Which Replacement Window Styles are Best for Your Long Island Home?

Selecting Replacement Windows Long Island

 

Comparing replacement windows and patio doors on Long Island is tricky business. You’ve probably already asked for advice from your friends and neighbors who have recently invested in off-the-shelf products or worked with a local contractor. You may have even done some online research, checking out reviews on Angie’s List and Google. While finding a reputable dealer and a brand with a solid track record is an important first step, you should not neglect researching the many different styles on the market today and how they meet your design and energy-efficiency needs.

This article will help you prepare yourself for the in-home consultation – and give you a better idea of how important it is to carefully consider which type of window is best for you and your family.

Renewal by Andersen Tip: Many homeowners choose to install a variety of window styles in their home because every room has a unique feel, function and purpose.

Choosing the Right Replacement Window for the Right Reason

Many factors will influence your style choices. Are you looking for home windows that don’t require a lot of maintenance? Want something that is easy to clean? Working on a tight-budget or renovation schedule? All these things can directly (or indirectly) effect which style you choose. Let’s briefly look at a few different styles and some of the pros and cons of each.

Single Hung Windows

This style of window has a sash that lifts vertically to enable air circulation. One of the key benefits it price. Generally, a single hung window is cheaper than double-hung styles when all other features are the same. But consider that the savings come with a cost: you can only open the bottom half of your window. If you have small children, this can be a safety concern. You also lose the opportunity to open your windows to let out the hot air that accumulates at the top of a room, while letting in cooler air at the bottom of the window.

Double Hung Windows

This is one of the most popular type of windows on Long Island. Like their cousin, the single-hung window, this style has a sash that lifts vertically. However, you can also lower the upper sash to create a self-circulating effect. When manufactured with ENERGY STAR labeled glazing and high performance frames, double-hung windows are extremely energy-efficient. You’ll also find the tilt-to-clean feature that allows you to clean both interior and exterior surfaces from inside your home makes window cleaning day easier than ever before.

Hopper Windows

This style gained popularity in the 19th Century and was seen frequently in Victorian homes. Like casements and awning windows, hopper replacement windows are excellent at blocking air and moisture leaks. The movable window panel “presses” against the frame rather than sliding against the weather stripping so there is less friction. They are especially suited to compact spaces, areas over doors and beneath picture windows to encourage airflow. Unlike casement and awning home windows, a hopper pulls down and in from the top rather than opening outward.

Casement & Awning Windows

Casement and awning windows usually operate with a single level or crank. Like hopper windows, these two styles rate exceptionally high on the energy-efficiency scale. In fact, next to fixed windows, casements are the most likely to save you the most money on your heating and cooling bills, providing their have a high-quality frame and other building components.

Specialty Windows: Geometric Shapes, Bays, Bows and Arches

Some people assume you have to replace a square window with another square window of the same style. While this might be the simplest replacement, you can switch styles – like casements and hoppers – with a different style, and a different shape. Specialty replacement windows let you remove a large picture window and go back with a unique configuration that transforms a flat view to a panoramic view with a beautiful bay or bow. You may also decide you’d like to convert a plain Jane tall rectangular window with a fixed arch window or a configured variation that uses different shaped windows to form the same effect. One solution to create a stunning arch window presentation is to meld a semi-circle (or a half-circle) above a traditional rectangle replacement window and use a sunburst grille pattern to accentuate the design.

Having the flexibility to design and custom-build your home windows is one of the terrific advantages of installing custom replacement windows. So whether you want easy care windows, a unique window shape to accentuate the best features of your home or you’re concerned about upgrading your home on a budget, your professional window design consultant can help you consider your options.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Get Your Replacement Style Questions Answered Today

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island carries a complete line of replacement windows and patio door options, including many not mentioned here. If you’ve still got questions or want to know if a particular design is possible, just fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get back to you. Need an answer now? Give us a call toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a no-obligation home consultation.

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

Long Island Replacement Windows Questions

14 Questions You Should Ask Any Replacement Window Company

Finding a reputable replacement window company on Long Island takes patience and research. It’s the same process you should use to find a tax consultant or financial advisor. You’ll want to find an experienced, trustworthy partner to make sure you get all the design and performance features in your windows to make your indoor spaces as comfortable and energy-efficient as possible.

To do your due diligence, it’s important to ask the right questions before you make a final decision – otherwise you may waste a lot of time, energy and money. If you’re thinking of buying your new replacement windows and patio doors from one company and then hiring an independent contractor to install them (something Renewal by Andersen of Long Island doesn’t recommend) keep this list handy to make sure you gather all the information you need to make an informed decision about your investment.

Top Questions to Ask a Long Island Replacement Window Installer

Remember, this is your project. Naturally, a home window installation contractor will ask some questions about your budget, how many windows and/or patio doors you want to replace and when you plan to start your renovation, but you should be able to get straight answers to your questions as well. The “interview” should give you a clear picture of what to expect during and after your windows are installed.

  1. Can I get a free estimate? You should never have to pay for an estimate – and you should be able to get a detailed estimate in writing.
  2. How many replacement windows have you installed? Renewal by Andersen of Long Island has installed over 95,000 windows and patio doors since 2008.
  3. What happens if there are any issues after the installation is complete? You shouldn’t have to deal with any subcontractors if a problem comes up. Make sure you can call the contractor you hire directly and that you won’t have to make multiple calls to the manufacturer and third-party companies.
  4. What payment options do you offer? Do they offer financing or is it just cash or credit card? Financing can make your window investment much more affordable.
  5. Do you offer a warranty? Some window contractors may offer a six-month or twelve-month warranty that covers parts or labor, but don’t settle for that option. The gold standard in the industry is a two-year warranty that covers parts and labor.
  6. Can you provide photos of recent projects in the area? Seeing photos of recently completed jobs can give you an idea of the work the company does as well as perhaps give you ideas for your own window project.
  7. How long with the project take from ordering the replacement windows to installation? Most people want their windows right away, but you have to expect that if your windows are being custom-made to fit your existing openings, there will be a little lead time. Beware of companies that can install your windows tomorrow or next week. If they can do it so soon, they’ll likely be using standard off-the-shelf windows and making them fit your openings, which isn’t ideal. Also, what does it say about the business’ reputation if they don’t have any other jobs lined up?
  8. Do I need another contractor to finish the job? This question covers things like finishing work and painting. Replacement windows and patio doors are specifically designed to fit the opening left when we remove existing windows so there shouldn’t be extensive construction required before or after the installation.
  9. Do you have references or online reviews from current or past customers? A reputable window contractor with satisfied customers will be able to provide verifiable references. You can also check out online review sites like Angie’s List or Home Advisor on your own.
  10. Are there any current projects in my area that I could drive by? You don’t want to work with a contractor that tramples down your favorite flowers and plants or scatters construction debris and tools everywhere that causes safety issues during the process. Naturally, any construction is a bit messy, but a skilled contractor knows the importance of a safe worksite and respects your property while getting the job completed.
  11. Are you licensed? Every reputable contractor has a license and should be able to provide a number you can verify with local authorities.
  12. Do you have insurance that covers you and your customers? Hiring an insured, bonded installation crew is just wise, even if you have homeowner’s coverage.
  13. How long have you been in business? Everyone has to start somewhere, but when it comes to installing new windows and replacement patio doors, you don’t necessarily want to be among the first customers. Even a high-quality, custom-built window is only as good as the installation. Hiring an inexperienced contractor could mean your warranty is voided and your new windows won’t perform as they were designed.
  14. What kind of training do your crews get? Our window technicians are carefully chosen and trained to install Renewal by Andersen windows according to manufacturer’s guidelines for every window style we sell.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Your Replacement Window Partner From Start to Finish

We know you have choices when it comes to buying replacement windows and patio doors for your Long Island home. We install every window we sell to ensure our customers never have to worry about vetting contractors or how to get service if something goes wrong down the road.We invite you to fill in the short form on the page to request a brochure or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a free in-home-consultation. Keep your checklist ready – we’ve got answers to all your questions about upgrading your home windows on your terms.

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

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

Long Island Replacement Window RatingsWhen you’re ready to replace the existing windows in your Long Island home, you’ll want to learn everything you can about replacement windows before you finalize the deal. At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we understand how important it is for our customers to be fully-informed before they invest their hard-earned money.

So, here are a few facts to help you start the journey toward a more beautiful, functional home.

Deciphering Replacement Window Labels

You can learn a great deal about your new windows just by reading the label. In the same way that packaged food labels provide valuable information about the contents – calories, carbs, protein, sodium content – and how eating the food will affect your body, a replacement window label tells you how the window will impact the overall energy-efficiency in your home.

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) provides consumers with information about a window unit’s energy-efficiency and functionality. The label reveals how effectively the unit controls air leaks, visible light transmission and solar heat gain. If you visit the NFRC website you’ll learn the differences between U-factor and R-factor ratings and how each component from the framing material and glass options to weather stripping and design influence ratings. Your professional replacement window consultant can give you more information or you can read this article we published earlier.

Understanding How Extra Glass Panels Enhance Window Energy-Efficiency 

There are some unscrupulous window dealers in our area that will tell you that more window panes per window means you’ll save more money. While it is true that double-pane windows dramatically improve energy-efficiency compared to older, single-pane styles, installing triple-pane windows in our area won’t significantly reduce your heating and cooling bills enough to make back the extra investment because triple-pane window units are usually much more expensive than double-pane options. That third panel is more beneficial for people living in areas that experience prolonged periods of sub-zero temperatures or routinely have many consecutive days where the high temp exceeds 100 degrees.

It’s much more important for Long Island residents to make sure their replacement windows have Energy-Star certified Low-E glass options, Fibrex composite frames and inert gas between the panes than add a third panel.

Modern Replacement Windows Make Storm Windows Unnecessary

Warm weather is here and you may have already gone through the arduous task of removing and storing your storm windows. In a few months, you’ll have to drag them out and manhandle them into place again. High-quality replacement windows and patio doors eliminate the need for storm windows. Your new home windows are designed to block air and moisture leaks throughout the seasons without any additional help. You’ll probably still want to install insect screens so you won’t have to worry about flying gnats and no-see-ums coming in whenever you want to enjoy an evening breeze or air out the house. Plus, with tilt-in and lift out design features, cleaning your windows is so easy you won’t dread window washing day.

Worry-free Window Installation Always Comes with a Warranty

Precision matters when it comes to getting the most out of your new home windows. Because replacement windows are manufactured to exactly fit the opening left when we remove your current windows, some people think they might be able to save a little money by shopping around for a contractor to install their windows. In reality, this is usually an unwise decision, even if you could find a “cheap contractor” or do it yourself. Even a fraction of an inch can result in a window being out of square or unlevel which can lead to problems with your window’s operation and long-term durability. Failing to properly install flashing or drip caps can literally ruin your windows. And, you have to make sure to choose the proper insulation to boost energy-efficiency and prevent air and moisture leaks. Missing any one of the dozens of installation steps can void your manufacturer’s window warranty.

At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we never leave such an important process to someone we can’t trust completely. We carefully train our professional installers and back the installation with a full two-year warranty. This means parts and labor are covered against manufacturing defects so if anything goes wrong or an issue develops you just need to call us and we’ll make it right.

Still Have More Replacement Window Questions for the Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Professionals?

This article just covers the basics. If you have more questions about comparing replacement windows and patio doors for your Long Island home, call 1-877-313-9052 for a free window design consultation. If you’d prefer, just fill in the short form on this page and let us know a convenient time to call you back to schedule an in-home consultation so we can measure your windows and give you a no-obligation price quote for updating your home.

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!
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How to Pick the Right Replacement Windows & Patio Doors for Your Long Island Garage to ‘She Shed’ (the female version of a ‘Man Cave’) Conversion

Long Island Replacement Windows She ShedIf yesterday’s big Long Island trend was creation of the basement “Man Cave”, today’s is the creation of the “She Shed” from an unused space like the garage. Converting a garage into livable space can be an excellent way to boost property value to your Long Island home. These often “undervalued rooms,” provide great customizable areas for everything from increasing your sleeping quarters to creating a dedicated home-based business office. Maybe you’re considering converting the garage into a she-zone? Keep these tips from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows and Patio Doors in mind as you explore your “She Shed” options.

What Are the Benefits of Garage Conversions Versus Traditional Additions?

Costs associated with turning your garage into a mom-cave can be significantly less than building a traditional addition. For example, you don’t typically have to expand the foundation, which means you save money on excavation. You can take the cash you would have spent on building from scratch – frame, roof, other shell components – on high-end furnishings, fixtures, replacement windows and flooring to make the space more comfortable and energy-efficient for everyday use. While electricity and plumbing may need updating to meet local code, that isn’t usually as expensive as putting in all new pipes and wires. Perhaps the biggest advantage of turning an attached or detached space into a private get-away is there’s less construction mess and disruption to your daily life.

How to Get Started Planning Your Long Island Renovation Project

Depending on your vision and existing space, you may want to hire a professional designer to help you make a detailed plan for your Long Island building renovation. Even small spaces can be turned into beautiful and elegant surroundings with the proper colors, textures and furnishings. Keep in mind that some neighborhoods, particularly in Brooklyn and Queens have restrictions about street parking and you may need to add some type of covered parking for the displaced cars. Careful planning ensures you don’t sacrifice needed storage space or run into problems with the zoning office.

How Do You Create Stunning Curb Appeal with Replacement Windows & Patio Doors?

Even though you’re starting with a pre-built room, you can’t ignore your exterior. Your new digs should complement the main house and the neighborhood. So while, you’re thinking about adding more insulation and heating and cooling equipment to make your woman-cave is comfortable throughout the seasons, remember to upgrade your side doors and single pane windows. Aging windows and doors often leak air and moisture, which will make your new room uncomfortable and unhealthy, not to mention expensive to heat and cool. Modern, energy-efficient replacement windows help keep your indoor temperature steady and bring in lots of natural light — both important considerations that are more important for living spaces than for car storage.

Some people opt to keep a roll-up garage door, but you don’t have to take that route. Replacing the existing entrance with a wall of glass created by a combination of operable and fixed windows will dramatically improve your indoor lighting, and create a stunning focal point. You may opt for a large French-style hinged patio door flanked by fixed windows to present a beautiful free-flowing entrance and exit point, or a sliding patio door combination that allows plenty of fresh air to come in during moderate weather, but keeps those no-see-ums out with TruScene insect screens.

How to Choose the Right Replacement Windows for Your Long Island ‘She Shed’

Choosing the right windows and doors that work for you and your surroundings is important for your comfort and your ultimate satisfaction and happiness with the final result of your renovation project. “The key to our customer’s satisfaction is that they take the time to understand what’s important to them in a replacement window and then select the windows and doors that meet their needs now, and for the foreseeable future.” Joe Ronzino, president of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island said. “It’s important that you select the right window that will provide superior performance for a lifetime to ensure your happiness long-term.”

Just like a professional designer can help you choose the best flooring materials and help you decide whether vertical storage is better or you want to take advantage of rafter space to store your seasonal sporting gear, a professional replacement window consultant can help you consider the many window styles, glazing options and accessories to make sure your new windows perform beautifully in your new space for years to come.

Conversion Checklist for Long Island Homeowners

Whether you call it a woman-cave, a she shed, a mom-cave or your personal quiet-place, converting the garage into a place you can get away to relax and rejuvenate is an exciting project. Intentional planning will make things go smoother, with less stress and less mess. Here’s your checklist for success.

  1. Check with the zoning and permitting offices before planning your project. Find out if there are restrictions about converting parking space into living space and curbside parking in your neighborhood.
  2. Set aside a weekend to clean out the garage. Have a tag sale, donate unwanted items to charity or recycle what you no longer need.
  3. Consult an interior designer to help you use every square inch of your “new” room to its full potential.
  4. Contact your Long Island replacement window and patio door specialist to discuss options for bringing in more natural light and enhancing energy-efficiency.

Create Your Personal Zone with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows & Patio Doors

Need more tips for how to use replacement windows in your new personal “she shed”? Just fill in the short form on this page for a brochure about our high-quality home improvement products. Want answers now? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 and schedule a free, home consultation.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

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

Long Island Replacement Windows OfficeDiscovering the wonderful transformation that modern replacement windows and patio doors can make in your Long Island home may have you thinking you want to upgrade your office windows, too. Whether you are looking to replace a couple of windows in your home office, or you are considering upgrading all the windows in your downtown office, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island has energy-efficient solutions to help you save money.

Here are a few things for you to consider before making your final decision.

Easy Care Replacement Window Solutions for Busy People on Long Island

With a full portfolio of high-quality window styles, you’re certain to find one to fit your needs at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island — hether you’re looking for new windows to block traffic noise, shield your indoor equipment from harmful UV rays or something totally different. And, regardless of the style you choose, you’ll find all Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are easy to clean and low maintenance that you won’t have to carve out tons of time to keep them looking and performing perfectly.

Fibrex window frames are easy to take care of, never need refinishing and are guaranteed to look beautiful throughout the years you live in your home. Their 20/2/10 warranty ensures your peace of mind that your windows performance will continue to block damp, hot air in summer, frigid drafts in winter for years to come.

Improving Spaces Designed for Your Long Island Business with Replacement Windows

Whether you’re renovating a walk-up in a mixed-use neighborhood on Long Island to open a massage therapy studio or you’re working on a home office in the suburbs where you’ll offer accounting services, your windows are an important feature in your “commercial” space.

Honestly, most people hire a professional for his or her skills and services, and not the environment. However, the environment significantly impacts the client’s experience. “Little enhancements” to your office space go a long way toward setting the tone and mood, giving your clients a sense of what to expect from you.

Choose colors that complement the overall decorating scheme in your office. Consider indoor shutters or louvered window treatments that enable streaming sunlight, while adding a bit of privacy. If you want to add more privacy, patterned glass options can obscure the view without totally blocking natural light flow. Patterned glass is also an option when you want to allow some natural light to come in, but your view through the glass is less than stunning.

Customizing Windows in Your Long Island Office

Custom-built replacement windows give you flexibility to design windows for your business, your clientele and your personal preferences. Standard features like ENERGY STAR certified glass options and superior construction materials ensure you have opportunities to lower utility bills. Specialty shapes, unique grille patterns and exclusive hardware finishes allow you to create windows you can be proud of that help you add the “little enhancements” and luxurious features to show your customers’ comfort and safety matter to you.

Keep in mind, even replacement windows and patio doors built with the highest-quality materials and manufacturing techniques will only perform as well as the installation. That’s why all Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are installed by carefully selected technicians, and the installation warranty covers you for a full two years from installation date. Speaking of installation, one of the benefits of updating aging windows with replacement windows is that the installation crew actually removes the existing window immediately before putting in the new ones. This means less construction mess and less disruption to your business.

New Windows Give Your Long Island Office a Fresh Look for Summer

Once you’ve designed and ordered your custom replacement windows, take a close look your office to see if there are other things you can do to make the space more comfortable for your clients.

  1. Update wall color. There are thousands of colors, in fact some colorists say there are at least 1,000 shades of white out there. A neutral shade is normally best for commercial spaces, linen is a warm white that doesn’t feel sterile. If you want something a bit more bold, or you want to explore contrasting color that works well with white, check out the 2016 colors offered by Benjamin Moore, Sherwin Williams or your favorite paint brand.\
  2. Infuse a touch of luxury. Whether it is an eye-catching antique vase or a comfortable chair, add at least one high-end accessory to your office for the summer.
  3. Bring nature indoors. Your new replacement windows will help you manage natural sunlight to your advantage, whether that means bouncing light off mirrors to enhance your decorating goals or reducing the amount of light that comes indoors. You can also bring nature indoors with fresh-cut flower arrangements made with seasonal flowers from your garden or the local nursery.

Redecorating Your Long Island Office for Summer with Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows

Summer is a fantastic time to update your office with new replacement windows. Visit with a Renewal by Andersen replacement window and patio door consultant to discuss ways you can increase comfort for your clients and boost energy-efficiency to lower your summer air conditioning bills. Just fill in the short form on this page or call 1-877-313-9052 today.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

 

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

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

Long Island Replacement Windows Resale ValueIf you’ve found a great deal in the perfect community on Long Island. If this is your first house, you probably see it as a potential stepping stone to a larger, more modern home and you might be wondering which upgrades add the most resale value down the line. From new appliances to modern Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors, the choices you make now will have a big impact on how much profit you take away when you hand over the keys to the new owner when it’s time to sell.

While experts say that the number one way renovation that returns more than it costs is painting, there are things you can do now to get more enjoyment from your home, while potentially helping its resale down the road. Here are some value-added home renovation upgrades real estate professionals recommend for people who plan to sell their residence in the next few years that will make it a joy to live in now while bringing better offers once you put your home on the market.

Mid-Range Renovation Returns & Replacement Windows

Some upgrades, like redesigning a home office and giving the master suite a makeover may make your home more comfortable and functional for you, but the colors and built-in’s that make you smile now may be a total turn-off for buyers in the future.

To enhance the value for potential buyers, update the lighting. Replace out-of-date track lighting with halogen options or consider an eye-catching chandelier to boost illumination and visual interest. Remember that scratched glass and damaged window panes reduce the overall light in every room which can be a real turn off for potential buyers. Replacement windows improve the view and bring more natural light indoors, which makes everything look better. Energy-Star certified Renewal by Andersen replacement windows also improve energy-efficiency, which is a major selling point. Who doesn’t want to save money on their heating and air conditioning bills?

Consider Cost Versus Return on High-Value Upgrades

While it adds a big “wow-factor”, adding a sunroom is actually a “low-value” renovation because the huge expense is so far above any return you’ll see at resale. If you want a sunroom for you, that’s fine; just don’t think it’s going to add much re-sale value. Replacing a fixed window with a replacement bay or bow window may be a better option. You’ll get a bit more floor space and the ample light and ventilation buyers love while skipping the inconvenience and mess that comes with a “true” addition. Make sure your landscaping and gardens complement the new window too. An immaculate lawn, well-placed flagstone and a variety of plants in urns or pots definitely helps you make a great first impression, something that directly influences the perceived value from the moment a potential buyer arrives.

Front porches are back in vogue. If you don’t plan to invest in a full porch, consider a portico or some other grand entrance. And don’t forget the backyard. Adding a deck, even a small one, can add value to your property. A deck can be a comfortable spot to relax after a long day at work or a striking entry point for your guests. Whether you install an elegant French-hinged replacement patio door or you opt for a more contemporary sliding door, make sure your surrounding windows complement the installation. And, again, pay special attention to the landscaping. Use pavers or stone to build a path to your entrance and a variety of flowering and green plants to add texture throughout the seasons so your property will look beautiful whether you put the place on the market in spring, summer, fall or winter.

Don’t forget Kitchens & Baths

Updating an old kitchen or bath can improve your day to day life and bring a pretty substantial return on your investment. Just remember that styles change frequently in these often renovated spaces, so thing classic, not trendy. Think, stainless, granite counter tops, high-end fixtures and high-quality floors that really stand out. In the master en suite rainshower fixtures are popular for showers now, while luxurious whirlpool tubs and special lighting features tend to have staying power. As in other rooms, update your kitchen and baths with replacement windows designed specifically for your floor plan, furniture and fixtures. The right window styles make all the difference. Awnings installed high on the wall, with the single lever operation, are easier to open and close than a single- or double-hung window and casement windows work exceptionally well in areas where you have to reach, like over the counter or sink in the kitchen.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows & Patio Doors Add the Finishing Touches

If you’re renovating your home with plans to sell in the next few years, you want to make sure your project fits your lifestyle while adding value for future owners. Buyers are looking for high-end flooring, state-of-the-art kitchens and luxurious baths. Decks and landscaping are bonus features that increase the value. To get the most out of your investment, pay attention to the details in every room. Replacement window hardware that complements your overall décor is a subtle element that can tie your decorating scheme together or accentuate your custom-built fixtures. Every room looks better in natural light, so design your replacement windows for high energy-efficiency and opportunities to expand the amount of natural light in your home.

Getting the highest return on investment from your home renovation takes careful planning, especially if you want to enjoy your updated spaces for a few years before you list your property. We can help. Fill in the short form on this page to request a brochure or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 and ask to speak to a replacement window and patio door specialists about the many ways our home improvement products can help add value for buyers.

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

Long Island Replacement Windows SummerLike cleaning off the air conditioner or opening the pool, your home’s windows are an important element in planning for the arrival of summer on Long Island. If your windows perform well, you’ll enjoy a more comfortable indoor environment without running the air conditioning bill off the chart. Many Long Islanders don’t realize prepping for summer is just as important as getting ready for winter. Here are a few tips to help you create a summer checklist from our professional Renewal by Andersen of replacement window and patio door consultants.

How Do You Start a Summer Weatherization Plan for Windows & Patio Doors?

In many ways, a summer checklist is similar to your winter plan. Checking for air and moisture leaks is vital regardless of the season. If you’re like most people, you don’t want to waste money cooling your indoor air just to have it sneak out because your windows aren’t weather-tight.

If you haven’t upgraded your Long Island home’s windows yet, a summer weatherization plan should start with inspecting your home window units for damage. Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors are designed to make planning for summer easier.

Here are the First 5 Bullet Points for Your Long Island Summer Window & Patio Door Checklist

  1. Window and Patio Door Frames

Different window frame materials respond differently to the environment. For example, replacement windows and patio doors built with Fibrex frames, have a lower thermal expansion rating than most other construction materials, so you won’t see gaps develop between the window and the building envelope like you might with vinyl windows. Other frame materials have other issues. Aluminum frames bend easier than wood or composite frames. Vinyl is light weight, but may pull, twist or warp during extreme temperature variances. Wood is structurally stable, and less likely to develop gaps or sag, but requires extensive maintenance and tends to absorb moisture if you don’t stay on top of chips and cracking paint.

Checking for damage may include spraying water on the outside of each window, being sure to run a stream of water around the edge of the glass and the outside perimeter of your frame on all sides. Check to see if any water gets inside the house or between the window panes if you have multi-pane windows. You can also use the flashlight method after dark. While it won’t detect small cracks, shining a flashlight over all areas where gaps may occur, while someone on the outside watches for rays of light, you’ll be able to see larger cracks.

  1. Window and Door Weather Stripping

According to the Department of Energy, it is very important to choose the right weather stripping for the right location – one that will “withstand the friction, weather, temperature changes, and wear and tear associated with its location.”

Over time, daily use, changes in weather and age cause weather stripping to weaken. Weather stripping must also support sash movement – right, left, up and down. Gliding windows tend to develop weather stripping problems earlier than casements because casement windows use compression closure mechanisms that produce less friction than the sliding motion that “drags” across the material every time you open or close your window. Minor issues will turn into major air and moisture leaks if you don’t repair or replace damaged components.

  1. Window and Door Sealants

Weather stripping is necessary for movable components, but sealants are appropriate for stationary features. Caulking and other sealants “glue” your glass panes in place, keeping outdoor air and moisture from infiltrating your home. You can find caulk in many forms that include tubes, ropes, and even spray formulas and in many formulations and colors. Be sure to use only caulking designed for exterior use on windows and doors.

If you use harsh chemicals or sharp tools to clean your windows you can damage the sealants. Direct sunlight can also weaken the seals. Detecting leaks involves taking a close look at all areas designed to stay in place. Look for missing sections or globs of sealant that indicate your seal is broken or may have been poorly patched at some point.

  1. Window and Door Glass

When you spray your windows, you may notice leaks around the glass, but it’s also important to look for chips or cracks near the edges. Broken panes should be replaced, whether there is an unsightly hole that obstructs your view, or a tiny crack near the perimeter that allows air and moisture leaking. Keep in mind, even a tiny hole allows the gas-fill to escape, which dramatically reduces the energy-efficiency of an insulated window.

  1. Window and Door Tracks

Clean out loose dirt and debris that may damage mechanical rollers and weather stripping and keep your patio doors and sliding windows from operating smoothly. Anything that interferes with smooth operation, whether it is a missing screw designed to stabilize the unit or damaged roller balls, these should be fixed or replaced because these problems often lead to more damage and reduce overall performance.

Tips on Improving Comfort and Seasonal Readiness

Once you’ve inspected your windows and patio doors and corrected any problems you find, you’ll want to look at ways to help your windows perform better as the temperature rises. The glass in Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors have special coatings applied during the manufacturing process that allow you to control light levels and block UV rays that tend to be stronger during summer months.

Even high-quality replacement windows can benefit from additional help during the most extreme temperatures. To help you get the most from the built-in features, you might want to update your window treatments. Curtains and drapes can play an integral role in managing your indoor comfort by blocking direct sunlight and providing an extra layer of insulation. Honeycomb shades, insulated curtains and blinds with reflective backing allow you to express your style while enhancing overall window performance.

Most of us shut our windows tight and turn our AC thermostats down to keep our indoor spaces cooler as the weather heats up. But on those more temperate days or when the temperature is more moderate, opening a couple of windows slightly to encourage ventilation and flush out airborne germs and allergens can’t hurt. Test airflow patterns by opening different windows to see which combination works best for cross ventilation in your home. And, don’t forget to check your window screens. Who wants to open a window and find out too late a swarm of mosquitos or no-see-ums came in with the healthy breeze?

Need More Tips on Creating A Summer-Weatherization Plan With Replacement Windows & Patio Doors for Your Long Island Home?

Preparing your home for summer is important if you want to stay comfortable without busting your budget. Whether you’re interested in more tips on conducting your own home inspection, or you found some major issues and are thinking about updating your home with new replacement windows or patio doors, we can help. Just give us a quick all at 1-877-313-9052 to and schedule a free home inspection or fill in the short form on this page. Summer is coming – we’ll help you get ready.

 

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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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Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows & Patio Doors Showcase Your Entrance

Long Island replacement windows and doorsRenewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows and patio doors can help you create an eye-popping entrance and personalize your home. A well designed entrance can add a touch of elegance, charm or whimsy to any house. If you’re thinking about updating your entrance points, these tips will ensure you’re making the “right” first impression.

 

Backyard Entrance: Ground Level

Replacing oversized floor-to-ceiling picture windows, or an aging, sagging metal patio door, with side by side patio doors configured to slide toward the center creates an opportunity to flood your indoor spaces with light, and doubles your entry points. To draw attention to your backyard entrance, use paving stones that match the color of your home exterior and plants with different shapes and heights to create visual interest. Keep in mind that custom-built replacement windows and doors are manufactured to precisely fit the opening left when your existing door or window is removed. Depending on current placement, some minor construction may be necessary to complete a successful conversion. Your personal window consultant can discuss options in depth during your initial home consultation.

 

Updating a Large Patio or Deck

Your back deck doesn’t have to be boring. With elegant French-style hinged patio doors or sleek sliders you can create any look and feel you want from elegant to contemporary. For large decks with wide steps directly in front of your entrance, consider using urns, planters and unique vessels to bring a pop of color and texture to showcase your entryway. Urns are available in a many materials including clay, metal, plaster, plastic and wood. Seasonal flowers and greenery allow you to mix things up as seasons change. Custom grille patterns for flanking windows and transoms can be used to complement your landscaping, too. You might mimic the lattice supporting your vining plants or consider an elongated sunburst that resembles the reeds or ornamental grass bordering your property.

 

Accentuating Your Front Door

While some of our Long Island neighbors choose to paint their front door with a vibrant, contrasting color to draw attention to their entrance, you can create a stunning focal point with sidelights, patterned glass transoms and grille patterns. An otherwise boring door takes on an intriguing appearance with patterned glass transoms and sidelights. If you prefer a clear, unobscured view, consider a quarter- or half-circle transom above the door and sidelights sans the grilles.

 

Getting the Most From Your Patio Doors

High-quality replacement patio doors allow you to create a stunning entrance from your backyard, deck or patio. If you’re thinking of selling your home, the way your property looks can make a huge impact on the perceived value. But, looks aren’t everything. You’ll want to make sure that your new patio doors are weather-tight, energy efficient and built to last for as long as you live in your home. You can have all the benefits of Energy-Star labeled replacement windows and patio doors and make a positive, memorable first impression.

 

Choosing the Right Replacement Products for Your Long Island Home

Making the right choices about window and patio door styles and colors puts you well on the way to showcasing your entryways. Remember that your landscaping, architectural details and other property features also influence the overall appearance and function of your home. There are many resources to inspire you to create your own personal vision. You could visit online sites like Houzz or Better Homes & Gardens to get landscaping tips and tricks. If you have a photograph of your home, check out our Renewal by Andersen visualizer tool that lets you upload a photo to get a better idea of how different styles will look installed in your home. You can also take a look at our inspiration gallery of past projects. Naturally, a professional window consultant can guide you with information about styles and performance based on your vision and your lifestyle.

 

Showcase Your Entryways with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Home Improvement Products

Whether you want your Long Island home to have an eye-popping entrance from the backyard or you are looking for unique sidelights to showcase your front door, we can help you achieve your dreams. Our personal window consults have the skill and expertise to guide you every step of the way from style and accessory choices to planning for the installation and understanding your warranty. Just fill in the short form on this page to request a brochure or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a free in-home consultation.

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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

Long Island Replacement Windows Save TimeLike most of our friends and neighbors living on the island, those of us on the Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors team live hectic, busy lives. It seems like everyone is in a hurry these days. Hurry to work. Try to pack as much into each day as fast as you can so you can get home again to spend time with the family. Rush, rush, rush. Who doesn’t long for a slower pace and simplicity once in a while? We can’t suddenly put the brakes on and stop during all those things we have to do every day, but there is some good news. Did you know that replacement windows offer many ways to free up some time and make your life easier?

Here are 5 Ways Replacement Windows Can Help Simplify Your Life

#1 They Are Easier to Clean Than Outdated Home Windows

Modern technology and factory applied coatings on Renewal by Andersen window glazing make it possible to build windows that practically clean themselves. Well, not exactly, but new windows repel water spots thanks to a special coating that activates naturally when hit by direct sunlight. And, tilt-in-to-clean double-hung windows and casement windows that open to 90 degrees make it possible to clean both exterior and interior glass surfaces from inside your home. Now, don’t have to run back and forth trying to get that last stubborn spot on the outside buffed away. Most window styles in our portfolio allow you to clean everything from indoors, which saves you hundreds of steps and lots of time.

Another key feature of high quality replacement windows is they don’t require specialty cleansers or all ton of equipment to get them clean. For most window cleaning jobs all you’ll need is a mild detergent solution (or vinegar and water) a couple of lint-free cloths and a squeegee. Check out our short videos http://www.renewalbyandersen.com/homeowner-help/window-care-maintenance.aspx that show you how to remove grilles and screens and offer tips for cleaning your windows safely and efficiently.

#2 Replacement Windows that Can Nearly Eliminate Maintenance
Wouldn’t it be nice to skip the annual maintenance required to keep your wood frame and trim from rotting away or trying to straighten out the dings and scratches in metal windows? Thanks to advanced technology and modern science, you can access the strength and stability of wood and the no-rot characteristics of vinyl with Fibrex composite materials. That means instead of spending time visiting the hardware store to buy supplies and hours scraping off paint and patching damaged wood, you can relax and enjoy your time off doing something more pleasurable. It’s still a good idea to check your weather stripping once in a while, but if you buy replacement windows with an excellent warranty, you won’t have to invest your precious time on annual maintenance and repair just to keep your windows performing perfectly and looking fantastic for many, many years after the installation.

#3 Modern Custom-Built Windows Enhance Indoor Comfort
If you’ve been living with aging windows for a while, you already know how hard it is to keep your indoor temperature steady. Gaps and leaks allow outdoor air to sneak inside and all your perfectly heated or cooled air to flow outdoors unchecked. It costs more money to keep your indoor climate comfortable when your windows aren’t doing their job properly. Why keep turning the dial up and down when you can find a comfortable temperature, set it and forget it?

#4 Fresh Air & Sunshine Boost Your Immune System
Everyone benefits from fresh air and sunshine. Natural light elevates your mood and provides all the vitamin D your body needs to get a better night’s sleep, have more energy and feel fewer aches and pains. Bringing in the sunshine is an excellent idea for anyone who wants to make their home brighter and more inviting. So, Energy-Star certified windows don’t just help you save money on your heating and air conditioning bills, they may help you stay healthier and feel better.

Plus, opening the sash to circulate fresh air throughout your home when the weather is moderate helps flush out airborne debris. Replacing stale air with fresh air helps “de-germ” your home after someone has been ill, too. Just a few minutes a day (even during the winter) is enough to flush out impurities and germs in the air. To avoid accidental falls through an open window, be sure to use window guards when airing out the nursery or playroom.

#5 Windows Expand Decorating Options
When it comes to decorating, replacement windows really pull their weight. Whether you want to showcase your windows, or you’re more interested in designing windows that complement an existing decorating scheme, you have virtually unlimited color combinations, a wide selection of hardware styles and finishes, glass options, and different trim and frame widths that allow you to accomplish your vision. Simply put, you can change your decorating scheme as often as you want, or design your windows to look beautiful without changing a thing for as long as you live in your home.

Simplify Your Life with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows

We’re all busy. Finding ways to simplify your life is a good thing. If you need some inspiration, visit our Facebook page. If you want more information about Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors, we invite you to fill in the short form on this page or give us a call toll-free at 1-877-313-9052.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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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Creativity + Unique Configurations: A Perfect Recipe for Long Island Replacement Window Design

Creative Replacement Windows Long IslandMany of us on Long Island ignore the windows in our homes. Sure, we let the sunshine illuminate our homes with health-giving light and perhaps raise the sash for a cool breeze on a moderate night to help us get a more restful sleep. But, in reality, most of the time we don’t think about our windows unless they won’t open, are dirty or we have a problem that needs attention.

At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we think about replacement windows and patio doors all the time. Because we want you to get the most from your investment today, tomorrow and for many years to come, we’re always trying to find new opportunities to make these oft-ignored home fixtures more beautiful and more functional. Our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, works closely with scientists and industry specialists to explore innovative manufacturing techniques and construction materials that improve energy-efficiency and performance.

Building a better replacement window for Long Islanders doesn’t have to mean only focusing on performance and longevity, although those are important considerations. Custom-built windows allow homeowners to add a touch of elegance, whimsy or sophistication to their curb appeal and reflect their home’s character and their own personality. Non-traditional configurations and window style combinations give you opportunities to design windows that add visual interest and enhance the overall appearance of your home.

One Window, Many Visual Outcomes

Take bow and bay windows as an example. Most people have probably seen bay and bow windows, but while they are similar, each configuration has distinct features. Small bay windows may resemble little glass boxes. The sharp lines and crisp angles present a somewhat boxy appearance. Typically these windows are built with three separate units constructed with a wider front panel attached to narrower side units. However, simply changing the angle width from 45 degrees to 30 degrees can dramatically impact the overall appearance.

Bow window configurations are similar to bay windows in that they offer opportunities to create more interior floor space or additional seating without investing in a major construction project. Unlike bay windows, bows are curved, and not sharp and angular. A five, six or seven panel configuration creates a stunning focal point with a gently curved presentation.

Flexibility to Build Your Vision

Both bay and bow windows give you virtually unlimited design options to help you achieve your decorating goals. Each section can be embellished with custom or standard grille patterns or left unadorned to provide an expanded viewing area. You may opt to use all fixed windows or mix and match styles to increase ventilation opportunities and visual texture. Perhaps you envision a row of awning windows or a transom mulled above a front-facing picture window, or you want a sliding patio door installed to give you another entry way. The point is, you don’t have to settle for something traditional if you want to design a truly unique feature for your home.

Your Recipe for SuccessRuppe0316made!

Designing windows for your Long Island home is sort of like baking a cake. You need to blend the right combination of individual ingredients to get the taste and texture you want. Too much baking powder and your cake will rise quickly, but fall flat when removed from the oven. Not enough leavening and you’ll have a flat cake that doesn’t look or taste good. So, while you can combine any window styles, you want to carefully consider what the finished product will look like and how well the combination will perform together – otherwise, you may end up with a bad taste in your mouth.

Here’s another example. Casement windows are superior “breeze catchers,” the side-hinged design allows you to open your windows wide to literally draw in a breeze. And, you can build very small and very large casement windows for very different effects. Some configurations allow you to open from the left or right side, and you may be able to configure your casement windows to open inward or swing out. Positioning two casement windows side-by-side gives you a wider opening, if hinged on opposite sides. Sometimes this is a better option than building a single, over-sized unit and makes cleaning easier. Another consideration is how this style will influence your home décor and architectural features. If you install a casement window too close to walkways or building features that jut out, you may not be able to fully open your windows.

Every ingredient in a cake recipe has a specific role, eggs add fluffiness and texture, flour is generally the main ingredient, spices add flavor, liquid helps incorporate individual ingredients. A recipe for building perfect replacement windows means you start with the main ingredient (the style) and gradually add the other items like spices (colors and accessories), grilles (the icing or filling between the layers), liquid (frames and trim that keep your window together), etc.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Can Help You Find Creative Configurations to Realize Your Replacement Window Decorating Visions

We understand our customers want high-performance replacement windows and patio doors that look beautiful and add value to their homes. If you need help deciding which windows are best for your home, simply fill in the short form on this page and let us know the best time to call you back. If you’re ready to get started now, call us toll free at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation.

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