5 Home Upgrades for a Change of Seasons on Long Island NY

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As the seasons change her on Long Island, sometimes we feel like we need a change too. A new haircut (or a new hair color), homemade pancakes for breakfast instead of cereal, a new furniture arrangement in the living room. Whatever it is, it’s a change.

At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we’ve curated a list of upgrades to give your home a change. These changes will make your home feel like an entirely new place — whether you’re up for big, call-a-contractor changes or just a few cosmetic upgrades that pack a big punch.

1. Give Your Windows Some Love: Better Yet, Install Replacement Windows

Your windows are the eyes of your home. Clean, efficient, beautiful windows give a space a healthy dose of personality. If your windows are old, drafty, or out-of-date, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island can help by installing attractive, efficient windows that could increase the value of your home and decrease the value of your power bill.

Window treatments also set the tone for an entire room’s decor. Ready to streamline? Try swapping out your heavy drapes for light, airy Roman shades or wooden blinds—or soften the look with eye-catching sheers.

Whether you’re thinking about updating your home windows because they are old and damaged, or you’re looking for a way to improve your view, replacement windows and patio doors offer a great solution.

2. Spread Some Color on the Walls

It might seem like the most obvious option, but painting is also one of the most budget-friendly ways to completely change the look of a space. If you’re hesitant to go too bold, try adding an accent wall in a color you love. Or tone things down with a cool neutral that allows you to make your space all about the accent touches. Either way, you’ll feel like you’re living in a fresh, new space.

Keep in mind that Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro’s Fibrex window frames never need painting to stay beautiful so you’ll have less maintenance outdoors as the years go by after you install replacement windows. But, you can update your interiors as often as you want if you opt for solid wood interiors during the design process. That means you can stain or paint interior elements to match or contrast your other woodwork and furnishing any time you need, or want, a change in the future.

3. Look Down & Consider Your Floor

Are you in love with your flooring? If not, maybe it’s time to look into your options, whether that means refinishing your hardwood, ripping up your old carpet, or purchasing new rugs to update the look of your space. Like windows, quality floors can make a big difference in your home’s efficiency and sound control, especially if you have a basement. Falling in love with your floors all over again might just make you love your space more than you thought possible.

4. Add Crown Molding for an Elegant Touch

Adding crown molding to a room is easier and less expensive than you might think—and it results in an undeniable style upgrade to traditional and transitional-styled spaces. Not up to doing it yourself? Hiring a contractor to add crown molding doesn’t usually cost a fortune, either. You’ll love the newly finished look of your space. Consider painting the ceiling while you’re at it; a splash of color can transform the look of a room.

5. Replace Your French or Patio Doors

New doors feel like a breath of fresh air for your space, and they can make a big impact on your heating and air conditioning bills as well. Updating sliding patio doors or French doors with more efficient, attractive options paves the way to making a room feel more open and bright. New patio doors also reduce drafts and make you want to spend more time enjoying your bridge to the outdoors. Fortunately, replacement windows are custom built to precisely fit into the opening left when your existing fixtures are removed immediately before installing your new ones. That means even if you have a sliding door now, you can dramatically change your backyard entrance with a stunning French-style hinged door. Or you may want to replace the plain-Jane slider with a modern, space-saving French-style glider that won’t interfere with furniture placement or traffic patterns, but will totally change the overall appearance of your entrance.

Renewal by Andersen Patio Doors & Replacement Windows Help You Change Things Up

Good luck on your upgrades. It isn’t as challenging as some homeowners think it is to give your indoor spaces a fresh look and feel. Modern replacement windows and patio doors improve the view from both sides of the glass, too. We’d love to talk to you about your options. If you have questions about updating your home windows or patio doors, feel free to give Renewal by Andersen of Long Island a call at 1-877-313-9052 or simply fill in the short form on this page to request 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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3 Things Every Replacement Window Shopper Should Consider About Grilles  

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So, you’re thinking about installing Renewal by Andersen replacement windows in your Long Island home and you aren’t sure if you want “plain” windows, or something with a bit more visual interest.

Below we’ve listed three things you should consider before adding grilles to your new fixtures.

1. Replacement Window Grilles: Capturing Your View, Your Way

Until the middle of the 19th century, windows were typically either very small, or constructed with many smaller glass panels joined with mullions or sash strips to create a larger window. Grilles – that’s what most replacement window manufacturers call the strips today – were functional, more than fashionable.

Today, modern glass manufacturing technology allows homeowners to enjoy a crystal clear window wall of glass, and double- and single-hung windows without combining multiple panes. The price of glass in previous eras was prohibitive, so only the upper echelon could afford windows. Today, virtually every home on Long Island is furnished with windows in every room and even the garage but you will only see real “original” multi-pane windows in historic homes and neighborhoods.

To re-create the look of period “divided lite” windows, window manufacturers use optional window grilles. The archaic construction techniques that required divided lite windows reduce their energy-efficiency, but since we can make large sheets of glass economically today, homeowners can get an unobstructed view of the world behind their easy chair if they want. Of course, there are some situations where adding grilles are preferable. For example, if you’re renovating a historic home and want to capture the original appearance without compromising energy-efficiency, grilles provide an excellent solution. Maintaining an architectural style is another reason to consider grilles. Colonial and Cape Code houses – which both appeared at a time when divided light windows were the only option around – look “unfinished” without the symmetrical multi-pane windows.

The good news is that today you can frame your view based on your own personal preferences and budget, whether you want to mimic a historic style or you want to create a unique focal point that draws attention to special architectural elements.

2. Different Style Preferences, Different Window Grille Patterns

With only a few exceptions – such as living in a covenanted community or a historic district with strict rules about maintaining architectural style integrity – homeowners can choose whichever grille patterns they like best, or skip the mullions all together based on personal preferences. If you’re considering updating your Long Island home with new windows, check with the local building code office to find out if your neighborhood has any restrictions before designing your modern replacement windows. Then, spend an afternoon driving around your neighborhood to see what kind of window embellishments are most common in homes similar to yours.

Here in the northeast, you’ll probably find variations on the following five distinct pattern options:

  • colonial window grilleColonial: Traditional styles are constructed with a six-over-six grille pattern, which means the upper and lower sash each look like they are built with six, equal-sized individual panes. You can choose the number of panes in each sash or fixed window, so you could make it appear as though your overall unit is made with six, eight or twelve individual panes.

 

 

  • prairie window grillePrairie: The prairie style has two vertical and two horizontal grilles placed near the perimeter which form small squares in the corners and a large center area free from obstructions. With this pattern you have some interesting detailing, while still allowing full view of the outdoors.

 

 

  • farmhouse window grilleFarmhouse: A farmhouse layout provides an even larger viewing area proportionate to the prairie style. Two vertical strips on the upper (or lower, if you prefer) sash create three equally sized “panes.” The other sash is left unadorned.

 

 

  • modified prairie window grilleModified Prairie: Like the traditional prairie style, the modified prairie layout uses strip placement to create small squares in each corner. However, the horizontal strips closest to the center of the window unit are omitted, created a pattern that covers both sash, or the entire glass on a fixed window.

 

 

  • custom window grillesCustomized: Other patterns, such as the starburst and fan designs, are perfect options for geometric shapes and special areas where you want something totally unique. You’ll typically find custom patterns in half-circle windows installed above doors or arched casement windows. Feel free to bring your own drawings or sketches with you when you meet with a window consultant in our showroom and we will try to help you achieve the exact vision you have in mind.

3. What Kind Of Window Grille Is Right For Your Long Island Home’s Windows?

Choosing a pattern is only part of the process when selecting grilles for your home’s windows. How the grilles attach or are integrated into the window, provide other choices to customize your window grilles. There are three main types of grille options available. You may opt for removable interiors only, between-the-glass window grilles that sit between the two glass panels in high-performance energy-efficient windows, or full divided lite grills with exterior and interior grilles. Learn more about each individual type of grille by downloading our eBook that covers everything you need to know about the replacement window journey.

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Contact Renewal by Andersen of Long Island for More Information Today

We’ve covered the basic about grille function, design and options. If you have more questions, we’d be happy to answer them for you. Simply fill in the short form on this page to request more information 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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5 Reasons to Invest in Replacement Windows Before Autumn  

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Happy “Almost Fall” from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island! Summer is fading fast. The children will be going back to school soon and that means the Halloween will be here before you know it. Less than a month later, we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving. Sorry to burst your summer bubble, but the holidays are just around the corner.

So, have you thought about your winter budget? While we are coming into a time of year when the scorching summer heat will give way to cooler mornings and evenings, it won’t be long until we will all be talking about ways to winterize the house and reduce the heating bill again.

The time to make money-saving updates to your home is before the cold weather hits, not after! Replacing your old, drafty windows now could save you money on your heating bill and make your home cozier than ever before, so you’ll be able to kick back in comfort and enjoy the holidays rather than worrying about heat loss, drafts, or high heating costs. If you needed more reasons to replace your windows before the holidays, this list should help!

1. Beat the Winter Weather

By replacing your windows with custom-built, energy-efficient replacement windows before the holidays, you’ll beat the worst of the winter weather. That means fewer drafts and cold air transfer as the nights become chilly, so your home will stay cozier than usual. And, by scheduling a window replacement before the cold weather blows in, you won’t have workers coming in and out to replace your windows when it’s already cold outside. Even though we have special cold weather window replacement procedures, there’s no getting around the fact removing a window, no matter how short the duration, is going to let a blast of cold air inside.

2. Prepare for Holiday Guests

Holidays are the time for company, dinner parties, and impromptu get-togethers. Making sure that your home is at its best beforehand is a surefire way to ensure your guests feel welcome and that you feel great about inviting them in. Plus, eliminating the drafts that often accommodate outdated, worn-out windows helps ensure that every seat in the house is comfortably warm, even if you have to pull extra seating into the nooks and corners where people don’t usually sit. If you put your Long Island home’s windows on order now, preparing for holiday gatherings will be less stressful and you can focus on spending time with your friends and family.

3. Update Your Style with Modern Replacement Windows

The changing seasons (especially pre-holiday seasons) offer a great excuse to make over your home’s appearance, and replacement windows often help you implement dramatic style upgrades. Replacing your windows can also spur other household updates—like new window treatments for the casement windows you chose to replace the single-hung styles, perhaps a different furniture arrangement, or an updated paint color to make your space feel fresh and new. Speaking of rearranging the furniture, if you’ve been wishing you had more space, you may consider adding a beautiful bay or bow configuration that gives you a bit more moving-around room, without investing in an expensive construction project or a full addition.

There’s nothing to motivate home decor updates like new windows and big events (like the holidays).

4. Capitalize on Efficiency Savings

Winterizing your home means sealing cracks, insulating pipes, stocking up on firewood, and making sure your furnace is in excellent working order. It makes sense to give your windows a check-up at the same time to make sure you’re not losing unnecessary warmth this winter. By going down a checklist of your home’s biggest energy hogs, you often end up keeping your house more comfortable and saving on your heating bill.

By the way, did you know that PSEG offers a way for every customer to potentially reduce their utility bills by participating in an energy conservation program? You can get more information directly from their website. Wouldn’t it be nice to update your home, save on heating and cooling costs and enjoy a more comfortable home this coming year?

5. Never Have to Replace Your Home’s Windows Again

High-quality replacement windows are built to provide exceptional service for as long as you live in your home. And, based on customer surveys over the past three decades, we’re confident you’ll enjoy the low maintenance beauty of your new windows, too. Plus, since Fibrex frames never need annual resurfacing to maintain their color and resist mold and mildew, you save time, too.

A Special Invitation from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows

Still not sure about replacing your windows now? Scheduling an in-home consultation is free, and our expert craftsmen can inspect your current situation to evaluate the state of your windows as they are right now, as well as give you an idea of which windows need to be replaced the most and what options are available for your home.

We offer a full range of modern, high-performance replacement windows and patio doors you’ll be proud to show off to your guests, and an exclusive collection of hardware to give your home a touch of elegance and style. Please accept our invitation to explore home improvement solutions with a no-obligation, personal consultation with one of our professional window specialist today. Just fill in the short form on this page, or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 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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How to Increase the Curb Appeal of Your Long Island Ranch Style Home

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At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we love to help homeowners update their windows and doors as part of a transformative curb appeal upgrade. While we have an abundance of home styles on Long Island, one of the most common is the single-story ranch style house. While ranches offer generous floor plans and make great use of space, they often need a little extra love to achieve their full potential when it comes to curb appeal.

These tips can help you overhaul the look of your ranch, making it look and feel more welcoming than ever before.

Choose Interesting Replacement Windows

New windows with updated grille patterns make a surprisingly big difference in the look of your home’s exterior. Choosing windows with a traditional grille pattern will give your home a warmer look and feel. Renewal by Andersen’s double hung windows with a colonial grille pattern makes a great choice.

Double hung windows are one of the most popular choices on the market today. Because they’re available in a huge variety of color options and hardware styles, you’ll be able to customize them to beautifully complement your existing decor. Replacement bay windows and specialty styles are also available to capture just the look you’re going for. Remember that side entrances and backyard patio doors may not directly impact the curb appeal, but they should reflect a similar tone and style.

Update Your Landscape

One of the biggest curb appeal challenges facing ranch homes is the often blocky, shoebox-like design. With the right landscaping, you can add depth and interest without making any major changes to your home itself. A curving path lined with hardy grasses and flowers that leads to a well-thought-out entryway will draw attention to your front door, adding priceless visual appeal.

Flowering bushes and hedges of varying heights also helps disguise your home’s blocky form, especially when planting is staggered, not straight across the front of your home. Lighting can also transform the look of your home, particularly in the evenings. Try adding a freestanding lantern or lights along your sidewalk or driveway to highlight your landscaping, windows, and the front door.

Define Your Porch

If you have a porch, make sure the railings are painted an eye-catching color that contrasts well with your siding. Anything you do to highlight your porch and entry space—like hanging a porch swing, installing more substantial railings or overheads, or painting your front door a bold color—will add visual depth. Traditional touches like Adirondack-style chairs or front porch swings instantly make your home look more cozy and inviting.

Invest in Planters

Window boxes make your home feel cozier in a heartbeat, as do planters situated on each side of your front door or entryway. When choosing planter styles, go with an option that fits your home proportionately, and keep in mind that you want to keep the look balanced. Symmetry is essential when you’re redesigning a ranch style home’s street-facing appearance. A large planter on one side of your door would best be balanced with something of similar visual weight on the other side.

While the traditional ranch styling has clear, straight lines – think square or rectangular windows – you can add a bay or garden replacement window without creating visual confusion. Just remember to keep the design simple, and if you choose to install grilles, maintain a similar style on all windows. The exception is adding unique grille patterns and side lights to showcase your entrance. Some people also choose to meld a half-circle window under the eaves or above a central window unit to add height and depth.

When it comes to redesigning your curb appeal, architects and designers will tell you that rules matter, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with out-of-the-box treatments. Before you make any major structural changes, it is best to get professionally rendered drawings or you can use our replacement window and door Visualizer to get a better idea of what new windows will look like in your home.

Updating Your Long Island Ranch-style Home with Modern Replacement Windows is Easy & Affordable

These are just a few of our favorite options to make over the exterior of ranch-style homes. Of course, our top suggestion is to consider replacement windows and patio doors to update your home’s style and energy efficiency at the same time. If you have questions about your Renewal by Andersen replacement of Long Island window options, feel free to contact us today! Simple fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at your convenience by dialing 1-877-313-9052.

 

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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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How Often Do Long Island Windows Need to be Replaced?

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Wondering if it’s time to replace your Long Island home’s windows? Deciding when to upgrade the windows depends on why you are thinking about the process at this point in time.

Did you drop by the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window site today because you’re looking for ways to reduce your heating and air conditioning bills? Or, are you tired of all the maintenance required to keep your home looking attractive. Maybe, you’ve notice air and moisture moving through cracks in the window frames or gaps between your home’s structure and the window units, making it harder to control the temperature and humidity levels in your home.

In general, if your windows are 25 years old, you may benefit from updating your windows. Here are some general guidelines to help you decide if it is time to replace your existing home windows with modern, energy-efficient window units.

Window Frame Material vs Replacement Window Quality

People often ask which frame material will last longer. We recommend Fibrex composite frames for several reasons. The composite is strong and stable like wood, but also light weight like vinyl. As far as how long they last, there are some vinyl windows that are still performing after several decades, but many others only last a few years. The difference between which windows will last for decades or fall apart in a few years hinges on three key factors:

  • Quality – intentionally designed and manufactured to last
  • Brand – built by a company that values quality and performance that lead to long-term relationships
  • Materials – frame material selections, and all components, are appropriate for the climate and applications, and they reflect best-practices based on science and consumer feedback.

The Advantages of Modern Replacement Windows & Patio Doors

If you didn’t buy your home new, you probably don’t have a complete history of its windows. Over time, people fix problems with their windows. You may not be able to tell if a single glass panel has been replaced, or if small sections of the wood frames were patched, or repaired and painted over. If you find windows painted or nailed shut, you should take this as a sign something wasn’t working properly. Either the locks don’t secure the window properly or the previous owners noticed air and moisture leaks, but didn’t invest the time or money to address the issues correctly.

Although windows have been around in some form or other for centuries, modern, high quality replacement windows have only been around a few decades. Today, factory applied technology and innovative composites like Fibrex allow homeowners to protect their investment in replacement windows and patio doors buy buying from a trusted brand. This ensures their windows and doors will look beautiful for decades with minimal maintenance.

Does Age Alone Really Matter in Windows?

There are many wood windows that still work and look beautiful after 50 years – and others that don’t in half as long. The difference is if homeowner takes the time and effort to diligently maintain and repair damage promptly and resurface the frames to prevent rot, mildew, and sun damage.

Frame materials aren’t the only thing that impacts performance. Older windows often have single window panes, which means they cannot control heat transfer or condensation effectively. Today’s double-pane windows are even more energy-efficient than their ancestors were. Low-E glass can even keep indoor spaces cooler in the summer by reflecting heat rays rather than allowing all of the solar heat to penetrate the window panes. Even if a window maintains its original structural integrity for decades, it cannot perform as well as a modern, custom-built replacement window because the technology is outdated.

Age isn’t the only thing to consider. A poor installation can virtually destroy the performance of the best window on the very first day. So while you’re looking for high-performance replacement windows, make your dealer guarantees installation for at least two years. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s exclusive 20/2/10 warranty provides a full two year coverage package that includes parts and labor should any issue develop directly related to installation.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Bringing Modern Replacement Windows to Your World

Window manufacturing processes and designs continue to evolve. New discoveries and technology drive window brands to explore innovative ways to help consumers get higher returns on their home improvement investment. We are always looking for solutions to make our customers’ homes more beautiful and functional. And, we build every window to last for decades, not just a few years.

223Is it time to take a look at replacement windows for your home? If your windows are at least 15 years old, or you notice issues with even newer windows, it’s worth it to call us and schedule a free, no-obligation home consultation. Simply fill in the short form on this page or call us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052.

 

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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Long Island Replacement Window Cost vs Value Report | Renewal by Andersen

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If you found your way to our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window website, you are probably considering installing new home windows, or you’re wondering if the cost of an upgrade will generate a healthy return on investment. You aren’t on this journey alone.

In April, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) released information about what home buyers are looking for this year. Following the trends for the past several years, studies show homeowners want ways to reduce their energy consumption and all the modern convenience features that make a home more comfortable and functional.

NAHB chairman Ed Brady, says builders’ experiences confirm “energy efficiency continues to be a top demand from consumers.” In fact, low-E windows were among the top four demands from home buyers, along with programmable thermostats and both Energy Star-certified appliances and windows. One interesting fact we discovered is that home buyers say they would pay up to $10,732 initially if they could save $1,000 a year on utility bills overall. This leads us to the questions: What is most important for our Renewal by Andersen replacement window customers, cost or value?

Windows Cost vs Value: Initial Investment & Long Term Benefits

There’s a reason that Energy-Star labeled appliances and windows ranked high on the “must have” list for potential home buyers. The label signifies the products are proven to reduce energy consumption. Qualifying for the certification means the window (or appliance) can save consumers money on their utility bills. Visit the Energy-Star website to learn more about the labels, the standards and how much you can expect to save when you upgrade your home with modern replacement windows and patio doors.

You may invest $10,000 or more on a total home window upgrade, so we understand you probably want an unbiased opinion about what makes one replacement window better than others. Check out the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) website for information about how window glass and framing material impact energy-efficiency performance and help deciphering ratings on those window labels.

It is easy to concentrate on how much something costs, and forget that value is about more than just the numbers on the check you write when you invest in improving your home and reducing the heating and cooling costs for your Long Island home. Value is about improving comfort, creating beautiful, functional spaces for your family and enhancing privacy and security in your home. Considering cost and value are very important if you want to be totally satisfied with your buying decisions.

Value-Based Replacement Window Considerations

Naturally, you should consider price when investing in home improvements. According to surveys, depending upon the condition of your existing windows, homeowners can expect to recover more than half of their initial investment in increased resale value and savings on heating and cooling bills when they install modern, Energy-Star certified replacement windows and patio doors. Return on investment depends on many things including the overall condition of your home, your lifestyle, the neighborhood where you live and even the national economy. The following list contains some value-based considerations.

  1. Homeowners who live in covenanted communities must comply with association by-laws and restrictions. You may have to choose certain colors or external features, but that doesn’t mean you can’t customize your home with styles that meet your ventilation and lighting needs. You can choose Fibrex frames that offer virtually maintenance-free beauty and performance in a full range of colors to complement your overall home aesthetic and satisfy the homeowners’ board.
  2. High-quality replacement windows are built to perform perfectly for as long as you live in your home. We’re talking decades, not a few years. What is it worth to you not to have to worry about repair or upgrade your home windows again for as long as you live in your home?
  3. Double-pane window styles reduce noise transfer so you can enjoy your favorite music with the volume cranked up without worrying you’ll bother your neighbors. And, you’ll enjoy a quieter environment for sleeping if your neighbors decide to do the same thing.
  4. Crystal clear glass allows you to flood your home with natural light and get a better view of the world outside your four walls.
  5. Patterned, or obscured glass, prevents people outside your home from seeing inside, without blocking natural light flow.
  6. Recessed locks and multi-point latching systems make it harder for would-be intruders to gain entry into your home, giving you peace of mind that your family is protected from uninvited guests.
  7. Accessories, like left- and right-hand operational handles, insect screens that prevent even the tiniest insect from penetrating the mesh and specialty hardware options allow homeowners to design windows that look beautiful and reflect your style and personality.

You Don’t Have to Sacrifice Value with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows

High-quality replacement windows and patio doors add value to your life for as long as you live in your home. Ready to get started designing the new windows for your Long Island home. Take a minute to fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a private, home consultation today.

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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Tips to Help You Evaluate Replacement Window Reviews & Ratings Online

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]If you’re like most people living on Long Island in our always-on digital age, you probably check your social media channels before you buy new shoes, electronics or baby gear. According to BrightLocal, a search marketing agency, 88% of consumers trust online reviews as much as they trust recommendations from friends and family. While your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team understands how important it is to do your research before investing in replacement windows and patio doors, we want our Long Island customers to be able to differentiate between the legitimate reviews and those posted by unscrupulous competitors trying to undermine the credibility of other dealers in the market.

Shifting Through the Rhetoric

Sadly, there are some reviewers that intentionally try to malign their competition. And, because many review sites encourage open comments, which is good because it’s important to explore both negative and positive product comments, they don’t verify identities to ensure the posters aren’t competitors with ulterior motives or former employees attempting to “punish” a company for letting them go.

Forming a realistic impression of a brand or the performance record for specific window styles — like double-hung and casement windows –  requires proactively visiting reputable sites and reading through a good sampling of the comments over a period of time – try to look through about six months to two years of comments on each site. You don’t have to read every review, but it is important to look for patterns. For example, researchers say it takes about 12 positive experiences with a brand to overcome one bad experience.  One bad comment in the middle of a string of stellar reviews shouldn’t trigger alarm. However, if there is a pattern that continues over a period of months, you may want give them more credibility.

Remember, reputable companies do make mistakes and when they do they take corrective measures to be sure similar mistakes don’t happen in the future. When you come across a series of bad reviews, look for company responses that indicate the company is trying to correct the issue – not blaming the customer for a bad experience.

Finding Reliable Replacement Window Review Sites

There are many exceptional online review platforms dedicated to helping consumers evaluate brands and service. And, while the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team isn’t promoting one site over another in this post, we believe there are some features that make one review site more credible than others. Here are three things to look for in a review site before you make a buying decision based on site reviews.

  • They use algorithms to ensure there are no anonymous comments – this prevents a company from posting a string of negative, or positive, replacement patio door reviews to skew the ratings.
  • They perform background checks on companies to make sure their recommendations are based on facts, not hyperbole.
  • They stand behind service recommendations, going to bat for consumers who don’t get the service they expect based on site reviews (this is a paid-service benefit).

We believe this model is good because consumers don’t have to worry that recommendations are based on paid advertising dollars or wonder if those over-the-top reviews are just a window dealer trying to turn the tide in their direction. Since their reputation is on the line, they work hard to help consumers make informed buying decisions.

Understanding Awards & Commendations

Some brands toss a list of awards and performance stats at their potential customers hoping they will be “wowed” by the numbers. But, this is one area where it’s best to follow the “trust but verify” model. Just because a sales agent can quote stats with elegance, that doesn’t make the statements true. Anytime a replacement window dealer tells you they won an award, ask enough information to check it out. For example, in 2015, J.D. Power & Company recognized Renewal by Andersen as an exceptional service provider based on survey responses from 2,442 consumers who purchased replacement windows or patio doors in the 12 months preceding the survey. The company received the highest scores possible among window and door manufacturers based on consumer impressions and opinions.

When you hear something like this from any brand, learn more about the survey – and the agency conducting the research, then make your decision about whether the brand is a good fit for your needs and home improvement goals.

Renewal by Andersen Trusts Long Island Consumers to Make the Right Replacement Window Buying Decisions When They Have the Right Information

We are proud of our home improvement products and our customer service record. Go ahead, do your research. And, when you’re ready to explore style options, grille patterns and energy-efficient glass types, or learn the pros and cons of planning a staged renovation project that includes replacement windows and patio doors, give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page to schedule a private, home consultation with a professional replacement window consultant 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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Renewal by Andersen Picture Windows: The Perfect Solution for Your Long Island Home  

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At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we understand our friends and neighbors are looking for replacement windows that add value, comfort and beauty to their Long Island homes. While operable windows like double-hungs, sliders and casements add both beauty and ventilation, picture windows can add drama and style to an ordinary home.

When most people think of picture windows they often think of simple squares that don’t have any real advantages over other styles. After all, they don’t even open to let the cool evening breeze in after a hot, summer day. So, why should you take another look at this style? The simple design really has wonderful advantages in some settings.

Here are a few “hidden” benefits picture windows offer that you may have missed.

What You See at First Glance Doesn’t Tell the Whole Story

We’ve seen some truly stunning home transformations that started with a picture window as the foundation. For one thing, they have the largest viewing area of any replacement window in any home-improvement portfolio, so you can showcase a spectacular view. And, they are flexible enough to combine with other styles to create a wall of windows, as part of welcoming front entrance design and for use as a center panel in an impressive bay configuration.

Long Island Views Cry Out for Picture Windows

The unassuming presence of a picture window is also the vehicle to meld interior and exterior spaces when you want to incorporate decorating schemes that literally bring extraordinary natural outdoor elements inside. Living on Long Island means we have some of the most beautiful natural foliage and wildlife on the eastern shore. It is a shame to relegate those wonderful assets to the outdoors when they could be enjoyed easily from inside your home.

Create Replacement Window Combinations That Work to Your Advantage

Picture replacement windows have the highest energy-efficiency ratings of any replacement style, providing they are built with Low-E, ENERGY STAR certified glass and framing materials that effectively manage heat transfer and solar heat gain. In areas where you want to improve ventilation with operable windows, the simple style won’t detract from low-profile, space saving sliders, flexible double-hungs or casement windows that provide you flexibility to control where the air comes in.

Flood Your Long Island Home with Natural Sunlight

Picture windows help homeowners keep their air conditioning and heating bills lower, but they do so much more. Studies confirm natural sunlight has many health benefits like uplifting your mood and helping you get a better night’s sleep by getting your daily dose of melatonin. Allowing natural sunlight to flow freely into your home means taking advantage of window placement options. For example, rooms with vaulted ceilings often have windows installed high on the wall. Why create safety hazards when you can install picture windows higher on the walls and attractive awning, hopper or other styles lower on the wall to support adequate ventilation? You can create beautiful spaces without compromising safety or convenience if you incorporate picture windows into the mix.

Blurring the Boundaries Between Indoors and Out

When you think of picture windows as large rectangular or square options that don’t have any personality, you miss opportunities to add smaller fixed windows to your home. Smaller windows serve as sidelights for entry doors and are often used in bay window configurations where you want to expand floor space and sunlight opportunities, but don’t need additional air circulation. Adding a bay window to your den or living area naturally creates room to add extra seating or storage. And don’t forget specialty picture windows like arches, trapezoids and hexagons. If you use fixed panes you gain freedom to rearrange furniture without having to worry about reaching the window. When your custom-built replacement windows are constructed with Fibrex frames you can have confidence the frames are strong enough to support over-sized picture windows and they will look as attractive as long as you live in your home as they did they day they were installed.

Get the Picture? Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows are Perfect for Your Long Island Home

Naturally, we would never suggest you replace every existing window in your Long Island area home with a fixed, inoperable picture window. But, if you’re ready to be inspired by all the advantages of adding a few picture windows to your home, we can help. Visit our gallery here or here to view some recent home upgrades and then give our professional replacement window consultants a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an appointment in the comfort of your home. Or, fill in the short form on this page and let us know when it would be convenient for us to call you back to schedule a personal consultation. We’ll show you the beautiful patterned glass options, frame and trim color combinations and standard grille patterns available to help you create amazing replacement windows that complement your home’s architecture perfectly.

 

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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 Crystal Clear Answers About Glass Options

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Our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window team understands you probably have questions about upgrading your home with new windows. Sometimes it can be overwhelming just thinking about comparing prices, without digging into the manufacturing process and what goes into the energy-efficiency ratings.

As part of our commitment to make sure every potential customer in Suffolk, Queens, Brooklyn and Nassau counties has the information necessary to make a wise investment decision, we thought we would share some concerns that came up in recent conversations.

Patterned Glass & Replacement Window Efficiency

First, let’s talk about appearance. Patterned or obscure glass is usually used where clients want a little more privacy, like first floor bathrooms or bedrooms. Others are looking for ways to creating a stunning entryway or a complementary feature for their interior decorating scheme. Whether you choose an operable window unit, such as an awning window installed above the bathtub, or a patterned glass transom above the front door, you can rest assured the patterned glass replacement window was built with high-quality Low-E glass to boost performance ratings. You never have to compromise energy-efficiency for beauty. Keep in mind that because patterned glass has a texture on the interior part of the window those lovely patterns require a little more care when cleaning than smooth flat panels.

U-Factor Isn’t Everything in Replacement Windows

Replacement windows glass options answersWhile all glass types in the Renewal by Andersen portfolio have near-identical U-factor ratings, you can see by the chart, there is a large variance between what percentage of sun rays actually pass through the glazing. Manufacturing techniques make it possible to reduce the amount of visible light that enters your indoor spaces and block the UV rays that naturally occur as the sun shines down on the earth.

Many people may not realize that the special energy efficiency coatings added at the factory are applied to a glass surface inside the insulated glass unit to protect them from any damage that could be caused by the weather and or cleaning. Coatings that are added to keep the windows cleaner longer are added on the exterior of the glass to help dirt and dust to wash away in the rain or a hose.

Different Rooms May Need Different Window Glass

If you’re on a very tight budget, you may be wondering if you can afford to install “the best” glass type on all the window units throughout your home. Buying the most expensive model, isn’t always the “right” choice, or the most prudent. You should always carefully consider the indoor and outdoor environment of each room before making your selection. Windows that get more direct sunlight during the day may need more UV protection than your home windows that are typically shaded all day by large trees, shrubs or other exterior landscaping. North facing windows may need a glass option that is more efficient during the colder months – although every window we offer has built-in features that meet or exceed Energy Star standards for our Long Island weather throughout the seasons.

Rather than considering the price of each individual component – frames, trim, glass, etc. – it’s better think of the window as a whole. While prices for glass options may remain static depending on the style being purchased, as the united inches (the size of the window) increases, so does the cost. Larger windows therefore will cost more because you need more of everything, not just glass, to build a bigger custom-built replacement window.

To get a better “tier” of glass, for example, upgrading standard High-Performance Low-E glass to High Performance SunGlass in the library or the formal living room to protect expensive artwork and furnishings, might be worth an extra 5 to 10 percent price variance because SunGlass, shields your indoor textiles and fabrics from 95 percent of damaging UV rays, compared to standard High-Performance Low-E replacement window glazing which blocks about 84 percent of the harmful rays.

How Does Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Determine the Right Replacement Window Glass?

While our professional replacement window specialists can recommend the right window for you, the choice is ultimately up to you. Based on the way you use each room, where the window units are installed on the wall, the surrounding environment and your goals – whether you’re more concerned with controlling light levels or blocking damaging UV rays. We can guide you through the process, but ultimately the choice is totally yours.

Ready to see some samples and start building your custom upgrades? Just take a moment to fill in the short form on this page or call a consultant today to schedule an in-home replacement window or patio door consultation. The visit is free, and so is the call. Just dial 1-1-877-313-9052 to get started.

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 Your Ugly Windows Putting a Damper on Your Long Island Summer Mood?

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Tiny Details Add Up to a Big Impact in a Long Island Window Project

Are the old, dilapidated windows on your Long Island home a source of embarrassment? Do you cringe every time you pull into the drive because the paint and caulking surrounding your window panes is chipped and cracked from years enduring the harsh summer sun? Maybe it’s the peeling paint on your wood frames and trim work that makes your house look tired and worn out. If your home needs a face lift, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows may be just the trick to take your home from bland and boring to bold and beautiful.

Establishing Prominence with Mullions & Grilles

When you’re replacing original wood windows because you’re tired of the annual maintenance to keep rot, mold and mildew at bay, you may want to keep the original look without the hassle. While one of the key advantages of replacement windows is the flexibility to add personal touches, some people don’t realize how dramatically the little things impact the overall appearance of your windows.

For example, let’s say you’re replacing a group of three street-facing windows. All three windows are rectangular. Although all three windows are the same height, the center window is slightly wider. Each unit features a six-over-one, true divided light design. This means the upper sash appears to contain six panes of equal size while the lower sash is a single sheet of glass. In the original configuration, the center window unit immediately draws the eye because even though the mullions establish the same number of panes, the viewing area is obviously larger in the middle window.

You could design replacement windows with the exact configuration, albeit with more efficient and durable Fibrex composite frames to virtually eliminate all maintenance. You get an updated appearance and free up your weekends to do something more enjoyable than scraping and painting wood frames and trim.

Custom Color Options with Replacement Windows

Modern grille patterns offer many design styles with different widths to accomplish your goals. Windows with simulated divided-light grilles feature permanently affixed exterior grilles, between the glass spacers and your choice of permanent or removable interiors. You can even choose the same color for both exterior and interior mullions, or opt for a dual color scheme so you can match your interior décor and exterior architectural details.

While you’re considering color, take a look at the way different grille patterns influence which window unit assumes a more prominent role. Going back to the example above, you’ll have a totally different visual effect if you install grilles in the sidelights in a four-over-one pattern. This makes it look like there is more glass in the sash because each “pane” is larger. You could go the other way, too, perhaps choosing a nine-over-one pattern that makes the center window appear even larger. When you have exterior colors, or interior colors for that matter, that contrast the dominate colors in your overall decorating theme, your windows will naturally draw attention. You make the choice whether to go bold and beautiful, or select colors that create a seamless integration with other architectural elements.

Standard and Stunning Window Designs

If you aren’t tied to building modern, low-maintenance home windows that closely mimic the original design, you’re free to omit grilles altogether or select from standard options like the Prairie pattern that frames an open viewing area with two vertical and two horizontal bars, creating small squares in each corner. Or, you may like the Farmhouse pattern that features a pair of vertical bars in the upper sash or portion of the window that meet a horizontal bar placed at the center. This creates a clear viewing area on the bottom portion of your replacement window for an unobstructed view.

By thinking out of the box, you can see where creativity and freedom to express your personal style is a key advantage if you’re trying to create an eye-popping focal point. A custom sunburst pattern for the transom above your entryway or a distinct grille design to accentuate your arched windows can truly make a positive first impression when people visit your home.

Focusing on the Little Things

We highlighted the grille options in this article, but sometimes it is the smaller things that make the most dramatic difference in the visual impact. Carefully choosing trim width, check rail styles, hardware finishes and insect screens can significantly impact the overall aesthetic of your home. When you want to create a stunning big picture, turn your focus to the tiny details that go into creating your high-performance, energy efficient windows. You’ll be amazed at the difference these little extra add. Every detail from selecting the right color to complement exterior colors and landscaping to choosing the correct shape and operational handles are all important to achieving a look you will be proud of for many years to come.

Contact Renewal by Andersen of Long Island to Start Your Journey from the Neighborhood Eyesore to the Envy of Your Neighbors

Getting started is easy. Just fill in the short form on this page to request a full-color brochure that features some of our most popular colors, grille options and accessories, or give us a call toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a no-obligation consultation with a replacement window design professional.

 

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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