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Upgrade Your Exterior Doors for Energy Savings

Posted on January 29, 2020

When considering home improvement projects that increase energy efficiency and lower utility bills, most homeowners think replacement windows or insulation. But upgrading your exterior doors is an easy, cost-effective way to save energy and money while creating a comfortable, healthier indoor environment. Read on to learn how:

Air Leakage

Old, ill-fitting, or uninsulated entry or patio doors can contribute to air leakage during the winter and summer months. Unwanted outside air enters your home and inside air escapes through cracks, gaps, and openings you may not even know exist. Air leakage can also cause moisture issues. This can result in dangerous mold growth and poor indoor air quality. Weatherstripping or caulking the gaps can help reduce air leaks and energy loss, but new energy-efficient exterior doors are designed for a better fit and increased insulation, and can eliminate drafts.

Types of Energy-Efficient Doors

An energy-efficient door acts as a seal between the outside and inside temperatures of your home. This prevents an unwanted heat exchange, which could save you money. There are many options available when looking to upgrade your doors:

Fiberglass

Fiberglass is one of the most energy-efficient materials available today. It’s highly durable, weather-resistant, and relatively low maintenance. In addition, fiberglass doors won’t crack, shrink, or warp, giving them a longer lifespan than other materials such as wood. In general, fiberglass doors are moderately priced, so replacing your existing door with a fiberglass one is a good investment that will pay for itself in energy savings down the road.

Vinyl

Vinyl is another material that’s durable, weather-resistant, and energy efficient. A vinyl door provides good thermal insulation, which prevents air from entering or escaping your house during the hot and cold months. Premium vinyl resists deterioration, corrosion, and insect infestation.

Steel

Like a refrigerator door, most steel doors use magnetic weatherstripping that forms an airtight seal to prevent air from escaping or entering your home. Steel doors often have tighter-fitting frames and a higher R-value than other materials. This results in better insulation for your home. Moreover, steel doors are generally less expensive compared to fiberglass or vinyl.

Wood

A widely popular option, doors made from wood are the least energy efficient of all the materials. Wood tends to be a poor insulator of heat and can even absorb heat in the warmer months. Most wood doors have a polyurethane foam core that increases its energy efficiency, but only nominally. While wood is an attractive option relative to curb appeal, there are better alternatives for energy savings available.

Glass

Glass doors are poor insulators and tend to lose more heat than other types of doors. However, most manufacturers install low-emissivity coatings on glass, which control the heat transfer better but tend to cost more. There are do-it-yourself low-e coating kits available to apply at home. These films are relatively low-cost and may last up to 15 years without peeling, a good alternative for the budget-conscious homeowner.

Upgrading your exterior doors could lead to significant energy savings. Selecting the right door for your home’s exterior is a big decision. Before you buy, it’s advisable to check NFRC performance ratings to find the right door for your lifestyle and budget.

Let the experts at Spotless & Seamless Exteriors help make choosing a door a little easier. We are a Twin Cities home exteriors contractor offering a wide selection of doors from Waudena Millwork. Materials include high-quality steel, fiberglass aluminum, vinyl, wood, and others designed for high-functionality and performance all year round. Contact us today.



Why You Should Consider a Home Window Replacement

Posted on November 18, 2019

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Most homeowners consider replacing their windows to repair damage from a fallen tree or a stray baseball. But new glass could reduce energy consumption and enhance the beauty of your home. We’ve outlined four reasons why you should look into purchasing new windows and who you should trust to install them.

Money

Windows let in sunlight and can be a source of heat, but drafts will cause your heating system or air conditioning to work harder and your energy bills to spike. Many older homes were built with single-paned windows. Today’s standard windows are made of double- or even triple-paned glass, which will insulate your home.

According to the US Department of Energy, windows are responsible for 20 to 30 percent of lost heating and cooling energy. You could save money with energy-efficient windows installed with airtight quality.

Beauty

Windows are a focal point; if they are deteriorating, your house will look worn, too. Curb appeal sells houses. If you plan to put your home on the market, new windows may raise the resale value. If nothing else, it’ll be an attractive upgrade you can enjoy inside and out.

Design is a driving factor when choosing new windows. There are many styles to consider, such as bay and bow, double-hung, sliding, garden, awning, and casement windows. Each offer their own unique look that will pair with your home’s personality.

Well-Being

The right amount of quality windows can brighten up a space and improve your moods, productivity, and overall wellness. Windows are an important element of home security. Energy-efficient windows can reduce ambient noise if you live on a busy street, making it easier to focus and enjoy peace and quiet.

According to an article by Healthline, natural light boosts vitamin D, improves sleep, and helps with seasonal depression, a real struggle in Minnesota. So how do you increase the natural light in your home? Upgrade your windows or add more. With energy-efficient, attractive windows, you’ll be less tempted to draw the curtains to cover deteriorating frames, retain heat in the winter, or block out the sun in the summer.

Functionality

Leaking or inefficient windows are a detriment to your home and your health. Are your windows damaged? If you notice any of these signs in, on, or around the windows, it may be an indication you need to replace them:

  • Warped frames
  • Fogging glass
  • Condensation build-up
  • Rotting wood
  • Water stains
  • Sticking sashes

You could try applying weatherstripping or storm windows for moisture control, but those are temporary solutions that won’t fix the root of the issue. If your windows don’t work properly, a replacement could improve ventilation and make your life easier.

Options

So what’s the solution? Your Twin Cities window contractor Spotless & Seamless Exteriors (SSE) offers top-quality products like Ply Gem Windows. These maintenance-free vinyl windows offer improved beauty, function, security, weather resistance, and noise control and are backed by a limited lifetime transferable warranty.

Who Should You Hire?

You’ll want to make sure to hire an established contractor with good rapport with other industry professionals and their customers. You can always check their Better Business Bureau or Angie’s List ratings to see what others have to say about their services.

At Spotless & Seamless Exteriors, we are committed to our trade, offering quality products, free estimates, and efficient installation. The SSE installation team has worked on countless existing and new construction homes. As a Maple Grove siding contractor, we are able to handle all of your exterior renovations. Whether you’re looking for a complete makeover or a simple door replacement, we’ve got you—and your home—covered.

Contact us for more information.


5 Common Types of Replacement Windows for Your Home

Posted on December 27, 2018

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Homeowners decide to replace windows for a variety of reasons, including increased home security, weather resistance, energy efficiency, and style. We’ve outlined the five common types of replacement windows you should consider.
Three main factors that distinguish window styles are

  1. the window sash, or the frame that holds the glass panes,
  2. how the window opens and closes, and
  3. how the window projects from or is set into the wall.

Read on to discover the unique benefits each style offers your home.

Double-hung windows

Double-hung windows feature two panels of glass, each encased in a square or rectangular sash. Both sashes slide vertically to open and close and can be tilted inward or outward so you can easily wash the inside and outside of the window. Designed with Ply Gem Low-E glass, our double-hung windows are durable, versatile, and energy efficient.

Bay and bow windows

Available in double-hung or casement styles, bay and bow windows project outside the wall or corner of your home, adding a unique architectural element. A bay window is a deep shell of three glass panes, with one large center unit and two flanking it at a 35- to 45-degree outward angle from the wall. A bow window usually has four or five windows with less framing, creating a shallower, expansive shell that allows more natural light and adds elegance to any room. Bay and bow windows open up space for a cozy, cushioned window seat or a focal, sunlit shelf.

Sliding windows

Sliding windows feature two glass panels with one fixed and one gliding sash resting on an aluminum frame. The gliding sash opens sideways to overlap with the other along a track. Customizable and available in almost any size, sliding windows offer an unobstructed view of the outdoors and feature simple locks for a tight seal and increased home security.

Garden windows

Common over sinks or in kitchen areas, garden windows are constructed of glass panels that project from the exterior wall in a box-like shape, offering you a peripheral view of the outdoors. The side windows can be opened and closed easily to ventilate. The top window allows natural light to stream into your home, creating a natural mini greenhouse for plants or an eye-catching display case. Constructed of vinyl sashes, our garden windows require minimal maintenance and feature a weather-tight seal.

Casement and awning windows

Casement and awning windows are glass panels permanently set in the window frame that can be cranked open for adjustable ventilation. Casement windows are left- or right-hinged windows that crank outward to open, much like a door on a hinge. Awning windows are hinged from the top and crank open from the bottom. Casement and awning windows close tightly and securely, allow maximum air movement when opened, and are often paired with an inside screen.

If you’re looking for Twin Cities window replacement, look to Spotless & Seamless Exteriors. We are a Minnesota seamless steel siding contractor, but we also install windows and doors throughout the state. We offer Ply Gem windows known for their style, durability, and energy efficiency. Contact your Minneapolis/St. Paul window replacement contractor today to learn more.


Seamless Steel Siding

Posted on May 3, 2018

Maintenance-free seamless steel siding

Spotless & Seamless Exteriors, a Maple Grove siding contractor, is the exclusive Twin Cities provider of United States Seamless® Steel Siding products.

What is Seamless Steel Siding?

Maintenance-free seamless steel siding is the most durable exterior siding product available today. Made from multiple layers of finish adhered to a galvanized steel core, the weather-resistant siding delivers a consistent color application and the texture and grain of wood.

The siding is manufactured on-site, custom-fit to the exact length of your home. This eliminates unsightly seams and splices for a smooth, beautiful look. Unlike vinyl siding, steel is non-toxic, fire-resistant, and can be recycled.

Spotless & Seamless Exteriors offers a wide variety of color and profile choices for an exterior that best suits your personal style, including these exclusive U.S. Seamless collections:

Why Choose Seamless Steel Siding?

There are many benefits to choosing seamless steel siding, whether you are remodeling or building a new home, including:

  • Various color and style choices for siding, accent siding, soffit, fascia, and trim accessories.
  • Stain-resistant, maintenance-free finish.
  • Exclusive finish technology that protects against excessive fading and chalking and improves your home’s energy efficiency.
  • Limited lifetime warranty against fading and chalking.
  • The beautiful look of wood with the strength of steel, year after year.
  • Added home value.

Why Choose Spotless & Seamless Exteriors?

Spotless & Seamless Exteriors is your local siding contractor. We live and work in the Twin Cities, and we understand the needs of homeowners in the area. Whether you are building a new home, have recently experienced storm or hail damage and need repair, or it’s time to refresh the look and feel of your home’s exterior, count on the steel siding experts of Spotless & Seamless Exteriors. We have the knowledge and experience to help with any of your home exterior remodeling needs, from seamless steel siding and gutters to roofing, windows, and doors.

Combine the beauty of genuine wood with the durability and convenience of maintenance-free seamless steel siding. Contact Minnesota siding contractor Spotless & Seamless Exteriors to learn more.


North St. Paul Exterior Remodel

Posted on May 30, 2017

For the best in residential exterior remodeling, look to Twin Cities siding contractor Spotless & Seamless Exteriors. Not only are we experts in seamless steel siding, we provide a full range of exterior remodeling services, including roofing, windows and doors, gutters, and more. When the time comes to replace your worn or high-maintenance siding, as well as improve the appearance and value of your home, contact Spotless & Seamless Exteriors.

Spotless & Seamless Exteriors, a Maple Grove siding contractor serving the entire Twin Cities metro area, recently remodeled a home in North St. Paul, Minnesota.

North St. Paul Exterior Remodel

North St. Paul Exterior Remodel - Spotless & Seamless Exteriors

North St. Paul, MN Exterior Remodel with U.S. Seamless Steel Siding from Spotless & Seamless Exteriors

The home was a favorite for woodpeckers because of its cedar siding. This created many holes – as well as many issues and hard work for the homeowners. The siding professionals at Spotless & Seamless Exteriors installed new U.S. Seamless steel siding in the popular Traditional 6 ½-inch lap in Northwood, with Canyon Red accent color for the corners and trim.

So, what does this mean for these North St. Paul Homeowners? No more painting or staining. No more filling woodpecker holes with foam. And finally, no more worries or hard work, thanks to our Lifetime labor and material warranty, which includes fading, chalking, or peeling.

All this, plus a beautiful home – the look of wood without the work! Consequently, the homeowners couldn’t be more pleased with their new seamless steel siding from Minnesota siding contractor Spotless & Seamless Exteriors.

SSE is proud to be the Twin Cities area’s exclusive provider of United States Seamless® Steel Siding products, known for their timeless beauty, superior strength, and proven performance. The benefits of steel siding from Spotless & Seamless Exteriors include:

  • Custom-fit siding manufactured on-site to any length.
  • Smooth, beautiful look free from any splices or unsightly seams.
  • Galvanized steel core and multiple layers for strength and performance.
  • Look and texture of wood with consistent color and the best no-fade warranty in the industry.

Contact Minnesota siding contractor Spotless & Seamless Exteriors to learn more about maintenance-free seamless steel siding.


Dayton, MN Exterior Remodel Before & After

Posted on May 17, 2017

Spotless & Seamless Exteriors, a Maple Grove siding contractor, is known throughout the Twin Cities Metro area for our expertise in exterior residential remodeling. We can refresh the look and feel of any style home with seamless steel siding, updated windows, new roofing, and much more. A remodel will improve curb appeal and increase the value of your home.

Twin Cities siding contractor Spotless & Seamless Exteriors recently remodeled a lake home in Dayton, Minnesota.

Exterior Remodel Before & After

Dayton MN Exterior Remodel Before & After - Before - Spotless & Seamless Exteriors

Dayton, Minnesota Lake Home – Before

 

Dayton MN Exterior Remodel Before & After - Before - Spotless & Seamless Exteriors

Dayton, Minnesota Lake Home – Before – Stucco, cedar siding, and detached garage

 

SSE built a front porch with new footings, cedar, and stone.

Dayton MN Exterior Remodel Before & After - After - Front Porch - Spotless & Seamless Exteriors

Dayton, Minnesota Lake Home – After
New Front Porch with Cedar and Stone

 

SSE, a window contractor in Dayton, added new windows on both the front and lake sides of the home. The upper level stucco was removed along with the cedar siding on the rest of the house, and the rotten sheathing was repaired. SSE installed new U.S. Seamless steel siding on both the house and the garage, as well as Boulder Creek cultured stone on the upper front of the house, inside the new front porch, and on the entire façade of the garage. A breezeway now connects the house and the detached garage.

Dayton MN Exterior Remodel Before & After - After - Spotless & Seamless Exteriors

Dayton, Minnesota Lake Home – After – U.S. Seamless steel siding in Autumn Brown, 6-inch traditional lap

 

For window replacement and seamless steel siding in Dayton, MN, call Spotless & Seamless Exteriors. SSE is the top Dayton window replacement contractor and Dayton siding contractor.

Contact Spotless & Seamless Exteriors today to discuss how we can help refresh the look of your home.


Spotless & Seamless Exteriors Has a New Website!

Posted on October 27, 2016

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Featuring responsive design and interactive content, Spotless & Seamless Exteriors, Inc.’s brand new website layout is seamless on smartphones, tablets, laptops and desktops of any screen size for a customized user experience.

Be sure to also check out our official houzz, YouTube, GooglePlus and Facebook pages to see customer reviews and photos and videos from our latest projects. Follow us on our blog and your favorite platform for exciting updates on Spotless & Seamless Exteriors!

While we have overhauled our online presence, Spotless & Seamless Exteriors still offers the same high-quality upgrades for your home. We promise no more seams in your siding, no more leaves in your gutters, no more leaks in your roof and no more outrageous energy bills. Our home exterior services include:

As a locally-owned and operated company based in Osseo, MN, Spotless & Seamless Exteriors can provide you with recommendations on design and color as well as product selections that fit your unique needs and lifestyle–all within your budget! From consultation through completion and cleanup, our quality workmanship and careful attention to detail makes all the difference.