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 Replace out-of-date track lighting with halogen options or consider an eye-catching chandelier to boost illumination and visual interest.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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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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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 …
  • 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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Think You Have to Live with Ugly, Boring Windows on Your Long Island Home? Think Again!

Long Island Replacement Windows Don't Have to be BoringIf you’ve recently noticed the windows in your Long Island home are looking a bit drab and boring, it might be time to consider upgrading with Renewal by Andersen replacement windows. While most homes have traditional square or rectangle-shaped windows, you don’t have to follow tradition.

Whether you want to enhance your home’s architectural features or add some visual texture with unique shapes and color combinations, modern technology and manufacturing techniques give you ample opportunities to put a present a fresh, attractive curb appeal on your home.
Here are a few ways that upgrade options can help you achieve your decorating goals and save some money on heating and cooling bills in the process.

1. Replace a fixed window with paired casement windows. Replacing a fixed window with a pair of energy-efficient casement windows provide you with a wealth of new design options. Configuring casement windows that are hinged on opposite sides and open from the center out, create a look very similar to French-styled hinged doors. Standard and custom grille patterns allow you to mimic architectural details. Want something more interesting? Consider patterned glass panels that let you add an artistic touch while enhancing privacy.

2. Geometric shapes provide a stunning focal point. Whether you want to tuck a full circle window under the eaves for visual interest, or you are looking to add a more appealing detail above your entrance, non-traditional shapes may be just what you are looking for to spruce up your curb appeal. It’s possible to replace small operable windows with fixed triangles, quarter-circles, hexagons or arched replacement windows. You aren’t limited to small shaped windows, but many people find that these options work well as a complimentary feature, or in combination with other window styles.

3. Create your own window collage. While creating a wall of multi-shaped windows most likely won’t appeal to every homeowner, some will find this option intriguing. Melding different shaped windows together to replace a large oversized picture window or an existing wall of glass will definitely help you create a distinct curb appeal. If you want to add some ventilation, simply flank your collage with rectangular shaped double-hung or casement replacement windows or add a row of small awning windows above your masterpiece.

4. Add a bay or bow replacement window. If you still have single-pane windows in your home, you are likely paying a lot more for heating and cooling bills than you have to. Updating single-pane home windows to double-paned, energy-efficient windows helps keep your conditioned air in and cold (or hot) air out. Whether you are replacing an outdated single-hung window or an old sliding window, you can switch styles easily with almost any custom-built replacement window style. Both bay and bow configurations are wonderful options for lower and upper floors. Bay windows have angular features and are usually built with a three-window configuration. But, you have the flexibility to mix things up as long as there are an equal number of windows on each side and a front-facing center window. Bow windows are slightly curved and may have four, five, six or more glass panels.

5. Get creative with color options. You don’t have to settle for plain-Jane white windows today. Since you are replacing current windows with modern replacement windows, you’ll have new frames and hardware. With an extensive color palette to choose from, you can select colors that match, contrast or complement your home’s exterior colors. Paintable interior components let you create different color schemes for the inside and outside of your home if you prefer, too.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows are the Solution for Drab & Boring

We’ve only touched the surface in this article when it comes to all the different ways you can make your home more beautiful with a little bit of creativity. High quality custom-built windows are constructed to precisely fit the opening left when we remove your existing windows. The good news is you don’t have to replace your boring windows with exact replicas to enjoy lower utility bills. Energy Star labeled windows ensure you will eliminate energy leaks that cost you lots of money over time, and they come in beautiful, long-lasting “packages” (frames and trim) to get rid of a bland curbside view.

Ready to talk about upgrading your Long Island home with high-performance replacement windows? Fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at your convenience. Our toll-free number is 1-877-313-9052.

 

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Designing Child-Friendly Replacement Windows for Your Long Island Home

replacement windows Long Island child friendlyOur Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window professionals would like to take this opportunity to talk to you about child safety and replacement windows. Whether you plan to buy your home improvement products from us, or you are still researching different brands, this post will discuss considerations that go into designing child-friendly replacement windows.

If you have small children, when planning to update your home windows, it is important to carefully consider the window style and accessories you select. Because high-quality, superior performance replacement windows are custom-built to last as long as you live in your home, even if you don’t have children now, but may enlarge your family later, you’ll want to think ahead.
We would love to talk with you in depth about designing best-fit windows for your family, but here is some basic information that will show you why it pays to be selective about which window style every room needs.

Safety Precautions Are Necessary in Long Island Homes

Did you know that a small child can fall, or crawl through, an opening that is just slightly deeper than four inches? Raising the lower sash on a single-hung window to capture a cool breeze could pose a safety hazard for your toddlers and small children unless you install guards that limit how wide a window opens. Some people wrongly assume that a window screen will protect a child from falling through an open window. Screens are intended to block pesky insects from entering your home, they aren’t strong enough to ensure a person cannot accidentally (or intentionally) break through the barrier.

Do Replacement Window Styles Really Matter?
Any window, not just a single-hung window that has a lower sash that you raise to enhance ventilation, may pose risks and provide extra safety features. For example, sliding windows are easy to operate and don’t require extraordinary strength to open and close so even a small child may be able to open a sliding window if he or she can reach the “handle” and the door is unlocked. Recessed locks are more difficult for small hands to manipulate, but you shouldn’t expect a little difficulty to deter a determined child from trying to open a locked window. Fixed windows give the only “fool-proof” protection against accidental falls, but the best approach is to never leave a child unattended in a room with an open window. And, remember every room, whether it is a playroom, a nursery or a den, needs at least one operable window for egress and air circulation.

With a bit of forethought, it is possible to add accessories to almost any window or combination configuration to address safety concerns,. If you really want a large casement window, awning windows or hopper styles that enable exceptional air flow, talk to your replacement window dealer about safety features and accessories that are designed for use in homes with children. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Tips to Improve In-Home Safety
1. Never place a crib near an operable window without taking safety precautions. It is important to realize that small children are inquisitive. They can do some amazing things while exploring their world, like drag a chair, stool or other item from one place in the room close to the window and crawl on top of the item to look out the window.
2. A double-hung window that has an upper sash that lowers is a safer choice in some settings than other styles because the opening is typically out of reach, even if your child drags a stool or chair to the window.
3. Install child guards.
4. Keep windows locked and latched when not open for ventilation and cleaning.
5. Consider mulling operational windows above fixed windows rather than below. Installing operable windows higher on the wall ensures little hands cannot reach locks or operational handles and levers.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Solutions for Child-friendly Homes

Many factors influence safety in your home. In the same way that parents of infants and toddlers often take a tour of their home on their knees to look for safety hazards. Crawling around your home on hands and knees will help you spot safety issues with windows. The best time to take this tour is before your little one is big enough to start exploring.
Need help deciding which replacement windows will give you the highest energy-savings and help enhance home safety? We can help. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a home consultation and free window inspection. If it is more convenient, feel free to fill in the short form on this page to request more information or a call back.
 

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

And Why Should You Care?

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

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

What is Argon?

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

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

What if the Gas Leaks Out?

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

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

How Does Argon Help Improve Energy-efficiency?

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Long Island Replacement Windows SpringSpring is officially here and all of us at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island are looking forward to warmer weather and getting through the April showers that will bring May flowers soon. Like all four seasons in our area, spring has its own unique appeal to us on the Island and one of those is opening the windows wide to let the fresh spring scents into our homes. If you have a hard time opening your windows and have been putting off replacing them, now is the time to get serious before summer get here with all its heat and humidity.

March and April are excellent times to order your replacement windows. Keep in mind that it could take several weeks for your home improvement upgrades to arrive, depending on how many replacement window and patio door orders are already in progress when you place your order, so the sooner you order, the better for you. A Renewal by Andersen window specialist will give you an exact arrival date and schedule your installation, once we receive notice your windows have shipped.
So, why is March a great time to order your replacement windows and patio doors? Upgrading now means you will be able to enjoy your outdoor spaces more this year as winter fades to spring and finally to summer.

Invite Nature Inside with Replacement Windows & Patio Doors
Whether you want to make sure you have a perfect view of the birds and squirrels flitting from the feeder to nearby trees or to be sure you can hear the Jays scolding the squirrels and other birds in your yard, you’ll want high-performance windows that make it easy to bring the sights and sounds of nature indoors.

We haven’t had a “horrible” winter this year, so you should be seeing early signs of perennials peeking through the mulch in your landscaping. Crocus, Hyacinth and Daffodils may already be pushing up, so right now, take an afternoon to trim your Butterfly Bushes back to about 12 inches and cut your other perennials to encourage a healthy start to the flowering season.

If we have another unusually warm April, like last year, the Hydrangea and roses may be early-bloomers again. The June awakening will be spectacular even if some of the perennials wait until “normal” blooming times. Installing side-hinged casement windows that open fully, will literally capture the breeze, bringing the pleasant fragrances indoors every time you open your windows as spring gives way to summer. And, when you choose Energy-Star labeled glass options that help you manage your indoor comfort, you will have a crystal clear view of the ever-changing landscape throughout the flowering seasons on the Island.

Design Your Windows for All-Season Performance
Your window style choices matter. For example, awning replacement windows that have a “built-in umbrella” to prevent rain from dripping inside allow you to refresh your interior rooms even during a gentle rain without wind. Here are some other ways that window style can help you bring nature indoors.

  • Fixed windows with expanded viewing areas are perfect for watching the local wildlife and migratory birds, but don’t allow ventilation.
  • Slightly raising your double-hung and single-hung windows to allow you to hear the birds chirping and twittering in the shrubs and trees is another way to bring nature indoors.
  • Everything looks better under natural light. Replacing scratched, chipped and otherwise damaged windows will naturally allow more light to come in. You can control the amount of sunlight that comes inside with Low-E glazing options designed to reduce glare without compromising your view.
  • When you carefully consider how many hours of direct sunshine hit your replacement windows, you have opportunities to capture the benefit of solar heat gain during colder weather and reduce heat transfer during hot, muggy summer months.
  • Don’t forget about insect screens. Standard screens are free with every Renewal by Andersen replacement window, but if you like to open your windows in the evening to enjoy a cool breeze during the summer, you may want to upgrade to TruScene screens that prevent those biting no-see-ums from sneaking inside.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows & Patio Doors are Perfect for Every Season

March and April are the perfect time to design your new replacement windows. Nature is already showing early signs of warmer weather. It’s time to clear away the loose branches that fell this winter and trim back the perennials. Maybe you have been thinking about adding a few annuals to your landscaping to bring texture and dimension to your outdoor spaces this year. Check the seed and plant catalogues for plants that thrive in our humid climate and then call us at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a free in-home consultation to discuss window and patio door options that will ensure you can enjoy the seasonal sights and sounds beyond the glass. If you prefer, you can fill in the short form on this page to request a call back at a convenient time for you.

 

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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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5 Ways Replacement Patio Doors Enhance Your Long Island Renovation Project

long-island-replacement-patio-doorsAt Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we understand replacing your patio doors may be an overlooked part of your remodeling plans. You have a lot to think about when planning your home renovation project. Should you interview and hire a general contractor, meet with interior decorators to pick out new fabric for drapes and upholstery, selecting floor coverings and appliances for the rooms you plan to upgrade. Or should you go the DIY route and invest your nights and weekends for the next several months toward getting it done yourself.

Whichever way you go, if you haven’t decided whether to update your patio doors, you may be missing an opportunity to significantly enhance your home’s value and your family’s comfort. Here are five ways that replacement doors can add significant value to your spaces and ensure your ultimate satisfaction with your project when it’s complete.

#1 Lower Costs & Increase Savings

True, patio doors might not be the most glamorous detail in your home renovation project, but don’t discount their importance in controlling your heating and air condition expenses and maintaining, or improving, your home’s property value. Upgrading your Long Island home with ENERGY STAR windows and patio doors could save you hundreds of dollars every year if your home has single-pane units, especially if any of them have broken panes, warped frames or holes that let conditioned air leak outside. If you plan to list your home anytime in the near future, buyers will be impressed with new replacement patio doors and windows that are eco-friendly and certified as high-performance home improvement products.

#2 Customized to Perfection: Replacement Patio Doors Complement Every Architectural Style

Whether you want to create a jaw-dropping focal point, or you simply want to install new patio doors to replace unsightly, hard-to-open doors that are inconvenient and dragging down your property value, you have options today that were not available just a few years ago. Modern technology allows homeowners to enjoy energy efficient patio doors for a broad range of building styles from classic and elegant to sleek and contemporary.
Minimalists may prefer simple sliders with a low-profile that don’t attract the eye or interfere with traffic patterns. Others may be looking for something a bit more formal. Perhaps, hinged French-doors that swing-in or swing-out with matching grille patterns to complement other architectural features. No matter what impression you want to project, you can be certain your doors will be a perfect fit since Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement doors and windows are custom built to fit the opening left when your existing door or large window is removed.

#3 Light up Your Interior Spaces

Natural light makes your home sparkle and shine. When you don’t have to keep your patio doors dressed in heavy drapes to keep cold air from flowing in during the winter and early spring, you can take advantage of sunlight to accentuate your favorite decorative pieces with natural light. Your house plants won’t go through the winter blahs with more light to promote healthy growth and you may find your mood is better throughout the season. Our bodies crave light, and without enough sunlight every day you may experience mood fluctuations and perpetual sluggishness. Choose trim and frame colors and styles that reflect your personality and your home’s character, but remember, light not only makes your indoor spaces more beautiful, it also has many health benefits for your family.

#4 Replacement Patio Doors Give You Back Your Free Time

Advanced technology and new construction materials, like Fibrex frames, eliminate the need for annual repair and maintenance to prevent or remediate damage from mold, rust, rot, mildew and other moisture damage. Wouldn’t you rather spend your weekends playing golf or playing with your kids and grandkids than scraping, priming, and painting the patio door frames and trim?

#5 Enhancing Your Safety & Security

When an emergency happens, such as a fire inside your home, you need quick exit options. Aging, sagging patio doors that are hard to open can slow you down. Your new patio doors will give you peace of mind you won’t have to struggle with a door that swells during rainy, high-humidity days or a slider than refuses to glide. Plus, recessed locking mechanisms discourage would be intruders. Want more privacy? Consider a patterned glass that allows the glorious sunlight to come in without allowing people outside to see indoors.

Consider Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Patio Doors to Enhance Your Home Improvement Project

Replacing your patio doors can add another layer of security, improve the appearance of your Long Island home inside and outside and help keep your family more comfortable while reducing heating and air conditioning bills. Need more information about replacement patio doors and all the benefits they offer. Take a minute to fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 for a complimentary 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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