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

Reclaim Extra Space with the Right Replacement Window & Patio Door Options for Your Long Island Garage Conversion

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

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

Defining Your New Space

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

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

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

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

  1. Wall Covering & Textures

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

  1. Storage

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

  1. Window and Doors

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

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

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

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

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

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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The Long Island Replacement Window ‘S’ Factor: Safe, Sensible, Stylish

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

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

Cents & Sensibility in Long Island Replacement Windows

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

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

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

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

Enhancing Security in Your Home: The Replacement Window Role

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

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

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

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

Stylish Home Improvement Products

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

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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Long Island Replacement Window Tips for Entertainment Areas & Home Studios

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

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

Remediate Your Basement Issues First

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

Acoustical Considerations: Glass Options

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

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

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

Replacement Window Framing Considerations

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

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

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

Replacement Window Styles

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

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

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

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

Timing Your Renovation

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

Waiting Could Cost You More

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

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

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

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

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

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

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

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

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

Pillar 1: Window Frame Materials

Pillar 2: Window Glass

Pillar 3: Window Installation

Pillar 4: Window Design

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

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

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

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

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

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

I. The Window Frames Pillar

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

II. The Window Glass Pillar

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

III. The Installation Pillar

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

IV. The Design Pillar

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Modern Day Window Options for Homeowners

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

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

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

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

Modernizing: It’s About More Than Glass

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Beginning of the Story

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

Standardized Window Sizes

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

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

Frame Sets

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

Pre-Manufactured Windows

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

Higher-Efficiency & Lower-Maintenance Windows & Frames

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

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

Fibrex® Material

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

1. Leveraging Natural Light

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

2. Channeling Air Flow

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

3. Creating a Personalized View

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

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

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

4. Transitioning From Indoors to Outdoors

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

5. Designing Thoughtfully

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

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

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

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

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

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Replacement Window Trifecta: 3 Ways Long Island Homeowners Benefit

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

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

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

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

  1. Replacement Windows Save You Time & Energy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. Environmental Concerns & Benefits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Traditional Versus Trendy Kitchen Designs

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

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

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

Side-by-Side Windows Over The Sink 

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

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

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

KitchenRBAPictDHPicture Windows

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

Bay Windows

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

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

Casement Windows

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

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

Window Treatment Options

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

How Old Are Your Existing Windows?

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

How Modern is Your Window Design?

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

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

How Well do Your Windows Control Ambient Noise?

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

How Well do Your Windows Perform?

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

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

Are Your Windows Leaking, Rotting & Literally Falling Apart?

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

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

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

Accept the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Personal Invitation

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

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

Long Island Replacement Window Video & Images

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

Mixing Replacement Window Shapes & Styles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Long Island Replacement Window Shopping is Fun

Long Island Replacement Window Shopping is Fun

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Wants to Know: What Are You Ready to Give Up for Your Replacement Windows?

As you can see, choosing to install Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors will require you to give up a few things. If you’re ready to give up those tedious chores and panic attacks when the utility bills arrive, we can help.

Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more details.

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Does Your Home’s Architectural Style Fit Your Personality?

StylePersonalityHave you ever wondered what your Long Island home’s architectural style says about your personality? This week our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team thought we’d share three architectural styles and what their characteristics say about the people who own them.

You’ll notice that all three home styles have a common theme – double-hung windows. Our double-hung replacement windows are functional, versatile, easy to clean and low-maintenance. That’s why they’re are one of the most popular window styles in our replacement window portfolio.

Colonial Architecture: Successful, Realistic, Stable, Down-to-Earth and Family-Oriented

Colonial1Traditional ranch homes are typified by elongated, single-story designs than boast numerous windows and a rectangular floor plan. The Colonial ranch is very popular on the Island. But, nothing says “family home” quite like a traditional Colonial or Colonial Revival. People who appreciate the beauty of symmetry that exemplifies traditional values will be drawn toward this design, often built with two full stories and dormers in the attic.

Creating a stunning curb-facing appearance is easy with double-hung replacement windows across the width of your home. Installing same-sized windows with divided-light grilles in upper and lower floors maintains the symmetrical theme. By surrounding entrance doors with sidelights and transoms that have only vertical grilles, you’ll add a slight contrast, without disrupting the overall theme. Half-circle specialty windows with customized grille layouts mounted above windows on single-story extensions also add interest without compromising your traditional Colonial motif. Living in a traditional Colonial home sends signals you value traditions and family.

Bungalow Homes: Artists, Educators, Outdoor Enthusiasts, Designers/Architects

bungaloUnlike the rambling ranch domiciles, bungalow homes are compact and almost square. The bungalow first appeared in the Northeastern United States around the turn of the 20th century. You’ll typically find the kitchen in the rear of the house. Built-in shelves, cabinets and small double-hung windows reflect a design that efficiently uses every square inch of space. Another common design element is a single room or small attic tucked under the low-pitch roof.

If a bungalow on Peconic Bay piques your interest, you’re most likely interested in an easy-care, practical home design that is comfortable, efficient and affordable. When you’re updating an older home, installing ENREGY STAR certified double-hung replacement windows without mullions – or with a symmetrical layout – will help you maintain a rustic, organic appearance.

If you want something with a touch of extra personality, opt for an arched window in the attic and choose a grille layout for the upper sash, but leave the lower panes plain. Between-the-glass Craftsman or Farmhouse grille layouts let you express yourself visually and you won’t have to spend extra time cleaning around the strips – beautiful, easy-care, practical, just like your personality.

American Foursquares: Functional, Conservative, Practical & Space-Efficient

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John & Elivera Doud historic Foursquare house

While American Foursquare architecture built in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries isn’t as popular on the island as Colonial and Bungalow styles, you’ll find these boxy, two-story-plus-attic homes in many Suffolk County neighborhoods that were developed before 1930.

Characterized by an impressive vertical style that requires a relatively small footprint, American Foursquare homes have taller ceilings and larger rooms than bungalow styles, but have many similar features. People who choose this post-Victorian design appreciate the way architects engineered the interior layout for efficient traffic patterns and functionality.

Although many original American Foursquare homes are understated and conservative in appearance, you’ll find both original and updated homes that include art glass, large bay windows on lower floors and smaller bays on upper floors. As part of the efficient engineering, builders often added window seats and built-ins throughout the home. Replacing large double-hung windows with bay windows provides precious space for window seats and expands your ventilation opportunities.

Double-hung replacement windows with traditional styling more closely resemble original styles than Oriel configurations which have a smaller lower sash, but the overall architectural style is extremely flexible and adaptable.

Whether you prefer a simplified motif or you’re ready to add some splash with specialty glass, jutting bays and distinctive grille layouts, you’re most likely drawn toward this style because you’re looking for a home that is highly functional, space-efficient and able to accommodate a big family or frequent guests.

Remarkable Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Double-Hung Replacement Windows for Every Home Style

Double-hung windows are the perfect choice for almost every architectural style. How you build your windows – adding carefully selected hardware, optional grilles, color choices and glass options – helps you create a curb appeal that accurately reflects your personality and showcases your home’s unique features and character.

We realize that there are many other architectural styles represented on the Island. Need help deciding which window styles are best for your home? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you with more information.

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9 Questions You Must Ask Before Ordering Replacement Windows on Long Island

Top 9 Long Island Replacement Window QuestionsAnswers to Your Most Important Questions About Replacement Windows & Patio Doors From Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Whether you’re replacing a single damaged window or you want new windows throughout your Long Island home, you’ll be happier with your choices if you thoroughly research the replacement window products on the market and the companies behind them before spending you hard-earned dollars on your decision.

Here are 9 questions – and our short answers – you should ask every window representative as you compare brands.

  1. Do you recommend one window style or type over another? No. There’s not one style that works for every home. It’s possible, we could recommend more than one style in one room if they meet your needs better. Before we recommend a double-hung, casement window or one of our other styles, we consider architecture details of your home and environmental surroundings. Your goals also influence our recommendations. The “best” style for your home depends on whether you want to improve air circulation, increase privacy or expand your viewing area – among other things.
  2. How much do Renewal by Andersen replacement windows cost? Each window is precision-built to your exact specifications. Size, frame choices, glazing options, accessories and style preferences impact the price, too. We can’t give you a price until you decide what style and decorative elements are important to you and your family. Once we know this, we’ll provide an itemized quote for your consideration after the home inspection for each window and patio door on your list.
  3. How long have you been in the replacement window business? For more than century, our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, has delivered superior quality, high-performance windows and doors to homeowners that are beautiful, durable, energy-efficient and low-maintenance. The Andersen Corporation first introduced Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and doors to the market in 1995.
  4. Can you recommend an installation contractor? As part of our commitment to exceptional customer service, and to ensure your windows and doors deliver optimal performance, we only use factory-authorized, professionally trained installation contractors to mount our replacement windows. Installation is included in the price we quote.
  5. What happens if something goes wrong during installation? It’s rare that something goes awry during installation, but if it does, we’ve got you covered. Our 20/2/10 warranty is one of the strongest warranty packages in the industry. We proudly back our full line of home improvement products and the installation process with a transferrable warranty that even covers future owners should you decide to sell your home down the road. Click here for a copy of our limited warranty.
  6. How do you calculate energy-efficiency and estimate saving benefits? We’re extremely proud of our home improvement products. Our windows have low U-factor ratings and ENERGY STAR certification, which means you can have confidence you’ll be able to better manage your energy consumption and utility spending. Calculating potential savings on utility bills and energy performance is left to non-affiliated industry experts. Any time we quote a statistic or valuation, we’ll tell you where to look for more information about what those numbers mean and which third-party agency backs up the claim. It’s important to realize that the condition of your home, the environment and how your family uses your new windows will influence how much you can save on utility bills with Renewal by Andersen replacement windows.
  7. How long does it take to get my new windows after the order is placed? Delivery for installation may take several weeks – usually four to eight weeks – depending on the time of year and the number of orders ahead of you at the factory. If you’re coordinating a major renovation project, tell your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island consultant about your timeline.
  8. Do you have any recent reviews and recommendations? Yes. We’re always happy to share reviews from past customers. Just click on the Reviews tab or Video Reviews tab above or ask your representative for more details.
  9. I want to know what the finished installation looks like before I invest in replacement windows and patio doors. Can I see examples of finished projects? Check Out Our Work here. Our inspiration gallery has dozens of photographic examples of past projects that showcase all our windows, including beautiful bay windows and unique specialty window designs. You can also use our online visualizer to get a better idea of what each window style will look like in your own Long Island home with decorative features like grilles and different hardware finishes.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Has Your Replacement Window & Patio Door Answers

Do you have more questions for our professional replacement windows consultants at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island? We’re here to help. Just call us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.

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Redefine Your Home Long Island with Replacement Windows & Patio Doors

Curb AppealSince we started offering Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows almost two decades ago, we’ve offered homeowners on the island a start-to-finish experience that combines attractive curb appeal with energy-efficient windows and patio doors that save you time and money.

Our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, continues to search for innovative technology and designs to improve the performance and longevity of our products. With our full line of replacement windows and patio doors, we’re able to help you create beautiful entrances that fit the unique personality and characteristics of your home.

Redefining Your Entrances Without Compromising Efficiency

All of our home improvement products offer multi-function features – easy operation, superior insulation against the elements and options for personalization to fit your decorating preferences.

Renewal by Andersen Narrow Line Replacement Patio Door

Renewal by Andersen Narrow Line Replacement Patio Door

Our sleek contemporary style sliding doors allow superior air ventilation when open and seal tightly when closed to prevent air and moisture leaks. Classic Frenchwood patio doors block drafts and increase security with our multiple-point locking features.

Customizing Your Entrances & Exits

No two homes are identical and therefore every window we build for you is uniquely designed and manufactured for your Long Island home. Creating replacement patio doors that fit precisely, and then installing them to precision, ensures you have high-performance fixtures that meet or exceed your expectations and last for the long-haul.

Color choices, hardware styles and finishes, insect screens, frame widths and glass options give our customers the ability to create the precise look they envision for their homes.

Creating Interesting Details with Grilles

Colonial-replacement-window-grilleThere are a number of ways to showcase entrances in your home. One option is adding full-divided-light grilles that closely mimic true divided light windows and transoms. This adds a touch of authenticity to your entrance when you’re interested in recreating a traditional appearance.

Available in 3/4 inch and 1-1/8 inch widths, these windows grilles have permanently attached exterior strips and optional interiors.

Four standard grille patterns are available for square and rectangular windows. You can also design your own grille pattern for curved and specialty windows.

Converting a Wall of Windows

Int8A wall of fixed or operable windows is a beautiful way to illuminate your interior spaces. Replacing fixed windows with unique sliding door configurations allows you to enjoy ample viewing areas with the benefit of entrance and egress. Our Renewal by Andersen Perma-Shield replacement patio doors offer an impressive expanded viewing area. Install sliding patio doors between fixed glass windows or to one side to create a look and function that fits your surroundings and desired traffic patterns.

Frenchwood Gliding Patio doors feature four light panels that open from the center. The two operational lights slide over fixed side panels, creating a grand entrance. Create a unique appearance with Colonial or Prairie grille patterns. Ask your Renewal by Andersen replacement window specialists for more grille patterns and design options to accessorize your sliding patio doors.

Creating Decorative Style with Glass Options

Replacement Window Patterned Glass Samples Long IslandAnother beautiful option for sidelights and transoms is opting for patterned glass. We offer four unique patterns that allow you to enjoy filtered light and added privacy. Pattern glass adds an artistic element to your entrances that is hard to duplicate with any other modification. Choose from Cascade, Fern, Obscure and Reed designs.

Creating Stunning Curb Appeal with High Efficiency Performance

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors are built to last for as long as you live in your home. All window styles are easy to clean and our exclusive Fibrex composite frames never need resurfacing to resist rot and mildew.

Compared to standard dual-pane glass, our High-Performance Low-E4 glass options are 45 percent more efficient during cold winter months and up to 56 percent more energy efficient as the weather turns warm.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Patio Door and Windows: Create Your Own Personal Curb Appeal and Redefine Your Entrances

If you can describe your decorating goals and visions, we can help you create beautiful entrances and exits with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors. Our extensive line of accessories and a full range of colors gives you the freedom to design entrances on your terms.

To get started on your journey toward a more attractive entrance just give us a call toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get back to you soon.

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A Long Island New Year Resolution: Get the Best Replacement Windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Long island Replacement Window ResolutionsThe New Year is here and Long Island residents are busily making their lists of resolutions to make this year the best ever. Why not make a New Year’s resolution that will really matter to you and your family this year?

Installing Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows is one resolution that will positively impact your life for many, many years to come.

Here are a few reasons 2015 is a great year to finally replace your Long Island home’s windows and patio doors.

Addressing Aesthetics

Your windows should complement the architectural style and personality of your home. Aging, fading and drooping windows prevent you from having attractive curb appeal and chip away at your property values with every passing day. Our replacement windows look and perform beautifully.

With dozens of color combinations, unique grille patterns and different trim widths, you are certain to create a curb-side appearance that you’ll be proud of and one that fits perfectly with your personality.

Whether you want to enhance the “cuteness” of your Craftsman style home or you want to present a dignified image for your colonial or ranch, we have a window style to help you bring your vision to life. Our professional window consultants are on hand to help you consider traditional styles and placement as well as unique combinations to showcase your home’s best features.

Balancing the Budget and Other Benefits

If your 2015 resolutions include a commitment to curbing energy consumption or reducing unnecessary spending – Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are a great place to start. From double-hung and casement windows to beautiful bows and bays, our full line of high-quality windows and patio doors help you keep your indoor climate comfortable and your utility costs under control.

Installing Renewal by Andersen of Long Island ENERGY STAR certified replacement windows helps you control the budget with increased energy efficiency and reduced utility bills. Depending on the glass options you choose – and the overall condition of your home – our windows may reduce your monthly utility bills by as much as 25 percent. Compared to standard glass options our high-performance glass (Low-E SmartSun) can be up to 70 percent more efficient.

Choosing a Company Committed to Excellence

Renewal by Andersen stands for quality and confidence. Our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, has been working with communities across the US for more than 110 years to improve the comfort of their homes with superior quality windows and doors. Online reviews average 4.5 out of 5.0 stars (or higher) for product quality, customer service and performance .

Another bonus is our fully transferable warranty that not only covers you for issues with quality and performance, but also protects your installation service for two years from the original installation date. Our warranty package protects you for as long as you live in your home – up a maximum of 20 years – and adds extra value should you decide to sell your home a few years down the road.

Designing for Distance

We know our friends and neighbors on Lon Island live busy lives and many of us are looking for ways to save time and personal energy, too. Most of our window and door designs – with the exception of fixed windows and oversized operable windows – allow you to quickly and easily clean both outside and indoor surfaces from inside your home to save you time and effort.

Our patented Fibrex composite frames never rot, peel, warp, fade, absorb moisture or degrade in ways that require annual scraping and painting to remain structurally strong and aesthetically pleasing.

Renewal by Andersen factory craftsmen build every window and patio door with precision and accuracy. With regular cleaning and care, our home improvement products continue to perform perfectly without you having to replace weather-stripping and sealants every fall in preparation for cold weather.

When you consider all the benefits of working with our team, it’s easy to see that this is the year you should add replacing windows and patio doors to your New Year resolution list:

  • Professional design team
  • High-performance, certified energy efficient products
  • Superior customer service
  • Exceptional warranty
  • Easy care window styles
  • Strong warranty coverage

2015 New Year’s Resolution #1: Call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island for Replacement Windows

It’s going to be a great year on the island and we’re looking forward to helping you reach your home improvement goals. Give us a call today at 1-877-313-9052 to arrange a no-obligation home consultation. You can also fill in the short form on this page for more information.

 

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Think Your Long Island Home is Too Unique for Replacement Windows?

Think Again!

Replacement windows in Long Island Log CabinThere are all different kinds of homes on Long Island – from Ranches, to Colonials, to Split Levels, to Tudors, and even modern designs that defy easy categorization – and many people think that they’re stuck with the windows they have because their house is too unique for “standard” replacement windows. But that’s not the case, as our recent installation in a Log Cabin in Riverhead, Suffolk County, NY shows. See photos of the completed log cabin replacement window installation here.

Interior of Long Island Log Cabin Replacement WindowsAll Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are custom built to each window opening, one at a time, so they fit perfectly in that Neo-Classical or Post-Modern style just as well as in a standard High Ranch or Levittown Cape.

LogCabinVideoScreenShotCheck out the Installation Video here to watch a time-lapse of our installation of double hung windows in a real log cabin in Riverhead, NY. Ranches, Colonials, Capes, High Ranches — even a doctor’s office, We even show an installations during a snow storm! Don’t see your home style here? Check out our photos in Nassau County, Suffolk County, Brooklyn and Queens County here or check out our Pinterest page here for the latest job photos.

Have Questions About Replacement Windows for Your Long Island Home? Give Us a Call

Our replacement window experts are here to answer your questions. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.

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Think You Can’t Afford Replacement Windows on Long Island?

Do You Know How Much NOT Installing Replacement Windows is Costing You on Long Island?

Affordable Replacement Windows on Long IslandMany people on Long Island go straight to the bottom line – looking at the price of replacement windows and patio doors– to decide if they can afford to upgrade their windows and patio doors. But, have you considered what it will cost you to keep the existing windows in your home?

Some research shows that 40 percent of what you spend on heating and cooling is lost through windows and doors. Aging, damaged windows and sagging patio doors could be preventing you from substantially lowering your monthly heating bills.

Better climate control isn’t the only benefit. Think about how much time you spend every year repairing, scraping and painting old window frames. Costs associated with mildew, rot, rust and peeling paint can add up over time – not to mention replacing weather stripping and sealants to keep water and moisture outside.

How Much Money Are You Throwing Out The Window?

Every home has a unique set of characteristics that contribute to energy consumption management – or mismanagement. The age of your heating and cooling systems, structural integrity and the style and condition of your current windows all have an impact on how much it costs you to heat and cool your home.

Window construction, style and function dictate how well you manage your indoor climate – and how much you gain or lose in the process. If your home is furnished with older, single-pane windows, or aging aluminum gliding windows, you’re probably losing more conditioned air than the average Long Island homeowner. Why?

Older sliding doors and windows (particularly those with aluminum frames) don’t perform as well as modern designs. They typically have more joints, so there are more opportunities for degradation with daily use.

  • Screws tend to work their way loose from aluminum frames.
  • They’re more susceptible to developing air leaks since the friction created with frequent operation breaks down weather-stripping.
  • Seals fail.
  • You’ll see more gaps between the frame and exterior siding because there is a difference in thermal expansion rates.

We’re not suggesting you avoid sliding doors and gliding windows. Newer, energy-efficient replacement windows are custom crafted with the most energy-efficient construction materials and technology available to prevent degradation and failure.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement sliding windows and doors are designed to last as long as you live in your home without expensive routine maintenance and upkeep. Our patented Fibrex frames don’t require annual scraping or painting to maintain a beautiful appearance and superior performance. With Low E glass options and multiple glazing designs, you can enjoy the space-saving, easy-opening style without worrying about compromising on performance and durability.

Take a tour of your home and look at each window, checking for drafts and damage.

Are Your Window Styles Costing You Money?

It’s important to have plenty of operable windows in your home. The best way to keep your home “healthy” is to open the sash and let the fresh air flow through your home during moderate weather conditions. It isn’t necessary for every window to open or for every window to be the same style throughout your home.

Replacing some operable windows with fixed windows in rooms with otherwise adequate ventilation will improve energy efficiency. When you don’t have windows that open and close, you eliminate wear and tear on weather-stripping, latches and hardware. If you design your windows with the most advanced construction materials, you’ll avoid sagging, drafts and gaps that suck conditioned air out of your home and allow unconditioned (cold or hot) air and moisture in.

Styles with compressible weather-stripping – like casements, awnings and hoppers – seal so tightly it is almost impossible for leaks to prematurely develop with routine use.

While you’re checking for damage, consider whether changing window styles could save your money in the long run.

Are Replacement Windows a Good Investment?

Windows directly and indirectly impact the value of your home. Appearance and performance are both high on the list when it comes to resale value. If you’re thinking of selling your home within a few years, upgrading your existing windows will be a bonus. If you’re planning to stay in place, keep in mind that Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are crafted to last for decades – without expensive maintenance and repair.

Rather than just looking at the price of installing replacement windows in your Long Island home, consider how much the windows in your home will cost you if you decide to wait.

  • Are your windows leaking air and moisture?
  • Does your heating or air conditioner system seem to be working overtime?
  • How much time and money do you invest in maintaining your windows?
  • Are you happy with your home aesthetic?
  • Could changing window styles improve energy efficiency?

Let Our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Specialists Help You Consider Options

The initial price tag really doesn’t reflect the true value of replacement windows built with exceptional materials by expert craftsmen. We’d love the opportunity to tell you more about our line of home improvement products designed to save you money and increase your Long Island home’s property value. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page for more information.

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Installing Your Own Replacement Windows on Long Island May Not Be a Bargain

Installing replacement windows on Long IslandHave you been thinking about ordering replacement windows for your Long Island home? Maybe you’ve been comparing prices and think you’d come out better financially if you put on your D-I-Y apron and safety goggles and installed your own windows. Some off-the-shelf windows may seem initially less expensive than custom-built Renewal by Andersen replacement windows. But, there is more to value than just the price.

Unless you have exceptional construction skills, you may find that reconstructing your window opening to fit your new windows isn’t all that easy. And, without a perfect fit, the energy efficiency features of your new window might go right out the … well, window. Also, if you measure wrong, like accidentally transposing the width with the height, your window supplier probably won’t take back your window and if they do, you’ll likely have to pay return shipping fees and restocking fees.

Hiring a local contractor to install your windows presents another set of challenges. While they’ll likely be responsible if something goes wrong during the installation (if you can get them to come back), you’ll have to prove the contractor was at fault and not the manufacturer. That can get into a frustrating game of finger-pointing. Filing an insurance claim is a hassle and some companies only offer short-term coverage.

Benefits of Installing Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows as Compared to Self-Installation
Custom-Built for You and Your Home
At Renewal by Andersen by Long Island we understand that investing in new windows is a big decision. That’s why we take responsibility for measuring your windows and building them to precisely fit the existing window opening when your old windows are removed. This eliminates the necessity to “reshape your structure” and shortens the time it takes to install your new energy-efficient windows – less stress, less mess. And, most importantly, when your windows are custom built to fit your window opening you maintain all the energy efficiency and operational features that were built into the windows to start.

Specially Trained Contractors Protect Your Installation
All Renewal by Andersen window installation specialists are carefully select highly-skilled contractors with special training by us to install your new windows.

Peace of Mind of One Warranty and One Solid Company for Materials and Installation
Since we are confident in the skill and expertise of the team, we back the installation with a two-year warranty. This is twice as long as many of our competitors. If anything goes wrong – not likely – you’re covered for manufacturing defects, parts and labor – all by the same company. No finger-pointing here.

Sometimes It’s the Little Things that Add Extra Value
Style & Design Features Second to None
The peace of mind that comes from working with Renewal by Andersen to update your home is one of the “big benefits” we offer customers like you. We’re continually looking for big ways to save you time and money, but sometimes it’s the little things that add the biggest value.

Custom features and accessories give you the freedom to design replacement windows around your family and your lifestyle. For example, did you know you can order left-handed operational levers and handles? Sure, a left-handed person can open a window with standard hardware, but giving you options that simplify your life is important to us.

Safety & Security for You & Your Family
Have small children? Installing recessed locks and window guards improves security and safety in your home. If you have questions about safety or security, just ask your professional window consultant. We’ll help you compare window styles and accessories to find the best-fit for your family.

Winter is coming to the island, but summer will return. All of our Energy-Star certified replacement windows come with standard window screens – no extra charge. If you like to open your windows to catch a cool evening breeze during the sweltering summer months, you’ll love our TruScene insect screens with micro-fine fabric that keeps mosquitos, gnats and no-see-ums outdoors without obscuring your view.

Multiple Glass Options for the Energy Efficiency You Need
Speaking of Energy-Star ratings, we offer a variety of glass options that are 45 percent to 70 percent more energy-efficient than standard glass options. That means you can maximize your savings in every room based on whether the windows face east, west, north or south.

Built to Last for a Lifetime
Every window is manufactured for performance and long-lasting beauty. Your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors will look and function beautifully as long as you live in your home. However, decorating preferences can change over time. That’s why we give you options like the ones below that make updating your decorating scheme easy.
• Paintable/stainable grilles and trim.
• A full line of beautiful hardware in a variety of styles and finishes.
• Almost 50 interior/exterior factory-finished color combinations.

Privacy & Personalization
We also offer glass options that boost privacy and personalize your spaces. Our patterned glass designs, available in Fern Pattern, Cascade Pattern, Obscure Pattern and Reed Pattern, are multifunctional. You have the benefit of our High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass in a beautiful package that prevents anyone outdoors from seeing inside. And, they look beautiful with or without window treatments.

No Detail is Too Small or Too Big for Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island our Number One goal is to help homeowners like you customize replacement windows and doors that work best for your family. For more than a century, we’ve been building replacement windows with the latest technology and materials available to add value for our customers. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference. We’d love to help you plan your home improvement project. Just fill in the form on this page for more information or give us a call, toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation today.

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How To ‘Dress’ Your Long Island Replacement Windows for Winter

Dressing your Long Island Replacement Windows for WinterThis time of year our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window consultants hear plenty of comments about draft dodgers – those colorful “door snakes” designed to block cold air from sneaking in around the bottom of the door when the draft guard fails. Some people have even taken to using them on their troublesome drafty windows.

Eliminating drafts is an important part of winterizing your Long Island home. But, if we have a repeat of last winter’s polar vortex, draft stoppers won’t make a big impact on the comfort throughout your home.

A better option – one that will give you a permanent solution and not just a temporary fix – is to replace dilapidated windows and doors that aren’t doing a good job of keeping cold air outdoors and warm air inside.

Energy-efficient replacement windows and doors (backed up with one of the finest warranty packages in the industry) can give you confidence that you’ll be toasty and warm inside even when the winds are howling and temperatures have plummeted.

Since every replacement window is custom-built for your home, it’ll take several weeks before your new windows arrive and our professional installation team gets them installed in your Long Island home so there’s no time to waste if you want to keep your home warm and your energy bills from climbing through the roof.

Even when you have your new energy efficient windows installed in your Long Island home, the right window treatments can help you feel warm and cozy during the most bitter winter weather — without tossing decorating preferences out the window.

Window Treatment Design Basics

The style and fabrics you choose do more than just cover your windows. Curtains, drapes and shades let you control natural light, muffle outside noises and increase privacy. Those gauzy sheers that allow cool summer breezes to flow through your home aren’t very efficient at blocking the cold in winter. Especially if your old windows don’t seal tightly, you’ll most likely want a more substantial fabric during fall and winter.

You don’t have to invest a lot of money to create a foundation for beautiful rooms. You may even want to update window treatments again once your replacement windows arrive. Since you won’t be focused on blocking drafts, you’ll be able to focus on window dressings that accentuate a stunning view or downplay less-than-picture-perfect architectural details.

Form and Function Before Frills

Designers recommend you carefully consider the window shape and style before you buy new window treatments. High-humidity rooms (bathrooms and kitchens in particular) require shades or curtains that “hold their shape” well. It’s also a good idea to avoid dry-clean-only fabrics in kitchens. Washable fabrics and hard surfaces – like wood blinds or vertical shades – work well in kitchens where your treatments are exposed to cooking odors and grease splatters.

High-humidity areas aren’t the only challenge for homeowners. Bedrooms and nurseries often benefit from multiple layers that allow you to block light and noise for sleeping or napping times and then open the blinds or shades during the day to allow natural light to pass inside. If you’re trying to control drafts, installing heavy drapes over light-weight panels is a good idea. Speaking of nurseries, make sure you install retractable cords in rooms where small children could get tangled in dangling string.

Any style you choose should reflect the way you use each room and your decorating preferences. Choose washable fabrics where children and pets spend time. Faux wood blinds and synthetic fabrics are budget-friendly as compared to custom-ordered draperies and imported wooden blinds. If you’re planning to invest in more expensive custom-made window treatments once your new replacement windows arrive, off-the-shelf options are typically the least expensive window treatments.

Whether you prefer blinds, curtains, shutters or shades, any style you choose should reflect the way you use each room as well as your decorating preferences.

Replacement Windows & Patio Doors Lay a Good Foundation to Protect You From Winter Weather
Window treatments give you many decorating options to create comfortable spaces for your family but the style of your windows play a part as well. Your replacement windows and doors lay the foundation for controlling your indoor climate, your budget and your decorating style.

If you’ve already ordered your new windows, consider the shapes and styles you selected when updating your window treatments. If you haven’t designed your own energy-efficient windows yet, consider all the design options, including color, hardware, grilles and screens and what impact they will have on your overall decorating plans.

Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows Have the Style Options You Need Without Sacrificing Energy Efficiency and Comfort

One of the benefits of installing Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are the dozens of style options available to match your taste and style without sacrificing long-lasting energy efficient performance so you can update your window treatments focused on your decorating preferences and not ways to keep cold air outside where it belongs.

Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an appointment to discuss your options. You can also fill in the form on this page to request more information.

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3 Reasons Why Replacement Window Styles Matter on Long Island

Long Island replacement window styles matterOur Long Island customers come to us with diverse reasons for installing replacement windows and patio doors. Some are considering listing their home for sale and want to enhance the curb appeal and market value. Others are more interested in saving money on their utility bills. Some homeowners are concerned about the environment and are looking for ways to reduce their carbon footprint.

Whatever your reason is for upgrading your windows, we welcome the opportunity to help you achieve your goals. Designing replacement windows for your Long Island home involves carefully considering your home, your family and your environment. One very important design consideration is window style.

Here are three ways window styles impact you and your family.

  1. Convenience
  2. Safety
  3. Enjoyment

Casement Replacement Windows Offer All 3 in a Neat Package

Casement windows open outward. They have hinges on the side and insect screens mount inside your home. When opened perpendicular to the house, you’ll gain maximum ventilation – it’s almost like the window “reaches out and catches” the breeze.

With an easy-to-grasp handle, casement windows are an excellent solution over sinks and counters when raising and lowering the sash might be inconvenient or potentially create a slipping hazard. Another key feature of casements is that without a rail to block your view, they offer a comparable view to a picture window.

So, this style is convenient and beautiful. You won’t have to step on chairs or ladders to operate windows if you can reach the lower sill from the floor. And, you can enjoy a broader view or a fresh breeze whenever the mood strikes.

Bay Windows & Bow Windows Extend Your Views & Floor Space

Both replacement bay windows and replacement bow windows work well in diverse architectural settings.

Bay windows have three or more panels to accentuate your view. Often consisting of a fixed picture window in the center, flanked by operable windows on each side, one of the many benefits of this style is the additional light and openness that bay windows add to your spaces.

Bow windows start with at least four panels to create a more curved appearance than the typical angled profile of a three-panel bow configuration.

When flanked with casements, double hung, or other operable windows, you’ll enjoy a beautiful view, a welcomed sense of spaciousness and plenty of natural sunlight to make your spaces more comfortable and functional.

Sliders Offer Function & Style with Safety Built In

Every room needs at least one operable window that allows egress in an emergency. A horizontal sliding replacement window is an excellent choice that offers contemporary styling. You can choose single or double slider styles depending on your air circulation goals.

Sliders are an exceptional choice when a window that opens outward might block walkways or interfere with other outdoor activities. When you want a style that doesn’t protrude on a patio, consider this space-saving window. Plus, some people say the sliding motion is easier – and faster – than cranking a casement or awning style window.

Awning Windows Allow Ventilation in Tight Spaces

Awning windows are hinged at the top. They open outward and usually have a crank-type handle for easy operation. Because the glass acts like an awning when opened, you can enjoy some fresh air even during a light rain outside. As long as there isn’t a stiff wind, you shouldn’t have to worry about water coming indoors during a gentle rain.

Because hardware is installed on the lower portion of your window, this style is great for basements and above other windows. Awning windows work well in tight spaces and mounted higher on the wall. They’re convenient and safe to operate, much like casement windows. Plus you can enjoy a nice breeze, even if the weather outside is not-so-nice.

These are just a few of our window offerings, but it’s easy to see that your window style plays a role in keeping your family comfortable and safe. Choosing the best replacement window for every room in your home also enhances your pleasure by giving you a more dramatic view of the world outside and increasing natural light and fresh air opportunities.

Let Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Help You Reach Your Replacement Window Goals

Our ultimate goal is to help you build something you’ll be proud to showcase in your home. We want to help you achieve your financial goals with home improvement products that save you money on heating and air conditioning bills while keeping your home’s market value high.

If you’re ready to learn more about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors, give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get back to you right away.

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6 Steps to Replacement Window Success on Long Island

Replacement windows long islandOn Long Island, we’re all tired of watching our energy bills go up year after year. Did you know that replacing your old windows could be one of the fastest ways to lower your energy bills now and into the future? Not only could you have lower energy bills, but your home will be warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and overall more quiet and comfortable year-round. New high-performance windows are designed to give you more control over your budget and your comfort zone.

If you’re wondering what’s involved in designing, ordering and installing replacement windows and patio doors in your Long Island home, we’ve got answers.

#1 Schedule an In-Home Consultation

We’re more than happy to answer questions about our portfolio of home improvement products in general terms, but the best way for us to help you make informed decisions about window styles, hardware, screens and glass options is right in your home where you can picture what your options will look like when you make the change. Read on to see why.

#2 Gathering & Sharing Information

When your replacement window design consultant arrives at your home, you’ll discuss with them your goals and expectations. It’s important to understand your motivation for replacing your windows, your budget and your long-term plans. Some of the questions your consultants might ask could include:

  • Are you planning to live in your home for more than five years? If you’re planning to sell your Long Island home soon, you’ll want to choose window styles and accessories with the future in mind. You’ll want to ensure that the styles and options you choose will be appreciated by future homeowners and improve your resale value. Calculating return on investment and making decisions about financing also hinge on how you answer this question.
  • Is it important for you to maintain architectural integrity and authenticity? If you live in a historic row house or a community with strict exterior restrictions, replacement window designs that complement your home’s aesthetic and original architectural elements may be important to you. Naturally, the decision is yours, but our consultants are trained to help you compare our window styles based on your vision of what you expect after the installation team completes their job.
  • How does your family use each room in your home? The windows you choose will directly and indirectly affect your family’s comfort and safety. If you have small children or family members with limited mobility, window styles, locks, guards and hardware are important details that shouldn’t be overlooked.

Don’t worry, this isn’t an inquisition, during the information gathering stage, we encourage you to ask as many questions as you have about anything at all. And we’ll cover everything including styles, prices, warranties and next steps before we leave, just to be sure you have all the information you need to make the best decision for you and your family.

#3 Taking the Grand Tour

After your replacement window professional has a clear picture of your goals and vision, you’ll take a tour of your home – inside and out. During the tour, your consultant will take precise measurements of your windows and patio doors so our factory can build your windows to fit exactly into the footprint left behind when your existing windows are removed. This saves you money as compared to installing “new construction windows” where extensive reconstruction “adjusts the house” to fit the windows.

Along with measuring your windows, your consultant might explain how large trees that shade your windows, shrubs positioned close to the house and other landscaping elements might impact your decisions about glass options and operational styles. For example, if you want operable windows near walkways, you might want to choose sliding or double hung windows that won’t interfere with outside activities like perhaps casements or awning windows might. When controlling the amount of light that comes in is an issue, you have options that give you greater control without compromising your view.

#4 Designing Your Replacement Windows

After touring your home, you and your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island representative will explore our portfolio of fixed and operable windows, discuss differences between our four energy-efficient glass options, and talk about colors, grilles, hardware and other accessories. You’ll have an opportunity to view samples of our different frame and trim materials and factory finishes.

#5 Writing Your Replacement Window Project Estimate

Once you have your plan nailed down, everything will be presented in a written estimate for your review. If you’re happy with the price and window options, you can sign the order and we’ll get your information to the factory to start the construction phase.

If you need some time to think about it or want to check alternative financing options, no problem. You’ll have a copy of the estimate to take to your lender or accountant. If you decide you want to make changes later, we’ll gladly tell you how those changes affect the manufacturing time and final price.

#6 Scheduling the Installation

When you give us the go ahead, we’ll get on your order immediately. When the factory notifies us your replacement windows and patio doors for your Long Island home are ready to be shipped, we’ll contact you to arrange an installation date that’s convenient for you.

Our professional installers will complete the installation and clean up after themselves when they’re finished – all you have to do on installation day is sit back and enjoy your new view of the world after they leave.

The Start to Finish Replacement Window Journey with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Helping you make wise decisions is important to us. Still have questions? Just fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 and a friendly Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window specialist will be happy to speak with you.

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Casement Windows: the ‘Other’ Favorite Long Island Replacement Window

Replacement Casement Windows Long IslandWhat’s the most popular replacement widow style on Long Island?

If you guessed Double-Hung, you would be correct. What’s the second most popular? Don’t know? Read on….

This week we’d like to talk to you about the “other” most popular window style in the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window portfolio – casement windows. Whether you have a historic row house or a more modern home on the Island, casement windows offer versatility and dependable performance – even if some people mistakenly believe the old-fashioned style can’t be as efficient as double-hung windows.

Unlike our popular double-hung replacement windows that have sashes that move vertically, casement windows operate similar to a door – they swing open and close tightly against the weather-stripping to form a superior seal. It might surprise you to learn that casement windows deliver one the best seals against moisture and air infiltration available in any operable window style.

  1. Casement Windows and Energy Efficiency

Although fixed windows offer the most energy-efficient window design – because they don’t open and close, casement windows are nearly as efficient.

Our double-hung windows and sliders provide homeowners with exceptional protection against the elements, but they are slightly less efficient overall than casement window styles. Anytime a window needs extra “give” to slide up and down or side to side, there is a tiny amount of air transfer.Friction doesn’t impact the weather-stripping significantly in casement windows because they’re manufactured with a “compressible” material that seals out dust, moisture, wind and airborne allergens.

Less air transfer means higher energy efficiency, which means lower energy costs and better climate control indoors. When you choose our highest rated energy efficiency glass options, you’ll save even more on your monthly power bill.

  1. Casement Windows: Old World Charm and Style

The old world charm and style of casement windows has European influences. Often, you’ll see homes with casement windows that swing indoors and operable exterior shutters. This European style is seen in some neighborhoods on the Island – although homeowners today in the US may opt for stationary shutters that mimic the style, but don’t require extensive maintenance and upkeep.

We offer many factory-finishes and frame colors that work well with any decorating styles and exterior architecture. Interior factory finishes include natural oak, pine and maple. If you want to customize your interior or exterior colors, talk to your Renewal by Andersen replacement window consultant about our patented Fibrex frames and paintable/stainable interior grilles that give you the option to update your color schemes and create an aesthetic that delivers an old world charm on your terms.

  1. Casement Windows: Harnessing the Wind

Blocking air and moisture isn’t the only way to manage your electric bill. Turning your air condition or heater off during early fall and late spring gives you an opportunity to open the windows and circulate fresh air throughout your home. If you pay attention to the normal wind patterns in our area, strategically installing casement windows where they can harness the wind for indoor climate control, the cool evening breezes and milder weather will keep your home comfortable – while curbing energy costs.

A single-handle makes casement windows simple to open and close (and lock) when you want to turn the heater on – no sticking, no hanging, no hassles.

Customizing Casement Windows

Casement windows have a long history, but that doesn’t mean this window style has to look outdated. Renewal by Andersen offers customers the same options for casement windows as we do for our other replacement window styles, so you can create the look and style you prefer.

  • Four highly efficient glass options.
  • Dozens of color combinations.
  • Three grille types available in two widths that include: between-the-glass, removable interiors and full-divided-light, which closely replicates real divided light windows, without the energy inefficiency.
  • Four grille patterns – Colonial, Prairie, Modified Prairie and Farmhouse.
  • Eleven hardware finishes from distressed nickel to simple white.
  • Two screen options: Standard screens (included with all operable windows) and TruScene® High Transparency Insect Screens which are almost invisible and offer homeowners 50% more clarity than the standard screen.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Let us Help You Find Out if Casement Windows are Right for Your Home

If you want more information about casement windows or any of our full line of replacement window styles, please give us a call and ask to speak to a professional Renewal by Andersen replacement window consultant. Call toll-free: 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page and we will return your call as soon as possible.

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Replacement Sliding Patio Doors are the Answer to Cramped Long Island Homes

patio-doorsLong Island homes from historic to modern often share a common feature: narrow spaces and limited floor plans. If your home is feeling a bit cramped and you’re looking for space-saving alternatives, replacing your swing patio doors with sliding patio doors might be the perfect solution.

Hinged French Patio Door Long Island

Hinged French Patio Door

Traditional swing-open doors generally take up around three feet of space inside a room. That doesn’t necessarily seem significant, but it can severely limit traffic patterns and furniture arrangement possibilities. By replacing doors with a sliding option, you’ll let light and air into your space—and free up your floor plan a bit to allow for more design (and traffic flow) opportunities.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offers two categories of sliding doors: French patio doors and contemporary sliding glass doors. We’ll take a closer look at both styles to help you get a feel for the type that might work best in your home.

Sliding French Patio Doors

Sliding French Patio Door Long Island

Sliding French Patio Door

You don’t necessarily have to choose between the classic styling of French doors and the more contemporary and space-saving sliding option. Renewal by Andersen has brought together the elegance of French door style and the function of contemporary sliding glass doors so you can enjoy the classic Old-World feel of French doors without taking up all that “swing” space.

Sliding French doors feature moldings and/or grilles that beautifully frame your view and maintain a more traditional style. You’ll have the option to choose from four different interior colors, several different grille arrangements, and a wide variety of hardware finishes so you can tailor your new doors to match or complement your home’s current style.

Want a truly grand entrance? Try sliding French doors that open from the middle, sliding over fixed window panels on either side—or just frame your French doors with double-hung or picture windows on the same exterior wall to let in abundant light and give a room a more spacious, airy feel.

Contemporary Sliding Doors

Contemporary Patio Sliding Door Long Island

Contemporary Sliding Patio Door

For a more modern approach, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offers contemporary sliding doors, which feature maximum glass space to open up your view. You can choose between Andersen Narroline sliding patio doors, which boast a natural pine interior that can be stained to suit your room’s design, or Andersen Perma-Shield doors, which feature a more rigid vinyl surface surrounding the frame’s wooden core. Either option provides an energy-efficient seal and long-lasting durability.

If you’re willing to think a bit outside the box, you might find the perfect interior space for sliding doors to cut down on traffic jams. More and more modern designers are suggesting stylized sliding doors for a home’s interior, allowing you to open a space to allow rooms to connect quickly and easily or to efficiently segment a space for those times when you want to contain noise or establish privacy in a room or section of the house.

Space-saving Features and More

Although one of the most appealing aspects of sliding doors is space-efficiency, homeowners also enjoy numerous easy-care and low-maintenance features. Cleaning is simple and quick with lift out glass panels that allow you access to both surfaces from inside your home. And, our factory-finished frames never rot, mildew, rust, flake or peel. The superior construction materials and expert craftsmanship used to build each window and patio door are the main reasons we offer one of the best warranties in the replacement window industry.

Your replacement patio doors aren’t just a high-efficiency opening in the wall that lets you pass in and out. Our superior performing sliding doors help you create home aesthetics that authentically reflect your lifestyle and your decorating preferences.

Working Side-by-side with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Specialists

Take the time to browse our inspiration gallery if you’re not sure what type of solution would work best for your space—or call a Renewal by Andersen of Long Island professional replacement window consultant for an in-home consultation. Our experts gladly offer suggestions and guidance to help you consider options that will work best with your floor plan and architectural elements.

Even if you’ve talked to us before about replacement windows, we invite you to call us back at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the short form on this page. We are continually looking for better ways to build our home improvement products and always on the lookout for innovative designs and construction materials to add more value for our customers.

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Replacement Windows Let in the Long Island Light in Fall & Winter

3 Tips to Keep your Long Island Home Bright & Cheerful Even in When it’s Nasty Outside

Replacement Windows Long Island Cheery in WinterMost of us on Long Island haven’t given too much thought to cold weather yet – beyond scheduling the annual heating system check-up and pulling the heavy drapes out of the linen chest. Although you may have had to turn the heat on, for the most part, we’re still enjoying the cooler nights and milder daytime temperatures after a hot, sultry summer. But, the really cold weather will arrive sooner than you think.

The good news is that even cold, dreary weather outside doesn’t have to mean a dark, muffled atmosphere inside. If you’re dreading the winter blues, try these tips to let in the light – and brighten things up a bit.

Tip #1 Bathe your indoor spaces with light by installing energy-efficient replacement windows

If you are thinking about replacing your home’s aging, sagging windows to end annoying drafts and bone-chilling air leaks before winter hits, this is the time to get serious because it takes several weeks to custom-build your new windows.

It takes time to create perfectly crafted replacement windows because we never sell anything “off-the-shelf” like some of our competitors. While we don’t try to pressure you into buying our home improvement products, we do try to educate and inform our neighbors and friends about our commitment to building exceptional replacement windows that add value to their homes and enhance their lives.

That’s why:

  • We encourage our customers to carefully consider how each window will affect the appearance and function of the family home, inside and out.
  • Our window consultants precisely measure each existing window to guarantee a perfect fit on installation day.
  • Product descriptions include more than just color, size and shape options. We also provide information about high-performance construction materials, energy-efficiency ratings from independent third-party organizations, and environmental impact details.

Whether you decide to install a large picture window with an expanded viewing area, a bay window for spectacular panoramic views and extra interior seating, or low-profile sliding patio doors, you can have confidence that this coming winter you won’t have to rely on heavy, dark draperies to keep the wind and cold temperatures at bay.

Tip #2 Forget about heavy brocade and window blankets – unless those options complement your interior décor

Since your new replacement windows will efficiently reduce heat and cold transfer, you won’t have to settle for functional, but unattractive, window treatment styles. Instead of heavy fabric you might opt for a stylish honeycomb light-filtering shade in one of this season’s warm fall or winter colors that allows some natural light to come in while giving you extra privacy.

Today’s popular cellular window treatments offer dozens of decorating choices, including:

  1. Child-safe cordless options.
  2. Light to heavy light filtering levels.
  3. Noise muffling features.
  4. Dozens of colors.
  5. And . . . top down bottom up designs that work very well with our double-hung windows that have operable upper and lower sash.

Tip #3 Brighten up your spaces with colors and textures

There are literally hundreds of window treatment options available from cellular and Roman shades to curtains made with lightweight fabrics and unique textiles. Your personal replacement window consultant can also help you explore color and texture options while you design your new windows, too.

Our patented Fibrex composite frames come in many popular colors so you are sure to find a color that will complement your home’s architecture and your decorating style. If you choose to order removable interior grilles, you can paint or stain the strips in light colors that will brighten up your spaces while complementing your existing upholstery and draperies.

It’s important to remember that even though we’re focusing on the colder weather now, we enjoy four distinct seasons on Long Island. We don’t sell seasonal replacement windows. That means before you choose glass options, you’ll want to talk to your window consultant about options that will work best for your home throughout the year based on your architecture, landscaping and the sun exposure of each window in each season.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows Chase Away the “Blustery Blues”

Winter is on the way and if you want to take advantage of the latest technological advancements and window designs, we’re here to help. Even though the weather outside may get dreary and damp, you and your family will be warm and cozy when you install replacement windows designed to virtually eliminate air and moisture infiltration.

What are you waiting for? Give us a call today at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the box on this page to request more information. We’ll schedule a free, no-obligation in-home consultation and get you one step closer to banishing the blues – even before the weather really turns blustery.

 

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Awesome Awning & Hopper Replacement Windows for Long Island Families

Awning & Hopper Replacement Windows on Long IslandWhen considering Long Island replacement windows, renovation experts recommend that you develop a thorough project plan that includes budgeting and design details before you start the demo phase. But many Long Island homeowners aren’t sure where to start when it comes to choosing the best-fit replacement windows to upgrade their home.

Those who start with a great plan avoid costly mistakes, are happier with the finished project and often increase their home’s resale value. Making the right window style choices gives you dozens of advantages, including better control of the temperature and lighting in your home.

Part of planning ahead means you’ll make wise financial decisions now and for the future. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island has many styles to choose from that give you a crystal clear viewing area and easy-cleaning designs, but sometimes homeowners overlook the importance of adding complementary styles that increase natural light and ventilation. Awning and hopper windows may be just the ticket to complement other windows in your home beautifully.

These tips will help you consider the advantages of installing awning and hopper replacement windows as part of your home improvement project.

  1. Consider the amazing features of awning windows.

This window style adds architectural interest – and is an excellent choice when you need extra light and ventilation in any room in your home. Awing replacement windows placed near other windows, such a fixed window that doesn’t open, allow you to air out your spaces and to turn off the heating and air system when the weather outside is agreeable.

They’re easy to operate with a conveniently placed, turn-style handle, similar to a casement window. The easy-reach hardware makes placement above counters safer and more convenient thank some styles – no need to climb up on a chair or search for a step ladder when you want to open your window. Another difference between more familiar styles and awning windows is that screens are mounted inside and not on the exterior of your home.

  1. Consider the family-friendly features of hopper windows.

Choosing windows that work best in your individual rooms is smart design planning. Hoppers work hard with built-it features like convenience, durability and dependable performance, and improved window energy efficiency.

Hoppers are similar to awning windows, except they are hinged on the bottom. They open inward from the top and are perfect for smaller interior spaces. Bathrooms, basements and around larger windows are three common placement areas. Unlike awning windows, however, because the windows open in, insect screens are installed outside.

  1. Embrace style and beauty without compromising performance.

With custom shapes, sizes, grille patterns and a wide selection of colors, you can design an awning or hopper window that fits your decorating preferences and still offers exceptional energy-efficiency.

With our patented Fibrex composite framing material, you get expert craftsmanship and the high-quality look of natural wood in a no-paint, low maintenance option. Want decorating flexibility that allows you to change your interior color scheme when new colors and textures hit the market? Opt for removable, natural wood grilles. Prefer an option that mimics authentic multi-paned windows? Choose between-the-glass grills that never require dusting and reduce “settling places” for airborne allergens in your home.

  1. Claim superior protection against moisture and wind infiltration.

While no operable window offers 100 percent protection from moisture and air infiltration, both awning and hopper style Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are remarkably effective at keeping air and moisture outside your home. The superior sealing and weather-stripping system provides reliable coverage year after year with routine cleaning and proper care.

  1. Choose the right project guide.

When choosing a replacement window company to manage your home improvement project, there are a surprising number of companies vying for your business. Whether you are exploring replacement windows or you want a space-saving sliding or French patio door, selecting a company with an excellent reputation in the industry and the community is a great place to start. The ideal company will:

  1. Show you ratings from independent third-party organizations that rate energy efficiency and performance.
  2. Provide references and testimonials from current and past customers.
  3. Respect your time and your budget.
  4. Offer an exceptional warranty that covers parts, labor and installation.
  5. Follow strict manufacturing guidelines that protect you and the environment, including advanced technology and construction processes to reduce landfill waste and manage natural resources wisely.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows: Let Us Be Your Guide

Successfully planning a home improvement project means starting with the basics. If you’re considering updating your home’s windows, give us a call to learn more about our full line of energy efficient replacement windows and patio doors. Reach us by calling 1-877-313-9052 or filling in the short form on this page

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Inexpensive Updates for Your Long Island Replacement Window Treatments

Inexpensive Window Treatment Tips for Long IslandSummer definitely has its benefits – vacation, warm weather, plenty of sunshine. But now that the weather here on Long Island has cooled off, you’ve probably been enjoying autumn activities like the fall fairs and enjoying the energy saving benefits of keeping the AC off. But you know what’s right around the corner, right?. The cold temperatures that accompany holiday parties and family gatherings.

One of the perks of living on the island is watching the changing of the seasons. If you’re the type of person who just can’t get enough of this cool weather season, you’ll probably want to bring those fall colors into your home.

If you updated your home with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors this summer, you might be interested in a few fall decorating tips about redressing your windows on a budget. If you’re still doing your research about replacement windows, we hope you’ll enjoy having these tips for future use.

Number One: Bring in the Leaves

Whether you choose to replace your current curtains with a leafy-patterned panel or you add some natural or faux leaves to your bay window ledges, rely on leaf décor to set the tone. You can gather real leaves from your yard or visit your local craft store to buy a garland of orange, red and brown leaves to create a leafy centerpiece for your dining room table or fireplace mantel to tie the theme together throughout your rooms, too.

Number Two: Switch Gauzy Sheers for More Substantial Fabrics

While the hot, humid summer dragged on, those light, airy panels were perfect for catching rare summer breezes. As temperatures continue to dip down, you’ll want a thicker curtain or drape – in glorious fall colors, of course. Think neutrals and earthy tones.

Just a quick reminder: Your Renewal by Andersen replacement windows don’t require heavier curtains to keep your indoor temperature stable. We design and build out custom windows to precisely fit your exiting window’s footprint. This process ensures the total structural integrity to prevent air and moisture infiltration that can make it difficult to heat your home.

If you don’t want to invest in new curtains for every window – bring those fall colors into your space by updating the tie-backs, curtain rods or finials. Natural fibers are perfect for fall and coordinate with almost any fabric, color or texture in your current decorating scheme. Updating your window treatment accessories is less expensive than a total window make-over, but small changes can have a very dramatic effect if you choose your textures and shapes carefully.

Number Three: Convey it with Color

Warm, earthy colors – golds, greens, reds, oranges and yellows naturally convey an autumnal tone and mood. For inspiration get outdoors and explore the subtle color variations in your landscaping.

If you have some basic sewing skills and access to a sewing machine, you can create beautiful curtains in fall colors – even on a tight budget. Cotton bed sheets are less expensive than upholstery or drapery fabric and you should be able to find a wide selection of earthy colors at your local discount or department store.

Buy flat sheets for the most useable yardage. You can use the finished top-edge as a decorative hem for your curtains to add interest and texture without adding extra work.

Accessorizing for Fashion

Just adding a splash of color, some organic textures and a few shapes associated with autumn can create a new decorating theme. Updating your hardware and resurfacing your paintable interior grilles are two other affordable options for quick window treatment updates.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offers 11 different hardware finishes for most operable window styles. Switching out your brushed chrome for a set of distressed bronze latches is a subtle change that makes a big difference. Similarly, resurfacing your white grilles (that were perfect for summer décor) with a warmer fall shade will help you pull your new decorating scheme together.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Replacement Windows for Every Season

Our high-performance replacement windows are precisely built to your exact specifications based on your budget, your home’s architecture and your decorating preferences. While we guarantee our home improvement products will continue to perform as described, we realize that once in a while you might want to update your décor. Whether you need help choosing new hardware and accessories or you’d like more information about designing replacement windows for your home, we invite you to contact a window consultant today. Fill in the form on this page or call toll-free 1-877-3113-9052.

 

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Your Long Island Replacement Windows Need a Solid Foundation

Long Island Replacement Window FoundationWe appreciate the significant investment our customers make when they decide to replace the aging windows in their Long Island homes and we work hard to make sure the experience is positive today, tomorrow and many, many years down the road.

The construction materials you choose when designing your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows matter. Building on a solid foundation ensures you are as happy with your new windows 10 years after installation as you were the very first day you saw them in your home.

While a Renewal by Andersen replacement window design consultant will guide you as you select your windows, we want you to have all the information you need to make smart choices. Here, you’ll find a quick rundown of the foundational materials we use to construct your custom-built windows.

Glass Options: Not Just Energy-Efficient

Choosing the “best” type of glass for your new windows depends on many things, from your budget to your home’s architectural style and whether your windows face the sun or are shaded by trees and other landscaping.

All Renewal by Andersen glass panels are rated “Low-E4,” which means that you’ll enjoy a clear view, natural sunlight and glass options that reduce heat and cold transfer. Our glass options also offer protection from ultraviolet light which can damage or weaken your upholstery and carpeting.

There are three foundational glass options to choose from:

  1. High-Performance Low-E4 Glass
  2. High-Performance Low-E4 Sun Glass
  3. High-Performance Low-E4 SmartSun Glass

Along with the three main glass types, we offer four patterned designs and tempered glass options that are four times as strong as “traditional” glass panes. Your needs, budget and personal design goals will likely influence your glass choices.

If you have an extensive art collection, you may want to choose SmartSun glass for its ability to block up to 95 percent of UV rays that can fade and damage art. If you want to control the amount of natural sunlight that comes into your home, Sun Glass is coated to give homeowners this option.

Your personal window consultant can give you more details about all the benefits of each glass type during your in-home consultation to help you select the glass options for each window based on your unique circumstances.

Framing Materials: Technology and Advanced Design

Although we are proud to offer a wide selection of colors, finishes, hardware styles, glass shapes and grille options to our Long Island customers, our framing materials are limited to treated natural wood and Fibrex. Why? In our over a century in the window business, we have developed extremely high standards for our windows and other materials simply don’t measure up.

Aluminum transfers high amounts of heat and cold and develop are problems with pitting and corrosion. Vinyl frames are much weaker structurally and expand and contract out of proportion with most exterior home surfaces, which eventually causes gapping and sagging that let outside elements in.

Fibrex as none of these issues. It combines the strength of wood with the low maintenance characteristics of vinyl. Fibrex is also good for the environment. Our patented composite is made from reclaimed wood and vinyl PVC, so we use fewer trees and reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Fibrex is strong, durable and almost maintenance free.

Fibrex Replacement Window Frame

Decorating Your Panes

You’ll design each window, or group of windows, according to your decorating and energy conservation goals. You may choose to add grilles to some of your replacement windows. We have an extensive selection of standard patterns or you may design your own.

Once you’ve decided on the pattern or grille layout, you can decide which of the three grille styles you prefer for each window.

  • Full divided light grilles have a permanently affixed exterior strip and an optional interior strip. The interior strips remove easily for cleaning and maintenance. This grille placement most closely resembles true divided pane glass styles that feature multiple individual panes.
  • Between-the-glass grilles offer a traditional look, but don’t require any cleaning or maintenance since they are permanently positioned between an interior and exterior glass panel.
  • Interior wood grilles are manufactured using natural hardwood. You can choose between ¾ inch and a 1-1/8 inch widths based on your decorating preference. Interior grilles snap on and off for easy cleaning and you can update the color with paint or stain suitable for use with any wood product.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Materials: Laying a Solid Foundation Today for a Functional and Beautiful Tomorrow

We build each replacement window for performance and beauty today and tomorrow. Our high standards ensure that you’ll be happy with your home improvement upgrade today, tomorrow and far into the future.

Ready to get started designing your replacement windows? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a convenient in-home-consultation, or fill in the form on this page for more information.

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What You Need to Know About Replacement Picture Windows on Long Island

What You Need to Know About Replacement Picture WindowsHave a beautiful view you’d like to showcase from your Long Island home with a beautiful new picture window? Choosing a Renewal by Andersen of Long Island picture window to highlight your home’s vistas is one of the most dramatic ways you can update the look of your space—both inside and out. At face value, picture windows are pretty simple. But determining whether or not a picture window is right for your space can be a little more complicated.

#1 What are Picture Windows?

Picture windows are fixed, meaning they don’t open and close. They can have window grilles or not, depending upon your taste. Because they don’t have to worry about opening and closing, picture windows come in an almost limitless selection of shapes and sizes. Most picture windows are particularly large and work well in living rooms, dining rooms, or anywhere you want lots of light—and a view of the outdoors surrounding your home. For ultimate flexibility, Renewal by Andersen offers both picture windows, and combination windows, which also highlight your view, with operable windows for ventilation.

#2 Are Picture Windows Practical?

Picture windows are actually some of the most energy-efficient options on the market. Because they have no moving parts, they offer a much more airtight seal than double-hung or casement windows that slide or swing open and closed. Non-fixed windows require a little more care over time cleaning tracks and sashes and maintaining the weather stripping or seals that prevent the transfer of air from the outside in, but fixed windows are made to form a long-term airtight seal.

Our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island consultants will help you choose the perfect glass and frame type depending on landscaping and orientation of your home. High-performance SmartSun glass is our most efficient option, cutting back on solar heat transfer during the hot summer months, and outperforming many other windows on the market during fall and winter. You can also choose from High Performance Low-E4 Sun Glass, with an optional coating, or the original Low-E4 glass, all of which block harmful UV rays and increase your window’s efficiency.

Picture windows facing the hot afternoon sun might be better served by that ultra-high efficiency SmartSun glass or coated glass to help block some of that solar heat, while windows in a more shaded area might work just as well with one of the other options.

#3 Ventilation Issues

If you love to open your windows on cool autumn days, you might miss out on that fresh air and ventilation if you switch to a picture window alone. Many experts suggest framing those large picture windows with operable windows to allow both ventilation and plenty of space for an unobstructed view.

By working with the other windows in your space, ventilation shouldn’t be a problem, but it is definitely something to think about when you’re installing a picture window.

#4 Interior Design Concerns

Depending the size of the picture window you choose, you might be looking at purchasing custom draperies or window treatments to best set off your new look. The good news, though, is that Renewal by Andersen’s picture window interiors can be framed in real wood and stained any color you want to capture your style and décor personality.

If you choose windows with grilles, you have even more options to choose from. Some grilles are set between the interior and exterior panes of glass, giving you the look of a grille with the easy-cleaning surface of smooth glass.

You may also choose a hardwood option (which snaps off to allow for easy cleaning) or Fibrex divided light glass grilles, which are designed to give your windows the authentic look of divided glass on a single pane. No matter what you choose, you’ll find you have plenty of color and finish options to work with your existing color scheme and style.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows: Picture Windows for Picture Perfect Views

When in doubt, don’t be afraid to ask your style-savvy friends and family for advice, and call us to schedule a no-obligation in-home consultation. If you’re ready to install a couple of picture windows, or you’re ready to replace all the windows in your Long Island home, we’d love to help you decide what type of window would best complement your home. Reach us at 1-877-313-9052 or enter your contact information in the form on this page for more details about picture windows and our other high-performance home improvement products for your Long Island home.

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Pet- & Child-Friendly Replacement Window Options: Keep it Simple

Pet & Child Friendly Replacement Windows Long Island NYWe know you want replacement windows and patio doors for your Long Island home that perform as well as they look. You want home improvement products that, well, improve your home environment. When you have small children and indoor pets, you probably want to learn ways to simplify your cleaning and maintenance chores too.

Whether you’re chasing after a two-year old toddler or constantly picking up after an energetic pet, parenting is a full-time job. Your best strategy to keep from running yourself ragged is to simplify everything you can.

We can’t help with everything, but we can simplify your cleaning routines. All Renewal by Andersen of Long Island high-performance, high-efficiency replacement windows are easy to clean and most require no annual repair and little maintenance aside from occasional cleaning.

Along with choosing products designed to make cleaning and maintenance easier, designing your windows and doors based on your family’s lifestyle will help you simplify your life so you have more time (and maybe more energy) to spend with your family.

Here are three important tips we think every parent – and pet owner – should keep in mind when designing and dressing your windows.

#1 Coming & Going with Ease and Peace of Mind

Your pets’ safety and comfort are important to us, too. Along with helping you decide the best option for your independent cat or dog, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island will help you compare window guards and latches designed to limit how wide a window can open. This lets your pets enjoy a refreshing breeze, without putting them at risk for escaping or falling through an open window while unattended. Window guards that restrict the opening to four inches or less are recommended for homes with small children, too.

We never recommend that our customers install a pet door that requires cutting the glass panel, frame or any construction materials after installation – this could void your warranty and diminish the structural integrity and overall performance of your window unit. While our replacement windows and patio doors are guaranteed to eliminate drafts and moisture infiltration, unless you have a pet door with a superior sealing system, you won’t realize the maximum energy-efficiency potential in your home.

#2 Discouraging Uninvited Guest from Sneaking In

If you like to open your windows when the weather is nice, you probably know that biting insects like mosquitos and gnats take every open window as a personal invitation to come inside.

Renewal by Andersen Long Island Truscreen Insect ScreenStandard insect screens protect against many insects, but TruScene insect screens are built with a fabric that keeps even the tiniest outdoor invaders outside.

Many pet owners don’t realize that fleas don’t die when the weather turns cold. If you haven’t already installed insect screens, fall is an excellent time to take that step. If you find yourself treating your home and pets for fleas, don’t forget your curtains. Dust, pet dander and creases often provide an inviting environment for fleas. When you treat pet bedding to rid your home of fleas, wash your curtains. If you don’t have washable window treatments, follow manufacturers’ directions; then, treat surfaces with a flea repellent that kills eggs, larvae and adult insects.

#3 Keeping it Simple with Common Sense Decisions

When you have small children and indoor pets, simplicity makes life less stressful.

Keep these tips in mind as you choose new window treatments for your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors.

  • Fabric or construction materials should be washable and stain resistant.
  • Avoid foam backing that could choke animals still in the chewing stage and small children who naturally put everything in their mouths.
  • If outdoor noises keep your pets – or your light sleepers – awake at night, consider noise reduction draperies that can block as much as 40 percent of neighborhood noises from entering through your windows. Your neighbors will thank you if Fido or Fifi tends to bark at any nocturnal sounds. And, your family will probably get a better night’s sleep, too.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Helping Customers Simplify Their Lives With Energy-Efficient Replacement Windows and Patio Doors.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window company has lots of tips for parents and pet owners to help you simplify your life. We invite you to start designing your replacement windows and patio doors today. Just fill in the form on this page, or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052.

 

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It’s Not Cold on Long Island Yet — But It’s Coming. High-Efficiency Windows Are Your Best Defense Against Winter Weather & Seasonal Affective Disorder

Replacement Windows Save Energy, Add LightIf you’re like most of us on Long Island, the memories of last winter’s polar vortex were shoved to the back of your mind by the typical summer heat and humidity this summer. But, winter is coming and we want you to be ready when it arrives, and that starts with your energy-wasting windows.

While our area won’t experience temperature extremes like the record of -81F set at Prospect Creek Camp, Alaska, we do get some really frigid weather here on Long Island.

Here’s what you need to know about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and keeping those harsh winter elements outdoors where they belong while still getting all the health benefits of natural sunlight.

Several studies, including one natural light study recently released by Northwestern University, confirm that we need natural sunlight to stay healthy – physically and mentally. Exposure to healthy amounts of natural light improves sleep quality, stabilizes metabolism and lifts your mood. So, it stands to reason that if you aren’t getting enough natural light, your health will suffer.

Bring in the Light!

As the days get shorter from now until the winter equinox in December, it’s important to get outside as much as possible and make sure to bring plenty of natural sunlight into your indoor spaces.

3 Options to Bring More Natural Light Into Your Life

  1. Replace some operable windows with a large picture window to expand your viewing area. A larger glass surface allows more sunlight into your indoor spaces, plus you get an unobstructed view. You could also install transom lights above operable windows to bring in more light. Skip the embellishments, such as grilles and awnings, that could disrupt light patterns.
  2. Select window styles with narrow frames. Low-profile sliding windows and patio doors save space and give you a larger viewing area than casement windows or double-hung designs. Low-profile windows also allow more light to naturally enter your home. Regardless of the style you choose, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s patented Fibrex composite frame material performs exceptionally well during all seasons – including cold winter months – to prevent moisture and air infiltration. Because Fibrex is stronger than vinyl, the frames can be thinner to allow in more light than a comparable vinyl window.
  3. Choose Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass which is 45% more energy-efficient during winter months than other glass options. Even though SmartSun™ glass blocks up to 95% of harmful UV rays from penetrating the glass, you’ll still enjoy almost as much natural sunlight as a non-tinted glass option.

Start Planning Today for Winter Weather

You might be wondering why you should be worrying about winter weather now – the temperature isn’t even close to cold yet. We aren’t trying to scare you into making a quick decision. Rather, we want you to have time to carefully consider your choices.

It’s a big investment to upgrade your home’s windows and patio doors and you shouldn’t make a rushed decision. It takes several weeks to build your custom-designed, high-performance Renewal by Andersen replacement windows. Even before we place the order with the factory, you’ll want plenty of time to explore our portfolio of window styles, glass options, hardware finishes and color combinations.

Benefits of Better Windows

When you think about all the things you stand to gain from installing high-quality replacement windows built with high-quality materials and expert craftsmanship in your home – more natural light to support your family’s health and wellness, lower energy bills which save your family money, and low-maintenance designs that save both time and money normally spent on maintenance and upkeep – we hope you’ll agree that the benefits make the investment worthwhile.

We’re proud to offer a line of home improvement products that are rated among the best in the industry for controlling energy and protecting our environment. Along with our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, we strive to build every replacement window and patio door to out-perform customer expectations for quality and function.

Call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Before the Winter Wind Blows

Right now we’re all enjoying the cooler temperatures and drier weather. Unfortunately, sooner than we’d like, the cold winds will start to blow and Old Man Winter will return.

To learn more about our replacement windows and patio doors designed to keep those frigid winter elements outdoors and bring more natural light indoors, just fill in the box on this page with your contact information. You can also give us a call toll-free at 1-877-313-9052.

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Four Reasons Autumn is a Great Time to Replace Your Long Island Windows

4 Reasons FallHave you been thinking about buying replacement windows for your Long Island home, but you’ve been waiting for just the right time? If so, you should know that September is one of the most beautiful fall months, and also one of the best times of year you could choose to update your windows and patio doors. Here’s why.

Four Reasons Why September is a Great Time to Replace Your Windows on Long Island

Perfect Temperatures. Summer vacations are behind us and the Christmas season is still a few months away. While the weather is cooler now than it was a few weeks ago, it isn’t downright cold yet. September weather is usually dry, too, with only a handful of rainy days. That means the weather is cooperative and your heating and air conditioning systems won’t have to go into overdrive during the installation process to keep your indoor spaces comfy.

  1. No major holidays. Installing replacement windows and patio doors now – before the upcoming fall/winter holidays means you’ll have plenty of time to update your decorating schemes before family guests start arriving or your college kids come home for the end-of-semester break.
  2. Great Views of the Changing Seasons. The leaves will soon be changing color and the peak period for bird watching diversity in our area is from August through early October. If you’ve been longing for large picture windows, panoramic bay windows, bow windows or low-profile sliders to broaden your view, don’t put it off any longer. This could be the year you get a front row seat to watch the water fowls and gulls, Piping Plover or other various vagrants passing through on their southward journey.
  3. Low Interest Rates. If you’re thinking of taking out a home improvement loan to upgrade your windows, this is a good time to discuss loan options with your lender. Rates are expected to continue to slowly rise over the coming months and the last quarter of the year is a good time to review financial decisions that could affect your tax burden come April.

It’s Painless and Even Pleasurable

Our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team works hard to make the window design process painless and pleasurable for our customers. Although we guide you through the journey, there is no high-pressure sales pitch and we leave the decisions up to you, based on your goals and expectations.

We start with a free, no-obligation in-home consultation. The reason we ask to meet with you in your home is so that we can look at your existing windows and doors. This gives us a chance to look for damage or weakness that you may have missed, but it also allows us to precisely measure your windows and determine what architectural features may influence replacement window choices and options.

During the In-Home Consultation:

  • Learn About Our Windows. We’ll explain how our patented Fibrex composite frames protect the environment and provide superior benefits for homeowners that include saving you time and money on home repairs and curbing energy consumption with high-performance insulating properties and features that control heat transfer.
  • Precise Measurements for a Custom Fit. We’ll measure each window unit to make sure your replacement windows are custom-built to precisely fit the existing footprint and reduce construction costs and disruption to your daily schedule.
  • Glass Options to Meet Your Needs. We’ll discuss glass options to reduce your energy costs, protect your upholstery, control the amount of light that enters your home and increase privacy or security for your family.
  • Color Choices and Hardware Options. We’ll show you dozens of decorative color choices, finishes and hardware options that allow you to create customized replacement windows that fit your lifestyle and your budget.
  • Financial Options. We’ll help you analyze financial aspects of your replacement window project to compare price versus return on investment, financing options, tax incentives and the impact upgrading your windows has on property value.

After the home inspection and consultation, we’ll give you a written estimate with detailed information about window design choices and installation options. We only use skilled craftsmen and authorized installation experts – which is why we guarantee the installation process right along with the materials and performance of all Renewal by Andersen home improvement products.

Fall is the Perfect Time to Redesign Your Windows with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

As you can see, this time of year offers you lots of benefits and advantages when it comes to upgrading your windows. If you’re ready to get the process started, just fill in the form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052. We’ll schedule a home inspection to get you on your way to watching the fall migration or gathering with the family in style this year when the winter holidays roll around.

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Renewal by Anderson of Long Island Replacement Windows Fall Safety Tips

Protecting Your Family and Ours

Long Island Replacement Windows SafetyAs the blistering summer heat gives way to more moderate dog days of summer, many of our Renewal by Andersen of Long Island friends and neighbors are looking forward to fall. With most schools in Nassau and Suffolk school districts starting classes immediately after Labor Day, parents are gearing up for new schedules and back-to-school activities.

By now you have probably stocked up on paper, pencils, backpacks and new duds for the kids. If you haven’t checked the new immunization requirements that took effect this year – time is quickly running out. Back to school activities naturally lead to discussions about safety for many parents. This is a perfect time to talk to children about Internet safety and both bus and pedestrian safety rules for children tasked with getting to and from school without a parent in attendance.

Improve Home Safety With Window Wisdom

Focusing on safety in your home is just as important as teaching your children to follow safe practices away from home. Andersen Corporation launched a windows safety program called Look Out For Kids® in 1992. The company continues to look for innovative ways to add safety features and redesign production processes that improve safety for our customers

The local Renewal by Andersen of Long Island team wants to do our part to improve home safety for your family. Along with our parent company, Andersen Corporation, we actively strive to reduce window-related accidents by keeping our customers informed and educated on best practices.

6 Safety Tips Everyone Can Use to Reduce Risks in the Home

  1. Remember that windows save lives, but only if people act responsibly and make wise decisions.
  2. Window treatments should be age-appropriate. Dangling cords pose strangulation risks for inquisitive toddlers and young children. Retractable cords eliminate or significantly reduce these risks when installed properly.
  3. Window guards, recessed locks and optional patio door foot locks deter would-be intruders from entering your home. Keep doors and windows locked when not opened for ventilation and when everyone is out of the home.
  4. Never leave young children unsupervised in a room with an unlocked window.
  5. Position furniture so it does not block egress or access during an emergency.
  6. Standard window screens and TruScene insect screens are designed to keep pesky critters outdoors, but will not prevent a person from falling through an open window.

The Andersen Corporation is a member in good standing with the National Safety Council (NSC). NSC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to reducing unintentional injuries and saving lives. The agency estimates that almost 250 people die daily in the United States from avoidable injuries. Visit nsc.org for more information about window safety and your home environment.

Safety in Transit

While every parent should spend time talking to their children about safety, modeling safe behavior is perhaps the best way to engage and educate your children. Psychologists tell us that people naturally follow examples subconsciously – it’s ingrained in our nature.

Parents can model safe car habits by always wearing a seat belt and by making sure car seats and safety devices are properly installed and working correctly. SafeKids.org has several car seat safety events scheduled for our area this fall – one in Nassau County on September 20th. Visit SafeKids.org for a safety checklist and more information about events for Long Island residents.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows: Designed for Long-lasting Beauty, Superior Performance and Enhanced Safety in Your Home

This article focused heavily on children and parents; however we understand all of our customer benefit from enhanced safety features. Regardless of the age of your family members, where locks and operational hardware are positioned affects how functional your windows are and how safe the design is for your family.

While our parent company continues looking for ways to lower emissions and improve safety in our factories, we promise to keep you informed about new products designed to improve home security, prevent avoidable injuries and make your home more comfortable.

Our mission is to help you create a safe, comfortable atmosphere where your family will thrive. If you have questions about safety and replacement windows not answered here, give us a call at 877-313-9052. Not convenient to call? Just fill in the form on this page and include your contact information so we can call you back at a more convenient time. Thanks for stopping by.

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Repair, Replace, Recycle, Reuse Windows: That is the Question on Long Island

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Strange things blow in through my window on the wings of the night wind and I don’t worry about my destiny. –Carl Sandburg

Let’s face it. If you own a home, at some point you’ll have to replace or repair many things. Appliances, floor coverings, drapes – and, yes, even windows. If your windows fail or get damaged, you’ll have to decide whether to replace your window units or repair them.

The choice isn’t always simple. Here are some common window issues that homeowners in Long Island face.

Damaged Glass Panels

Probably the most common reason you might want to repair a window unit is a damaged window lite. If a baseball or other trajectory breaks through your glass, you definitely want a fast solution. A gaping hole makes it almost impossible to maintain a comfortable indoor climate – unless hot, muggy and insect-ridden describes your ideal environment – without spending more money on air conditioning. Damaged windows also create safety and security concerns.

If you have single-paned window, replacing the broken glass with a new sheet is relatively straightforward. If you’re particularly handy and take the right precautions, you might even be able to attempt the repair yourself. Of course, single-paned windows are by far the least efficient so now might be a good time to consider upgrading to more energy efficient insulated glass windows.

If you have insulated glass windows and a ball, tree branch or other projectile breaks either the exterior or both panes of glass, the repair will be a little more complicated because you’ll have to replace the entire insulated glass panel. You’ll likely have to call in a window repair expert to order a replacement from the original manufacturer. If your window is still under warranty, contact the manufacturer. They may send out an entire replacement sash (rather than just the glass) for your window.

A full-replacement window package with new trim, frames and glass is a better option if your frame has any damage such as rotting and sagging that causes the frame to be out-of-square. When you want to change the size and shape of your window, you’ll be happier with the results if you upgrade with a replacement window unit that includes advanced performance features built-in that save you money on repair and maintenance over the long-run.

Banishing the Fog

Maybe you don’t have a gaping hole that “lets strange things blow in with the night wind”, but you notice that your windows are foggy and condensation is becoming a constant problem, particularly in the winter. If you’ve done everything you can to get rid of excess moisture in your home like installing high performance exhaust fans in high-humidity locations like bathrooms and kitchens, the inner seals of your windows could be the culprit. In this case, you’ll likely have to replace the entire glass unit to correct the issues.

If your existing windows are more than 10 years old, most likely you will benefit from newer technology and energy-efficient glass, frames, weather stripping and sealants designed to keep the hot air outdoors in the summer and your conditioned air inside where you can enjoy it. You’ll pay more now, but save a bundle on power bills today and in the future.

Window Sash Woes and Frame Failures

When you notice your windows are harder to open and close or you notice air leaking around the edges of your window glass, there are some steps you can take before to try to delay replacing all of your home’s windows. You can thoroughly inspect your sash for obvious damage to the operational components – like the roller units. Sometimes finding replacement parts is challenging and finding a reputable contractor to repair trim or install a roller kit is even more difficult.

Replacing weather stripping and applying new sealants are often simple D-I-Y projects, but how long can you really expect cheap off-the-shelf weather stripping and caulking to last? True, you might buy some time, but eventually you’ll most likely be forced to replace your failing windows or live with higher power bills and annual repair chores.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows: Repair or Replace Help?

The advantage of completing a window upgrade with Renewal by Andersen replacement windows is that you are sure to get high-performance, energy-efficient windows designed, built and tested to be virtually airtight, block moisture, protect indoor assets against harmful UV rays and manage energy costs instead of settling for a quick fix that may cost you more down the line. And you get the security of working with one of the most trusted names in the window business: Andersen Windows.

We welcome the chance to give you will a free, no-obligation estimate for the cost of replacing one window or a whole house full. We’ll give you an honest assessment and explain why we think repair or replacement options are best for your situation. Reach us by completing the form on this page or call us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 today for more information.

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Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window Grille Guide

GrillesHere on Long Island you’ll find a diverse range of home styles and decorative exteriors from Montauk to Manhattan. Naturally, every home needs a unique set of windows based on the architectural style of the home, the neighborhood and the homeowner’s design goals. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window grilles and accents give our customers the flexibility to design windows that help bring out your home’s unique personality and charm without breaking the bank or the architect’s vision.

Depending on whether you want to design fixed windows, dress up your sliding French doors or add some decorative touches to your awning or casement windows, you can choose from a number of options including two grille widths, varied profiles and optional surrounds. Your decorating options are almost limitless by combining straight and curved pieces to create diamonds, arches, simple grids, rectangles and more.

Let’s look at a few common grille patterns.

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Colonial

For a classic look, you might consider a traditional divided light layout. This style has six, eight or nine equally sized square panes, divided by integral or attached grilles. The Colonial layout works well with sliding or double-hung windows. Usually you’ll find each sash resembles six equally sized window lites.

You can also use this symmetrical grille placement with a transom window detailing above doors or fixed windows. Whether you choose clear glass or a specialty glass to add color and texture to your decorating scheme is totally up to you. These accents allow you to go bold, creating a focal point that instantly attracts the eye or simply builds on the natural symmetry of your exterior features.

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Prairie

If you love bright sunshine flooding your home with warmth and natural light, consider the Prairie design. Originally constructed with four long rectangle panes on the outer edges, a small square anchored in each corner and a large center panel, this design allows you to add decorative elements without compromising your view.

Although the finished window looks like nine individual panes as it would have been in the days before insulated glass, today the window is constructed with one energy-efficient panel based on your glass choices and your preferences for removable or permanently affixed accents.

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Modified Prairie

For window designs with two sash, the prairie design features nine-panels on each sash. The Modified Prairie design uses a grille placement that creates the appearance of six panels on each sash – making the closed window look more like a fixed window, rather than two individual sash.

If you have a Craftsman style home, you’ll probably appreciate the simple three-pane design which features two equal sections divided by a vertical strip in the upper half of the top sash, with a window-wide panel beneath and a solid unadorned lower sash for your double-hung windows.

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Craftsman or Farmhouse

You can mimic this layout on fixed windows, bays and patio doors if you choose, but going overboard won’t necessarily improve your curb appeal. Talk to your replacement window consultant about which window styles and shapes best accent your architectural features without looking overdone and out of place.

If you have tall, wide windows, a Ladder layout is a unique choice that definitely adds extra detail and visual interest. The ladder layout has a large vertical rectangle surrounded by twelve equal sized vertical rectangles. The finished design looks like four rectangles on each side and the top and bottom edges. While you won’t have as large a viewing area as you will with the prairie grille design, if you have a large picture window, this is a beautiful design that gives you accent details with a good viewing area.

If you want to create a simple, country-like appearance for your home, the Renewal by Andersen Farmhouse design might be just the trick. Featuring two vertical grilles in the upper sash while leaving the lower sash plain creates a four-pane design that is simple, yet inviting.

Choosing Your Grille Type

You can mix and match profiles, widths and shapes to create custom windows to compliment your home’s exterior and other decorative features. But choosing the pattern and placement of your grilles isn’t the only consideration.

We want your windows to be beautiful, functional and high-energy solutions. That’s why we offer three different grille options for homeowners.

#1. To replicate the traditional divided glass design, we offer what we refer to as Full Divided Lite Grilles. With an aluminum spacer between the two glass panels, a permanently applied exterior grille mounted to the outside of the window and either an attached or removable grille on the inside, you’ll have beautiful, period-appropriate windows.

#2. Alternatively, you can opt for interior grilles which are only between the glass with no surface-mounted grilles at all. These grilles make window cleaning simple because there are no obstructions on the surfaces of either the interior or exterior of the window.

#3. For homeowners who like the option to change color schemes, our interior wood grilles snap on and off easily for resurfacing and routine window cleaning.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Invites You to Get Creative with Replacement Window Accents

We barely scratched the surface of your replacement window options with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island. We haven’t even get to talk to you about hardware and other accents. We’d like to sit down with you to discuss your design goals in depth. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the form on this page so we can call you to arrange a free in-home consultation.

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Selecting the ‘Right’ Replacement Window Style for Your Long Island Home

Selecting replacement windows for your home styleOnce you’ve made the decision to replace the windows in your Long Island home, you’ll want to do some research; exploring aesthetics and various styles before you make a decision you’ll literally live with for many years to come. You’ll certainly want to consider “popular” window styles recommended by your friends and family who have upgraded their windows. However, while we all want an energy efficient replacement window, what makes one window appeal to you and your home may be very different than what appeals to someone else.

The right window for your home depends on when the home was built, the look and style you want to create and how important performance and durability are to you. If you take a driving tour through Long Island, you’ll notice that architectural styles vary widely throughout most communities on Long Island. Here’s a quick overview of some of the most popular styles you might see on your tour.

Ranch and Modified Ranch Homes

RanchAlthough many people think of ranch style homes as single story dwellings with an elongated profile, here on Long Island, in addition to these “standard ranches” we also have some modified ranch styles. These include High-Ranch, Split-Level and Contemporary Ranch designs.

HighRanchHigh Ranch and Split-level ranch homes are long and narrow, with several levels. Perfect for “hugging the hills”, these homes meld with the local terrain. There could be more than three levels, but generally, you’ll find at least one portion of the house at ground level with the main entrance and both a raised and a lowered section. Unlike two story homes with full-length staircases between upper and lower floors, split-level ranch sections are separated by only five or six stairs, similar to a half-story flight of stairs.

In a Split Level, the front entrance often opens into a large living area and it is common to see short stairways nest to each other on one wall – one stair leads to an upper level and the other leading to the “dropped” spaces. Large plate windows flanked with either casement or double-hung windows are common in the Split Level living room. You can dress up your windows with grilles or leave them bare for a larger viewing area.

You may even find a few contemporary ranch homes with hipped or gabled roofs and dormers as you tour Long Island neighborhoods.

Cape Code: Double Dormer

Colonial1While the traditional Cape Cod has sharply sloped rooflines (probably as a response to shedding New England’s heavy snow), gabled dormers are more often seen as Cape Cod architectural elements. Grilles in the windows add a unifying element to this style. So whether you choose sliding windows or conventional crank-type casements, opt for window grilles for authenticity. A double casement dormer window design, where the two sides open from the center out, would typically have 6 to 8 panes on each side.

Typical Cape Cod homes built during the Colonial era that lasted from the early 1600’s until the mid 1830s, feature the same eight-panes-per-sash design on double-hung windows with fixed or operable shutters attached.

Colonial Homes and Historical Influence

Colonial2Throughout the early years in America, settlers built homes influenced by their native lands. You’ll still see Dutch colonial houses with paired chimneys and batten doors scattered throughout New York City, the Hudson River Valley and Long Island. Like the salt box and Cape Cod styles, Colonial homes have historically had double-hung windows with many small, equally-sized, panes.

Another feature that typifies the classic Colonial styling is symmetry. The main entrance typically opens into a central foyer and all windows are aligned vertically and horizontally. One decorative option for dormers is installing arched windows or mulling a specialty window to casements. This allows you to add unique features without abandoning the original design. If your Colonial has a sliding patio door, grilles will add a more authentic touch to your colonial style home.

You could also add transom windows– horizontal rectangular fixed or operable windows with vertical grilles or wood trim to add decorative elements – or fanlights above the entrance door. Custom-built transoms come in a variety of shapes including oval, fan- or squared-shaped options. Glass types also vary from clear, unadorned panes to etched or patterned panels. Transom windows give you more control over lighting and ventilation, while adding intriguing decorative touches.

Modified Southern Styles

Although you won’t find an abundance of plantation style homes on Long Island, you can see some historical connections to old southern-style houses. Stacked porches and ample verandas with lots of room for relaxing with a cool glass of lemonade on a hot day typify southern-style homes.

You’ll also notice this nostalgic style has tall windows with a lower sill and high head to balance the grand proportions. The design reflects a time when cross-ventilation was perhaps the only way to manage blistering summer heat.

Casement windows and double-hung windows are both popular in southern-style homes. Adding shutters to front facing windows and dormers continues the theme. Another stylistic and functional element is installing a transom detail above the windows or doors for added ventilation or decorative enhancement.

Although many people think of transom windows in a traditional sense – horizontal rectangular shaped fixed or operable windows with vertical grilles or wood trim to add decorative elements – these windows come in a variety of shapes including fans, squares, and even round or oval. Glass types also vary from clear, unadorned panes to etched or patterned panels. Transom windows give you more control over lighting and ventilation as well as intriguing decorative touches.

Clean, Crisp Contemporary

ModContemporary styles have an eclectic assortment of interior textures, shapes and colors – and you’ll often find a diverse array of exterior materials as well. With all the diversity in design, simplicity is still the key feature of this home style. This architectural style boasts unusual angles and varied rooflines, pronounced windows and minimal embellishments.

Replacement windows that would fit well in this type home include plate glass or fixed windows with complimentary crank-out casements or awning designs. The asymmetrical nature of contemporary homes means you have flexibility to choose your window style – as long as you focus on simplicity.

Sustainable Styling

Although “going green” is more of a lifestyle than an architectural style, green home designs have been around for more than 40 years. Different environmental goals demand different glazing selection. Talk to your replacement window consultant about the best options for your home’s lot orientation and exterior landscaping. Discussing glass types and styles in-depth gives you are clearer understanding of what should work best in your home for the long haul. Updating your home with energy-efficient replacement windows like Renewal by Andersen ENERGY STAR® certified windows and doors is a great start toward transforming your home into a green home.

Meeting with Your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Designer

When designing replacement windows for your Long Island home, you’ll naturally want to look beyond the appearance to focus on glass options because your choices affect how well your windows block the heat in our sweltering summers and retain it in during icy winters. High-performance glass choices banish frigid air from coming in during the winter and allow an abundance of natural light to fill your interior spaces, too.

To help you make wise purchasing decisions, we’ll educate you about comparing U-value ratings that measures the amount of heat that “passes through” your window unit and R-values that measure resistance. If you want to learn more about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window insulation features, read our post called Check the U-Value Before Buying Long Island Replacement Windows.

Need More Help Choosing the Right Replacement Windows for Your Long Island Home?

We know that the style and aesthetics of their replacement windows are as important to most Long Island homeowners as their energy efficiency. If you want more information about how to choose the right windows for your home, just give us a call at 1-877-313-9052. You can also reach us by filling in the box on this page. When we talk to you, we’ll answer all your questions about style, energy-efficiency and performance of replacement windows.

 

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Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: ‘Hung’ Windows for Today and Tomorrow

Renewal by Andersen double hung replacement windowHistorians haven’t established the exact date ‘hung’ (single hung, double hung) windows first appeared in homes, but this quintessential window style has been around at least 400 years.

Simple. Elegant. Beautiful. Functional. Efficient.

The list of adjectives to describe this window style seems endless. Replicating the traditional design with energy-efficient glass types and modern framing material, sash replacement windows are still the most popular choice for many Long Island homeowners. After all, what other window style looks beautiful in so many architectural designs — from Georgian to Victorian, Ranch to Colonial – and everything in between?

Going Up and Down

How to stain your long island replacement windowsOnly the lower sash moved in the first sash window designs. Today, double-hung replacement windows have dual movement features – the upper sash lowers and the lower sash rises to allow for maximum ventilation options.

In the early designs of operable hung windows, the sash was propped up with wooden dowels to allow fresh air into homes. From the mid 1800s until just after WWII, sash window styles featured a weight and pulley system for opening and closing. The simple design used two cast iron weights that equaled the total weight of the window sash – allowing the sash to “hang weightlessly”. After the war ended, spring suspension systems replaced the traditional draw works. You’ll still find counterbalanced windows in many historic homes and row houses in our area, although many others have been replaced and the weight pockets filled with insulation to improve energy efficiency.

Early sash windows had several drawbacks. First, the weights were hidden in wall channels. This disrupted the thermal envelope, which is why, combined with inefficient glass, the air around windows was always colder than any place in the room. Secondly, when ropes broke – and they did – the sash fell. This was dangerous if you happened to be leaning out the window when the rope failed. If the glass broke when the sash dropped, that posed another risk for people nearby (especially those beneath a second story window.

You can still order custom crafted counterbalance systems if you are restoring a historic home and want to replicate the original architectural details of your home (and don’t care about the energy inefficiency). However, Renewal by Andersen replacement windows, built with efficient glazing and superior air infiltration control, allow you to enjoy the stunningly authentic style without the air leaks and high utility bills.

Clear as Glass

OfficeNookGlass was a pricey commodity in the early days of sash window design. Over the centuries, making glass has gotten considerably cheaper and more efficient. Original sash windows were built with small glass lites (panes) divided by sash bars – small strips that held the glazing edges within the sash. During the Georgian Period, late 1600s to early 1700s, typical window sash had six small panes on both upper and lower sash.

Dutch-influenced window designs had nine, 12, or 16 lights in each sash. Early glazing was manufactured so thin to save money that many early window panes needed metal inserted to add strength and structural integrity. For many years, window design was an indicator of wealth. The more window lights, the tighter the budget. Only “well-to-do” homeowners could afford a single-pane-per-sash design. By the way, those large sheets of glass were suspended by chains – not rope – to support the massive weight of large window lights without grilles to provide support.

Historical Significance and Design

Row houses with white painted window sash and multiple small panes sprung up as more immigrants arrived in America. In the 1800s, with glass prices more affordable, many homeowners opted to keep the many-paned style to add character and artistic appeal to the otherwise “cookie cutter” neighborhoods. There are many row houses with angled bay windows in Long Island that still proudly display these historical elements – a testament to our rich cultural influences and traditions imported by early settlers.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Double Hung Replacement Windows Demonstrate Window Manufacturing Progress Made Over Past 4 Centuries

  • Lightweight, energy-efficient glass is stronger – no chains necessary to support the weight of single panel designs.
  • Today, it is easy to replicate the simple elegance of traditional sash windows with between-the-glass grilles for decorative appeal rather than structural integrity.
  • New manufacturing techniques and innovative materials make it possible to enjoy an unobstructed view of the world with larger panes and fewer glazing bars.

Over the past four hundred years technology and manufacturing techniques have transformed home windows dramatically. Our replacement windows are functional, beautiful and energy-efficient. You can choose to replicate one of the many architectural styles influenced by early settlers with grilles and colors reminiscent of days gone by or opt for a larger viewing area with a single pane window design.

If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of installing high-performance sash replacement windows in your Long Island home, just fill in the form on this page or call 1-877-313-9052 to arrange a no-cost consultation at your convenience.

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Are Your Long Island Replacement Windows Ready for Hurricane Season?

replacement windows long island hurricaneWe on Long Island dodged the bullet on July 4, as Arthur, the first named hurricane of the 2014 season, made landfall near the southern tip of North Carolina’s Outer Banks; then moved northward with less gusto and might than originally expected. Fortunately, Arthur only left most of us with rained out barbeques, but, memories of Hurricane Sandy are still vivid in all Long Islanders’ minds. True, epic weather events like Hurricane Sandy are the anomaly, not the norm, but once experienced, they aren’t easily forgotten.

Extreme weather takes on many faces in our area – record breaking high temperatures, severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, etc. So far, July is looking like a typical New York summer with afternoon thunderstorms and scorching hot temps pushing the mercury up against the triple digit mark. If the weather forecasts have you thinking that you need to take a proactive approach to weatherizing your Long Island home, don’t forget how important window strength and integrity are during extreme weather events.

Here are a few things your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island window consultants want homeowners to know about replacement windows and extreme weather.

#1. Strength

coastalOne of the strongest types of glass that is often recommended for areas prone to hurricanes in coastal areas is known as laminated glass. Laminated glass is actually made up of two sheets of glass laminated together with a piece of flexible plastic in between them. Laminated glass, if broken by wind-blown projectiles, stays with the frame better than standard window panes. This means glass shards don’t enter your home’s interior as easily during gale force winds and driving rains.

#2. Safety

Laminated glass is an extreme solution for extreme situations. For most people and situations, Renewal by Anderson glass options include a line-up of heat treated, tempered glass which is up to four times stronger than regular glass. Stronger, tempered glass is harder to penetrate. If broken, tempered glass also shatters into hundreds or thousands of harmless tiny pieces rather than the dangerous sharp shards of regular window glass. Along with protecting your assets against extreme weather, some homeowners appreciate the added security and protection against intruders tempered glass provides.

#3. Fortification

glass2Protecting your assets against the high winds and driving rains of hurricanes requires a window design that fortifies your home against from damaging wind and water infiltration. For superior performance, window designs must include an airtight exterior sealant AND a weather stripping system that provides impenetrable protection when closed, while still allowing easy opening for ventilation during clear weather and cooler Long Island evenings.

#4. Integrity

Assessing structural integrity is essential when comparing replacement window designs for extreme Long Island weather. Our patented Fibrex frames closely mimic the thermal properties and dimensional stability of your home’s structural features. In simple terms, this means that as your home’s exterior material (brick, wood, etc.) expands and contracts with the rising and falling temperature, your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island window frames expand and contract at a similar rate, essentially maintaining the seal between your windows and your home’s structural materials.

One benefit for local homeowners is that gaps don’t develop around the perimeter of your window frame. This means you won’t see those unsightly gaps that allow air and water leakage as seen like you see with many aluminum and vinyl window frames.

#5. Resistance

If you’ve been looking at home improvement products this summer, you might have heard the term “window design pressure” in discussions about replacement window performance during hurricane season. The DP rating is a measurement of stress resistance. The complex formula for calculating this rating explores performance based on the rate of rainfall, wind velocity and structural stress a window can handle without failing.

Because there are no spaces, allowing water and air to penetrate your home, a picture window has the highest ratings for structural integrity on its own. But, if you want operable windows, an awning window provides better protection against extremely high winds and driving rain than a single-hung window with a movable lower sash and a stationary upper portion. Similar to the awning window, casement windows also provide a strong seal and a respite from the “howling” noises associated with hung windows because its design creates an airtight seal when closed that banishes the air leaks making that eerie moan.

Since glass curvature, framing material, operational components and placement dramatically affect performance, it is best to discuss DP ratings with a window specialist and not rely on numbers in isolation.

One last note about DP ratings. No matter how diligently you research ratings and how well you design your replacement windows for your Long Island home, without proper installation, you won’t enjoy the superior performance and “protection against summer storms” engineered into the window. Modifications to your windows to address leaks after installation can also void your warranty with many companies. Renewal by Andersen’s warranty package covers installation when you use our certified installation professionals.

5 Reasons to Choose Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows

There you have it, five reasons to choose Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows for your home – strength, safety, fortification, integrity and resistance to the elements during extreme summer weather.

There are still months of hot temperatures and high humidity ahead. Hurricane season in our area doesn’t end until late fall. If you’re ready to get serious about protecting your assets through hurricane seasons, please take a minute to fill in the form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 today to schedule a free consultation with a design team specialist.

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Balancing the Three E’s of Long Island Replacement Windows: Economics, Environment and Efficieny

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window ExperienceLast year we published a 12-part series about navigating a successful replacement window project on Long Island, NY.The Four Pillars group of articles gave our neighbors an overview of the process from selecting frames and glass types to the installation process and helpful information about designing windows for your lifestyle.

This year, we’ve focused on the personal benefits of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows – highlighting the importance of choosing hardware and accessories, offering seasonal decorating tips and pointing out financial considerations for homeowners in the community. You may have noticed a few key themes in our articles over the past few months – Economics, Environment and Efficiency.

Balancing the Three E’s when selecting replacement windows is essential for your overall satisfaction with your project. If you only focus on the costs associated with updating your home, you might miss opportunities to create value and added security for your family. By the same token, basing your decisions solely on aesthetic or decorative features won’t allow you to enjoy lower utility bills or take advantage of tax incentives.

If you’re curious about the start to finish replacement window journey, we invite you to review our 12-part series. Your friends and neighbors looking into home improvement products for their homes will likely appreciate you sharing this series with them too.

To help you understand how important balancing the three E’s is while shopping for new windows for your Long Island home, we’ve included links to a few of our helpful posts that highlight the relationship of these key elements. Just click on the link to read the full article.

E is for Environment

Green Seal Certified Replacement WindowsRenewal by Andersen of Long Island: Working Hard to Build Great Replacement Windows and Protect Our Neighbors and Neighborhoods

Wondering if our company shares your values and commitment to protect the planet? Learn more about corporate responsibility, our parent company and how we support your personal efforts to protect the environment.

Replacement Windows for Safety & Accessibility in Your Long Island Home

Replace Doors or Windows First on Long Island NYYour environment isn’t limited to what happens beyond your front door – your home environment is equally important to you. Click on the link above to learn how replacement windows help you create a safer home environment for everyone in your family.

Sunroom1Redecorating with Renewal by Anderson of Long Island Replacement Windows

While our design team works hard to make sure you don’t have to spend lots of time painting and resurfacing your replacement window frames and sash, we understand you might want to customize your interior once in a while – or as often as the seasons change. Find out how to update your paintable/stainable surfaces with this post.

E is for Economy

Cash or Finance Long Island Replacement WindowsHow to Finance Your Replacement Windows on Long Island, NY

Even though the purchase price of your replacement windows shouldn’t be the only thing you consider, we know you’re making a big financial decision. This article will help you decide if paying cash or financing your home improvement project is best for your budget and your long-term goals.

Frequently Asked Questions About Long Island Replacement WindowsReplacement Windows Value for Your Long Island, New York Home

Want to know how much you can save by installing Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, New York replacement windows? Check out this post that discusses financial savings and those “non-cash” value-added features mentioned earlier.

Replacement Window Warranty WorthReplacement Window Warranties Protect Investment in Your Long Island Home

Think you have to pay extra for extended warranty protection? Think again. Find out about our 20/2/10 warranty that even covers your installation for two years – that’s twice as long as most competitor packages. Learn more about what differentiates our warranty from the others on the market.

E is for Efficiency

U-Value Renewal by Andersen Long IslandCheck the U-Value Before Buying Replacement Windows on Long Island

Stop comparing apples to bananas. If all the ratings, acronyms and industry jargon are making you want to pull your hair out, read this article that unravels the mystery behind energy efficiency ratings and performance.

Composite Fibrex Versus Vinyl Window FramesVinyl Replacement Windows vs Composite Windows

This last link shows you how Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, New York replacement window frames balance the three E’s. Our patented Fibrex frames are manufactured under the strictest environmental guidelines, allowing you to save time and money on upkeep and maintenance as compared to vinyl or wood frames and put you in control of your energy consumption.

Contact Us for More Information About Balancing the Three E’s with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows.

We’re proud to offer home improvement products that are affordable, beautiful and energy efficient. We know you might still have some questions about balancing the Three E’s to make wise decisions for your home. We’re here to help you get the most out of your investment.

Schedule a free in-home design consultation by calling 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the form on this page.

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Long Island Replacement Windows to Save on Summer AC Bills

Long Island replacement window heat gainIt’s another hot, humid summer on Long Island this year and that means your windows might be making you uncomfortable or costing you money in high energy bills. Weather forecasters expect the temperature to break the 90 degree mark in July. With it hotter than a Fourth of July firecracker outside, we’ll all be looking for ways to keep it cool and comfy inside.

Unfortunately, even if you have an efficient central heating and cooling unit, it takes a huge amount of money to keep your home comfortable if your home isn’t airtight. This is a good time to start thinking about managing your cooling budget. Aging, inefficient windows allow the cool air circulating throughout your home to escape and let the hot air in – forcing your air conditioner to work overtime. The harder the AC has to work, the more money you have to pump into keeping your home comfortable.

One way to save big this summer (and for many years in the future) is to install energy-efficient replacement windows and doors. This will cut down on leaking air and can even cut the amount of solar energy that penetrates your windows. How much you save depends on what type of windows you’re replacing and the condition of your current windows. Based on 2007 Energy Star estimates, homeowners in the Mid-Atlantic states saved between $90 and $425 dollars by upgrading to energy-efficient windows. The highest savings come from replacing single pane glass with high-performance windows.

3 Replacement Window Glass Choices

You can see that replacement window performance factors can make a drastic difference in your annual utility savings. Renewal by Andersen offers three glass types designed to help Long Island homeowners save more as the temperature goes up.

1. High-Performance™ Low-E4® Sun glass with its high-tech glass coatings control light levels in your home and deliver superior heat-gain control – giving you greater control over your energy budget.

UV2. High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass, which allows more natural light to enter your home without compromising heat gain management, is an exceptional choice for homeowners looking for options to reduce energy bills in warm, humid climates. SmartSun™ replacement windows have an added bonus – they block up to 95% of harmful UV rays that can damage carpets and upholstery.

3. High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass, like our SmartSun™ glass is 45% more efficient than dual-pane glass during the winter. During hot summer months the percentage goes even higher – up to 56%.

Saving Money Isn’t Limited to Glass Options

High-performance replacement windows don’t rely on glass choices alone. You’ll also want superior weather stripping to block moisture and prevent air leaks. Choosing framing materials that reduce heat-gain and maintain structural integrity also improve energy-efficiency; saving you even more money. Designing custom windows based on your home’s orientation to the sun and landscaping makes sure when the temperature soars your power bills don’t go up with them.

Better Management After the Installation

While Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and doors give you greater control over your cooling budget, there are other ways to take your savings even further.

When your air conditioner keeps running and running when no one is home, you are just throwing money out the window – so to speak. If you aren’t already using a programmable thermostat, talk to your air conditioner technician about installing one before it gets any hotter.

Window treatments for your new replacement windows can also help you proactively manage your budget. By closing shades or blinds during the hottest part of the day, your home will stay cooler. Selecting drapes with reflective backing for your new windows adds another layer of protection from solar heat gain, too.

Escalating utility bills can be discouraging. With replacement windows designed to help you capitalize on your home’s natural airflow patterns and by considering other internal and external factors you can save money on your energy bills this year and for many years to come.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Hot Replacement Window Tips for Homeowners

Need help figuring out which replacement window glass and frame types are most advantageous for your Long Island home? Give us a call toll-free at 877-313-9052 or take a couple of minutes to send us an inquiry by filling out the form on this page.

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Looking for Easy-Clean Replacement Windows for Your Long Island Home?

Cleaning Long Island Replacement WindowsIf you’ve chosen to upgrade the aging windows and doors in your Long Island home, you’re probably looking forward to improving your view of the world beyond your windows. You’ve probably considered the various glass types and frames and made some progress in narrowing down the styles for your replacement windows. One question you might have before making the final decision is “What window styles are easiest to keep clean?”

The good news is that all Renewal by Andersen of Long Island windows are low-maintenance and easy to clean. Naturally, a fixed window on the first floor, with between-the-glass grilles (or no grilles) has fewer surfaces to clean so it will probably take less time, depending on the size and shape. Since fixed windows don’t open, you’ll need to clean the interior surface from the inside and then go outside to clean the other side. Fixed window exterior surfaces on upper floors and in attics are harder to reach, unless you have access to a fireman’s ladder or a professional window washer with a weekend to donate.

Simple Solutions

Renewal by Andersen replacement window options for Long Island homeowners all have a few things in common. For one thing, you won’t need special cleaning products or tools to clean most windows. A home-made or mild commercial cleaning solution and a few soft cloths are suitable for most window-cleaning jobs. Some people prefer to use a squeegee to reduce streaking. Another thing that eliminates streaks and smudges is to wash windows on a cloudy day. Washing solutions tend to dry quicker on bright, clear days, and that can leave streaks.

Here are a few other no-no’s to keep in mind when cleaning your replacement windows and doors.

  • Keep vinegar-based solutions away from weather-stripping and sealants to prevent damage.
  • Avoid abrasives that might pit or scratch glass and other surfaces.
  • Never use sharp objects – like razor blades or knives – to remove stubborn grime. Patience and elbow grease work well and won’t void your warranty.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Replacement Windows Designed with You in Mind

Sliding Windows and Doors

Energy-efficient, space-saving sliders are a breeze to clean. Even if your sliders are on upper floors or in the attic, you won’t need to hire a professional or enlist the help of a fire-fighter friend. The designs allow you to reach both the exterior and interior surfaces from inside the comfort of your home.

After you remove the grilles (if any), slide one sash to the center of the opening. Lift up, pulling the lower part of the sash toward you. Repeat with the remaining sash. Clean both surfaces and replace sash in the reverse order. Always close and lock the windows after cleaning to make sure you positioned your components in the frame correctly.

If you need help figuring out how to remove interior grilles, watch this tutorial. Wipe each grille section with a moist cloth and replace after you reinstall sash in the frame.

Double Hung Windows: Tilt Cleaning Options

Double-hung windows are among the most popular styles in the Renewal by Andersen line up of replacement windows. The wash-assist styling allows you to easily access the lower and upper sash by tilting them toward the inside of your home. To prevent damage, be sure to support your window sash with a stool or other sturdy furniture while they are dropped at the 90 degree angle. We recommend you clean exterior surfaces first; then clean interior surfaces and return to an upright position. Our replacement window cleaning and operation guide will help you locate the wash-assist tab and gain more information about lowering and raising your sash for cleaning.

All Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are easy to clean and generally don’t require more than one person to do the job quickly and efficiently. Remember that glass is heavy and the larger the window, the more it will weigh. If you aren’t sure how much an individual sash weighs, arrange for help the first time you clean your new windows.

Ask Renewal by Andersen of Long Island for More Information

Did we answer your questions about cleaning and maintenance of the replacement windows in your Long Island home? If you have concerns or questions, we’re here to help. We’ve got solutions to make taking care of your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows as effortless as possible. You can reach us at 1-877-313-9052 for more information about any of our fine home improvement products and accessories.

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Top 3 Renewal by Andersen Replacement Patio Door Styles for Long Island

TrapLong Island summers are hot and humid, but they also provide the perfect opportunity for outdoor patio parties and family gatherings. Of course, if your patio doors stick or are hard to open and close, this can put a big damper on your outdoor activities. After all, if you can’t get outside, it’s tough to enjoy your patio or yard. If this is the summer you’ve designated as the best time to replace aging patio doors and windows in your home, we’ve got some great ideas to help you choose the products that will fit your budget and your lifestyle.

Why Choose One When Three or Four is More Dramatic?

Hinged French patio doors have always been popular with Long Island homeowners. Why? Classic style. New technology and designs have improved the energy efficiency of this versatile patio door style. They fit well in almost any decorating scheme from 1950s Art Deco to elegant French Provencal décor. Trendy home designs use strategically placed interior French doors to cordon off interior spaces to control heating and air conditioning costs better, too.

With carefully selected frame widths and color choices, replacing a sagging, sliding patio door with a Hinged French patio door can instantly transform your living spaces from drab to debonair and sophisticated while playful. Plus, connecting your indoor spaces with outdoor living areas is easier since you can essentially treat your patio as another room by incorporating contrasting or coordinating prints, textures and fabrics.

Another benefit of adding wide profile French-style patio doors is that the large glass surface allows more natural sunlight to flood your home when closed and encourages better air circulation and ventilation when open.

For a dramatic new look that you won’t see very often, consider replacing a row of floor to ceiling windows (or a massive single fixed window) with a series of narrow, hinged French doors. Keep in mind that replacement windows are carefully manufactured to fit into your existing window opening. Replacing windows several inches above floor level will require additional construction not normally required for replacement door installation.

Want French Style, But Don’t Have Enough Space?

Renewal by Andersen Long Island sliding French Patio Door

Renewal by Andersen Replacement Sliding French Patio Door

If you want the benefits of streaming sunshine and decorating choices, but don’t want to give up patio or interior space to swinging doors, choose a space-saving slider with French design features. You’ll get the feel of traditional French doors, including options to add removable grilles to create the atmosphere you want, with fewer restrictions on furniture placement or traffic patterns.

You don’t have to give up the wow-factor with Renewal by Andersen Frenchwood gliding patio doors that open from the middle on easy-glide tracks. And, with four panels of natural light, your interior spaces will be brighter than traditional sliding doors.

Multiple locks add another layer of security for your family. Low maintenance exteriors and stainable interior surfaces give you even more options to create a truly stunning entrance to your home.

Contemporary Styling With Traditional Sliding Doors

Renewal by Andersen Narrow Line Replacement Patio Door

Renewal by Andersen Narrow Line Replacement Patio Door

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offers two distinct sliding patio door styles for homeowners looking for a contemporary look and feel. Both maximize your views with narrow-profile styling. And both deliver added security features and an easy-glide design that makes opening and closing your patio doors almost effortless.

Renewal by Andersen Frenchwood Replacement Patio Door

Renewal by Andersen Frenchwood Replacement Patio Door

The main differences are the manufacturing materials and decorating options. Narroline® doors feature stainable natural pine interiors, where Perma-Shield® doors are manufactured with a sturdy maintenance free exterior wrapped around an engineered wood core. Whichever style you choose, you’re guaranteed a low-maintenance door, backed up with the Renewal by Andersen 20/2/10 warranty that covers parts, performance and installation.

Shared Features and Benefits

Whether you choose a French style patio door or a traditional sliding door for your Long Island home, you’ll have three High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass options to choose from that allow you to control the amount of light that enters your home and control energy consumption more effectively. Plus, if you want added security, Low-E4® glass comes in four beautiful patterns that allow you to control what people outside can see looking through your windows.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Would Like to Hear From You

What do you think? Ready to transform your living spaces with dramatic French styling or are you more comfortable with a more traditional decorating approach? We would welcome the chance to meet you and talk about our replacement patio door and window products designed to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient. Fill in the form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 for more information about replacement patio doors for your home.

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Choosing Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows for Rural Long Island Homes

Shelter Island, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY Replacement WindowsIf you started to undertake your replacement window research, you’ve probably come across energy-efficiency ratings and recommendations based upon the climate, seasonal humidity variances and location, but did you know that certain window styles are look better on certain home styles? For example, a window that looks good in an urban setting like a Manhattan row house, might look out of place on a rural home out on the East End of Long Island.

While Renewal by Andersen of Long Island designs all its replacement windows with rigorous internal standards that ensure low-maintenance performance and longevity, we understand that every home has its own unique character and every window should reflect the owners’ lifestyle and decorating preferences.

Choosing the frame material and hardware finish that complements your interior decorating scheme and the best glass options for living in rural Long Island is a personal decision-making journey for each homeowner. To help you compare styles and operational features, let’s look at just a few Renewal by Andersen window options.

Why Long Island Customers Like Renewal by Andersen Casement Windows

Long Island weather varies with the seasons, but one thing that doesn’t change much is the humidity level. Whether it is ice and snow in the colder months or rainfall in spring and summer, Long Island residents can expect between 2 and 4 inches of precipitation every month of the year. If you live in Suffolk County, you’ll get a bit more wet stuff than if you live in Nassau, but it stays fairly consistent across the region.

Renewal by Andersen’s replacement casement windows include a unique multi-position latching system designed to keep moisture out and conditioned air (both hot and cold) indoors. Casement windows operate with a crank mechanism that opens the window out – rather than sash that rise up or down. One benefit to rural Long Island homeowners is that regardless of which season it is, you’ll be able to control your energy costs better with an airtight window.

Crank style windows, like casement replacement windows, work exceptionally well over counters or behind furniture where reaching an operable sash might be inconvenient or difficult without getting a ladder or moving furniture around.

Low Profile Sliders Save Space and Time

While high-humidity levels can overwork an older heating and air conditioning system, the extra moisture is one of the reasons we have such beautiful scenery to enjoy – especially when you get out of the city proper. To take advantage of spectacular views without ever leaving your home, you’ll want to choose glass options that have high-clarity features and low-profile frames that give you a larger viewing area. One low-profile option is sliding windows. Here are a four special features that sliders offer:

  1. Dual-sliders allow you to open either side to control ventilation.
  2. The easy-care design lets you clean both inside and outside glass surfaces from inside your home.
  3. Seven interior colors and 11 hardware finishes to choose from allow dozens of design combinations.
  4. Opening windows doesn’t block sidewalks, affect furniture placement or disrupt activities on decks and patios.

When It’s All About the View, Choose Fixed Windows

For safety reasons, we recommend every room have at least one operable window with easy access in case of emergencies like a fire. But, if you have a room dedicated to watching the world go by – like a room overlooking a private pond or a sunroom with a view of the Peconic River – you’ll want fixed replacement windows. Even though a fixed window won’t open to let the cool breezes in on moderate summer evenings, you’ll have a front-row seat to watch the garden grow – maybe even catch a glimpse of wildlife sunbathing along the water’s edge.

Fixed windows complement other window styles in your home. They also provide excellent noise control, allow lots of natural light into your rooms and increase energy-efficiency. All that and a view – no wonder picture windows are so popular.

Still Not Sure Which Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window is Right for Your Long Island Home?

It’s hard to visualize what certain styles and colors will look like in your home. That’s why we recommend homeowners take a virtual tour at http://www.renewalbyandersen.com/get-inspired/visualizer.aspx before they make a final decision. With the interactive tool that lets you upload real photos of your home, you can see how options like removable grilles and varying profile widths affects the curb appeal and enhance the overall beauty of your home.

Other Replacement Window Recommendations

These three popular window styles are great options for your rural Long Island home. But, they don’t represent all of your options. You have frame choices like Fibrex, our patented composite material manufactured for long-lasting durability while reducing the carbon footprint. Fibrex performs better – and longer – than wood or vinyl frames without exhaustive maintenance. Maybe you’re looking for awning style windows that crank open horizontally instead of vertically for the basement or garage.

Ready to Explore Replacement Window Options for Your Long Island Home?

It only takes a minute to enter your contact information in the form for more information. Or, give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to talk to a design consult.

 

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Replacement Windows for Safety & Accessibility in Your Long Island Home

Keep Your Long Island Family Safe with the Right Replacement Windows

“There were no books, pens, paper or ink, and no glass in the openings they believed to be windows. It is a little thing — glass is — until it is absent, then it becomes a big thing.”

Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Replace Doors or Windows First on Long Island NYAt Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we’re more than happy to talk to our customers about the wonderful benefits of installing our replacement windows until the cows come home, but today we’d like to talk about a more serious topic – safety in the home.

More than 5,000 children suffer injuries from falling out of windows each year in the United States. Recently, a toddler suffered fatal injuries after falling from a sixth floor home in Crown Heights. Don’t think that living in a single-story home means accidents are less likely to happen, either.

There is some good news. Experts say that most injuries can be prevented with just a few simple safety measures like moving furniture away from operable windows to prevent young children from climbing through open windows and engaging locks when children are left unattended – even briefly.

Simple safety measures you can take to reduce risks

  • Talk to your replacement window specialists about window locks and insect screen latches.
  • Plant thick ground cover or low bushes under windows to soften the landing surface should a fall occur.
  • Move furniture away from windows in children’s rooms – especially children under 5, since this age group is more likely to suffer serious injuries associated with a fall from a window than any other age group.
  • Be extra vigilant during warm weather. More incidents occur in spring and summer than in cool weather months.
  • Choose double-hung windows for children’s rooms. One design feature of double-hung windows is that the both the upper and lower sash open to allow fresh air to enter your rooms. Make it a habit to keep the lower sash in place and drop the upper sash when you want extra ventilation.

A quick word about landscaping and safety . . .

While ground cover and low shrubbery help protect young children during an accidental fall, it is important to consider your whole family when deciding on landscaping details. If you plant shrubs too close to your windows, firefighters may have limited access to first floor rooms in an emergency. Sliding windows and doors are more practical than crank-out awning and casement type windows unless you have four to six feet between the opening and trees, shrubs or tall ornamental plants.

The character quoted above from Mark Twain’s classic was talking about the bland surroundings and an almost unbearable lack of decorative elements in the sixth century — like “windows” that didn’t have glass panes – surely we can all agree that a glassless window would be boring and dysfunctional by today’s standards. Long Island homeowners expect windows to seal out inclement weather AND open wide to let the sunshine and fresh air flow freely when weather permits. A missing glass pane – even temporarily – can be a “big thing”.

Safety and replacement windows cleaning and maintenance

You’ll find that most Renewal by Andersen replacement window styles make cleaning both the exterior surface and the interior surface convenient from inside your home. However, as easy as it is to get your windows clean, there are some safety measures you can take to prevent injuries.

  • Don’t clean windows on a ladder unless you have a partner to steady the appliance. If you use a ladder to reach high windows, make sure the ladder is firmly positioned on a level surface.
  • Remember that glass is heavy. If you need to remove large sash and framed panel, ask for help to avoid back injuries.
  • When cleaning double-hung tilt windows, rest the lower sash on a sturdy bench or chair to support the weight and prevent damage to your windows.
  • Keep small children away from window openings during cleaning. It only takes a few seconds for a toddler to attempt to climb through a window while your hands and mind are occupied with cleansers and tiny fingerprints on surfaces.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Let Us Help You Create A Safer Home Environment with our Replacement Windows

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island window consultants are happy to help you design beautiful, stylish windows for your home that make life safer and more comfortable for every member of your family — from the youngest to the oldest. If you need more information about replacement window styles and designs to keep your family safe, please give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or enter your contact information in the form on this page and we’ll get in touch with you shortly.

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Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Working Hard to Build Great Replacement Windows and Protect Our Neighbors and Neighborhoods

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is proud of our replacement windows and patio doors AND our deep roots in the community. We take pride in developing personal relationships with our customers grounded in core values like honesty, integrity, the pursuit of excellence and a healthy commitment to corporate responsibility. For Renewal by Andersen, corporate responsibility encompasses everything from innovative product designs to creating a safe workplace for our employees and supporting each community we serve by considering how our commercial endeavors impact the local economy and the environment.

Our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, has a long and rich history of creating products with sustainability in mind. We’ve been doing it long before that “sustainability became a popular catch-word. For more than a century, our company leaders have understood how important it is to protect the interests of the neighborhoods served as well as those of the company,. That’s why Andersen – and Renewal by Andersen of Long Island – continues to set the bar for industry standards that go above and beyond simply what is required to just get by.

Pillars of Excellence in Corporate Responsibility
Cleaner Indoor Air and Lower Emissions
Green Seal Certified Replacement WindowsIt’s estimated that we spend about 90% of our time indoors today. Naturally, keeping indoor air quality as pure as possible is essential for good health. Some replacement window manufacturing processes and construction materials used to build replacement windows and other home improvement products can produce toxins that are often discharged into the environment during production as well as after installation by companies with less stringent requirements than Renewal by Andersen. Renewal by Andersen has always taken extra precautions to protect our employees, our customers and the environment every step of the way. Our windows meet or exceed even the strictest industry standards for indoor air quality in the US and enable us to carry the Green Seal for the highest SCS certified recycled content of any window replacement company.

Using Wisdom to Protect Resources
Renewal by Andersen takes an “all in” approach to protect our resources and use them wisely. We value relationships with customers and neighbors, but we also work together with our suppliers, vendors and manufacturing partners to develop environmentally friendly procurement and manufacturing programs that reduce our carbon footprint while improving our product performance.

Our Products Help YOU be a Better Steward
Just improving our own energy consumption and carbon footprint isn’t enough. We continue to look for more ways to save you money and lower the overall energy consumption in your home. For example, our Smart Sun window panes are 70% more efficient than double pane windows in the hot summer months.

Energy Star Sustained Excellence AwardWhen you consider that residential homes in the US are responsible for more than 1/6th of all the energy used in our nation, it is easy to see that it takes everyone pulling together to improve environmental outcomes. Just imagine what a monumental difference it could make to the environment if every homeowner replaced low-quality, poor-performance windows and doors with home improvement products that reduced overall energy consumption by 15, 20 or 30 percent.

Our Commitment: Today and Tomorrow Together
• We design products for today that don’t jeopardize future generations – carefully monitoring our harvesting and reclamation processes.
• We don’t settle for good enough – we continually look for new technology and materials to keep our replacement windows and doors performing better and lasting longer for our Long Island homeowners.
• Reducing landfill waste is a top priority for our company leaders. Our patented Fibrex® Material used for frames and sash is constructed with 40% reclaimed wood and our replacement windows have the highest SCS certified recycled content among all window replacement companies.
• Collectively, Renewal by Andersen affiliates and authorized installation contractors have replaced more than 2 million windows in hundreds of thousands of homes.

The Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Promise

We’ll continue to look for ways to make your home for comfortable, more energy-efficient and more environmentally friendly than ever before. In the process, we’ll stay true to our corporate values that require us to consider how our manufacturing and materials procurement affect the people we serve, the planet we call home and the performance of the products we deliver.

Contact Us Today to Answer All Your Replacement Window Questions

We know you might have a few more questions about our products and services. Please accept our invitation to contact us today if you have questions about our manufacturing and environmental stewardship programs. Use the inquiry form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to talk to a replacement window consultant about Renewal by Andersen home improvement products for your home.

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Check the U-Value Before Buying Replacement Windows on Long Island

U-Value Renewal by Andersen Long IslandWe know our Long Island customers are interested in finding beautiful windows with the highest energy rating for their homes, but that wading through the ratings jargon can be confusing and frustrating. When window specialists start talking about R- and U-values and thermal efficiency, it’s easy to get overwhelmed trying to keep all those numbers straight.

Today, rather than give you a litany of definitions and explanations for various metrics that characterize window performance, we want to focus on just a few – U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient and Visible Transmittance. Both R-Value and U-Factor are measures of a materials’ insulating performance. Many homeowners are familiar with R-Values from shopping for attic and wall insulation, but these are not applicable in window performance. Instead, we’ll use the standard window metric U-Value

Who Sets the Standards?

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is a nonprofit organization founded to help consumers compare and evaluate energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights. The organization does not recommend individual products; however they provide unbiased information about the total window performance based on independent testing.

Energy Star Sustained Excellence AwardMost consumers are familiar with the ENERGY STAR label, but many may not be familiar with the NFRC label. In order to qualify as an ENERGY STAR approved product, windows must be NFRC certified. The NFRC label provides rating information consumers can use to calculate energy (and money) savings over the life of the window. You can think of the NFRC label as similar to the efficiency labels on new car windows or the energy efficiency labels on appliances. All these labels enable you to compare products to get the most energy efficient one for your money.

To learn more about how NFRC rates windows, visit the NFRC website. The NFRC is a third-party agency not affiliated with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.

How the U-Factor Affects YOU on Lon Island

If you’re wondering how important the U-Factor and whole window performance is for you, consider this. According to the United States Department of Energy, $35 million dollars is lost every year through inefficient windows. That’s almost $10 for every man, woman and child in the US, as of March 2014.

The U-Factor is a numerical representation of the amount of heat lost through a window or door. The lower the number, the higher the efficiency. Controlling heat loss is one of the most important tools to curb energy consumption and reduce utility bills.

The Other Numbers on Your Window’s NFRC Label

Unlike the MPG rating on a car where higher numbers signify optimal performance, lower numbers on an NFRC label means greater efficiency. While many replacement window companies focus mainly on glass panels – improving UV control and maintaining adequate heat loss/heat gain ratios through window panes – our total window performance program goes further.

The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measurement shows how efficiently a product reduces heat gain. Windows facing east and west typically gain more heat than north and south-facing windows. Low-E glass and certain window designs that reduce surface area limit heat gain. Double and triple-glazed window designs are also more efficient that single pane styles. Higher efficiency windows have low SHGC numbers.

Visible Transmittance numbers measure the total light that passes through the window unit. Slim-profile window designs allow more light transfer and wide-framed models allow less light to come through. Here, you want a higher number, as long as that doesn’t mean you’ll be subject to glare.

Adding All the Numbers

An energy efficiency rating involves much more than simply calculating whether the window is airtight. Think of how hot a metal plate – like your car’s hood – gets on a bright summer day. Energy efficient window designs help you capitalize on solar gains during the winter without sacrificing efficient cooling during our hot, humid Long Island summer months.

When you design replacement windows for your home, consider the orientation of the windows in your home – which direction do they face. Also, think about how landscaping affects your windows – do you have large shade trees that will protect your windows from direct sunlight in summer, but allow light when the leaves fall in autumn to allow some heat gain in winter?

Decorating elements also impact efficiency. You don’t have to sacrifice decorating style to gain superior performance, but you should consider the impact of heavy drapes or sheer blinds on energy efficiency.

Designing Your Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows for your Long Island Home

There is a lot that goes into designing your beautiful Renewal by Andersen replacement windows for your Long Island home. Our hassle-free process is a step by step approach to help you customize windows and replacement doors with unrivaled beauty and performance.

Need more information about energy efficiency or design of your Long Island replacement windows? Fill out the form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 at your convenience. We’re anxious to talk to you about how our products can help you upgrade your home and save money at the same time.

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5 Things You Need to Know About Insect Screens for Your Long Island Windows

Renewal by Andersen Long Island Truscreen Insect ScreenOn Long Island, insect screens are a critical part of any replacement window decision if you ever plan to open your windows in the summer. The high humidity of a Long Island summer following the unusually wet winter we had this year is likely to bring on the nasty flying, biting insects. Without the right screens, you could be inviting those critters into your home, or worse, be stuck with the windows shut and no air conditioning.

Whether you’re considering purchasing new replacement windows this year or are just considering upgrading the insect screens for your existing windows, following are some tips you should keep in mind before making any purchases.

Number One: What Belongs Outside Stays Outside

The goal of the insect screens in your windows is to keep insects out without blocking natural sunlight and airflow for ventilation. If you purchase operable Renewal by Andersen replacement windows for your Long Island home, replacement window insect screens are part of your package. Fixed windows don’t open to provide ventilation so screens aren’t necessary on fixed windows.

Number Two: Cleaning and Maintenance is Easy

Care and maintenance should be easy and hassle free. Before purchasing insect screens, consider easy they are to remove and replace. Renewal by Andersen replacement window screens are designed to be simple to remove and reinstall to ensure your routine cleaning and maintenance are hassle-free.

Routine care and maintenance help your insect screen perform better and last longer. Clean standard screens and TruScene insect screens with a soft cloth or sponge and a mild cleaning solution. A mild solution removes dust and dirt, smoke and light soils. To remove grease and “tough grime” a commercial cleanser such as Mr. Clean® or rubbing alcohol is more efficient.

The Renewal by Andersen cleaning and maintenance guide gives you more specific details about removing insect screens. Click on the link above; then select the window or door styles in your home for more information.

Number Three: All Window Screens are not Equal

Before you purchase insect screens, you should be aware that not all screens are created equal. Insect screens are made out of different materials, different weaves and come in different colors. Be sure to compare one screen to another to ensure you get one that meets your needs. If you have a lot of really tiny “no-see-ems” flying around, you want to be sure your insect screen weave is tight enough to keep them out. At the same time, you don’t want the weave to be so tight that you can’t see through your windows or that they obstruct air flow through your home. Renewal by Andersen’s standard insect screens keep the bugs out and allow you to enjoy fresh air and sunshine, our TruScene® insect screen gives you increased clarity — 50% more clarity. Plus, you enjoy more sunlight and ventilation with TruScene® technology.

Number Four: Screens Designed for Your Window Styles

Whether you choose standard replacement window insect screens or desire a clearer view with TruScene® insect screens, your window style determines whether the screens are installed inside or outside. Casement and awning windows open outward; therefore your screens are mounted inside your home. Window styles with operable sash that raise or lower for ventilation require exterior screen installation.

Number Five: Warranty Coverage

Like other non-glass and non-Fibrex window materials — such as hinges, weatherstripping and locks — Renewal by Andersen insect screens are protected by the Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC 20/2/10 warranty.

Screens are guaranteed to be free from factory defects in workmanship and materials for 10 years. If your screens fail to perform as described during the warranty coverage period, we will replace or repair the screens at our expense. Your coverage continues after remediation through the full term without interruption and at no cost to you whether we repair or replace your screens.

Protecting Your Assets

You shouldn’t have to sacrifice a beautiful view to protect your home from seasonal insects. Our insect screens don’t obstruct your view through open or closed windows. Our team of design professionals and our manufacturing team work hard to deliver superior home improvement products designed for beautiful function and optimal performance. You can help your insect screens perform better longer with proper care and maintenance. Routine cleaning and maintenance keep your screens performing well year after year, so you can continue to enjoy plenty of fresh air and sunshine throughout the seasons.

An Invitation to You by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Thank you for stopping by to visit our blog. We value our customers and want to do everything we can to earn your trust and your business. Would you like more information about insect screens? Perhaps you are just starting your journey toward new windows or patio doors for your Long Island home? It would be a pleasure to meet with you at your convenience to discuss your home renovation or window replacement project. Please accept our invitation to schedule an in-home consultation today. You can reach us by telephone at 1-877-313-9052. If you prefer to contact us online, enter your name and contact information in the form at the top of this page and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Replacement Window Warranties Protect Investment in Your Long Island Home

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Transferable Replacement Window Warranty

Replacement Window Warranty WorthInvesting in energy-efficient upgrades and home renovations like replacement windows and patio doors is not a quick decision for Long Island homeowners. It makes sense to compare various products and services on the market. We know we’re not the only replacement window company in Long Island, We hope you buy your new windows from us, but our goal on this website is to give you all the information you need to make wise decisions — including information for protecting your assets and investment dollars.

Choosing replacement windows involves many decisions, including considering glass types, frame profiles and color options carefully. Price and payment plans are important considerations for many homeowners, too.

But the one consideration that validates all the others is the warranty and the strength of the company that backs it up. After all, a warranty is useless if the company standing behind it goes out of business.

With replacement windows, as with many other home improvement products, there are usually two warranties: one for the product and one for the installation. This can present issues down the road, should you need to seek redress under the warranty. In many cases, materials warranties are dependent upon installation being performed in a specific way. If the manufacturer’s instructions are not followed to the letter, it can void the warranty.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Warranty Covers Materials AND InstallationReplacement Window Warranty Long Island NY

The Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Transferable 20/2/10 Warranty package helps you protect your assets without hassles or confusing fine print. What differentiates our warranty from other replacement window warranty products is that we cover both materials AND installation.

If you have ever purchased a home improvement product from one company and contracted with another company for installation, you might have experienced the “pass the buck” process. When people have a problem, sometimes the installation company claims product defect and the manufacturer claims improper installation caused the performance failure.

When you purchase your replacement windows or patio doors from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, you never have to worry about the manufacturer blaming the installer or the installer blaming the manufacturer. Should you ever need warranty service, you can be assured your claim will be handled quickly, efficiently and without headaches. You don’t have that peace of mind when you purchase your windows from one manufacturer and the installation from a general window installation contractor. When our authorized dealers install your new windows and doors, our warranty covers it all — labor, parts, and original installation.

Transferable Warranty Improves Resale Value

Our generous warranty package is transferable if you sell or deed your home to another party, too. This protects your investment and can actually increase the resale value of your home if you move during the warranty period.

20 Years of Glass Coverage

Your insulated glass panels are warranted to perform perfectly for 20 years. Your protection package covers manufacturing defects, all construction materials and installation for two years with normal use and compliance with maintenance guidelines.

Protection coverage includes:

  • Failure of glass or sealants.
  • Manufacturing defects which result in reduced clarity or obstruction in glass window and door panels

If we replace glass or sash due to factory defect or improper installation by one of our authorized installation contractors, we will repair or replace the defective parts. New parts and services are covered for the remainder of the warranty period.

2 Years of Installation Coverage (twice as long as most)

Our warranty only covers installation by a Renewal by Andersen authorized installation professional. If any product fails to perform according to our superior standards during the first two years due to faulty installation, your 20/2/10 warranty provides peace of mind. Your coverage means we will complete any work necessary to bring the installation up to our rigorous quality standards for workmanship without a deductible or co-pay for you.

10 Years for Non-Glass Components

Your non-glass parts and construction components are warranted to perform as described for 10 years. Non-glass components include:

  • Hardware
  • Locks
  • Lifts
  • Balance systems
  • Screens
  • Frames
  • Weatherstripping
  • Other construction materials and parts

10 Years on Our Patented Fibrex Frames

Fibrex composite frames are warranted not to rot, peel, crack, fade, flake, pit or otherwise deteriorate for ten years under normal use and conditions. Your coverage protects you from any issues associated with a manufacturing defect or improper installation. Keep in mind there are some things not covered by the warranty, such as the items listed below.

  • Accidental damage
  • Abuse
  • Modification by non-approved installation companies
  • Corrosion to hardware finishes — unless specifically covered in the full warranty document.
  • Acts of God and weather related damage
  • Improper cleaning and maintenance
  • Failure to paint or stain frames according to product guidelines
  • Specialty glass
  • Electric window operating mechanism

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Your Partner for Life

Our 20/2/10 warranty package protects your assets and investment against manufacturing defect AND installation — so you can have confidence that if you experience a performance issue we will make it right at no cost to you.

Your window specialist can give you more information about the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island limited warranty. We believe our products are superior to any other replacement windows and doors on the market and we back that up with a warranty package designed to protect your investment today and in the future.

It would be a privilege to talk to you about our warranty. If you have questions about coverage and limitations, request a full copy for review. Better yet, enter your contact information in the form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052.

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More Video Reviews in Brooklyn, Nassau and Suffolk, Long Island, NY

You know we love to hear from our happy clients because they validate that we’re doing a good job and we know you like to hear it too if you’re considering doing business with us.

These days, reading reviews from prior customers is a standard part of any shopping experience. We like to know that other people have used the products and services we’re considering and that they’ve had a good experience. We’re skeptical of advertisers’ claims, but know we can trust the words of other people just like us.

As a prospective replacement window customer, we know you’re going to be looking for reviews of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island and we encourage you to do so. We work hard to ensure every customer is pleased with our work and has a good experience from start to finish. We’re proud of our record online and are happy for you to search for our reviews, whether that’s on Angie’s List, the Better Business Bureau, Home Advisor or any of the dozens of other review sites.

Video Reviews of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island in English and Spanish!

Renewal by Andersen video review from Brooklyn, Long Island, NYOf course you can also read and WATCH video reviews right here on this site. We just added a new video review from one our recent customers in Brooklyn, NY. AND, you can hear her thoughts, in her own words — in English and Spanish!

Some of her thoughts include:

Why did you replace your windows?

“It was such a big job, we didn’t want to do it, but Andersen convinced us we could do it.”

Why did you choose Renewal by Andersen?

“When we met with the Andersen people we thought they were extremely professional. They knew what they were talking about. We had consulted with architects and engineers first, so we knew what we wanted out of our windows and when we met with Andersen, they met all those requirements.”

How was the Installation Process?

“The process was surprisingly pleasant. I was worried about workers being in and out of our home, but they were extremely courteous and professional. They wore booties to come inside and they did the work quickly. I was very impressed.”

Overall, how has your experience been with Renewal by Andersen?

“Our experience with Renewal by Andersen was very positive. It far exceeded our expectations. I would recommend them any time.”

“Another positive thing is we don’t hear the noises from the street anymore.”

Watch all the full videos here.

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Redecorating with Renewal by Anderson of Long Island Replacement Windows

How to stain your long island replacement windowsRenewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are manufactured with many distinct features to ensure your windows perform beautifully for many years without extensive and complicated maintenance routines. We are justifiably proud of our products and why our warranty is one of the best packages in the industry.

Even though we design most of our window frames, hardware and accessories so you won’t have to repaint or resurface the grilles, frames or sash, we also have windows that enable you to paint or stain the interiors to match your design scheme. We want you to have the confidence to redecorate your home without worrying about voiding your industry leading warranty, so this blog post contains some general advice about updating your paintable and stainable replacement window elements. If you have any questions about updating your window colors, simply call your replacement window specialist at 1-877-313-9052 or consult your product warranty for more information.

Fibrex® Composite Material

Renewal by Andersen replacement windows’ Fibrex sash and frames are manufactured to be virtually maintenance free. If you desire to change the color, it is important to resurface without damaging the unique construction and characteristics of your Fibrex®.

Protecting Your Surfaces

Use water-repellent cloth or paper and painter’s tape to cover the non-paintable surfaces listed below before applying conditioners, solvents, paint or stain:

  • Weatherstripping materials
  • Caulking or sealants around glass
  • Jamb liners
  • Surfaces that come in contact with other “slidable surfaces” on your windows
  • Gaskets

To avoid permanent damage, we recommend you do not change the color of any products that come from the factory painted Cocoa Bean, Forest Green or Dark Bronze.

Step-by-Step Painting Guidelines

Remove window panes or paint with sash open. Your Renewal by Andersen replacement window consultant can give you more detailed instructions on how to remove panes, you may follow the steps you normally use when cleaning your windows, or review our care and maintenance guide by clicking on this link; then, select the video for your window style.

For optimal adherence, uniform application, and a beautiful surface, paint your window parts on a warm, low-humidity day. Use high quality products and the proper paint type. Select exterior oil or water-based paint products for external areas and interior paint for surfaces inside your home.

After you clean your surfaces, lightly sand each surface using a fine grit sandpaper or extra-fine steel wool (non-soaped) pads. Remove loose particles and dust with a soft, dry cloth. Use a solvent — acetone, denatured alcohol or other mild surface conditioner — to prepare the surface to accept the primer and paint; follow application instructions on the product carefully.

Your Long Island, New York home is subject to high humidity and seasonal moisture. It is important to apply an even coat of high quality quick-dry alkyd primer. Allow the primer to dry according to the manufacture’s instructions. Drying time may vary depending on the temperature and humidity. Allow all surfaces to thoroughly dry before closing the sash. When in doubt, or if the surface is tacky after the suggested time passes, allow the primer to dry longer than recommended. When the primer is dry, paint with your choice of colors.

Stainable Interiors

Some Renewal by Andersen Windows are available with wood veneers inside that are stainable or paintable. Before you start staining, read all product application instructions and only use the recommended brush types for the stain you select. Spread drop cloths to protect carpets, furniture and floors. Make sure you have a mild soap solution and a soft cloth handy to clean up drips and spills quickly.

When your areas is prepared, follow these five steps to finish your veneers on your insect screens:

#1 Protect your screen cloth by applying painter’s tape along the edges.

#2 Apply a coat of pre-stain sealer.

#3 Allow to dry thoroughly.

#4 Apply stain according to manufacturer’s instructions.

#5 Finish with a top coat, sealant.

Wood Grilles

Natural wood grilles can be stained or painted according to your personal decorating preference. Follow the same procedures for painting your insect screen frames for the best results, long-lasting beauty and superior performance. Always remove interior grilles before painting to protect your glass surfaces.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is Here to Help

We think our full line of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are the most beautiful and functional windows you will find. However, we know that even with a wide array of colors, some homeowners will want to create their own color schemes and decorating themes with custom colors. Feel free to resurface your paintable and stainable frames and sash to complement your home décor following the steps above.

Call Us If You Have Questions About Painting/Staining Your Long Island Replacement Windows

All we ask is that you take a few precautions during the process to protect your windows and make sure you don’t risk voiding any part of our excellent warranty. Have questions about paint products and surface treatments? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or enter your contact information and your questions in the form on this page. We’ll call you with more details.

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Easy DIY Window Treatments That Add Personality to Your Space

Long Island homeowners who have a Do-It-Yourself spirit and an interest in Indie crafts often look for simple remodeling ideas for their replacement windows and patio doors. From our decades of experience, the experts at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, know just about everything there is to know about replacement windows and doors. Over the years, our customers have introduced us to dozens of beautiful decorating styles and creative renovation projects.

We thought you might enjoy hearing about trending remodeling and decorating tips for your home. So here goes.

Beautiful Windows: Designed to be Enjoyed

replacement window boxes

Window boxes can really dress up the exterior of your replacement windows. Photo courtesy of Jorge Andrade

 

 

Beautiful windows deserve to be enjoyed. Adding a window box is an excellent way to dress up your windows and give you a chance to show off your carpentry skills in the process. There are hundreds of variations to consider. Just go online and search for “window boxes” or “window box plans” for dozens of ideas.

Whether you want to plant a selection of herbs outside your kitchen window or you want a horticultural expression that changes with each season, here are a few things to keep in mind.

#1 Use caution when attaching your window treatments.

#2 Avoid drilling into frames.

#3 Damage to frames can void parts of your replacement window warranty, and could lead to moisture and air leaks.

#4 Your window box should have plenty of drainage holes that allow excess water to drain efficiently to avoid mold and root rot.

#5 You can build your own window box or create unique window treatments from flea market finds. The ideas are endless. You don’t have to build a box. You might decide you want to use reclaimed wood slats with holes cut out to hold individual potted pants.

Windows Seats do More Than Create Additional Seating

replacement window seatBuilding a custom window seat for your bay and bow windows helps you create a comfy corner to snuggle up with a good book or watch the flowers blooming in your new window box. Sure, window seats add more places to sit, but they can do so much more. Some creative suggestions for homeowners include:

  • Build a low-profile bookcase for easy access to young readers. You have traditional seating above and functional kid-friendly space at floor level. You could also flank your window seat with bookshelves to recreate a family library.
  • Create a playground for indoor pets, complete with scratching posts for kitties and safe napping places for your canine companions.
  • Increase storage space for everything from tools to linens and winter clothing with hinged access or customized pull out drawers. Drawers are great for organizing small items like craft supplies and specialty items like fishing tackle, which have both large and small items with diverse storage requirements.
  • Need some extra sleeping space? Build a fold out – or pull out – bed into your window seat design. You can use this same tip to build a window seat/convertible bed combination under any large window, not just a bay.

If Off-the Rack is Off Your Radar

Whether you want extra privacy, or you want to create spaces that reveal your unique personality, you can use traditional fabrics and materials in non-traditional ways to create fabulous window treatments.

Bold, Beaded and Beautiful

 

Image courtesy of Alpha

A beaded curtain is perfect for those windows that don’t need privacy curtains. Sunlight pouring through iridescent glass beads creates interesting prisms of color that change as the angle of the sun makes its way across the sky. Fun, playful and delightfully whimsical, bedazzled curtains are a terrific alternative to ready-made curtains and drapes.

What’s That Above Your Window?

Who says you have to use fabric on cornice boards? You can mount anything above a window to make a dramatic decorating statement. The only rule is that you choose something that fits with your overall decorating scheme. That six foot mounted marlin will look great as part of an outdoor themed room, but not so great if you are going for a more refined perspective.

Let Your Panes Speak for Themselves

Some window panes can, and should, speak for themselves. Renewal by Andersen specialty glass looks beautiful and protects your privacy without additional window treatments. Many windows with custom grilles and specialty glass are like pieces of artwork – no embellishment required.

Create a Tablecloth Valance for Your Kitchen

Creating a simple, country-inspired window treatment for your kitchen – or any room in your home is quick and easy.

  • Using tablecloth or vintage fabric, cut a large triangle (or fold a square in half to create a triangle).
  • Mount drapery brackets with holes large enough to allow fabric to slip through on either side of the window.
  • Slip the fabric through bracket holes and center triangle.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Sharing Ideas and Information

Do you have other unique window treatment ideas? Share them here in the Comments box or on our Social Media pages (links above). We know you have choices about where you buy your replacement windows. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you for years to come. Need more information about replacement windows and home renovation projects? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052.

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Change Up Your Long Island Home’s Window Style Without a Total Makeover

How to Select Window Treatments to Accent the New Replacement Windows in Your Long Island, NY Home

Long Island, NY Replacement Window TreatmentsIt’s a dilemma we all face after replacing the windows in our Long Island homes: We just invested a lot of time selecting just the right window, with the right hardware and other options and we want to show off their beauty so we hate to cover them up. On the other hand, undecorated windows can be a privacy concern and at night they can look like black holes in the wall. Fear not, sometimes the right window treatments can actually accent your windows’ beauty; like the perfect frame on a great piece of artwork.

Sometimes you want to do a mini-makeover for your Long Island home without investing lots of money or time. Maybe you want to show off your brand new Renewal by Andersen replacement windows. Whatever has you yearning for a window style change, we’ve got some suggestions to get you started.

Mimicry Creates Elegance

Don’t be afraid to overstate your style to create an elegant atmosphere. For all types of large windows from bays and bows to picture and specialty windows, consider a cornice board and draperies with matching design details. For example, choose a neutral fabric color with a bold contrasting geometrical design feature at the hemlines. Transfer the geometric feature to an overhead cornice board to draw attention to the windows. White on white fabric designs, intricate stitching details, and print borders all transfer well to cornice accessories.

Mount the cornice about one inch from the ceiling; choose draperies that are four to six inches longer than necessary to create a soft, sophisticated puddle for a dramatic effect.

Bold and Sassy

Roman shades aren’t as dramatic as floor-to-ceiling drapes, but they are versatile enough to be bold and sassy or sleek and classy. If you’re gifted with a natural flair for design and have intermediate sewing skills, you can create customized roman shades for almost every window style in your home, from space-saving sliding patio doors to casement windows in the second story loft. Paintable fabrics and myriad textures allow you to create delicate oriental designs as well as personalized shades with vibrant primary colors and shapes for the nursery.

Frilly and Feminine

For those girlie-girl rooms where lace and bows are in order, consider window treatments with ample gathers and pouffy details on a double rod system. Select neutral colors with soft patterns for the outer curtain layer and sheer, muted tones for the liners. Add lace or ribbon tie-back details and a valance to pull the overall theme together.

Create a Warm Inviting Space with Texture

Using diverse textures creates warmth. Pair up a simple blind with a nubby semi-sheer fabric to add warmth and interest to your casement windows. Bring in additional textures with bamboo rods or non-conventional ties — like natural leather strips or crystal beads strung on sturdy nylon thread. The combo gives you more light control for windows that get direct sunlight and adds a bit more privacy for bedrooms and bathrooms, too.

Simplicity and Serenity

For fixed windows without grilles and exposed hardware, creating a simple frame allows you to enjoy a clear, uninterrupted view of your world. Avoid weighty design techniques that include heavy swags, outdated jabot construction and “fussy” embellishments. If you want something more than a solid colored panel, opt for sophisticated tone-on-tone fabrics or choose a large pattern in a complementary shade to keep the mood relaxing and refreshing.

Consider Creative Choices

Decorating over-sized windows and doors shouldn’t limit your options. You might have to think-outside-the-box if you can’t put your hand on curtain rods that are long enough to cover the full width. One option for homeowners is to use non-traditional hanging appliances. You can buy electrical conduit by the foot from a local hardware store. The “rods” are sturdy enough to support light to moderately heavy fabrics and are very inexpensive.

Creative inspiration comes from a plethora of sources. Check out these innovative window treatment solutions.

  • Create a simple window treatment with burlap sacks for your kitchen, mud room, or work room.
  • Substitute traditional drapery ties with a necktie, a leather belt, a clip-style bracelet or a section of hemp rope.
  • Strip and paint a thin, but sturdy, tree branch to use as a curtain rod to add natural texture.

Have a Seat, Please

Dressing up a bay window requires extra attention to detail. You should use hinged or curved curtain rods specifically designed for your bow and bay windows to get the best fit. Perhaps, one of the most beneficial window dressings is to add or update window seats. Coordinating upholstery and window fabrics creates an inviting place to relax and watch the world go by.

As you can see, updating your windows doesn’t have to be expensive. Unless you plan on building and installing a window seat for your bay window, which is better suited to a weekend project, most of these suggestions should only take a few hours.

Contact Renewal by Andersen of Long Island for Replacement Windows Makeover Help

Before you hang your new window treatments, check with your replacement window specialist. It is important not to damage your frames or panes during the process. We’re just a phone call away and we’d be glad to help you with information to make sure you don’t void any part of your warranty. Call 1-877-313-9052 or complete the form above.

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Replacement Windows Value for Your Long Island, New York Home

How Much Can Replacement Windows Save You?

‘An educated consumer is our best customer’ – Sy Syms

Long Island Replacement Windows & DoorsAt Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we are happy to provide homeowners with straightforward replacement window information so they can make informed decisions based on facts, not inflated advertising. As Sy Syms used to say, “An educated consumer is our best customer”.

Every day, Long Island consumers are inundated with marketing spiels and hyperbolic claims about everything from toothpaste to the latest high-tech mobile devices. Advertising has been this way for decades, if not hundreds of years. At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we understand that consumers today are much more educated and intelligent than ever before and they see through overblown marketing. We don’t use hype and over-inflated claims to persuade our customers to give us the privilege of helping them remodel their homes. Instead, we work hard to earn your trust and give you the knowledge you need to make your own educated decisions.

We can’t expect to earn your trust if we tell you that your electricity bill will virtually disappear. We won’t quote some obscure study that reveals replacement windows will improve your life by 72% as compared to homeowners who don’t upgrade their windows and doors. That’s not the way we do business. Trust is based on truth.

Third Party Validation and Window Statistics

We don’t avoid all statistics; however we are picky about our sources. We only quote credible, unbiased organizations or agencies. Any stats you come across on our blog or in our marketing materials are validated by independent third parties who are not directly affiliated with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.

We give you these numbers to help you compare efficiency and financial details more efficiently – and more accurately. An educated consumer wants beautiful, high-performance windows and doors designed to work perfectly for years. We believe that by starting with good information, you’ll make decisions for your family about the type of windows to buy based on realistic investment and savings expectations.

Let’s Start with Replacement Window Return on Investment on Long Island

Although many experts unequivocally agree that replacement windows have one of the highest return on investment percentages among all renovation projects – especially when it comes to reducing the carbon footprint and curbing energy consumption – the numbers vary depending on your personal circumstances. Overall savings depends on your home’s existing windows and other structural components. If you have old drafty windows, but the rest of your house is relatively energy efficient, you’ll likely see dramatic on your energy bill; however, if you have poor insulation or drafts in your home that have nothing to do with your windows, you will see savings, but they’ll be reduced by the other inefficiencies. After all, the most energy efficient room in the world won’t be much warmer if it has a giant hole in one wall.

One study we reviewed recently, the 2013-2014 Cost vs Value Report, showed that about 9% of remodeling projects netted a positive return on investment that exceeded 100%. While every homeowner won’t “make money” on their remodel, replacement windows averaged almost 80% return on investment and entry doors exceeded 96%.

Naturally, total savings varies depending on the reason for replacement. If many of your existing windows and doors have significant problems like damaged weather stripping, broken panes and sagging frames, replacement windows produce higher returns. Likewise, if you are mainly upgrading for cosmetic reasons, your return may be slightly lower.

As the Market Continues to Improve, So Do Our Windows

Recently released economic indicators (like lower unemployment numbers and slowly rising mortgage rates) bring welcome news for homeowners. Over the next few years, as the market continues to adjust, beautiful high-performance Renewal by Andersen windows will deliver even greater value and return on investment. When consumer confidence is high, they are more comfortable investing in long lasting quality as opposed to the quick fix.

Cost, Comfort and Curb Appeal

If you’ll excuse us for just a moment while we brag a bit, we’re pretty proud of our corporate relationships that save customers money year after year on home improvement projects. Our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, received the coveted 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. This award, issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, signifies an unwavering commitment to protect the environment and serve customers with products that significantly reduce energy costs associated with heating and cooling.

What this means for our valued customers is that the company consistently delivers high-efficiency products that control heat gain and loss for homeowners across the country, including Long Island, which has some of the highest energy costs in the country.

It’s Not All About Saving Money: Noise, Comfort & Style Count Too!

Saving money on heating and cooling bills isn’t the only reason homeowners choose to replace windows and doors. Controlling ambient noise, regulating the interior temperature and putting on a pretty face for the community all add value for homeowners.

How can you put a value on upgrades that make you smile as you pull into your driveway after a long day at work because your home looks inviting and welcoming? You can’t put a price tag on the value of comfort new windows add to your home environment either, but it makes a huge difference to your quality of life.

When considering investing in replacement windows and overall savings, think about non-financial elements, like how much control you want over interior lighting. Maybe you want plenty of natural sunlight, but also want protection for carpeting, furniture and draperies with panes that block UV rays. Renewal by Andersen’s High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass delivers extra savings with UV blocking features that help you replace these items less often. How about cleaning and maintaining your windows? Saving time spent on maintenance might be high on your wish list too.

Other Savings with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows?

The best way to gather all the information you need to realistically measure your overall savings against the price of installing replacement windows is with a complimentary in-home consultation. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 and we’ll be happy to pay you a visit at your convenience and we’ll help you review our current savings promotions, tax advantages, glass and frame features that meet your goals, and help you save time and energy with long-lasting, high performance replacement window options. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule your design consultation or fill in the form above to request more information.

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Should you Replace Patio Doors or Windows First on Long Island?

Replace Doors or Windows First on Long Island NYWe know it isn’t nice to answer a question with a question. But when our Long Island customers ask us whether they should order replacement windows or patio doors first, we usually ask a few questions before we make a recommendation. Here’s why….

Since we opened our doors at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we have helped over 8,000 homeowners in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn select windows and doors for their homes. Part of our commitment to ensuring you get the right windows and patio doors for you and continue to deliver exceptional service, is finding out why you are thinking about replacement windows or patio doors for your home — and why now? Asking questions is the only way we can point you in the right direction.

We invite you to contact a replacement window specialist at 1-877-313-9052 for a one-on-one chat to help you find the solution is best for your family. In the meantime, here are some general recommendations based on past customer experiences.

If you’re getting ready to sell your Long Island home?

Did you know that buyer perception, otherwise known as curb appeal is at the top of the list of things that home buyers mention when asked why they chose one property over another?

The Home Buying Institute recommends that home buyers consider fixed and semi-fixed fixtures in houses as they progress through the home-buying journey. Window placement is typically fixed, but window design and style are easily modified. Prospective buyers understand relocating windows is expensive and construction intensive, but they want windows and doors that operate properly, are easy to take care of and that are designed to last for many, many years.

Sticking doors and windows sometimes signal foundation problems. Even if an inspection reveals there are no foundational problems, without a terrific first impression for buyers you might not get that far. Here are a few other things to consider.

  • Patio doors get more use than most windows; almost every prospective buyer will pass through all exterior doors at least once on a home tour.
  • Replacing broken or damaged panes is important for safety and energy efficiency.
  • Front facing windows have the most influence on curb appeal.

Are you looking for more control over energy costs?

Controlling air leaks and heat transfer is essential if you are serious about lowering energy bills. Aging patio doors — and doors that aren’t working properly — are a major source of energy loss. Whether you decide to install a sliding door or a hinged-style patio door, replacing your entrance fixtures is a good place to start when you need to replace your home openings in stages.

High performance replacement windows with superior weather-stripping prevent air and moisture leaks. Naturally, the more windows you replace, the higher your energy savings. Another advantage of replacing windows first is that you have better control over ventilation throughout the home since opening a patio door usually only affects only one or two rooms. Again, replacing any damaged panes and sagging frames or doors first should be a priority.

Of course, every replacement window (and exterior patio door) you install adds value and energy savings.

Replacement Windows and Decorating

If your goal is to give your Long Island home a style makeover, your window/door decision depends on your budget and remodeling plans. Some homeowners choose to replace all the windows and doors one or two rooms at a time, especially if the makeover involves adding bow or bay windows or replacing carpeting and flooring as part of the renovation. Other homeowners prefer to install replacement windows throughout the home and order patio doors as part of the final touches.

There really isn’t a hard and fast rule about whether you should replace the doors or windows first in your home. It depends on the age and function of your current fixtures, your budget and your project goals.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Helping Hands

We know there are many reasons homeowners decide to install replacement windows and patio doors and we haven’t covered every situation here. It would be a pleasure to help you develop a plan to save you money on energy and create a beautiful home for your family and friends.

It just takes one call to start the process. When you call, ask our window replacement specialists to tell you about our early Spring promotion. The more you buy, the more you save, and be sure to ask about our no-interest option for customers financing their project.

Reach us by phone at 1-855-281-9660 or enter your contact information in the form above and we’ll call you!

 

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Affordable Long Island Replacement Windows Incentive Programs

Replacement Window Tax Incentives, Rebates and Discount on Long Island

Long Island Replacement Windows Tax CreditWith the unusually cold winter we’ve been having on Long Island, you’ve finally decided it might make sense both from a comfort level to replace the aging windows in your Long Island home.  Not only will new windows make your home more comfortable, but they will likely save you money on your energy bills, so it makes sense financially as well. At this point you might be considering about how the project will affect your budget.

If this is the year you want to tackle home upgrades and insulation projects to lower your energy use, we have some good news for you. There are plenty of rebates and discounts out there to help defray the cost of your project and make the whole process less stressful from a financial point of view.

If you are really serious about saving money, this could be the perfect time for Long Island homeowners to replace their windows since there are several grants, low-interest financing options and cash-back incentives in our area that make paying for your renovation project easier.

Did you know. . .

PSE&G (formerly the Long Island Power Authority) and National Grid customers who complete qualified energy upgrades that make their home more efficient are eligible for a 10% cash-back incentive. Other incentives for Long Island homeowners include low-interest loans (3.49%) that allow you to make monthly payments with your power bill, and up to $5,000 in grants if you qualify.

This means that if your home needs insulation, updates for heating and air conditioning, new appliances and replacement windows and doors as part of your energy-efficiency overhaul, you have opportunities to do it all at one time. You can find out about the products and services covered and check your eligibility by contacting National Grid or clicking on this link.

Why You Should Include Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows

If you plan to do a complete energy-efficiency makeover on your home, here are two reasons to include Renewal by Andersen of Long Island windows and doors in the project plans:

  • Number One: Renewal by Andersen windows are guaranteed to lower energy consumption rates by overcoming energy loss through old, inefficient windows.
  • Number Two: Renewal by Andersen manufacturing processes and framing materials reduce your carbon footprint and are EnergyStar approved for a variety of incentive/rebate programs.

Federal Tax Credits

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Long Island homeowners can take up to $1,500 in tax credits, including finance charges for your replacement windows, external doors and skylights.

There are some restrictions and qualifications. For example, the credit is an aggregate total, which means if you have claimed tax credits for windows and doors previously, your maximum may be less. Also, the limit is capped at $200 over the total expense, which means if your finance charges and fees are $250, you can only apply the first $200 for a credit on your federal return.

Another tax advantage for homeowners considering major renovations in 2014 is the mortgage interest deduction. If you refinance or take out a second mortgage and you are eligible to itemize, deducting paid interest is a benefit you can enjoy.

We are not tax experts, we manufacture and install windows, so we recommend that you consult a tax professional before making a buying decision based solely on tax credits and incentives.

When you buy ENERGY STAR® replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen, we provide written support for your tax consultant or the IRS that shows your window choices meet or exceed energy performance standards. Just ask your representative for a copy with your receipt.

Renewal by Anderson Replacement Window Incentives

Naturally, this isn’t a comprehensive list of every rebate and discount available for our Long Island customers. Credit unions and banks often offer low-interest equity lines of credit for remodeling and some agencies have programs that help low-income families with children, the elderly and other special groups help finance a major renovation.

Our in-house team of window specialists are happy to discuss our own discounts and current financing promotions designed to help you get the most out of your budget.

Have Questions? Contact Us at 1-877-313-9052 for a Free In-Home Consultation to Discuss Your Options

So, whether you have a historic row house you want to restore or you are getting ready to upgrade a single-family residence that needs a facelift and a long overdue makeover, we’re ready to help you plan your project. You can reach us by phone toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the short form on this page and we will get back to you right away with information about our current specials.

 

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How to Finance Your Replacement Windows on Long Island, NY

Should You Pay Cash or Finance Your Replacement Window Project on Long Island?

Cash or Finance Long Island Replacement WindowsYou know you are ready to replace windows and/or doors in your Long Island, NY home, but you aren’t sure if financing the project or paying cash is the best choice for you. This isn’t one of those one-size-fits-all decisions. There isn’t really a “better than” or “worse than” scenario that would apply to every homeowner. There are a number of factors that you should take into consideration, starting with your financial situation, but also your reasons for choosing to upgrade or replace windows and the size of your project are also considerations.

You should have all the information you need to make a wise investment decision at your fingertips before you decide one way or the other. Here are a few options to consider.

Do you plan to replace all of your windows and doors or just a few?

If you have cash available, and only want to replace one or two fixed windows with operable awning-style windows or install a French hinged door to replace your aging slider, paying cash might make the most sense for you. Interest rates on savings are really low in New York today so the average return on savings is less than 1 percent for most New York residents (0.170%). The sooner you replace inefficient, aging windows and doors, the sooner you can start saving money on your power bill.

Where is your cash coming from?

There is cash – like money in a savings account – and then there are available cash options. Available cash options include accessing money from CDs getting ready to mature, cashing out an IRA during a job transfer, and borrowing against life insurance policies.

Certificates of Deposit

If you’re considering cashing in a CD early to pay for a large-scale replacement window project in your Long Island home, you need to consider the cost to liquidate. Early withdrawal penalties vary from bank to bank, but almost all banks have similar structures.

  • The penalty is higher if you recently invested in the CD.
  • Penalties are based on interest rate and term length.
  • You don’t lose any money than what you originally deposited, only a percentage of earned interest.

Before you cash out a mid-term certificate of deposit, explore options with your financial institution about borrowing against your CD. Loan rates are typically 1 percent to 2 percent above the earning rate.

Using a CD as collateral for a short-term loan might be beneficial if you expect to be able to pay off the loan in a shorter time than the term of the CD – for example, you could use a seniority bonus or extra money from an anticipated raise at work.

Whole Life Insurance and Financing Window Replacement Projects

If you have a Whole Life insurance policy, you might consider borrowing against the policy to take advantage of discounts for cash payment. Here’s what you need to know about borrowing against a policy.

  • Expect to pay a recovery fee called surrender charges. Insurance companies charge this fee to recover part of their administrative costs associated with the policy.
  • The loan rates are typically low compared to market averages.
  • Unless you quickly return the money – pay off the loan – your beneficiaries won’t have the benefit of the full value of the policy if you die before you repay the loan.
  • This is an option better suited to people who have had their policy for at least 10 years.

Cashing Out Retirement Accounts

Cashing out an IRA or other retirement investment vehicle is risky; sometimes it costs more than any other options. Before you chose this path, consult a financial advisor to discuss tax consequences and penalties. You could lose 20 percent to 25 percent of your cash on taxes and fees if you withdraw early. The closer you are to retirement age, the higher the risks associated with this option because you have less time to rebuild your accounts for the future.

Does Financing Offer More Flexibility and Benefits?

When you don’t have enough cash to complete a major window and door replacement project, and you don’t want to split the project into several smaller projects, financing does have some benefits.

  1. Refinancing your home offers tax advantages that personal loans and credit card buying options don’t, if you are eligible to itemize deductions on your federal tax return.
  2. Interest rates for borrowers are very low in Long Island today — between 2.75 percent and 4.99 percent in most areas.
  3. Cash limitations might mean you choose window styles and features based only on the price, which could limit your decorative preferences.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Has More Information About Financing Your Replacement Windows

We know that making wise investment decisions is important to you. We invite you to call Renewal of Andersen of Long Island NY for more information. Our financing specialists are available to discuss in-store financing and cash payment options for homeowners. Reach us at 1-877-313-9052 or complete the form and we will be happy to contact you to schedule a free in-home consultation at your convenience.

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Replacement Windows for Row Houses & Other Historic Homes on Long Island

Replacement windows for historic Long Island homesPeople often ask “which replacement windows will look best in my historic Long Island house?” The answer, of course, depends upon the details of your neighborhood, the architectural influence, and the location of your home.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island guarantees every window we build has the energy efficiency ratings and superior performance standards that meet, or exceed industry standards for your neighborhood. Here are a few specific considerations for homeowners updating windows in historic homes.

Understanding the Significance of Your Neighborhood

Are you wondering why we ask about the character of your neighborhood? The simple answer is that if you ask 10 people to describe a historic home, you will probably get 10 different answers. The first row (or attached) houses were built in Amsterdam communities in the 15th century. Early settlers introduced this land-efficient building style to America. Over the years, architects have modified architectural designs to create remarkable, functional homes with distinctive character and charm.

In Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties and sister communities throughout the Long Island and New York area, you find homes with diverse features like flat fronts, second story bow windows, varied roof lines, simple unadorned front stoops and ornate detailing on handrails. The tall narrow footprint, stereotypically bordered on both sides by a similar home, may have rectangular windows or elegant arched windows with intricate grilles. Some neighborhood row houses have unique lintels that add a twist to otherwise classic ornamentation.

Another important detail about your neighborhood is whether you live in a quiet residential area or in a mixed use area. Living “under the same roof” as your neighbor, so to speak, might have some influence about the style, trim and frame color and glass you choose.

Understanding the Significance of Architectural Influence

Historic houses have character, charm and histories that make them truly incomparable to other residential homes. Choosing the best Renewal by Andersen replacement windows for your home depends on whether you live in a Federal style house or Victorian style home. If you are fortunate to live in a Long Island neighborhood with angled streets and plots, your row house may have a small front area and half circle windows above the door.

We ask lots of questions because the more detail you can provide to our consultants, the easier it is to point you in the right direction with suggestions that fit your home. Of course, an on-site inspection of your home is the best way to guide you to the best choices.

Understanding Historical Significance

There are thousands of row houses scattered across the nation – many of them on Long Island and the metropolitan New York area, but not all historic homes are row houses. A tour of historic homes in the area might include houses with Spanish Revival influences from the early 20th century like asymmetrical facades and low-pitched roofs as well as simple, modest homes described as living examples of authentic Long Island craftsmanship. These variances make it impossible to recommend one-size-fits-all replacement windows for your Long Island home without more information.

For example, when you’re buying replacement windows for a modest, 18th century historic home with classic windows, choosing a design with grilles-between-the-glass will help you keep the original appearance without sacrificing high-efficiency qualities and low maintenance benefits. For Spanish Revival inspired homes you can select more intricate grille designs for arched windows that help you accentuate the distinctive style.

Some people wrongly assume you can’t focus on preservation and sustainability at the same time. Our beautiful, functional windows let you stay true to original structure and design in a package that limits landfill waste, conserves natural resources and improves the overall energy efficiency in your home. Because our windows are built to fit the original size and shape of your existing windows, you save time, money and resources often spent on extensive construction and rebuild projects.

When you make your decision about whether to apply for national registry recognition keep in mind there are positives and negatives. First the positives.

  • Restored homes generally hold their market value better than non-designated homes.
  • Buyers are willing to pay more for a home with historical designation.
  • Homes in designated neighborhoods have the highest market value because the neighborhood is normally well maintained and the original character is kept intact from owner to owner.

On the negative side, some homeowners don’t like being told how to maintain their home and want more flexibility with design changes like adding opaque window panes and intricate grilles.

Have Questions About Replacement Windows for Your Historic Long Island Home? Just Call 1-877-313-9052

Have more questions? Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is here to help. We invite you to fill in the form above or give us a call today at 1-877-313-9052. When you call, remember to ask about our special financing options.

 

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How to Select Window Treatments for Your Long Island Replacement Windows

Replacement window treatments Long Island NYNow that you have picked out the style and shape for your Long Island replacement windows, it’s time to consider what kind of window treatments to use. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are so beautiful that we think they look terrific au natural, but, we also understand that window treatments add details that can turn a house into a home. There are countless fabric, color, shape and design choices that let you express your personality and create an atmosphere of which you can be proud. Continue reading

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Vinyl Replacement Windows versus Composite Windows on Long Island, NY

8 Ways Fibrex Composite Beats Vinyl as a Window Frame Material

Due to the widespread availability and commodity nature of vinyl windows, most people believe are unaware that there are other choices for their replacement windows on Long Island, NY.

As your local Long Island Renewal by Andersen replacement window and door specialists, we want you to have all the information you need to choose the right windows for your home. Part of your decision will include selecting window frame material for your new windows. This article will help you explore the differences in our patented Fibrex composite window frames and the vinyl window frames sold by most other replacement window companies.

1. Wood Tones

Both vinyl, which is a type of plastic, and Fibrex, which is a composite material made from polymer plastics and recycled wood, are light weight and easily manufactured in a variety of colors and shapes. One difference you see immediately is that the wood component in our composite material make it possible to get real, rich, wood tones with stains during the manufacturing process. There is a real contrast to the wood tones available in Fibrex that are simply not possible with painted or applied plastic films on vinyl windows. Fibrex provides you with much more variety and decorating versatility in a durable, low-maintenance package that looks and performs beautifully for years.

Fibrex Composite Window Frame Long Island

2. Better Views for You

Vinyl replacement windows tend to have thicker, wider frames to accommodate for the weaker and more flexible nature of the plastic construction. Becvause Fibrex frames are substantially stronger than vinyl they can be manufactured with much narrower frames to maximize your views of the outdoors and the natural light that can enter your home.

3/4. Strength and Stability

Fibrex gives you the best of both worlds: the strength and stability of wood with the low-maintenance and rot resistance of vinyl. The stable wood component of Fibrex provides it with strength vinyl simply cannot match. To compensate, vinyl window frames are often thicker, reducing the amount of transparent glass in your windows. Not only does the wood portion of Fibrex provide strength and rigidity, it is also very stable and doesn’t have the extreme expansion and contraction characteristics that limit vinyl’s stability. Fibrex windows are both strong AND stable.

5/6. Durability and Efficiency

Although both framing materials will give you low-maintenance benefits that include scratch resistant surfaces that don’t mold and mildew in humid climates, Fibrex replacement windows won’t warp, bow or bend in response to extreme temperature variances like vinyl can. This material stability provides increased durability and extends the effective life of Fibrex far beyond its vinyl counterparts.

Fibrex has a very low thermal expansion rating that closely corresponds to your home’s other structural materials. Because of this, composite windows of Fibrex will not shrink and pull away from the structural components of your home nor expand and bow and twist when restricted by the framing.

Fibrex’s low coefficient of thermal expansion is the reason that Renewal by Andersen replacement windows perform as consistently well in your Long Island home where the winters can be brutally cold and the summer scorchingly heat. This inherent material stability prevents cracks and gaps that can lead to air and water leaks and condensation build up on and around the glass.

Composite Fibrex Versus Vinyl Window Frames

7/8. Economy and Ecology

Another advantage to patented Fibrex window frames is the economy of the manufacturing process. Andersen Windows, our parent company, created Fibrex as part of the company’s strong commitment to sustainability and sound economics. Because these composite windows are manufactured using wood reclaimed from other product lines, fewer trees are harvested and less waste is deposited in landfills. The company also saves time and money spent on transportation and acquisition costs for building supplies. In fact, Andersen is the only company within the industry to receive the Green Seal of approval for environmental protection and manufacturing processes.

Fibrex’s extremely low heat transfer rating means the window frames are more efficient than others, keeping your home warmer in winter, cooler in summer and saving you money on your heating and cooling bills year-round.

We know you have a choice when it comes to buying replacement windows and doors for your Long Island home. At Renewal by Andersen, we want to help you make the most informed choices so you are 100 percent satisfied with the results after the installation.

Call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island for a Free Replacement Window Design Consultation

Give Renewal by Andersen of Long Island a call at 1-877-313-9052 or enter your information in the form on this page and one of our friendly design consultant’s will be happy to answer your questions about your replacement windows and patio doors and provide a fee design consultation for you in your home. Remember to ask about our warranty for Fibrex replacement windows.

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60+ Replacement Windows Installed in 4 Days In Shoreham, Long Island, NY

Homeowner Couldn’t Be Happier with Her New Replacement Windows …

Or Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island recently completed one of its largest replacement window installations in Suffolk County, NY and we’re thrilled to be able to share it with you. We installed over 60 windows over four days in this beautiful house on the water in Shoreham.

This was a challenging job not just because of the sheer number of windows, but because the extremely windy location right on the Long Island Sound. The December installation during extremely cold temperatures, and even a snow storm, proved the value of Renewal by Andersen’s Winter Installation Method which minimizes opening the home to the outside climate.

While the entire 60+ window installation took just four days, you can watch a time lapse video of the installation in just four minutes below. Notice how the snow “magically” appears on the roof and ground as the video progresses through time.

The owners of this beautiful home had put off replacing their windows because they had some serious concerns regarding the size of the project (60+ windows!), the extensive custom decorating they had previously completed, the timing right before the holidays (note the holiday decorations in the photos in the link below), the climate, and a number of other things.

Check out some of the photos of the completed job here.

Shoreham, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY Replacement Windows & Doors

One Very Satisfied Customer

While we’re always proud of our crews and the hard work they put in on every job, but what’s most rewarding is when our satisfied customers tell us how happy they are with our products and our entire replacement window sales and installation system. Of course, in a project this large (it’s really like multiple jobs in one), the potential for dissatisfaction is large. This customer was so happy with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s performance that she agreed to be recorded talking about her experience. Here’s what she had to say…

Why did you replace your windows?

“We replaced our windows and doors because we had some problems with many of the mechanisms. We had many of them that the seals were broken, but I think one of the biggest issues is that we had a lot of mold that had gotten into the wood and we were concerned about that.

“We chose Renewal by Andersen because I had done some research about the windows that we had in the past and Renewal by Andersen was the only [replacement window] company that I found that had the process of coming and looking and the purchasing and installation of the windows and I felt like it was a whole complete package and I felt very comfortable, my husband and I both felt very comfortable that that would be a good option for us since there were so many windows to be replaced.”

What Convinced You to Replace Your Windows Now?

“We’ve been planning to do our windows for a very long time and along the way we knew that some were in more need than others but to be honest the thought of destroying the window frames and the wallpaper that I very much loved and all of the things that went along with it was almost too much to contemplate so we kept putting it off as long as we could knowing that maybe we would find a solution, which is what we found, that would accommodate all of the things that we were thinking about. And Renewal by Andersen actually did that because in the process of doing the windows nothing truly was disturbed. The exterior frames of the windows … I should say on the inside of the house, there was nothing that was damaged or disturbed in any way. The wallpaper is more than intact. Some of the rooms had new decorating done to them so that was an important consideration from our standpoint. It was the perfect scenario.”

How was your experience with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island?

“It was the perfect experience actually. I can’t say enough about them. From Brian Webb coming and doing the first initial sales experience and explaining the windows and the process of doing the windows and so on. He made us some promises that were truly kept. The house was not disturbed, the workers were organized, unbelievably fast, respectful, cleaned up. The house really was perfectly fine after they left. I had visions of being concerned about cleanup, especially because it was done before the holidays and up until the very last window was replaced the other day I can’t say enough. Everyone called … there were many people that checked on what was going on in the process. I can’t say enough about it. I wouldn’t say I would want to do it again, but if I did, they would definitely be the people I would call, because they have a very organized organization. We’re very pleased with the outcome.”

How was the installation process?

“The installation process was amazing! The staff that came, Manny being the head, were unbelievably organized and efficient. I was amazed at what they did. We had an instance here on the porch where there was a lot more water damage and they attended to the whole thing having to replace some things that they didn’t anticipate. I can’t say enough about the installers. They were absolutely wonderful. Manny gets a star from me because not only is he knowledgeable but he’s an amazing person so I appreciated all of his experience and it certainly showed here at our home.

Anything you would like to add?

“We live in an area that’s very windy. We live by the water and the air moving through the house and the temperature of the house in the wintertime was an important factor I guess, when you look back, in changing the windows. Since the windows have all been changed, it is amazingly warm in this house even on a windy day. You can’t even detect that it’s windy because it’s very quiet and peaceful, but we definitely feel that it’s going to be a savings when it comes to our energy because the house definitely keeps its temperature, which it didn’t prior to the installation of the windows. It’s just another reason to be happy.”

Would you recommend Renewal by Andersen of Long Island?

“Absolutely. In a heartbeat. I would say if you have to replace the windows, and you know that it’s something that your concerned about I would recommend in a heartbeat that you call and everybody responds to you quickly, I mean we had somebody here in two days and I think that’s another consideration. They are knowledgeable, they explain everything to you and what they said we would experience and what they said we would get we have certainly gotten. We’re totally pleased and we’re thrilled. We love the windows. Absolutely Love the Windows.”

You can hear, in her own words, what the happy homeowner had to say about her experience with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island in the video below.

 Contact Us for a Complimentary Design Consultation

Want to be as happy with your replacement window project as this woman? Call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island at 1-877-313-9052 for a Free In-Home Design Consultation or fill out the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.

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Long Island Replacement Window Frames: Composite Versus Wood

Comparing Renewal by Andersen Fibrex & Wooden Replacement Windows

Every replacement window company on Long Island promises to provide you with a window that delivers superior performance, exceptional structural integrity and years of dependable energy-efficient service. But how do you really know who’s windows are best suited to provide you with the features and durability you expect in your replacement window project?

Just as every home has unique features and design aesthetics, the color options, hardware designs and framing materials of your replacement windows will create a distinctive look for your Long Island home.

Many companies direct your attention to the glass in your windows to the exclusion of all else. And certainly, as the main component of your window, energy efficient glass is important, but it is not the only part of the window that will affect your overall satisfaction. Continue reading

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Replacement Window Installation Contractor Long Island NY

5 Ways to Choose a Great Replacement Window Installation Contractor

Replacement Window Installer Long Island NYFinding a high quality contractor to install your replacement windows or patio doors in your Long Island home does not need to be difficult. By following a few simple rules, you can feel confident that you have chosen the right company for the job. As you will see, Renewal by Andersen is the company that ticks all the right boxes when it comes to providing consumers with what they want and need in a replacement window and patio door installer in Long Island, NY.

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Replacement Window Shapes on Long Island, NY

Straight Talk About Replacement Windows Shapes

Whether you are updating your home for aesthetic reasons or for higher energy efficiency, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island has a broad portfolio of window shapes and designs to capture your vision.

When it comes to installing replacement windows, we understand that you are making an investment, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for the budget. The shape of a window can add architectural intrigue and expand the line-of-sight while keeping the original appearance of the home. Here are just a few of the styles in our line of high-quality specialty window options.

Replacement Window Shapes Long Island NYCurves and Circles

Curved features in windows have a plethora of advantages and design benefits. Continue reading

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New Replacement Window & Door Project Photos from Nassau, Suffolk & Queens

Have you seen our recent project photos? We’re recently added 10 new projects from throughout Queens, Nassau and Suffolk to our gallery.

Have you wondered how Renewal by Andersen replacement windows might look on your home? Whether it’s a hundred year old historic home in Queens or a 20-year-old home in Nassau or Suffolk County, it’s important to know how your new windows and doors might look right on your home. Now you can see real installations of our products on homes just like yours.

Now that we’ve accumulated over 20 photo galleries of project from throughout Long Island, we’ve broken them down into categories for Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens County. You can see them all here on our Recent Project Page.

These new photo galleries are designed to give you an idea of the versatility of Renewal by Andersen windows and patio doors and a level of comfort that they will look, and perform, great on your home.

Just click on the heading or the photograph to see the full gallery of images from that particular project.

Nassau County, Long Island, NY Windows

Click image below to see recent Nassau County, Long Island, NY replacement window and patio door projects completed by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.

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Suffolk County, Long Island, NY Windows & Doors

Click image below to see recent Suffolk County, Long Island, NY replacement window and patio door projects completed by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.

Shelter Island, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY Replacement Windows

 

Queens, Long Island, NY Windows & Doors

Click image below to see recent Queens, Long Island, NY replacement window and patio door projects completed by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.

Whitestone Queens Long Island NY Replacement Windows

 

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Happy New Year from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island!

As we bid farewell to 2013, we welcome 2014, and count our blessings as we prepare for a new year full of hope and promise.

 

While each new year brings with it hope, we know it will not be without its challenges and strife. We strive for success, but know some disappointments are inevitable. Fortunately, each new year is a blank canvas; a chance to wipe the slate clean and start anew.

 

We hope 2013 was good to you and that 2014 will be even better.

 
We wish you and your family the happiest, healthiest and most prosperous 2014.

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Happy Holidays from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

With the holiday season upon us, we at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those we have helped and those who have helped us.

We count among our blessings the many fine friends we have found among our customers and the best staff of employees we could hope for. We are truly fortunate to have our customers as our friends and our staff as our extended family.  

We look forward to spending some quality time with our family and friends during this holiday season and hope that you find the time to do the same with yours.

Because the goodwill of those we serve is the foundation of our success, it’s a real pleasure at this time of year to say “thank you” as we wish you a holiday season of Peace and Happiness.

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New Renewal By Andersen Website Serves Long Island Window Shoppers

Renewal by Andersen the replacement window division of Andersen Corporation, a company that has revolutionized the window and door business for more than 110 years, has now revolutionized the standard for a replacement window manufacturer’s website.

 

The brand new Renewal by Andersen website, http://www.renewalbyandersen.com, has been completely redesigned and re-engineered for the local replacement window shopper on Long Island, NY. Rather than be a corporate “manufacturer’s website”, the new site automatically serves local internet users with local content by providing information about the local dealer as soon as they arrive on the site. No more having to enter your zip code just to find to find out where the local dealer is.

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Long Island Replacement Window Review Video

There’s nothing more satisfying to us than hearing our happy customers talking about why they selected Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows.

In the video below, a customer in Commack, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY tells us why he replaced his windows with Renewal by Andersen windows after a unsatisfactory job by another window contractor.

“I replaced my windows because I was very dissatisfied with the work that was done on my windows by a contractor.”

The gentleman in the video knows a thing or two about how to make quality products, having spent his entire working life in the manufacturing industry and he was impressed by Renewal by Andersen’s stringent manufacturing process.

“I’ve always been involved in manufacturing processes and manufacturing Continue reading

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More Replacement Window & Door Installations on Long Island, NY

Have you seen our recent project photos? We’re recently added six new projects from throughout Queens, Nassau and Suffolk to our gallery.

Have you wondered how Renewal by Andersen replacement windows might look on your home? Whether it’s a hundred year old historic home in Queens or a 20-year-old home in Nassau or Suffolk County, it’s important to you to know if your new windows and doors will look right on your home.

Whenever we meet with someone considering new windows, they always wonder how our windows will look on their unique house. To help them, and you, we’ve recently begun publishing photos of our recent replacement window and door installations on our blog.

We hope these photos will give you some idea of the versatility of Renewal by Andersen windows and doors and a level of comfort that they will look, and perform, great on your home.

If you’ve already seen the seven replacement window and door projects we previously published, we’ve added these six new projects in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens to the top of the page. Just click on the heading or the photograph to see the full gallery of images from that particular project.

The new six from throughout Long Island are:

Far Rockaway Queens Long Island NY Replacement Windows & DoorsFar Rockaway, Queens, Long Island, NY Windows & Doors

 

 

West Hampton Beach, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY Windows & Doors

 

 

West Hampton Beach, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY Windows & Doors

 

Astoria, Queens, Long Island, NY Windows

 

Astoria, Queens, Long Island, NY Windows

 

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Happy Thanksgiving & Hannukah from our Family to Yours

TDimage copyAs the year winds to a close, we should all take time to reflect on the past 12 months. It is human to reflect upon our successes and failures, and to begin to chart a course for the coming year ahead.

At this time of year, we at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island are incredibly thankful for our successes, but even more so to have the great fortune to be able to meet and get to know so many of our Long Island neighbors. In more cases than not, we are fortunate to be able to call our customers our friends as we get to know them and their families.

We count ourselves very lucky to be able to bring joy to the people of Long Island as we see their reactions to the way our replacement windows and doors improve their homes and we take joy in their kind words of thanks.

Yes, on this Thanksgiving Day, which happily coincides with the start of Hannukah, we are thankful for our family, our friends and our good fortune to work in a business that brings joy and happiness to our customers, our friends.

Happy Thanksgiving and Hannukah from our Family to Yours!

Your friends at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

 

 

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Time Lapse Replacement Bow Window Install, Nassau County, Long Island, NY

Check out this time-lapse video of the installation of a Bay Window in Bethpage, Nassau County, Long Island, New York by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island. The time lapse video shows the window opening being prepared on the second floor of a high ranch of the home and the new Renewal by Andersen window being installed in just under 2 and half minutes (with another 30 seconds for cleanup). The actual installation, once the old window was removed, was completed in just 6-1/2 hours, which is outstanding for a window of this size on a second story.

As you can see from the interior “After” pictures at the end of the video the new window made a huge difference in the room while the Renewal by Andersen installation crew disturbed none of the homeowner’s walls, floors or furnishings. All that’s left for them to do is hang the curtains!

By the way, if you look to the left at the beginning of the time-lapse video, you can see a replacement sliding window being installed in just 20 seconds!

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island takes great pains to install its replacement windows and doors as quickly and with as little disturbance to the house as possible while ensuring a perfect installation that will last for many, many years. For more information or a free design consultation call 1-877-313-9052.

 

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Replacement Window & Door Installations on Long Island, NY

Have you seen our recent project photos? Have you wondered how Renewal by Andersen replacement windows might look on your home? Whether it’s a hundred year old historic home in Queens or a 20-year-old home in Suffolk County, it’s important to you to know if your new windows and doors will look right on your home.

We get these questions all the time as we talk to people shopping for replacement windows throughout Long Island. To accommodate these requests from window shoppers, we’ve recently begun publishing photos of our recent replacement window and door installations on our blog. We hope these photos will give you some idea of the versatility of Renewal by Andersen windows and doors and some level of comfort that they will look, and perform, great on your home.

Right now, we have seven window and door projects from throughout Long Island in: Continue reading

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East End, Suffolk County, Long Island Patio Door Time Lapse Installation Video

Check out this time-lapse video of the installation of 3 patio doors on the South Fork of the East End Suffolk County, Long Island, NY by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island. The time lapse video shows the doors being installed in 2 minutes, but in reality it didn’t take much longer than that. All three doors were installed in just 4 hours with minimal disturbance to the home. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island takes great pains to install its replacement doors and windows as quickly and with as little disturbance to the house as possible while ensuring a perfect installation that will last for many years. For more information or a free design consultation call 1-877-313-9052.

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Should You Repair or Replace Your Long Island Home’s Windows?

Repair or Replace Long Island Windows

If your windows look like this, it’s probably time to replace the windows in your Long Island, NY home.

Do your windows look like the photo on this page? If so, you’ve probably been trying to decide if you should have them repaired or replaced.  Most likely, if they look like this, it’s time for replacement, but there can be other, more seemingly minor issues that have you wondering if your windows can be fixed rather than replaced.