What’s In Between the Panes of Your Long Island Replacement Windows?

And Why Should You Care?

Long Island Replacement Windows & Argon GasThe technology used in Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows have dramatically improved the overall energy-efficiency, of your Long Island replacement windows. This means your new windows can help lower your heating and air conditioning bills and improve your overall indoor comfort. Did you know that there’s actually something in between the panes of your insulated glass windows? You can’t see it, but there’s actually an inert gas in there that helps improve the overall energy efficiency of your windows. This is just one improvement that has made your double-paned, insulated glass window panels more energy efficient.

Gas filling in conjunction with low-E coatings and other insulating features in today’s replacement windows help reduce issues of thermal transfer that single pane windows had in the past. There are numerous benefits for consumers who opt to upgrade their homes with high-quality, double pane windows with Argon gas filling today.

What is Argon?

Argon is a gas used to displace the air that is naturally between the panels in insulated replacement windows. It’s non-toxic and occurs naturally in the “air” that compromises the Earth’s atmosphere. In fact, Argon, a noble gas, is the third most common gas in the Earth’s atmosphere — twice as abundant as the next most common atmospheric gas, water vapor and is commonly used in incandescent and fluorescent lightbulbs. Because it is so abundant, this clear, odorless gas is also inexpensive. Because argon’s thermal conductivity is approximately 67% that of regular air (the kind we breathe every day), it is an excellent option that boosts energy-efficiency without escalating the cost of every window.

Krypton (no it doesn’t come from Superman’s home planet) is another gas that has many of the same characteristics as argon. It is actually more efficient than argon, but is significantly more expensive, so unless you live in extreme temperatures, it is not a cost-effective solution. Sometimes, manufacturers combine argon and krypton (as well as other gases) to improve performance while keeping the price more reasonable. We recommend argon-filled double-pane windows as a high-performance option that doesn’t come with a high price tag for homeowners.

What if the Gas Leaks Out?

Argon between the glass panes won’t lose its effectiveness as an insulator as long as the sealant remains stable and intact. It is possible that gas-filled windows will leak slowly over time, depending on when the window was originally built, weather patterns and the overall quality of the window unit as a whole. Some experts suggest as much as 1 percent per year can leak out depending on how much direct sunlight the windows receive, the altitude and extreme temperature variations. In spite of gradual leakage, the National Glass Association says high-quality windows will continue to perform “like new” for at least twenty years, even after losing 20% of the original fill.

Significant leaks caused by damage to the pane, sealant or other window components may render the thermal barrier ineffective because the gas can escape and airborne particulates will get inside the space between the panes. A failed sealant will result in condensation build-up, which you will notice as dust or fogging between the glass. If you ever see either of these conditions and you have recently installed double-pane windows recently, contact your window specialists to come inspect your windows for damage and assistance repairing or replacing your window units. Remember, argon is non-toxic so even a significant leak won’t pose any health hazards for you, your family or the environment.

How Does Argon Help Improve Energy-efficiency?

All of the components in an insulated glass unit (IGU) work together to enhance energy efficiency. The framing material should expand and contract at a rate similar to other building envelope materials to prevent gaps and sagging. Fibrex – which is what we use to construct our replacement window frames – has expansion and contraction rates similar to exterior materials such as brick and wood, so your windows will “move” in concert with the rest of your home during seasonal temperature and humidity fluctuations.

Argon improves energy efficiency by increasing the R value and reducing the U value of the overall window. Even small changes can impact efficiency dramatically, which can save you money on your utility bills. It is important to remember that even though gas between the glass improves heat transfer management, the gas doesn’t impact your view or control UV rays. This means you want to choose the most appropriate glazing option for each room depending on the home’s lot orientation, hours of direct sunlight each day and whether you want to reduce visible light or glare that can come in through your windows.

Argon-filled insulated replacement windows give you many advantages. You get a crystal clear view of the world beyond your glass, potentially reduce your monthly energy bills and live in a more comfortable home.

Ready to Replace Your Windows? Call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island to Learn More

Adding argon in the space between double-paned window panels is one the most cost-effective solutions to improve insulating properties. We don’t stop there. Call 1-877-313-9052 today to find out how we custom build every window with high-performance framing materials, low-E coatings and superior design to help you save money and beautify your home. Can’t call right now? No problem. Just fill in the short form on this page and we’ll call you back to schedule a convenient time to talk.

 

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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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Prepare for the Coming of Spring on Long Island with Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows for SpringSo, a few weeks ago, Punxsutawney Phil said Long Island residents are going to have an early spring. That’s good news. Even though, despite all the snow, we haven’t really had the harsh cold winter weather many experts predicted (hope that doesn’t jinx us all) we still have to get through the next several weeks before we can breathe easy knowing warm weather is really here. The Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team is as anxious as our neighbors and friends for spring to arrive.

Springtime on Long Island is a wonderful time of year. Trees start to bud out, early flowers decorate the landscape with exquisite colors, sense-stimulating aromas and interesting shapes. You’ll see more people outdoors as the weather improves, shaking off the winter blues as the days gradually get longer and we get more hours of brilliant sunshine. And, this year we can all look forward to the return of Long Island Restaurant Week when we can get out and try new culinary delights without busting the budget – by the way, it’s April 24th through May 1st, and this year you’ll find more than 160 participating restaurants in Suffolk County, Nassau County and the East End!

Celebrate Spring on Long Island with New Replacement Windows

While you’re still “hunkering down”, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be looking ahead with anticipation to warmer weather. Now is a great time to start thinking about replacing those unsightly, ill-performing windows in preparation for spring. You can make this the last winter you had to stuff draft dodgers under your patio doors and hang heavy window quilts over your windows to stay warm while dreading the arrival of the heating bill every month.

Why Replacement Windows & Why Now?

Take a look at your heating bills for the last six months, shall we? Happy with what you see? Wish you could shave off 10 percent, 15 percent, or more? Depending upon the condition of your current windows, custom-built replacement windows manufactured with ENERGY STAR labeled glass can help homeowners save on their home heating and air conditioning bills compared to homeowners who have single-pane windows.

Modern windows with insulated glass to manage heat transfer more efficiently than older windows allow you to take control of your budget. Why keep paying more than you have to every month when you can take action today (start designing beautiful, high-performance windows for your home) that will let you pay less each month, even when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

Spring is a Beautiful Time of Year: Don’t Miss Anything

Early spring is beautiful in Long Island. If your windows are damaged and cloudy, your view of the world outside is less than stellar. Installing replacement windows that give you a clear, unobstructed view lets you enjoy seasonal changes as they arrive on the scene.

  • Sliders and fixed windows with narrow frame widths expand your viewing area so you can enjoy the tiniest change in the landscape from the comfort of your home.
  • Casement windows that crank out fully for maximum ventilation literally capture the breeze and pull in the new fragrances that arrive with warmer weather.
  • Low-E glass choices allow you to decide whether you want to slightly limit the amount of natural light that flows in or control UV levels that may damage artwork and carpeting. However, all glazing options provide a crystal, clear view beyond your four walls, so you’ll see the metamorphosis as buds become blossoms and fruit and flowering trees go from bare to beautifully “clothed” in brilliant fashion.

It’s not too early to start planning for the changing of the seasons. Go ahead, start looking through the seed catalogues for ideas to update your landscaping when the weather permits. Plan a first-warm-weather-day outing. Check out the restaurants participating in the 8-day Long Island Restaurant Week so you know where you want to go. And, take a good hard look at your home windows to see if they are doing a good job at helping you keep your family safe, healthy and comfortable. Spring is about new beginnings. If your home windows aren’t performing as well as you would like, it’s time to make a change.

Celebrate Spring with New Replacement Windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Spring is coming (eventually). Celebrate the season. Installing replacement windows will give you a whole new outlook on the world beyond your walls. If you’re looking for a clear view, a way to energize your curb appeal or simply want to explore energy-efficient solutions to reduce your heating and cooling bills, Renewal by Andersen can help you accomplish your goals. Give us a call today at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule your home consultation. You can also fill in the short form on this page and we’ll give you a call back.

 

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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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Why Do I Have Condensation On My New Long Island Replacement Windows?

long-island-replacement-windows-condensationAll energy efficiency experts recommend that homeowners on Long Island replace windows that leak air and moisture to improve indoor comfort and take better control of the cost of heating and air conditioning of your home. A sure sign windows are ready to be retired is the appearance of heavy condensation that results in pools of water on the sills and damage to wood components. During very cold snaps (which we haven’t had much of this year) this moisture can even freeze inside your home.

Some homeowners with brand new replacement windows sometimes “panic” when they notice minor condensation appear during the first real cold snap after installing high-quality replacement windows. It is rare, but this can happen. Your new windows aren’t usually to blame.
Here’s what you need to know about why this may happened and how to prevent problems in the future.

Indoor Condensation on Your New Replacement Windows
When the window surface temperature drops below the dew point for air in proximity to windows, ice and condensation may form. In a house without excessive indoor moisture, insulated windows normally prevent this occurrence by keeping the inside pane of glass warmer than the outside pane. However, if you have excessive moisture in your home, even slight differences in temperature can cause condensation. In order to prevent this from happening, or to correct the problem, you must raise the temperature of window surfaces, or reduce humidity in the room. High humidity indoors combined with low outside temperatures can cause even energy-efficient double-paned windows to develop condensation.

Correct Relative Humidity to Control Condensation
In most cases, lowering the relative humidity indoors to 40 percent (or less) will correct these problems when they develop on high-quality double-glazed windows. There are several ways to reduce indoor humidity levels. Here are a two things to remember.

  • Heavy drapes block heated indoor air from reaching indoor window surfaces. The means the glass temperature drops, creating an environment conducive to condensation forming.
  • Significantly lowering the thermostat at nighttime for a cooler sleeping temperature tends to elevate indoor humidity levels. Condensation should vanish naturally as the temperature rises after the sun comes up.

Check Your Furnace
Improvements in construction technology and methods means that today’s homes are being built more air-tight than ever before. This is a great thing for making the most of your heating and cooling bills as well as your comfort level, however, in the past, most homes had some air gaps that allowed fresh, dry air in and moist air out during the winter, lowering indoor condensation levels. Now that we’re building tighter houses, there’s not as much air exchange taking place. In fact, in the most energy efficient houses, they have to take into account this air-tightness and provide for a way to get fresh air into the home and stale air out without compromising the energy efficiency that was built in. This is usually accomplished through some kind of heat exchanger or heat recovery ventilator.

This is not usually an issue in most homes on Long Island, however, even replacing your windows may have removed some of those air gaps, revealing an indoor moisture issue you never knew you had. Sometimes installing a new furnace makes heating your home more efficient, but may cause new problems. Older units drew outside air inside to enable combustion and sent a stream of air out of the home (typically via the chimney or vent pipe) during operation. This design served two purposes: heat and ventilation. Newer systems may not provide adequate ventilation, which will naturally increase humidity levels.

A few potential other causes of high indoor humidity:

  • Improperly exhausted clothes dryers
  • Excessive plants
  • Cooking without an exhaust fan
  • Hot showers without an adequate exhaust fan
  • Faulty or partially blocked chimneys
  • Other leaks in plumbing, roofing or basements

These issues need to be addressed for your health and safety, but for minor humidity issues, here are a few tips that may help to lower the indoor humidity and reduce or eliminate condensation on your windows.

  • Open a window slightly to improve ventilation while running the furnace.
  • Install a dehumidifier, but keep in mind most dehumidifiers won’t reduce relative humidity to less than 50%.
  • Run a kitchen or bathroom exhaust fan several hours, or until the condensation problems disappear.
  • Check gas appliances to ensure they are properly vented to draft air outdoors.
  • Turn up the thermostat to increase indoor air temperature.

You may want to discuss condensation problems with your HVAC technician. The problem may be easily corrected without running exhaust fans to enhance air circulation, if your system is not working properly.

First Steps to Remediate Problems
Designing Replacement Windows to Control Condensation
Modern technology and construction techniques dramatically reduce ice, fog, and steam formation; however high levels of indoor relative humidity and inadequate ventilation may cause minor issues, even when you purchase high-performance, high-quality replacement windows designed and built to maximize energy-efficiency and reduce condensation.

Installing custom-built, double-paned replacement windows with Fibrex components guaranteed not to rot, mildew or degrade in the harshest weather we see on Long Island helps minimize or eliminate major condensation problems, however, you must control temperature and moisture inside your home to totally banish foggy windows.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows Consultants Can Help You Find Solutions

If you have recently upgraded with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island and notice steamy windows, give us a call and allow us to check things out for you to see if we can help you determine whether this is a “normal,” temporary situation related to the weather or you need to make other adjustments in your heating and ventilation patterns this winter. If you’re thinking about replacing single-pane windows that a continuously fogged up and sweating, give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation today. You can also fill in the short form on this page to request a brochure or call back at your convenience.

 

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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 Benefits of Installing Casement Replacement Windows in Your Long Island Home

Long Island Casement Replacement Window BenefitsPeople often ask us how replacement window and patio door styles impact energy-savings and how to choose the best-fit styles for different rooms in their Long Island homes. This week we’d like to talk about one of the most popular, and most energy-efficient window styles in our portfolio – the casement window.

Any modern, insulated window offers superior energy efficiency to outdated single-pane windows. Double-paned windows manufactured with advanced technology and materials give homeowners ample opportunities to improve the comfort in their homes and reduce their heating and air conditioning bills substantially as compared to single-pane window units that don’t effectively block air infiltration or efficiently manage heat transfer.

Are Casement Replacement Windows Right for Your Long Island Home?

There is no question that aging, single-pane windows should be replaced if you want to prevent drafts and improve performance. Below are just three of the myriad benefits of installing casement windows to replace existing single-pane windows.

  1. Superior protection against the elements. Casement windows have the highest energy-efficiency rating of any operable window. A single, easy-grasp operational lever locks windows at multiple points, ensuring a secure seal that prevents air and moisture from leaking into, or out of, the home. The design eliminates long-term wear caused by sliding sash against weather-stripping components during daily use of other styles.
  2. Cleaning is almost as easy as capturing a pleasant breeze. Modern technology enables homeowners to install large casement windows for maximum ventilation. The design, which features side hinges and cranks outward, literally draws in the air when fully opened. The same feature allows you to clean both exterior and interior surfaces from the inside of your home, unless your window is so large your arms won’t reach all the corners.
  3. Insulated for Energy Efficiency. Modern casement windows constructed with multiple panes use spacers and gas (primarily argon gas between the panels) to add another layer of insulation that keeps warm air from escaping your home during winter months, while potentially enabling you to maximize solar heat gain, depending on the type of low-E, Energy Star certified glass you choose.

Other Key Design Benefits of Casement Replacement Windows
Along with capturing the breeze and improving energy-efficiency, casement replacement windows are some of the most versatile windows on the market. Whether you have a Colonial, a Cape Cod cottage or a Contemporary Long Island home, you’ll enjoy heightened security and ample opportunities to customize your curb appeal.

  • This style is fully compatible with bay or bow window configurations and is beautiful as a primary window or installed with a fixed window for ventilation.
  • Casement Windows are visually appealing with or without grilles.
  • You can crank the window open slightly or open it wide, depending on how much airflow you need or want at the moment.
  • Installed over counters, casement windows are easier to operate than styles with sash that move up and down.
  • While older single-pane windows are typically constructed with wood or vinyl, modern options have improved framing material, like Fibrex, that enhances functionality, reduces maintenance and improves interior climate control.

In a nutshell, replacement casement windows are an excellent choice for almost any architectural style and virtually every room in your home. Over the kitchen sink, in a formal entrance, as a primary window unit in the bedroom or mulled over a picture window in the den, casement windows can help you improve air circulation and expand opportunities to bring in more natural light, without worrying about conditioned air escaping unchecked.

The casement window style enables home owners to create truly unique focal points and can be installed side by side and embellished with traditional grille patterns to almost perfectly mimic the look of authentic French-hinged doors when open or closed. Talk to your replacement window representative about alternative configurations if you are considering non-traditional installation options.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Casement Replacement Window Solutions

Ready to find out how Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s modern replacement windows can help you improve the aesthetic of your home and help you save money? Just give us a call to arrange for a free in-home consultation at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form to request a call 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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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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  • 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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  • 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!
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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.

 

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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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