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Renewal by Anderson of Long Island Replacement Windows Fall Safety Tips

Protecting Your Family and Ours

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

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

Improve Home Safety With Window Wisdom

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

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

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

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

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

Safety in Transit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Damaged Glass Panels

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

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

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

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

Banishing the Fog

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

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

Window Sash Woes and Frame Failures

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

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

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

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

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

Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window Grille Guide

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

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

Let’s look at a few common grille patterns.

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Colonial

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

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

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Prairie

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

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

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Modified Prairie

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

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

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Craftsman or Farmhouse

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

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

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

Choosing Your Grille Type

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ranch and Modified Ranch Homes

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

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

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

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

Cape Code: Double Dormer

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

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

Colonial Homes and Historical Influence

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

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

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

Modified Southern Styles

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

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

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

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

Clean, Crisp Contemporary

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

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

Sustainable Styling

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

Simple. Elegant. Beautiful. Functional. Efficient.

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

Going Up and Down

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

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

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

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

Clear as Glass

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

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

Historical Significance and Design

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

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

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

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

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

Are Your Long Island Replacement Windows Ready for Hurricane Season?

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

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

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

#1. Strength

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

#2. Safety

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

#3. Fortification

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

#4. Integrity

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

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

#5. Resistance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

E is for Environment

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

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

Replacement Windows for Safety & Accessibility in Your Long Island Home

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

Sunroom1Redecorating with Renewal by Anderson of Long Island Replacement Windows

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

E is for Economy

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

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

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

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

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

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

E is for Efficiency

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

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

Composite Fibrex Versus Vinyl Window FramesVinyl Replacement Windows vs Composite Windows

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

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

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

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

Long Island Replacement Windows to Save on Summer AC Bills

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

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

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

3 Replacement Window Glass Choices

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

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

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

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

Saving Money Isn’t Limited to Glass Options

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

Better Management After the Installation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Simple Solutions

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

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

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

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

Sliding Windows and Doors

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

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

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

Double Hung Windows: Tilt Cleaning Options

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

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

Ask Renewal by Andersen of Long Island for More Information

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

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

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

Why Choose One When Three or Four is More Dramatic?

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

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

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

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

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

Renewal by Andersen Long Island sliding French Patio Door

Renewal by Andersen Replacement Sliding French Patio Door

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

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

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

Contemporary Styling With Traditional Sliding Doors

Renewal by Andersen Narrow Line Replacement Patio Door

Renewal by Andersen Narrow Line Replacement Patio Door

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

Renewal by Andersen Frenchwood Replacement Patio Door

Renewal by Andersen Frenchwood Replacement Patio Door

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

Shared Features and Benefits

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

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

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

Choosing Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows for Rural Long Island Homes

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

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

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

Why Long Island Customers Like Renewal by Andersen Casement Windows

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

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

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

Low Profile Sliders Save Space and Time

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other Replacement Window Recommendations

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

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

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

 

Replacement Windows for Safety & Accessibility in Your Long Island Home

Keep Your Long Island Family Safe with the Right Replacement Windows

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

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

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

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

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

Simple safety measures you can take to reduce risks

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

A quick word about landscaping and safety . . .

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

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

Safety and replacement windows cleaning and maintenance

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Promise

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

Contact Us Today to Answer All Your Replacement Window Questions

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

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

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

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

Who Sets the Standards?

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

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

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

How the U-Factor Affects YOU on Lon Island

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

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

The Other Numbers on Your Window’s NFRC Label

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

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

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

Adding All the Numbers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Number One: What Belongs Outside Stays Outside

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

Number Two: Cleaning and Maintenance is Easy

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

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

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

Number Three: All Window Screens are not Equal

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

Number Four: Screens Designed for Your Window Styles

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

Number Five: Warranty Coverage

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

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

Protecting Your Assets

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

An Invitation to You by Renewal by Andersen of Long Island

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

Replacement Window Warranties Protect Investment in Your Long Island Home

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Transferable Replacement Window Warranty

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Transferable Warranty Improves Resale Value

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

20 Years of Glass Coverage

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

Protection coverage includes:

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

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

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

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

10 Years for Non-Glass Components

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

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

10 Years on Our Patented Fibrex Frames

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

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

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Your Partner for Life

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Some of her thoughts include:

Why did you replace your windows?

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

Why did you choose Renewal by Andersen?

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

How was the Installation Process?

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

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

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

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

Watch all the full videos here.

Redecorating with Renewal by Anderson of Long Island Replacement Windows

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

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

Fibrex® Composite Material

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

Protecting Your Surfaces

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

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

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

Step-by-Step Painting Guidelines

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

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

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

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

Stainable Interiors

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

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

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

#2 Apply a coat of pre-stain sealer.

#3 Allow to dry thoroughly.

#4 Apply stain according to manufacturer’s instructions.

#5 Finish with a top coat, sealant.

Wood Grilles

Natural wood grilles can be stained or painted according to your personal decorating preference. Follow the same procedures for painting your insect screen frames for the best results, long-lasting beauty and superior performance. Always remove interior grilles before painting to protect your glass surfaces.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island is Here to Help

We think our full line of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows are the most beautiful and functional windows you will find. However, we know that even with a wide array of colors, some homeowners will want to create their own color schemes and decorating themes with custom colors. Feel free to resurface your paintable and stainable frames and sash to complement your home décor following the steps above.

Call Us If You Have Questions About Painting/Staining Your Long Island Replacement Windows

All we ask is that you take a few precautions during the process to protect your windows and make sure you don’t risk voiding any part of our excellent warranty. Have questions about paint products and surface treatments? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or enter your contact information and your questions in the form on this page. We’ll call you with more details.

Easy DIY Window Treatments That Add Personality to Your Space

Long Island homeowners who have a Do-It-Yourself spirit and an interest in Indie crafts often look for simple remodeling ideas for their replacement windows and patio doors. From our decades of experience, the experts at Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, know just about everything there is to know about replacement windows and doors. Over the years, our customers have introduced us to dozens of beautiful decorating styles and creative renovation projects.

We thought you might enjoy hearing about trending remodeling and decorating tips for your home. So here goes.

Beautiful Windows: Designed to be Enjoyed

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Window boxes can really dress up the exterior of your replacement windows. Photo courtesy of Jorge Andrade

 

 

Beautiful windows deserve to be enjoyed. Adding a window box is an excellent way to dress up your windows and give you a chance to show off your carpentry skills in the process. There are hundreds of variations to consider. Just go online and search for “window boxes” or “window box plans” for dozens of ideas.

Whether you want to plant a selection of herbs outside your kitchen window or you want a horticultural expression that changes with each season, here are a few things to keep in mind.

#1 Use caution when attaching your window treatments.

#2 Avoid drilling into frames.

#3 Damage to frames can void parts of your replacement window warranty, and could lead to moisture and air leaks.

#4 Your window box should have plenty of drainage holes that allow excess water to drain efficiently to avoid mold and root rot.

#5 You can build your own window box or create unique window treatments from flea market finds. The ideas are endless. You don’t have to build a box. You might decide you want to use reclaimed wood slats with holes cut out to hold individual potted pants.

Windows Seats do More Than Create Additional Seating

replacement window seatBuilding a custom window seat for your bay and bow windows helps you create a comfy corner to snuggle up with a good book or watch the flowers blooming in your new window box. Sure, window seats add more places to sit, but they can do so much more. Some creative suggestions for homeowners include:

  • Build a low-profile bookcase for easy access to young readers. You have traditional seating above and functional kid-friendly space at floor level. You could also flank your window seat with bookshelves to recreate a family library.
  • Create a playground for indoor pets, complete with scratching posts for kitties and safe napping places for your canine companions.
  • Increase storage space for everything from tools to linens and winter clothing with hinged access or customized pull out drawers. Drawers are great for organizing small items like craft supplies and specialty items like fishing tackle, which have both large and small items with diverse storage requirements.
  • Need some extra sleeping space? Build a fold out – or pull out – bed into your window seat design. You can use this same tip to build a window seat/convertible bed combination under any large window, not just a bay.

If Off-the Rack is Off Your Radar

Whether you want extra privacy, or you want to create spaces that reveal your unique personality, you can use traditional fabrics and materials in non-traditional ways to create fabulous window treatments.

Bold, Beaded and Beautiful

 

Image courtesy of Alpha

A beaded curtain is perfect for those windows that don’t need privacy curtains. Sunlight pouring through iridescent glass beads creates interesting prisms of color that change as the angle of the sun makes its way across the sky. Fun, playful and delightfully whimsical, bedazzled curtains are a terrific alternative to ready-made curtains and drapes.

What’s That Above Your Window?

Who says you have to use fabric on cornice boards? You can mount anything above a window to make a dramatic decorating statement. The only rule is that you choose something that fits with your overall decorating scheme. That six foot mounted marlin will look great as part of an outdoor themed room, but not so great if you are going for a more refined perspective.

Let Your Panes Speak for Themselves

Some window panes can, and should, speak for themselves. Renewal by Andersen specialty glass looks beautiful and protects your privacy without additional window treatments. Many windows with custom grilles and specialty glass are like pieces of artwork – no embellishment required.

Create a Tablecloth Valance for Your Kitchen

Creating a simple, country-inspired window treatment for your kitchen – or any room in your home is quick and easy.

  • Using tablecloth or vintage fabric, cut a large triangle (or fold a square in half to create a triangle).
  • Mount drapery brackets with holes large enough to allow fabric to slip through on either side of the window.
  • Slip the fabric through bracket holes and center triangle.

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Sharing Ideas and Information

Do you have other unique window treatment ideas? Share them here in the Comments box or on our Social Media pages (links above). We know you have choices about where you buy your replacement windows. We look forward to the opportunity to serve you for years to come. Need more information about replacement windows and home renovation projects? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052.

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.

Shoreham, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY Replacement Windows & Doors

One Very Satisfied Customer

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

Why did you replace your windows?

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

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

What Convinced You to Replace Your Windows Now?

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

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

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

How was the installation process?

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

Anything you would like to add?

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

Would you recommend Renewal by Andersen of Long Island?

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

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

 Contact Us for a Complimentary Design Consultation

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

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

Replacement Window Installation Contractor Long Island NY

5 Ways to Choose a Great Replacement Window Installation Contractor

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

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Replacement Window Shapes on Long Island, NY

Straight Talk About Replacement Windows Shapes

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

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

Replacement Window Shapes Long Island NYCurves and Circles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nassau County, Long Island, NY Windows

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

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Suffolk County, Long Island, NY Windows & Doors

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

Shelter Island, Suffolk County, Long Island, NY Replacement Windows

 

Queens, Long Island, NY Windows & Doors

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

Whitestone Queens Long Island NY Replacement Windows

 

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

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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.

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

  • 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
  • Event Calendar
  • Gadgets and Gear
  • Chef’s Corner, Courtesy of HalfHourMeals.com
    • Grilled Zucchini Rolls with Bacon & Cheese
    • Healthy Grilled Chicken Salad
    • 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

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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

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

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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

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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.

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

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  • Renewal by Andersen Video Showcase
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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
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    • 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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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

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