Rochester, Minnesota Window Replacement
Last updated on 11/15/2019
There are a lot of things to take into consideration when you choose your Rochester window replacement. How would you like your Minnesota window replacement to open so that you can take full advantages of the fresh breezes of the Rochester summer? Some windows open from the bottom and others from both top and bottom. Some types of windows slide across. You may find that the ability to easily clean your windows because they open by tilting inward the best option for your home. Or, like many people, the view is everything and you may choose a picture window.
Maintenance is another consideration when making your window replacement choice. It may be important to you that you never have to scrape paint off of your window trim to prepare it for repainting again. Other features, like getting interior grids on your replacement, will make your replacement windows look like you spent a lot more that you actually did. If you want to add a touch of elegance to your home, consider a grooved glass pattern. It's a great way to make your windows look special without giving up any of your view.
The amount that you pay for your Rochester window replacement may be a bit more that what you will see reflected in the immediate market value of your home. However, it may be a deciding factor to a buyer who knows what winter brings to the Rochester area or the Minnesota area in general. The temperatures that the MN area faces are low and Rochester winters last a long time. Upgrading your home with energy efficient windows will be a good selling point. The curb appeal of the tidy Rochester window replacement will also help a prospective buyer know that they are viewing a property that has been well taken care of, and that is a selling point that is important when you put your Minnesota home up for sale.
Get Advice from your Installer
If you are going to hire a Rochester window replacement professional to install your Rochester window replacement, use the knowledge that they have acquired on previous projects to help choose the right type of windows for your home. A local Rochester window replacement contractor will be able to tell you which of the many windows available will offer you the biggest savings in your heating bills. You should also ask for a list of Rochester homeowners who can be used as references. If you are able to get the addresses, you can drive by the home to see how well the windows look and maybe get some ideas that you hadn't thought of, like a custom made window that will make your house stand out in your neighborhood.
Details and Considerations
A reputable Rochester window replacement contractor will send a consultant to help you define exactly what you need for your home improvement project. For example, the frame does not always have to be replaced. Retrofit windows can be inserted into an existing frame if the rough opening is in good shape. You'll only be replacing the trim, side jambs and old sash. If you need a full Rochester window replacement, the old frame will be taken out and replaced. In most cases this will make sure of a more efficient fit, and it also allows areas that are prone to air or water leakage around the old frame to be repaired.
In addition to the frame types and the design, you'll also need to choose the type of glazing that you want on your energy efficient windows. You can choose from single, double or triple glaze for clear or tinted glass. Then there is high, low or medium solar gain Low E Glass. It can all get a bit confusing. Reflective films and coatings can reduce glare and the amount of heat that comes into your house during intense sunlight. A low emittance coating can help you with your energy costs during the cold winters and extremely hot summer days. Layers of glazing can be manipulated by the space between the layers of panes or films with gas fills and edge spacers.
A good Rochester window replacement professional will be able to fully explain of the options to you and share the knowledge of what features will be of most benefit to your Rochester home. The installer has been able to get feedback from previous customers as to how well the energy efficient windows performed during the most extreme weather conditions in MN, including Rochester. Before you hire your Minnesota contractor, make sure that you have a written agreement on the cost of the window replacement project as well as the time that the work will be done. Make sure that the installer ha an MN office and will be able to be reached by you throughout the replacement project.
Rochester, Minnesota U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Rochester, Minnesota - located in Olmsted County - it is extremely important to purchase windows (and doors) with the correct u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) as rated by Energy Star.
Energy Star determines the u-factor and SHGC that will give you the most energy efficienct replacement windows, skylights, and doors based on your county's climate zone.
The climate zone assigned to your county takes into account how extreme the seasons are in your area. How warm and cold it gets in Rochester determines how well your new windows will need to keep out the cold air and the hot sun.
Below, you will find a table with the climate zones and corresponding u-factor and SHGC ratings for Rochester, Minnesota and Rochester's metro area counties including: Dodge County MN, Fillmore County MN, Olmsted County MN, and Wabasha County MN.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Rochester, MN area will help you to determine which replacement windows, skylights, and doors will maximize energy savings for your home.
To find the Energy Star recommended u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for your county in the Rochester metro area, simply do the following:
- Find your county in the left most column.
- Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your county's name.
- Under the orange box with your climate zone, find the dark grey box with the product you are looking for - window replacements, new doors, or skylights.
- Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
- When getting quotes from contractors, be sure that your window replacements, new skylights, and/or replacement doors have these ratings to maximize energy efficiency in your home.
|Dodge County MN
Fillmore County MN
Olmsted County MN
Wabasha County MN
|Northern Climate Zone|
|0.30 or less||0.00 or more|
|0.31||0.35 or more|
|0.32||0.40 or more|
|0.50 or less||Any|
|Solid Doors (No Glass)|
|0.17 or less||No Rating|
|Doors with Less than Half Glass|
|0.25 or less||0.25 or less|
|Doors with More than Half Glass|
|0.30 or less||0.40 or less|
If you don't see your home's county above, use the u-factor and solar heat gain co-efficient (SHGC) search tool below to search for your Rochester, MN area county's recommended window efficiency ratings.
Use the table above or the tool below to search for the specific u-factor and SHGC for your county so that you are educated and have this information on hand in order to maximize the financial return on your investment in new windows, new skylights and/or new doors in the Rochester, Minnesota area.
Remember to research thoroughly prior to making a window replacement or replacement door purchase, regardless of whether you are installing the windows and doors yourself or having them installed by a licensed professional contractor.
Rochester Minnesota Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Rochester area.