Siding and Roofing Season: Summer is the time to replace your siding or roofing with Universal WIndows Direct


This blog reviews why summer is the perfect time to replace siding or roofing on your home. Siding and roofing replacement is the home improvement of choice in the summer months. Especially in the short summer, we have here in Minnesota! At Universal WIndows Direct we can install replacement windows and doors all winter long, but tearing off and replacing the siding or the roof on your home is really a summer project. Don't you agree?

Siding


Steve the Window Guy is a siding guy too - and has done replacement siding jobs in steel and fiber cement, but his product of choice is the full backed insulation panel of vinyl siding. Here is why:

  1. The insulated backer provides more insulation AND makes sure the siding is strong and rigid—resisting dings, hail and whatnot significantly better than vinyl siding without the backer. Plus, a rigid siding panel gives you a straight clean install so your home will look amazing when the job is completed.
  2. You can choose from a wide range of colors, and a full host of decorative options so the completed project is exactly what you want




Roofing


Now let's talk roofing. We are proud to be an Owens Corning Preferred Contractor. The best thing about being preferred is that you can be confident that we will use the entire system of Owens Corning Roofing products on your home, which lets us offer you a 50-year warranty. If you’re going to replace your roof anyway, don’t you want the best warranty? You do. So how do you know if you need a new roof?
'

  1. If it is bad, it is bad. Do you have missing shingles, bald spots, moss growing, or water getting in your home? That is bad.
  2. If your roof is over 15 years old, you might want to have it looked at. While roofing products today are built to last, that hasn’t always been the case. Don’t wait for a problem. If you think your roof may need to be replaced call us.
  3. Weather. My goodness. A good hail or wind storm can cause serious havoc to your roof. If a storm rolls through your neighborhood and you want a trusted, local company to take a look, call us. We are glad to help. 612-866-2888



Roofing consultations are free. We will get up on your roof, inspect for damage or signs of excess wear, and will share information about the Owens Corning System of roofing. New roofs can be installed in a month.

Get your free in-home estimate today!

Heat Stopper Technology: UniShield Windows Now Offer Heat Stopper Technology

This blog provides a brief overview of the Heat Stopper Technology found in the exclusive UniShield line of Windows from Universal Windows Direct, Twin Cities

Heat Stopper Technology The heat stopper technology, as shown in a window sill

Heat Stopper technology.   It’s one of the latest enhancements to the exclusive UniShield line of replacement windows!    We know you have so many options when choosing a brand of replacement windows for your home; and we are confident that the heat stopper technology is going to make you love the UniShield windows even more!

What is heat stopper technology?  Simply put, it is technology that will stop the heat from escaping your home, keeping you more comfortable all winter long.  Put another way,  It is an ENVIRONMENTAL GREEN™  polyurethane foam-filled window frame and sash.

Heat Stopper TechnologyReplacement windows with heat stopper technology will provide you with increased energy savings all year.   This is because windows with heat stopper actually have an increased level of thermal performance.  They stop any cold air from circulating inside a hollow frame, which would cool down the overall window unit.  Stopping that cold air keeps the window warmer.  The performance of the heat stopper technology will lower the window’s U-value and increase the R-value.    Savvy homeowners know that better ratings equal better investments and lower heating and cooling costs.  The UniShield line of replacement windows can do both.

Heat Stopper technology is environmentally safe.   It provides a higher energy efficiency rating.   And it’s available exclusively in the UniShield window offered by Universal Windows Direct, Twin Cities.  Take advantage of our factory direct pricing and start saving  money this winter!

What are you waiting for?  Contact us today for an in home demonstration and free, no obligation estimate.     We will show you samples of the windows and you can see the benefits of the heat stopper with your own eyes.

Author:  Melissa Brager, Universal Windows Direct, MN

Related Articles

Reasons to love a UniShield

Replacement Window Options

Draft Stoppers: Universal Windows Direct suggests using a draft stopper on drafty windows and doors in MN

You don't have to replace your drafty windows before winter. Just get a draft stopper!

door draft stopperSkip replacing your windows and doors this fall.   If they are too drafty to keep you comfortable, you can just use a draft stopper!

Sure Universal Windows Direct would love to earn your business – like every window company out there, but we understand that this fall might not be the best time for you to make that purchase.     And it would be silly to assume that just because your home is drafty that the only solution is replacing your windows and doors.   Why not just get your hands on a few draft stoppers and stop those drafts?

What is a draft stopper, you ask?   It is a cloth shape that is small and narrow - designed to be the width of your door.   You jam it up against the bottom of the door to literally stop the draft.    I think they are fun because I think decorating is fun. And a draft stopper is a practical way of stopping the breeze from disturbing you while at the same time making the room cuter.     Click here for  a tutorial from eHow on how to make your own.

It seems like you could make a few to fit in to all the different cold weather holidays.   Move from a ghost or a witch for Halloween to a pilgrim for Thanksgiving and then a

Santa Door Stopper from Kaboodle.com Santa Door Stopper from Kaboodle.com

snowman for the rest of winter.  Or just choose fabrics that are holiday-ish.  OR.. Like most people, just make one with fabric that matches the décor of your house.  Actually, the amount of patterns and tutorials about draft stoppers that you can find on the internet will surprise you.

Draft stoppers aren’t just for doors.   Go ahead and use one on your windows, too!  Check out this cute options:  draft stopper window 2

Not crafty?  No access to a sewing machine?   Head out to a local craft show and look for one.   Prefer online shopping?  www.etsy.com   you can get anything there.  See?  lots of options!

All joking aside, why are you putting it off?  Don’t get scared off by horror stories of ridiculously inflated window prices. Our exclusive UniShield windows and Doors are some of  the nicest on the market and our factory direct pricing will surprise you.   We don’t do high pressure sales.   Steve The Window Guy is an expert with working with

Steve The Window Guy sells more than just windows in MN!
Steve The Window Guy sells more than just windows in MN!

 

homeowners to break jobs up into multiple pieces that fit nicely into any budget. Not only that, but we offer GE Financing programs to qualified buyers that include both a 12 months same as cash option as well as several options for low monthly payments without a penalty for prepayment ever.

So contact us today to get a free, no obligation estimate.  You'll be glad you did!

Author:  Melissa Brager

Recent Articles:

Fall Home Improvement Projects

Roofing and Siding Replacement

Why you should care about your window warranty

 

 

 

Patio Door Replacement: Replace your Patio Door with Universal Windows Direct

Now is the time to get your patio door replaced with Universal Windows Direct.

Patio door replacement.   Amazing when it happens, but not exactly something most people look forward to.    It just doesn’t seem fun, right?   It seems like all winter when the door is closed and there is 15 feet of snow piled up on the other side of it you can forget all about it.   The door is just one with the house, keeping the snow out and perhaps making you wistful about warm spring days on the deck or hot summer afternoons by the pool.

 Vinyl Patio Door

Not only that, but in the winter there are more fun things to spend your money on.   Like gifts for the holidays, entertaining, and winter vacations.    Or your windows.   (There is nothing better than replacing a drafty window with an air tight window in the dead of winter).  Hardly anyone replaces their patio door in the winter.

Spring is really the best time to replace your patio door.   Winter is melting away, it is starting to warm up outside and summer is right around the corner.   You start thinking about summer but it isn’t actually here yet, so you have time to get the door replaced.   You haven’t opened that door for the first time to realize, with dread, that it didn’t magically get more awesome over the long winter.    The door still sticks.  You still have to fight with the screen door to get it to open.   There is still that hole at the edge of the screen from when your neighbor tried to walk through it.  The wood frame is still moldy.  It might even be more moldy now, not that you look at it.   And look at the top of the frame.   Is it actually rotted through and sagging?  Great.  The entire door is basically an eyesore.  And you still don’t like it.

Let’s replace it.  Once and for all, let’s get it replaced for you.   Sick of the mold?   Our exclusive UniShield patio door comes in 100% pure virgin vinyl.   It will not mold.   Concerned about color?  The doors come in white, tan, or dark brown vinyl.   We even have three different wood grain interiors that are all maintenance free.  Concerned you have an odd sized door?  We offer standard and custom sizes! Looking for quality?  With fusion welding on the frame and on the door you know it is a solid product.  Add a foam filled frame for greater insulation value and a warm edge spacer to keep the entire door warmer.  Have a pesky pet?   Upgrade to a durable and longer lasting pet screen!

As always, enjoy factory direct pricing and the option to have us do the install, or pick it up and install it on your own.

Steve The Window Guy sells more than just windows in MN!  So contact Steve the Window Guy to have him come to your home and give you a free quote.  Or you can always call us at 612-866-2888. 

 

How long have you been putting off replacing your patio door? Contact us today to start your free, no obligation estimate.  

 

Author:  Melissa Brager

Universal Windows Direct, Twin Cities

Recent Blog Articles:

Choose a vinyl replacement window

Screens with better bug protection!

What color options are available for my replacement windows?

Universal Windows Direct at Father Hennepin Days 2013

Universal Windows Direct will be participating in the Father Hennepin Days Business Expo June 8, 2013 !

We have done so many Home Shows and Summer Events that we have preparing for them and packing down to a science.   We bring different samples for different size booths, for example.   We bring carpet to an indoor event and lots of bungee cords and weights to outdoor events so our tent doesn't blow away.   When we are done packing the back of the truck is a work of art.  Every single thing is in its place.

But that was before baby.  She is 13 months now so she is at a more "normal" place schedule wise.  This means we can take her with us to more of these summer events.  So Father Hennepin Days is officially moving into a Family Fun Day that won't even feel like work!     We can spend some time in the tent with Steve and then we can explore the rest of the Festival.   I checked the Father Hennepin Days Event Schedule today and in addition to the Business Expo there is a Craft Fair, Carnival Rides, a Petting Zoo and a Skateboard Park...  just to name a few events.  We'll just bombard her senses and then she'll take a huge nap.   Right?   The weather is supposed to be very nice and mild so she might even get to nap in the stroller outside in the fresh air.    I don't know about you, but that sounds divine to me.

That's all for now.   We'll post pictures of the fun tomorrow on our Facebook page.

Oh - PS - If you are in the area we'd love for you to stop by our booth and see Steve the Window Guy!   We'll have samples of windows, siding, doors and roofing, brochures, and even some coupons.

Enjoy your weekend!

Melissa Brager

Universal Windows Direct, MN

Recent Blog Posts

Get better bug protection with upgraded screens

Who is Steve the Window Guy

Universal Windows Direct gears up for summer

 

Vinyl Window Options: Available options for your replacement windows

Replacement Window Options always make people stop and think..  "Is it worth it?"

For example, window frames are often hollow.

The exclusive UniShield window, offered by Universal Windows Direct has a foam filled main frame option.   It seems like a no brainer… why wouldn’t you insulate everything you can possibly insulate knowing that winter is awful?    Especially when the foam filled frame upgrade is less than $20 per window?

We run into people all the time who tell us that foam filled frames are not needed.   Some will even go so far as to tell us that air is a better insulator.  OR that they “don’t believe in insulation”.   That’s just crazy talk.

Top 5 reasons to choose Foam Filled Frames on your replacement windows

1)        Air is not an insulator at all.    I checked.  (Google – "is air an insulator?")

2)     Insulation exists.   (It isn’t the Easter Bunny.   You don’t need to decide if you “believe in it or not”. )

3)       Insulating attics is one of the top home improvements every single year.

4)     Homes have insulation in the walls.   When a builder is building a house for you he just insulates the walls.   It isn’t a debate on whether or not the house would be warmer with just air.    It’s because it wouldn’t be.

5)     We wear winter coats each year to insulate our bodies from the COLD AIR!   I know this list is getting silly now.   But that is the point.   It’s just straight up silly to think air is a better insulator in your window frames than actual insulation.    It isn’t.    Get the upgrade and be glad you did.

You don't need to take my word for it.   Here is a little snip from the Energy.Gov website on Vinyl Frame Windows.

" Vinyl window frames are usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with ultraviolet light (UV) stabilizers to keep sunlight from breaking down the material. Vinyl window frames do not require painting and have good moisture resistance. The hollow cavities of vinyl frames can be filled with insulation, which makes them thermally superior to standard vinyl and wood frames?"

If you're interested in getting a free quote for those windows or doors  (with or without insulation in the frames) call us today at 612-866-2888.

Author:  Melissa Brager

Related Blog Posts:

Do I need tempered safety glass?

Do I need an egress window?

Do I need smoke detectors?

 

 

Townhome Window Replacement: Universal Windows Direct replaces windows in townhomes.

Customer spotlight:   Jerry  and Linda.

We met Jerry and Linda at one of our outdoor events this summer.   They are  a couple living in a town home development.    A town home development with windows in dire need of being replaced.   After seeing a quick demo of our UniShield window they really liked the quality they saw and they wanted to get an estimate on replacing their windows.   But….  Being in a town home they were worried about your windows conforming to the rules.

No problem.

We have worked with multiple town home communities throughout the Twin Cities to replace windows, patio doors and entry doors.   We have met with town home boards to pitch our product and we have met with groups of homeowners to help them gain consensus.

What we have found is that the outside appearance of the windows is generally the determining  factor in buying decisions.    The town home community wants the look to remain consistent.  I get it.  If everyone has dark brown windows, the guy who replaces his with white stands out like a sore thumb.  Similarly, if everyone has their white windows wrapped in white, but suddenly someone wraps theirs in dark green, the conformity of town home living is gone.

Our UniShield replacement windows and doors are 100% pure virgin vinyl with  a smooth, streamlined exterior.   Standard colors are white, tan and dark brown.  Available upgrades include  exterior paint colors including black, bronze and dark green, which tend to be very popular colors at town homes.

So what should you do first?  Check with your town home association  about the rules they have.   You might get lucky and be in the same situation as Jerry and Linda.  They learned that as long as they replaced their windows with WHITE  2 lite sliders, and then wrapped them in maintenance free smooth aluminum in a coordinating tan they could replace whatever they wanted.  The appointment started with matching exterior wrap colors, and once we knew we could meet the requirements, we continued the discussion, and ended up replacing all of the windows in their town home.  The neighbors liked how they looked so much, we ended up doing work for a few of them, too.

What is the moral of the story of Jerry and Linda?    Don’t be afraid of calling us if you live in a town home.   There may be  a few extra hoops to jump through, but we are more than happy to do that.  It is all in the name of new windows!  Contact us today to get started!

Melissa Brager

Universal Windows Direct, Twin Cities

Window Wrap Up

Replace just a few windows at a time!

Aren't all windows factory direct?

 

Shop Replacement Windows at a Home Improvement Show

Window Display at MN Home ShowWindows, Siding AND Doors!

Universal Windows Direct, Twin Cities works home improvement shows and expos throughout the Minneapolis and St. Paul Metro area.   It doesn't matter if we are in a huge convention hall, driving in a parade, or sitting in a tent at an outdoor event.   We love to display our great product!

Here are just a few examples!

 

Universal Windows Direct displays patio doors at Home ShowsHey Steve!

Universal Windows Direct displays Entry Doors at Home ShowsLooking for a new Entry Door?

Universal Windows Direct offers Wood Grain Vinyl InteriorsUniversal Windows Direct offers Wood Grain Vinyl Interiors

Wave at us in a local parade!

 

 

Entry Doors and Patio Doors? You bet!

View all of our available colors in windows, siding, and exterior wraps.

Dreaming of a bay window?