Jan 25, 2021

The Six Biggest Home Window Replacement Mistakes

For homeowners looking to upgrade their home’s windows, it’s important to take the time to fully research and comprehend all components of the project in order to ensure the best possible outcome.  Having been in business for over 40 years, we implore homeowners to not make the below common missteps that can hurt both their wallet and their sanity.

DIYing the Project: While there are many projects homeowners can take on themselves, window replacement shouldn’t be one of them for an array of reasons.  First, measurements shouldn’t be taken from the preexisting window in the event that wood rot has taken place.  Removing old windows can also be tricky, especially if electrical wires and boxes must be worked around.  Incorrect installation can also lead to air and water infiltration.  Manufacturers also do not have to honor material warranties in the event that the windows fail due to incorrect installation practices.

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Not Getting Multiple Bids: When it comes to home window installation, it’s wise to obtain three estimates.  Estimates should be offered free of charge.  In addition, they allow the homeowner to educate themselves on window styles and manufacturers.  Without several estimates, you have no real way of verifying it the cost you are being quoted is fair.  It’s worth noting that the cheapest quote does not equate to the best quote.  Take the time to ask open-ended questions and verify whether you’re actually comparing apples to apples when dissecting bids.

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Giving the Green Light to Insert Window Replacement: If a contractor offers insert window replacement, it means that only the window sashes are being replaced.  The consequence of this is that the glass surface area is reduced, lowering the amount of natural light a room can receive.  Without full frame window replacement, new extension jambs and interior trim cannot be installed.  Not only does this compromise the beauty of the windows, but it prevents wood rot and air or water infiltration from being addressed.

Not Exploring the Use of Different Window Style: There’s no requirement that if you remove a window, it must be replaced with the same style.  In order to make the best possible decision, consider if an alternative style will create a more stunning and energy efficient home.

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Not Taking Security Seriously: One of the most common ways burglars break into homes is through the house’s windows.  There are steps homeowners can take to make their home’s windows less of an attractive nuisance.  Fixed sashes offer visibility and invite in daylight without the concern of an intruder finding their way in.  Interior multi-locking hardware are also cumbersome for a crook to compromise.  Rooms that house valuables, particularly on the ground level, can have windows with glazing or tint installed that will make it trickier to see in or be easily shattered.

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Minnesota Window Replacement Reviews:

"Although Lindus was not the lowest bid, because of their excellent ratings on Angie's List we selected them to do the project. Removing 14 double hung wood windows and two large bay windows (including frames & interior trim), cutting back the exterior siding slightly, replacing with Infinity® from Marvin units and installing new interior trim was a four day project for the crew of three. It is doggone rare to find a company that takes this kind of pride in their work any more, but Lindus definitely does. Would we recommend them? We already have. With pleasure."

Thomas R.
St. Louis Park, MN
October 13, 2020

"Love my Infinity® from Marvin windows. My crew was great!"

Rachel W.
Roseville, MN
September 30, 2020

"Chris and crew were fantastic. I would highly recommend them. I like my windows."

Susan N.
Baldwin, WI
July 12, 2020

"If you’re going to remodel, windows or anything they do, hire them for a professional experience."

David C.
Minneapolis, MN
April 17, 2020

"We had four SeasonGuard windows installed to replace 4 original windows in our home.  The quality of the product and the quick, and exceptional installation was great. They matched the original trim beautifully.  Even though we experienced a one week delay due to exceptionally cold weather on the first scheduled date, the follow-up was well done.  From start to finish, a great company to work with. We love our new windows.  Quiet, draft-free and well done."

David K.
Wyoming, MN
March 13, 2020

"Customer service and great products were the reason I chose Lindus!  They proved it today came out fixed the track in the window that I goofed up. And took the time to explain what I did wrong and how to fix if I happen to do it again. Thank you, Sam."

Mike B.
Robbinsdale, MN
February 26, 2020
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