be time to replace your siding, you might be right.

Homeowners ask us these questions all the time:

“When should I replace my siding?”

“How do I know my siding needs to be replaced?”

"I want my siding replaced, but should I?

Top 5 Ways to know it’s time to replace your siding

Is the existing siding damaged? Stand on the street or in your backyard and evaluate the overall siding.  Can you see cracks, chips, or holes in any of the panels?  How many of the panels?   A good rule of thumb is to replace all of the siding on your home when at least 5o of the panels are damaged.

  1. Is the siding warped or wavy? Stand along the side of your home and look down it.  This could be a sign of water damage.  
  2. How are the seams? Are they tight or are they loose and pulling away from the house?  Loose seams allow rain to get in behind the siding panels, causing ongoing damage to your home.
  3. Check for mildew, mold and dry rot – particularly if you have wood siding on your home now.  Mold and mildew create an unhealthy environment for you and your family.
  4. Lastly, think about the energy efficiency of your home. The siding industry has made some amazing improvements in the construction and performance of siding over the last few decades.  Replacing your old siding with new, energy efficient siding will make you more comfortable in your home.

Also worth nothing, although not really “top 5 list” worthy is this:   If you don’t like your siding anymore and you just want your house to look different, that is a good reason too.

No matter what your reason, when you’re ready to get a free quote on replacing your siding, contact Universal Windows Direct at 612-866-2888.  Serving the entire Twin Cities Metro Area.