Window Replacement and Repair in Minneapolis

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Compass Exteriors has been replacing and building windows for Twin Cities area homeowners for the past 20+ years. We take pride in getting your window project completed on time, on budget, and to your specifications.  

Far from just being utilitarian, your windows can set the tone to the interior and exterior of your home, as well as the lighting and overall mood. In addition, good windows also help keep your home cool or warm, depending on the season, which affects your energy bills.

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Our team can walk you through the process of new window installation whether you are siting a new window in your home or replacing dated windows. Our team of window experts are professionals with years of experience under their belts and are excellent communicators. 

Window replacement is much more straight-forward than window repair, because the problems aren’t as varied and don’t require as many different approaches and solutions with window repair. With window replacement, you simply take out the old window, make sure the space is level, and install the new window. Of course, this usually is not a job for the homeowner, but for a window installer like Compass Exteriors.

It’s true that window replacement is a more expensive service than window repair, since, instead of keeping your old ones, you are bringing in completely new ones. Though it is worth investing in new windows over repairing old ones. This way you do not have to worry about the durability of your old windows for the foreseeable future. You generally want to replace all your windows at once, so that they’re matching, treated the same, and age the same way. Replacing all your windows at once is going to be a big expense, but in the end will work out to be more affordable than doing them piecemeal. Plus, you don’t want the disruption again.

Window restoration and repair

It is usually cheaper and more energy efficient to upgrade your windows to double paned well sealed windows, though if your house still has the original vintage windows, you may want to keep them for as long as possible. On some older homes you may want to preserve the character and size of the original window. In some cases you may not have the budget for a replacement job, but instead need to make the windows you have more efficient, we can make that happen too. 

There’s a myriad of potential issues that can impact decades-old windows, but Compass Exteriors can help you with all of them.

Should you be in the unfortunate position of a broken window, you will require full glass replacement. Luckily, that doesn’t mean you have to replace the whole window, you can keep the frame. This is a great opportunity to install double glazed windows that will be much more energy efficient, a great investment that will lower your future energy costs. 

With age, the glazing on your windows inevitably will fall apart. It may start to show cracks, crumbles, breakage, and pieces of it might even fall off. That means that your window is no longer properly installed and not nearly as efficient. 

Fresh glazing ensures that you’re not getting your hands dirty, it’s not messy, it’s quick, it’s efficient, and at the end, you’re left with windows that will keep the warm air – or the cool air – trapped inside and not seeping outside. It is a good alternative to window replacement for those without the budget for a complete replacement.

With older windows, you may find that in time, the hardware is not what it used to be. Depending on the state of the wood itself, the hardware may become loose, but it can also get broken, jammed, or corroded. 

Skip a day’s worth of work replacing the hardware on all your windows and allow Compass Exteriors to do it. That way, you ensure everything matches and is new and well-oiled so that you know for a fact that everything works without a squeak. 

The older your windows are, the more likely it is for them to have succumbed to dry rot. You may think your window is a goner at this point, but it’s not. Yes, dry rot can be repaired, and Compass Exteriors can do it. 

The dry rot sections will simply be identified and removed. The missing sections will be replaced by wood hardener and filler. Though at a certain point replacement will be a more cost-effective and long term solution. 

Old windows are charming and beautiful, but they often turn out to be difficult to operate. Case and point – sash windows. Are you finding that you can no longer open and close them easily, or properly? It sounds like you’re in need of some sash repair. It’s usually not a difficult job – just a matter of cleaning off the layers of paint and restoring them to their former glory. But with dozens of windows to take care of, that can turn into a days-long chore. 

Compass Exteriors can restore your sash windows and make sure they’re just as good as any double-pane modern window. And if you need a new sash, we can also help with that. Anything to help you keep your original windows. 

You can’t live without screens in the summer, both for your windows and doors. They offer essential protection against bugs while allowing you to enjoy the summer air. Broken window screens are a pain, but it doesn’t mean you have to replace the window. If your screens are broken, Compass Exteriors can easily repair or completely replace them, allowing you to once again enjoy your summer.

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