Transform Your View from Foggy to Fantastic

Transform Your View from Foggy to Fantastic

Have you ever seriously thought about what life would be like living on Long Island without modern windows? Most homes in our neighborhoods have a perfect view of the world through their window glass. You can crack a window to get a little fresh air, or open all your windows to flush out stale air after a long period of keeping them all closed to control the temperature. And, while replacement windows do come with patterned glass or opaque glazing, you don’t have to shield your view like our ancestors who had to live with old technology struggling with heavy glass that was barely functional and unaffordable.

Here’s a quick look at some ways today’s Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows help our friends and neighbors transform their view.

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3 Tips for Buying Replacement Windows the Smart Way

3 Tips for Buying Replacement Windows the Smart Way

Modern replacement windows have better energy-efficiency features and more optional accessories than they did just a couple of decades ago. Trading up from aging wood or vinyl windows that are falling apart and looking really bad may be an enticing idea.

Sadly, some Long Islanders make mistakes when buying big ticket items. Some pay for features they don’t need, while others jump on the cheapest option, hoping they can make do, until they can afford to move into a bigger, nicer home down the road.

You don’t have to worry about making costly mistakes. Here’s how to buy replacement windows without getting in over your head, or going so far in debt you’ll never climb your way out.

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Recycle Your Old Windows Into New Treasures

Recycle Your Old Windows Into New Treasures

As part of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island’s Signature Service we take care of disposing of or recycling the home windows we replace because we love to do our part to protect the environment. For those of you with the DIY gene that love to take old things and turn them into new treasures, we thought you might like some ideas about how to use your old, wood windows when the replacement windows arrive.

Here are five ideas that are perfect for repurposing wood windows and most will work equally well with or without glass. Just one safety note: before re-using your old windows, make sure they don’t include lead paint, which can be hazardous to your health.

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What Does It Mean for Windows to be Energy Star Certified?

What Does It Mean for Windows to be Energy Star Certified?

While doing online research about replacement windows and patio doors on the market on Long Island, you have probably seen reference to ENERGY STAR® recommendations or certification. You may already know that this labeling means certain windows should be good for your energy bills, but many people may not know how the United States Environmental Protection Agency decides if a home improvement product or appliance deserves their approval.

Renewal by Andersen is once again proud to be an Energy Star Partner of the Year for Sustained Excellence in 2019. Andersen has been an ENERGY STAR® partner since the Windows program began in 1998 and was the first window manufacturer awarded the ENERGY STAR National Window Partner of the Year in 1999. The Sustained Excellence Award is the highest honor given by ENERGY STAR for continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

Here are three things you may not know about ENERGY STAR® certification.

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5 Tips to Create Your Home Office Plan

5 Tips to Create Your Home Office Plan

Thinking about converting a portion of your Long Island home to a business office? Almost everybody has an area in their home that they use to pay bills and do other paperwork, even if it’s the kitchen table, but these days, it’s becoming more common for Long Islanders to dedicate an entire room for use as a home office.

Plenty of businesses are run out of a home, or what was originally designed as a single-family or multi-family house, these days. Doctor’s offices, accountants and other professional services are often run out of a “home office”. But before you repurpose a room, an addition, or an attached garage for customer traffic, make sure your neighborhood is zoned for commercial activities. Once you have the necessary permits, you’ll want to draft a remodeling plan that covers everything from adding dedicated utility connections so you can separate personal use from business use to installing replacement windows to modernize the space and improve energy efficiency.

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