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Top Things Mpls Homeowners Should Know About Replacement Window Choices

One of the most popular home remodeling projects in the Twin Cities area for improving energy efficiency is replacing old, drafty windows.  If you’ve looked into it even just a little, you know that the options you have are almost limitless.  So when it comes to choosing which windows are right for you and your home, there are a few things that should be at the top of your list in terms of information gathering.

Before  choose new replacement windows or even a company to install them, keep these things in mind for that replacement job you’re about to undertake. It might just save you some time, money and even a headache.

Questions to Ask Before Choosing Replacement Windows

There are quite a few decisions you’re going to have to make before you get to the right windows to put in your home.  But these are the top three to start with.

DIY or a Hire a Professional Replacement Window Contractor?

This is one of the most common questions homeowners engage for any sort of home renovation or improvement.  We understand the desire to do it yourself. The underlying rationale is that you’ll save money. But we don’t recommend it with window installation. You might have the skills to do something small, but when it comes to replacing windows, you want to make sure the warranty stays and that they are installed correctly. This means hiring a professional that knows windows as well as the installation methods and specifications the particular manufacturer requires.  Also keep in mind that you might not have all the equipment needed, so add on the cost of tool purchase or rental when you’re calculating your potential savings.

This rating label is typical of what you’ll find on replacement windows

Do You Know the Label Meanings?

Replacement windows come with labels (usually yellow or white) with lots of letters and numbers on them. Shown here is a label from one of our partner window manufacturers, Marvin.

Each rating means something. Those numbers and letters can be used to compare similar windows, but only if you know what they indicate.   There are often many abbreviations that are found on the stickers.  If you don’t know what they signify, please check out this previous post for a detailed explanation.   

Will You Be Keeping the Windows?

If you are going to be keeping the windows and the house for some time, they you should think about longevity and quality. Make sure that price, or low price, is not necessarily the biggest factor when choosing which windows to go with. You want to make sure that you’re choosing the best windows, the longest lasting, and best working windows for the home.

There are other issues to consider when you’re evaluating new windows for your home, but these three questions are a good place to start.  And calling us can help as well.  We are THE replacement window company for the Minneapolis area, and we’re happy to answer any questions you might have.  Our consultations are no obligation and free of charge.  Plus, speaking with us can help you choose which windows might be the best for your home and your needs, while also being able to fit into your budget.



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.