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Tax Savings with Purchase of New Windows

Nov 23rd, 2016 12:37 pm

Time is running out to get your tax credit for the installation of energy efficient windows. Windows must be purchased prior to December 31, 2016. Click here for information from Richlin by Hayfield window company.

Schedule your FREE estimate on qualifying products here.

Eco Friendly Widnows - Minneapolis Minnesota

Nov 22nd, 2016 12:51 pm

How can installing replacement windows in my Minneapolis home be an eco-friendly action?

We thought you'€™d never ask!

Most of us have heard that by making your home more energy efficient, the typical Minneapolis Minnesota home can save hundreds of dollars per month. Now, some of those energy savings can come from the use of LED light bulbs, using cold water when washing our clothes and keeping the thermostat at a temperature that still requires a '€œhoodie'€. In fact, there are many practices that can help us reduce the use of energy and shrink our carbon foot print.

Did you know that one of the greatest ways to LOSE energy is through the glass in your windows and doors? It'€™s true. The transfer of cold or heat from the outside of your house to the space inside your Minnesota house is one of the fastest ways to waste energy. That is why so many window companies, including SMA Exteriors in Maple Grove Minnesota, keep talking about it.

In the '€™70s, '€™80s and even early '€™90s, window companies had a very hard time perfecting the art of the window '€œspacer'€. The spacer or spacer bar, was generally a thin piece of aluminum placed between the two panes of glass. As we are all aware now, metal transfers the cold from outside your home to the rooms INSIDE your home. No good, right? Especially when it'€™s -15 degrees in January here in the Twin Cities. Every big name window company including Marvin windows, Andersen windows and Pella windows had issues. But in the last couple of decades, many of these companies have made modifications and improvements. The addition of Low E argon or krypton gas has also greatly improved the efficiency of windows. But what about that spacer thing? And, why do so many people keep talking about Richlin by Hayfield windows being the most energy efficient?

Well, there are several reasons. First, the numbers don'€™t lie. When researching replacement windows, you'€™ll learn that the '€œU'€ factor is very important. The lower the U-factor the better. And the Richlin 500 series casement window has the lowest U-factor on the market. Another major factor, is that Richlin windows use the Duralite spacer bar. A 21st century product that minimizes the transfer of cold/heat. Add foam filled sashes and frames, double strength glass and you have greatly reduced the energy you lose!

Energy efficient windows guarantee lower energy bills, a lower environmental impact and, most importantly, a greener future. More energy efficient windows allow you to produce less harmful gases such as CO2. Call a specialist today at 763-315-8900 for a free consultation on how you can start saving today! Or, schedule your no obligation consultation by clicking here.

‘Net Zero’ Houses Use Richlin Windows – Minneapolis

Nov 16th, 2016 1:02 am

Have you heard about the '€˜Net Zero'€™ houses? It'€™s a series of homes designed by U of MN architectural and engineering students. The goal of the project is to design and build homes that create more energy than they use. Everything used in the building was TOP OF THE LINE energy efficiency.

The windows used in the home(s)' €- not Andersen. Not Jeld-win'€ - not Pella. They used Richlin by Hayfield windows. THE most energy efficient windows available. Richlin by Hayfield windows provide the lowest U-factor, which is used to measure the heat transfer and tell a homeowner how well a window insulates.

SMA can install ANY name brand window you'€™d like. But we'€™re the #1 Richlin by Hayfield installer in the Twin Cities.

Get the best. Call 877-SMA-2DAY. Or, set up your FREE consultation by clicking here.

Win Vikings Tickets -€“ Register At Blaine Home Improvement Expo

Nov 8th, 2016 1:11 am

SMA Exteriors will be at the National Sports Center in Blaine Saturday November 12th participating in the 2016 Home Improvement & Design Expo. Stop by the SMA booth and have your window installation, siding installation or roofing system questions answered by our experienced team. If you have questions regarding Richlin window installation, energy efficiency, LP Smartside siding and trim durability, GAF roofing systems, gutters, patio doors and more-- we have answers for you! Plus, the event is FREE if you bring a non-perishable food item.

We will have our FREE design software available for you to try and our team will teach you some tricks when using it. While at the SMA booth, register to win 2 tickets to see the Minnesota Vikings vs. the Indianapolis Colts at the new US Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016.

This is your last chance to register for these tickets!

We'll see you at the National Sports Center in Blaine November 12th!

Maple Grove Home Improvement & Design Expo -€“ Maple Grove Community Center

Nov 2nd, 2016 5:42 am

SMA Exteriors will be at the Maple Grove Community Center THIS Saturday November 5th participating in the 2016 Home Improvement & Design Expo. Stop by the SMA booth and have your window installation, siding installation or roofing system questions answered by our experienced team. If you have questions regarding Richlin window installation, energy efficiency, LP Smartside siding and trim durability, GAF roofing systems, gutters, patio doors and more -- we have answers for you! Plus, the event is FREE if you bring a non-perishable food item.

We will have our FREE design software available for you to try and our team will teach you some tricks. While at the SMA booth, register to win 2 tickets to see the Minnesota Vikings vs. the Indianapolis Colts at the new US Bank Stadium on December 18, 2016.

We'€™ll see you at the Maple Grove Community Center THIS Saturday!

p.s. Ladies, if your husband is hunting -- we think the Vikings tickets should be yours...

Minneapolis Window Installation - Changing Window Styles

Oct 26th, 2016 5:48 pm

When considering the installation of new windows in your home, have you asked yourself the question 'Do I like the style of windows I currently have'?

Most homeowners tend to choose the same style of window already in use: double hung, 2-lite slider, casement, etc. You DON'T have to do that. Rather, at the same time you are doing your homework regarding energy efficiency, interior/exterior color options and pricing, why not explore installing windows of a different style?

Each window style does have it's own benefit. Casement windows also known as 'crank outs' tend to be very energy efficient. However, they may also present issues with the space available on decks or the ability to use the cranking mechanism in a small room. Single hung windows are typically the most economical option when purchasing windows, but reduce the ability to clean the glass and can limit the amount of airflow desired. 2 and 3-lite sliders typically offer the ability to choose which side of the unit you prefer airflow from.

The point is that you DO NOT have to install the same style when it's time to purchase new windows -- usually. Obviously, if you are replacing a window in a basement, you most likely won't be able to install a bay window. But, dare to dream! In most cases a homeowner can have a different style of window installed right into the old window opening. And, with SMA Exteriors' experienced carpenters/window installers here in Minneapolis, we can alter an opening when necessary. That means you DO have the option to have a bay or bow window installed where you once had a 3-lite slider! Or, if the home you purchased years ago came with single hung windows, you can make a room more comfortable by installing made in Minnesota Richlin casement windows. Using dead-lites can improve the lighting in an area that was once drab. In fact, we've had customers turn an entire wall into windows! Imagine the lighting in that room!

So, we challenge you to think about the possibilities. Completely transform a space with your new window installation. Go ahead -- ask about our line of bay windows, bow windows, decorative windows, dead-lite windows, awning windows, garden windows, casement windows, 2-lite sliding windows, double hung windows and more! Consultations for Minneapolis window installs are always FREE. And our design software available at www.SMA2DAY.com can help you see what new wood windows or vinyl windows would look like in your home.

Smart Made Affordable, since 1994. SMA Exteriors is a licensed and insured professional window installer serving Minneapolis, Maple Grove, Eden Prairie, Bloomington, Maple Grove, Plymouth, and the 7 county metro area of the Twin Cities, Minnesota. Richlin by Hayfield windows are custom made in Minnesota. Richlin windows are measured to your exact specifications and delivered directly to SMA Exteriors warehouse prior to installation.

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