How Often Do Long Island Windows Need to be Replaced?

Window Replacement Long Island

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

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

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

Window Frame Material vs Replacement Window Quality

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

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

The Advantages of Modern Replacement Windows & Patio Doors

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

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

Does Age Alone Really Matter in Windows?

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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

Replacement Windows Cost Versus Value Long Island

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

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

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

Windows Cost vs Value: Initial Investment & Long Term Benefits

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

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

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

Value-Based Replacement Window Considerations

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

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

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

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

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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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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Tips to Help You Evaluate Replacement Window Reviews & Ratings Online

Long Island Replacement Window Reviews

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

Shifting Through the Rhetoric

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

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

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

Finding Reliable Replacement Window Review Sites

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

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

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

Understanding Awards & Commendations

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

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

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

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

 

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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Renewal by Andersen Picture Windows: The Perfect Solution for Your Long Island Home  

Long Island Replacement Windows Picture Windows

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

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

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

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

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

Long Island Views Cry Out for Picture Windows

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

Create Replacement Window Combinations That Work to Your Advantage

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

Flood Your Long Island Home with Natural Sunlight

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

Blurring the Boundaries Between Indoors and Out

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

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

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

 

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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Long Island Replacement Windows Crystal Clear Answers About Glass Options

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

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

Patterned Glass & Replacement Window Efficiency

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

U-Factor Isn’t Everything in Replacement Windows

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

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

Different Rooms May Need Different Window Glass

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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

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

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

Establishing Prominence with Mullions & Grilles

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

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

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

Custom Color Options with Replacement Windows

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

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

Standard and Stunning Window Designs

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

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

Focusing on the Little Things

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

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

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

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

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

Long Island Patio Doors

The only time your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement patio door panels should come off the track is when you intentionally remove them for routine maintenance or to trouble-shoot a problem. Checking patio doors about once a month will help ensure your doors slide open and closed effortlessly for many, many years. Anytime your new door sticks or seems tight, you should examine your track to make sure there aren’t any obstructions or damage.

Patio Door Maintenance Check List

  1. To ensure they’re not in the way or get damaged during your inspection, it’s best to take down window treatments – curtains, blinds, shades, etc. – before inspecting your patio door.
  2. Careful remove your door insect screen(s) and place them in a safe place until you are ready to reinstall them after cleaning.
  3. If you opted for removable grilles when you designed your replacement patio doors, and you want to clean the glass panels at the same time, lift the grilles away from the glass near the edge of the frame. Clips are permanently affixed and you should not try to remove them. If you need more detailed instructions on safely removing and reinstalling your grilles, watch this video.
  4. Inspect the tracks for corrosion, chips or divots. The bottom of the track – the part where the door panels slide – should be flat, debris free and firmly in place. If you find rust or corrosion on the two parallel bars on either side of the flat bottom that create the sliding space, use a narrow high-quality wire brush to address areas that could be causing the door to stick.
  5. Use a small brush-type vacuum attachment or wand to remove loose dirt, leaves and other debris in the “valley” of the track.
  6. Wipe the area with a soft, damp cloth. If you find it hard to remove sticky or greasy spills, use a mild soap and water solution. Never use harsh chemicals or sharp objects to attack stubborn stains.
  7. Dry the tracks and test the door operation.
  8. If the door is still hard to open after following steps one through seven, you may need to lift out the door panel to get a clear view of the full track. Refer to the cleaning and maintenance brochure your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island dealer gave you after the installation or call us at 1-877-313-9052 for assistance.
  9. These general cleaning instructions for sliding windows will give you tips on cleaning your patio door glass panels.
  10. Reinstall screens, grilles and window treatments.

Troubleshooting Replacement Sliding Patio Door Issues

Renewal by Andersen sliding doors should be easy to open. If you have to make an effort, there is something wrong that needs attention. Here are a couple of things to remember about your new doors.

  • You don’t need an oil-based lubricant. The dual-ball-bearing rollers with self-contained leveling adjusters keep your doors functioning perfectly without routine oiling and greasing. If you feel you absolutely must use a lubricant, choose a dry silicone or Teflon product.
  • Although it is rare for a new patio door to shift shortly after installation, you may notice your door is not level. You can manually adjust the door following the instructions on page 22 and page 23 of the Window Care and Maintenance of Renewal by Andersen Products GuideDownload the PDF version to access step-by- step instructions for contemporary and French sliding doors.
  • Loose screws and nails can interfere with smooth operation. Check all nails and screws holding the door in place to make sure none of them are loose and sticking up high enough to cause the door to hang.

Keep Your Sliding Patio Doors in Top Condition with Tips & Guidance from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Specialists

Your new replacement patio doors are designed to glide smoothly with minimal care and maintenance. If you notice your patio door hangs and you can’t spot anything obvious, don’t get frustrated. We would be more than happy to come out and diagnose the problem with you. Just take a minute to fill in the short form on this page or call us at 1-877-313-9052.

 

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

Custom Replacement Windows Long Island NY

Custom replacement windows and patio doors allow Long Island residents to express their creativity and enhance the view from the street and to the yard. But, beauty and attractiveness aren’t the only benefits of opting to customize home improvement products. Design features also give you the flexibility to add features that make your home more functional and protect the financial investment you have in your property. Of course, custom Renewal by Andersen home improvement products are manufactured with some of the highest quality materials and craftsmanship available to ensure they stay beautiful for decades, without extensive maintenance and upkeep.

To help ensure our customers are 100% satisfied after the installation, we recommend every customer carefully consider styles, decorative add-ons and accessories.

Custom Replacement Window Styles for Today’s World

Throughout history, window styles – as well as shapes, sizes and type of glass – have provided clues about the status of certain buildings and about the owner’s social and financial standing. There was a time that only the wealthiest people in the world could afford glass windows. In the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, windows also gave clues about the role each room played. Servants’ quarters tended to have smaller windows than a parlor where homeowners received guests. Today, we would be surprised to find an occupied home without a combination of fixed and operable windows in a variety of styles and sizes.

Where previous generations of home windows primarily tried to manage the outside elements by limiting the flow of air and moisture into the home, modern window styles virtually block air and moisture from infiltrating indoor spaces unless you intentionally open the sash. More importance is placed on increasing energy efficiency and comfort rather than presenting a certain financial or hierarchical status in the community.

Selecting a Best-fit Window Style for Your Home

A drive through area neighborhoods reveals the most popular window style on Long Island is the double- or single-hung window. Usually each home has a combination of windows that may include casements, awnings, sliding or gliding, picture windows and double-hung varieties, depending on the architectural style and the surrounding area. A best-fit window, one that is customized to fit the home style, and the lifestyle of the occupants, looks right, is easy to operate, provides an added layer of security or privacy and complements the other structural features of the home.

Sash and sliding windows are well suited in areas where casements and awnings configured to open out might interfere with outdoor traffic patterns. Replacement windows with a single operational crank like casements are especially functional in areas where you have to reach or stretch over counters and it would be difficult to raise or lower the sash without using a step stool or ladder. Before deciding whether a combination of double-hung units would be better installed side by side or in a beautiful bay window configuration, in your Long Island home it is important to think about the view from both sides of the glass. Framing a beautiful landscape may require a different approach than minimizing an unsightly view just beyond your property line.

Accessorizing Your Long Island Replacement Windows

Once you have determined the proper style – or styles – for each room in your home, you’ll want to consider decorative features such as trim and frame color, hardware finishes, grille patterns and insect screen options.

Color choices may complement the primary colors and textures of your home, or add some contrast. Hardware finishes allow you to personalize your indoor spaces by incorporating a touch of elegance or tying a common decorating theme together. You can easily draw attention to your windows or help choose finishes that blend into the overall appearance of your replacement window units to make them less noticeable. And, grilles, which are available in standard and custom patterns help you achieve design goals — from replicating original features in a historic home to adding a unique focal point that guides your visitors to the front door.

High-Performance Windows Equals High Satisfaction

Designing custom-built home windows to replace existing window units is a process. You must consider the advantages and disadvantages of each style to make sure every replacement window functions efficiently for your family. Choosing appropriate decorative features ensures you will be proud of your home improvements. Selecting a brand with a solid reputation for using high-quality construction materials will ensure your new windows will serve you well throughout the years you live in your home.

Learn More About Customizing Your Replacement Windows & Patio Doors From Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Custom-built replacement windows give you flexibility and features that off-the-shelf window units can’t. If you’re thinking about upgrading your existing home windows, we invite you to give us a call today to schedule an in-home consultation to discuss your options. Reach us toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page and tell us when it is convenient for us to call you.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

 

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

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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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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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  • 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

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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