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Renewal by Andersen Long Island NY - Your Replacement Window Source for Long Island, NY

7 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Long Island Home’s Windows & Doors

7 Signs Time to Replace Long Island Windows & DoorsThere are several reasons a Long Island homeowner may reach out to our Renewal by Andersen team to discuss replacing their home’s windows — from improving the street-facing view to improving resale value.

If you’ve been considering replacing your windows, here are seven signs the time is now.

1. Your windows stick or won’t open at all.

Having trouble opening or closing wood-frame windows? Can you quickly get out through the window in an emergency, such as a fire? Sometimes a little maintenance can resolve minor issues. An inspection may reveal damaged parts that can be replaced, loose screws or nails that can be reset. Removing loose debris and lubricating tracks can improve sliding door operation, but warped frames generally mean the window is beyond simple repair. And, if your windows are painted shut, chances are the windows were leaking or frames were so damaged at the time someone decided to permanently seal them that replacement is the best option.

2. You plan to update your exterior surfaces.

If you are considering a major exterior make-over, like adding new siding or brick, your old windows will likely detract from the fresh new look. Even if you repaint existing wood windows, you will still need to spend time every year stripping down your frames, repairing any moisture and mildew damage, filling in holes and cracks with putty and repainting them. Why not go ahead and replace your old windows with a style to fit your new facade. If you choose Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s Fibrex frames that are guaranteed to resist rot, mold, mildew and fading, you can skip the annual maintenance chores, too.

3. Your window styles don’t fit your decorative vision.
Let’s face it, some older windows make your home look tired and worn out. Windows with visible stains, chips, cracks and outdated styles can make an otherwise clean, attractive home look really bad. When it comes to style, double-hung windows look great in almost any home, but you may want to update your home with a new look that replaces some of those old faithful styles with modern casement windows or low-profile sliding patio doors that give you a better view.

4. Your home doesn’t have a ‘pulled-together’ look.
Older homes may have undergone previous updates, such as adding a new entry way or another bedroom and the windows don’t match the overall appearance. Sometimes a past replacement window project didn’t do a good job of matching the architectural style or complementing the existing appearance and you aren’t happy with the way your home looks when you pull in your driveway. You may only need to replace a few windows or the patio door to fix the problem, but if your existing windows aren’t performing as well as they once did, you may opt to replace all of them now.

5. You notice cold or hot spots.
Air and moisture leaks make it more difficult to keep your home comfortable. If you can see daylight around the edges of your windows, or feel air moving through cracks, you are wasting energy. Modern Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are manufactured with Low-E glass that improves energy efficiency. Single-pane glass panels, even if you don’t notice obvious damage to frames, can be updated with double-pane, insulated glass windows that have special coatings that improve insulation.

6. Your indoor environment needs a makeover.
Obviously, beautiful, high-performance windows can dramatically improve curb appeal. And of course, new, energy efficient windows improve comfort and help reduce your heating and air conditioning bills, but don’t forget that your windows also significantly impact the interior appearance of your home. Crystal clear windows improve natural light flow in your home. Configurations impact useable floor space – think replacing swing-in patio doors with sliders that don’t interfere with traffic patterns. You can also replace larger windows with a combination of several smaller windows to create a unique, visually attractive focal point, or vice-versa if you like.

7. You are getting ready to sell your home.
New windows and patio doors give your home a fresh, attractive appearance that can improve its desirability on the market. If you are planning to put your home on the market, buyers will be excited to know they won’t have to invest time maintaining their windows every year to keep them looking beautiful and performing well. Modern designs even make cleaning windows easier. Plus, the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island 20/2/10 warranty is transferrable so new homeowners won’t have to worry if a problem develops after the sale.

Renewal by Anderson of Long Island Replacement Window Solutions for Homeowner

Are you ready to replace those ugly, drooping windows with modern, energy-efficient windows that look great and perform perfectly? Getting ready to put your home on the market? Maybe you just want a fresh new look or want to be sure you can get out of your home if a fire breaks out. Whatever your reason for considering replacing the doors and windows in your home, we invite you to call us to learn more about our custom-built windows. Reach us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page to request a brochure.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Furnishing Your Long Island Colonial with Modern Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows Colonial
Welcome to Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s history class. Today’s topic is a brief history of architectural styles in Colonial America. When you drive throughout Long Island’s neighborhoods, especially those established before the turn of the twentieth century, you’ll find a diverse collection of architectural styles and ethnic enclaves. Early settlers brought their own cultures and unique building traditions to the New World. Although the buildings they built resembled the structures “back home,” people had a different set of resources and environmental influences to deal with when they built their homes in Colonial America. The climate was different, the landscape was different and building materials available may not have been the same ones used in Spain, Germany, the Netherlands or one of the other countries the settlers left behind. As time passed, innovation and necessity drove design, construction and modification, but even today you’ll find subtle (and not so subtle) influences dating back to the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.

Colonial Homes: Do You Know Your Home’s Architectural Heritage?
On Long Island, one of the most popular architectural styles is the Colonial. Symmetry is perhaps the most recognizable feature. Windows flanking a centered entry door provide a balanced visual effect with similar, or more likely identical, grille patterns, window shapes and sizes. Typically, the exterior facade is brick or clapboard, depending on when the home was built.

Modern homes often use rectangular transoms with vertical grilles above the windows flanking the door to provide a bit of visual interest without detracting from the overall aesthetic, Some homeowners add a half circle window over the entrance and narrow side-lights to create a unique appearance or showcase a beautiful front door. Although you probably would not have seen patterned glass in Early American homes, installing patterned glass in side-lights and over-the-door windows is acceptable today and is an opportunity to express your personal decorating style and personality.

There are multiple variations other than the ranch that fall under the Colonial style umbrella, including the single-story Cape Code, sometimes called the New England Colonial, Georgian, Dutch Colonial and Federalist.

Cape Cod: Comfort and Simplicity
The Cape Cod is a simple, compact, typically unadorned single-story home. Originally designed to withstand harsh winter conditions with their steep roofs to shed snow, these structures may have been described as functional and sturdy. Today, people often describe the Cape Cod style as comfortable, cozy, humble, and practical. Very often, the simple Cape Cod roofline is modified as families grew and added a dormer, or two to the former attic. Unlike the Colonial, which often uses a symmetrical grille pattern that mimics early windows constructed with 9 to 12 equally sized panes, replacement windows for Cape Cod styled homes typically don’t have grilles or other embellishments. Simplicity takes precedence over balance. The entrance may be centered in the front or on the side. If side-lights are present, you may see horizontal grilles, but intricate patterns would be out of place in this style home.

Dutch Colonial: A Mixed Message
Quintessential Dutch styling presents a modest curb appeal. Typically featuring a central front door and balanced windows, early Dutch Colonial homes were most often built as a single-story or a story and a half. Modern homes may have two full stories, with bedrooms on the second floor “under the roof.” Dormers installed on the front of the house and/or the sides allow abundant light to penetrate interior spaces and encourage natural ventilation. One of the defining characteristics of this style is the gambrel roof which makes the home resemble a barn. Dutch Colonial design has the same simple facade as the Cape Cod, but the interior is more formal with rooms flanking a central hall. Small circle windows, arched windows and oval shapes complement the flared eaves and gambrel roof lines, so it’s possible to add a touch of visual interest while maintaining the overall balance. Flanking a large second story window with smaller oval windows is one option, but there are many ways to incorporate unique design elements. Grilles are optional, depending on whether you want to present a traditional appearance or a more modern look.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows that Complement Your Colonial Spirit

Whether you want to upgrade your Colonial, or you want to improve energy-efficiency in your Dutch influenced home, we can help. With Energy-Star certified replacement windows to save you money on your heating and air conditioning bills and opportunities to create custom grille patterns or design transoms with patterned glass, we are confident our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team can help you achieve your financial and decorating goals. Ready to get started? Just fill in the short form on this page to request more information or give us a call toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a free, no-obligation home consultation to discuss updating your home with modern replacement windows and patio doors.

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Long Island Replacement Windows Have Come a Long Way From Oilcloth to Insulated Glass

Long Island Replacement Windows From Oilcloth to Insulated GlassThis week, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island takes a backward glance to highlight some of the advantages of 21st century replacement windows. Looking back at the history of home windows, you can’t help but marvel at the technological advances in glass manufacturing processes and performance features built into modern replacement windows in such a relatively short time. We’ve definitely come a long way from pioneer days and oilcloth windows.

Oilcloth Manufacturing & Benefits

Oilcloth, which was originally created by coating canvas, linen or tightly woven duckcloth with boiled linseed oil to provide a waterproof coating, helped homeowners block some of the air and moisture from streaming into the house while letting in some light. The process was arduous. Lead dross, or a combination of lead and manganese salts was added to the linseed oil, which required lengthy boiling time. Sometimes, senna or umber pigments were used to improve humidity-resistance qualities.

Once the oil was prepared, manufacturers stretched the fabric on a frame and begin the process of water-proofing. It took many layers of cured oil to produce a strong, moisture-resistant cloth that could be cut and shaped to fit the “window hole.” The curing process also took a long time. Curing was activated by oxidation, so thin coats of the oil mixture were applied and allowed to fully dry before the next application. Pioneers could dye or paint on the fabric before brushing on the linseed oil, but function often took precedence over beauty. And, once the window covering was nailed into place, you couldn’t just walk by and look out the window. So, while early settlers gained some benefits, they reduced the amount of air and moisture that flowed inside and could raise the covering to allow a view of the outdoors or increase ventilation on moderate days, the coverings weren’t efficient when it came to fully leveraging solar heat gain during the winter or effectively eliminating all drafts.

From Functional to High-Performance Beauty

You won’t find modern homes on Long Island fitted with oilcloth for windows today. Even though many pioneers could not afford glass windows they’ve been around for centuries now. Fortunately, replacement windows today aren’t purely functional or so expensive the average homeowner cannot afford high-performance window units. While glass was extremely expensive for our ancestors, today we have affordable windows that are light weight and do so much more than simply block air and moisture.

Modern technology allows manufacturers to add coatings that reduce UV light levels and reflect light rays to improve solar heat gain or reduce heat transfer. Crystal clear glass allows you to enjoy the outdoor scenery without compromising interior comfort. Capturing an evening breeze or lifting the sash to enjoy the smell of a gentle rain doesn’t require pulling nails and resealing your window openings as it did in pioneer days. And, when you want a little more privacy, you can choose patterned glass that won’t block natural light flow; no hand-painting or embellishing required.

Where past generations often had to choose function over beauty, modern replacement windows offer homeowners opportunities to create customized solutions to beautify their homes. Design choices include:

  • Myriad factory applied trim and frame colors
  • Beautiful high-quality hardware manufactured in unique styles and finishes
  • Standard and custom grille patterns to complement architectural elements
  • Traditional and geometric shapes
  • Energy-efficient. Energy-Star certified glazing
  • Paintable/Stainable interiors for more decorating options

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: We’ve Come a Long Way in Replacement Windows

The history of Long Island replacement windows is long and interesting. You probably don’t have oilcloth windows in your home right now, but if your windows are leaking air and moisture, sagging, fading or getting hard to open and close, it might be time to move into the 21stcentury. We invite you to fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation to find out how modern technology can help you improve your comfort and the view beyond your walls.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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This is the Year to Transform Long Island Home’s Curb Appeal with Replacement Windows and Patio Doors

Long Island Replacement Windows 2016 RenovationsAs the first month of the new year nears an end, most of our Long Island neighbors have finished mailing out their thank-you notes for Christmas presents and the holiday decorations are packed away. Some of you may be thinking ahead this week, planning that special St. Valentine’s get-away or already checking your work schedule to see if you can take some vacation time to visit family off the Island this year. Just four weeks into winter some of you may be wishing you had updated your windows and doors last fall so you don’t have to keep stuffing the draft dodgers back in place every time someone comes in or goes out.

Are You Tired Of Drafty Corners?
If your heating bills are already higher than you would like and your family is constantly checking the thermostat, 2016 may be the year to finally invest in new Energy Star certified windows and patio doors that block air and moisture from infiltrating your home and prevent warm air from sneaking in at an alarming rate. New windows and patio doors, especially if your existing windows are single-pane styles or they have significant structural damage, can make a dramatic difference in the interior comfort level for you and your family. And, you could see a 10 to 15 percent reduction in utility bills. Right now, comfort is probably the most important factor driving your interest in upgrading your Long Island home, but have you thought about the other advantages of installing new windows or patio doors? Benefits like transforming your curb appeal with a stunning focal point and increased security are worth considering.

How Do Modern Replacement Windows & Patio Doors Enhance Security & Comfort?
Patio doors aren’t just for egress to the backyard deck. If you’re are looking for a way to add some light to an otherwise drab entry-way, French-style, hinged doors may be the perfect solution for your renovation. Since hinged doors are primarily glass, adding either swing-in or swing-out French doors provides a beautiful solution that lets in a lot more light than traditional wood or metal doors. And, they provide more design flexibility than sliding patio doors. In the past, many people worried that patio doors weren’t as secure as traditional exterior doors. Modern technology and innovative manufacturing processes have dramatically reduced safety concerns. Today, you’ll find built-in features like multi-point locking systems and sturdier frame materials that increase security against would be intruders. These advances in door design mean it is possible to create stunning, eye-catching entry doors with full confidence your home is protected.

Transforming Your Curb Appeal with Replacement Windows & Patio Doors
While you are considering whether to choose a frame width and color that complements the other architectural features of your Long Island home or you want design elements that meld into the existing appearance, you should also consider whether you want to block harmful UV rays from damaging your library collection on the other side of your new replacement windows and doors or you’re more interested in reducing the amount of natural sunlight that flows inside.

Another important consideration is your landscaping. You can leverage flowering plants and shrubs near your entrances to create visual interest. Our climate on Long Island allows homeowners like you to mix and match low-maintenance plants with varied heights, dimensions and colors to enhance your curb appeal, showcasing their entrance throughout the seasons. Plus, you can use landscaping, as well as patterned glass in sidelights and transoms, to increase privacy.

Have You Considered Natural and Artificial Lighting Influences?
Outdoor illumination incorporated in the landscaping is an excellent way to dramatically transform your nighttime curb appeal. Adding solar light sticks or low-profile pods along walkways leading to your entrance not only creates an intriguing image, but safely guides visitors to the front door. Outdoor lights strategically placed in nearby beds can be used to draw attention to your well-manicured lawn or your primary focal point, possibly your entrance or another unique architectural feature. Indoor lighting can also be used to backlight your new doors. And, everyone knows that rooms just look more beautiful bathed in natural sunlight. More glass, means more natural light during daylight hours.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Transformational Upgrades for Your Home

If you’re tired of dealing with cold spots and drafty corners and you want to reduce your heating bills, let Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors help you take care of those issues. Our beautiful, high-performance replacement windows and patio doors are custom built to your exacting specification so you can rest assured you’ll get the benefits you need and the design features you want. Need help figuring out how to leverage natural and artificial lighting, landscaping and new patio doors to transform your curb appeal? We can help. Fill in the short form on this page or give us a call today at 1-877-313-9052 to arrange a free in-home consultation.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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5 Tips to Prevent Replacement Window Catastrophes on Long Island

5 Tips to Prevent Replacement Window CatastrophesInvesting in replacement windows and patio doors from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is an opportunity to improve your property value, lower heating and air conditioning bills and enhance the overall appearance of your home. Wise choices before the installation process, such as considering how you use each room in your home and how the surrounding landscape or tall structures in the area may impact direct sunlight hitting your windows, will help ensure you are pleased with your window’s performance and appearance for years to come.

Here are a few tips to make sure you get the highest return on your home improvement investment and love the look and feel of your home after the upgrade.

#1. Don’t Assume the ‘Cheapest’ Window is the Least Expensive Option

We appreciate the fact that price is a concern for most homeowners, and we work closely with our customers to help them find home improvement solutions that won’t add unnecessary financial burdens while helping them the find best-fit windows and patio doors. Just because the initial investment is low, it doesn’t mean lower cost windows and patio doors won’t cost you more over the years you live in your home. We’ve replaced a number of cheap vinyl and aluminum windows within a few years of their initial installation because of shoddy installation and warping or bending during normal weather fluctuations and everyday use. In contrast, strong Fibrex frames are guaranteed never to warp, bend, fade, absorb moisture or need resurfacing to stay beautiful and functional for as long as you live in your home.

#2. Address Structural Damage Before Installing Replacement Windows

Inadequate ventilation, improperly functioning heating/cooling systems and aging leaking windows may all contribute to mold growth inside your home. Mold is dangerous and destructive. If you see evidence mold is growing inside or outside your home, have your environment tested. Replacing moisture damaged windows can improve your interior comfort, and eliminate air and moisture leaks, but damaged walls, floors and ceilings should be addressed before you install windows to protect your family’s health and well-being, and prevent further infestation.

#3. Treat Invasive Pests

If you see evidence that termites or carpenter ants have taken up residency in your home (or in the wood pile that fuels your fireplace) contact an extermination specialist before window and patio door installation day. Although invasive pests aren’t a problem for Fibrex frames, wood framing, interiors and trim could be damaged.

#4. Think About How You Use Every Window in Every Room
Carefully consider how your family uses each room in your home. Designing new windows isn’t only about improving energy-efficiency and saving money, the window style you choose can effect your family’s safety and convenience. Window placement may dictate whether you choose a single-lever crank-out casement window for the area above your kitchen counter or a double-hung window for the nursery that allows you to lower the upper sash for ventilation without worrying your toddler will be able to crawl or fall out the window.

#5. Consider Your Replacement Window Options

If you’re considering buying replacement windows from a dealer that doesn’t provide installation, you might want to reconsider. Replacement windows are intended to exactly fit into the opening left when existing windows are removed and negotiating installation contracts isn’t as easy as it sounds. Who is responsible for measuring window sizes? Have you thought about what it will cost to address size differences if your new windows don’t fit exactly? Should you ask for contingency fee schedules in advance to cover unknown size variations or structural problems that show up after the existing windows are removed? If you have a problem down the road, what will you do if the contractor has gone out of business? Our policy is to provide skilled technicians to install every window and patio door we sell. And, since we measure your existing windows, we guarantee every window will fit perfectly. If not, it’s on us to ensure they do.

Avoid Window Replacement Catastrophes with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

The five tips above will help make sure you are happy with your windows long after installation day. The landscape surrounding your home and providing shading (or not) and the number of hours each window gets of full sunlight each day may impact glazing choices. The age of family members and wall position influences which window styles are best for different rooms. Naturally, color choices, profile widths, shapes and window configuration all influence visual appeal and should reflect your personality and complement your home’s character and architectural features. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are designed and manufactured with high-performance features to prevent disasters, like mold development, and not cause them.
Need help exploring options to improve energy-efficiency, convenience, comfort and functionality in your home. Contact your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island window consultant to schedule a free, in-home window inspection by calling 1-877-313-9052. You can also fill in the short form on this page to request more information.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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6 Things You Need to Know About Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows FactsIf you’ve been straddling the fence trying to decide whether to upgrade your Long Island home with replacement windows and patio doors, you might be wondering what makes Renewal by Andersen of Long Island home improvement products any different from other brands. Here are six things you might not know about our windows and our company.

#1 Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window & Patio Door Glass Almost Cleans Itself

Cutting-edge technology applied at the glass factory repels water spots when activated by direct sunlight. Plus, tilt-in and lift-out sash designs allow you to clean both surfaces from inside your home with a simple solution of mild detergent and tap water. The only tools you need are a soft, lint-free cloth to apply the solution and one to wipe it off. You can use a squeegee if you prefer, but it isn’t necessary to get streak-free, crystal clear views. Fewer steps to take, no chemicals or supplies to purchase and less elbow grease required.

#2 Getting the Most Benefit From Your Replacement Windows or Patio Doors on Long Island

A superior window design is only as good as the installation. Even top-rated ENERGY-STAR certified windows will fail to perform as intended if they aren’t installed precisely according to manufacturing guidelines. That’s why we always hand-select skilled technicians and train them to install our windows perfectly every time. Long Island homeowners can have 100 percent confidence they will get the most out of their investment because we provide a full two-year warranty that covers parts and labor associated with installation – that is twice as long as some of our competition on the Island. Our exclusive 20/2/10 warranty is fully-transferrable should you decide to sell your home at some point in the future, which provides additional re-sale value to would-be buyers.

#3 Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows Help You Achieve ‘Green’ Goals

The Andersen Corporation, our parent company, has some of the most rigorous sustainability standards for manufacturing in the industry. If you are concerned about reducing your carbon footprint, you can be certain choosing Renewal by Andersen as your home improvement partner is a great choice, for you and our planet. Our patented Fibrex frames, which are made with up to 40% reclaimed wood and fiberglass components, are built to last for as long as you live in your home. That means less landfill waste during manufacturing and built-in durability and stability to control energy consumption for years after installation.

#4 Even the Smallest Details Can Make a Huge Statement & Increase Your Satisfaction

One of the many benefits of designing your own replacement windows with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is your ability to create truly one-of-a-kind windows. Standard grille patterns may be applied as a continuous pattern that covers both sash or to upper sash or lower sash only, or as a unique decorating element to enhance historical accuracy. Did you know that you can sketch your own grille patterns and our design team works with you to select the best widths and placement options to achieve your visual goals? Check rail widths and styles allow you to incorporate traditional or contemporary styling and our exclusive line of hardware includes options that fade into the overall aesthetic of the window or stand out in a bold and beautiful way that attracts attention.

#5 Special Customization and Visualization Tools Help You See Your Windows Before You Spend a Penny

We understand it is hard to accurately visualize what a particular window style, color or configuration combination will look like installed in your home. That’s why we offer two unique solutions for our Long Island homeowners to help them “imagine” a bit more clearly. If you want to see the difference a curved check rail makes compared to a traditional check rail, or how subtle changes to trim width influence the overall appearance of windows, use our Visualization App. Simply take a photo of your home, wait just a few moments while the application creates a 3-D image of your home, and then review virtual snapshots that show what different window and patio door features will look like in your home. You can choose trim width, check rail styles, grille patterns and more to create dozens of combinations to get a better idea of how customization impacts visual appeal. Or, you can check out our online photo gallery that shows some of the unique configurations and color combinations for diverse window style.

#6 Installing Replacement Windows Should be a One-Time Experience

Unless you move to another home, you should never have to replace your replacement windows and custom-built patio doors more than once. Fibrex frames and check rails are built to resist moisture damage and stand up to extreme temperature variations without fading or warping. Plus, Fibrex improves the overall insulation rating of the window unit. And, low-E glazing options allow you to customize glass panels to each room in your home so you can protect your artwork and furnishings in the library from harmful UV rays or improve cold-weather performance in north-facing rooms with options that let you take advantage of solar heat gain during the winter months. By custom designing each replacement window, our Long Island neighbors have more opportunities to get the exact look they want while saving money on heating and cooling bills throughout the seasons.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s Commitment to Excellence in Replacement Windows:

High-Quality, Custom-built, Home Improvement Products Designed for Long-Lasting Beauty & Superior Performance

If you’re ready to get started building your new replacement windows, give us a call at 1-877-313-9052. In a rush, but want more information? Fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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3 Questions to Ask To Get the Right Long Island Replacement Window

Long Island Replacement Windows QuestionsIf you’ve been putting off replacing the aging, single-pane windows in your Long Island home because you think replacement windows will detract from its overall appearance, we’ve got good news. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island home improvement products are not the typical, clunky plastic replacement windows you see in many homes. You don’t have to settle for functionality OR beauty — you can have both. We offer our Long Island customers a broad array of color choices and styles that beautify your home and help you frame your view with energy-efficient frames that improve energy-efficiency.

The key to designing windows that don’t stick out like a sore thumb, shouting “I just bought replacement windows,” is to ask the right questions. Here are three important questions every homeowner should ask their replacement window dealer before making decisions about which home improvement products are right for their home.

1. What type of window or patio door is best for my Long Island home?

Many factors go into the window style selection. One key factor to consider is what fixed and movable elements are near your windows. Think landscaping, furniture, and patios or decks.

Long Island Replacement Window Styles

Double- and single-hung windows slide vertically, remaining flush with your walls so they never interfere with exterior or interior traffic patterns.

Casements and awning windows open outward, providing exceptional ventilation opportunities, but may also interfere with external traffic patterns if placed near sidewalks.

Hoppers are hinged at the bottom and pull inward so they work very well placed higher on the wall when you want to avoid blocking sidewalks and limiting furniture placement.

Sliders, like double-hung windows, remain flush with the wall and feature at least two sash. Configuration options allow you to open both the left and right sash and you can even add a third, stationary panel to expand your view. The thin profile gives you a larger viewing area in a sleek contemporary package.

There are also picture windows, specialty windows and bay/bow styles that give you virtually limitless design options to enhance light and ventilation when used together with other styles to create dramatic combinations to add space or functionality.

Long Island Replacement Patio Doors

Your patio entrance is an invitation to your home. The style you choose depends on whether you want to create a stunning focal point or complement your home’s other architectural features. In general terms you have three options: sliding, hinged in-swing or hinged out-swing. However, you can add a touch of elegance and charm with sidelights, transoms and fixed panels to expand light levels, enlarge your viewing area or improve ventilation.

2. Why does glass choice matter? Isn’t all Low-E4 glass the same?
Glazing choices do more than just enhance energy-efficiency. Different glass options perform differently. Some options have better insulating features while others allow you to block more harmful UV rays from damaging your interior furnishings and some delivery superior clarity. Our line of glass options makes sure you get exactly the type of glass you need for each room in your home, depending on how you use each room, external surroundings and interior furnishings and fixtures. You can even add patterned glass as a decorative element or to add a bit of security and privacy in areas where you want to allow light, but prefer to obscure the view.

3. Will my storm windows still fit?
This is kind of a trick question. Upgrading your Long Island home’s windows is a significant investment for many homeowners and you want to get the highest return on your investment. If you choose high-quality windows custom-built to exacting standards, you shouldn’t need storm windows to block air and moisture infiltration or add an extra layer of insulation. Fibrex frames have superior insulating properties and are guaranteed never to sag or droop so you don’t have to worry about drafts and dampness after the installation is completed. If a window dealer recommends storm windows, you may want to reconsider your options.

Ask the Replacement Window Experts at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Naturally there are other things to consider like interior and exterior color options, hardware and accessory choices and whether or not you want to add grilles to expand your decorating options. Asking the right questions is essential to finding replacement windows and patio doors that fit your needs and help you achieve your energy-saving goals.

Do you have more questions not covered here? We’ve got answers. Just fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to learn more about the benefits of upgrading your windows and patio doors in your Long Island home today.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Long Island Replacement Windows Add a Touch of Personality to Your Home Improvement Project

Long Island Replacement Window OptionsAt Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors, we understand your home is an extension of your personality. Every detail from the colors and shapes you incorporate throughout your landscaping to the textures and fabrics you select for furnishings and wall coverings, gives you an opportunity to create amazing spaces that are visually appealing and comfortable for you and your family.

Designing replacement windows that complement your personal style accentuates the best features of your Long Island home. Here are a few tips for creating beautiful, functional spaces you’ll be proud to show off.

Elegance & Specialty Glass Make Beautiful Replacement Windows
Glass brightens your indoor surroundings. From crystal clear glazing that encourages natural sunlight to flood your interior spaces to using mirrors to reflect available sunlight, glass is often an integral part of décor strategies. Our home improvement product specialists can help you achieve amazing results with simple window plans, traditional shapes and styles without embellishments, or add some elegance with specialty patterned glass that artfully adds a layer of privacy and security.

Choose from four high-performance Low-E4 glass patterns:

  • Reed
  • Fern
  • Cascade
  • Obscure

Long Island Replacement Window Glass Patterns

Color Choices Define the Curb Appeal of Your Long Island Home

Long Island Replacement Window Color ChoicesColor choices let you define your personality, whether you want your home to coordinate with the surrounding neighborhood or you want to go bold with a striking appearance that draws attention to your home’s unique character and architectural features.

Exterior color options in a wide variety of colors allow you to create a maintenance-free look that represents your personal style. Eleven Fibrex exterior trim colors are available and each is guaranteed never to blister, peel or fade in our climate. You’ll never need to resurface your Fibrex composite materials to maintain their beautiful appearance. Interior color options are virtually unlimited because you can select from our wide selection of factory finishes or paint/stain any color and texture you desire. You are only limited by your imagination and our team will help you create the perfect color presentation based on your decorating vision for every room in your home with custom grille patterns, color combinations and glazing options.

Accessorizing & Final Touches

Adding grilles and hardware let Long Island homeowners add finishing touches that pull the overall appearance together. Standard grille patterns and customized solutions give you opportunities to reflect your personal style with coordinating or contrasting details. Removable or between-the-panes options are easy to clean and take care of so you can keep your home looking beautiful inside and out with very little time investment.

An extensive selection of hardware gives you the freedom to draw the eye toward the windows with bold finishes or install accessories that match your design elements so perfectly you can barely see the operational handles and hinges. The choice is totally up to you. Naturally, the window style you choose will dictate the size and shape of your operational hardware, so ask your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window consultant about options to help you achieve your overall design vision and decorating goals.

Innovative Solutions to Express Your Personality

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island eplacement windows are custom built to allow you to design windows for your home improvement project that reflect your personality and style preferences from bold and beautiful to elegantly understated and everything in between. Custom configurations enable exceptional ventilation and viewing opportunities, plus you can create unique visual interest for a truly stunning curb appeal.

Design features and elements:

  • Wide variety of color choices for frames, trim and interior components
  • A full line of standard accessories and custom grille options, exclusive hardware finishes and insect screens
  • 11 window and patio door styles
  • ENERGY-STAR certified glazing options, heat-treated glass, patterned glass
  • Unlimited configuration options to expand your view, improve ventilation or enable light flow

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows & Patio Doors Options Add Personality

We would love the chance to meet with you to discuss our custom-built solutions engineered for high-performance and long lasting beauty. If you are ready to plan a home improvement project to improve energy-efficiency and you want the freedom to design replacement windows and patio doors that perfectly reflect your personality, please call us to schedule a free, no-obligation home-consultation. Our toll-free number is 1-877-313-9052. Or, if you prefer, you can fill in the short form on the page and we get right back to you.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Casement, Awning, Gliding: Which Long Island Replacement Window Style is Best for Your Home?

long-island-replacement-windows-casement-awning-sliderAdvantages of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Styles
No matter which style you choose, all Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are easy to clean, come with high-performance ENERGY STAR certified glass options to reduce heating and cooling bills and come with factory-applied technology that virtually eliminates 99% of unsightly water spots when activated by sunlight. Each style offers its own unique set of advantages for homeowners.

 

sliderGliding Replacement Windows: Expansive View

One of the key advantages of installing sliding windows and patio doors is the opportunity to expand your viewing area. Narrow frames mean you’ll capture the largest viewing area possible on an operable window for the size. And, almost invisible TruScene insect screens allow you to open your windows during mild weather without obstructing your view or worrying about gnats and flying insects.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island sliding replacement windows are easy to operate and can be configured to open from the left, right or both. Dual sliding glass options and slim profile, contoured frames complement modern decorating schemes and are a good choice when you need windows that open without projecting into walkways or landscaping.

Low-profile Fibrex frames and easy-glide track features mean your windows are very easy to clean and maintain. Operable sash lift out for cleaning and you can keep your frames looking beautiful by simply wiping them down with a damp cloth.

 

casementCasement Replacement Windows: Capturing the Breeze
Casement windows are hinged at the side (like a door) and open outward with a single crank. Typically installed over countertops, sinks or above fixed built-ins or anywhere else you’re not concerned about obstructing the exterior traffic flow, the single-lever operation makes this a good choice when you have to reach to open your window. Because casement windows open fully from top to bottom, this window style “draws in” the breeze better than some other window styles. Only fixed windows are more energy-efficient than casement windows.
Excellent ventilation and light opportunities make this one of the most popular window choices with our Long Island customers. Easy to open, easy to clean and easy to customize with standard grille patterns or custom designed patterns to complement your home’s architectural style. Casement styles are not recommended when you need a very large window due to the weight of the glass.

 

awningAwning & Hopper Replacement Windows: Easy to Open, Easy to Clean

Awning and hopper windows have many similarities to casement window styles, but they don’t have the same side hinge configuration. Instead, awnings are hinged at the top and hoppers have a lower-edge hinge placement. Ventilation is not as abundant as with casement windows, but the single-lever operation is convenient and you will typically find them installed in places where you have to reach, higher on the wall and over built-ins and over cabinets.

Since awning windows push outward, they are not a good choice if you want to open windows placed near outside traffic ways, patios or landscaping planted near your home. Hoppers open inward so they don’t interfere with outside traffic, but, depending upon placement, can interfere with furniture placement when installed lower on the wall. Both styles are easy to clean from inside your home and have the same ENERGY STAR certified glazing options that allow you to control light levels, block harmful UV rays that may damage upholstery and artwork, and can lower heating and air conditioning bills.

Which Style is Best for Your Home?

Many Long Island homeowners choose a variety of window styles when upgrading windows throughout their homes because different settings can call for different window styles. Choosing a combination of fixed and operational windows is a good strategy if you want to take advantage of all the high-performance features built into each style while not compromising your decorating goals to achieve maximum energy efficiency. All Renewal by Andersen of Long Island home improvement options offer a wide selection of internal and external color options along with standard and custom grille patterns and accessories to make your windows truly unique.

Need More Long Island Replacement Window Help? Contact Us

Are you ready to get started designing replacement windows for your home? Need more information about our other style and glass options? Call us today to arrange a free, no-obligation home consultation at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on the page to request a brochure.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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How to Find the Long Island Replacement Window that Meets Your Every Need

Long Island Replacement Window NeedsMost homeowners on Long Island don’t think about their windows until they have a problem. When aging, sagging windows no longer enhance the appearance of your home or you find your heating bills are going up while your comfort level is going down, it’s probably time to talk to a Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window professional. While energy efficiency and controlling costs are two of the most popular reasons people contact us about installing replacement windows in their homes, there are many other reasons as well.

Almost Effortless Cleaning & Maintenance
It’s a fact, old or outdated windows are harder to clean and maintain. If your existing windows are wood, you probably have to set aside time each year to fix cracked, flaking paint that exposes your frames and trim to the elements. And, cleaning your old-fashioned windows means running back and forth to clean both interior and exterior surfaces and trying to scrub off staining from worn out glass surfaces. Most Renewal by Andersen replacement windows have easy clean features that allow you to clean both sides of your window from inside your house. In fact, the glass even has special features that mean you have to clean your windows less often. You can even get removable grilles that complement traditional architectural styles, but snap off easily to make cleaning a breeze.

Improve Your Light Filtering and Noise Control
High-performance windows help you filter out noise from road traffic, barking dogs and other neighborhood sounds that you’d rather not hear. You can also take control of light levels in your home based on the type of glazing you choose. So, whether you want to filter harmful UV rays that prematurely age your furniture and draperies or you want to block an unsightly view, glass options allow you to customize your new windows with best-fit features for your home and family.

Custom-built Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows for Unique Needs
Along with enhancing privacy with patterned glass choices and saving time normally spent refurbishing window components with low-maintenance Fibrex frames, you can make sure your home is functional for every family member. For example, operational hardware designed for left-handed people makes it easier for the lefties in your family to open the window to capture a cool summer breeze and quickly close a window if the temperature drops or it starts to rain. The right window selection allows you to manage traffic patterns more efficiently and to use your indoor and outdoor spaces in non-traditional ways that work best for their family and guests.

Are Replacement Windows Practical on Long Island?
Yes. Admittedly you probably wouldn’t install new windows just to get the left-handed levers and cranks. And, replacing windows throughout your home to keep from hearing an occasional howl from the neighbor’s dog probably wouldn’t make sense for most people. But, if you are looking for ways to make your home more functional for your family, replacement windows can help. For example, if someone in your home has physical challenges, the right window style can make a huge difference how well they navigate daily life. Easy-care, sliding windows and patio doors never stick or hang and most people can slide them open with very little effort. There’s no knob to turn or pull on a lever so people who have arthritis may be able to open sliding windows easier than some styles.

Whatever Your Window Needs, We Have a Replacement Window for Your Long Island Home?

Every replacement window style in our full line of home improvement products has value-added features that improve energy efficiency, allow homeowners to save money on heating and air conditioning bills, and virtually eliminate annual maintenance on frames and other components. Practically speaking, if you have aging windows that don’t prevent moisture and air from coming into your home it is time to consider installing new ones. If you don’t love the styles, colors or performance of your existing windows, you can design your own custom-built, fully guaranteed replacement windows that look exactly the way you want them to and they will continue to perform year after year, saving you time and money. Do you have unique window needs? Want help showcasing a beautiful view or add a bit more privacy to your home? Our Renewal by Andersen window specialists can help. Reach us by filling in the short form on this page or by calling us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a private, in-home consultation.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Warm Up Your Winter with 2 Recipes from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Window RecipesAre your windows keeping you from inviting friends and family over to your Long Island home for holiday parties? Does your family complain about cold, drafty spots and spend their lounging time bundled up in blankets? If you’re tired of feeling like you need to hand out wraps and sweaters when guests arrive, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window specialists can help.

Aging, poorly functioning windows aren’t just unsightly; they are costing you money every time you turn on your heating or air conditioning system. Sagging windows and patio doors allow frigid winter air to leak into your home and don’t block moisture effectively so you may also have trouble controlling the humidity levels, too.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows Recipe for Comfort

The holiday season is upon us here on Long Island and you’ve probably been reading through recipe books planning meals for the festivities. We’d like to share our recipe for designing the best-fit and best performing replacement windows for your home.

Replacement Window Ingredients:
• Energy Star certified glazing to help you control light levels, harmful UV ray transmission and heat transfer.
• Fibrex frames allow you to give up the annual chore of repairing rot, rust, mildew and paint damage.
• TruScene insect screens banish tiny insects and bugs to the outdoors.
• Hardware and accessories add the finishing decorating touches.
• Standard grille patterns allow you to recreate authentic visual appeal and customized patterns that allow you to create unique focal points.

Replacement Window Instructions:

Call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation and inspection of your existing windows and patio doors. When the consultant arrives and takes a tour of your home, allow the consultant to take precise measurements of each window and door and tell him/her how you use each room and a little about the people who will be using the windows. Next, choose your glass options, frame colors, grille patterns and hardware to fit each window style. Based on your choices, the consultant will provide a price estimate. If you are pleased with the window designs and price estimate, sign the order form and complete the initial transaction. Wait four to eight weeks for the factory to custom-build your new replacement windows and patio doors. When the windows arrive, approve an installation date. Finally, enjoy. Enjoy your new view. Enjoy walking around without feeling cold, drafty spots in the corners or near windows. Enjoy knowing your hard earned money isn’t flying out the windows.

It’s really a simple recipe, but the results are very satisfying. By carefully selecting glass options based on the activity in every room and the exterior environment, you’ll be certain to create windows that allow you to enjoy comfortable, safe spaces. Adding accessories and choosing colors is fun and makes sure you design windows that complement your decorating style and preferences. Superior performing Fibrex frames will never sag or gap, so those drafty, cold spots will be a thing of the past.

You won’t have to hand out scarves and mittens to your guests or keep a stack of blankets in the den for your family to huddle under while watching the tube. If you want to share something warm and inviting, try mixing up a steaming cup of Spiced Hot Chocolate.

Favorite Spiced Hot Chocolate Recipe

Ingredients

1 Cup Milk

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

1 Ounce Finely Chopped Semi-Sweet Chocolate

Whipped Cream or Miniature Marshmallows

Instructions

1. Bring 1 cup milk and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon to a boil in a small saucepan over medium heat.
2. Reduce heat and add one ounce finely chopped semi-sweet chocolate, stirring until melted.
3. Top with a dollop of whipped cream or a few miniature marshmallows.

If you’re making a batch for a crowd, just multiply the ingredients by the number of people. For example, if you’re hosting a party of 10, start with 10 cups of milk and 2 1/2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.

The Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Recipe for Successful Replacement Windows

Our recipe for replacing old windows with replacement windows that prevent air and moisture from leaking into your Long Island home is a simple one, but highly effective. Upgrading your windows and patio doors saves you money on utility bills and helps keep your family comfortable, even when the weather outside is downright frigid. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more details. In the meantime, enjoy a steaming mug of hot chocolate and feel free to share both recipes in this article with your friends and family.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Can Your Long Island Replacement Window Warranty Protect You?

Long Island Replacement Window Warranty InvestmentOur Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window warranty is one of the best in the industry. We have confidence that our home improvement products will perform as marketed so we include an exclusive, fully transferable 20/2/10 warranty with every purchase that covers, not only factory defects, but installation, for a full two-year term starting as soon as installation is completed. Unlike traditional “money back if not satisfied” programs some dealers offer, we strive to help homeowners design new windows that they would never want to return.

Here’s how we do it.

We Put You In Control of All Decisions During the Replacement Window Design Journey

When you have total control over the design process, you are more likely to be 100 percent satisfied with the final product. We don’t push our customers toward any particular style or configuration. If you want easy-to-clean double-hung windows for your bedrooms and space-saving, low profile sliding windows in your den, that is perfectly fine with us. We will spend time explaining the benefits of every window style so you can make an informed decision, but we won’t ever try to sell you on a style you aren’t totally in love with.

Design decisions also include:

  • Interior and exterior color combinations (dozens of combinations, along with custom color options you can add at home)
  • Hardware styles and finishes
  • Insect screens (standard and TruScene with micro-fine mesh fabric)
  • Specialty glass
  • Geometric shapes
  • Grille patterns (four standard options plus virtually limitless custom designs)

We Make Manufacturing & Construction Decisions for Your Replacement Windows

Your design decisions matter to Renewal by Andersen. But, we understand that your replacement windows and patio doors must be manufactured under rigorous standards in order for you to get the performance, beauty and functionality you deserve and expect.

So while we custom-build every window to exacting measurements for a perfect fit in your home, we also build each replacement window according to your precise design specifications. You choose the colors, embellishments, shape, configuration and other details and we provide expert craftsmen and high-quality building materials, like our Fibrex frame material that is designed never to fade, rot, mildew, rust or warp in extreme heat. It is a perfect partnership. You know exactly what you want each window or patio door to look like and how you want them to function. We know how to make that happen for the long haul.

We Provide a Way for Long Island Homeowners to Have Confidence they will Love their New Home Improvement Products

  1. Throughout every step of the design process, our team of professional consultants shows you what options are available and discusses the benefits and potential drawbacks of each.
  2. Windows and patio doors are built to exactly fit the space left when your existing windows are removed. No extra construction mess. No added expenses.
  3. We hand select installation technicians because we know that a window only performs as well as the installation process. If any problems arise, (not likely) you call us and we handle remediation. You never have to hunt down a missing contractor or haggle about who is responsible: the dealer or the manufacturer. We are your one-stop solution source if a problem were to ever develop.

We know that many Long Islanders have been dissatisfied with their replacement window experience from other window dealers and we never want one of our customers to have such a stressful and unpleasant experience. Working with our customers to ensure there is no “buyers remorse” means we strive to get everything right the first time. But, if a problem arises due to manufacturing defects or installation errors, our exclusive warranty covers the cost of repair or replacement. All you have to do is call and let us know you have a problem.

Get the Long Island Replacement Windows Experience You Can Be Confident Will Meet Your Needs & Exceed Your Expectations

If you are ready to update your home with new replacement windows and patio doors, please accept our invitation to call us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an appointment with a professional replacement window consultant. You may also fill in the short form on the page to request more information. We guarantee you will be satisfied with the end results immediately after the installation and for as long as you live in your home.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Installing Replacement Windows in Your Long Island Home Now Help You Save on Taxes in April?

Long Island Replacement Window & TaxesIt’s November, and many of our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors customers are thinking ahead to the holiday season. The last quarter of the year is a busy, fun-filled, exciting time for most of us. Parents throughout Long Island may be scrambling to make child care arrangements for the kids during the winter break from school. Some of you are probably browsing decorating magazines and online design websites to get a few ideas about updating your interior décor with a festive flair.

But, have you thought about how installing replacement windows now, before 2015 fades into the annals of history, would impact your taxes? Probably not. Most people don’t associate tax season with this time of year, but perhaps you should. Below are a couple of reasons why.

Investing in Home Improvements as a Financial Strategy

If you’re planning on selling your home anytime soon, deciding whether to repair loose shingles versus replacing the whole roof or installing replacement windows and patio doors to improve both the appearance and energy efficiency, this is a good time to get your project planning started. Certain home improvements, like updating home windows and adding a mudroom aren’t direct deductions on your yearly tax return, but if you keep your receipts, you’ll be able to reduce your tax liability when you sell your home. New rules for 2015 don’t give a complete list of eligible capital investment improvements, however ENERGY STAR labeled appliances and most upgrades (not including repairs like painting your walls and replacing a damaged window pane) will affect your tax basis and could cut your taxable profit when you sell your house.

Financing Replacement Windows for Tax Benefits

How you choose to pay for your new replacement windows or patio doors may also significantly impact your tax liability. IRS Publication 936 explains the rules about deducting mortgage, home equity and home improving loan interest. We recommend you talk to your accountant or tax advisor about the best loan product for your situation. Banks and credit unions often provide free access for their customers to independent financial consultants that can help you structure a loan package to your advantage. Even though the cost of replacing your aging, drafty windows isn’t fully deductible, the interest you pay on a loan may be. It is definitely worth looking into while you still have a few weeks before the end of the year.

While most homeowners this time of year are thinking about seasonal parties, hitting the ski slopes during school break and spending time gathered around the holiday table with friends and family, the last few weeks of the year provide ample opportunities to save money on your taxes.

Here are three tips to help you get the most from your tax-cutting efforts this year.

  1. If you’d rather support a favorite charity than write a check to Uncle Sam, do it before December 31st rolls around.
  2. Talk to your tax advisor or personal banker about loan products and new IRS rules for 2015.
  3. Track your expenses. Set up a digital or paper file system to track your expenses and keep up with receipts. It’s a good idea to keep every receipt (or scan a copy into your digital file) to track you deductibles. It’s always better to have too many than not enough. Record the improvement, products/services purchased, and the date of the activity.

People who operate a small business or rent out a portion of their home may be able to depreciate a portion of their upgrade costs and/or interest on home improvement loans, too. If you can carve out some time to sit down with your financial advisor between now and the end of the year, you may find other tax saving opportunities you never knew about.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows & Tax Benefits

Saving on your taxes isn’t the only, or even the primary, reason to consider scheduling an appointment with one of our professional replacement window consultants. Aging windows that leak air and moisture don’t just look bad, they cost you money in the form of higher heating and air conditioning bills and lost property value. It would be a pleasure to show you our portfolio of home improvement products to enhance the energy efficiency and beauty in your Long Island home.

Pre-Season To-Do List:
• Plan your holiday decorations
• Talk to financial advisor about tax deductions
• Call 1-877-313-9052 (or fill in the short form on this page) to schedule a free in-home replacement window or patio door consultation

 

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  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Is There Still Time to Replace Your Long Island Windows Before the Holidays?

Replacement Windows Long Island HolidaysIt’s the middle of November on Long Island so you know the holiday season is just about upon us and we’re starting to hear the familiar question “Will we have enough time to design and install our Renewal by Andersen replacement windows before the holiday season?”. If by “holiday season” you mean hosting Thanksgiving feasts and entertaining a crowd of sports fans gathered the tube watching the football games, the answer is unfortunately, “No.” But, if you’d like to get your home looking picture perfect in time for Hanukah, Christmas and New Year celebrations, we’ve got good news if you’re thinking about upgrading your home for the holidays.

We asked our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island president, Joe Ronzino, what advice he could give homeowners who want to upgrade their home for the holiday season. Here’s what he said.

“Timing is everything, Ronzino said. “If you want to complete your upgrade in time to show it off to friends and family this holiday season, you need to call to schedule a consultation and place your orders now. Typical turnaround time after we place the order is about 35 days, give or take a few, depending on how many orders are already in progress and the style of windows you order. Specialty replacement windows, patio doors and bays and bows, may require additional time.”

Staging a Holiday Makeover with Bays/Bows and Specialty Replacement Windows.

It’s worth the wait if you want to showcase an extraordinary view with bay windows or add a truly unique element that complements your Long Island home’s architectural features. But, you don’t have to delay starting your home renovation. Staging now will allow you to upgrade your existing windows that aren’t performing up to par and give your home a fresh, new look for your holiday celebrations. Then, we can install those specialty windows and patio doors as soon as they arrive and you can add the final touches that create a “WOW” first impression when guests arrive.

Are You Ready? Contact Us Today to Order Your Long Island Replacement Windows In Time For the Holidays

When you’re ready to invest in replacement windows, there’s really no reason to wait. Our prices are competitive, the factory is ready to start building your windows and our professional installation technicians are fully-trained (and their services are guaranteed under our Renewal by Andersen warranty).

It’s just six weeks until Santa and his reindeer visit Long Island, so you should get the process started immediately if you want to be ready for his arrival. “We’ll do our best to help you get the job completed as quickly as possible, without compromising on quality or performance of course,” Ronzino said. “But it’s best to play it safe and leave some extra time and give yourself some peace of mind.”

The process is simple:
1. Call 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation.
2. Our professional window consultants will inspect your existing windows, take a look at your landscaping and the surrounding area, and show you some examples of window styles available.
3. Once you decide on window styles, colors, hardware options, grille patterns, glazing and frame types, we’ll measure every window and door in your home. The factory uses these measurements to custom build windows that precisely fit the opening left when we remove the current windows from your home’s envelope.
4. Your personal design consultant will also discuss financing options and provide you with a price quote.
5. If you like the windows and you’re ready to order, you just need to sign the agreement and we’ll get the order placed as quickly as possible.
6. When the windows arrive, we’ll schedule a convenient time to install your new replacement windows. And, we clean up after ourselves. We even wash the panes so you have nothing to do except enjoy the beautiful new view – from inside looking out and outside looking in.

While You’re Waiting
We understand how hectic the holiday season can be. If you’re thinking of updating window treatments, check out this article about choosing window treatments in general. You might also enjoy this video a customer recorded for us that details her experience working with our team to upgrade her South Shore home. Mrs. R. explains that she no longer has to worry about the wind, rain and cold winter weather since she installed new windows – and, as you can see, she was able to get rid of the heavy drapes that used to block the drafts and hide her unsightly windows.

Give Yourself a Gift This Holiday Season: Brand New Replacement Windows and Patio Doors from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

There isn’t much time left if you want to design, order and install new replacement windows and patio doors for your Long Island home before your holiday entertainment schedule is in full swing. Please, accept our invitation to fill in the short form on this page to request more information or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a personal, free in-home consultation.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Long Island Replacement Window Myths and Mysteries Busted!

Long Island Replacement Window MythbustersEveryone loves a good mystery, right? Well, not necessarily if you’re looking for replacement windows for your Long Island area home and you are more interested in facts than myths and mysteries that seem to abound in the industry. This article will dispel some common misconceptions and help you get the information you need to make well-informed replacement Window buying decisions.

Myth #1: More Panes Means More Savings

It’s no myth that double-pane windows are far superior to old-fashioned single pane window styles. The insulating capacity of a double pane window minimizes heat loss and blocks ambient noises better than single pane windows. So, many people assume that if you really want to maximize your energy saving potential than a triple-pane window is the best option. The truth is triple-pane windows do control noise from outside and reduce heat transfer better than a double-pane window. But, for homeowners on Long Island and in the surrounding counties this can be an investment that doesn’t pay off quickly. Triple pane windows are much more expensive and since we don’t typically have extended periods of extreme temperatures, you may be paying for benefits you don’t really need. It’s sort of like investing in an engine block heater for your car engine when you live in Florida. Sure, if the area experiences extremely low temperatures, your may need an engine block heater to enable your car to crank right up, but how often could a Floridian expect that to happen? In our area, double-pane windows are generally sufficient and recommended over styles with three glass panels.

Myth #2: All Replacement Window Companies Are the Same

Not true. There are good and bad companies throughout Long Island. Every industry has a few scoundrels and a few truly exceptional companies in the mix. While some replacement window sales agents use hard pressure tactics and intimidation to get potential customers to make a quick decision, we like to educate our neighbors and friends with information that helps them make wise investment choices; choices they will be as happy with years down the road as they are on installation day.

Myth #3: It’s all in the Way You Spin the Numbers

Numbers don’t lie, people lie, or distort the facts. When Renewal by Andersen consultants provide stats about energy savings or efficiency ratings, we provide resources for you to check our facts. For example, ENERGY STAR labels provide valuable, independently verified information about how well a window will control air leakage and heat transfer. And, when it comes to cost per window, it’s important to find out if the advertised price is only for a “window shell,” or if it also includes essentials such as hardware, glazing and trim – some companies actually charge extra for these components. Add-ons can take a window price from $200 to over a thousand dollars very quickly if you’re working with a less than honest dealer.

Myth #4: All Windows Offer the Same Benefits

Every room deserves a window specifically designed for the environment, the home’s architecture and the way the family will use the room. Sliding patio doors and windows don’t interfere with traffic patterns so they are great in small rooms, or those rooms that provide access to small decks. Double-hung windows provide opportunities to drop the upper sash for ventilation so they are a wonderful choice in nurseries and other rooms where small child sleep or play without constant supervision. Privacy is also a consideration when designing home replacement windows. If you want to frame a spectacular view beyond your glass, you may want fixed windows or a bay window to expand the viewing area. Custom-built replacement windows allow homeowners to perfectly match windows to their needs.

Myth #5: Replacement Windows are too Expensive

You may have heard some companies claim their windows will pay for themselves in a year. We’ve never seen that happen, even after decades of serving the Long Island area. But, if you’re looking for a healthy return on your investment, one that improves the resale value of your home and enhances the comfort and safety for your family while reducing your energy costs, we believe you’ll find the benefits are worth the investment. You can’t put a price on peace of mind you feel when you install patterned glass that prevents people outside from seeing indoors or the feeling you get when you don’t have those frigid cold spots around your home in the winter.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Replacement Window Myth Busters

We won’t insult your intelligence by telling you that we are the only honest company to work with if you’re looking to upgrade your Long Island home with energy-efficient replacement windows. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and explain why we think our window and patio door options offer you exceptional solutions to enhance your home’s appearance and function. Simply give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page to schedule a personal consultation at a time that is convenient for you.
Feel free to post your questions in the comment section, we appreciate feedback.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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How To Customize Your Home With Specialty Replacement Windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.

Long Island Specialty Replacement WindowsReplacement windows with geometric shapes create focal points that enhance the overall design elements of your Long Island home. Whether you want to soften harsh edges or add a whimsical touch, special shapes help you create a unique appearance that reflects your decorating style and your home’s character. You can match certain features of existing windows or add something totally different, like replacing a square window with half circle mulled over a casement window pair configured to open outward like a French-style patio door.

Personalize Your Long Island Dwelling with Specialty & Geometric Shaped Replacement Windows

Uniquely shaped windows are manufactured with the highest energy-efficiency features. Because they don’t typically open and close, they provide long-lasting durability, exceptional energy-efficiency and enhanced security in a beautiful package. Among the many shapes to choose from, you’ll find quarter and half round styles, eyebrow and half-eyebrow, oval, full circle, triangle and trapezoid shapes. A few other fixed window shapes in our portfolio are listed below.

  • Peak Pentagon
  • Hexagon
  • Circle Top
  • Unequal Leg Arch
  • Octagon
  • Equal Leg Arch
  • Unequal Springline

Get Creative with Grilles

Custom sizes and shapes give you almost unlimited design options for updating your Long Island home. But, decorating options don’t begin and end with choosing a best-fit shape with the highest-energy efficiency rating. You can further customize your home windows with any number of grille layouts. Configuring grid patterns that enhance architectural details or mimic existing features adds to your home’s unique appearance and personality.

Mix and Match Your Elements

Some people automatically think of a nautical theme when they see a round window, but circle windows complement many diverse building styles. And, although Gothic patterned grilles installed on specialty window create a certain celestial perspective, elegant arch windows make an impressive statement without any embellishments. Mixing and matching elements allows you to create stunning focal points. Feel free to combine two or more shapes, build your replacement windows with one of our four patterned glass choices to enhance privacy and design custom grille patterns uniquely suited to your home or neighborhood atmosphere.

Below are a few examples from our gallery to inspire you.

Specialty-1Notice how the homeowner used a combination of rectangles, quarter-round and half circle components create a welcoming appearance and soften the hard lines in architectural elements.

Specialty-2In this example, a specialty window joined to two operational windows provides a clear, unobstructed view of the exterior scenery and provides ample ventilation opportunities.

Specialty-3Beautiful Peak Pentagon windows mimic the roof line and accentuate the main architectural style of this home.

Naturally, most homeowners don’t want to replace every window in their home with a specialty window. But, when plain and boring just won’t do, our replacement window professionals can help you explore your options. Whether you want curves, arches, crisp straight lines or a stunning accent for your cathedral ceiling, our expert craftsmen at the factory can help you achieve your decorating vision. The right combination of “traditional” window shapes and customized specialty windows helps you create unique, visually appealing assets inside and outside your home.

Make a Game Plan for Your Long Island Home’s Specialty Replacement Windows

Designing custom-built replacement windows for your Long Island home is an exciting venture. Writing a remodeling plan is a good starting point if you are just starting to think about upgrading your home windows. You may be updating one of the many historic homes in our area and want windows that maintain the original design characteristics. You could be considering remodeling a water-front property to improve energy-efficiency and comfort. Whatever reason you have for looking into replacement window options, we’re glad you visited our website to learn more about specialty windows. If you need more information about different styles and features, we can help you gather the information you need to make wise financial decisions. Please feel free to browse our site and read some of our past blog posts.

Let Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Consultants Guide Your Journey

If you’re ready to get the process started, fill in the short form on this page to request more information or give us a quick call toll-free at 1-877-313-9052.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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4 Reasons to Enjoy Replacement Window Washing Day on Long Island

Long Island Replacement Window Washing TipsReplacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offer many benefits for homeowners in the area. The primary reason most people replace their existing windows with ENERGY STAR certified replacements is to help reduce utility bills and give your home a fresh, attractive appearance. But did you know that the latest technology and manufacturing processes reduce maintenance and care requirements, too. If you’ve always dreaded window washing day around your home, we have good news for you.

Is it possible to enjoy window washing day, you may ask? Please allow us to elaborate a bit more with three reasons why installing replacement windows will actually make you smile.

1. Save Time, Energy & Footsteps Washing the Windows on Your Long Island Home

OK, truthfully we don’t sell any 100% self-cleaning windows. However, our replacement window styles do have some time-saving features. Tilt-in double hung windows, lift-out panels on our sliders and casements that open to 90-degrees allow homeowners to clean interior and exterior surfaces from inside their home. No more running back and forth to get that last smudge off the outside surfaces or climbing up on wobbly ladders to clean upper story windows. And, factory-applied coatings added during the manufacturing process eliminate most of the window spots associated with water splashed from hoses and rain. The special technology is activated by direct sunlight, so your exterior surfaces rarely develop water spots; when they do, they’re usually easy to remove with just a soft cloth and a bit of water.

2. Reduce Long Island’s High Energy Costs

The second benefit isn’t directly associated with window cleaning, but it is definitely something to smile about. When you update your home’s windows, you’ll eliminate leaks, gaps and structural damage that are sucking conditioned air out of your home. Depending upon how inefficient your existing windows are, new replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island can help you save as much as 25 percent off your heating and air conditioning bills. So while you’re doing the occasional cleaning touch up on your windows, you can think about the benefits, like more spending cash in your wallet, instead of how many trips you’ll have to make going in and out, or how many times you’ll have to move the ladder to finish the job.

3. Access New Beautiful, Functional Windows & Extra Perks

One of the things many homeowners dread about the twice a year cleaning and inspection is finding peeling paint, mildew and rot that means next weekend will be spent stripping, repairing and resurfacing the wooden frames. Or worse, discovering their vinyl or aluminum frames are starting to sag or pull away from the siding or brick exterior components. You should still inspect your windows for weather damage and glazing chips from projectiles (like rocks thrown up by the mower or a neighborhood kid’s rogue baseball), but with a warranty that guarantees your windows for as long as you live in your home, you will have peace of mind you aren’t going to find warping, peeling or pitting.

Even if you don’t plan on updating all of your home windows, or you have a few fixed windows that require a few trips up the ladder, you’ll enjoy the new colors and decorative features our replacement windows and patio doors offer that enhance the overall appearance of your interior as well as your curbside views.

4. Replacement Windows Offer New Features & Improvements

Home window upgrades often introduce new features, while correcting known problems. Considering the significant improvements you gain, it’s less likely you’re going to dread window washing day after installation. Every time you set aside a day to clean your home windows, you’ll be reminded of the reasons you decided to invest in replacement windows. Unless you want to update your stainable interiors or grilles, you won’t have to invest your hard-earned money or divert precious time from family activities to keep your Fibrex frames looking beautiful and movable panels and sash performing perfectly. Cleaning time is dramatically reduced and safety is increased. And, you’ll save money on your heating and air conditioning bills when you install new windows in your Long Island home.

Installing Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows: Cleaning Day Isn’t So Bad

While we can’t promise you’ll never have to clean your home windows after you install Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors, we can promise you’ll spend less time, energy and money keeping your view crystal clear and visually appealing. And, we’ll keep looking for innovative ways to improve our designs and manufacturing processes to make cleaning day less labor-intensive and safer.

Ready to get started designing your beautiful, new windows for your Long Island area home? Give us a quick call toll-free at 1-877-313-9052. No time to chat right now, but still have a few questions? No problem. Simply fill in the short form on this page to request additional information.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows to a Better World

Long Island Replacement Windows EnvironmentalRenewal by Andersen of Long Island wants our customers to know everything about the replacement windows and patio doors in our home improvement portfolio. Making sound investment decisions is very important and we strive to make it easy for our friends and neighbors to gather information that supports wise choices. We want you to fall in love with the way your home looks after the installation, and have confidence your investment will help you maintain a comfortable, energy-efficient home long into the future. But, if you’ve read any of our blog posts about comparing available products on the market, you know we also recommend you research the brand behind the windows.

This week we want to give you a better picture of our company and our industry relationships.

Corporate Partnerships: Values

“Sustainability is smart business . . . our ultimate goal is to not simply do less bad; it’s to do more good for people and the environment – now and in the future.”
Jay Lund, Andersen’s president and CEO

For more than a century, our parent company, Andersen Corp., has been leading the window industry with innovative home solutions. The 2014 corporate sustainability report emphasizes the enduring commitments, values and practices that exemplify a rich heritage of customer-centric solutions while focusing on creating new opportunities for future improvements. Improvements that protect our environment and the people we share our spaces with. Each year, Andersen releases the company goals and vision to inform the public what specific actions they plan to continue, or put in place, for continued success “building a better window for our world,”

These policies include things like signing the Ceres Climate Declaration.
The report highlights the ways Andersen plans to take steps to strengthen relationships and increase its ability to positively impact all stakeholders in the forest, internally throughout the organization, with customers and communities served. New goals reported include reducing manufacturing waste, energy consumption and water use by 20 percent (per production unit) by 2020.

Local Sustainability: Our Focus on Community

While we appreciate and value our corporate leadership, we have a responsibility to invest in sustainability and improvement locally, too. That is why we take measures to improve energy-efficiency in customer homes by offering a full line of ENERGY STAR certified replacement window choices custom-crafted with low-e glazing and Fibrex blended composite frames. These Fibrex window frames are constructed with new material and reclaimed wood from the factory floor, reducing our environmental impact while creating a superior, more stable, longer-lasting end product. Replacement window installation includes using best practices for disposing of waste after the job is completed. And, we continue to look for innovative solutions that reduce water and energy use.

The concept of replacement windows is in itself a strong sustainability ideal – less construction waste enters the landfill. Plus, upgrading your Long Island home with our new windows means less chemical impact on the environment because our frames never need resurfacing and repainting to prevent rot, flaking, peels or mildew. Our window and patio door glazing even has factory applied coatings that don’t require harsh cleansers.

Partners: Renewal by Andersen of Long Island and Our Customers

For more than three decades, our team has been serving Nassau County, Queens County, Suffolk County, Brooklyn and all Long Island communities. We make it our business to help our customers protect their investment and the environment. We live in the same communities, breathe the same air and drink the same water. Together we can create more beautiful views of our world.

While we are concerned about limiting our negative impact on the earth, we want to increase the positive benefits for consumers in the process. Our full line of window styles gives our customers opportunities to increase natural ventilation and sunlight in their interior spaces and enhance the appearance of their homes — both inside and out. Innovative manufacturing techniques and designs reduce the effort and time necessary to keep your windows clean and streak free – like the special tinting that repels water spots and our lift-out or tilt-in styles that enable cleaning interior and exterior surfaces from inside your home.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Replacement Windows for a Better View of our Little Corner of the World

We’re committed to helping homeowners on Long Island capture a better view of the world around them and create opportunities – windows — to a better world in the future. Are you concerned about how your home upgrade will impact the earth and your home’s carbon footprint? Do you have questions about updating your windows and patio doors? We invite you to fill in the short form on this page to request more information or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052.

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Color me Confused? Tips for Choosing Long Island Replacement Window Colors

Long Island Replacement Windows ColorHere at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, many homeowners contact us wanting advice about installing replacement windows and patio doors in their Long Island homes. They, like you, have lots of questions about styles and ENERGY STAR labeled options to help you save money. And, we’ve got answers. Many times our friends and neighbors ask for advice about choosing exterior colors and we tell them color choices are one of the personal design choices they can make, but rather than point them to a shade or hue that we “prefer,” our consultants will help you consider how different colors will impact the overall appearance of your home.

If you have questions about color choices, these Frequently Asked Questions may help you make better decisions.

Q: Why is color choice so important?

A: Creating a beautiful, long-lasting first impression is possible with color choices. You can express your personality, enhance the view from the street and increase your resale value with the proper choices. If you drive through nearby Long Island neighborhoods and observe homes that capture your attention, it is easy to see how the right color and the wrong color both draw your eye.
Color selections can help you create a welcoming entrance for your guests and showcase the best features of your home. Windows provide a perfect opportunity to give your house a touch of elegance or a splash of sassy color, depending on its natural character.

Q: Is it better to just try to match the existing exterior house color, or go back with a color similar to the existing windows?

A: That depends. If you want to downplay certain architectural elements in your home, like unsightly gutters, air conditioning units, usually large garage doors or even unevenly distributed windows, you’ll be more pleased with a color that blends into the overall color scheme, rather than accentuating your new windows. Conversely, if you have a very interesting architectural detail you want to showcase, accent colors can really work to your advantage.

One mistake homeowners often make is failing to consider their neighborhood. If you choose a trim or frame color that clashes with neighboring houses, or stands out like a sore thumb in otherwise subtle surroundings, you may negatively impact your home’s resale value – and tick off a few neighbors in the process.

Deciding whether to match surrounding colors or select a complementary contrast may be influenced by your landscaping. It pays to visualize the overall curb appeal. Consider flowering shrubs and flowers planted near your home and the surrounding natural growth. Greens typically don’t look great in a heavily shaded area because tall trees block bright sunlight and your colors will naturally appear darker than the same color on a home with full sun exposure throughout the day.
Q: How can I gain confidence about color selection?

A: Many people assume white is the safest color, and therefore suitable for almost every home. But, it’s important to consider the other exterior colors on or near your home. Think roofing shingles, slate tiles, stone pavers, brick or vinyl siding and landscaping. If you look at your home from different angles and at different times of the day, you may notice color variations in the bricks or shingles that you could match or contrast for visual interest. Our Fibrex frames won’t fade in intense sunlight, so keep in mind that even if your trim and siding colors wash out, your replacement windows will retain their crisp color year after year. Even if you decide you want a light color, you don’t have to choose a stark white finish, we have a broad color palette that includes deep, rich colors and lighter neutral tones so you can find a color combination that fits your decorating goals.

Q: I’m thinking of painting my home’s exterior. Do you have suggestions for overall color?

A: Your replacement windows have been designed to last for as long as you live in your home, and beyond in some cases. If you think you might want to paint within the next few years, choose colors that will make the transition with you.

As far as color choices for your home exterior, here are a few tips.

  • Darker colors make objects appear smaller, but prominent. Light colors can make a house appear larger, especially if it is built on a small lot. Even a tinted neutral has the same affect.
  • Light colors on windows, especially the sills, reflect sunlight and visually bring the house forward on your lot.
  • Darker colors near the ground anchor your structure, making it blend into the landscaping, whereas dark tones on the upper floors or under the eaves can make a home look shorter.
  • Contrasting colors on patio doors add a pop of color to an otherwise bland environment.
  • Generally speaking, two shades of the same color are fairly safe for most homes, one color for the trim and the other for the shell.
  • Light colors on a portico or porch present an inviting tone.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows Helps Homeowners Choose Colors with Confidence

If you’re thinking about installing replacement windows and patio doors in your home, we invite you to fill in the short form on this page for more information about our wide variety of colors. You can also call us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a no-obligation home consultation.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Cutting Through Long Island Replacement Window Hype: Getting to the Truth of the Benefits

Long Island Replacement Window HypeHere at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island we’re amazed that there are still businesses who practice what we call the P.T. Barnum Marketing Program. You know the firms we’re talking about. They think consumers are incredibly naïve, or maybe just uninformed. In the digital age, it doesn’t take more than a few online searches to find out which companies are all about hype and hypothesis and which ones are interested in getting accurate information into consumers’ hands so they can make informed decisions about home improvement products.

If, when you’re talking to a replacement window representative, it sounds too good to be true … hang up the phone, navigate away from the website you’re browsing, walk out of the showroom, and, keep looking for a dealer that isn’t afraid to give you honest answers to your questions.

To be fair, not all of those companies that advertise fantastic specials are wolves in sheep’s clothing. Some offer legitimate deals like buy three replacement windows and get one free or a 25 percent discount if you replace all windows and patio doors in your home at the same time and pay with cash. The key to making sure you have found a reputable dealer is to ask what normal prices are and to make sure you are comparing apples to apples and not peanuts to elephants.

Here’s what we mean.

It Isn’t a Good Replacement Window Deal if . . .

The dealer marks up the home improvement products before applying discounts. Sound like a tactic that a used car salesman might use? Well, it works the same way. If you’ve ever gone car shopping and tried to get a straight answer about trade-in value, you’ve already played this game. Let’s say a dealer is offering their windows on a buy three, get one free promotion. If the package price is $1,200, that means the windows typically cost $400 a piece. But if you can’t get a straight answer about the normal per-unit pricing, it could mean the typical price is usually $300 per unit and you’re paying regular price with a sneaky twist.

Another tactic is to reclaim the discount in the form of extras such as hardware, screens, installation or other essential components. Same as the trade-in value on your car deal. We’ve seen it time and again, the price of the new vehicle is mysteriously increased with add-ons and extras that consume your fair-market trade-in allowance. You want $3,000 for your old sedan? The salesman can make it work on paper. Some deals are just a ploy to distract you from the actual cost of upgrading your home. Before you get too excited about a phenomenal special, ask about glazing options, installation fees, hardware, trim and color choices. What about disposal fees for the old windows? Although some disreputable replacement window dealers consider these extras, these are all essential components in a typical home window replacement project.

As far as comparing apples to apples, it’s important to realize that standardized off-the-shelf windows are typically less expensive than custom-crafted, high performance replacement windows. Windows purchased at a big-box store don’t usually include installation charges or come with an installation warranty. You’ll have fewer color options, and basic models may not give you opportunities to change styles or shapes without investing a substantial amount of money to modify your home to accommodate the new windows. And if you’re buying off-the-shelf replacement windows, you’ll usually have to modify your home’s existing framing to make them fit. This results in higher installation costs or a poor fitting window, negating any energy saving benefits you thought you might get.

The Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Pledge to Homeowners:

We won’t insult your intelligence or assume you’re too naïve to do the research.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island will never tell you we’re selling excess inventory below cost, because frankly, there is no excess inventory. Every window we sell and install is custom-built to your exacting needs and precise measurements. We’ll explain the cost of upgrading your home windows with specialty hardware and accessories. For example, while every operable window we sell comes with a standard screen, homeowners on Long Island often prefer premium TruScene screens that keep even the tiniest insects outdoors where they belong. TruScene screens may cost a little more than standard screens with larger holes, but many people find the benefits worth it for the clearer view and protection from nasty insects.

If you’re just starting your window replacement research, we suggest you ask potential dealers the following three questions.

1) Can your home improvement products help me achieve current and future goals?

2) Do I have options for designing my replacement windows based on the styles, options and price points that fit my lifestyle and my budget?

3) Do you provide installation and warranty coverage?

You’re Invited to Quiz the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Team

It would be a privilege to meet with you to answer those three questions and any others you have about our replacement windows and patio doors. Just give us a call toll-free at 877-313-9052 to schedule a private in-home consultation or fill in the short form on this page to request a brochure.

We’ll be glad to provide research to back up any statements we make about energy-efficiency ratings and potential savings on utility bills. And, we’ll give you a fully-itemized document to show you the price of every window and door based on your design choices. No gimmicks, no tricky math.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Making the Case for Casement Replacement Windows on Long Island

Casement Replacement Windows Long IslandCasement replacement windows are a very popular and attractive choice for Long Island homeowners. Not only are casements one of the most energy efficient windows on the market, they are easy to customize with beautiful decorative elements that enhance the features of almost every architectural style. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island casements are especially easy to take care of, since our patented Fibrex frames are guaranteed to never need resurfacing to prevent rot, mildew, chipping, fading or rust.

There are a few advantages and disadvantages of this wonderful window style. Here’s what you need to know about designing your new casement windows.

Casement Replacement Window Advantages

Casements look attractive in bold and subtle color choices and you can configure casements to open from the left or the right to accommodate exterior brickwork or other structural elements.

Here are three more advantages that make this window style so appealing.

1. Only fixed-pane windows offer higher energy-efficiency performance. In this style, the sash presses firmly against the weather-stripping to create an almost impenetrable seal against air and moisture infiltration. And, there is less wear and tear with daily use on the weather-stripping than seen with styles that slide against the sealing components.

2. Single-lever operation makes this window one of the easiest styles to open and close.

3. Windows open completely, capturing the air and drawing it inside for natural ventilation.

One of the simplest ways to customize your casement windows is by adding window grilles. Window grille patterns allow you to create a unique aesthetic, whether you want a traditional French flair, a colonial motif or a simple outline to frame your glazing.

Casement Replacement Window Challenges

Although the advantages outweigh any potential challenges for most homeowners, it’s important to point out a few potential challenges for some of our friends and neighbors looking for best-fit window choices. Here are the two most often mentioned potential negatives about casement windows.

1. Casement windows cannot accommodate window air conditioning units like horizontal operating windows do.

2. Casement windows open out. While this is not usually an issue on second floors, when these windows open onto a patio or deck, they can become an obstruction. If you’ve ever walked into an open casement window during a party (like I have) you know what I mean.

Decorative options for your new casement windows

Color is often an important design element for Long Island homeowners. Our casement window color palette includes five exterior options and seven interiors, including natural wood finishes in pine, oak and maple.
Grilles add interesting visual appeal and let you closely replicate original designs. Three different grille styles allow you to choose the one that gives you the most decorating flexibility, easiest cleaning option, or opportunity to create traditional or contemporary appearances.

You can design custom grille patterns or choose one of these standard grille patterns:

• Colonial: Made with equal sized squares, you choose how many you want on each sash.

• Prairie: Characterized by two vertical and two horizontal bars on each sash.

• Classic Farmhouse: Incorporates two vertical bars (typically in the upper portion of the pane) and a horizontal rail at the window center.

• Modified Prairie: Similar to the Prairie pattern, but the design covers the entire window, not each sash.

Although there is only one operational lever per window, you have almost a dozen hardware finishes and styles to consider so you are sure to find the perfect color and style to match your interior décor.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Making the Case for Casement Replacement Windows

Casement windows are one of the best performing windows we offer, although we’re proud of all of our ENERGY STAR labeled windows and patio doors. Need more information about the benefits of installing casement windows in your Long Island home? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation or fill in the short form on this page to request more information.

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Modern Replacement Window Styles for Long Island Homes

Long Island Replacement Windows & Doors ModernRenewal by Andersen of Long Island has a full portfolio of modern replacement window styles for your home. Of course., “modern” is a somewhat ambiguous term, so allow us to explain. Our replacement windows are modern in the sense that we use the latest technology and design techniques to custom-build replacement windows and patio doors. This means you have access to high-performance windows precision-crafted for energy-efficiency and long-lasting beauty.

But, modern also refers to a decorating or architectural style that fits under the general umbrella of contemporary building styles. When you are selecting options for new windows, each detail – frame width, check rails, grilles, color choices – impact the overall appearance and decorative appeal. Here is more information on two distinct styles that fall into the modern category.

Art Deco

Characterized by simple, clean lines, Art Deco style homes typically have smooth interior surfaces, geometric shapes and rounded corners rather than harsh details. Most doors and windows don’t have window sills and are flush with the wall. You may see a full circle window or a semi-circle feature above an exterior door; however, low horizontal shapes are more typical.

Prairie

When people discuss Prairie Style, you may hear Frank Lloyd Wright mentioned. Wright, an architect known for creating home designs that meld into the natural landscape, introduced this style that became popular in the early 20th century. If you like spacious, open floor plans with large windows, this may be your preference. Over-sized fixed windows and sliding patio doors that allow you to connect your indoor and outdoor spaces are more common in these homes than windows with intricate grille designs or patterned glass that blocks the view of natural surroundings just beyond the walls.

Carefully selecting options during the replacement window design phase allows you to create an appealing appearance, whether you’re looking for ways to create a contemporary look with clean, simple lines or you want opportunities to expand your viewing area and enhance the flow between your natural surroundings and your indoor living spaces.

Tips for Creating the Modern Look Your Home Deserves

Like a fine piece of artwork, picturesque views deserve to be framed. Shapes, colors and styles allow you to capture a beautiful view and take advantage of opportunities to highlight unique architectural details in your home. Bay windows are a nice option for many homes that can help add a bit of extra interior floor space.

Grilles aren’t generally installed on windows where showcasing an exterior view is the goal. However, standard and customized patterns give homeowners a decorating option to add some interest to the curb appeal. Add a touch or design a masterpiece, the choice is yours. Crisscrossed and diamond patterns typically cover the full width and height of a window panel, while simple grille patterns may only provide a border detail. You can also choose to only install grilles in only the upper sash (or lower sash) of double hung windows.

If you want clean, crisp lines, consider awning or hopper windows. You’ll often see awning windows in older neighborhoods and apartment buildings. Hinged at the top, these windows open outward at an angle. A similar style, hopper windows, are hinged at the bottom and pull inward, You’ll often see hopper style windows installed above doorways or other windows. One significant difference in the two is that hopper windows don’t provide a way to deflect rain like awning windows, so they should be installed under an exterior eave or other architectural feature to shield them from rain – or make sure your windows are closed when cloudy skies or weather forecasters are predicting precipitation in our area.

While complementing the exterior aesthetic of your home is important, don’t forget to consider how your new replacement windows will impact the overall interior design and how your windows with function. For example, choose window styles that allow plenty of light and air flow for bathrooms, especially if the room is small. Decide whether you want to showcase the outdoors or install between-the-glass grilles to add some decorative interest.

Go Modern with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows

Different sizes, shapes and colors all contribute to the overall tone of your Long Island replacement windows. Low profile sliders and simple awning windows installed flush against the wall present a modern look that fits almost any home. If you’re looking for modern windows precision built using state-of-the-art technology and superior craftsmanship, we can help.

Give us a call today to schedule an appointment for a free, no-obligation home inspection at 877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more information.

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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5 Tips to the Perfect Long Island Replacement Windows for You

Showcase Your Long Island Home with Replacement Windows with Pizazz

Long Island Replacement Windows 5 TipsIf you’re considering giving your Long Island home a make-over, you’ve probably spent hours flipping through home décor magazines, browsing online DIY journals and talking to your friends and neighbors who have navigated that journey before you. Maybe you’ve watched a few of those design-on-a-budget television shows where the host is giving viewers tips on recreating fabulous, luxuriously furnished rooms for a fraction of the cost spent on the original.

First, we’d like to tell you that you are on the right track. Experience has taught our Renewal by Andersen team that the more you research home improvement products before you start the project, the more likely it is you’ll be happy with the end result.

In this week’s post, we’d like to offer a few tips for homeowners considering replacing their existing windows as part of an overall home makeover. Here’s your roadmap to design success.

1. Choose the highest quality you can afford, without over-extending yourself financially. Custom-built windows constructed with high-quality materials and modern manufacturing processes allow you to create truly stunning visual appeal. Plus, “cheap” frames built with subpar materials tend to warp and sag within a few years, costing you more in the long run because you’ll lose efficiency and have to replace them to control energy-efficiency and comfort in your home.

2. Choosing your preferred style and colors. Upgrading windows and patio doors is an investment for your home and comfort. It’s essential that window and door options reflect your home’s personality and architectural style so they “fit in” with your overall décor scheme. Similar to the process you’ll follow to select new upholstery for recovering sofas and chairs, consider how well each window complements your lifestyle and each room’s function. Sofas in a game room require very different fabrics and textures than those furnishing a formal sitting area, and the best-fit windows for your basement probably aren’t the same style as you’d choose for your bedroom or kitchen.

3. Custom configurations dramatically impact curb appeal. If you’re looking to add a splash of color, or highlight a specific architectural element in your home, explore custom configurations that add visual texture. Bow and bay windows can be configured with operable and inoperable windows, allowing you to slightly expand your interior floor space or extend windows on lower floors to create a small nook or sunroom for your indoor plants. You can also mull (join) specialty windows — half-circles, triangles, trapezoids — above, beside or beneath square or rectangular windows to create unique window walls that improve ventilation and let natural light flow while making a bold, eye-catching statement.

4. Incorporate visual interest with colors, textures and frame width. You may want to present a conservative exterior personality, but inside your decorating style is more contemporary or sassy. Choosing paintable and stainable interiors and grilles give you more options to create diverse environments. And, even slight differences in trim and frame width and hardware options give you the freedom to design stunning views—both when looking through them or looking at them. To get a better idea of how much difference it makes to choose a slightly smaller frame width, visit our window and door visualizer tool. Upload photos of your home for a realistic view of how each design component will complement or detract from your overall decorating goals, or browse our photo library of samples.

5. Don’t compromise on convenience, decorating goals or performance expectations. This is perhaps the most important tip of the day. Creating a clear set of expectations is essential to being satisfied once your new replacement windows are installed. When you schedule a home-inspection visit with a professional replacement window consult, it helps to have a list of goals in hand. If installing the most energy-efficient windows available is your primary, must-have goal, let your window consultant know. Likewise, if you won’t be satisfied with any window you cannot easily update the interior trim on, that is a key design feature that needs to be communicated to your representative.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Your Replacement Window and Patio Door Design Partner

Our goal isn’t to talk you into buying the most popular window styles in our portfolio or pushing you toward the most popular color combinations. If you want to showcase your home in style, we want to help you achieve your goals with custom-crafted, high-performance replacement windows and patio doors. That’s it. Your goals are our goals. Ready to get started? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 and let us know the most convenient time to sit down with you to talk replacement window design. No time to call? No problem, just fill in the short form on this page to request more information.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Style and Energy-Efficiency Options to Consider Before Your Long Island In-Home Replacement Window Consultation

Long Island Replacement Window Style & EfficiencyWhen you’re replacing the windows in your Long Island home, you’re going to have more options to choose from and decisions to make than you might have expected. The good news? Today’s windows offer the perfect balance between style and functionality for just about any homeowner, on just about any budget!

During the replacement window design phase you’ll be making decisions that affect everything from decorating schemes to energy-efficiency performance. If you’ve already schedule a no-obligation, in home consultation, here’s a breakdown of some of the things you’ll want to think about, so you have a list of questions to ask when your replacement window consultant arrives for your home inspection.

Replacement Window Styles

Style is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of home renovations, and it might be the sole purpose of replacing your windows in the first place. No matter your motivation for upgrading your old windows, you’ll want to make sure your replacement windows fit your home’s style as well as your personality.

Exterior Window Colors

First, you’ll want to choose an exterior color that complements your home’s curb appeal. You’re not stuck with plain white anymore. Replacement windows can make a bigger difference in your home’s appearance than you might think, so take the time to choose from one of Renewal by Andersen’s seven exterior color options to make sure you choose something that you’re going to love and matches your home.

Window Grilles
Apart from color, grille placement and design is the single biggest influencer in your windows’ final look and style. Grilles add authenticity to period-specific homes, create a unique atmosphere both inside and out, and can lend a contemporary or classic feel to any home. You’ll have to decide whether to match the grille layout of your existing windows or to update with something a new and different.

Interior Colors and Window Hardware

You’ll have the option of choosing from pre-finished interior colors or a paintable/stainable interior finish. Customizing “unfinished” interiors allows you to complement your existing decor, whether you’re looking for a certain shade of azure blue or just the right cherry stain to complement your built-ins.
Hardware also makes a big difference in your final interior window style. Color-matching hardware comes standard with each Renewal by Andersen window, but you can also upgrade to Estate Collection options, which include finishes like Antique Brass and Oiled Nickel.

Energy Efficiency & Maintenance of Your New Windows

Energy efficiency means keeping your home up-to-date and as low-maintenance as possible to save on utility bills – and, just as importantly, on time. Carefully chosen framing materials and glazing selections give you myriad options to improve energy-efficiency and reduce the amount of time you must spend on maintenance and cleaning.

Replacement Window ENERGY STAR Ratings

If you’ve always thought of ENERGY STAR Ratings as applicable only to big household appliances, you’re in for a surprise. Renewal by Andersen windows meet or exceed Energy Star ratings. As a matter of fact, Renewal by Andersen was the first window manufacturer to be named an Energy Star Window Partner of the Year in 1999. Just as a side note, our vertical sliding windows made the coveted 2015 ENERGY STAR list of leading edge, most energy-efficient products.

Glass Options for Your Long Island Replacement Windows

The glass you choose makes a big impact on your home’s energy efficiency, but glazing selections also helps you get better control over the interior temperature, indoor light levels and privacy. Sun Glass is coated to provide maximum protection from solar heat. Standard Renewal by Andersen windows include Low-E4 glass to help reduce thermal transfer, for efficiency 56 percent better than conventional window glazing options. SmartSun glass also filters out harmful UV rays, to help keep your interior fabrics and colors from fading during hot, bright Long Island summers.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Design Features Give You More Options and More Ways to Save Time, Money and Energy

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to designing best-fit, custom-built replacement windows and patio doors for your Long Island home. We hope you have a better idea of how framing material, glazing options and decorative elements will impact the overall atmosphere and comfort in your home. If you still have a few questions, we’ll cover everything in depth when we get together. If you haven’t scheduled a no-obligation home consultation to find out how Renewal by Andersen home improvement products can help you update your Long Island home, we invite you to call us toll-free at 877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more information.

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Do Your Research on Your Long Island Replacement Window Company

Long Island Replacement Window ResearchDo You Have Confidence in Your Replacement Windows Supplier?
What About the Installer?

There are hundreds of window companies in the United States. If you’ve done even minimal research comparing replacement windows for your Long Island home, you have most likely come across some pretty bold statements. There are some outrageous claims out there, including those who claim their products will “pay for themselves in the first year.” To be fair, if you’re planning to put your home on the market, upgrading the curb appeal and installing energy efficient windows throughout your home will significantly impact the resale value, especially if your current windows are aging, poorly performing single pane configurations. In this case, it’s possible so you might recoup your money right away, but unless your current windows are unusually bad, it will probably take you more than a year to recoup your total financial investment. Of course, you’ll likely feel the difference in your comfort level right away.

However, top of the line custom-built replacement products are designed to do more than lower utility bills and reduce your carbon footprint. Choosing a company that respects your intelligence enough to give you sound information to help you make wise investment decisions is important.

3 Reasons to Research Your Replacement Window Company

Here are a three reasons you should research the brand behind the product before you finalize your home improvement plans.

1. Anyone can claim anything. Independent organizations like the National Fenestration Ratings Council and Energy.gov research window performance and are quick to point out how improper installation can negatively impact your home’s energy efficiency, noise transfer, wind resistance and moisture control. Companies like Renewal by Andersen, who have spent years building a strong reputation in the community, provide trained installation technicians to ensure their products perform as designed.

2. Warranties Vary. Most window manufacturers and distributors offer some type of warranty, but not all coverage is equal. A reputable, well-established company has confidence in the products they manufacture and sell, and they aren’t afraid to back up their confidence with a warranty package that protects homeowners’ investments. While most cover manufacturing defects, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island goes further. We provide two full years of protection for issues related to installation – from the same company that sold you your windows — that’s almost double what some local installers offer. And, we’ve been around for more than a century, so you know we’ll be around if you ever need to make a claim. Can you say the same for a local window installer with no connection to the manufacturer.

3. Corporate Strength Corporate responsibility goes beyond marketing an exceptional product line designed for today’s economic landscape and consumer expectations. A company that is committed to protecting the environment, investing in research to develop innovative solutions that improve performance and longevity and helping customers make their home more comfortable is a company concerned about today and the future.

Tips for Researching and Comparing Replacement Window Brands on Long Island

It’s never been easier to compare brands and home improvement products than it is today. The Internet gives you access to a plethora of online tools and resources. We suggest you:

  • Poll your online social connections, asking for recommendations from friends and colleagues who have experience with replacement window companies on Long Island and the surrounding area.
  • Read company reviews for our company and others you are considering. Check out company websites and reviews on Yelp.com, FourSquare or Google Business.

Extra Tip: It’s good to read through a dozen or so recent reviews to get a realistic idea of performance. Notice whether company representatives respond to poor reviews. Communication can often lead to positive resolutions, and a company concerned about customer confidence will try to remediate problems rather than chalk it up to sour grapes or buyers’ remorse.

Making a Decision on Your Long Island Replacement Windows
An experienced company, a reputable brand, provides honest answers to your questions. Experience has taught us that consumers who have enough information to make sound financial and design decisions are happier with the end results. Our main objective is to inform and educate our friends and neighbors and strive to meet their needs. Naturally, we hope you choose to allow us to help you upgrade your home.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: The Brand Behind the Windows

We’re proud of our long history of providing home improvement solutions to people in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn and Queens. Our parent company has been developing and manufacturing home windows and doors for more than a century. Andersen Windows is committed to investing time, money and resources to give Long Island homeowners access to high-performance solutions that improve energy efficiency and interior comfort, without extensive maintenance and upkeep requirements.

The company you choose to build and install your replacement windows and patio doors matters. Thoroughly research products and brands before you make a decision. We invite you to call a window consultant today to discuss our home improve product line. Simply fill in the short form on this page or call 877-313-9052 to schedule a no-obligation home inspection.

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Are Triple-Pane Replacement Windows the Right Choice for Long Island Homes?

Long Island replacement windows single double triple paneMore is always better – right? That depends. More money seems like a good thing, but too much chocolate cake may taste good at the time, but you might regret the extra time you have to put in at the gym to burn those extra calories. And sometimes more is just more. That big shiny Mercedes SUV looks nice, but do you really need it? Maybe. If the kids are grown and you’re not hauling around a lot of “stuff”, that SUV might just mean a higher price tag (and bigger gas bills at the pump). When you find yourself pondering whether triple pane windows are a wiser financial decision than double pane replacement windows the answer isn’t always so cut and dried.

Single Pane Windows were the only option for hundreds of years. As technology and advanced manufacturing processes improved, double pane windows became the gold standard for most homeowners. Some window companies are suggesting that “the triple” has become the “new double,” providing the ultimate return on investment for both energy-efficiency and higher property resale value.

There are some benefits worth mentioning for homeowners debating whether or not the extra investment will return enough rewards to make the additional upfront costs the better solution for your Long Island home than high-performance ENERGY STAR certified double pane options. To make sound investment decisions, you’ll need some basic information about types of windows. Here are a few quick facts to help you consider your choices.

Achieving Maximum Energy Efficiency
According to the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), an organization dedicated to improving fenestration product performance through research and testing, reliable energy efficiency measurements must consider the whole unit – frame, glass, and other components. The lower the NFRC rating, the better. Superior performing triple pane replacement window options may achieve lower U-factor ratings than similar double-pane windows, say .15 compared to .30.

While we recommend looking for the best U-factor rating you can find, that isn’t the only factor to consider. Homeowners who live in extreme northern climates that experience harsh, extended winter weather may benefit from the added layer of glass more than homeowners in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn and Queens.

  • Achieving Overall Best-Fit Performance
    Indoor comfort: Comparably speaking, both doubles and triples provide better temperature and air/moisture infiltration control than single pane replacement windows. The extra glass panel and argon air space fill will add a slight interior temperature control improvement and may add additional benefits during extreme weather events with gale force winds.
  • Noise transmission: Both designs effectively block noise transmission. You’ll hear fewer outdoor sounds and your neighbors won’t be privy to personal conversations or complain about your music volume – as long as your windows are closed and you use some personal restraint. Ask about acoustic ratings if you like to feel your music as much as you hear it or if you live in a particularly noisy part of town. The lower the rating the greater the noise transmission control.
  • Safety and security: Both triple pane replacement windows and double pane replacement windows offer security features. Some companies promote triple pane window solutions as more “intruder resistant” than double pane windows. Three pane configurations are stronger than windows with fewer panels; therefore not as easy to break as styles with fewer panes, but neither double pane- nor triple pane windows are unbreakable and there are less expensive double pane solutions. For example, installing heat tempered glass, which is four times as strong as traditional glass panels, is an option for areas of your home where you want a stronger glazing choice. You can also design windows with patterned glass to increase privacy and recessed locks that make access more difficult.

Making Your Decision
Triple pane window solutions generally have a slight advantage when it comes to reducing heating and cooling bills, blocking unwanted sound transmission and controlling air and moisture infiltration as compared to windows with two glass panels. But, the initial investment may be twice as much, meaning recovering your investment will take much longer. If you have exorbitant utility bills and you’ve improved every other aspect of your home insulation as possible, it may be worth the extra money, but for many homeowners on Long Island the difference isn’t significant enough to justify the increase.

Another consideration is warranty coverage. While there are reputable brands that modify and reinforce their frames to accommodate the extra weight of three glass panes, not all companies take that important step. Vinyl and aluminum frames with triple glazing may warp and sag within a few years if not adequately modified.

Whether you’re leaning toward doubles or triples, look for an all-inclusive replacement window warranty package that covers installation. Superior NFRC ratings don’t mean anything at all if your installation is not performed properly.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Recommends Double Pane Replacement Windows

Our Renewal by Andersen team generally recommends double pane windows as the best-fit home improvement solution for homeowners in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn and Queens. ENERGY STAR certified window styles curb noise transmission, effectively eliminate moisture and air leaks and help you curb your heating and cooling bills. Plus, our exclusive 20/2/10 warranty covers installation for a full twenty-four months from the installation date.

Still uncertain which style is best for your home? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation or fill in the short form on the page. You have questions, we’ve got the answers you need to make wise financial decisions.

 

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  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Installing Long Island Replacement Windows is a Sense-Sational Experience

Long Island Replacement Windows SensesAt Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we spend a good deal of time talking about the financial benefits of installing ENERGY STAR labeled replacement windows and patio doors. Saving money on heating and cooling bills is a priority with many of our customers while some homeowners are more concerned about how installing replacement windows will impact their home’s value should they decide to sell their house at some point in the future.

Truth be told, we are proud of how efficient our line of home improvement solutions are and most real estate professionals would agree that upgrades positively impact the market value of your home. But, we believe you’ll be even more satisfied with your renovations after the installation is complete if you use all of your senses as your design your new custom-built windows and not focus only on the financial aspects. Here’s why.

It’s All About Your Replacement Windows Vision
There’s vision, and then there’s vision. In the first instance, you have a preconceived idea about what you expect your replacement windows to do – save you money on utility bills, seal out cold winter wind, and overall make your home more comfortable in our hot, muggy summer climate and frigid winter weather.

There’s more that appeals to your eyes though. The colors and shapes you choose can dramatically transform your home into a beautiful structure your neighbors will envy. Deciding whether to install grilles in your windows will have exterior impact, but will also define your view from inside your home, too. Low-profile frames give you a broader view of the world outside. Remember to consider the visual aspects when you’re considering features.

Hear This – or Don’t!
Double-hung windows with gas between the panes significantly improves noise control as compared to older single-hung windows with damaged frames and aging weather-stripping. If air and moisture are coming in, you’re probably hearing more external sounds than you would like. By replacing poorly sealed windows and patio doors, you’ll muffle traffic and neighborhood noises. And, your private conversations don’t “leak out” where others can hear what you’re saying inside your home. Of course, unless you invest in sound-proof windows, you may still hear really loud sounds, but the improvement is immediately apparently for most people.

Let’s Get Touchy-Feely
Finishes and textures help you create beautiful indoor spaces that appeal to your sense of sight, but they also affect how things feel when you touch them. For example, stainable or paintable interiors can be customized with a flat finish or a textured surface depending on what your decorating goals are. People who are left-handed might prefer left-handed cranks and operational levers, so they feel more natural in their hands. Window styles slide side to side horizontally, open vertically, pull in and push out. You may choose different operational styles for different rooms to make sure family members like the way it feels to open up the window and enjoy the breeze. Which leads us to the next sense.

Enjoy Scent-sations Courtesy of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island
While we strive to make every window virtually air tight to keep out dust, airborne allergens, wind and water, there are times you’ll want to open up the house to capture a cool evening breeze or enjoy the sounds of a gentle rain falling.

Opening a window or sliding door fitted with TruScene Insect Screen means you can enjoy the fragrant scents from your spring or autumn garden without worrying about those pesky no-see-ums invading your home, too. And, when traffic is heavy or there is an offensive odor in the air, you can close your windows and have confidence the stink will stay outdoors, provided all of your windows and doors have been upgraded and there are no other structural problems that would allow polluted air to infiltrate your home.

The Other Sense: Peace of Mind
By now you can probably see the connections for sight, sound, smell and touch. But, there’s another very important sense to consider, the sense of security. Installing new windows with multipoint locking systems and recessed latches improves the security of your home. Window guards prevent young children from opening the window far enough to fall through. Patterned glass options prevent people outdoors from seeing inside your home. All of these features give you peace of mind that you’re doing more to keep your family safe.

And, with our exclusive 20/2/10 warranty, you can have confidence your new replacement windows will remain beautiful and perform exceptionally well for years. If a problem develops, we’re just a phone call away.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows are Sense-Sational

Are you ready to start the replacement window design journey? We invite you to contact us by filling out the short on this page or calling our toll free number, 1-877-313-9052, to schedule a private, in-home consultation or fill in the short form on this page.

 

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  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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5 Tips to Keep Long Island Replacement Windows Looking & Performing Perfect

Long Island Replacement Windows CareAt Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, our whole team is confident your replacement windows and patio doors will make your home more energy-efficient and more comfortable for as long as you continue to live in your home. We’ve taken great pains to make sure every window we install is constructed to exacting measurements for your home, and every detail — from the custom grille pattern to the glazing choice — reflects the high-quality you’ve come to expect from Andersen products for more than a century.

One of the key benefits of choosing Renewal by Andersen of Long Island home improvement products over other brands is the low-maintenance and time-saving features built into every window and door we offer. The following five tips will help you keep your replacement windows and doors looking beautiful and performing as perfectly as the day they are installed for years to come.

#1. Remove Special Protective Film From Window Glass
The glazing in your new replacement windows and patio doors are shipped with a protecting film to protect the interior and exterior surfaces from dust and debris while in transit and during the installation. Remove protective film from glass surfaces and seams within the first nine months after installation on a day when the temperature exceeds 32 degrees.

Factory applied coatings are very durable, but sharp instruments can scratch your window coatings. Pull film from a seam or corner. You may use a plastic scraper, if necessary, to lift the edge, but not sharp metal or a razor blade.

Never apply additional tint or films to your replacement windows without first talking to a Renewal by Andersen replacement window consultant; doing so could void your warranty and negatively impact how your Low-E Energy Star certified glass panels perform. Shutters and coverings may also cause condensation problems and thermal stress so ask about those before installing them as well.

#2 Routine Cleaning & Care of Your Replacement Windows

  • Avoid harsh abrasives, acid solutions and strong chemicals. Do not use newspaper to dry your glass, ink residue may damage your Fibrex frames. We recommend:
  • Detach screens and removable grilles before cleaning glass.
  • Wipe factory-finished grilles, sash and trim with a clean, damp, lint-free cloth.
  • Clean grilles you have stained or painted according to manufacturer’s directions for the surface product you chose to update the color/texture.
  • Clean glass surfaces with a mild soap and water solution using a soft lint-free cloth. Apply with a circular motion and rinse immediately with clean water. Dry with a squeegee.
  • Use a soft cloth to wipe standard and TruScene insect screens. Do not spray screens with a water hose.
  • Use a damp cloth, a static feather duster, a soft bristle brush or a vacuum crevice tool to remove dirt and debris from sills and tracks to keep operation smooth and effortless.

#3 Make Modifications Cautiously
Modifying your windows and patio doors after installation may void your warranty. If you must use screws or nails near or on your windows, avoid installing them in places that interfere with opening and closing operations or make contact with glazing and weather-stripping. We recommend you consult your warranty documents or call our office before adding security components, exterior shutter or window boxes or attaching anything to the frame, sash or trim.

#4 Updating Your Color Scheme

Your beautiful Fibrex frames are manufactured with a long-lasting finish that never flakes, fades or peels. Unlike other types of window frames, Renewal by Andersen replacement windows never need resurfacing to stay attractive. If you choose to paint your hardwood interiors or Fibrex frames, realize you have created a “maintainable surface.”

When updating your color scheme, carefully follow preparation and application directions provided by the stain or paint manufacturer. Be careful not to paint:

  • Jamb liners
  • Any surface that slides against another surface
  • Factory applied silicon
  • Weather-stripping
  • Gaskets
  • Hardware

Some solvent-based products and stain cause irreparable damage to Fibrex composite window components. If you plan to stain wood veneer windows or need more detailed instructions for staining your wood interiors, call our office to request a copy of our Renewal by Andersen Care and Maintenance Guide.

#5 Know Your Window Limitations

To keep your windows and doors performing perfectly year after year, make sure you are using your windows properly. For example, casement windows provide exceptional ventilation when opened wide. They capture a breeze and funnel it indoors on a moderate day better than any other window style. But, leaving your casement windows open during extreme weather events with high winds could pull the sash out of alignment, or worse.

Have More Questions About Taking Care of Your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows or Patio Doors?

Should you have questions about resurfacing your replacement windows or a care topic we didn’t cover in this short article, please call our toll-free number (877-313-9052) or fill in the short form on this page for assistance.

If you’re still considering installing replacement windows in your Long Island Home, we invite you to schedule a no-obligation home consultation with one of our representatives at your convenience to discuss upgrade options today. Call 877-313-9052 to schedule your appointment.

 

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  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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3 Ways Long Island Replacement Windows Reduce Energy Bills, Improve Curb Appeal

Long Island Replacement Windows Energy Savings Curb AppealPrepare Now to Save on Summer AC and Winter Heating Bills

Updating your Long Island home’s dilapidated windows and sagging doors with energy-efficient, airtight Renewal by Andersen replacement options will certainly help you curb your utility expenses and make your home more comfortable. But, why stop there? Summer is an excellent time of year to rejuvenate and refresh your overall curb appeal.
Investing in a few simple upgrades will make your house the talk of the neighborhood and help you rediscover all the wonderful features that attracted you to your home in the first place.

1. Long Island Replacement Windows Update

It’s true. Modern replacement windows keep conditioned air from escaping your home and prevent moisture from sneaking inside. That means you have better control over the heating and cooling budget. But your window choices add more decorative and time saving features than many people realize.

Advanced window design and manufacturing technology provides virtually zero-maintenance home improvement options and dozens of custom grilles, glazing styles and color combinations that let you create a street-facing view that perfectly fits your home’s character and personality.

While you’re adding a bright, welcoming smile to your home, you’ll spend less time cleaning your windows with tilt-in designs that let you clean both surfaces from inside your home and factory-applied window coatings that eliminate up to 99 percent of water spots. Use that extra time and energy to further customize your windows with window planters, shutters or sun-blocking awnings.

2. Water Less, Smile More With Low-Maintenance Landscaping

Window boxes are an exceptional tool to add eye-catching details to showcase your new windows, but. Don’t stop there. Intentional landscaping lets you enjoy a full season of constantly changing colors and textures. Low-maintenance, heat resistant shrubs and flowering plants are a good choice for our area.

Tips for Small Gardens

Even small, metropolitan gardens and lawns can make a huge impact on your curb appeal. Here’s how:

  • Creating tiny focal points throughout your spaces is like giving passersby a surprise when they spot new foliage or blooms.
  • Thinking about a seating area under the shade tree? Opt for a bench with built-in seating that doubles as storage for your gardening tools and hoses.
  • Select a variety of herbaceous perennials for corners and odd-sized areas that are perfectly asymmetrical.
  • Choose miniature or dwarf shrubs to avoid having to worry about growth reaching overhangs and eaves.
  • Well-designed landscaping provides an inviting view and may also add privacy, reduce noise from wind and traffic and facilitate proper drainage.

Whether you decide to make a powerful visual statement or you prefer a minimalist appearance, design every detail and consider every inch of space. Visit your nearest nursery for recommendations if you aren’t sure which plants are right for your soil. You don’t have to invest a ton of money, but budget for a few surprise elements and splurge on materials, if necessary, to create the image you envision.

3. Pave the Way to a Beautiful Entrance

Incorporating intentional landscaping techniques into your curb-appeal makeover will complement your home’s personality and architectural features. Foliage that lines your drive can have a dramatic effect on the appearance, but your drive can also help you create stunning, visual appeal.

Long Island winter weather is hard on asphalt and concrete driveways. All that snow removal, salting and sanding can create cracks, chips and surface damage. Upgrading, or at least repairing, your drive is a good idea if you really want to transform the front-facing view of your home.

On Long Island, we typically see more asphalt driveways than pavers, but they are climbing in popularity. Some people avoid pavers because they are harder to shovel when we get heavy snowfall. But, pavers are remarkably durable and stand up well to our winter weather and de-icing chemicals. Besides the intriguing designs and color options, some homeowners appreciate knowing pavers are more eco-friendly than asphalt, fewer chemicals wind up the rivers, streams and other waterways.

Whether you choose stamped concrete, fanciful pavers or refresh your asphalt, think about updating your drive this summer, in preparation for winter. You’ll be glad you did.

It typically takes eight to 12 weeks to receive and install your new Renewal by Andersen replacement windows after you place an order. If you’ve already ordered your new home improvement products, take the next few weeks to think about how they’ll look installed. Layout a landscaping plan, inspect your driveway, and check your gutters and downspouts before winter hits.

Summer is a Terrific Time to Update Your Long Island Home with Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows and Patio Doors

Ready to get started on your late summer home improvement projects, but haven’t designed your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows yet? Fill in the form on this page or give our window specialists a call at 1-877-313-9052. We ready to help you every step of the way.

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  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Choosing Window Treatments for Your Long Island Replacement Windows

long-island-replacement-window-treatmentsYou might think the most difficult part of your Long Island replacement window-upgrade decisions are over once you’ve decided on your Renewal by Andersen window styles. But don’t discard your interior-decorating hat just yet—you still have to finish those windows off with the perfect window treatments for your home!

As beautiful as unadorned Renewal by Andersen windows are, in most roooms, you’ll probably want a little more privacy and design flair than a glass pane provides for your Long Island home. These ideas should help.

A disclaimer: You might not find the perfect idea for your home’s personality here. Don’t be afraid to think out of the box and experiment with window treatment ideas you think might look great, even if they’re a little off-the-wall!

1. Blinds

wood-blindsIf the thought of blinds conjures up plastic, impossible-to-clean mini-shades with a mind of their own, you’re not alone. But good quality blinds can be so much more than that. Window blinds are now available in a huge variety of styles—from wide-slat wooden window blinds to cellular blinds that double as extra insulation—and they work well on a wide variety of windows, from double-hungs to casements.

Choosing blinds with wider slats (either wooden or vinyl) brings a more upscale look to your space (no cheap mini-blind aura) and allows you the versatility to effortlessly adjust the light and privacy throughout the day.

2. Roman Shades

roman-shadesClose cousins to traditional window blinds, Roman shades function in much the same way; the pull of a string brings the panel up or down to just the height you want. But because they’re made from fabric—some offering a bit of drape and swag in the middle—they bring a softer feel to your space. Roman shades look great on double-hung windows and picture windows and can run the gamut of styles from old-world traditional to cutting-edge contemporary.

3. Tie-Up Curtains

tie-up-curtainsSimilar to Roman shades, tie-up curtains typically hang flat across the width of your window and are tied up a few inches from either side, allowing a bit of drape in the middle. Tie-ups offer modern style with lightweight, gauzy fabric, but also suit more traditional rooms when crafted from something a little weightier and tied up with a contrasting ribbon or band of fabric.

Take care where you choose to place these, though; they can be a pain to raise and lower, so choose tie-ups for a space where you don’t mind having a relatively fixed, decorative window treatment.

4. Oversized Sliding Panels

sliding-panelPerfect for larger windows, sliding windows, or even patio doors, long panels that slide easily back and forth are a classic (but often overlooked) option. The secret to making this type of window treatment feel upscale is all in the hardware: choosing the right curtain rod, hook system, and possibly even tiebacks can make or break this window style.

Because the rod will be exposed while the curtains are open, go with a decorative wooden or wrought iron-style rod, and choose a panel option that slides easily open or closed. Separate hooks, grommets, or tab-back curtains are all functional, attractive options.

5. Traditional Draperies

draperiesA smart choice for older homes featuring a more traditional or formal style, traditional draperies often incorporate a valance and long, floor-length panels. Valances may be elaborately draped, swagged, or pleated, and they could be constructed out of fabric that either matches or complements the drapes themselves. Traditional drapes are usually very full and often pool a bit on the floor.

Love this style but want a more modern take on it? Go with a bold, solid color that fits your interior, skip the trim (or keep it simple) and keep the lines of your draperies streamlined without skimping on the rich drape and volume associated with traditional drapery style.

6. Café Curtains

cafe-curtainKitchen curtains often pose a challenge for homeowners. On one hand, you want a bit of privacy and color to tie your décor together; on the other, you don’t want bulky, drapey curtains that get in the way (or become easily soiled) in such a high-use area. Café curtains make a smart choice for this space.
Usually mounted to cover only the lower half or two-thirds of a window and hemmed the same length as the window sill or trim, café curtains stay out of the way, let in sunlight, and offer a bit of privacy when you want it. They look great, too; try using a lightweight fabric and mounting it with oversized round hoops on a light iron rod for a breezy, updated twist on the classic café curtain.

Get More Tips and Tricks from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

There are hundreds of window treatment options on the market today, we’ve only highlight a few for your consideration. Whichever style of window covering you choose for your new replacement windows, be careful not to drive nails or screws into the window. Improperly installed window treatments may damage your trim and frame, potentially voiding parts of your warranty.

Have questions about drapery installation? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page. We’re always happy to help our customers get the most value from their new upgrade.

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  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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5 Reasons the Best-Dressed Replacement Windows are Wearing Insect Screens

long-island-replacement-window-insect-screensYou don’t have to live in Long Island for long to become intimately familiar with the six seasons: spring, deer tick season, summer, biting fly season, autumn, mosquito season, and winter. But living in this area doesn’t have to mean inviting the no-see-ums inside every year—or keeping your windows perpetually closed.

Even though we’re in the middle of summer when we mostly keep the windows closed and the air conditioning on, we know that nothing compares to the fresh breeze coming through an open window during cool summer evenings or those refreshing days of late spring and early fall. And with the right window screens, you’ll never have to worry that the fresh air will bring with it an assortment of tiny uninvited guests. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island can help you upgrade your existing windows or replace them entirely with cutting-edge insect screens you’ll love.

1. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Screens are Different

Some window screens technically do the job—but they only keep some insects out. Wider-gauge holes allow small insects to sneak through even when perfectly installed. Older windows also tend to have subpar screens that are unnecessarily bulky (read: unattractive), yet not fine enough to keep out tiny insects.

Replacement Window Insect Screen Long IslandRenewal by Andersen’s screens offer a step above the competition. They give you a clearer view, so you see more of the outdoors and less dark, obtrusive screen. And they keep out even the tiniest insects, so you won’t have to worry about leaving your windows open to uninvited guests any time of year.

All of our custom-built windows come standard with glass fiber screens, a fantastic option that far surpasses older screen styles. If you want an even more impressive upgrade, TruScene insect screens make a stunning option.

Practically invisible, TruScene screens showcase your view impeccably—while doubling as protection against tiny invaders.

2. Simplify Your Cleaning & Maintenance Routine

A window upgrade does more than add function and style to your home; it can also revolutionize your maintenance routine. Replacement windows are often many times easier to clean than the windows they’re replacing, and screens are no different!

Our window screens can be installed and removed easily; just pull them off and wipe them down with rubbing alcohol, vinegar, or a commercial cleaner like Mr. Clean to have them looking sparkling new again. Cleaning your screens each season also adds to the life span of your windows and allows you to identify any damage early, before it’s irreparable.

3. Where are Screens Installed?

Every non-fixed window our craftsmen replace comes standard with glass fiber insect screens; it’s just part of the Renewal by Andersen package. So whether you’ve chosen casement windows, awning windows, sliders, or double-hung windows, you won’t have to worry about pests—at least none coming from your newly-updated windows! You’ll love the versatility and beauty of your new window screens no matter where in the house you decide to have them installed.

Even custom windows are candidates for new insect screens; with every custom window we install, we’ll design a screen to fit perfectly and complement it beautifully, whether you’d prefer the glass fiber or TruScene option. Not sure which to choose? Our experts will walk you through the process and let you see, touch, and handle each type of screen so you feel confident in your choice.

4. Make an Investment That Keeps Paying You Back For Years

We realize that replacement windows and screens can be a big investment, especially if you’re updating your entire home. Renewal by Andersen doesn’t skimp on quality when it comes to window and screen replacement options, and they stand behind their products. Each replacement insect screen includes a 20/2/10 limited warranty, as do all non-glass and non-Fibrex components of your replacement windows.

You’re protected against factory defects in craftsmanship and materials for 10 years from the date of purchase, and any warranty claims include installation as well as the actual parts needed for repair. That means you won’t have to worry about unexpected out-of-pocket expenses if something goes awry with your new windows; it’s already taken care of.

5. Protecting Your Home From Insects With Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Home Improvement Products is Just the First Step

If you’re serious about increasing the value of your home, replacing aging windows as well as subpar insect screens is often a smart investment worth your consideration. Depending on the condition of your existing windows, replacements could pay for themselves in energy savings in just a few years—while giving your home a noticeable facelift at the same time.

Have Questions About Replacement Window Insect Screens? Call Us

If you have questions about updating your insect screens and/or windows, or just want to see what’s possible for your home, please feel free to call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island at 1-877-313-9052 to speak with an expert who can tell you more about the process and set up a free, no-obligation consultation. You can also fill in the short form on this page to ask for more information.

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  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Do You Know The Replacement Window Formula for Long Island?

Replacement Windows Long Island FormulaIs there a Formula to Balance Fixed & Operable Windows to Maximize Energy Efficiency?

It’s summer on Long Island, NY. This means warmer weather, higher humidity, beach time, family vacations, and — higher electric bills. If you’re serious about enjoying all of the good things about summer and taking those high air conditioning bills down a few notches this year, it’s time to think about upgrading your home windows with quality replacement windows to keep the heat and humidity outside where it belongs.

You’ve probably heard that fixed windows – those that don’t open – are more energy efficient than operational windows. But, the difference between the performances of operating windows versus stationary windows isn’t as drastic as you might think unless you significantly increase the number of fixed windows throughout your home.

2 Important Factors in the Replacement Window Formula

There’s no magic formula to help you decide how many windows in your Long Island home should be operable and how many should remain permanently closed, but there are some numbers that will help you maximize your savings.

Comparing the U-Value and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) ratings of various window styles gives you a better understanding of window performance.

U-Value Numbers

As a rule of thumb, the lower the U-Value rating, the greater energy efficiency a window offers. U-Value numbers represent a window’s resistance to heat transfer, or the amount of heat that moves through a window.

It’s important to realize that your window’s framing material plays a major role in heat transfer. Metal frames don’t resist heat transfer as well as wood frames or windows built with Fibrex composite material. Glazing also impacts U-Factor ratings. We recommend homeowners in and around Long Island look for numbers in the .30 to .32 range for best results. Keep in mind that Low-E glazing improves energy efficiency, but it’s always best to talk to your window consultant about different glass options for different situations in your home.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) Numbers

Choosing window styles based only on the SHGC can be a bit confusing. As the seasons change, your heating and cooling goals and window performance expectations may change. Right now, during the muggy, sweltering summer months, you want to limit the amount of heat that comes into your home., but consider that you might want to take advantage of some solar heat gain to minimize heating expense during the winter.

You may benefit from installing removable awnings or overhangs that filter direct sunlight during the summer and allow more natural light to flow indoors during the winter. Look for windows with a low SHGC rating and talk to your replacement window professional about ways to manage heat gain throughout the year.

If you have trouble finding windows with both high-performance U-Values and low SHGC ratings, focus on the U-Value. Generally, a superior U-Value indicates a high-efficiency window that will help you manage your heating and cooling budget effectively year round.

Defining the Ratio for Fixed & Operational Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows

You might think you’d get the best results by replacing all operable windows with fixed windows. But, that isn’t necessarily the case. While fixed windows give you the largest viewing area and provide abundant opportunities to increase the amount of light that comes into your home, there are negative considerations for this approach.

For one thing, building code requires that you have one operable window large enough for people to get out in case of an emergency like a house fire. If you ever want to refinance your home, FHA inspectors will expect to see at least one operable egress window in every room. Zero operating windows could mean zero financing options.

Another consideration is resale value. Most homeowners want the option to open windows for ventilation and cooling during mild weather months. A home without any opening windows could be a definite drawback if you decide to sell your house in the future. Before you finalize plans to drastically reduce the number of operational windows in your home, check with the local building department, or talk to your window design consultant about restrictions and requirements in our area.

Other Factors Impacting Window Energy Efficiency

Window styles impact energy efficiency. Since you now understand that framing material and glass type play significant roles in overall window performance, you’re more prepared to make decisions about style preference.
Low-profile fixed windows work perfectly in areas where you want to improve energy efficiency with a focus on field of vision and light levels, but you aren’t concerned about ventilation. You’ll reap investment savings and on-going energy savings since fixed windows can be less expensive than operable counterparts.

Combining sliders and hung windows with low-profile picture windows improves performance, and you’ll enjoy broader views along with more natural sunlight. Plus, fixed windows virtually eliminate air and moisture leaks. Picture windows built with a high-profile frame are a better visual match with casement, awning and hopper windows.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows: Finding the Right Formula for Your Home

There’s not a perfect formula or ratio for every home. To maximize energy efficiency you’ll need to consider the architectural characteristics and surroundings that make your home unique. Please accept our invitation to schedule a free no-obligation home inspection to discuss the best ratio for your circumstances. Reach us toll free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more information.

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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How To Ensure You Get a Good Return on Your Long Island Replacement Window Investment

Long Island Replacement Windows Aren’t Expensive When You Consider Your Long Term Goals

Long Island Replacement Windows Return on InvestmentDon’t be discouraged by naysayers who insist Long Island replacement windows are too expensive for the average homeowner. Planning home renovations to increase energy efficiency may cost more initially, but over time you’ll enjoy continued savings.

It’s truly important to take a whole-house approach for maximum benefits. Your home’s total energy performance depends on insulation, structural integrity, electrical and plumbing aspects, and naturally, your windows, skylights and doors.

Installing ENERGY STAR labeled appliances and energy-efficient upgrades is good for the pocket book, the environment and overall comfort inside your Long Island home. Plus, you’ll reap the benefits for many years in the future. To get the most value from your new replacement windows, design them for a terrific aesthetic, enduring beauty and long-lasting, superior performance.

Here are a few tips to get you started.

Don’t Compromise Efficiency for Economy

Making wise financial decisions shouldn’t compromise your decorating or energy conservation goals. Curbing your carbon footprint and investing in the health and sustainability of our planet shouldn’t compromise your financial goals. Choosing Fibrex® composite frames helps homeowners reach their diverse goals.

The innovative composite material is manufactured with 40 percent reclaimed wood fiber, primarily gathered wood window frames and components. A few of the benefits Fibrex® offers energy-conscious consumers are:

  • Fibrex is twice as strong as vinyl
  • Frames never rot, fade, mildew or rust
  • Superior insulation and heat transfer control
  • Long-lasting beauty without extensive maintenance and upkeep
  • Custom-built with an eye on conservation and natural resource management

Enhancing Energy Efficient Designs

Investing in ENERGY STAR certified appliances and replacement windows isn’t the only way to save money on heating and cooling bills, but it is a wonderful place to start. ENERGY STAR labeled products typically reduce energy use by 20 to 30 percent beyond federal standards, depending on your home environment and climate. Installing top of the line or “best rated” home improvement products could save homeowners 15 percent (or more) on their monthly cooling bills during our hot, muggy summer months. To learn more about maximizing savings, visit the ENERGY STAR website or talk to your Renewal by Andersen design consultant (call 1-877-313-9052).

Buy Today for Durability Tomorrow

Buying the least expensive products isn’t a wise financial decision if you have to replace them in a few years due to performance or failure issues. Whether it’s taking measures to save our natural resources, or building custom windows and patio doors to help Long Island consumers shave dollars off their heating and cooling bills, our team takes saving seriously. Installing replacement windows designed to last for years is a wise investment decision.

Go Green & Save Now & In the Future

As far as “green technology” benefits go, it doesn’t make sense to choose products manufactured under strict sustainability standards unless they will help you control energy consumption and respect the environment throughout the product life-cycle. In other words, design choices help you “get it right the first time.” So, even if energy prices rise in the future, you’ll have confidence that you will continue to reap real savings throughout the life of your windows and patio doors.

Taking a proactive approach to replacement window design means:

  • You choose glazing for every window in every room based on how many hours of direct sunlight hits the glass, whether you want to capitalize on solar heat gain during the winter or control heat transfer during sweltering summer.
  • You select framing material that has a similar thermal expansion rate to your home’s building material. Vinyl moves much more than your wood framing, opening up gaps between your windows and your home. Fibrex doesn’t.
  • You balance the number of operable windows with fixed windows to allow efficient ventilation and leverage the superior energy-efficiency of windows that don’t open.

Options to Improve Your Energy Efficient View

Helping Long Island homeowners achieve their goals is good business. We understand saving money and protecting the environment are high on the list of priorities for our neighbors and friends on the Island. But, we also understand that how you frame your view and the view from the curb are just as important as finding a company who believes in responsible stewardship. That’s why we offer a full range of trim and frame colors, paintable interiors and grille patterns that allow you to create a truly unique decorating presentation.

Our innovative solutions give you the freedom to select the perfect hardware to match or complement your existing decor, or create a brand new decorating scheme. Choosing standard grille patterns or customizing grilles for specialty windows and transoms allows you to decide whether you want to create a stunning focal point or design windows that blend into the current architectural features.

Call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows for More Information

Need more information about energy efficient solutions for your home? Give us a call toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more details.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Install Long Island Replacement Windows & Save on Heating & Cooling Bills

Long Island Replacement Windows Energy SavingsLong Island Replacement Windows Performance & Economics

It’s true. Replacing the aging, rapidly deteriorating windows in your Long Island home with high-performance, custom-built windows and patio doors can help you save money on home heating and cooling expenses. But, understanding the nuanced relationship between replacement window design and overall home energy efficiency is important.

Window performance impacts the comfort of your dwelling, your health and your safety. The overall health and structural integrity of your home also significantly effects energy-efficiency and comfort control.

Here’s what you need to know to get the highest return on your investment.

Superior Performance Depends on Whole-Window Design

Every component in a window unit impacts performance and efficiency. Simply choosing “the best” glass option or framing material won’t get the highest return on your investment.

Gas fill between panes improves conduction control, but doesn’t prevent leaking through faulty weather-stripping and sealants. New window framing materials, like our patented Fibrex composite, reduce heat conduction, but don’t control heat lost through the glass.

To eliminate cold drafts in the winter and solar heat gain in the summer, you have to carefully choose every component based on your lot orientation, surrounding landscape and ventilation requirements.

  1. Special Glass Coatings prevent ultraviolet rays from damaging indoor furnishings and flooring, reduce glare and virtually eliminate water spots caused by rain and water hose splashes.
  2. Insulated Glass. Double- and triple pane window designs are significantly more energy efficient than single pane windows.
  3. Argon Gas Fill. In addition to improving energy efficiency, inert gas-filled double-pane windows provide numerous benefits. Argon is clear, odorless and non-toxic. Without diminishing your view, argon gas reduces heat transfer by as much as 35 percent compared to regular air. Lower thermal conductivity means hot air stays outdoor during the summer and heated air stays indoors during cold winter months. Gas fill controls ambient noise and reduce condensation potential. Plus, if a glass pane breaks, there’s no worry about harmful gas escaping that could negatively impact your family’s health and safety.

Improving Overall Home Energy Efficiency

Experts agree that 50- to 70-percent of your utility bill comes from energy used for heating and cooling. Getting the highest return on your replacement window investment doesn’t stop with choosing the best window style for every room and carefully balancing the number of fixed windows with the number of operable windows that enable controlled ventilation.

Your home’s structural integrity directly affects utility bills. Air leaks, heating and air conditioning system performance and insulation are three major problem areas for Long Island homeowners.

Air Leaks

Eliminating air leaks is crucial for gaining maximum control over your indoor temperature and energy efficiency. On older windows, adding weather-stripping or caulking leaks can improve overall energy efficiency.

Here are 10 places to look for air leaks around your home.

  1. Attic knee walls
  2. Ducts and vent pipes
  3. Attic access doors/traps
  4. Electric outlet plate covers
  5. Recessed lighting
  6. Chimney shaft and flue
  7. Exterior wall damage
  8. Dropped ceiling/soffits
  9. Fireplace walls
  10. Cantilevered flooring

HVAC Systems

Poorly maintained heating and air conditioning systems increase utility bills and don’t control humidity effectively. You’ll never be able to drastically reduce utility bills unless you have an energy-efficient cooling and heating system. Your new replacement windows will improve your comfort and reduce expenses, but maximum return on your investment requires a whole-house approach just like window design includes all components and not just the glass.

Insulation

Heat flows from warmer areas to cooler areas naturally. In the winter, heated air gravitates toward cooler indoor spaces like unheated attics, basements and attached garages – or even, outdoor spaces. In summer, hot, humid air moves toward your home’s interior spaces.

Maintaining a comfortable indoor environment requires insulation that inhibits the flow of heat. Properly insulated homes reduce the flow of heat through ceilings, floors and walls.

There are numerous types of insulation on the market today – some are easy to install yourself with just common tools found around most homes and a few hours on the weekend. Other types, like blown in insulation, require special equipment and training so, it’s best to hire a professional contractor. Energy.gov recommends you consider all types of insulation based on your home, including radiant barriers that re-emit heat rather than absorb it.

Understanding the Relationship Between Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows & Your Home Environment

As you can see, there is more to designing and installing home improvement products than just choosing window styles that look beautiful and perform perfectly for decades. Our window consultants are available to help you consider options for your home that improve comfort and safety while reducing your utility bills and maximizing the return on your investment.
To schedule a free, no-obligation home consultation just fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052.

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Why Fibrex is the Best Material for Long Island Replacement Window Frames

Long Island Replacement Window Frames FibrexLong Island homeowners in Queens, Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk counties have many choices of replacement window frames: wood, fiberglass, aluminum, vinyl and composite. Many people still believe that wood windows are the ultimate window choice for durability and longevity, while others think vinyl is the best material. While wood frames have the longest history, and possibly the strongest “organic” appeal, and vinyl adds low maintenance features, we believe our patented Fibrex frames are the perfect candidate to combine the best of both worlds.

Here’s why:

Fibrex: A Composite Material Designed to Last for Decades

Many homeowners are confused about what Fibrex is and don’t understand the benefits of choosing a composite frame material. Fibrex is a unique, patented construction material made by the Andersen Corporation. It is made from raw wood fibers and copolymer or epoxy resins (PVC vinyl). The final product is low-maintenance and twice as strong as vinyl.

Not only is Fibrex almost impervious to extreme temperature variations, but it comes in numerous factory finishes that closely resemble traditional wood. Fibrex frames and trim don’t have the “artificial appearance” some vinyl models have, making them an excellent choice for virtually any architectural style, and particularly traditional styles.

By combining the best characteristics of vinyl and wood, Fibrex delivers a frame that never needs maintenance to prevent or repair rot, mold, mildew or fading.

You won’t likely find another replacement window that never needs painting, comes in a generous array of color combinations and is manufactured under such strong sustainability guidelines, which provides additional benefits, including:

  • Less stress on natural resources
  • Reduced waste delivered to the landfill
  • Lower fossil fuel consumption for transportation

High-Efficiency Performance

Because Fibrex expands and contracts at similar rates to wood and glass components in replacement windows and patio doors, sealant failure rates are extremely low. Like all of our Renewal by Andersen home improvement products, high-quality, custom crafted Fibrex windows come with a hassle-free, transferrable warranty. You’ll probably never have to use it, but in the rare instance you do, you’re covered with just one call to a Renewal by Andersen replacement window specialist.

Fibrex fenestration products have earned the ENERGY STAR label and are among the most energy-efficient replacement products on the market today, effectively insulating against extreme heat and cold variances.

The Perfect Balance: Frame, Glazing and Installation

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) measures energy-efficiency and performance based on the whole window as a unit. We understand that exceptional performance requires a stable frame to protect against air and moisture infiltration and glass options designed to improve energy efficiency. Combining Fibrex frames with one of our four unique glazing options provides Long Island homeowners opportunities to take control of heating, cooling, visible light transfer and ultraviolet light levels indoors.

Choosing the best solution based on your architectural features, lot orientation and ventilation needs improves energy-efficient and the comfort in your home.

High-Performance Low-E4 Glass

  • Blocks more than 80 percent of harmful UV rays – protecting artwork, carpeting, drapery and furnishings
  • 45% more energy-efficient during winter months
  • Up to 56% more energy-efficient during hot, humid Long Island summers

High-Performance Low-E4 SmartSun Glass

  • Performs exceptionally well during winter and summer seasons
  • Allows almost as much natural sunlight as clear glass solutions
  • Delivers added protection against UV rays – up to 95%

High-Performance Low-E4 Sun Glass

  • Keeps your home cooler by reducing solar heat gain
  • Factory applied coatings reduces glare
  • Makes it easier to keep your home cool during hot summer months

Helping you get the highest level of performance from your home improvement products doesn’t stop on the manufacturing floor. A superior replacement window only performs as designed when it’s installed properly. That’s why only highly-skilled, approved and trained technicians install Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors.

Designing Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows & Patio Doors for Your Home

Outstanding energy performance, longevity, strength, durability and exceptional beauty are just five of the myriad reasons to consider Fibrex frames and trim for your home.

If you’d like more information about unique Fibrex frames, designing replacement windows for your home or glass solutions to help you take control of your heating and cooling bills, give us a call. We’ll gladly show you ratings from independent third-party organizations that explain how overall window design impacts energy-efficiency so you can compare our products to others on the market.

Reach us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or take a few minutes to fill in the short form on this page for more information.
 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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3 Steps to the Perfect Long Island Replacement Window Design for You

Perfect Long Island NY Replacement WindowRenewal by Andersen of Long Island has been serving our New York neighbors in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn and the surrounding areas for more than three decades. As part of our commitment to help homeowners navigate the replacement window buying journey with a stress-free experience that results in happy customers, we strive to put the information you need to make wise decisions in your hands before you make any decisions.

We’ve made the process as efficient and enjoyable as possible. Here’s what you can expect when you contact a Renewal by Andersen of Long Island window design consultant to start your journey.

Step #1: Choose Your Style Preferences

Because every room in your home plays a unique role, choosing best-fit window styles is critical. Style selection involves evaluating the way each room serves your family and what you expect your home improvement products to do.

Are you looking for opportunities to bring in more natural light? Do you want a little extra ventilation? Need a safer option for your nursery or child’s playroom?

With 13 standard options in our portfolio, homeowners have access to myriad options that allow you to design custom-crafted replacement windows and patio doors for every room in your home.

  • Single-Hung windows have an operable lower sash that slides vertically, providing easy open and close access for ventilation and egress.
  • Tilt-to-Clean Double-Hung windows that let you clean interior and exterior glass from inside your home are built with two functioning sash, allowing you to lower the upper sash to capture a breeze without worrying about young children climbing or falling through an open window. In other settings, you can raise the lower sash.
  • Awnings & Hoppers are typically installed higher on the wall – in basements and hallways – but, they work in many settings where having a single, easy grasp level is preferred. Awnings “push” outward from a top hinge and hoppers tilt inward from a bottom hinge to accommodate diverse environments.
  • Stationary (fixed, in-operable) Options provide the fullest viewing area and the highest energy efficiency for homeowners. Since they don’t open, you never have to think about natural wear and tear on weather-stripping from daily use.
  • Casement Windows literally capture the breeze for enhanced airflow. Unlike many traditional windows that have vertical operation, casements have a multi-point latching system and side hinges. The unique design provides exceptional protection against air and moisture infiltration, boosting energy efficiency.
  • Gliders (Sliders) have one or more operable sash that move horizontally. Flanking patio doors with gliders gives you options to create glass walls with entryways. They also work well in areas where outward opening windows may interfere with exterior traffic patterns and other activities.
  • Bays and Bows create unique curb appeal, provide opportunities to add a bit more interior seating and floor space and allow plenty of natural light to flood your indoor spaces.
  • Specialty Glass comes in many geometric shapes and sizes, allowing you to add a subtle accent window or create a stunning focal point. Specialty options are stationary. Many Long Island homeowners choose this style for placement above entrance ways or as sidelights, transoms and under-the-eave applications.
  • Three basic Patio Door styles let you create seamless transitions from outdoor spaces to your interior. Low-profile sliding doors work well with almost any decorating scheme and don’t take up any floor space. Swing-in and swing-out French style patio doors give you options that don’t interfere with patio and balcony activities or enable you to maximize interior square footage.

Step #2: Select Your Glazing

ENERGY STAR certified glass choices give you the freedom to select panes based on the activity in each room and the surrounding environment outside. Every window in your home likely receives a slightly different amount of direct sunlight. Selecting appropriate glass for each room involves considering how much natural light you want to allow in, how many hours of full sun windows receive and whether you want added protection against UV rays that may fade carpeting or damage artwork.

Your Renewal by Andersen replacement window design consultant can help you compare Low-E glazing that eliminates up to 95% of UV light transmission and high-performance glass options designed to help you reduce energy consumption and lower heating and air conditioning bills.

Step #3: Accessorize for Convenience, Performance and Aesthetics

While operational style and glass options impact performance and energy-efficiency, we understand you want beautiful windows, too. Adding the final touches allows you to create beautiful indoor and outdoor features.

  • Choose from dozens of color combinations to compliment or contrast architectural features.
  • Add grilles for symmetry or as an eye catching design element.
  • Select hardware finishes and colors that tie your decorating theme together.
  • Install insect screens that banish pesky gnats and no-see-ums without compromising your view.
  • Opt for stainable/paintable interiors that let you perfectly match existing trim work.

Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows and Patio Doors: Sensible, Stylish or Simply Stunning

We’ve only touched the surface with the basics in this article. It would be a pleasure to help you consider high-performance home improvement products for your home. Reach us at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more details.

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  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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3 Things You Need to Know Before You Enlarge Window Openings on Long Island

Bigger Long Island Replacement WindowsHomeowner question of the week: Can I install replacement windows in an older home if I want to enlarge the windows?

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island response: Sure! Replacement windows and patio doors are custom-crafted to exacting measurements for your Long Island home. Normally, our team builds windows to fit the opening left behind when we remove your current windows, but we can also work with your renovation contractors to build new windows after the retrofit or new construction work is completed.

However, if you’re thinking about replacing existing windows with larger versions to get slightly expanded viewing areas or to update the aesthetics of your home, you might be able to accomplish your goals without major construction.

Here are three things to consider before you make a final decision.

  1. Construction Costs

If you’re considering enlarging one or more windows in your Long Island home, you’re probably wondering how much it is going to cost. In our area, you may be looking at several thousand dollars for each window – depending on how much larger you want your windows to be, the age of your home, whether electrical wiring or plumbing needs to be rerouted and the home’s structural integrity.

When window expansion is part of a larger home makeover – say, you’re budgeting for a room addition or planning to install windows in places where there isn’t an existing window – your construction manager will probably make recommendations and provide price estimates based on your overall project design goals.

Keep in mind that widening a window requires more expensive (and, more extensive) construction than lowering a window positioned under an existing beam. You can save money by shifting the window position to the left or right, leaving one side intact and widening in only one direction. Depending on the age of the home, you may have problems finding matching siding.

If you absolutely want to install taller windows, you’ll need to factor in the cost of enlarging the beam above the opening. Besides the cost of your new windows or patio doors, you’ll need to budget for:

  • Cost of building materials
  • Labor: Opening the interior wall(s), building a new jamb, expanding the beams, etc.
  • Beam(s)
  • Interior finish carpentry
  • Spackling, drywall, and primer to prepare interior walls for new finish
  • Permits and inspections
  1. Changing Windows Styles for a Better View

If you’re thinking of simply expanding your viewing area in one or two rooms, replacement windows may be a better investment than hiring a contractor to retrofit your windows and patio doors.

There are numerous options for homeowners who want to avoid the mess, inconvenience and expense of a major construction project.

Naturally, replacement windows and patio doors won’t enlarge the overall size of your existing windows, but there are advantages:

  • Installing styles with narrower trim increases the viewing area and natural light in your home.
  • Replacing double-hung windows with picture windows or fixed-pane bay window configurations increases energy efficiency, improves views and enables more natural light to enter your home.
  • Casement windows open wide, drawing in more air for improved circulation.

Installation typically only takes one day, as compared to several days, or even weeks necessary for major reconstruction. Remember, all replacement windows are custom-built for your Long Island home, and delivery may take eight to twelve weeks, depending on the style you order, your design features and the number of orders ahead of you at the factory.

  1. Improvements Today & Benefits for Tomorrow

Another consideration for Long Island homeowners is how your upgrade will impact you in the future. Installing traditional windows often means added work in the future. Wood-framed windows require ongoing maintenance – annual scrape, putty and paint chores to keep them working properly and to prevent or repair damage caused by the elements. Vinyl frames tend to sag and droop over time, exposing gaps that need to be re-caulked and leading to wind and moisture leaks that reduce energy efficiency and increase utility bills.

Installing Renewal by Andersen of Long Island windows and patio doors framed with Fibrex are guaranteed not to peel, flake, mildew or rot – all without ever having to repaint. That means your tomorrows are free to enjoy with your family instead of spending time with the men at the hardware store buying supplies.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Offers Non-Invasive Window Replacement Options

Replacement windows and patio doors are a good choice for homeowners who want to expand their viewing area and take control of their energy consumption. If you’re thinking about hiring a contractor to replace a few windows in your home, we’d love the opportunity to meet with you to discuss options before you make your final decision. Fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a no-obligation consultation today.


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  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Which Direction Are Your Long Island Replacement Windows Going to Take?

Long Island Replacement Window DirectionWhen many Long Island homeowners embark on their first replacement window shopping journey they may believe most windows are pretty much the same, except for the size and shape. As they get further into it, however, they learn how much there is to learn. Windows impact so many aspects of your life, it’s important to look beyond the first glance.

Of course, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window experts recognize the importance of both size and shape:

  • Size matters because one of the advantages of installing custom-fitted replacement windows and patio doors is the minimal construction required to replace existing windows
  • Shape variations have a large influence on the overall aesthetic appeal. But, sometimes the not so obvious characteristics are just as significant

Looking Beyond the First Glance at Replacement Windows
Windows do more than just provide an opening to view the world beyond your four walls. Naturally, window styles and energy efficiency rank high among the myriad considerations for homeowners, but have you considered the importance of choosing the direction your windows open – left to right, up and down, in or out? The operational aspect of your home windows makes a huge difference in functionality and livability. The proper direction choices make your life easier, more convenient and safer. Poor choices may lead to frustration and inconvenience.

Different Directions for Different Settings

Vertical Operation – Single & Double Hung Styles

Many Long Island home windows raise and lower to let in the fresh air. Single and double-hung windows rank near the top of the list for convenience, comfort and affordability, while modern glazing technology provides ample opportunities to control the amount of light that enters your home and improves energy-efficiency.

There are other benefits to choosing vertical opening windows.

  • Tilt-in-to-clean styling makes it possible to clean both interior and exterior surfaces from inside your home – reducing safety hazards associated with climbing ladders and hassles that come with trekking back and forth trying to get both sides of the glass clean and streak-free.
  • The drop down upper sash in double-hung windows makes this style perfect for areas where young children may be tempted to lean or climb out the window.
  • Vertical operation means opening your windows never interferes with traffic patterns outdoors or impacts furniture placement indoors.

Horizontal Operation – Sliders & Gliders

Like double-hung replacement windows, sliding patio doors and gliding windows don’t impact traffic patterns or interfere with interior decorating goals. Gliding windows work very well alone, or as an accessory for fixed windows to increase ventilation.

In & Out Designs

Windows that move side to side or raise up and down aren’t as easy to access in areas of your home where windows are installed higher on the wall or over a counter.

If you want to avoid overreaching or having to use a step stool or ladder anytime you want to catch a cool evening breeze, choosing an in and out operational style is wise.

Casement windows – which can be the most energy-efficient operational window style – generally crank outward. Some casement windows can be configured to open inward if your interior space allows and the design works better for your needs.

Hinges along the vertical edge allow you to fully open your windows for maximum ventilation and a single lever/handle makes one-handed opening and closing nearly effortless.

Hoppers are often seen in basements, near the ceiling in other rooms or mulled with other window styles for aesthetic appeal or air circulation management. Like casement windows, hoppers typically have a single operating lever. Unlike casement windows, hoppers are hinged along the bottom edge and pull inward, without a crank.

Awning windows are similar to hoppers except they’re hinged at the top and open outward. You get the same easy operation with a distinct advantage. The window design creates a mini-umbrella over the window when it’s open so you can still enjoy a refreshing breeze even if it’s raining.

The Other Directional Consideration

Operational directions aren’t the only directions Long Island homeowners need to consider when designing their replacement windows. The direction your windows face can also impact your glass choices.

The number of hours of direct sunlight that will shine on your windows can have a significant effect on your energy management and costs. Each room could conceivably require different glazing selection for maximum comfort, convenience and cost efficiency.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: We’ve Got Your Replacement Window Directions

Operational style isn’t the only thing homeowners should consider, or even the most important aspect of designing replacement windows and patio doors for your home. But, it’s still a critical characteristic that deserves careful thought.
Need some more information about glazing options and operational styles? We’re here to help you choose the best window styles for functionality and livability. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more details.

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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5 Ways to Check Your Long Island Home Window Energy Fitness

Long Island replacement window home fitnessAfter all the snow and ice we had covering our windows on Long Island this past winter, many of our neighbors are more than ready for summer to finally arrive. With warmer weather – and increased opportunities to head to the beach, relax in the yard or get out and hike in the countryside – our thoughts turn away from snow shovels and early morning workouts clearing the driveway toward exercise routines and healthy meal plans to get us into shape for the season ahead.

Spring is a great time to schedule the annual physical. It’s always a good idea to talk to your doctor before starting a new fitness routine or making significant changes to your diet.

Spring is also the perfect time to put your home through an annual fitness checkup. Without routine maintenance, your home can become less efficient. Normal wear and tear from daily use causes minor damage that will lead to bigger problems if left unattended. The result for Long Island homeowners is often higher utility bills. Just like proper nutrition and exercise will help you shed those extra pounds you gained over the winter, it’s possible to shave several hundred dollars off your annual utility costs by helping your home work more efficiently.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Home Fitness Checklist

#1 Tame Energy Suckers

Did you know that making your waterbed every day can lower the operating cost by a third? Your blanket or bedcover acts as an insulator to help regulate the water temperature. Not everyone has a waterbed, but there are plenty of other vampire energy suckers in most homes.

Spotting not-so-obvious sources of unnecessary energy drain requires a bit of detective work. For example, did you know that your television will consume more energy over its lifetime while off than while turned on? Only 30 percent of the total consumption occurs while turned on – the other 70 percent goes to keep your TV on perpetual standby so it comes on instantly when you’re ready to watch your favorite program.

Anything that has a power light continually draws energy. Unplug non-essential small appliances when not in use. Centralize your digital charging routine with a power strip so you can turn everything off at the same time.

#2 Schedule Appliance Check-ups

Spring and fall appliance tune-ups keep your appliances in good working order.

  • Heating and cooling your home draws more energy than any other single activity, replacing filters and removing accumulated dirt and dust twice a year helps your units perform better.
  • Set your water heater temperature to 120 degrees or lower. If your water heater has fiberglass insulation, consider installing a tank blanket to improve temperature control.
  • Vacuum under and behind all major appliances – washer, dryer, freezer, refrigerator – at least twice a year to keep dust bunnies under control.

#3 Search for Structural Deficiencies

Gaps around windows and doors drain energy and increase your utility bills dramatically. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports window options can reduce heat loss by as much as 50 percent during cold weather months. The NRDC recommendation for homeowners is to replace single-pane windows with double or triple pane windows that meet or exceed ENERGY STAR standards.

Proper insulation in the attic isn’t the only way to save money and control your indoor environment. The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) also recommends homeowners insulate pipes and duct work that passes through unheated areas of your home to improve energy efficiency and lower utility bills.

Check for air leaks:
• Around electric outlets
• Window AC units
• Fireplaces
• Vent pipes
• Doors
• Windows

Minor leaks can be remediated with weather-stripping or rope caulk. Damage to exterior siding and fireplaces or chimneys may require hiring a professional contractor.

Getting Your Home in Peak Condition with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows

  1. Take the home fitness challenge to find out how energy efficient your home is by following the steps below.
  2. Walk through every room of your home looking carefully and examining your walls, ceilings, and floors for damage that may encourage airflow from inside living spaces to unconditioned spaces like between the walls, in the attic or outdoors. Repair holes and gaps as needed.
  3. Check the attic for insulation quality and quantity.
  4. Insulate ductwork and hot water pipes in non-heated areas.
  5. Take a thorough inventory of all electrical appliances and devices. Develop a plan to reduce unnecessary energy consumption. Install power strips or unplug units when not in use.
  6. Schedule routine maintenance checkups for all major appliances in your home.

Then give us a call to schedule a private consultation to discuss the overall health of your windows and patio doors. We’ll help you evaluate the condition and energy-efficiency of your existing windows. Reach us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page.

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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3 Long Island Replacement Window Cleaning & Maintenance Tips

Long Island Replacement Window Cleaning TipsNow that you’ve installed your replacement windows in your Long Island home, you probably find yourself smiling when you catch a glimpse of the scene on the other side of the glass. Renewal by Andersen replacement windows give you a crystal clear view of your world, but sometimes those mystery spots from sprinklers or the water hose can be irritating.

It’s fairly easy to wipe off the airborne pollen and dust that accumulate on your window surfaces. For the occasional tough spot, or upper level windows, cleaning can be a bit more challenging.

Here are three maintenance and cleaning tips to help you maintain a perfect view, and protect your new home improvement products.

Tip 1: Banish the Water Spots

Water spots come from a variety of sources – rain water baked on by the sun, water hose splashes and sprinkler residue, a rowdy water gun fight. For most homeowners, water spots are an irritation, but most are not difficult to remove.

White vinegar works wonders for cleaning glass surfaces. Simply add a cup of white vinegar to a cup of warm water to make a mild cleaning solution. Apply with a soft, lint free cloth or sponge and dry immediately with a dry cloth or squeegee.

For difficult spots, you can increase the vinegar strength. It’s okay to use white vinegar without diluting it for especially difficult water spots, as long as you dry the glass immediately.

Caution: shrubs and plants don’t tolerate vinegar well. To avoid damaging your greenery don’t use a spray bottle or a hose with a dispensing attachment.

Extra Steps: Heavy rain falling into flower beds and bare dirt spots near your patio doors and windows often produces muddy splashes. Examine the landscape around the perimeter of your home. Planting ground cover or adding pebbles or mulch to your beds may help you control those frustrating spots.

Tip 2: Removing Bird & Bee Droppings

If you notice yellowish spots that resemble water marks, but don’t lift off easily with a mild vinegar solution, your home may be in the flight path of busy bees collecting pollen. The best cleaning solution for these bothersome gifts from nature is a mix of distilled water and a mild detergent. Try saturating the spot with plain water first.

For upper level fixed windows, use an extension pole designed for window washing, or consult a professional window cleaning service. Take extra precautions if you decide to clean your own exterior windows.

  • Use a sturdy ladder.
  • Enlist the help of a family member or friend to serve as a spotter on the ground.
  • Avoid overreaching. Instead, move the ladder whenever you can’t easily reach the surface areas.

Caution: Don’t use harsh chemicals or sharp scraping tools to remove dried on animal feces.

Tip 3: Routine Maintenance Schedules Keep Your Windows Clean & Hassle Free

While our replacement windows don’t come with a magic genie who keeps vigil day and night to keep your windows and patio doors spotless, our home improvement products are custom built to reduce the time you spend maintaining and cleaning them.

High-performance Low-E4 glass makes cleaning a breeze with special factory treatments that minimize those worrisome water spots. When sunlight strikes the glass, it activates the titanium dioxide coating to repel spots from forming by releasing the dirt. The next gentle rain will wash away surface dirt and allow faster drying times.

To maintain your frames and weather-stripping, you’ll need to inspect your tracks and sills. At least twice a year, remove any dirt and debris in the tracks to keep your windows opening smoothly and prevent build up that could damage your window components.

  • Use a mild soap and water solution to wipe down frame, trim, grilles and sash.
  • Apply a dry lubricant such as Teflon or silicone, if needed, to sliding window frames and double-hung side covers to make operation smoother.
  • Clean TruScene Insect Screens with a soft, lint-free cloth.
  • Wipe down hardware and operational levers with a mild detergent solution. Never apply harsh cleaners to hardware or use brushes when cleaning, doing so could damage your beautiful finishes and encourage surface degradation.
  • Remove non-permanent grilles before cleaning glass surfaces. Wipe down with a clean, dry cloth. For stubborn spots on grilles, use a mild soap solution or purified water and dry immediately.

For more detailed instructions about cleaning and maintenance inspections, visit our helpful homeowner resource page where you’ll find printed and video support.

Easy-Clean Replacement Windows & Patio Doors from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Save You Time & Hassle

If you haven’t already installed replacement windows in your Long Island home, we’d appreciate the opportunity to talk to you about our custom solutions that provide years of long-lasting beauty with virtually zero maintenance. Easy-clean tilt-in double-hung windows and lift out slider designs allow you to clean your windows from inside your home, making the process faster and safer.

Give us a call toll-free at 1-877-315-9052 or fill in the short form on this page to schedule a personal consultation.

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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6 Tips to Capture the Perfect View with Long Island Replacement Windows

6 Long Island Replacement Window Tips

Consider Your Window Views From Both Angles, Inside & Outside

When building a new home, many people spend weeks, maybe months, searching for a lot in a desirable area within proximity to work, school and activity hubs. When they’ve finally chosen the perfect lot, they spend hours, maybe weeks, considering orientation – placement on the lot that enables the best views and exposure to natural surroundings.

If you’re remodeling or upgrading an existing home, every room deserves a beautiful view. Window design styles and accessories influence your view and your interiors. Capturing your view of the outside world is essential for health and comfort.

Here are six things to consider as you plan your Long Island home improvement project.

  1. Natural Light Is As Important As Nutrition

Just as native plants reach toward the sun for warmth and energy, humans thrive in an environment bathed in natural sunlight. Ensuring your home has a natural light source is essential for health and vitality. Even if the outside view isn’t especially beautiful, framing your view with beautiful windows will enhance the effect.

  1. High Windows ‘Raise the Roof’

In rooms where windows are installed off the floor, maximizing light is more important than showcasing your view. Since clerestory windows typically enhance the overall architectural design, many homeowners choose to leave their fixed panels plain rather than installing grilles. A row of awning windows or hoppers under the roofline will enable ventilation and still give the appearance of a floating roofline.

  1. Consider Directional Orientation When Choosing Replacement Windows

Choosing window styles for each room is crucial not only for improving energy management, but also for comfort. When choosing individual replacement window styles for your rooms, consider the lot orientation. Seasonal changes, trees that cast shade and directional considerations (whether windows face north, south, east or west). The proper glazing choice for each room allows you to leverage seasonal changes to your advantage – blocking heat transfer during the summer and enabling solar heat gain during colder months.

  1. Replacement Windows Don’t Have to Be Boring

Interesting configurations take advantage of gorgeous views and create appealing vistas from inside your home and from outside looking in. There’s really no hard and fast design rules. You can chose from styles with fluid, curvilinear lines or boxier windows with clear straight lines.

Custom-built window styles include squares, triangles, half-circles, trapezoidal, rectangles and full circles, among other shapes. You may even want to design a window with contrasting grille and glazing shapes. A variety of sizes and shapes create intriguing visual interest. On the other hand, installing the same- sized and shaped windows throughout your home adds balance and symmetry.

  1. Your View is Nature’s Art; Be Sure to Frame It Right

Treat your view like the masterpiece it is – a natural piece of art, worthy of appreciation. Bringing nature into your home creates a harmonious balance between outdoor and indoor spaces. Color choices and finishes frame your view in the best possible light. If you’re showcasing a view of your garden, try to incorporate similar colors on your frames and trim. Stainable interiors allow you to customize indoor elements to precisely match that shade of tree bark or wooden trellis supporting your climbing rose bushes.

  1. Choose the Right Windows for the View

Capturing a stunning view of the harbor may include choosing sliding patio doors with crystal clear glass, low-profile frames and narrow trim to create a sleek, modern appearance. Perhaps you live in an area where nightfall brings a glimmering view of the cityscape that mesmerizes and enchants viewers. In these situations you’ll want to concentrate on the view from inside your home. However, almost every homeowner faces a few challenges. Transparent glass may not be the best option in bathrooms where privacy is a priority. Selecting opaque or patterned glass is also an option for homeowners who want to shield a “bad” view of the row of trash receptacles in the alley or other negative elements.

You can take cues from nature surrounding your home when you design replacement windows and patio doors to make sure your home improvement products don’t compete with a jaw-dropping view. Or, you can be inspired to create beauty through window design choices.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Replacement Windows Reinvent Your Views

Every room truly does deserve a wonderful view. Ready to learn more about capturing your views with new replacement windows and patio doors? Give us a call to schedule a no-obligation home consultation. Reach us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more information.

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Reclaim Extra Space with the Right Replacement Window & Patio Door Options for Your Long Island Garage Conversion

Long Island Replacement Window Garage ConversionsOne of the major benefits of installing Renewal by Anderson of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors in your Long Island home is ease of installation. Since we remove existing windows and install your custom-built replacement windows, there is usually minimal construction time and expense associated with the upgrade outside of the cost of the windows and patio doors. While most of our projects are simple window replacement, we also work with homeowners planning major renovations.

Reclaiming floor space in the garage by converting attached or detached car storage is exciting. Once you get rid of the pile of “stuff” cluttering up the space, and recycle or donate all the extras you haven’t used in two decades, the space is a blank slate primed for almost anything. You can turn your newfound spaces the extra space into a sewing room, extra sleeping quarters, a man-cave (or woman-cave) or dozens of other family spaces. Just be sure to check with your local building department before turning extra space into living space.

Defining Your New Space

One of the first things you’ll likely consider when converting a garage into a new room is how to get more natural light into the space. Before you can select window styles and shapes, you’ll need to carefully consider how you’ll use the additional space. A conversion from storage to stunning master suite will be much different from an upgrade to a hangout for the neighborhood teenagers. If you’re already researching windows options, you’ve most likely already made this decision. Your next step is to consider some of the major components:

  1. Flooring Materials
    Choosing the best flooring for a room’s activity is critical. There are dozens of options out there for homeowners such as tile, carpeting, rubber coating, hardwoods, and linoleum. Within each category there may be a hundred diverse options based on color, fibers, finishes, raw materials and application methods.
  2. Ceilings

Ceilings are always on display. From almost every angle in the room the ceiling is visible, particularly if this is going to be a lounging or sleeping space where you may be laying on a couch or bed. Natural light shining through your windows bounces off the ceiling throughout the day, creating subtle changes as the sun rises and sets. While natural light makes every room more beautiful, it also highlights imperfections in construction and finishing techniques.

While many basement ceilings are completed with drop ceilings, drywall finishes are the best way to have a “real” ceiling that makes your new room feel like any other in the home. Adding texture to the ceiling can cover flaws and add interesting design featuers. Simple drywall finishing techniques like slap brushing which involves cross hatching to form a simple pattern are easier and less time-consuming than more intricate designs such as mud swirling. Other ceiling material options include: open beam motifs, stenciled metal tiles and blown-on texture.

  1. Wall Covering & Textures

Like the ceiling, your walls need to get a lot of attention. Color choices dramatically influence the overall tone of a room. The correct balance of complementary hues and contrasting textures can make the room look and feel larger or claustrophobic. Paint, wall paper, fabric and latticework are just a few texture choices for your new room’s walls.

  1. Storage

Today, customized storage solutions, especially in a garage conversion, are all about using the vertical landscape. Built-in drawers and cabinets along perimeter walls provide opportunities for organizing your sports equipment in a gym and your clothes in a master bedroom suite. Coordinating drawer pulls and hinges on storage units with your replacement window hardware can pull the room together, creating a pleasing visual balance. Roll-around storage units give you freedom to add extra seating or counter space in dining areas or add an entertainment bar.

  1. Window and Doors

Configuring your replacement windows brings your complete vision to life. Along with coordinating the operational levers and handles with cabinet knobs, some homeowners choose to repeat a custom window grille pattern on glass cabinet fronts.

If you’re updating an attached garage, you’ll want to consider the doors carefully. Creating inviting transitions between the interior spaces eliminates the “after-thought” effect. A well designed transition makes your new room look natural and not an afterthought garage conversion.

Contact the Long Island Replacement Window Specialists Before Converting Your Garage Space

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window and patio door specialists are available to help you plan your garage conversion. Our portfolio of window styles allows Long Island homeowners virtually limitless options from creating more storage and seating space with unique bay or bow window configuration to mulling diverse geometric shaped fixed windows into a spectacular focal point for your room that provides ample opportunities to bring in natural sunlight and fresh air. Call us toll-free to start your home remodeling journey at 1-877-313-9052. You can also fill in the short form on this page for more details about our custom-built replacement windows.

Download our Free Guide to Getting the Perfect Replacement Windows for You & Your Family

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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The Long Island Replacement Window ‘S’ Factor: Safe, Sensible, Stylish

Long Island replacement window S FactorAt Renewal by Andersen of Long Island we’re committed to helping you consider everything about upgrading and replacing your home’s windows: from finances and comfort to style and energy-efficiency ratings — and everything in between.

This week we’d like to discuss three important topics for everyone. We call them the three “S” factors – Style, Sensibility and Safety. Let’s start with Sensibility.

Cents & Sensibility in Long Island Replacement Windows

Everybody wants the most value for their investment. But, what exactly does that mean? Value should be consistent, but each person puts more emphasis on one area than another. To some, value may be the monetary returns you get when you sell your home. For others, value is the warm, fuzzy feeling they get every time they turn into the drive and the home looks inviting and fresh. Yet others may want to save money on utility bills or spend less time repairing and painting the trim work every year. Still others highly value a strong warranty as this will protect their investment over time. These are all valid measurements of value and while each of us may want all of the above, there are certainly areas that are more important to you than they might be to your neighbor.

We know that savvy consumers do their research long before they pick up the phone to schedule an in-home consultation. If you have concerns, we want to hear about them right away. This will help us understand what you value most. It’s our goal to answer your questions realistically so you can accurately compare other products and companies in our area.

One of the best ways to compare replacement windows and patio doors is by comparing industry standards and ratings from third-party organizations like the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) that measures performance based on the overall window design and building materials. ENERGY STAR certified product labels provide information about energy-efficiency and environmental impact based upon NFRC ratings.

So, whether you want to buy products made by a company with cradle-to-cradle manufacturing processes or you’re more interested in replacing poor performing windows that suck conditioned air out of your home, we can help. We’re proud of our products and we’ll gladly share independent ratings information with you. In fact, we encourage you to shop around for the best value.

Enhancing Security in Your Home: The Replacement Window Role

Safety is an important topic on every Long Islander’s mind, even if you aren’t actively discussing it with your Suffolk County or Nassau County neighbors every day. Think about it. You lock your exterior doors when you leave, use passwords and identity theft protection to keep your data safe, and if you have young children in the house, it’s likely you store chemicals and medications away from the reach of inquisitive hands.

Window choices also impact safety in your home. No matter what window you eventually purchase, ensure that they locking mechanisms are strong and easy to use. A lock that’s difficult to operate is less likely to be utilized as you run out the door. The same goes for opening and closing. If your windows open and close easily, you’ll be more likely to use them, and close them when you leave the house. In this instance, style matters. Awning and casement replacement windows that have an easy-grasp operational lever positioned at the bottom of the window are often considered easier to operate than double-hung windows installed near the ceiling.

Accessories and design features help you proactively manage home safety. Here are three examples.

  • Extension rods allow you to open high windows with climbing a ladder, even when you have an exceptionally high ceiling height.
  • Recessed locks and optional foot pedal locks for patio doors are protection against unwanted intruders entering your home while you are away or sleeping.
  • Child guards prevent the window from opening far enough for an unattended child to slip through.

Stylish Home Improvement Products

When we talk to our customers about style, we’re typically discussing the operational function – does the window open – and if so, how. Our portfolio of window and patio door styles includes:

  • Casement
  • Awning
  • Hopper
  • Double-hung
  • Fixed, inoperable windows – sometimes call plate glass or picture windows
  • Sliders – sometimes called gliders
  • Both sliding and hinged patio doors

Word choice doesn’t have to limit your options, though. We understand that creating an inviting, stylish home is also about decorating and color choices.

As you consider different styles of replacement windows, think about how the shape and size will match your architecture. What kind of drapery or curtains do you prefer? How about finishes? Finishes on latches, levers and hinges can add to an overall design scheme or create visual havoc if you don’t consider the big picture.

Creating a stylish home that’s visually attractive means paying attention to the details, like:

  • Opting for paintable interiors that let you precisely match existing trim, baseboards and built-ins.
  • Choosing colors that enhance your exterior and interior features.
  • Selecting appropriate finishes for color and texture (i.e. choose a brushed metal over a bold white or flat metal finish
  • Deciding whether to use standard grille patterns, design your own for a unique presentation or go bare.
  • Taking time to consider standard and custom configurations.

Custom configurations allow homeowners to control energy use better and ensure proper ventilation, as well as install truly beautiful, unique windows in your Long Island home. As an example, you might opt to install a hopper above a picture window. The upper portion allows ample air circulation while you get the benefit of the most energy efficient replacement window style available on the lower portion. And your design selections enable you to be creative so you can achieve your decorative and visual goals, too.

Long Island Replacement Window & Patio Door ‘S’ Factors: Safe, Stylish & Sensible Home Improvement

If you have special safety concerns, talk to a Renewal by Andersen of Long Island design consultant about creating the best-fit replacement windows and patio doors for your family. If you’re planning to install a home security system, be sure to ask about changes that may impact your warranty coverage. And, if you’re ready to schedule a personal consultation, fill in the short form on this page or call 1-877-313-9052.

Download our Free Guide to Getting the Perfect Replacement Windows for You & Your Family

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Long Island Replacement Window Tips for Entertainment Areas & Home Studios

Long Island replacement window designDon’t forget to plan your replacement windows if you’re thinking about converting your Long Island basement into an entertainment room or home studio. If you’ve been thinking of converting the basement in your Long Island home for a while, now is a great time to stop talking about it and start planning the project. Creating an entertainment room or home studio to play and/or record music provides a place where you can escape the daily grind and relax.

If you’re planning to record, you may want interior windows to replace existing doors to improve noise control while allowing necessary eye-contact with people “in the booth.” Even if you’re only interested in a room to hang out with friends and jam, you’ll want some natural light and ventilation. Custom-built studio windows prevent that trapped feeling many people get when they’re in a room with solid walls.

Remediate Your Basement Issues First

Always resolve any serious issues before you begin a basement remodeling project. Check for mold, water leaks, damp spots, cracked walls, gaps in the corners that might signal foundational problems and dry rot. Waterproofing your space first will save you a lot of grief if you discover issues later, after you’ve started the basement transformation.

Acoustical Considerations: Glass Options

Dampening sound transmission is crucial in entertainment areas and music studios. Unless you live alone, you’ll want to add soundproofing tiles or panels to the ceiling and walls to keep your creativity contained within the basement, and reduce outside noises from interrupting your flow.

Insulated glass options improve acoustics and alleviate outside noise problems. Professional studio designers often recommend a 12mm thickness for windows; however, that’s not necessary in most home studio environments.

Choosing an energy-efficient option that reduces glare and UV light levesl protects your instruments & equipment from harmful rays, without obscuring your beautiful Long Island view.

Replacement Window Framing Considerations

Replacement Window frame integrity, strength and durability are very important. Here are three critical things to remember when choosing frame types:

  1. Gaps or weaknesses will affect reflection and efficiency.
  2. Windows with argon-blend, or other gas, between the panes reduces noise transmission, so traditional home studio methods, like installing carpet or soundboard between the panels isn’t necessary.
  3. Avoid adding carpet to the exposed inner frame of the window as this could void your warranty.

We recommend Fibrex composite frames that are guaranteed not to sag or gap so you never have to worry about glass panes coming loose from the frame, even if you crank up the volume loud enough to “rattle the windows”. Loose panels create safety hazards for you and your equipment. And, shattered glass is dangerous and difficult to clean up.

Replacement Window Styles

While fixed windows provide the ultimate protection against airborne debris and moisture that can damage your equipment, instruments and recording equipment, installing at least one operable window enables necessary ventilation and emergency egress.

If you have a conventional basement with windows installed near the ceiling, consider awning or hopper windows equipped with single lever handles positioned on the lower part of the unit. This makes opening and closing easier and safer.

Casement windows are great options for partially underground basements and ground-level rooms that allow larger windows. Replacement casement windows provide superior noise transfer control.

(Need a recording booth? Take a look at this article before you layout your new space. You’ll find some great tips on creating your own “sweet spot” and configuring your traffic patterns.)

Timing Your Renovation

Allow several weeks from the time our consultants first visit your home until the installation is completed. While you’re waiting for your new replacement windows to arrive, you’ll have time to get the new flooring ordered, pick out your window treatments and finalize equipment storage solutions.

Waiting Could Cost You More

The 2015 Cost vs Value Report showed there was a slight decline for homeowners considering updating their basements between 2014 and 2015 (currently 72.8 percent), but if you’re thinking of converting your unused floor space into an in-home studio, this is still a great time to get started. Here’s three reasons why:

  1. Some industry experts expect the trend to continue, so putting it off another year could mean losing more in the long-term.
  2. Even if the cost vs value ratio stays relatively stable, at current inflation rates (about 2.5 percent), every year you wait could cost you hundreds of dollars.
  3. Compared to home remodeling costs for 2008-2009, 2015 is significantly less expensive, off by 10 percent to 15 percent.

Renewal by Andersen and Long Island Homeowners Can Make Beautiful Music Together

Consider your replacement windows first when transforming your Long Island basement – or any room in your house – to an entertainment room or music studio. Well-executed plans can turn your dreary, unused space into a beautiful place to hang out and rejuvenate. Our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island design team is standing by to help you get started. Just call us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more details.

Download our Free Guide to Getting the Perfect Replacement Windows for You & Your Family

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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Free eBook Helps Long Island Homeowners Choose the Right Replacement Window for Their Home

Free Replacement Window eBookRenewal by Andersen of Long Island is pleased to announce the availability of our new eBook: “The Four Pillars of Replacement Window Satisfaction”.

Available now as a free download from our site, the book is a must for anyone considering purchasing replacement windows now or in the future. A full 28-pages chock-full of useful information, this book covers all the important topics you need to know before buying replacement windows, including:

Pillar 1: Window Frame Materials

Pillar 2: Window Glass

Pillar 3: Window Installation

Pillar 4: Window Design

The book provides consumers with free information about the features and benefits of all the different types of replacement windows available to them in the Long Island market.

As the title implies, a replacement window missing or with a weakness in any of these four pillars is likely to bring down your whole replacement window experience. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is making this book available for free to any homeowner in Long Island who would like a copy. There is no obligation to purchase windows from Renewal by Andersen or anyone else just for downloading the book.

“We just want you to have the information you need before you purchase any windows,” Renewal by Andersen of Long Island president Joe Ronzino said.

The “Four Pillars of Replacement Window Satisfaction” is intended to provide Long Islanders with a solid foundation of information before they go window shopping to help them ask the right questions and make more educated decisions for their home and family.

“Most people we meet are unaware of how the different parts and pieces of today’s replacement window can affect their overall satisfaction with their windows,’ Ronzino, said. “A large part of our initial consultation with a consumer is spent educating them on how each of these pieces affect the overall quality of the window and the value they receive for the dollar spent. That’s a lot of information to take in, so we created this book to help them get a good foundation before they even start shopping.”

Below is a summary of the chapters in the book. For more information, visit our free Download Page.

I. The Window Frames Pillar

Discusses the pros and cons of the four most popular window frame materials: Wood, Metal, Vinyl and Composite.

II. The Window Glass Pillar

Provides a brief history of glass, from artifacts suggesting the first man-made glass objects were made around 3500 BCE through discussing the pros and cons of different window solutions, including single pane glass, storm windows, insulated glass and low-e high performance glass.

III. The Installation Pillar

Discusses the importance of proper installation to ensure that the windows perform as expected over time and covers such important topics as accurate measurement, what should happen on the job site to prepare for the installation, the installation itself, and the final piece, cleanup.

IV. The Design Pillar

Covers a variety of aesthetic considerations, including the different window styles (double hung, sliding, casement, bay bow, awning, picture, etc.); hardware function, color and finish choices; different types of window grilles and insect screens; and finally, care and maintenance features of today’s replacement windows.

Consumers can download the Free eBook from http://renewal-by-andersen-long-island.com/download-our-free-long-island-replacement-windows-ebook .

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Modernize Your Long Island Home (and Energy Bills) With Replacement Windows

Modern Long Island Replacement WindowsRenewal by Andersen of Long Island understands that custom-built home windows aren’t a modern concept. In fact, before the founder of our parent company, Hans Andersen, designed an economical system to build and deliver standard window parts to retailers, most home windows were custom-built for each home.

At the turn of the 20th century, standardization was innovatory. Today, as scientists explore avant-garde solutions to better serve consumers and responsibly approach natural resource management, the Andersen Corporation and our local Renewal by Andersen team continue to set high benchmarks for the window industry.

Engineering processes have evolved significantly over the centuries. In the Roman-era, manufacturing glass window panes was remarkably advanced considering the technology and tools available. Of course, determining exactly what kind of technology glass producers used is difficult, since many records and equipment disappeared during the Dark Ages.

If you’re interested in learning more about the evolutionary window process, this article has details about crown glass, stained glass in European cathedrals and periods where homeowners used parchment and animals hides to limit air and moisture infiltration.

Fortunately, we live in an age where window glass options aren’t limited to the elite and it’s no longer so expensive to install windows that Long Island homeowners don’t have to remove and store their panels when they’ll be away from their homes for an extended time.

Modern Day Window Options for Homeowners

Forerunners to modern windows often didn’t include glazing. In centuries past, only a few people could afford to install glass in every window. Instead, they relied on shutters and animal hides to block wind and moisture in less important rooms.

Modernizing your home today is easier and less expensive than at any other time in history. Today, Renewal by Andersen ENERGY STAR certified glass windows are affordable and uniquely designed for maximum energy management. And, manufacturing processes provide greater options beyond curbing your carbon footprint. For example, our energy efficient window options weigh far less than leaded glass of the Victorian era, enabling window styles that allow you to remove individual sashes for easy cleaning.

In 2009, Andersen introduced High-Performance Low-E4 SmartSun™, giving Long Island homeowners more options to control heat transfer and UV light infiltration. Along with SmartSun™ technology, you can also choose beautiful patterned glass panels and heat tempered solutions for areas where a stronger glass would provide more security or protection from the elements.

Andersen Corporation was also the first to commonly introduce insulated glass (1952), Low-emissivity glass (1983) and Low-E4 Glass (2006). Among the most impactful innovations are the introduction of mass-produced double-pane windows in the 1960s and the development of the Fibrex composite window frame material, which dramatically reduced landfill waste while improving window performance, durability and longevity.

Modernizing: It’s About More Than Glass

Modern replacement windows expand your choices. Our full portfolio of design features allow you to personally select color combinations, operational hardware, hinges and locks, insect screens and safety accessories based on your architecture and your environmental surroundings. We’re committed to continually exploring innovative solutions that improve customer experiences and product performance. Today, delivering high-quality, energy efficient home solutions is our main focus, but we remember our history, and our scientists and development partners will continue to consider possibilities.

Some day, your windows may capture natural sunlight and convert that energy into usable power to light your home. Solar innovators are already testing applications for this technology in a few labs, under tightly controlled circumstances. You can be confident, if we see an opportunity to improve performance and economy for our customers, we’ll likely be among the first companies to make that technology available to new and replacement window shoppers.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows and Patio Doors: Innovative Solutions for Today and Tomorrow

For the past two decades, our design team has focused on helping our Long Island friends and neighbors upgrade their homes through replacement window solutions. Our history of enabling homeowners to better manage their finances and their environment continues today.

Our commitment to service begins with product conception and continues throughout the life cycle of Renewal by Andersen replacement products for your home. If you’re ready to upgrade your Long Island home, give us a call. The quickest way to reach a design consultant is to call our toll-free number: 1-877-313-9052. If you’d prefer, you can also fill in the short form on this page and we’ll be in touch shortly. Schedule your free, in-home consultation today.

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Not Your Grandmother’s Windows: Innovative Replacement Window Solutions for Long Island

Andersen Windows HistoryRenewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are built with the latest technology and innovative energy management solutions. Today, windows are a given in contemporary architecture, but it hasn’t been that long since those glass panes were a luxury, only affordable by the wealthiest tiers of society. Today, we’re used to towering skyscrapers encased in walls of surprisingly strong, versatile glass windows, but the engineering that built those structures took shape long after most of our grandparents were born.

The windows of the 21st century are quite a jump from the glass-pebbled windows of the Roman era and the blown crown glass windows that the French pioneered in the 1300s (for more information on the early history of windows, you might find this Apartment Therapy article interesting). Our windows today are worlds different from the ones our grandparents installed in their first homes.

Here’s a quick look at the history of Renewal by Andersen and its impact on the modern-day window industry. You might be surprised at how much windows have evolved in the last century, and at how impressive your modern-day options are.

The Beginning of the Story

Andersen has been a driving force in the window business since 1903, when Danish immigrant Hans Andersen started looking for more efficient ways to craft and deliver windows to customers. Hans began his career in the lumber industry; he managed a sawmill and later a lumberyard. Then, in 1903, opened Andersen Frame Company in Hudson, Wisconsin. Andersen Windows has been a family business from the beginning.

Standardized Window Sizes

Once the Andersen Frame Company was up and running, Hans started looking for more efficient ways to frame windows and deliver them to customers. Prior to 1903, windows were not built to any standardized sizes. Instead, they were constructed as needed for each house. The Andersen Frame Company standardized window frame sizes, which made it possible to manufacture interchangeable parts and window frames on a much larger scale. This made windows less expensive, more easily accessible for homeowners and contractors, and it simplified the framing process. Innovation

While standardization made windows more affordable, more energy-efficient and simpler to install in the 20th century, new technology and innovation expanded on earlier developments to make it possible for every homeowner to access window styles perfectly matched to their lifestyle, decorating goals and architecture. Today, 21st century Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are precision crafted to fit the footprint left after your existing home windows are removed.

Frame Sets

Two years after the Andersen Frame Company began, Hans introduced frame sets. By pairing 11 sets of horizontal frame pieces and 11 sets of vertical ones, contractors using Andersen windows could quickly and efficiently construct any of the standard window frame sizes from the same structural parts. Suddenly customers had more options, with any Andersen window available to be delivered and installed quickly. But innovation didn’t stop there. Renewal by Andersen has continued to perfect the manufacturing and installation processes to the point where homeowners today enjoy reduced construction expense and virtually no preparation other than designing the best-fit windows for their homes. Our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team removes the existing old windows and installs high-performance ENERGY STAR certified windows and patio doors into thousands of openings in Nassau, Suffolk, Brooklyn and Queens every year. We even clean up and remove the old windows and any other debris, leaving your home at least as clean as it was before we started.

Pre-Manufactured Windows

Windows were still delivered and framed in pieces until 1935, when Andersen began pre-manufacturing entire windows, which could be installed as a single unit. Window installation became faster than ever, and quality could be more easily controlled because the integrity of each window was guaranteed from the factory, not by a builder dealing with the vagaries of building on site.

Higher-Efficiency & Lower-Maintenance Windows & Frames

Even more changed in the 1960s, when Andersen introduced double-pane windows and the Perma-Shield system to their line of home improvement products. Double-pane windows replaced storm windows and shutters in most homes. According to HomeAdvisor.com, double-pane windows lower a home’s energy use by up to 24 percent during cold winters. You could even save 30-50 percent on your heating bill, thanks to that step up in window technology. Today, most industry experts advise consumers they will save between 15 – 25 percent on their utility bills when they replace their Long Island home’s windows, depending on other factors such as the type of insulation in your home, the structural condition of your home and your behavior patterns.

Andersen’s PermaShield system, which was added to the Andersen line in 1966, introduced a hard-wearing low-maintenance exterior to protect wooden windows from the ravages of weather and time. The exterior fit the wooden window frames like a glove, protecting frames and adding years to the life of each Andersen window. PermaShield also eliminated the need for regular painting and easily washes clean.

Fibrex® Material

Fibrex® was Andersen’s next addition to revolutionize window framing and give customers even more environmentally-friendly, sustainable options for both new construction and window replacements. Fibrex is a material engineered from vinyl and wood by-products, combining the best characteristics of each, that would have been discarded after the manufacturing process.

It’s completely sustainable, so you can feel good about using Fibrex-framed windows in your home, and it’s efficient as well. Fibrex is twice as strong as vinyl and it’s completely rigid and weatherproof, blocking heat transfer better than aluminum or other framing materials.

Now, when you choose Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows, you know you’re getting the best of over a century of experience and developments to create the most efficient, durable and beautiful windows possible. Whether you live in a newer contemporary home, a cape cod or neo-colonial, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island can help you find the perfect replacement windows to fit your style, save on heating and cooling costs, and invest in your home’s future.

Ready to Replace Your Long Island Home’s Windows and Patio Doors?

Ready to update your home’s windows and patio doors? We can help. Just fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877313-9052.

 

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5 Ways to Update Your ‘Wall Plan’ with Long Island Replacement Windows

Update Wall Plan with Replacement WindowsThis week we’d like to give you some Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window tips on designing a wall plan for a successful renovation project. It’s no secret that architects and interior decorators emphasize the importance of detailed floor plans when you build a home. But, well-placed windows and patio doors also play an extremely important role in how comfortable your home is and how well it functions for your personal lifestyle.

When you’re planning a home renovation project, you won’t necessarily have as many options for window placement as you do with new construction – unless you want to invest more time and money to relocate windows or modify existing window footprints.

You can still maximize your benefits by creating a detailed wall plan that includes trim colors, shapes, operational styles, and window/patio door combinations. Creating a visual recipe for updating your home will help ensure you’re happy with the results. Our professional replacement windows can help you get started. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the short form on this page to schedule a personal in-home consultation.

Windows add comfort and value to your home. When you’re thinking about replacing windows and patio doors in your home, focusing on the benefits helps you fine-tune your wall plan. Here are five things to consider before you select window and patio door styles and glass options for each room.

1. Leveraging Natural Light

Everyone knows that natural lighting makes a room “more beautiful” and “feel better” than artificial light. Sunlight, when used properly, flows through your windows to create a constantly changing lightscape during daylight hours. The brightness and volume increase and decrease according to the hour, sometimes casting shadows or reflecting off interior surfaces. If you consider how natural light will impact your architectural structures and interior design elements during different times of the day, you can increase visual attractiveness of your Long Island home.

2. Channeling Air Flow

Opening a window or two when the weather is nice isn’t the same thing as a ventilation plan. A ventilation plan is more sophisticated. For example, opening the correct combination of windows in lower floors and upper floors creates an updraft that draws warm air up, away from common areas. This was the original air conditioning in the days before mechanical AC. Cross ventilation, sometimes called through ventilation, takes advantage of air currents on opposite walls. Channeling fresh air into your home requires a bit of planning and the right combination of operable and fixed windows.

3. Creating a Personalized View

The first thought that comes to mind for most people when they want to showcase a spectacular view is a large picture window. But there are so many more options for managing the view from your Long Island home’s windows.

Even a small window adds warmth to a room. Your window choices allow you to block a less than perfect view or frame your view in a way that celebrates the scenic vistas around your home.

If you have a less than ideal view, you may consider installing patterned windows that allow warming sunshine and light to enter your room while obscuring the view of your dumpster, or other eyesore. Combining windows and the right patio door style may allow you to take advantage of eye-pleasing scenery while blocking less desirable sightline objects or views.

4. Transitioning From Indoors to Outdoors

A very popular window configuration for Renewal by Andersen of Long Island homeowners today is a wall of glass. A row of windows, or a combination of replacement patio doors and windows, blurs the line of distinction between your indoor spaces and the area around your home. Imagine “bringing the garden indoors” or creating an environment that makes your patio feel like it’s truly part of your living area.

5. Designing Thoughtfully

Thoughtful design involves carefully considering window options. Much like the perfect frame adds value to a priceless piece of art, window choices enhance architectural details and features. Grille patterns, latches, handles and other accessories play an integral role in adding the finishing touches for comfort and aesthetics.

Whether you choose to repeat grille patterns and window styles throughout your home really depends on your own personal preferences. Symmetry creates a distinctly different visual rhythm than relying on a mix of shapes and sizes to create stunning focal points.

Let Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Help You Create a Unique Wall Plan For Your Home

It doesn’t matter if you live in a trendy loft in Brooklyn or Queens, a waterfront cottage on the East End of Suffolk or a rambling suburban home in Nassau, you need an excellent wall plan before you start your renovation project. We’re here to help you explore all your options from comparing ENERGY STAR certified glass that help you utilize natural sunlight to control utility bills to choosing the most complimentary color combinations.

Please take a minute to fill in the short form on this page for more information or, better yet, give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a personal in-home design consultation.

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Replacement Window Trifecta: 3 Ways Long Island Homeowners Benefit

Long Island replacement windows save time, effort & energyRenewal by Andersen of Long Island is proud of our heritage. Over the years, our parent company, Andersen Corporation has consistently lead the window industry with ingenuity and innovation. Our goal is to provide our customers access to high-quality replacement window and patio door products that help them save time and money. But, we’re also concerned about comfort, convenience, protecting the environment and ensuring that our replacement windows add value in other areas beyond saving money and protecting the value of your property.

As part of our policy to deliver value-added products, we capitalize on every opportunity to create high-performance windows and patio doors that:

  • Help you lower your heating and cooling bills.
  • Are long-lasting, durable and beautiful.
  • Require less maintenance and upkeep.
  • Are easy to clean.
  • Set industry standards for sustainable practices.

Here are just a few of the ways we help homeowners curb their environmental footprint and save time and money.

  1. Replacement Windows Save You Time & Energy

At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we understand how busy life can be. We’re always looking for ways to help homeowners spend less of their hard earned money on utility bills and less of their energy taking care of their home. That’s why our solutions team invested time and money to design windows that make cleaning and maintenance less labor intensive, safer and more convenient for our customers. Tilt-in double-hung replacement windows and side-hinged casement windows allow you to clean both the inside and outside glass surfaces from inside your home. No more running back and forth to get that last streak or speck of dirt off the otherwise crystal clear glass. Other designs, such as sliding patio doors and gliding windows are assembled so you can easily remove each panel for cleaning.

Frame and trim solutions virtually eliminate annual scraping, repairing and repainting. Factory finished Fibrex® trim and frames never require repainting and are guaranteed to remain mold and mildew free. Plus, they won’t rot, leak, droop or develop gaps that could allow air and moisture to infiltrate your home.

  1. There’s Energy & Then There’s ‘Energy’

While we work hard to make sure you don’t have to spend so much energy maintaining your home, we’re also always looking for innovative solutions that allow you to curb your energy consumption. It’s our goal to develop and deliver new products that serve our customers today and for the future.

Although each replacement window and patio door is custom built to precisely fit the opening left when we remove the old windows from your home, some standards apply to every window, regardless of size or shape. We only use high-performance ENERGY-STAR certified glass options. This means you’ll have access to a variety of glass options that will enable you to reduce your energy consumption and save money on your utility bills, which also helps protect the environment. But, saving money isn’t enough. Our glass options allow you to control visible light that comes into your home without reducing the quality of your view. You may want more privacy than traditional glass offers so, we have four patterned glass options as well.

With patterned glass, you still have plenty of natural light, but no one outside your home can see indoors. There are options for extra-sturdy glass and glass to reduce UV light transfer that could damage carpet or upholstery.

Bottom line, our value-added glass features allow homeowners to fine-tune their environment for comfort, convenience and affordability.

  1. Environmental Concerns & Benefits

Environmental impact is a primary influence on our manufacturing processes and construction material choices. Andersen Windows is working on product labeling standards for the window industry. We hope that by helping to set rigorous standards for replacement windows, everyone will benefit, even if they buy replacement products from another company (although, of course, we hope you choose to install our windows in your Long Island home.)

These standards, when fully implemented, will provide information to consumers about our products throughout the life cycle from harvesting and transporting wood, to reclamation of construction materials from the factory floor. Our goal is higher accountability through transparency. Our sustainability policies aren’t new. More than 100 years ago, Andersen Corporation introduced a “two-bundle” method of designing and shipping frames. This efficient process allowed dealers to deliver windows faster and more efficiently. And, in 1928, Andersen introduced a virtually leak-proof Locked Sill Joint that reduced conditioned air loss and reduced energy consumption. When Andersen introduced horizontal gliders in 1940, fewer windows broke due to wind pressure, reducing landfill wastes, and saving homeowners money.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: A Rich History of Service & a Vision for the Future

It isn’t enough to manufacture and deliver replacement windows that are “just” ENERGY STAR certified as energy efficient. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island wants every homeowner we serve to also enjoy as many benefits as technology and innovation allow. We’re committed to helping you save money, time and resources while improving your comfort and peace of mind that you’re getting the highest return on investment possible.

We invite you to call us at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a personal consultation or fill in the short form on this page for more information.

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Replacement Windows Bring More Light Into the Heart of Your Long Island Home

Kitchen Replacement Windows Long IslandThink Out-of-the-Box for Your Kitchen Remodeling with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island  

These kitchen makeover tips will help you plan your project and make sure those drafty corners are never an issue in the future.

Traditional Versus Trendy Kitchen Designs

When you think of a traditional kitchen, what comes to mind? Oak cabinets, granite countertops, and the typical one lonely window over the stainless steel sink? If you stay up on kitchen design trends at all, you’ve noticed that many modern kitchens are trading in the rows of cabinets for open, airy shelves and pot racks that show off those well-loved pots, skillets and saucepans.

Another key to modern kitchen design? Lots of big windows to bring natural light and visual airiness to even the smallest kitchens. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island makes it easy to incorporate that style into your home, whether you’re going for a clean, contemporary feel or something a little more traditional.

The following ideas highlight just a few of the ways you can update your windows for a classier, upscale look. Make your kitchen a more functional workspace and save money on your heating and air conditioning bills in the process.

Side-by-Side Windows Over The Sink 

KitchenAwningRBAThe single awning or double-hung window over the sink tends to look a little lonely. Try replacing it with two or three double hung windows installed side by side. They’ll take up a bit more width (and a bit of cabinet space), but they’ll instantly brighten and lighten your kitchen.

Renewal by Andersen’s double-hung windows open and close easily, they tilt in for easy cleaning, and they’re available in a wide variety of interior and exterior colors to beautifully complement your design personality.

For a more contemporary feel, leave out the grilles, keeping the view as open and unobstructed as possible. If you prefer a more traditional look, choose from any of our standard grille patterns, or create a custom pattern to complement your home.

KitchenRBAPictDHPicture Windows

If your kitchen sits along a garden or opens into a green space, you might want to frame your view to its best advantage. This is where picture windows come in. Picture windows are the most efficient windows available. Because they don’t open or close, they provide the most airtight seal of all window options. They’re also the best way to capitalize on some of the beautiful views Long Island homes offer.

Bay Windows

Blessed with a breakfast nook or eating area? You’ve got the perfect space to upgrade with a bay window—or just to install a wall of energy-efficient windows that give your eat-in kitchen the feel of an easygoing garden cafe. What better spot could there be to sip your coffee in the morning?

A bay window (or smaller bow window) is a fantastic way to frame your view and visually enlarge your space. Renewal by Andersen’s bay and bow replacement windows can be installed in most existing large window openings, so it doesn’t take a large or costly remodel to get dramatic results.

Casement Windows

These windows are often overlooked, but they’re a perfect option for difficult-to-reach wall space, just like the space above your countertops. Replacing your over-sink or countertop windows with casement windows makes an elegant statement while functioning seamlessly.

They’re easy to unlatch and crank open with one hand, and an easy-lock lever also easily seals the window closed at multiple points, creating a firm weather-sealed barrier that keeps the outdoors out.

Window Treatment Options

Wondering which window treatments work best with different styles? It depends. Your home’s orientation has a lot to do with your window treatment needs. If you want privacy so the neighbors aren’t enjoying the view while you sip your morning coffee in your pajamas, consider unobtrusive roman blinds or shades. A glare from the morning sun can also be good reason to look at window treatment options that allow you to adjust just how much sunshine comes in at certain times of day.

Renewal by Andersen also offers specialty glass options that make it easier to filter out the sunlight without blinds or shades. Our Low E4 SmartSun glass lets in almost as much sunlight as perfectly clear glass, but it prevents a significant amount of heat transfer and glare. SmartSun glass is rated 70 percent more efficient than clear glass during the summertime (it helps keep it warm inside during those Long Island winters, as well), and it blocks 95 percent of UV rays to help protect your interior surfaces from UV damage.

Ready to Schedule a Private Consultation with a Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Design Professional?

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island experts are waiting to help you perfect your kitchen window plan. Call 1-877-313-9052 toll-free or fill in the short form on this page for more details.

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Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Tips for First-Time Homeowners

Long Island First Time HomeownerIf you’ve recently purchased your first home on Long Island, you might be wondering if investing in replacement windows is a wise financial decision. Many couples buy a starter home, planning to step up to a permanent home in a few years. It’s not uncommon for couples to make significant upgrades to their first home, both for their own comfort as well as with the hope of boosting its resale value for when they’re ready to step up.

Perhaps unwisely, many homeowners think new stainless steel appliances and garden tubs are more important than outdated windows. They realize that a house with tired curb appeal hurts both the aesthetics and value, but don’t consider the huge impact modern technology has on window performance and ongoing costs associated with maintaining your home.

Replacing old, damaged home windows with energy-efficient replacement windows puts money back in your wallet and improves the comfort of your home today, while improving its curb appeal and resale value for years to come. Still wondering if the investment is worth it? To find out, take a good look at how well your windows are performing.

How Old Are Your Existing Windows?

Windows older than 15 years probably aren’t performing as well as new replacement windows would. Just like your other appliances, older windows gradually start to decline after years of service and daily use. As technology improves, energy-efficiency standards become more rigorous and new construction materials allow homeowners to gain better control over their indoor environment. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows, built with the most advanced insulated glass and our patented Fibrex composite frame material dramatically decrease the transfer of heat and cold from outside to inside and vice versa. In addition, our manufacturing and installation processes virtually eliminate drafts and condensation issues. Simply stated, they perform better than windows built 15, 20 or 50 years ago, and will continue to for the foreseeable future.

How Modern is Your Window Design?

Although double-pane glass was introduced in the 1950s, many older homes on Long Island still use single-pane glass windows. If your home windows are single-pane styles, you’re losing heated and conditioned air – and money – every day. Old windows often feel cold to the touch and you probably noticed an icy build-up on the interior glass surfaces during our recent snow and ice storms.

Did you know that single-pane glass windows break more easily, especially during severe temperature fluctuations, than modern glass options? If frost causes your window to fail during a major weather event, you’ll likely end up with damage inside your home from moisture and wind, as well as skyrocketing heating bills.

How Well do Your Windows Control Ambient Noise?

Did you know that you can measure window performance by listening? Advanced technology and dual-pane glass options allow you to reduce noise transmission from outside to inside. If you can hear the neighbors coming and going, airport traffic or cars zooming by throughout the day and night, it’s probably time to upgrade your windows. It’s fun to live in a thriving active neighborhood, but that doesn’t mean you have to hear everything your neighbors are doing 24/7.

How Well do Your Windows Perform?

Let’s face it, old, damaged windows stick, hang and freeze shut during frigid Long Island winters. If you’d rather have a tooth pulled than try to open, or shut, most of your windows, you’ll enjoy your starter home more with new windows that open and close, no matter the weather outside.

Even more important than replacing windows for easy operation and cleaning is addressing safety and security for your family. Windows and patio doors that don’t close properly probably don’t lock securely – so you have invasive air and moisture, and increased risk that unwanted intruders can gain entrance to your home.

Are Your Windows Leaking, Rotting & Literally Falling Apart?

Rotting wood can only be scraped, puttied and painted so many times before you can’t restore the function or beauty with the annual weekend resurfacing project. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors built with Fibrex frames are virtually maintenance free and remain beautiful year after year – without giving up your weekends to rebuild old windows.

So, should you enhance your home with replacement windows, even if you’re planning to move in a few years? At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we believe you should replace aging, outdated windows as soon as possible if your existing windows aren’t performing up to your expectations.

We offer a multitude of dependable window styles that are easy to clean and guaranteed to perform year after year without expensive maintenance and upkeep. You’ll enjoy lower utility bills now, more beautiful curb appeal to your home and increased comfort, even during “historic snowstorms” and sweltering summer heat spells.

Accept the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Personal Invitation

We’re proud of our full line of replacement windows and patio door products. Please accept our invitation to learn more about improving your home’s overall energy-efficiency with custom-built replacement windows and patio doors for your Long Island home. Just give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on the page to schedule an in-home consultation.

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If a Picture is Worth 1,000 Words, Great Replacement Window Photos & Videos from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island are Worth Millions in Inspiration

Long Island Replacement Window Video & Images

Our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island inspiration gallery has dozens of examples that show homeowners how creativity and replacement window designs work together to present a truly unique, stunning curb appeal for your home. From time to time we like to showcase past projects in our area, with permission from our satisfied homeowners, of course. We hope these photos of local homes will inspire you to set your own creativity in motion.

Mixing Replacement Window Shapes & Styles

It’s rare for us to install one single style of window throughout a home. Most homeowners prefer a mix of operable and fixed windows of different styles, depending upon the room and use. And, while some architectural styles naturally look better with similar shapes, combining clean, straight lines with curves and arches is perfectly acceptable in most situations.

A circle-top specialty window installed above a beautiful double-hung window adds a splash of interest and expands your opportunities to bring in more natural light. One of the advantages of designing custom replacement windows is that you control how much detail you want to add. If you have a spectacular view in your living room, you may prefer to use a large picture window or add a bay or bow window. Want to draw attention to a special feature of your home? Consider installing grilles.

The two links below take you to examples of circle-top windows mounted over double-hung styles, one with grilles and one without. By the way, circle-top replacement windows aren’t just for those gorgeous double-hung styles, we also install specialty windows above contemporary sliding doors and all of our popular window styles.

Check out this photo of a circle top over a sliding window in a home we helped remodel on the east end of Long Island.

As you can see in this photo of a home we remodeled in East Moriches, circle-top windows look great over a single window, or spanning the full width of side-by-side double-hung windows to create an oversized view.

Bay window designs are flexible enough to replace a patio door or a row of casement windows positioned higher off the ground. By comparing the two bay configurations below, you can see how color and trim width impact the tone and mood in your rooms.

In this first example, four double-hung windows create a large viewing area with an ample ledge suitable for creating extra seating, a sunny place for indoor plants or extra storage.

By choosing a light-colored painted surface over the warm wood finish in the first example, the homeowner who designed this bay window created a serene mood and opted for extra floor space over more seating or storage. You’ll also notice the homeowner chose a three panel design. The design features a fixed center window flanked by two double-hung replacement windows. Installing the same grille pattern on all panels gives the room a polished, pulled together look and feel.

Sometimes picture windows aren’t picture windows at all. Thinking outside the box can lead to beautiful spaces. When someone says they’ve installed a picture window, most of us get an image of a large fixed window in a den or living room. Here, a creative application transforms an entryway with a large picture window transom on a home in St. James. You could choose to create this window with beautiful pattern glass, one of the five Low-E ENERGY STAR certified glass choices in our portfolio, for your picture window, which allows ample sunlight to come in without compromising your privacy. Patterned glass serves as a decorative element, increases overall energy-efficiency in the home and brightens the entrance naturally.

Creating a wall of windows is one of the most impressive replacement window designs you’ll see that fits well in diverse environments. Whether your view overlooks the water or you have a home in the suburbs, a wall of glass looks grand and inviting. Below are links to two window walls, one design teams up the elegance of traditional hinged French patio doors with easy-slide Frenchwood Gliding patio doors and the other one demonstrates how to showcase a spectacular view with a row of casement replacement windows.

What’s Your Picture? Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows Help You Create Perfect Spaces

No two homes are exactly the same and no two homeowners have the same vision and decorating goals. That’s why we dedicate a personal replacement window specialist to work with each homeowner when they’re ready to install new windows. We hope these photos have inspired you to take the first step in your journey toward updating your home with high-performance, energy efficient replacement windows and patio doors from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island. Just pick up the phone and call us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page to schedule an in-home consultation.

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Think Shopping for Long Island Replacement Windows is Boring? Think Again!

Long Island Replacement Window Shopping is Fun

Long Island Replacement Window Shopping is Fun

It’s true – many people choose to install replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island as an investment toward saving money on utility bills and protecting the market value of their homes. But, shopping for replacement windows is about more than function and finance.

Designing your home’s new replacement windows doesn’t have to be a boring, tedious tasks. In fact, we believe you can take care of the essentials and still have fun in the process.

The sidelights and transoms you install around entrance doors and replacement patio doors help you create a smooth transition for your guests. You decide if you want to add a dramatic flair or create a first impression that generates a more casual, laid back tone. Complementary windows bring more natural light into your home and enrich your home’s architectural character, too.

Have fun exploring colors and grille patterns until you find just the right combination to express your style and your message to guests and passersby.

Bay Bow Replacement WindowBay windows not only create a stunning curb appeal, they create opportunities to add extra storage space, create a cozy reading nook, create grand views and improve ventilation. Replacing a standard window in your Long Island home with a beautiful bay window adds extra living space without investing in an expensive room addition.

Have fun designing your bay configuration. Whether you choose to flank a center fixed window with casement windows or you choose to flank an over-sized double-hung replacement window with fixed windows, figuring out what you’ll do with the added floor space is a bonus.

Remember to consider your rooms behind the windows as you let your creative juices flow. It’s safer to install double-hung windows in nurseries and playrooms for ventilation because you can lower the upper, rather than the lower, sash, which makes it less likely a small child could fall or climb out the window while unattended.

Long Island Specialty Replacement WindowAccent and specialty windows let you add a touch of elegance or playfulness to an otherwise balanced and symmetrical façade without diminishing the original architectural character. Centering a half circle window with between-the-glass grilles to accentuate the shape above a rectangular windows adds a bit of interest that draws the eye. Installing a full circle window (or artfully combining four quarter circle windows) under an attic eave draws the eye and creates an interesting focal point.

Want to create an atmosphere of openness and airiness? Consider a window wall. Carefully selecting trim and glass options lets you create an expansive viewing area and flood your indoor spaces with more natural light without compromising architectural style.

Windows walls offer the best of two worlds by combining traditional architectural design with high-performance Low-E glass and modern technology. You get a warm, inviting room year round. When you install low-profile replacement window styles and Renewal by Andersen sliding patio doors, you’ll gain all the benefits window walls offer and create beautiful, functional entryways.

Long Island arched replacement windowLooking for something crisp, clean and contemporary? Think your style leans more traditional? No worries. Designing replacement windows for your Long Island home is really limited only by your imagination. You don’t have to compromise style to get superior performance and energy-efficient windows thanks to Fibrex frames and our impressive line of ENERGY STAR certified glass options.

mix-and-match1Feel free to mix and match window styles and shapes. Choose traditional color combinations or opt for pine interiors that allow you to customize your interior spaces with trending hues in your favorite color palette.

 

mix-and-match2At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, our window consultants understand that investing in replacement windows and upgrading your patio doors is an investment you’ll want to consider carefully. We offer our customers a full line of replacement window and patio door products designed to save you money and time throughout the years you own your home.

We’ll give you all the information you need to ensure you make wise decisions. But, you don’t have to sideline your imagination to make wise financial decisions. In fact, some of our happiest customers are the ones who successfully balanced their imagination with practical considerations.

Ready to Have More Fun With Your Replacement Windows? Contact Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Now

Ready to have some fun? Spend some time imagining your home with new replacement windows and then give us a call at 1-877-313-9052. You can also fill in the short form on this page to request more information.

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5 Things You’ll Have to Give Up With Long Island Replacement Windows

Replacement Windows Long IslandThe usual ways homeowners compare replacement windows is to read online reviews or talk to others who have recently upgraded their home’s windows. At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we think a great way to compare companies and products is to consider what you’ll be giving up when you replace your windows. That’s right there are things you’ll never be able to do again once you replace your windows with energy efficient, low maintenance replacement windows. Don’t worry; most people don’t mind.

Here are five things you’ll never have to face when you choose to install high-performance, custom-built Renewal by Andersen replacement windows.

#1. You’ll Never Have that Moment of Panic When Your Utility Bill Arrives

If your existing windows aren’t efficiently sealing your home, you’re losing money – and probably paying too much to manage your home environment. Older windows don’t control heat and cold transfer effectively. And, gaps and cracks in and around the frame allow conditioned air to escape while letting outdoor air and moisture to come inside, raising your utility bills, winter and summer.

Replacing single-pane glass with our High-Performance Low-E glass gives you an opportunity to save hundreds of dollars each year on heating and cooling bills.

#2. You Never Have to Spend Hours Trying to Clean Windows That Just Won’t Come Clean

Our replacement windows aren’t only energy-efficient, they’re time-efficient, too. Most of our window styles – casements, awnings, double-hung and other operable styles – allow you to clean both interior and external window surfaces from inside your home – fewer steps on those back and forth treks and fewer trips up and down the ladder to clean windows installed on upper floors.

And what about that bothersome smudge? Innovative manufacturing processes and special coatings that reduce water spots mean you’re less likely to find stubborn streaks and smudges.

Even our grille options let you define your cleaning routine with options for removable interior strips that snap off easily and between-the-glass placement so you never have to clean around your decorative features.

#3. You’ll Never Have to Track Down an Installer Who Has Gone AWOL (perhaps, immediately after cashing your check)

After finalizing the sale, some replacement window companies give customers a list of local installation contractors, putting the responsibility for finding and vetting contractors on the homeowner’s shoulders. Others recommend specific contractors, but stop short of guaranteeing their services.

Renewal by Andersen works with our friends and neighbors throughout the decision-making journey, but we strive to build life-long relationships. That means we are close at hand to answer questions while you’re still researching companies and products and we’re there for you if something goes wrong six months, thirteen months, even years after the installation date.

All Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and doors are installed by factory-trained, installation experts. We schedule the installation and warranty the process. Our prices include installation services, and all issues associated with installation are covered for twenty-four months from the installation date.

#4. You’ll Never Have to Devote Your Precious Spare Time to Scraping, Sanding & Repainting Your Window Frames

One of the tedious chores associated with homeownership is the annual scrape-and-paint routine. Living in a humid climate means you have to regularly inspect wood trim and window frames to prevent irreparable damage.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s composite Fibrex frame is as strong as wood, but also resists cracking, chipping, peeling, flaking, mildew, rot, warping, and scratches better than anything else on the market, including vinyl. Long-lasting beauty, structural integrity and low-maintenance features mean you’ll have to find something else to do with the time you used to spend maintaining your windows.

#5. You’ll Never Have to Wonder If You Made the Right Decision

It’s one thing to have buyer’s remorse over that $200 pair of tie-dyed calfskin hip boots you bought online at 2:17 am; it’s another to regret a house full of windows. Making a major financial and lifestyle decision, like investing in replacement windows and patio doors for your Long Island home, should never be an emotion-driven impulse decision.

Precision-built, custom replacement windows are designed to be beautiful and perform perfectly for as long as you live in your home. That’s why we spend as much time as necessary to make sure you understand the performance features and capabilities of each window style and accessory we offer. No pressure, no hassle, no commitment until you’re confident your choices precisely fit your needs, your home and your lifestyle.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Wants to Know: What Are You Ready to Give Up for Your Replacement Windows?

As you can see, choosing to install Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors will require you to give up a few things. If you’re ready to give up those tedious chores and panic attacks when the utility bills arrive, we can help.

Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more details.

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Does Your Home’s Architectural Style Fit Your Personality?

StylePersonalityHave you ever wondered what your Long Island home’s architectural style says about your personality? This week our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team thought we’d share three architectural styles and what their characteristics say about the people who own them.

You’ll notice that all three home styles have a common theme – double-hung windows. Our double-hung replacement windows are functional, versatile, easy to clean and low-maintenance. That’s why they’re are one of the most popular window styles in our replacement window portfolio.

Colonial Architecture: Successful, Realistic, Stable, Down-to-Earth and Family-Oriented

Colonial1Traditional ranch homes are typified by elongated, single-story designs than boast numerous windows and a rectangular floor plan. The Colonial ranch is very popular on the Island. But, nothing says “family home” quite like a traditional Colonial or Colonial Revival. People who appreciate the beauty of symmetry that exemplifies traditional values will be drawn toward this design, often built with two full stories and dormers in the attic.

Creating a stunning curb-facing appearance is easy with double-hung replacement windows across the width of your home. Installing same-sized windows with divided-light grilles in upper and lower floors maintains the symmetrical theme. By surrounding entrance doors with sidelights and transoms that have only vertical grilles, you’ll add a slight contrast, without disrupting the overall theme. Half-circle specialty windows with customized grille layouts mounted above windows on single-story extensions also add interest without compromising your traditional Colonial motif. Living in a traditional Colonial home sends signals you value traditions and family.

Bungalow Homes: Artists, Educators, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Designers/Architects

bungaloUnlike the rambling ranch domiciles, bungalow homes are compact and almost square. The bungalow first appeared in the Northeastern United States around the turn of the 20th century. You’ll typically find the kitchen in the rear of the house. Built-in shelves, cabinets and small double-hung windows reflect a design that efficiently uses every square inch of space. Another common design element is a single room or small attic tucked under the low-pitch roof.

If a bungalow on Peconic Bay piques your interest, you’re most likely interested in an easy-care, practical home design that is comfortable, efficient and affordable. When you’re updating an older home, installing ENREGY STAR certified double-hung replacement windows without mullions – or with a symmetrical layout – will help you maintain a rustic, organic appearance.

If you want something with a touch of extra personality, opt for an arched window in the attic and choose a grille layout for the upper sash, but leave the lower panes plain. Between-the-glass Craftsman or Farmhouse grille layouts let you express yourself visually and you won’t have to spend extra time cleaning around the strips – beautiful, easy-care, practical, just like your personality.

American Foursquares: Functional, Conservative, Practical & Space-Efficient

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John & Elivera Doud historic Foursquare house

While American Foursquare architecture built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries isn’t as popular on the island as Colonial and Bungalow styles, you’ll find these boxy, two-story-plus-attic homes in many Suffolk County neighborhoods that were developed before 1930.

Characterized by an impressive vertical style that requires a relatively small footprint, American Foursquare homes have taller ceilings and larger rooms than bungalow styles, but have many similar features. People who choose this post-Victorian design appreciate the way architects engineered the interior layout for efficient traffic patterns and functionality.

Although many original American Foursquare homes are understated and conservative in appearance, you’ll find both original and updated homes that include art glass, large bay windows on lower floors and smaller bays on upper floors. As part of the efficient engineering, builders often added window seats and built-ins throughout the home. Replacing large double-hung windows with bay windows provides precious space for window seats and expands your ventilation opportunities.

Double-hung replacement windows with traditional styling more closely resemble original styles than Oriel configurations which have a smaller lower sash, but the overall architectural style is extremely flexible and adaptable.

Whether you prefer a simplified motif or you’re ready to add some splash with specialty glass, jutting bays and distinctive grille layouts, you’re most likely drawn toward this style because you’re looking for a home that is highly functional, space-efficient and able to accommodate a big family or frequent guests.

Remarkable Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Double-Hung Replacement Windows for Every Home Style

Double-hung windows are the perfect choice for almost every architectural style. How you build your windows – adding carefully selected hardware, optional grilles, color choices and glass options – helps you create a curb appeal that accurately reflects your personality and showcases your home’s unique features and character.

We realize that there are many other architectural styles represented on the Island. Need help deciding which window styles are best for your home? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you with more information.

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9 Questions You Must Ask Before Ordering Replacement Windows on Long Island

Top 9 Long Island Replacement Window QuestionsAnswers to Your Most Important Questions About Replacement Windows & Patio Doors From Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Whether you’re replacing a single damaged window or you want new windows throughout your Long Island home, you’ll be happier with your choices if you thoroughly research the replacement window products on the market and the companies behind them before spending you hard-earned dollars on your decision.

Here are 9 questions – and our short answers – you should ask every window representative as you compare brands.

  1. Do you recommend one window style or type over another? No. There’s not one style that works for every home. It’s possible, we could recommend more than one style in one room if they meet your needs better. Before we recommend a double-hung, casement window or one of our other styles, we consider architecture details of your home and environmental surroundings. Your goals also influence our recommendations. The “best” style for your home depends on whether you want to improve air circulation, increase privacy or expand your viewing area – among other things.
  2. How much do Renewal by Andersen replacement windows cost? Each window is precision-built to your exact specifications. Size, frame choices, glazing options, accessories and style preferences impact the price, too. We can’t give you a price until you decide what style and decorative elements are important to you and your family. Once we know this, we’ll provide an itemized quote for your consideration after the home inspection for each window and patio door on your list.
  3. How long have you been in the replacement window business? For more than century, our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, has delivered superior quality, high-performance windows and doors to homeowners that are beautiful, durable, energy-efficient and low-maintenance. The Andersen Corporation first introduced Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and doors to the market in 1995.
  4. Can you recommend an installation contractor? As part of our commitment to exceptional customer service, and to ensure your windows and doors deliver optimal performance, we only use factory-authorized, professionally trained installation contractors to mount our replacement windows. Installation is included in the price we quote.
  5. What happens if something goes wrong during installation? It’s rare that something goes awry during installation, but if it does, we’ve got you covered. Our 20/2/10 warranty is one of the strongest warranty packages in the industry. We proudly back our full line of home improvement products and the installation process with a transferrable warranty that even covers future owners should you decide to sell your home down the road. Click here for a copy of our limited warranty.
  6. How do you calculate energy-efficiency and estimate saving benefits? We’re extremely proud of our home improvement products. Our windows have low U-factor ratings and ENERGY STAR certification, which means you can have confidence you’ll be able to better manage your energy consumption and utility spending. Calculating potential savings on utility bills and energy performance is left to non-affiliated industry experts. Any time we quote a statistic or valuation, we’ll tell you where to look for more information about what those numbers mean and which third-party agency backs up the claim. It’s important to realize that the condition of your home, the environment and how your family uses your new windows will influence how much you can save on utility bills with Renewal by Andersen replacement windows.
  7. How long does it take to get my new windows after the order is placed? Delivery for installation may take several weeks – usually four to eight weeks – depending on the time of year and the number of orders ahead of you at the factory. If you’re coordinating a major renovation project, tell your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island consultant about your timeline.
  8. Do you have any recent reviews and recommendations? Yes. We’re always happy to share reviews from past customers. Just click on the Reviews tab or Video Reviews tab above or ask your representative for more details.
  9. I want to know what the finished installation looks like before I invest in replacement windows and patio doors. Can I see examples of finished projects? Check Out Our Work here. Our inspiration gallery has dozens of photographic examples of past projects that showcase all our windows, including beautiful bay windows and unique specialty window designs. You can also use our online visualizer to get a better idea of what each window style will look like in your own Long Island home with decorative features like grilles and different hardware finishes.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Has Your Replacement Window & Patio Door Answers

Do you have more questions for our professional replacement windows consultants at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island? We’re here to help. Just call us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.

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Redefine Your Home Long Island with Replacement Windows & Patio Doors

Curb AppealSince we started offering Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows almost two decades ago, we’ve offered homeowners on the island a start-to-finish experience that combines attractive curb appeal with energy-efficient windows and patio doors that save you time and money.

Our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, continues to search for innovative technology and designs to improve the performance and longevity of our products. With our full line of replacement windows and patio doors, we’re able to help you create beautiful entrances that fit the unique personality and characteristics of your home.

Redefining Your Entrances Without Compromising Efficiency

All of our home improvement products offer multi-function features – easy operation, superior insulation against the elements and options for personalization to fit your decorating preferences.

Renewal by Andersen Narrow Line Replacement Patio Door

Renewal by Andersen Narrow Line Replacement Patio Door

Our sleek contemporary style sliding doors allow superior air ventilation when open and seal tightly when closed to prevent air and moisture leaks. Classic Frenchwood patio doors block drafts and increase security with our multiple-point locking features.

Customizing Your Entrances & Exits

No two homes are identical and therefore every window we build for you is uniquely designed and manufactured for your Long Island home. Creating replacement patio doors that fit precisely, and then installing them to precision, ensures you have high-performance fixtures that meet or exceed your expectations and last for the long-haul.

Color choices, hardware styles and finishes, insect screens, frame widths and glass options give our customers the ability to create the precise look they envision for their homes.

Creating Interesting Details with Grilles

Colonial-replacement-window-grilleThere are a number of ways to showcase entrances in your home. One option is adding full-divided-light grilles that closely mimic true divided light windows and transoms. This adds a touch of authenticity to your entrance when you’re interested in recreating a traditional appearance.

Available in 3/4 inch and 1-1/8 inch widths, these windows grilles have permanently attached exterior strips and optional interiors.

Four standard grille patterns are available for square and rectangular windows. You can also design your own grille pattern for curved and specialty windows.

Converting a Wall of Windows

Int8A wall of fixed or operable windows is a beautiful way to illuminate your interior spaces. Replacing fixed windows with unique sliding door configurations allows you to enjoy ample viewing areas with the benefit of entrance and egress. Our Renewal by Andersen Perma-Shield replacement patio doors offer an impressive expanded viewing area. Install sliding patio doors between fixed glass windows or to one side to create a look and function that fits your surroundings and desired traffic patterns.

Frenchwood Gliding Patio doors feature four light panels that open from the center. The two operational lights slide over fixed side panels, creating a grand entrance. Create a unique appearance with Colonial or Prairie grille patterns. Ask your Renewal by Andersen replacement window specialists for more grille patterns and design options to accessorize your sliding patio doors.

Creating Decorative Style with Glass Options

Replacement Window Patterned Glass Samples Long IslandAnother beautiful option for sidelights and transoms is opting for patterned glass. We offer four unique patterns that allow you to enjoy filtered light and added privacy. Pattern glass adds an artistic element to your entrances that is hard to duplicate with any other modification. Choose from Cascade, Fern, Obscure and Reed designs.

Creating Stunning Curb Appeal with High Efficiency Performance

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors are built to last for as long as you live in your home. All window styles are easy to clean and our exclusive Fibrex composite frames never need resurfacing to resist rot and mildew.

Compared to standard dual-pane glass, our High-Performance Low-E4 glass options are 45 percent more efficient during cold winter months and up to 56 percent more energy efficient as the weather turns warm.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Patio Door and Windows: Create Your Own Personal Curb Appeal and Redefine Your Entrances

If you can describe your decorating goals and visions, we can help you create beautiful entrances and exits with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors. Our extensive line of accessories and a full range of colors gives you the freedom to design entrances on your terms.

To get started on your journey toward a more attractive entrance just give us a call toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get back to you soon.

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A Long Island New Year Resolution: Get the Best Replacement Windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Long island Replacement Window ResolutionsThe New Year is here and Long Island residents are busily making their lists of resolutions to make this year the best ever. Why not make a New Year’s resolution that will really matter to you and your family this year?

Installing Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows is one resolution that will positively impact your life for many, many years to come.

Here are a few reasons 2015 is a great year to finally replace your Long Island home’s windows and patio doors.

Addressing Aesthetics

Your windows should complement the architectural style and personality of your home. Aging, fading and drooping windows prevent you from having attractive curb appeal and chip away at your property values with every passing day. Our replacement windows look and perform beautifully.

With dozens of color combinations, unique grille patterns and different trim widths, you are certain to create a curb-side appearance that you’ll be proud of and one that fits perfectly with your personality.

Whether you want to enhance the “cuteness” of your Craftsman style home or you want to present a dignified image for your colonial or ranch, we have a window style to help you bring your vision to life. Our professional window consultants are on hand to help you consider traditional styles and placement as well as unique combinations to showcase your home’s best features.

Balancing the Budget and Other Benefits

If your 2015 resolutions include a commitment to curbing energy consumption or reducing unnecessary spending – Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are a great place to start. From double-hung and casement windows to beautiful bows and bays, our full line of high-quality windows and patio doors help you keep your indoor climate comfortable and your utility costs under control.

Installing Renewal by Andersen of Long Island ENERGY STAR certified replacement windows helps you control the budget with increased energy efficiency and reduced utility bills. Depending on the glass options you choose – and the overall condition of your home – our windows may reduce your monthly utility bills by as much as 25 percent. Compared to standard glass options our high-performance glass (Low-E SmartSun) can be up to 70 percent more efficient.

Choosing a Company Committed to Excellence

Renewal by Andersen stands for quality and confidence. Our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, has been working with communities across the US for more than 110 years to improve the comfort of their homes with superior quality windows and doors. Online reviews average 4.5 out of 5.0 stars (or higher) for product quality, customer service and performance .

Another bonus is our fully transferable warranty that not only covers you for issues with quality and performance, but also protects your installation service for two years from the original installation date. Our warranty package protects you for as long as you live in your home – up a maximum of 20 years – and adds extra value should you decide to sell your home a few years down the road.

Designing for Distance

We know our friends and neighbors on Lon Island live busy lives and many of us are looking for ways to save time and personal energy, too. Most of our window and door designs – with the exception of fixed windows and oversized operable windows – allow you to quickly and easily clean both outside and indoor surfaces from inside your home to save you time and effort.

Our patented Fibrex composite frames never rot, peel, warp, fade, absorb moisture or degrade in ways that require annual scraping and painting to remain structurally strong and aesthetically pleasing.

Renewal by Andersen factory craftsmen build every window and patio door with precision and accuracy. With regular cleaning and care, our home improvement products continue to perform perfectly without you having to replace weather-stripping and sealants every fall in preparation for cold weather.

When you consider all the benefits of working with our team, it’s easy to see that this is the year you should add replacing windows and patio doors to your New Year resolution list:

  • Professional design team
  • High-performance, certified energy efficient products
  • Superior customer service
  • Exceptional warranty
  • Easy care window styles
  • Strong warranty coverage

2015 New Year’s Resolution #1: Call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island for Replacement Windows

It’s going to be a great year on the island and we’re looking forward to helping you reach your home improvement goals. Give us a call today at 1-877-313-9052 to arrange a no-obligation home consultation. You can also fill in the short form on this page for more information.

 

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Think Your Long Island Home is Too Unique for Replacement Windows?

Think Again!

Replacement windows in Long Island Log CabinThere are all different kinds of homes on Long Island – from Ranches, to Colonials, to Split Levels, to Tudors, and even modern designs that defy easy categorization – and many people think that they’re stuck with the windows they have because their house is too unique for “standard” replacement windows. But that’s not the case, as our recent installation in a Log Cabin in Riverhead, Suffolk County, NY shows. See photos of the completed log cabin replacement window installation here.

Interior of Long Island Log Cabin Replacement WindowsAll Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are custom built to each window opening, one at a time, so they fit perfectly in that Neo-Classical or Post-Modern style just as well as in a standard High Ranch or Levittown Cape.

LogCabinVideoScreenShotCheck out the Installation Video here to watch a time-lapse of our installation of double hung windows in a real log cabin in Riverhead, NY. Ranches, Colonials, Capes, High Ranches — even a doctor’s office, We even show an installations during a snow storm! Don’t see your home style here? Check out our photos in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Brooklyn and Queens County here or check out our Pinterest page here for the latest job photos.

Have Questions About Replacement Windows for Your Long Island Home? Give Us a Call

Our replacement window experts are here to answer your questions. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.

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Think You Can’t Afford Replacement Windows on Long Island?

Do You Know How Much NOT Installing Replacement Windows is Costing You on Long Island?

Affordable Replacement Windows on Long IslandMany people on Long Island go straight to the bottom line – looking at the price of replacement windows and patio doors– to decide if they can afford to upgrade their windows and patio doors. But, have you considered what it will cost you to keep the existing windows in your home?

Some research shows that 40 percent of what you spend on heating and cooling is lost through windows and doors. Aging, damaged windows and sagging patio doors could be preventing you from substantially lowering your monthly heating bills.

Better climate control isn’t the only benefit. Think about how much time you spend every year repairing, scraping and painting old window frames. Costs associated with mildew, rot, rust and peeling paint can add up over time – not to mention replacing weather stripping and sealants to keep water and moisture outside.

How Much Money Are You Throwing Out The Window?

Every home has a unique set of characteristics that contribute to energy consumption management – or mismanagement. The age of your heating and cooling systems, structural integrity and the style and condition of your current windows all have an impact on how much it costs you to heat and cool your home.

Window construction, style and function dictate how well you manage your indoor climate – and how much you gain or lose in the process. If your home is furnished with older, single-pane windows, or aging aluminum gliding windows, you’re probably losing more conditioned air than the average Long Island homeowner. Why?

Older sliding doors and windows (particularly those with aluminum frames) don’t perform as well as modern designs. They typically have more joints, so there are more opportunities for degradation with daily use.

  • Screws tend to work their way loose from aluminum frames.
  • They’re more susceptible to developing air leaks since the friction created with frequent operation breaks down weather-stripping.
  • Seals fail.
  • You’ll see more gaps between the frame and exterior siding because there is a difference in thermal expansion rates.

We’re not suggesting you avoid sliding doors and gliding windows. Newer, energy-efficient replacement windows are custom crafted with the most energy-efficient construction materials and technology available to prevent degradation and failure.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement sliding windows and doors are designed to last as long as you live in your home without expensive routine maintenance and upkeep. Our patented Fibrex frames don’t require annual scraping or painting to maintain a beautiful appearance and superior performance. With Low E glass options and multiple glazing designs, you can enjoy the space-saving, easy-opening style without worrying about compromising on performance and durability.

Take a tour of your home and look at each window, checking for drafts and damage.

Are Your Window Styles Costing You Money?

It’s important to have plenty of operable windows in your home. The best way to keep your home “healthy” is to open the sash and let the fresh air flow through your home during moderate weather conditions. It isn’t necessary for every window to open or for every window to be the same style throughout your home.

Replacing some operable windows with fixed windows in rooms with otherwise adequate ventilation will improve energy efficiency. When you don’t have windows that open and close, you eliminate wear and tear on weather-stripping, latches and hardware. If you design your windows with the most advanced construction materials, you’ll avoid sagging, drafts and gaps that suck conditioned air out of your home and allow unconditioned (cold or hot) air and moisture in.

Styles with compressible weather-stripping – like casements, awnings and hoppers – seal so tightly it is almost impossible for leaks to prematurely develop with routine use.

While you’re checking for damage, consider whether changing window styles could save your money in the long run.

Are Replacement Windows a Good Investment?

Windows directly and indirectly impact the value of your home. Appearance and performance are both high on the list when it comes to resale value. If you’re thinking of selling your home within a few years, upgrading your existing windows will be a bonus. If you’re planning to stay in place, keep in mind that Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are crafted to last for decades – without expensive maintenance and repair.

Rather than just looking at the price of installing replacement windows in your Long Island home, consider how much the windows in your home will cost you if you decide to wait.

  • Are your windows leaking air and moisture?
  • Does your heating or air conditioner system seem to be working overtime?
  • How much time and money do you invest in maintaining your windows?
  • Are you happy with your home aesthetic?
  • Could changing window styles improve energy efficiency?

Let Our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Specialists Help You Consider Options

The initial price tag really doesn’t reflect the true value of replacement windows built with exceptional materials by expert craftsmen. We’d love the opportunity to tell you more about our line of home improvement products designed to save you money and increase your Long Island home’s property value. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more information.

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Installing Your Own Replacement Windows on Long Island May Not Be a Bargain

Installing replacement windows on Long IslandHave you been thinking about ordering replacement windows for your Long Island home? Maybe you’ve been comparing prices and think you’d come out better financially if you put on your D-I-Y apron and safety goggles and installed your own windows. Some off-the-shelf windows may seem initially less expensive than custom-built Renewal by Andersen replacement windows. But, there is more to value than just the price.

Unless you have exceptional construction skills, you may find that reconstructing your window opening to fit your new windows isn’t all that easy. And, without a perfect fit, the energy efficiency features of your new window might go right out the … well, window. Also, if you measure wrong, like accidentally transposing the width with the height, your window supplier probably won’t take back your window and if they do, you’ll likely have to pay return shipping fees and restocking fees.

Hiring a local contractor to install your windows presents another set of challenges. While they’ll likely be responsible if something goes wrong during the installation (if you can get them to come back), you’ll have to prove the contractor was at fault and not the manufacturer. That can get into a frustrating game of finger-pointing. Filing an insurance claim is a hassle and some companies only offer short-term coverage.

Benefits of Installing Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows as Compared to Self-Installation
Custom-Built for You and Your Home
At Renewal by Andersen by Long Island we understand that investing in new windows is a big decision. That’s why we take responsibility for measuring your windows and building them to precisely fit the existing window opening when your old windows are removed. This eliminates the necessity to “reshape your structure” and shortens the time it takes to install your new energy-efficient windows – less stress, less mess. And, most importantly, when your windows are custom built to fit your window opening you maintain all the energy efficiency and operational features that were built into the windows to start.

Specially Trained Contractors Protect Your Installation
All Renewal by Andersen window installation specialists are carefully select highly-skilled contractors with special training by us to install your new windows.

Peace of Mind of One Warranty and One Solid Company for Materials and Installation
Since we are confident in the skill and expertise of the team, we back the installation with a two-year warranty. This is twice as long as many of our competitors. If anything goes wrong – not likely – you’re covered for manufacturing defects, parts and labor – all by the same company. No finger-pointing here.

Sometimes It’s the Little Things that Add Extra Value
Style & Design Features Second to None
The peace of mind that comes from working with Renewal by Andersen to update your home is one of the “big benefits” we offer customers like you. We’re continually looking for big ways to save you time and money, but sometimes it’s the little things that add the biggest value.

Custom features and accessories give you the freedom to design replacement windows around your family and your lifestyle. For example, did you know you can order left-handed operational levers and handles? Sure, a left-handed person can open a window with standard hardware, but giving you options that simplify your life is important to us.

Safety & Security for You & Your Family
Have small children? Installing recessed locks and window guards improves security and safety in your home. If you have questions about safety or security, just ask your professional window consultant. We’ll help you compare window styles and accessories to find the best-fit for your family.

Winter is coming to the island, but summer will return. All of our Energy-Star certified replacement windows come with standard window screens – no extra charge. If you like to open your windows to catch a cool evening breeze during the sweltering summer months, you’ll love our TruScene insect screens with micro-fine fabric that keeps mosquitos, gnats and no-see-ums outdoors without obscuring your view.

Multiple Glass Options for the Energy Efficiency You Need
Speaking of Energy-Star ratings, we offer a variety of glass options that are 45 percent to 70 percent more energy-efficient than standard glass options. That means you can maximize your savings in every room based on whether the windows face east, west, north or south.

Built to Last for a Lifetime
Every window is manufactured for performance and long-lasting beauty. Your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors will look and function beautifully as long as you live in your home. However, decorating preferences can change over time. That’s why we give you options like the ones below that make updating your decorating scheme easy.
• Paintable/stainable grilles and trim.
• A full line of beautiful hardware in a variety of styles and finishes.
• Almost 50 interior/exterior factory-finished color combinations.

Privacy & Personalization
We also offer glass options that boost privacy and personalize your spaces. Our patterned glass designs, available in Fern Pattern, Cascade Pattern, Obscure Pattern and Reed Pattern, are multifunctional. You have the benefit of our High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass in a beautiful package that prevents anyone outdoors from seeing inside. And, they look beautiful with or without window treatments.

No Detail is Too Small or Too Big for Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island our Number One goal is to help homeowners like you customize replacement windows and doors that work best for your family. For more than a century, we’ve been building replacement windows with the latest technology and materials available to add value for our customers. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. We’d love to help you plan your home improvement project. Just fill in the form on this page for more information or give us a call, toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation today.

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How To ‘Dress’ Your Long Island Replacement Windows for Winter

Dressing your Long Island Replacement Windows for WinterThis time of year our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window consultants hear plenty of comments about draft dodgers – those colorful “door snakes” designed to block cold air from sneaking in around the bottom of the door when the draft guard fails. Some people have even taken to using them on their troublesome drafty windows.

Eliminating drafts is an important part of winterizing your Long Island home. But, if we have a repeat of last winter’s polar vortex, draft stoppers won’t make a big impact on the comfort throughout your home.

A better option – one that will give you a permanent solution and not just a temporary fix – is to replace dilapidated windows and doors that aren’t doing a good job of keeping cold air outdoors and warm air inside.

Energy-efficient replacement windows and doors (backed up with one of the finest warranty packages in the industry) can give you confidence that you’ll be toasty and warm inside even when the winds are howling and temperatures have plummeted.

Since every replacement window is custom-built for your home, it’ll take several weeks before your new windows arrive and our professional installation team gets them installed in your Long Island home so there’s no time to waste if you want to keep your home warm and your energy bills from climbing through the roof.

Even when you have your new energy efficient windows installed in your Long Island home, the right window treatments can help you feel warm and cozy during the most bitter winter weather — without tossing decorating preferences out the window.

Window Treatment Design Basics

The style and fabrics you choose do more than just cover your windows. Curtains, drapes and shades let you control natural light, muffle outside noises and increase privacy. Those gauzy sheers that allow cool summer breezes to flow through your home aren’t very efficient at blocking the cold in winter. Especially if your old windows don’t seal tightly, you’ll most likely want a more substantial fabric during fall and winter.

You don’t have to invest a lot of money to create a foundation for beautiful rooms. You may even want to update window treatments again once your replacement windows arrive. Since you won’t be focused on blocking drafts, you’ll be able to focus on window dressings that accentuate a stunning view or downplay less-than-picture-perfect architectural details.

Form and Function Before Frills

Designers recommend you carefully consider the window shape and style before you buy new window treatments. High-humidity rooms (bathrooms and kitchens in particular) require shades or curtains that “hold their shape” well. It’s also a good idea to avoid dry-clean-only fabrics in kitchens. Washable fabrics and hard surfaces – like wood blinds or vertical shades – work well in kitchens where your treatments are exposed to cooking odors and grease splatters.

High-humidity areas aren’t the only challenge for homeowners. Bedrooms and nurseries often benefit from multiple layers that allow you to block light and noise for sleeping or napping times and then open the blinds or shades during the day to allow natural light to pass inside. If you’re trying to control drafts, installing heavy drapes over light-weight panels is a good idea. Speaking of nurseries, make sure you install retractable cords in rooms where small children could get tangled in dangling string.

Any style you choose should reflect the way you use each room and your decorating preferences. Choose washable fabrics where children and pets spend time. Faux wood blinds and synthetic fabrics are budget-friendly as compared to custom-ordered draperies and imported wooden blinds. If you’re planning to invest in more expensive custom-made window treatments once your new replacement windows arrive, off-the-shelf options are typically the least expensive window treatments.

Whether you prefer blinds, curtains, shutters or shades, any style you choose should reflect the way you use each room as well as your decorating preferences.

Replacement Windows & Patio Doors Lay a Good Foundation to Protect You From Winter Weather
Window treatments give you many decorating options to create comfortable spaces for your family but the style of your windows play a part as well. Your replacement windows and doors lay the foundation for controlling your indoor climate, your budget and your decorating style.

If you’ve already ordered your new windows, consider the shapes and styles you selected when updating your window treatments. If you haven’t designed your own energy-efficient windows yet, consider all the design options, including color, hardware, grilles and screens and what impact they will have on your overall decorating plans.

Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows Have the Style Options You Need Without Sacrificing Energy Efficiency and Comfort

One of the benefits of installing Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are the dozens of style options available to match your taste and style without sacrificing long-lasting energy efficient performance so you can update your window treatments focused on your decorating preferences and not ways to keep cold air outside where it belongs.

Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an appointment to discuss your options. You can also fill in the form on this page to request more information.

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3 Reasons Why Replacement Window Styles Matter on Long Island

Long Island replacement window styles matterOur Long Island customers come to us with diverse reasons for installing replacement windows and patio doors. Some are considering listing their home for sale and want to enhance the curb appeal and market value. Others are more interested in saving money on their utility bills. Some homeowners are concerned about the environment and are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Whatever your reason is for upgrading your windows, we welcome the opportunity to help you achieve your goals. Designing replacement windows for your Long Island home involves carefully considering your home, your family and your environment. One very important design consideration is window style.

Here are three ways window styles impact you and your family.

  1. Convenience
  2. Safety
  3. Enjoyment

Casement Replacement Windows Offer All 3 in a Neat Package

Casement windows open outward. They have hinges on the side and insect screens mount inside your home. When opened perpendicular to the house, you’ll gain maximum ventilation – it’s almost like the window “reaches out and catches” the breeze.

With an easy-to-grasp handle, casement windows are an excellent solution over sinks and counters when raising and lowering the sash might be inconvenient or potentially create a slipping hazard. Another key feature of casements is that without a rail to block your view, they offer a comparable view to a picture window.

So, this style is convenient and beautiful. You won’t have to step on chairs or ladders to operate windows if you can reach the lower sill from the floor. And, you can enjoy a broader view or a fresh breeze whenever the mood strikes.

Bay Windows & Bow Windows Extend Your Views & Floor Space

Both replacement bay windows and replacement bow windows work well in diverse architectural settings.

Bay windows have three or more panels to accentuate your view. Often consisting of a fixed picture window in the center, flanked by operable windows on each side, one of the many benefits of this style is the additional light and openness that bay windows add to your spaces.

Bow windows start with at least four panels to create a more curved appearance than the typical angled profile of a three-panel bow configuration.

When flanked with casements, double hung, or other operable windows, you’ll enjoy a beautiful view, a welcomed sense of spaciousness and plenty of natural sunlight to make your spaces more comfortable and functional.

Sliders Offer Function & Style with Safety Built In

Every room needs at least one operable window that allows egress in an emergency. A horizontal sliding replacement window is an excellent choice that offers contemporary styling. You can choose single or double slider styles depending on your air circulation goals.

Sliders are an exceptional choice when a window that opens outward might block walkways or interfere with other outdoor activities. When you want a style that doesn’t protrude on a patio, consider this space-saving window. Plus, some people say the sliding motion is easier – and faster – than cranking a casement or awning style window.

Awning Windows Allow Ventilation in Tight Spaces

Awning windows are hinged at the top. They open outward and usually have a crank-type handle for easy operation. Because the glass acts like an awning when opened, you can enjoy some fresh air even during a light rain outside. As long as there isn’t a stiff wind, you shouldn’t have to worry about water coming indoors during a gentle rain.

Because hardware is installed on the lower portion of your window, this style is great for basements and above other windows. Awning windows work well in tight spaces and mounted higher on the wall. They’re convenient and safe to operate, much like casement windows. Plus you can enjoy a nice breeze, even if the weather outside is not-so-nice.

These are just a few of our window offerings, but it’s easy to see that your window style plays a role in keeping your family comfortable and safe. Choosing the best replacement window for every room in your home also enhances your pleasure by giving you a more dramatic view of the world outside and increasing natural light and fresh air opportunities.

Let Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Help You Reach Your Replacement Window Goals

Our ultimate goal is to help you build something you’ll be proud to showcase in your home. We want to help you achieve your financial goals with home improvement products that save you money on heating and air conditioning bills while keeping your home’s market value high.

If you’re ready to learn more about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors, give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get back to you right away.

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6 Steps to Replacement Window Success on Long Island

Replacement windows long islandOn Long Island, we’re all tired of watching our energy bills go up year after year. Did you know that replacing your old windows could be one of the fastest ways to lower your energy bills now and into the future? Not only could you have lower energy bills, but your home will be warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and overall more quiet and comfortable year-round. New high-performance windows are designed to give you more control over your budget and your comfort zone.

If you’re wondering what’s involved in designing, ordering and installing replacement windows and patio doors in your Long Island home, we’ve got answers.

#1 Schedule an In-Home Consultation

We’re more than happy to answer questions about our portfolio of home improvement products in general terms, but the best way for us to help you make informed decisions about window styles, hardware, screens and glass options is right in your home where you can picture what your options will look like when you make the change. Read on to see why.

#2 Gathering & Sharing Information

When your replacement window design consultant arrives at your home, you’ll discuss with them your goals and expectations. It’s important to understand your motivation for replacing your windows, your budget and your long-term plans. Some of the questions your consultants might ask could include:

  • Are you planning to live in your home for more than five years? If you’re planning to sell your Long Island home soon, you’ll want to choose window styles and accessories with the future in mind. You’ll want to ensure that the styles and options you choose will be appreciated by future homeowners and improve your resale value. Calculating return on investment and making decisions about financing also hinge on how you answer this question.
  • Is it important for you to maintain architectural integrity and authenticity? If you live in a historic row house or a community with strict exterior restrictions, replacement window designs that complement your home’s aesthetic and original architectural elements may be important to you. Naturally, the decision is yours, but our consultants are trained to help you compare our window styles based on your vision of what you expect after the installation team completes their job.
  • How does your family use each room in your home? The windows you choose will directly and indirectly affect your family’s comfort and safety. If you have small children or family members with limited mobility, window styles, locks, guards and hardware are important details that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Don’t worry, this isn’t an inquisition, during the information gathering stage, we encourage you to ask as many questions as you have about anything at all. And we’ll cover everything including styles, prices, warranties and next steps before we leave, just to be sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.

#3 Taking the Grand Tour

After your replacement window professional has a clear picture of your goals and vision, you’ll take a tour of your home – inside and out. During the tour, your consultant will take precise measurements of your windows and patio doors so our factory can build your windows to fit exactly into the footprint left behind when your existing windows are removed. This saves you money as compared to installing “new construction windows” where extensive reconstruction “adjusts the house” to fit the windows.

Along with measuring your windows, your consultant might explain how large trees that shade your windows, shrubs positioned close to the house and other landscaping elements might impact your decisions about glass options and operational styles. For example, if you want operable windows near walkways, you might want to choose sliding or double hung windows that won’t interfere with outside activities like perhaps casements or awning windows might. When controlling the amount of light that comes in is an issue, you have options that give you greater control without compromising your view.

#4 Designing Your Replacement Windows

After touring your home, you and your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island representative will explore our portfolio of fixed and operable windows, discuss differences between our four energy-efficient glass options, and talk about colors, grilles, hardware and other accessories. You’ll have an opportunity to view samples of our different frame and trim materials and factory finishes.

#5 Writing Your Replacement Window Project Estimate

Once you have your plan nailed down, everything will be presented in a written estimate for your review. If you’re happy with the price and window options, you can sign the order and we’ll get your information to the factory to start the construction phase.

If you need some time to think about it or want to check alternative financing options, no problem. You’ll have a copy of the estimate to take to your lender or accountant. If you decide you want to make changes later, we’ll gladly tell you how those changes affect the manufacturing time and final price.

#6 Scheduling the Installation

When you give us the go ahead, we’ll get on your order immediately. When the factory notifies us your replacement windows and patio doors for your Long Island home are ready to be shipped, we’ll contact you to arrange an installation date that’s convenient for you.

Our professional installers will complete the installation and clean up after themselves when they’re finished – all you have to do on installation day is sit back and enjoy your new view of the world after they leave.

The Start to Finish Replacement Window Journey with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Helping you make wise decisions is important to us. Still have questions? Just fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 and a friendly Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window specialist will be happy to speak with you.

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Casement Windows: the ‘Other’ Favorite Long Island Replacement Window

Replacement Casement Windows Long IslandWhat’s the most popular replacement widow style on Long Island?

If you guessed Double-Hung, you would be correct. What’s the second most popular? Don’t know? Read on….

This week we’d like to talk to you about the “other” most popular window style in the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window portfolio – casement windows. Whether you have a historic row house or a more modern home on the Island, casement windows offer versatility and dependable performance – even if some people mistakenly believe the old-fashioned style can’t be as efficient as double-hung windows.

Unlike our popular double-hung replacement windows that have sashes that move vertically, casement windows operate similar to a door – they swing open and close tightly against the weather-stripping to form a superior seal. It might surprise you to learn that casement windows deliver one the best seals against moisture and air infiltration available in any operable window style.

  1. Casement Windows and Energy Efficiency

Although fixed windows offer the most energy-efficient window design – because they don’t open and close, casement windows are nearly as efficient.

Our double-hung windows and sliders provide homeowners with exceptional protection against the elements, but they are slightly less efficient overall than casement window styles. Anytime a window needs extra “give” to slide up and down or side to side, there is a tiny amount of air transfer.Friction doesn’t impact the weather-stripping significantly in casement windows because they’re manufactured with a “compressible” material that seals out dust, moisture, wind and airborne allergens.

Less air transfer means higher energy efficiency, which means lower energy costs and better climate control indoors. When you choose our highest rated energy efficiency glass options, you’ll save even more on your monthly power bill.

  1. Casement Windows: Old World Charm and Style

The old world charm and style of casement windows has European influences. Often, you’ll see homes with casement windows that swing indoors and operable exterior shutters. This European style is seen in some neighborhoods on the Island – although homeowners today in the US may opt for stationary shutters that mimic the style, but don’t require extensive maintenance and upkeep.

We offer many factory-finishes and frame colors that work well with any decorating styles and exterior architecture. Interior factory finishes include natural oak, pine and maple. If you want to customize your interior or exterior colors, talk to your Renewal by Andersen replacement window consultant about our patented Fibrex frames and paintable/stainable interior grilles that give you the option to update your color schemes and create an aesthetic that delivers an old world charm on your terms.

  1. Casement Windows: Harnessing the Wind

Blocking air and moisture isn’t the only way to manage your electric bill. Turning your air condition or heater off during early fall and late spring gives you an opportunity to open the windows and circulate fresh air throughout your home. If you pay attention to the normal wind patterns in our area, strategically installing casement windows where they can harness the wind for indoor climate control, the cool evening breezes and milder weather will keep your home comfortable – while curbing energy costs.

A single-handle makes casement windows simple to open and close (and lock) when you want to turn the heater on – no sticking, no hanging, no hassles.

Customizing Casement Windows

Casement windows have a long history, but that doesn’t mean this window style has to look outdated. Renewal by Andersen offers customers the same options for casement windows as we do for our other replacement window styles, so you can create the look and style you prefer.

  • Four highly efficient glass options.
  • Dozens of color combinations.
  • Three grille types available in two widths that include: between-the-glass, removable interiors and full-divided-light, which closely replicates real divided light windows, without the energy inefficiency.
  • Four grille patterns – Colonial, Prairie, Modified Prairie and Farmhouse.
  • Eleven hardware finishes from distressed nickel to simple white.
  • Two screen options: Standard screens (included with all operable windows) and TruScene® High Transparency Insect Screens which are almost invisible and offer homeowners 50% more clarity than the standard screen.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Let us Help You Find Out if Casement Windows are Right for Your Home

If you want more information about casement windows or any of our full line of replacement window styles, please give us a call and ask to speak to a professional Renewal by Andersen replacement window consultant. Call toll-free: 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page and we will return your call as soon as possible.

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Replacement Sliding Patio Doors are the Answer to Cramped Long Island Homes

patio-doorsLong Island homes from historic to modern often share a common feature: narrow spaces and limited floor plans. If your home is feeling a bit cramped and you’re looking for space-saving alternatives, replacing your swing patio doors with sliding patio doors might be the perfect solution.

Hinged French Patio Door Long Island

Hinged French Patio Door

Traditional swing-open doors generally take up around three feet of space inside a room. That doesn’t necessarily seem significant, but it can severely limit traffic patterns and furniture arrangement possibilities. By replacing doors with a sliding option, you’ll let light and air into your space—and free up your floor plan a bit to allow for more design (and traffic flow) opportunities.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offers two categories of sliding doors: French patio doors and contemporary sliding glass doors. We’ll take a closer look at both styles to help you get a feel for the type that might work best in your home.

Sliding French Patio Doors

Sliding French Patio Door Long Island

Sliding French Patio Door

You don’t necessarily have to choose between the classic styling of French doors and the more contemporary and space-saving sliding option. Renewal by Andersen has brought together the elegance of French door style and the function of contemporary sliding glass doors so you can enjoy the classic Old-World feel of French doors without taking up all that “swing” space.

Sliding French doors feature moldings and/or grilles that beautifully frame your view and maintain a more traditional style. You’ll have the option to choose from four different interior colors, several different grille arrangements, and a wide variety of hardware finishes so you can tailor your new doors to match or complement your home’s current style.

Want a truly grand entrance? Try sliding French doors that open from the middle, sliding over fixed window panels on either side—or just frame your French doors with double-hung or picture windows on the same exterior wall to let in abundant light and give a room a more spacious, airy feel.

Contemporary Sliding Doors

Contemporary Patio Sliding Door Long Island

Contemporary Sliding Patio Door

For a more modern approach, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offers contemporary sliding doors, which feature maximum glass space to open up your view. You can choose between Andersen Narroline sliding patio doors, which boast a natural pine interior that can be stained to suit your room’s design, or Andersen Perma-Shield doors, which feature a more rigid vinyl surface surrounding the frame’s wooden core. Either option provides an energy-efficient seal and long-lasting durability.

If you’re willing to think a bit outside the box, you might find the perfect interior space for sliding doors to cut down on traffic jams. More and more modern designers are suggesting stylized sliding doors for a home’s interior, allowing you to open a space to allow rooms to connect quickly and easily or to efficiently segment a space for those times when you want to contain noise or establish privacy in a room or section of the house.

Space-saving Features and More

Although one of the most appealing aspects of sliding doors is space-efficiency, homeowners also enjoy numerous easy-care and low-maintenance features. Cleaning is simple and quick with lift out glass panels that allow you access to both surfaces from inside your home. And, our factory-finished frames never rot, mildew, rust, flake or peel. The superior construction materials and expert craftsmanship used to build each window and patio door are the main reasons we offer one of the best warranties in the replacement window industry.

Your replacement patio doors aren’t just a high-efficiency opening in the wall that lets you pass in and out. Our superior performing sliding doors help you create home aesthetics that authentically reflect your lifestyle and your decorating preferences.

Working Side-by-side with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Specialists

Take the time to browse our inspiration gallery if you’re not sure what type of solution would work best for your space—or call a Renewal by Andersen of Long Island professional replacement window consultant for an in-home consultation. Our experts gladly offer suggestions and guidance to help you consider options that will work best with your floor plan and architectural elements.

Even if you’ve talked to us before about replacement windows, we invite you to call us back at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the short form on this page. We are continually looking for better ways to build our home improvement products and always on the lookout for innovative designs and construction materials to add more value for our customers.

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Replacement Windows Let in the Long Island Light in Fall & Winter

3 Tips to Keep your Long Island Home Bright & Cheerful Even in When it’s Nasty Outside

Replacement Windows Long Island Cheery in WinterMost of us on Long Island haven’t given too much thought to cold weather yet – beyond scheduling the annual heating system check-up and pulling the heavy drapes out of the linen chest. Although you may have had to turn the heat on, for the most part, we’re still enjoying the cooler nights and milder daytime temperatures after a hot, sultry summer. But, the really cold weather will arrive sooner than you think.

The good news is that even cold, dreary weather outside doesn’t have to mean a dark, muffled atmosphere inside. If you’re dreading the winter blues, try these tips to let in the light – and brighten things up a bit.

Tip #1 Bathe your indoor spaces with light by installing energy-efficient replacement windows

If you are thinking about replacing your home’s aging, sagging windows to end annoying drafts and bone-chilling air leaks before winter hits, this is the time to get serious because it takes several weeks to custom-build your new windows.

It takes time to create perfectly crafted replacement windows because we never sell anything “off-the-shelf” like some of our competitors. While we don’t try to pressure you into buying our home improvement products, we do try to educate and inform our neighbors and friends about our commitment to building exceptional replacement windows that add value to their homes and enhance their lives.

That’s why:

  • We encourage our customers to carefully consider how each window will affect the appearance and function of the family home, inside and out.
  • Our window consultants precisely measure each existing window to guarantee a perfect fit on installation day.
  • Product descriptions include more than just color, size and shape options. We also provide information about high-performance construction materials, energy-efficiency ratings from independent third-party organizations, and environmental impact details.

Whether you decide to install a large picture window with an expanded viewing area, a bay window for spectacular panoramic views and extra interior seating, or low-profile sliding patio doors, you can have confidence that this coming winter you won’t have to rely on heavy, dark draperies to keep the wind and cold temperatures at bay.

Tip #2 Forget about heavy brocade and window blankets – unless those options complement your interior décor

Since your new replacement windows will efficiently reduce heat and cold transfer, you won’t have to settle for functional, but unattractive, window treatment styles. Instead of heavy fabric you might opt for a stylish honeycomb light-filtering shade in one of this season’s warm fall or winter colors that allows some natural light to come in while giving you extra privacy.

Today’s popular cellular window treatments offer dozens of decorating choices, including:

  1. Child-safe cordless options.
  2. Light to heavy light filtering levels.
  3. Noise muffling features.
  4. Dozens of colors.
  5. And . . . top down bottom up designs that work very well with our double-hung windows that have operable upper and lower sash.

Tip #3 Brighten up your spaces with colors and textures

There are literally hundreds of window treatment options available from cellular and Roman shades to curtains made with lightweight fabrics and unique textiles. Your personal replacement window consultant can also help you explore color and texture options while you design your new windows, too.

Our patented Fibrex composite frames come in many popular colors so you are sure to find a color that will complement your home’s architecture and your decorating style. If you choose to order removable interior grilles, you can paint or stain the strips in light colors that will brighten up your spaces while complementing your existing upholstery and draperies.

It’s important to remember that even though we’re focusing on the colder weather now, we enjoy four distinct seasons on Long Island. We don’t sell seasonal replacement windows. That means before you choose glass options, you’ll want to talk to your window consultant about options that will work best for your home throughout the year based on your architecture, landscaping and the sun exposure of each window in each season.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows Chase Away the “Blustery Blues”

Winter is on the way and if you want to take advantage of the latest technological advancements and window designs, we’re here to help. Even though the weather outside may get dreary and damp, you and your family will be warm and cozy when you install replacement windows designed to virtually eliminate air and moisture infiltration.

What are you waiting for? Give us a call today at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the box on this page to request more information. We’ll schedule a free, no-obligation in-home consultation and get you one step closer to banishing the blues – even before the weather really turns blustery.

 

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Awesome Awning & Hopper Replacement Windows for Long Island Families

Awning & Hopper Replacement Windows on Long IslandWhen considering Long Island replacement windows, renovation experts recommend that you develop a thorough project plan that includes budgeting and design details before you start the demo phase. But many Long Island homeowners aren’t sure where to start when it comes to choosing the best-fit replacement windows to upgrade their home.

Those who start with a great plan avoid costly mistakes, are happier with the finished project and often increase their home’s resale value. Making the right window style choices gives you dozens of advantages, including better control of the temperature and lighting in your home.

Part of planning ahead means you’ll make wise financial decisions now and for the future. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island has many styles to choose from that give you a crystal clear viewing area and easy-cleaning designs, but sometimes homeowners overlook the importance of adding complementary styles that increase natural light and ventilation. Awning and hopper windows may be just the ticket to complement other windows in your home beautifully.

These tips will help you consider the advantages of installing awning and hopper replacement windows as part of your home improvement project.

  1. Consider the amazing features of awning windows.

This window style adds architectural interest – and is an excellent choice when you need extra light and ventilation in any room in your home. Awing replacement windows placed near other windows, such a fixed window that doesn’t open, allow you to air out your spaces and to turn off the heating and air system when the weather outside is agreeable.

They’re easy to operate with a conveniently placed, turn-style handle, similar to a casement window. The easy-reach hardware makes placement above counters safer and more convenient thank some styles – no need to climb up on a chair or search for a step ladder when you want to open your window. Another difference between more familiar styles and awning windows is that screens are mounted inside and not on the exterior of your home.

  1. Consider the family-friendly features of hopper windows.

Choosing windows that work best in your individual rooms is smart design planning. Hoppers work hard with built-it features like convenience, durability and dependable performance, and improved window energy efficiency.

Hoppers are similar to awning windows, except they are hinged on the bottom. They open inward from the top and are perfect for smaller interior spaces. Bathrooms, basements and around larger windows are three common placement areas. Unlike awning windows, however, because the windows open in, insect screens are installed outside.

  1. Embrace style and beauty without compromising performance.

With custom shapes, sizes, grille patterns and a wide selection of colors, you can design an awning or hopper window that fits your decorating preferences and still offers exceptional energy-efficiency.

With our patented Fibrex composite framing material, you get expert craftsmanship and the high-quality look of natural wood in a no-paint, low maintenance option. Want decorating flexibility that allows you to change your interior color scheme when new colors and textures hit the market? Opt for removable, natural wood grilles. Prefer an option that mimics authentic multi-paned windows? Choose between-the-glass grills that never require dusting and reduce “settling places” for airborne allergens in your home.

  1. Claim superior protection against moisture and wind infiltration.

While no operable window offers 100 percent protection from moisture and air infiltration, both awning and hopper style Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are remarkably effective at keeping air and moisture outside your home. The superior sealing and weather-stripping system provides reliable coverage year after year with routine cleaning and proper care.

  1. Choose the right project guide.

When choosing a replacement window company to manage your home improvement project, there are a surprising number of companies vying for your business. Whether you are exploring replacement windows or you want a space-saving sliding or French patio door, selecting a company with an excellent reputation in the industry and the community is a great place to start. The ideal company will:

  1. Show you ratings from independent third-party organizations that rate energy efficiency and performance.
  2. Provide references and testimonials from current and past customers.
  3. Respect your time and your budget.
  4. Offer an exceptional warranty that covers parts, labor and installation.
  5. Follow strict manufacturing guidelines that protect you and the environment, including advanced technology and construction processes to reduce landfill waste and manage natural resources wisely.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows: Let Us Be Your Guide

Successfully planning a home improvement project means starting with the basics. If you’re considering updating your home’s windows, give us a call to learn more about our full line of energy efficient replacement windows and patio doors. Reach us by calling 1-877-313-9052 or filling in the short form on this page

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