Renewal by Andersen Long Island NY

Your Replacement Window Source for Long Island, NY

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

Change Up Your Long Island Home’s Window Style Without a Total Makeover

How to Select Window Treatments to Accent the New Replacement Windows in Your Long Island, NY Home

Long Island, NY Replacement Window TreatmentsIt’s a dilemma we all face after replacing the windows in our Long Island homes: We just invested a lot of time selecting just the right window, with the right hardware and other options and we want to show off their beauty so we hate to cover them up. On the other hand, undecorated windows can be a privacy concern and at night they can look like black holes in the wall. Fear not, sometimes the right window treatments can actually accent your windows’ beauty; like the perfect frame on a great piece of artwork.

Sometimes you want to do a mini-makeover for your Long Island home without investing lots of money or time. Maybe you want to show off your brand new Renewal by Andersen replacement windows. Whatever has you yearning for a window style change, we’ve got some suggestions to get you started.

Mimicry Creates Elegance

Don’t be afraid to overstate your style to create an elegant atmosphere. For all types of large windows from bays and bows to picture and specialty windows, consider a cornice board and draperies with matching design details. For example, choose a neutral fabric color with a bold contrasting geometrical design feature at the hemlines. Transfer the geometric feature to an overhead cornice board to draw attention to the windows. White on white fabric designs, intricate stitching details, and print borders all transfer well to cornice accessories.

Mount the cornice about one inch from the ceiling; choose draperies that are four to six inches longer than necessary to create a soft, sophisticated puddle for a dramatic effect.

Bold and Sassy

Roman shades aren’t as dramatic as floor-to-ceiling drapes, but they are versatile enough to be bold and sassy or sleek and classy. If you’re gifted with a natural flair for design and have intermediate sewing skills, you can create customized roman shades for almost every window style in your home, from space-saving sliding patio doors to casement windows in the second story loft. Paintable fabrics and myriad textures allow you to create delicate oriental designs as well as personalized shades with vibrant primary colors and shapes for the nursery.

Frilly and Feminine

For those girlie-girl rooms where lace and bows are in order, consider window treatments with ample gathers and pouffy details on a double rod system. Select neutral colors with soft patterns for the outer curtain layer and sheer, muted tones for the liners. Add lace or ribbon tie-back details and a valance to pull the overall theme together.

Create a Warm Inviting Space with Texture

Using diverse textures creates warmth. Pair up a simple blind with a nubby semi-sheer fabric to add warmth and interest to your casement windows. Bring in additional textures with bamboo rods or non-conventional ties — like natural leather strips or crystal beads strung on sturdy nylon thread. The combo gives you more light control for windows that get direct sunlight and adds a bit more privacy for bedrooms and bathrooms, too.

Simplicity and Serenity

For fixed windows without grilles and exposed hardware, creating a simple frame allows you to enjoy a clear, uninterrupted view of your world. Avoid weighty design techniques that include heavy swags, outdated jabot construction and “fussy” embellishments. If you want something more than a solid colored panel, opt for sophisticated tone-on-tone fabrics or choose a large pattern in a complementary shade to keep the mood relaxing and refreshing.

Consider Creative Choices

Decorating over-sized windows and doors shouldn’t limit your options. You might have to think-outside-the-box if you can’t put your hand on curtain rods that are long enough to cover the full width. One option for homeowners is to use non-traditional hanging appliances. You can buy electrical conduit by the foot from a local hardware store. The “rods” are sturdy enough to support light to moderately heavy fabrics and are very inexpensive.

Creative inspiration comes from a plethora of sources. Check out these innovative window treatment solutions.

  • Create a simple window treatment with burlap sacks for your kitchen, mud room, or work room.
  • Substitute traditional drapery ties with a necktie, a leather belt, a clip-style bracelet or a section of hemp rope.
  • Strip and paint a thin, but sturdy, tree branch to use as a curtain rod to add natural texture.

Have a Seat, Please

Dressing up a bay window requires extra attention to detail. You should use hinged or curved curtain rods specifically designed for your bow and bay windows to get the best fit. Perhaps, one of the most beneficial window dressings is to add or update window seats. Coordinating upholstery and window fabrics creates an inviting place to relax and watch the world go by.

As you can see, updating your windows doesn’t have to be expensive. Unless you plan on building and installing a window seat for your bay window, which is better suited to a weekend project, most of these suggestions should only take a few hours.

Contact Renewal by Andersen of Long Island for Replacement Windows Makeover Help

Before you hang your new window treatments, check with your replacement window specialist. It is important not to damage your frames or panes during the process. We’re just a phone call away and we’d be glad to help you with information to make sure you don’t void any part of your warranty. Call 1-877-313-9052 or complete the form above.

Replacement Windows Value for Your Long Island, New York Home

How Much Can Replacement Windows Save You?

‘An educated consumer is our best customer’ – Sy Syms

Long Island Replacement Windows & DoorsAt Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we are happy to provide homeowners with straightforward replacement window information so they can make informed decisions based on facts, not inflated advertising. As Sy Syms used to say, “An educated consumer is our best customer”.

Every day, Long Island consumers are inundated with marketing spiels and hyperbolic claims about everything from toothpaste to the latest high-tech mobile devices. Advertising has been this way for decades, if not hundreds of years. At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we understand that consumers today are much more educated and intelligent than ever before and they see through overblown marketing. We don’t use hype and over-inflated claims to persuade our customers to give us the privilege of helping them remodel their homes. Instead, we work hard to earn your trust and give you the knowledge you need to make your own educated decisions.

We can’t expect to earn your trust if we tell you that your electricity bill will virtually disappear. We won’t quote some obscure study that reveals replacement windows will improve your life by 72% as compared to homeowners who don’t upgrade their windows and doors. That’s not the way we do business. Trust is based on truth.

Third Party Validation and Window Statistics

We don’t avoid all statistics; however we are picky about our sources. We only quote credible, unbiased organizations or agencies. Any stats you come across on our blog or in our marketing materials are validated by independent third parties who are not directly affiliated with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.

We give you these numbers to help you compare efficiency and financial details more efficiently – and more accurately. An educated consumer wants beautiful, high-performance windows and doors designed to work perfectly for years. We believe that by starting with good information, you’ll make decisions for your family about the type of windows to buy based on realistic investment and savings expectations.

Let’s Start with Replacement Window Return on Investment on Long Island

Although many experts unequivocally agree that replacement windows have one of the highest return on investment percentages among all renovation projects – especially when it comes to reducing the carbon footprint and curbing energy consumption – the numbers vary depending on your personal circumstances. Overall savings depends on your home’s existing windows and other structural components. If you have old drafty windows, but the rest of your house is relatively energy efficient, you’ll likely see dramatic on your energy bill; however, if you have poor insulation or drafts in your home that have nothing to do with your windows, you will see savings, but they’ll be reduced by the other inefficiencies. After all, the most energy efficient room in the world won’t be much warmer if it has a giant hole in one wall.

One study we reviewed recently, the 2013-2014 Cost vs Value Report, showed that about 9% of remodeling projects netted a positive return on investment that exceeded 100%. While every homeowner won’t “make money” on their remodel, replacement windows averaged almost 80% return on investment and entry doors exceeded 96%.

Naturally, total savings varies depending on the reason for replacement. If many of your existing windows and doors have significant problems like damaged weather stripping, broken panes and sagging frames, replacement windows produce higher returns. Likewise, if you are mainly upgrading for cosmetic reasons, your return may be slightly lower.

As the Market Continues to Improve, So Do Our Windows

Recently released economic indicators (like lower unemployment numbers and slowly rising mortgage rates) bring welcome news for homeowners. Over the next few years, as the market continues to adjust, beautiful high-performance Renewal by Andersen windows will deliver even greater value and return on investment. When consumer confidence is high, they are more comfortable investing in long lasting quality as opposed to the quick fix.

Cost, Comfort and Curb Appeal

If you’ll excuse us for just a moment while we brag a bit, we’re pretty proud of our corporate relationships that save customers money year after year on home improvement projects. Our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, received the coveted 2013 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award. This award, issued by the United States Environmental Protection Agency, signifies an unwavering commitment to protect the environment and serve customers with products that significantly reduce energy costs associated with heating and cooling.

What this means for our valued customers is that the company consistently delivers high-efficiency products that control heat gain and loss for homeowners across the country, including Long Island, which has some of the highest energy costs in the country.

It’s Not All About Saving Money: Noise, Comfort & Style Count Too!

Saving money on heating and cooling bills isn’t the only reason homeowners choose to replace windows and doors. Controlling ambient noise, regulating the interior temperature and putting on a pretty face for the community all add value for homeowners.

How can you put a value on upgrades that make you smile as you pull into your driveway after a long day at work because your home looks inviting and welcoming? You can’t put a price tag on the value of comfort new windows add to your home environment either, but it makes a huge difference to your quality of life.

When considering investing in replacement windows and overall savings, think about non-financial elements, like how much control you want over interior lighting. Maybe you want plenty of natural sunlight, but also want protection for carpeting, furniture and draperies with panes that block UV rays. Renewal by Andersen’s High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass delivers extra savings with UV blocking features that help you replace these items less often. How about cleaning and maintaining your windows? Saving time spent on maintenance might be high on your wish list too.

Other Savings with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows?

The best way to gather all the information you need to realistically measure your overall savings against the price of installing replacement windows is with a complimentary in-home consultation. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 and we’ll be happy to pay you a visit at your convenience and we’ll help you review our current savings promotions, tax advantages, glass and frame features that meet your goals, and help you save time and energy with long-lasting, high performance replacement window options. Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule your design consultation or fill in the form above to request more information.

Should you Replace Patio Doors or Windows First on Long Island?

Replace Doors or Windows First on Long Island NYWe know it isn’t nice to answer a question with a question. But when our Long Island customers ask us whether they should order replacement windows or patio doors first, we usually ask a few questions before we make a recommendation. Here’s why….

Since we opened our doors at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we have helped over 8,000 homeowners in Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn select windows and doors for their homes. Part of our commitment to ensuring you get the right windows and patio doors for you and continue to deliver exceptional service, is finding out why you are thinking about replacement windows or patio doors for your home — and why now? Asking questions is the only way we can point you in the right direction.

We invite you to contact a replacement window specialist at 1-877-313-9052 for a one-on-one chat to help you find the solution is best for your family. In the meantime, here are some general recommendations based on past customer experiences.

If you’re getting ready to sell your Long Island home?

Did you know that buyer perception, otherwise known as curb appeal is at the top of the list of things that home buyers mention when asked why they chose one property over another?

The Home Buying Institute recommends that home buyers consider fixed and semi-fixed fixtures in houses as they progress through the home-buying journey. Window placement is typically fixed, but window design and style are easily modified. Prospective buyers understand relocating windows is expensive and construction intensive, but they want windows and doors that operate properly, are easy to take care of and that are designed to last for many, many years.

Sticking doors and windows sometimes signal foundation problems. Even if an inspection reveals there are no foundational problems, without a terrific first impression for buyers you might not get that far. Here are a few other things to consider.

  • Patio doors get more use than most windows; almost every prospective buyer will pass through all exterior doors at least once on a home tour.
  • Replacing broken or damaged panes is important for safety and energy efficiency.
  • Front facing windows have the most influence on curb appeal.

Are you looking for more control over energy costs?

Controlling air leaks and heat transfer is essential if you are serious about lowering energy bills. Aging patio doors — and doors that aren’t working properly — are a major source of energy loss. Whether you decide to install a sliding door or a hinged-style patio door, replacing your entrance fixtures is a good place to start when you need to replace your home openings in stages.

High performance replacement windows with superior weather-stripping prevent air and moisture leaks. Naturally, the more windows you replace, the higher your energy savings. Another advantage of replacing windows first is that you have better control over ventilation throughout the home since opening a patio door usually only affects only one or two rooms. Again, replacing any damaged panes and sagging frames or doors first should be a priority.

Of course, every replacement window (and exterior patio door) you install adds value and energy savings.

Replacement Windows and Decorating

If your goal is to give your Long Island home a style makeover, your window/door decision depends on your budget and remodeling plans. Some homeowners choose to replace all the windows and doors one or two rooms at a time, especially if the makeover involves adding bow or bay windows or replacing carpeting and flooring as part of the renovation. Other homeowners prefer to install replacement windows throughout the home and order patio doors as part of the final touches.

There really isn’t a hard and fast rule about whether you should replace the doors or windows first in your home. It depends on the age and function of your current fixtures, your budget and your project goals.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Helping Hands

We know there are many reasons homeowners decide to install replacement windows and patio doors and we haven’t covered every situation here. It would be a pleasure to help you develop a plan to save you money on energy and create a beautiful home for your family and friends.

It just takes one call to start the process. When you call, ask our window replacement specialists to tell you about our early Spring promotion. The more you buy, the more you save, and be sure to ask about our no-interest option for customers financing their project.

Reach us by phone at 1-855-281-9660 or enter your contact information in the form above and we’ll call you!

 

Affordable Long Island Replacement Windows Incentive Programs

Replacement Window Tax Incentives, Rebates and Discount on Long Island

Long Island Replacement Windows Tax CreditWith the unusually cold winter we’ve been having on Long Island, you’ve finally decided it might make sense both from a comfort level to replace the aging windows in your Long Island home.  Not only will new windows make your home more comfortable, but they will likely save you money on your energy bills, so it makes sense financially as well. At this point you might be considering about how the project will affect your budget.

If this is the year you want to tackle home upgrades and insulation projects to lower your energy use, we have some good news for you. There are plenty of rebates and discounts out there to help defray the cost of your project and make the whole process less stressful from a financial point of view.

If you are really serious about saving money, this could be the perfect time for Long Island homeowners to replace their windows since there are several grants, low-interest financing options and cash-back incentives in our area that make paying for your renovation project easier.

Did you know. . .

PSE&G (formerly the Long Island Power Authority) and National Grid customers who complete qualified energy upgrades that make their home more efficient are eligible for a 10% cash-back incentive. Other incentives for Long Island homeowners include low-interest loans (3.49%) that allow you to make monthly payments with your power bill, and up to $5,000 in grants if you qualify.

This means that if your home needs insulation, updates for heating and air conditioning, new appliances and replacement windows and doors as part of your energy-efficiency overhaul, you have opportunities to do it all at one time. You can find out about the products and services covered and check your eligibility by contacting National Grid or clicking on this link.

Why You Should Include Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows

If you plan to do a complete energy-efficiency makeover on your home, here are two reasons to include Renewal by Andersen of Long Island windows and doors in the project plans:

  • Number One: Renewal by Andersen windows are guaranteed to lower energy consumption rates by overcoming energy loss through old, inefficient windows.
  • Number Two: Renewal by Andersen manufacturing processes and framing materials reduce your carbon footprint and are EnergyStar approved for a variety of incentive/rebate programs.

Federal Tax Credits

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Long Island homeowners can take up to $1,500 in tax credits, including finance charges for your replacement windows, external doors and skylights.

There are some restrictions and qualifications. For example, the credit is an aggregate total, which means if you have claimed tax credits for windows and doors previously, your maximum may be less. Also, the limit is capped at $200 over the total expense, which means if your finance charges and fees are $250, you can only apply the first $200 for a credit on your federal return.

Another tax advantage for homeowners considering major renovations in 2014 is the mortgage interest deduction. If you refinance or take out a second mortgage and you are eligible to itemize, deducting paid interest is a benefit you can enjoy.

We are not tax experts, we manufacture and install windows, so we recommend that you consult a tax professional before making a buying decision based solely on tax credits and incentives.

When you buy ENERGY STAR® replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen, we provide written support for your tax consultant or the IRS that shows your window choices meet or exceed energy performance standards. Just ask your representative for a copy with your receipt.

Renewal by Anderson Replacement Window Incentives

Naturally, this isn’t a comprehensive list of every rebate and discount available for our Long Island customers. Credit unions and banks often offer low-interest equity lines of credit for remodeling and some agencies have programs that help low-income families with children, the elderly and other special groups help finance a major renovation.

Our in-house team of window specialists are happy to discuss our own discounts and current financing promotions designed to help you get the most out of your budget.

Have Questions? Contact Us at 1-877-313-9052 for a Free In-Home Consultation to Discuss Your Options

So, whether you have a historic row house you want to restore or you are getting ready to upgrade a single-family residence that needs a facelift and a long overdue makeover, we’re ready to help you plan your project. You can reach us by phone toll-free at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the short form on this page and we will get back to you right away with information about our current specials.

 

How to Finance Your Replacement Windows on Long Island, NY

Should You Pay Cash or Finance Your Replacement Window Project on Long Island?

Cash or Finance Long Island Replacement WindowsYou know you are ready to replace windows and/or doors in your Long Island, NY home, but you aren’t sure if financing the project or paying cash is the best choice for you. This isn’t one of those one-size-fits-all decisions. There isn’t really a “better than” or “worse than” scenario that would apply to every homeowner. There are a number of factors that you should take into consideration, starting with your financial situation, but also your reasons for choosing to upgrade or replace windows and the size of your project are also considerations.

You should have all the information you need to make a wise investment decision at your fingertips before you decide one way or the other. Here are a few options to consider.

Do you plan to replace all of your windows and doors or just a few?

If you have cash available, and only want to replace one or two fixed windows with operable awning-style windows or install a French hinged door to replace your aging slider, paying cash might make the most sense for you. Interest rates on savings are really low in New York today so the average return on savings is less than 1 percent for most New York residents (0.170%). The sooner you replace inefficient, aging windows and doors, the sooner you can start saving money on your power bill.

Where is your cash coming from?

There is cash – like money in a savings account – and then there are available cash options. Available cash options include accessing money from CDs getting ready to mature, cashing out an IRA during a job transfer, and borrowing against life insurance policies.

Certificates of Deposit

If you’re considering cashing in a CD early to pay for a large-scale replacement window project in your Long Island home, you need to consider the cost to liquidate. Early withdrawal penalties vary from bank to bank, but almost all banks have similar structures.

  • The penalty is higher if you recently invested in the CD.
  • Penalties are based on interest rate and term length.
  • You don’t lose any money than what you originally deposited, only a percentage of earned interest.

Before you cash out a mid-term certificate of deposit, explore options with your financial institution about borrowing against your CD. Loan rates are typically 1 percent to 2 percent above the earning rate.

Using a CD as collateral for a short-term loan might be beneficial if you expect to be able to pay off the loan in a shorter time than the term of the CD – for example, you could use a seniority bonus or extra money from an anticipated raise at work.

Whole Life Insurance and Financing Window Replacement Projects

If you have a Whole Life insurance policy, you might consider borrowing against the policy to take advantage of discounts for cash payment. Here’s what you need to know about borrowing against a policy.

  • Expect to pay a recovery fee called surrender charges. Insurance companies charge this fee to recover part of their administrative costs associated with the policy.
  • The loan rates are typically low compared to market averages.
  • Unless you quickly return the money – pay off the loan – your beneficiaries won’t have the benefit of the full value of the policy if you die before you repay the loan.
  • This is an option better suited to people who have had their policy for at least 10 years.

Cashing Out Retirement Accounts

Cashing out an IRA or other retirement investment vehicle is risky; sometimes it costs more than any other options. Before you chose this path, consult a financial advisor to discuss tax consequences and penalties. You could lose 20 percent to 25 percent of your cash on taxes and fees if you withdraw early. The closer you are to retirement age, the higher the risks associated with this option because you have less time to rebuild your accounts for the future.

Does Financing Offer More Flexibility and Benefits?

When you don’t have enough cash to complete a major window and door replacement project, and you don’t want to split the project into several smaller projects, financing does have some benefits.

  1. Refinancing your home offers tax advantages that personal loans and credit card buying options don’t, if you are eligible to itemize deductions on your federal tax return.
  2. Interest rates for borrowers are very low in Long Island today — between 2.75 percent and 4.99 percent in most areas.
  3. Cash limitations might mean you choose window styles and features based only on the price, which could limit your decorative preferences.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Has More Information About Financing Your Replacement Windows

We know that making wise investment decisions is important to you. We invite you to call Renewal of Andersen of Long Island NY for more information. Our financing specialists are available to discuss in-store financing and cash payment options for homeowners. Reach us at 1-877-313-9052 or complete the form and we will be happy to contact you to schedule a free in-home consultation at your convenience.

Replacement Windows for Row Houses & Other Historic Homes on Long Island

Replacement windows for historic Long Island homesPeople often ask “which replacement windows will look best in my historic Long Island house?” The answer, of course, depends upon the details of your neighborhood, the architectural influence, and the location of your home.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island guarantees every window we build has the energy efficiency ratings and superior performance standards that meet, or exceed industry standards for your neighborhood. Here are a few specific considerations for homeowners updating windows in historic homes.

Understanding the Significance of Your Neighborhood

Are you wondering why we ask about the character of your neighborhood? The simple answer is that if you ask 10 people to describe a historic home, you will probably get 10 different answers. The first row (or attached) houses were built in Amsterdam communities in the 15th century. Early settlers introduced this land-efficient building style to America. Over the years, architects have modified architectural designs to create remarkable, functional homes with distinctive character and charm.

In Brooklyn, Queens, Nassau and Suffolk counties and sister communities throughout the Long Island and New York area, you find homes with diverse features like flat fronts, second story bow windows, varied roof lines, simple unadorned front stoops and ornate detailing on handrails. The tall narrow footprint, stereotypically bordered on both sides by a similar home, may have rectangular windows or elegant arched windows with intricate grilles. Some neighborhood row houses have unique lintels that add a twist to otherwise classic ornamentation.

Another important detail about your neighborhood is whether you live in a quiet residential area or in a mixed use area. Living “under the same roof” as your neighbor, so to speak, might have some influence about the style, trim and frame color and glass you choose.

Understanding the Significance of Architectural Influence

Historic houses have character, charm and histories that make them truly incomparable to other residential homes. Choosing the best Renewal by Andersen replacement windows for your home depends on whether you live in a Federal style house or Victorian style home. If you are fortunate to live in a Long Island neighborhood with angled streets and plots, your row house may have a small front area and half circle windows above the door.

We ask lots of questions because the more detail you can provide to our consultants, the easier it is to point you in the right direction with suggestions that fit your home. Of course, an on-site inspection of your home is the best way to guide you to the best choices.

Understanding Historical Significance

There are thousands of row houses scattered across the nation – many of them on Long Island and the metropolitan New York area, but not all historic homes are row houses. A tour of historic homes in the area might include houses with Spanish Revival influences from the early 20th century like asymmetrical facades and low-pitched roofs as well as simple, modest homes described as living examples of authentic Long Island craftsmanship. These variances make it impossible to recommend one-size-fits-all replacement windows for your Long Island home without more information.

For example, when you’re buying replacement windows for a modest, 18th century historic home with classic windows, choosing a design with grilles-between-the-glass will help you keep the original appearance without sacrificing high-efficiency qualities and low maintenance benefits. For Spanish Revival inspired homes you can select more intricate grille designs for arched windows that help you accentuate the distinctive style.

Some people wrongly assume you can’t focus on preservation and sustainability at the same time. Our beautiful, functional windows let you stay true to original structure and design in a package that limits landfill waste, conserves natural resources and improves the overall energy efficiency in your home. Because our windows are built to fit the original size and shape of your existing windows, you save time, money and resources often spent on extensive construction and rebuild projects.

When you make your decision about whether to apply for national registry recognition keep in mind there are positives and negatives. First the positives.

  • Restored homes generally hold their market value better than non-designated homes.
  • Buyers are willing to pay more for a home with historical designation.
  • Homes in designated neighborhoods have the highest market value because the neighborhood is normally well maintained and the original character is kept intact from owner to owner.

On the negative side, some homeowners don’t like being told how to maintain their home and want more flexibility with design changes like adding opaque window panes and intricate grilles.

Have Questions About Replacement Windows for Your Historic Long Island Home? Just Call 1-877-313-9052

Have more questions? Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is here to help. We invite you to fill in the form above or give us a call today at 1-877-313-9052. When you call, remember to ask about our special financing options.

 

How to Select Window Treatments for Your Long Island Replacement Windows

Replacement window treatments Long Island NYNow that you have picked out the style and shape for your Long Island replacement windows, it’s time to consider what kind of window treatments to use. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are so beautiful that we think they look terrific au natural, but, we also understand that window treatments add details that can turn a house into a home. There are countless fabric, color, shape and design choices that let you express your personality and create an atmosphere of which you can be proud. Continue reading

Vinyl Replacement Windows versus Composite Windows on Long Island, NY

8 Ways Fibrex Composite Beats Vinyl as a Window Frame Material

Due to the widespread availability and commodity nature of vinyl windows, most people believe are unaware that there are other choices for their replacement windows on Long Island, NY.

As your local Long Island Renewal by Andersen replacement window and door specialists, we want you to have all the information you need to choose the right windows for your home. Part of your decision will include selecting window frame material for your new windows. This article will help you explore the differences in our patented Fibrex composite window frames and the vinyl window frames sold by most other replacement window companies.

1. Wood Tones

Both vinyl, which is a type of plastic, and Fibrex, which is a composite material made from polymer plastics and recycled wood, are light weight and easily manufactured in a variety of colors and shapes. One difference you see immediately is that the wood component in our composite material make it possible to get real, rich, wood tones with stains during the manufacturing process. There is a real contrast to the wood tones available in Fibrex that are simply not possible with painted or applied plastic films on vinyl windows. Fibrex provides you with much more variety and decorating versatility in a durable, low-maintenance package that looks and performs beautifully for years.

Fibrex Composite Window Frame Long Island

2. Better Views for You

Vinyl replacement windows tend to have thicker, wider frames to accommodate for the weaker and more flexible nature of the plastic construction. Becvause Fibrex frames are substantially stronger than vinyl they can be manufactured with much narrower frames to maximize your views of the outdoors and the natural light that can enter your home.

3/4. Strength and Stability

Fibrex gives you the best of both worlds: the strength and stability of wood with the low-maintenance and rot resistance of vinyl. The stable wood component of Fibrex provides it with strength vinyl simply cannot match. To compensate, vinyl window frames are often thicker, reducing the amount of transparent glass in your windows. Not only does the wood portion of Fibrex provide strength and rigidity, it is also very stable and doesn’t have the extreme expansion and contraction characteristics that limit vinyl’s stability. Fibrex windows are both strong AND stable.

5/6. Durability and Efficiency

Although both framing materials will give you low-maintenance benefits that include scratch resistant surfaces that don’t mold and mildew in humid climates, Fibrex replacement windows won’t warp, bow or bend in response to extreme temperature variances like vinyl can. This material stability provides increased durability and extends the effective life of Fibrex far beyond its vinyl counterparts.

Fibrex has a very low thermal expansion rating that closely corresponds to your home’s other structural materials. Because of this, composite windows of Fibrex will not shrink and pull away from the structural components of your home nor expand and bow and twist when restricted by the framing.

Fibrex’s low coefficient of thermal expansion is the reason that Renewal by Andersen replacement windows perform as consistently well in your Long Island home where the winters can be brutally cold and the summer scorchingly heat. This inherent material stability prevents cracks and gaps that can lead to air and water leaks and condensation build up on and around the glass.

Composite Fibrex Versus Vinyl Window Frames

7/8. Economy and Ecology

Another advantage to patented Fibrex window frames is the economy of the manufacturing process. Andersen Windows, our parent company, created Fibrex as part of the company’s strong commitment to sustainability and sound economics. Because these composite windows are manufactured using wood reclaimed from other product lines, fewer trees are harvested and less waste is deposited in landfills. The company also saves time and money spent on transportation and acquisition costs for building supplies. In fact, Andersen is the only company within the industry to receive the Green Seal of approval for environmental protection and manufacturing processes.

Fibrex’s extremely low heat transfer rating means the window frames are more efficient than others, keeping your home warmer in winter, cooler in summer and saving you money on your heating and cooling bills year-round.

We know you have a choice when it comes to buying replacement windows and doors for your Long Island home. At Renewal by Andersen, we want to help you make the most informed choices so you are 100 percent satisfied with the results after the installation.

Call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island for a Free Replacement Window Design Consultation

Give Renewal by Andersen of Long Island a call at 1-877-313-9052 or enter your information in the form on this page and one of our friendly design consultant’s will be happy to answer your questions about your replacement windows and patio doors and provide a fee design consultation for you in your home. Remember to ask about our warranty for Fibrex replacement windows.

60+ Replacement Windows Installed in 4 Days In Shoreham, Long Island, NY

Homeowner Couldn’t Be Happier with Her New Replacement Windows …

Or Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island recently completed one of its largest replacement window installations in Suffolk County, NY and we’re thrilled to be able to share it with you. We installed over 60 windows over four days in this beautiful house on the water in Shoreham.

This was a challenging job not just because of the sheer number of windows, but because the extremely windy location right on the Long Island Sound. The December installation during extremely cold temperatures, and even a snow storm, proved the value of Renewal by Andersen’s Winter Installation Method which minimizes opening the home to the outside climate.

While the entire 60+ window installation took just four days, you can watch a time lapse video of the installation in just four minutes below. Notice how the snow “magically” appears on the roof and ground as the video progresses through time.

The owners of this beautiful home had put off replacing their windows because they had some serious concerns regarding the size of the project (60+ windows!), the extensive custom decorating they had previously completed, the timing right before the holidays (note the holiday decorations in the photos in the link below), the climate, and a number of other things.

Check out some of the photos of the completed job here.

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One Very Satisfied Customer

While we’re always proud of our crews and the hard work they put in on every job, but what’s most rewarding is when our satisfied customers tell us how happy they are with our products and our entire replacement window sales and installation system. Of course, in a project this large (it’s really like multiple jobs in one), the potential for dissatisfaction is large. This customer was so happy with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s performance that she agreed to be recorded talking about her experience. Here’s what she had to say…

Why did you replace your windows?

“We replaced our windows and doors because we had some problems with many of the mechanisms. We had many of them that the seals were broken, but I think one of the biggest issues is that we had a lot of mold that had gotten into the wood and we were concerned about that.

“We chose Renewal by Andersen because I had done some research about the windows that we had in the past and Renewal by Andersen was the only [replacement window] company that I found that had the process of coming and looking and the purchasing and installation of the windows and I felt like it was a whole complete package and I felt very comfortable, my husband and I both felt very comfortable that that would be a good option for us since there were so many windows to be replaced.”

What Convinced You to Replace Your Windows Now?

“We’ve been planning to do our windows for a very long time and along the way we knew that some were in more need than others but to be honest the thought of destroying the window frames and the wallpaper that I very much loved and all of the things that went along with it was almost too much to contemplate so we kept putting it off as long as we could knowing that maybe we would find a solution, which is what we found, that would accommodate all of the things that we were thinking about. And Renewal by Andersen actually did that because in the process of doing the windows nothing truly was disturbed. The exterior frames of the windows … I should say on the inside of the house, there was nothing that was damaged or disturbed in any way. The wallpaper is more than intact. Some of the rooms had new decorating done to them so that was an important consideration from our standpoint. It was the perfect scenario.”

How was your experience with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island?

“It was the perfect experience actually. I can’t say enough about them. From Brian Webb coming and doing the first initial sales experience and explaining the windows and the process of doing the windows and so on. He made us some promises that were truly kept. The house was not disturbed, the workers were organized, unbelievably fast, respectful, cleaned up. The house really was perfectly fine after they left. I had visions of being concerned about cleanup, especially because it was done before the holidays and up until the very last window was replaced the other day I can’t say enough. Everyone called … there were many people that checked on what was going on in the process. I can’t say enough about it. I wouldn’t say I would want to do it again, but if I did, they would definitely be the people I would call, because they have a very organized organization. We’re very pleased with the outcome.”

How was the installation process?

“The installation process was amazing! The staff that came, Manny being the head, were unbelievably organized and efficient. I was amazed at what they did. We had an instance here on the porch where there was a lot more water damage and they attended to the whole thing having to replace some things that they didn’t anticipate. I can’t say enough about the installers. They were absolutely wonderful. Manny gets a star from me because not only is he knowledgeable but he’s an amazing person so I appreciated all of his experience and it certainly showed here at our home.

Anything you would like to add?

“We live in an area that’s very windy. We live by the water and the air moving through the house and the temperature of the house in the wintertime was an important factor I guess, when you look back, in changing the windows. Since the windows have all been changed, it is amazingly warm in this house even on a windy day. You can’t even detect that it’s windy because it’s very quiet and peaceful, but we definitely feel that it’s going to be a savings when it comes to our energy because the house definitely keeps its temperature, which it didn’t prior to the installation of the windows. It’s just another reason to be happy.”

Would you recommend Renewal by Andersen of Long Island?

“Absolutely. In a heartbeat. I would say if you have to replace the windows, and you know that it’s something that your concerned about I would recommend in a heartbeat that you call and everybody responds to you quickly, I mean we had somebody here in two days and I think that’s another consideration. They are knowledgeable, they explain everything to you and what they said we would experience and what they said we would get we have certainly gotten. We’re totally pleased and we’re thrilled. We love the windows. Absolutely Love the Windows.”

You can hear, in her own words, what the happy homeowner had to say about her experience with Renewal by Andersen of Long Island in the video below.

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Want to be as happy with your replacement window project as this woman? Call Renewal by Andersen of Long Island at 1-877-313-9052 for a Free In-Home Design Consultation or fill out the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.

Long Island Replacement Window Frames: Composite Versus Wood

Comparing Renewal by Andersen Fibrex & Wooden Replacement Windows

Every replacement window company on Long Island promises to provide you with a window that delivers superior performance, exceptional structural integrity and years of dependable energy-efficient service. But how do you really know who’s windows are best suited to provide you with the features and durability you expect in your replacement window project?

Just as every home has unique features and design aesthetics, the color options, hardware designs and framing materials of your replacement windows will create a distinctive look for your Long Island home.

Many companies direct your attention to the glass in your windows to the exclusion of all else. And certainly, as the main component of your window, energy efficient glass is important, but it is not the only part of the window that will affect your overall satisfaction. Continue reading

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5 Ways to Choose a Great Replacement Window Installation Contractor

Replacement Window Installer Long Island NYFinding a high quality contractor to install your replacement windows or patio doors in your Long Island home does not need to be difficult. By following a few simple rules, you can feel confident that you have chosen the right company for the job. As you will see, Renewal by Andersen is the company that ticks all the right boxes when it comes to providing consumers with what they want and need in a replacement window and patio door installer in Long Island, NY.

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Replacement Window Shapes on Long Island, NY

Straight Talk About Replacement Windows Shapes

Whether you are updating your home for aesthetic reasons or for higher energy efficiency, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island has a broad portfolio of window shapes and designs to capture your vision.

When it comes to installing replacement windows, we understand that you are making an investment, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style for the budget. The shape of a window can add architectural intrigue and expand the line-of-sight while keeping the original appearance of the home. Here are just a few of the styles in our line of high-quality specialty window options.

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Curved features in windows have a plethora of advantages and design benefits. Continue reading

New Replacement Window & Door Project Photos from Nassau, Suffolk & Queens

Have you seen our recent project photos? We’re recently added 10 new projects from throughout Queens, Nassau and Suffolk to our gallery.

Have you wondered how Renewal by Andersen replacement windows might look on your home? Whether it’s a hundred year old historic home in Queens or a 20-year-old home in Nassau or Suffolk County, it’s important to know how your new windows and doors might look right on your home. Now you can see real installations of our products on homes just like yours.

Now that we’ve accumulated over 20 photo galleries of project from throughout Long Island, we’ve broken them down into categories for Nassau County, Suffolk County and Queens County. You can see them all here on our Recent Project Page.

These new photo galleries are designed to give you an idea of the versatility of Renewal by Andersen windows and patio doors and a level of comfort that they will look, and perform, great on your home.

Just click on the heading or the photograph to see the full gallery of images from that particular project.

Nassau County, Long Island, NY Windows

Click image below to see recent Nassau County, Long Island, NY replacement window and patio door projects completed by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.

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Suffolk County, Long Island, NY Windows & Doors

Click image below to see recent Suffolk County, Long Island, NY replacement window and patio door projects completed by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.

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Queens, Long Island, NY Windows & Doors

Click image below to see recent Queens, Long Island, NY replacement window and patio door projects completed by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island.

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Happy New Year from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island!

As we bid farewell to 2013, we welcome 2014, and count our blessings as we prepare for a new year full of hope and promise.

 

While each new year brings with it hope, we know it will not be without its challenges and strife. We strive for success, but know some disappointments are inevitable. Fortunately, each new year is a blank canvas; a chance to wipe the slate clean and start anew.

 

We hope 2013 was good to you and that 2014 will be even better.

 
We wish you and your family the happiest, healthiest and most prosperous 2014.

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Happy Holidays from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

With the holiday season upon us, we at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those we have helped and those who have helped us.

We count among our blessings the many fine friends we have found among our customers and the best staff of employees we could hope for. We are truly fortunate to have our customers as our friends and our staff as our extended family.  

We look forward to spending some quality time with our family and friends during this holiday season and hope that you find the time to do the same with yours.

Because the goodwill of those we serve is the foundation of our success, it’s a real pleasure at this time of year to say “thank you” as we wish you a holiday season of Peace and Happiness.

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New Renewal By Andersen Website Serves Long Island Window Shoppers

Renewal by Andersen the replacement window division of Andersen Corporation, a company that has revolutionized the window and door business for more than 110 years, has now revolutionized the standard for a replacement window manufacturer’s website.

 

The brand new Renewal by Andersen website, http://www.renewalbyandersen.com, has been completely redesigned and re-engineered for the local replacement window shopper on Long Island, NY. Rather than be a corporate “manufacturer’s website”, the new site automatically serves local internet users with local content by providing information about the local dealer as soon as they arrive on the site. No more having to enter your zip code just to find to find out where the local dealer is.

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Long Island Replacement Window Review Video

There’s nothing more satisfying to us than hearing our happy customers talking about why they selected Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows.

In the video below, a customer in Commack, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY tells us why he replaced his windows with Renewal by Andersen windows after a unsatisfactory job by another window contractor.

“I replaced my windows because I was very dissatisfied with the work that was done on my windows by a contractor.”

The gentleman in the video knows a thing or two about how to make quality products, having spent his entire working life in the manufacturing industry and he was impressed by Renewal by Andersen’s stringent manufacturing process.

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More Replacement Window & Door Installations on Long Island, NY

Have you seen our recent project photos? We’re recently added six new projects from throughout Queens, Nassau and Suffolk to our gallery.

Have you wondered how Renewal by Andersen replacement windows might look on your home? Whether it’s a hundred year old historic home in Queens or a 20-year-old home in Nassau or Suffolk County, it’s important to you to know if your new windows and doors will look right on your home.

Whenever we meet with someone considering new windows, they always wonder how our windows will look on their unique house. To help them, and you, we’ve recently begun publishing photos of our recent replacement window and door installations on our blog.

We hope these photos will give you some idea of the versatility of Renewal by Andersen windows and doors and a level of comfort that they will look, and perform, great on your home.

If you’ve already seen the seven replacement window and door projects we previously published, we’ve added these six new projects in Nassau, Suffolk and Queens to the top of the page. Just click on the heading or the photograph to see the full gallery of images from that particular project.

The new six from throughout Long Island are:

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Happy Thanksgiving & Hannukah from our Family to Yours

TDimage copyAs the year winds to a close, we should all take time to reflect on the past 12 months. It is human to reflect upon our successes and failures, and to begin to chart a course for the coming year ahead.

At this time of year, we at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island are incredibly thankful for our successes, but even more so to have the great fortune to be able to meet and get to know so many of our Long Island neighbors. In more cases than not, we are fortunate to be able to call our customers our friends as we get to know them and their families.

We count ourselves very lucky to be able to bring joy to the people of Long Island as we see their reactions to the way our replacement windows and doors improve their homes and we take joy in their kind words of thanks.

Yes, on this Thanksgiving Day, which happily coincides with the start of Hannukah, we are thankful for our family, our friends and our good fortune to work in a business that brings joy and happiness to our customers, our friends.

Happy Thanksgiving and Hannukah from our Family to Yours!

Your friends at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

 

 

Time Lapse Replacement Bow Window Install, Nassau County, Long Island, NY

Check out this time-lapse video of the installation of a Bay Window in Bethpage, Nassau County, Long Island, New York by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island. The time lapse video shows the window opening being prepared on the second floor of a high ranch of the home and the new Renewal by Andersen window being installed in just under 2 and half minutes (with another 30 seconds for cleanup). The actual installation, once the old window was removed, was completed in just 6-1/2 hours, which is outstanding for a window of this size on a second story.

As you can see from the interior “After” pictures at the end of the video the new window made a huge difference in the room while the Renewal by Andersen installation crew disturbed none of the homeowner’s walls, floors or furnishings. All that’s left for them to do is hang the curtains!

By the way, if you look to the left at the beginning of the time-lapse video, you can see a replacement sliding window being installed in just 20 seconds!

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island takes great pains to install its replacement windows and doors as quickly and with as little disturbance to the house as possible while ensuring a perfect installation that will last for many, many years. For more information or a free design consultation call 1-877-313-9052.

 

Replacement Window & Door Installations on Long Island, NY

Have you seen our recent project photos? Have you wondered how Renewal by Andersen replacement windows might look on your home? Whether it’s a hundred year old historic home in Queens or a 20-year-old home in Suffolk County, it’s important to you to know if your new windows and doors will look right on your home.

We get these questions all the time as we talk to people shopping for replacement windows throughout Long Island. To accommodate these requests from window shoppers, we’ve recently begun publishing photos of our recent replacement window and door installations on our blog. We hope these photos will give you some idea of the versatility of Renewal by Andersen windows and doors and some level of comfort that they will look, and perform, great on your home.

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East End, Suffolk County, Long Island Patio Door Time Lapse Installation Video

Check out this time-lapse video of the installation of 3 patio doors on the South Fork of the East End Suffolk County, Long Island, NY by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island. The time lapse video shows the doors being installed in 2 minutes, but in reality it didn’t take much longer than that. All three doors were installed in just 4 hours with minimal disturbance to the home. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island takes great pains to install its replacement doors and windows as quickly and with as little disturbance to the house as possible while ensuring a perfect installation that will last for many years. For more information or a free design consultation call 1-877-313-9052.

Should You Repair or Replace Your Long Island Home’s Windows?

Repair or Replace Long Island Windows

If your windows look like this, it’s probably time to replace the windows in your Long Island, NY home.

Do your windows look like the photo on this page? If so, you’ve probably been trying to decide if you should have them repaired or replaced.  Most likely, if they look like this, it’s time for replacement, but there can be other, more seemingly minor issues that have you wondering if your windows can be fixed rather than replaced.

Of course, replacing all the windows in your home is a large project that will call for an appropriately large investment. Replacing windows isn’t a Do-It-Yourself project for the average homeowner, but by trained professionals who know all the important things to do to make sure your windows last for a lifetime (for more on this, see our four posts on Installation in our Four Pillars of your Replacement Window Satisfaction series). Continue reading

Have You Seen the Views through our Window Panes?

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows Window Panes NewsletterNo, we’re not talking about the view through our windows (although those views are great too), but our monthly e-mail newsletter. Every month we send out a free email newsletter to a growing list of eager subscribers. In addition to a whole host of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island news and insider replacement window information, we also share great consumer interest articles about everything from tasty recipes to the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos.

Here’s a sample of a recent newsletter’s contents:

Of course, we change the contents every month, but you can see from this small sampling that there’s a great deal of useful information about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, but there’s so much more. We like to think there’s something for everybody in every issue.

Try it; You’ll Like it! If not, it’s easy to unsubscribe

If you’re not getting Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s Window Panes, you’re missing out on a whole lot of good, fun and useful information. Why not give it a try? You can always unsubscribe at any time if you don’t think it’s for you. Let us know and we’ll take you right off the list immediately. We don’t want to add to your already crowded email Inbox. But we’re pretty sure that if you’re like most Long Islanders, you’ll find something of interest in it for you and you’ll look forward to receiving it every month.

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How to Cure Condensation on Your Long Island Home’s Windows

Window Condensation on Long Island NYNow that the fall season has officially come back to Long Island and we are enjoying cooler temperatures outside, thoughts of the coming colder temperatures winter will bring begin to sneak into our minds. You may have already had to switch your thermostats from air conditioning (if you’re lucky enough to have central AC) to heat, even if just to make sure that it will work when those colder temperatures hit. You may not be thinking of it yet, but pretty soon you’ll be thinking about how your windows performed last winter. Were your windows cold? Did you feel drafts or see your curtains move when the wind blew? Did you see condensation build up on the glass and/or frames of your windows when it was cold outside but warm inside? Continue reading

Do You Have Water or Air Leaking Around Your Windows on Long Island?

Long Island Window Leaks Can Be Dangerous

Leaking Windows on Long Island can lead to rot like this.

If you have to use a towel to plug a leaking window it may be time for replacement windows. Photo Courtesy: Mr. T in DC

One of the most important functions of your Long Island house’s windows is to keep the outside elements from getting into your home. If you see water puddling on your window sill or staining your drywall or trim, you know you have a problem. Similarly, if you feel drafts around your windows, you may want to consider that if there’s air leaks, there are likely water leaks too. Air and water leakage around windows is a common issue for Nassau, Suffolk, Queens and Brooklyn homeowners and is often the culprit if you discover that your energy costs are skyrocketing or your home becomes uncomfortably hot or cold during seasonal temperature fluctuations.

In today’s post from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we’re going to discuss the issues of air and water leakage, including how to tell if your windows are leaking, the problems that can arise in your home as a direct result of that leakage, and how to tell where the leak is coming from. Continue reading

Seen the view through Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s Window Panes?

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Windows Window Panes NewsletterNo, we’re not talking about the view through our windows (although those views are great too), but our monthly e-mail newsletter. Every month we send out a free email newsletter to a growing list of eager subscribers. In addition to a whole host of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island news and insider replacement window information, we also share great consumer interest articles about everything from tasty recipes to the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos.

Here’s a sample of a recent newsletter’s contents:

  • Buy 4 Windows, Get the 5th Window FREE!
    • With NO Money Down, NO Payments and NO Interest for 1 Year!
  • Double Hung Windows: A Renewal by Andersen Classic
  • Why Renewal by Andersen is Best in Glass
  • Top 10 Reasons to Replace Your Windows
  • Fall Window Cleaning Tips
  • Before and After Pictures
  • Gadgets & Gear
  • Chef’s Corner, Courtesy of HalfHourMeals.com
    • Grilled Chicken Wrap
    • Grilled Asparagus Wraps
    • The Skinny on Lighter Fare for Summer

Check it out here.

Of course, we change the contents every month, but you can see from this small sampling that there’s a great deal of useful information about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, but there’s so much more. We like to think there’s something for everybody in every issue.

Try it; You’ll Like it! If not, it’s easy to unsubscribe

If you’re not getting Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s Window Panes, you’re missing out on a whole lot of good, fun and useful information. Why not give it a try? You can always unsubscribe at any time if you don’t think it’s for you. Let us know and we’ll take you right off the list immediately. We don’t want to add to your already crowded email Inbox. But we’re pretty sure that if you’re like most Long Islanders, you’ll find something of interest in it for you and you’ll look forward to receiving it every month.

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Frequently Asked Replacement Window Questions (FArwQ)

Frequently Asked Questions About Long Island Replacement WindowsIf you’re considering upgrading your Long Island home with replacement windows, then you’ve probably found yourself with a lot of questions regarding the products and process of this major home improvement project. You know this is going to be an investment in your home and like any investment, it pays to do your homework. If you’ve come to this page, you’ve likely begun the research phase of the project.

Oftentimes, when starting your research for a major project you find yourself with more questions than answers. Once you get into it, you find that there are more things to consider than you ever would have thought. You are not alone on this front, which is why, in today’s post, we’re going to address and answer some of the more frequently asked questions about the basics of window replacement. It is out hope that we can get you on the right track to getting the windows that will help make your house the home of your dreams.  So without further ado, let’s start with the most basic of basics and talk about what a replacement window is. Continue reading

How to Decide Between New Construction or Replacement Windows

Many Long Island, NY Replacement Windows Choices

Renewal by Andersen double hung replacement windowIf you’re just starting the replacement windows process on Long Island, NY, you may find yourself a little lost in a sea of choices, plagued by jargon and terminology with which you’re unfamiliar. Buying new windows is just like any other major project; you need to pick a place to start and work through it one piece at a time. Like the old joke about “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time”.

When starting your replacement window research, you’re going to want to find a starting point — one decision that you can make and use as a jumping off point for the rest of your replacement window experience. And if you really are at the absolute beginning, that choice is going to be whether to use Replacement Windows, otherwise known as Insert Replacement Windows or New Construction Windows, otherwise known as Full Frame Replacement Windows. Continue reading

Noise Reducing Replacement Windows on Long Island

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A good number of people on Long Island are stressed by excessive exterior noise coming inside their home through old noisy windows. For those of us who live in high activity areas, near highways or airports, or just plain loud places, exterior noise is a fact of life, but Renewal by Andersen of Long Island has a potential remedy for the noise — noise-reducing replacement windows. In this post we’ll discuss everything you need to know about noise-reducing replacement windows, from how these windows work, how to manage your expectations of them, and how to decide if these are, in fact, the windows for you.

What Are Noise Reducing Windows on Long Island?

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Benefits of Replacement Windows on Long Island, NY

Benefits of Replacement Windows on Long Island, NYThe thing about big purchases and major home improvement projects like replacement windows is that we as Long Island consumers need to make sure that all the time, energy, and money that we’re putting into this venture are going to pay off in the end. Updating your home with a new set of replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island definitely falls under the umbrella of serious home improvement projects, so today we’re going to discuss the many benefits of window replacement to ensure that everything you put into your new windows (time, money, research, etc.) will not have been for nothing.

In today’s post we’ll talk about what replacement windows can do for your home’s appearance, how increased energy efficiency can save you money in the long run, and how advancements in window technology can help to reduce some of your routine home maintenance. If it sounds like your life and home could benefit from these upgrades, read on…. Continue reading

Cleaning Your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Windows

Window cleaningGiving your home an upgrade with a brand new set of replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is an exciting experience, but now that they’ve been installed for a little while, it may have occurred to you that they have to be cleaned a little bit differently than your old models. Don’t worry, while there are important steps to ensure your windows stay squeaky clean and working in top form, today’s post is going to go through each step, one by one. We’ll take a look at the Double Hung Window because that has some special Easy-Clean features some other windows don’t have. Once you master this, you’ll be window maintenance expert in no time. Continue reading

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Gives $10,000 for Window Referral

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Gives Away $20k

$10,000 winner Joan Lehn of Port Washington receives her big check from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island President Joe Ronzino in front of her new Renewal by Andersen sliding patio door.

Program Has Awarded $150,000 to Renewal By Andersen Customers to Date

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island was pleased to present a $10,000 check to Joan Lehn of Port Washington, NY as the 15th winner in its Win Big Referral program. To date, the program has paid out over $150,000 to satisfied customers who have referred their friends, family and neighbors. Continue reading

Replacing the Windows in Your Historic Long Island Homes

Historic Home Replacement WindowsInstalling replacement windows in any home is a serious decision with a lot of factors to consider, but replacing the windows in a historic house is a totally different animal and, in turn, comes complete with a different set of criteria to think about. When dealing with a historic home, one of the most important things you have to consider, among others, is the house’s historic integrity, and how important it is to you (or a local historic commission) that it’s maintained. In today’s post from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island we’ll address how to tell if your windows need to be replaced and what that means for your historic home.

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How To Earn A Tax Credit With Your Replacement Windows

Energy Star Sustained Excellence AwardThere are many aspects of replacement windows that should be taken into account when you’re considering them as a purchase. There’s the style, the number of windows, the cost, et cetera— but something you may not have taken into account is the tax credit that you could receive in addition to other benefits of replacement windows. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island offers many styles of windows that are “energy efficient” and ENERGY STAR qualified, meaning that not only can they lower your utility bills, but make you a candidate for a tax credit as well. Today, we’re going to talk about the available tax credits and what you need to know so that you’ll have the opportunity to benefit from them. Continue reading

Replacement Windows Manufacturers’ Warranty

Once you’ve made the decision to replace your current windows, you’ll soon find that the work is far from over, and that there are still many factors that you need to take into consideration. Replacement windows are no small home improvement project, so one of the most important issues that you’re going to look into is the strength of your warranty. Nothing matters more to us at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island than the protection of the quality of your windows, so in today’s post we’re going to discuss what to look for when you’re looking at manufacturers and warranties. Continue reading

Replacement Window U-Factor and R-Value on Long Island

Replacement window manufacturers, like any other specialized group, have their own language — a lot of different jargon that gets tossed around and can often end up lost on your average layperson. But Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is committed to making your replacement window experience as convenient as possible, so today we’re going to discuss one of those terms you may not be familiar with— U-Factor (and its related cousin: R-Factor). We will talk about what U-Factor us, what it means for your replacement windows, and a few other similar terms as well. Continue reading

How to Buy Replacement Windows: Examining Your Personal Likes and Needs

By making the decision to exchange your current windows with brand new replacement windows, you are getting ready to give your home a facelift. This presents you with the exciting opportunity to reinvent the look of your home through your choice of window styles and colors, as well as the chance to upgrade the quality of those windows with features you may not have benefited from before. Here to assist with making these choices is Renewal by Andersen of Long Island — proud to offer you a rich assortment of styles and designs to ensure that your replacement windows are a perfect fit for your home and your lifestyle. Continue reading

Get Paid to Help Us Get the Word Out

We know there are lots of windows on Long Island that have outlived their usefulness. They’re leaking air, wasting heating and cooling dollars and making Long Islanders miserable in their own homes.

You can help us get the word out that there’s a better way to live (and get paid doing it). Long Islanders who are suffering with leaky, inefficient windows need to know that they can replace those windows from the brand leader in replacement windows, save money on their heating and cooling bills, be more comfortable in their homes and have fewer maintenance chores than they do now.

We need to train a number of new Proximity Marketers to go out and meet homeowners to let them know about the Number One Brand in Windows. You don’t need any experience beyond a positive attitude. Qualified candidates will receive comprehensive training and earn $12 per hour and performance bonuses working part time. That’s full time pay for part time work!

Just bring your strong work ethic and burning desire to succeed and combine it with discipline, excellent verbal and organizational skills, professional appearance and your curious creative mind and we’ll do the rest.

We’re looking for individuals who have a positive attitude and are looking for the opportunity to help other Long Islanders and receive outstanding compensation for a job well done.

These opportunities are limited. For more information, call Mr. Calandrino at 631-843-1713, ext. 243 today!

Do You Need Replacement Windows on Long Island?

Purchasing replacement windows may seem like an intimidating prospect, especially if you aren’t too sure where to begin. That’s why we at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island are here to help ease your way. It’s been said that it’s always best to begin at the beginning, and that is precisely how to approach replacement windows — first determine whether your windows need to be replaced. In this post, we’ll discuss that first step toward window replacement. Continue reading

We’re Going on the Road with Our Replacement Windows

Come Check Us Out at any of these Upcoming Events

Renewal by Andersen Long Island Replacement Window EventsRenewal by Andersen is taking our show on the road. Come visit us at any of these upcoming events. Talk to one of our friendly replacement window experts to learn more about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island and our windows and doors.

Call us today at 1-877-313-9052 for more information.

 

Show Date Location
Nassau County Strawberry Festival 6/1-6/2 Corner of Jerusalem Ave. & Newbridge Rd. North Bellmore, NY
Multicultural Festival 6/2/2013 Jackson Heights, NY
Smithtown Festival 6/2/2013 Main St. Smithtown, NY
Harbor Fest 6/2/2013 Lower Main St. Town Dock and Sunset Park Port Washington, NY
Adelphi University 6/8/2013 South Ave. Garden City, NY
East Rockaway St. Fair 6/9/2013 Main St. East Rockaway, NY 11518
St. Thomas Smithtown 6/15/2013 90 Edgewater Ave. Smithtown, NY
Port Jefferson Green Fest 6/15/2013 Port Jefferson Village Center Port Jefferson, NY
Seaford Summer Festival 6/15-6/16 Sunrise Hwy Rte. 27 Seaford, NY
Manhasset Summer Fest 6/22-6/23 Manhasset Ave. Manhasset, NY 11030
Midwood Mardi Gras 6/23/2013 Avenue M-East 13th St. to Ocean Ave. Brooklyn, NY
Lynbrook St. Fair 6/30/2013 Atlantic Ave. Lynbrook, NY
Flatbush Ave. Festival 6/30/2013 Flatbush Ave. – Parkside Ave. – Cortelyou Rd. Brooklyn, NY

 

Check Out the View through our Window Panes

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Window PanesHave you seen the view through Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s Window Panes?

No, we’re not talking about the view through our windows (although those views are great too), but our monthly e-mail newsletter. Every month we send out a free email newsletter to a growing list of eager subscribers. In addition to a whole host of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island news and insider replacement window information, we also share great consumer interest articles about everything from tasty recipes to the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos.

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  • Existing Customers Save 25% with No Money Down, No Payments, No Interest for 1 Year!
  • We Just Gave Away $10,000; You Could Be Next
  • Reach Antique House Chic; Install New Windows
  • Bay and Bow Windows
  • Video Showcase
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    • Healthy Grilled Chicken Salad
    • The Skinny on Lighter Fare for Summer

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Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is Growing!

We Need Your Help

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Window Design Consultants Homeowners throughout Long Island are clamoring for our award-winning windows and we just can’t get to them fast enough. We hate to keep people waiting, so we’re looking for help. We need to train a number of new Window Design Consultants to go out and meet homeowners who have called us to find out about the Number One Brand in Windows. Qualified candidates will receive comprehensive training in all aspects of our industry-leading windows and doors so you can help Long Islanders achieve their window satisfaction dreams.

We’re looking for individuals who have a positive attitude and are looking for the opportunity to help other Long Islanders and receive outstanding compensation for a job well done.

This is not a cold-call sales opportunity, but a design consultant position with compensation based upon performance. You’ll need a reliable vehicle to travel from our head office in Farmingdale, NY throughout Nassau, Suffolk and Queens to meet with homeowners who have set appointments to learn about our industry-leading windows and doors.

For more information, call Joel at 631-843-1713 or fax your resume to 631-843-1717.

Andersen Windows Receives ENERGY STAR® Award of Excellence

Andersen Windows Honored with 2012 ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award

Installing Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and doors on your home gives you not only the beautiful and efficient windows and doors; you can feel good that you’re doing something good for the environment. With every window you purchase, you get Andersen Corporation’s commitment to the environment and energy efficiency.

ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence AwardAndersen Corporation, which includes Renewal by Andersen, received receive the prestigious ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence Award. The award was granted to Andersen from more than 20,000 organizations that participate in the ENERGY STAR® program.

The U.S. Department of Environmental Conservation’s ENERGY STAR® Sustained Excellence distinction is awarded to participating ENERGY STAR® partners that demonstrate outstanding leadership in the program year after year. As an ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year for three or more consecutive years, Andersen Corporation received the 2012 Sustained Excellence Award.

“Andersen Corporation’s outstanding accomplishments show that improved energy performance can be good for the environment and good for business,” Jonathan Passe, chief of the ENERGY STAR Residential branch wrote in a letter to the company.

Since its inception over 100 years ago, Andersen has developed a well-earned reputation for building energy efficient products and practicing strong environmental stewardship. Andersen has been part of the ENERGY STAR program since it was created in 1998, and in 1999 was the first window manufacturer to be named an ENERGY STAR National Window Partner of the Year.

Andersen received the prestigious ENERGY STAR award for its outstanding contribution to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by educating consumers through the use of ENERGY STAR information in consumer education programs, advertising, media relations, web sites, social media and training materials. This impressive distinction honors and rewards Andersen’s ongoing commitment to building and providing energy efficient products to consumers as well as the company’s comprehensive commitment to continuous improvement using state of the art manufacturing processes to limit the environmental impact of its manufacturing processes.

“Andersen’s commitment to energy efficiency and environmental sustainability is a part of our heritage,” Jay Lund, president and chief executive officer of Andersen Corporation said. “It is in our nature, our company culture and every product we create. This [award] is made possible only by the collective contributions of everyone at Andersen. Each of our employees should be very proud of what they have done to help earn this award.”

When you choose Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors from Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, you can be assured that you are getting energy-efficient products that help reduce the transfer of heat, so your house requires less energy for heating and cooling. And since the durability of Andersen products reduces maintenance, painting and the need for replacement, they help save resources and energy in the long run. For more information about our energy efficient replacement windows and patio doors, contact Renewal by Andersen of Long Island at 1-877-313-9052.

Andersen. Committed to being good stewards of the environment. And committed to your future.

Take the Guesswork Out of Buying Replacement Windows on Long Island

Want to know how your new Replacement Windows will look on your Long Island home? Not sure what style of windows will look best? Worried you’ll pick the wrong style? Buying replacement windows is a big deal. You’ll have to live with your decisions for a long time. Don’t guess and worry if you made the right decision. Now you can “know”.

Test Drive Your New Windows Before You Buy

Renewal by Andersen Long Island VisualizerTake the worry out of buying replacement windows by giving them a test drive online. Now you can see what your new windows will look like, try different window styles right on your own home and even check out different colors, options and more! Continue reading

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience Summary

Over the past few months, we’ve published a 12-part series of articles about all the key features that add up to a successful replacement window project. In case you missed any of them, below is a summary and index to all the articles with links to make it easy to find exactly the information for which you’re looking. We hope you enjoyed the series and will share it with your friends. At the bottom of each post are a selection of icons to help you share the information.

Summary: There are four main pillars that make up a great replacement window experience. Like a chair with a broken leg, missing just one of these will adversely affect your happiness with your new windows for many years. In this multi-part series, we discussed in detail the many aspects that make up the pillars of your happiness with your new windows.

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window ExperienceWindow Frames, Part I: Wood, Steel & Aluminum Window Frames

What kind of window frames do you have? Wood? Steel? Aluminum? Vinyl? What’s good and bad about them? Read more here:

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Frame, Part II: Vinyl & Composite Window Frames

What’s the best material for a replacement window frame? Wood, Steel, Aluminum, Vinyl or Fibrex? Find out here.

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Window GlassWindow Glass, Part I: A Brief History of Window Glass

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Window Glass, Part II: Today’s High Performance Insulated Glass

If your friends think Krypton is Superman’s home planet, they should know about the gasses used in insulated glass today.

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Replacement Window InstallationWindow Installation, Part I: Installation is Key to Window Performance

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Installation, Part II: The importance of Accurate Measurements & Manufacturing

Do you know how many replacement window jobs are ruined by inaccurate measurements & manufacturing? Tell your friends.

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Installation, Part III: On the Jobsite, Protecting Your Home for Installation

How should your window installers protect your home during the job? Your friends want to know.

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Installation, Part IV: Window Opening Preparation and Window Installation

It’s a great day when your new windows are finally installed! Installation tips to ensure your windows last a lifetime.

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Replacement Window DesignDesign Part I: Colors, Frames, Choice & Selection

What window design features ensure your windows look and work great. Share this post of key design features of your new windows.

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Design Part II: Window Hardware Design & Selection

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Design Part III: Window Grilles

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Design Part IV: Insect Screens & Window Maintenance Features

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Contact Us for Details or a Free Design Consultation

For more information regarding any of the four pillars of a great replacement window project or a free design consultation, please call us at 1-877-915-9940 or fill out the form on this page. We’ll be happy to help.

Check Out the View through our Window Panes

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Window PanesHave you seen the view through Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s Window Panes?

No, we’re not talking about the view through our windows (although those views are great too), but our monthly e-mail newsletter. Every month we send out a free email newsletter to a growing list of eager subscribers. In addition to a whole host of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island news and insider replacement window information, we also share great consumer interest articles about everything from tasty recipes to the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos.

Here’s a sample of a recent newsletter’s contents:

  • Buy 4 Windows, Get the 5th Free!
  • Renewal by Andersen Video Showcase
  • The Double-Hung Window: A Residential Architecture Classic
  • Find Out What’s Material to Windows
  • Dress Up Your Windows with “Basic Black”
  • Gadgets and Gear
  • Chef’s Corner, Courtesy of HalfHourMeals.com
    • Mediterranean Hummus
    • Tuscan Grilled Chicken & Pepper Salad
    • Renewal by Andersen Video Showcase: Renewal by Andersen Results
    • Gadgets and Gear: A few Great Tools for Wine Lovers and more…

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Four Pillars: Window Design, Part IV

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Design, Part 4

Four Pillars of Replacement Windows: DesignIn this final article in our long-running series on the Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience, we’ll discuss your choices of Window Insect Screens and important Window Maintenance features.

Window Insect Screens

If you intend to open your windows (and who doesn’t?), keeping those annoying flying (and crawling) insects out of your home is an important consideration to you. Even if you have central air conditioning, there’s nothing better than opening the windows on one of those first warm spring days to let out the stale winter air and let in the fresh scent of spring. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Design, Part III

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Design, Part 3

Window GrillesIn the first two posts in this, the third of four parts in our Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window experience, we covered window styles, frame thickness and color. In this post, we’ll discuss the importance of and design considerations Window Grilles.

Window Grilles Frame Your View

Window grilles have their foundation in the days when window glass could not be created in the large sheets they are today. Back then, window grilles were not an aesthetic consideration, but a practical one: they joined small pieces of glass that could be manufactured and joined them into a larger, more practical window size you could see out of without pressing your nose up against the glass. Today, Window Grilles are a purely aesthetic consideration, maintaining the historic appearance, if not complete accuracy, of traditional window styles. True divided lite windows are rare today because all those dividers make the windows inefficient and we can make efficient insulated glass in much larger sizes than was previously possible. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Design, Part II

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Design, Part 2

Replacement Window DesignOur last post discussed Replacement Window Frame thickness and color selection. In this second part of our four-part series on the Window Design Pillar of your replacement window satisfaction, we’ll discuss your Window Hardware color, style and ease of operation options.

As much as the window glass and frame, your replacement window hardware will affect your long-term satisfaction with your windows. Hardware is most noticeable from the inside of the home, so every time you look out your windows you’ll see your hardware. If it matches and blends with your décor, it’ll seem like a seamless part of your furnishings, but if it doesn’t, it’ll be an eyesore that bothers you day-in and day-out. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Design, Part I

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Design, Part 1

Replacement Window Design

We’ve previously discussed your Replacement Window Frame Material, your Window Glass and the many aspects of the actual Window Installation that need to be addressed. The final pillar supporting your replacement window project success is the Design of the window you select to replace the existing windows in your home.

The window design, or how it looks, is likely one of the first things you evaluate in selecting the windows to go in your home. In this article, we’ll discuss your window’s design from the perspective of its appearance, features, options and functionality.

Where should you start your replacement window selection?

Choice and Selection

There are a number of questions you should ask yourself or your window sales professional when considering the selection your new replacement windows. A few of those questions will include:

  • Do the windows come in a number of architectural styles to match your home’s architecture and your personal design taste? You don’t want to be stuck with a particular style just because that’s all they have.
  • Does the manufacturer have classic, traditional style windows as well as those to suit more contemporary or modern architecture? A contemporary design is probably not going to complement your 100 year old Colonial and a classically styled double hung windows with Colonial-style grilles will probably look out of place on your contemporary home.

Make sure the company you choose will have a selection of windows to match the architectural style of your home.

Window Frame Thickness

Be sure to compare different window manufacturers’ windows side by side and be sure to note:

  • How thick are the window frames? You have windows in your home because you want to let the light in and be able to see outside. Consider the size and thickness of the window frames.
  • Some manufacturers use very large bulky frames which block out a lot of your views and natural light. These thick frames can also overwhelm the window’s appearance when the overall window size is small. A thick frame on a small window looks like all frame and little glass.

Renewal by Andersen’s Window Visualizer Tool lets you see how your windows will look on you specific home.

Color Selection

You probably spent a lot of time picking out the colors for the walls, furnishings, window treatments and such for your home. Be sure to ask the same of your replacement window choice.

  • How many colors do the windows come in?
  • Are you stuck with white? While white is considered by some to be a traditional window frame color, on many homes and architectural styles, they just scream “replacement window”.

Replacement Window Colors

You want your windows to blend with your home’s style and look like a natural part of the design and not some afterthought. The only way to do this is to be able to match the color of your window to the color of your home and its particular style.

Wood Interiors

Your windows don’t have to look the same inside and out. Your windows should match both the inside of your home as well as the outside. Be sure to consider:

  • Does your home call for the look of wood windows but you don’t want all the maintenance nightmares an all-wood window requires? Some companies manufacture replacement windows with the look of wood on the inside and maintenance-free exteriors.
  • What kind of wood is on the inside? Not all wood “looks” are the same.
  • Do the simulated wood windows you’re considering have real, stainable wood interiors or just “pictures” of wood grain faux finishes applied to another substrate? Some manufacturers simply paint wood grain onto the framing materials, others use a kind of stick on foil or plastic to mimic the look of real wood.
  • How “real” do any of these gimmicks actually look?
  • What are your color and grain choices? These simulated wood interiors are usually offered in a couple of common colors or patterns that the manufacturer can mass produce, but if you have wood moldings throughout the rest of the house, you’ll have to pick a color that’s “close”, but probably not the same color as your existing trim.

The only way to get the real look of real wood that can be stained or painted to match the trim in the rest of your house is to have a real wood interior. Let’s face it, no matter how good a job the faux finish is, it’s still fake; you’ll know it and visitors to your home will likely pick it up at a glance.

Up Next: Replacement Window Hardware & Operation

In our next post in this series, we’ll discuss additional Design considerations including Window Hardware and Operation.

Contact Us for more information

For more information on Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s design features and options, contact us at 1-877-313-9052 or fill out the short form on this page. We’ll be happy to answer any of your questions or set up an appointment to meet with you in person to show you.

 

 

 

 

 

Four Pillars: Window Installation, Part IV

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Installation (Part 4 of 4)

If you’ve been following our blog, by now you know that there are four pillars that make up a great replacement window experience: the Window Frame, Window Glass, Window Installation and Window Design.

Four Pillars of Replacement Windows: InstallationIn this, the fourth and final article on Window Installation, we’ll talk about the installation process of the new replacement window. We’ll discuss the proper steps to install your windows to ensure the best performance for the long term.

Window Opening Preparation

Picking up where we left off, the old window sashes have been removed and discarded. Your installer now has to inspect the opening and begin to prepare for the introduction of the replacement window. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Installation, Part III

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Installation (Part 3 of 4)

Four Pillars of Replacement Windows: InstallationIn this multi-part series on the four pillars that make up a great replacement window experience, we are discussing each of these pillars to your happiness: the Window Frame, Window Glass, Window Installation and Window Design.

In the first post on Window Installation, we discussed why window installation is so critical, while in the second, we discussed the importance of accuracy during the initial  Window Opening Measurement, Manufacturing to close tolerances and how improper Packaging and Shipment of the replacement windows can undo all the precision of the previous steps.

In this third post on replacement window installation, we’ll talk about removal of the old window, new window handling and preparation of the job site. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Installation, Part II

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Installation (Part 2 of 4)

replacement window installation

In our most recent post in this series on the Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience, we discussed how important proper installation is to the success of any replacement window job. In this, the second of four posts about the replacement window installation process, we will discuss they key first steps to a good installation: Accurate Measurement, Precise Manufacturing and proper Packaging and Shipment of your new replacement windows.

Proper Measurement

The best replacement window installation must begin with accurate measurements of your existing window openings. To ensure a perfect fit of your new windows in your existing window openings, they need to be manufactured to very close tolerances, which require very accurate measurements of your existing windows. Differences of fractions of an inch can mean the difference between a great installation and a poor one. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Installation, Part I

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Installation (Part 1 of 4)

Four Pillars of Successful Replacement Window Experience: InstallationThere are four key pillars that combine to support up a successful replacement window experience. Like a table or chair with a broken leg, losing just one of these supports can cause your satisfaction with your new replacement windows to collapse.

We began this series with two articles on the Window Frame. In other articles, we will discuss the Window Glass and the Window Design. In this, the first of four parts, we’ll look at why proper installation is such a critical piece in the  replacement window puzzle.

Windows are Only as Good as Your Installer

Your windows can only perform as well as the installation will allow. Consider this: your window openings are big holes cut into the building envelope. The roof and walls and siding are engineered to keep outside weather out and inside environment comfortable. Window openings cut into that sealed envelope and provide an entry point for the outside to get inside. Without windows to fill those holes your home will be the same temperature as it is outside and anything that’s happening outside (rain, snow, wind, bugs, noise, intruders, etc.), will be inside. Windows fill those holes to let light into your home and allow you to see outside. Continue reading

Four PIllars: Replacement Window Glass (Part II)

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Glass II

Our last post in this series on the Four Pillars of a Superior Replacement Window Experience, we gave a short history of glass including the use of insulated glass in windows. In this post, we discuss some of the advances made over the last few decades to improve both the performance and durability of the high performacne insulated glass used in better replacement windows today.

Four Pillars of Successful Replacement Window Experience: Glass

Insulated Glass Improvements

Since the first iterations of insulated glass was used in windows, a number of improvements have been made to spacer materials, bonding agents, desiccants and seals. All of these advances have been designed to improve the performance and durability of the glass and window.

One of the biggest enemies of IGUs (Insulated Glass Units) is what’s referred to “seal failure”. Seal failure occurs when the bond of the glue-like materials that adheres and seals the glass panes to the spacer is broken. This allows outside air and moisture into the insulated glass air space, reducing the thermal efficiency of the window and causing the glass to “fog” with condensation, which reduces your visibility through the glass. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Glass Part I

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Glass (Part I)

Renewal by Andersen New Jersey Four Pillars of Replacement Window Satisfaction: Window GlassAs discussed in our prior posts about replacement window frames, there are four key pillars to ensure you have a great replacement window experience. Like a table with a missing leg, your satisfaction will collapse if you are missing one of these supports. In this two-part series, we will discuss the importance of the glass in your windows.

Window Glass

The windows in your home are mostly glass. It’s clearly the defining element of your window. It’s the reason we have windows in our homes. Without glass, your window would simply be a big hole in the wall through which heat and cold, precipitation, debris, insects and other intruders would enter your home. And, in fact, at one time, that’s all a window was — a hole in the wall to let in light. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Replacement Window Frame (Part 2)

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Frame (Part II)

There are four main pillars that make up a great replacement window experience. Like a chair with a broken leg, missing just one of these will adversely affect your happiness with your new windows. In this multi-part series, we continue our discussion of the first of these pillars: the window frame material.

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience

In our last post, we discussed some of the pros and cons of window frame materials, including wood, steel and aluminum. In this post, we will discuss the features and benefits of some of the newest and most popular window frame materials available today, namely vinyl and composite window frames.

Vinyl Windows

Perhaps one of the most popular replacement window framing materials in recent years, vinyl has a number of advantages over other framing materials like wood, steel and aluminum, but also has a number of disadvantages inherent in the material itself. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Replacement Window Frame (Part 1)

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Frame (Part I)

There are four main pillars that make up a great replacement window experience. Like a chair with a broken leg, missing just one of these will adversely affect your happiness with your new windows. In this multi-part series, we will discuss the first of these pillars: the window frame material. This post will refer to some of the first window frame materials: Wood, Steel and Aluminum. In our next post we will discuss Vinyl and Composite replacement window frames.

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience

Your Window Frame

Over time, many materials have been used for the window frames: wood, metal, plastics and composites.

Wood Windows

One of the first materials to frame window glass, wood window frames have been around for centuries and are still used by many manufacturers today. Among Wood Windows’ appeal to many are the classic warm appearance of wood, its relative energy efficiency, and its flexibility to match many architectural styles and decors through staining or painting. Among Wood Windows’ less appealing attributes are the regular maintenance requirements of scraping, painting and sealing, proclivity to rot and insect damage and limited species availability. Continue reading

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Window Panes

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Window PanesHave you seen the view through Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s Window Panes?

No, we’re not talking about the view through our windows (although those views are great too), but our monthly e-mail newsletter. Every month we send out a free email newsletter to a growing list of eager subscribers. In addition to a whole host of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island news and insider replacement window information, we also share great consumer interest articles about everything from tasty recipes to the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos.

Here’s a sample of a recent newsletter’s contents:

  • 1/16th of an Inch: The tolerance maintained for every replacement window we install
  • Feeling Drafts? Renewal by Andersen has a Winter Installation Method
  • The Traditional Double-Hung Window: A Customer Favorite
  • Chef’s Corner, Courtesy of HalfHourMeals.com
    • Mediterranean Hummus
    • Tuscan Grilled Chicken & Pepper Salad
    • Renewal by Andersen Video Showcase: Renewal by Andersen Results
    • Gadgets and Gear: A few Great Tools for Wine Lovers and more…

Of course, we change the contents every month, but you can see from this small sampling that there’s a great deal of useful information about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, but there’s so much more. We like to think there’s something for everybody in every issue. Continue reading

Replacement versus New Construction Windows

Part II: Replacement Windows

Renewal by Andersen double hung replacement windowIn our last post, we discussed the different choices you have when replacing your home’s windows. If you stop by your local home center window section, you’ll likely be dazzled by the dozens of different windows in many different styles and configurations.

You have many choices and in our last post we discussed what are often known as “New Construction Windows” or “Full Frame Replacement Windows”. In this post, we will discuss the features and benefits of “Replacement Windows” also known as “Insert Replacement Windows”.

Insert Replacement Windows

Insert Replacement Windows are a popular and practical choice for replacing your home’s existing windows. Because of the installation methods we’ll discuss in this post, Insert Replacement Windows take advantage of your existing windows’ framing without disturbing the finishes on the inside or outside of your home. For these reasons, many people choose to replace their old windows with what are commonly called Replacement Windows.

As their name implies, replacement windows are made specifically to replace existing windows in a home or building and they eliminate many of the complications and drawbacks associated with installing New Construction Windows in existing buildings. Continue reading

Replacement versus New Construction Windows

Part I: New Construction Windows

When considering replacing your windows, there are many decisions to make, but one of the first ones you’ll come across is the decision of whether to purchase what are often known as “New Construction Windows” also known as “Full Frame Replacement Windows” or “Replacement Windows” also known as “Insert Replacement Windows”.

Visit any home center window section and you’ll see hundreds of different windows in many different styles and configurations. The choices can be bewildering.

New Construction Windows

As the name implies, New Construction Windows are mainly manufactured for new homes and are best ordered before the house is even built and the window openings are framed.

Stock Sizes. New construction windows come in many “stock” sizes. This means you can find the window you want, in the style you want, with the options you want, in any standard size the manufacturer makes. Then, you build your home and you frame out the window opening for the size window you ordered. Continue reading

From Our Family to Yours: Best Wishes for the Holidays & a Happy New Year!

holiday candlesThe holiday season is a great time to spend family and friends, and to take a little time to reflect on the successes of the passing year.

Here at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, we have a lot to reflect upon and to for which to be thankful. While there have been ups and downs for all of us in the area over the past year and many are still struggling, overall we have much for which to be thankful. We’ve met some very nice people and been able to help them improve the appearance and energy efficiency of their homes so they’re nice and warm this holiday season and will be cool and comfortable this summer. Continue reading

Long Island Staff Helping Kids for the Holidays

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Staff Helps Children through Toys For Tots Toy Drive

Renewal by Andersen Toys for Tots DriveMany families on Long Island, and throughout the country, are faced with terrible hardships that prevent them from having everything they would want for their families at this time of year. Particularly in the aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy, which devastated so many throughout the Tri-State area, many families, through no fault of their own, don’t have the resources to make the holidays as happy as they would like for their children. Continue reading

An Introduction to Common Replacement Window Styles

Replacement Window History

Windows have been around a long, long time. Originally just holes in a wall, or cave, to let light in, smoke out and provide a safe view of who might be coming to your door (friend or foe), they weren’t particularly adept at keeping the weather out of your humble abode or luxurious castle.

The invention of transparent glass created what we know today as a window. Originally only available to the very wealthy and custom crafted for every opening, the original windows bore very little resemblance to the windows we know today.

Over time, a number of standard styles have emerged and remain with us today. Here’s an overview of the most common styles of replacement windows available today.

 

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Double Hung WindowDouble-Hung Windows

Perhaps the most traditional of window styles, the Double Hung window features a top and bottom “sash” or frame that holds the glass pane or panes. In the Double Hung, both sashes move laterally to provide ventilation. There is also a variation known as the Single-Hung window, where only the bottom sash moves and the top sash remains fixed to the window frame. Continue reading

Renewal by Andersen Patio Door Replacement Tips

Patio Doors are Key to Safety, Security, Comfort

Renewal by Andersen is a household name for the best replacement windows on the market, but did you realize our Patio Doors are just as exceptional? Utilizing the same tried-and-true manufacturing technology that has made Renewal by Andersen the premier name in replacement windows, our Patio Doors provide exceptional performance, beauty and durability. Below are some tips for you to keep in mind when you consider replacing the patio doors in your home.

Durability Can Be Even More Important in Replacement Doors than Replacement Windows

You probably operate your doors much more often than you open and close your windows (particularly if you have air conditioning), so smooth operation, security, weather-tightness and durability are even more important in your doors.

Proper Preparation is Critical

As in most things in construction, proper preparation of the opening is critical. Just like the structure of your entire house is dependent upon a proper foundation, proper framing of your door opening is critical to ensure the door will open and close smoothly and keep your home safe from the elements and unwanted intruders. Continue reading

Repeat Customers are our Best Friends

Exterior of Patio Door Replacement on Cruze home Windows Now, Doors Next

The most sincere compliment any business can receive is for its customers to come back and purchase again. At Renewal by Andersen of Long Island we are proud that those customers who get just a few windows replaced at first are so pleased that they then come back to get more replaced as their budget allows. And then they come back again to replace their patio doors. These customers’ actions tell us  we’re doing the right thing for them — and that’s the best validation we can receive.

Francis Cruz of Dix Hills, NY is just one of these great customers!Interior of Renewal by Andersen Patio Door on Cruze home

“This is my second job with Renewal by Andersen! Another job well done! Not only is this my second job, I’m already preparing for my third! The windows are fabulous and so energy efficient, why wouldn’t I want to replace all of the windows in my house!”

Francis Cruz, Dix Hills, NY

Renewal by Adersersen replacement patio door interior