Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home. And in the Twin Cities, it’s never the cold that’s the problem — it’s the wind chill and the heavy snow that damage your home’s exterior. This winter wear and tear can lead to costly repairs or replacements in the spring. 

You might experience broken siding panels due to high winds, or condensation between your window panes. Fortunately, there’s plenty of time to prepare your home Minnesota home for the colder months. Window Nation home improvement experts are here to share their best tips for preparing your home for harsh winter weather.

Seal Cracks and Air Leaks

Keep the cold winter air outside by repairing any cracks or drafts you notice in your home. Take a look at your windows and doors and inspect any areas that feel like they may be letting in air from outside, then seal the areas with caulk or weatherstripping.

Some Twin City homeowners even put plastic wrap around their windows as a temporary solution while they make a plan to replace their windows. That way, they can keep the harsh cold from being too costly. 

Upgrade Your Windows

While caulk might serve as a quick fix, it’s important to note that caulk does not adhere well in cold temperatures. For a long-term solution, it’s smarter to replace your windows and doors with energy-efficient upgrades. 

Energy loss from older windows can be responsible for 40% of your annual heating and cooling costs. Most builder-grade windows are single pane, the least energy-efficient windows on the market. To put that into context, according to ENERGY STAR, if you replace your older single-pane windows with more energy-efficient models in an average home, you could save between $101 and $583 per year on your energy bill

If your windows look old enough to be featured in the Guthrie Theater, it’s time for a replacement. Consider replacing your windows with double or triple pane windows for an energy efficiency boost you’ll enjoy year-round. Our windows will help your HVAC system work smarter, not harder, to keep your energy bills low during the blistering cold of winter in the Twin Cities.

Upgrade Your Siding

Cold temperatures, high winds, and ice wreak havoc on your home’s exterior. So unless you’re planning on playing ice hockey along the walls, inspect your siding for any cracked panels or discoloration. 

If you notice any areas of concern, it might be time to upgrade your siding. Vinyl siding from Window Nation is built with premium energy efficiency features to keep your home comfortable all winter long. Our siding is also durable, built to withstand the harshest of weather conditions. 

Purchase a Generator

There’s nothing worse than losing power during a major winter storm. Inclement weather could keep Xcel Energy from restoring power for hours, or even days.

Keep your home protected from power outages by purchasing a generator to serve as a backup power source. You might need to do some research—it’s not something you want to casually pick up at the Mall of America. But generators are particularly important if you or someone you live with is part of a vulnerable population, or if you live in a cold climate like the Twin Cities where the risk of hypothermia is increased.

Want to Winterize Your Home?

When you’re ready to start your home improvement project, schedule an estimate with one of our exterior design consultants. Our team will discuss your project with you and go over your options so you can find the best windows for your Twin Cities home. Schedule your in-home estimate today to save money and keep your home comfortable throughout the year.

While specific DIY projects add curb appeal, savvy Minneapolis homeowners know that the return on investment matters to more extensive and costly projects. Knowing which projects will pay off on the Minnesota resale market is always a significant consideration when prioritizing home improvements. But equally important are the shorter-term impacts of that home improvement. 

What Can Replacement Windows Do for Your Twin Cities Home?

Replacement windows can update the look of a home and improve curb appeal, but it’s all about energy efficiency in the Twin Cities. Replacing your windows will significantly impact home energy efficiency, in some cases reducing heating loss by 40%. Below-freezing temperatures characterize winter in Minnesota, so preventing heat loss is a significant consideration. 

From Low-E glass to UV and solar blockers, window technology continuously evolves to make homes look great while working hard to save on energy costs

Another feature of consideration is the Window material. For example, Vinyl windows are effortless to clean and can stand up to weather extremes, like those bone-chilling Minnesota winters. Come Spring, tilt in, do a quick wipe down, and boom, your interior, and exterior windows are sparkling.

And, let’s face it, windows are the light-bringers. Struggling through the harsh Minneapolis winter can be easier with ample natural light. Harness those lake views with a big bay window, get a full view of falling snow in your backyard with a bow window, add a garden-style window above your kitchen sink. The options and ability to customize and add light to your Twin City home with replacement windows are endless.   

Do Replacement Windows Add Value to Your Home?  

A resounding, yes. Replacing old windows boosts your Minneapolis home’s value tremendously.  

If you spend $15,000 to replace your home’s windows, your home could rise by roughly $11,000. That’s a 74% return on your investment…and enough for a new kayak to paddle the Boundary Waters!

If you’re thinking of selling your home in a few years, replacing the windows can help your home stand out in a crowded market. Minnesota buyers love houses that are not only move-in ready but updated with modern amenities. New windows can improve your home’s marketability and add instant curb appeal, which will help you command a higher selling price. 

Even if you aren’t planning on selling your home today, replacement windows can help save you money now

New windows and double-pane windows create a tighter seal with less heat leakage. Drafts are the primary cause of wasted energy during cold Minneapolis winters. 

Bottom line? When you eliminate leaks by replacing inefficient windows, you’ll spend less on heating and cooling your house. The only disappointing draft you’ll experience in your home is when the Vikings start their next season.

And you’ll save even more when you select Energy Star windows. For every single pane window you replace with an Energy Star window, you’ll save an estimated $101 to $583 per year. If you replace a double pane window with an Energy Star model, you’ll save anywhere from $27 to $197 per year. You’ll also do your part to protect the climate by curbing carbon dioxide emissions – anywhere from 26 to 6,205 pounds worth. That’ll help show St. Paul who’s the better twin, huh? 

Replacement Windows from Window Nation

It’s a no-brainer when you add in all the reasons that replacing your windows benefits your comfort, your wallet, and the environment. 

Now that you understand how replacement windows can add value to your Minneapolis home and quality of life, it’s time to take the next step. At Window Nation, we offer free estimates for replacement window installation. Find out how to cost-effectively upgrade your windows by requesting a free quote today!

Windows are an incredibly important part of your home. Not only are they an aesthetic element that can significantly increase or reduce your home’s curb appeal, but they impact your energy bills and your safety as well. 

The bad news? Over time, there are lots of things that can go wrong with windows.

So how do you know when to upgrade those old windows with replacement windows, and who in Minneapolis do you trust to do it? 

8 Ways To Tell You Need Replacement Windows

Unlike your plumbing or your oven, windows aren’t an appliance that just stops working one day. Here are eight hints it may be time to replace them.

  1. If you have to use your Minnesota Vikings helmet in the offseason to keep your window open.
  2. If something hits your window and there’s a crack in it.
  3. If you have a window that’s painted shut, and there’s just no way to get it open.
  4. If you have a window that’s extremely hard to slide up, or only goes halfway before it sticks.
  5. If you hold your hand up next to it in the winter and you can feel the icy breeze coming through (even Minneapolitans have their coldness limit!).
  6. If the latches no longer line up on the top when you close the window.
  7. If the frame’s breaking off like a layer of ice on your car when you need to get to work.
  8. If you’ve had your windows for more than ten years. Technology has changed quite a bit in the last decade, and it’s not exactly something you can pick up on a trip to the Mall of America. (You could be losing a lot of heat out of those old windows.)

7 Reasons To Choose Window Nation For Your Replacement Windows

We think Window Nation is the best window replacement and installation company in the area: let us tell you why.

  1. We are a family-owned and operated company. The Magden brothers are third-generation window replacement experts. 
  2. We don’t just give free estimates — we do free in-home estimates. An exterior design consultant will evaluate and measure your windows in person and review the options that are specific to you, without taking away from your Caribou Coffee budget each month.
  3. We have an incredible selection of over 1500 replacement windows styles and colors to ensure you get the custom look you want for your home.
  4. We don’t just offer a warranty — we offer the best warranty. We offer a lifetime plus guarantee that will protect your investment for as long as you own your home.
  5. Each of our installation teams has a lead installer who has installed more than 20,000 Windows & has over 16 Years of experience.
  6. We have a reputation for doing a great job. Just ask all of our happy customers who have taken time out of their busy lives to leave us feedback online. We have a 96% customer satisfaction rating for clean-up and safety and, well over 10,000 positive online reviews. 
  7. Window Nation was recently rated #1 by Forbes for Window Replacement

If you’re ready to lower your energy bills, give your home a facelift, improve your quality of life, and make an investment in your home that will last for years, we’re here to help. Window Nation is # 9 in the top 10 list of largest remodelers in the United States, and we’re right here in Minneapolis. 

When it comes to getting replacement windows, you can trust Window Nation. Contact us today and see how we can upgrade your home in the Twin Cities with high-quality replacement windows.