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Minnesota Home Window & Door Trends: Making the Most of Natural Sunlight

As homeowners here in the Twin Cities (as well as the rest of the country) are moving toward more natural, eco-friendly and energy-efficient homes, one trend that is most likely here to stay is windows and doors that bring in as much natural light as possible.  For those designing and building new homes, it’s definitely something that is being taken into consideration.  But even if you’ve got an existing home, you can do this as well, by replacing your old windows and doors with newer, energy-efficient ones that can do just that.

The Marvin Signature™ Ultimate Casement Narrow Frame window is a contemporary option with a flush exterior and narrow jamb. (Photo courtesy of Marvin.)

One window and door manufacturer we’re very pleased to work with is Marvin.  Not only are they a Minnesota company (and we love working with local manufacturers) but also Marvin offers fiberglass windows and patio doors that have slimmer frames than most other traditional materials.  Fiberglass window and patio door frames are stronger than comparable materials, so the frames can be slimmer while still offering exceptional durability.That means you get more light in the same area than a window or door with a wood or vinyl frame.  (We also install fiberglass windows from Comfort Line.

Another manufacturer we’ve partnered with – Weather Shield – recently introduced an innovative line of patio doors that also have a sleeker profile and slimmer lines. These award-winning doors come in larger sizes as well.

You can also work with this trend by swapping out your existing windows for another style.  There’s nothing that says when you replace your windows you have to go with the same type you have now.  For example, by replacing your old double-hung windows with casements or sliders, you eliminate the frame area in the middle where the two sections of the window meet.  Thus you get more glass and more light in the same space.

Finally, consider selecting an entry door with at least partial glass instead of a solid door.  In-door glass allows light into an entry area, which for most homeowners is a definite plus. Concerned about privacy?  You can select options such as art or obscuring glass.

If you’re looking to bring more natural sunlight into your home, why not schedule an in-home consultation with us?  There’s no obligation, and we can design a custom window and door solution for you and your home that will maximize natural light without sacrificing energy efficiency.

Window Outfitters, Inc. installs energy-efficient fiberglass windows and patio doors (as well as other types) in the greater Twin Cities metro area. 




Window Outfitters is a premier Window Replacement, doors, siding contractor and installer. As Contractor in the St Paul, Minneapolis, (Twin Cities) Minnesota (MN) metro, we proudly serve, but are not limited to, the following areas: Minneapolis Energy Efficient Vinyl Windows, Replacement Window Contractors Minnesota, Burnsville, Apple Valley, Lakeville, Savage, Bloomington, Edina, Richfield, Eagan, St Paul, Hastings, Minnetonka, Plymouth, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Farmington MN, Chaska, Shakopee, Chanhassen, Victoria, Mendota Heights Anderson Windows Minneapolis, Marvin Windows Minneapolis.