Long Island Replacement Windows Crystal Clear Answers About Glass Options

Replacement windows long island answers

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

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

Patterned Glass & Replacement Window Efficiency

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

U-Factor Isn’t Everything in Replacement Windows

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

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

Different Rooms May Need Different Window Glass

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

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

Patterned Glass Windows Make Your Long Island Home Sparkle

patterned glass windows Long Island New York

Are you considering textured or patterned glass replacement windows for your Long Island home? This week’s industry standards blog post will answer five of the most common questions Long Island homeowners have about “art glass.”

5 Common Questions About Replacement Window Patterned Glass

#1. Are patterned glass options less energy-efficient than traditional clear replacement window panes?

No. Patterned glass solutions are built with Low-E glass designed to boost home energy-efficiency. Our manufacturing team ensures that all replacement window units meet the rigorous performance ratings our customers expect. Continue reading Patterned Glass Windows Make Your Long Island Home Sparkle

Double Hung Window Frame Check Rail Options on Long Island

double hung window check rails long island new york

Long Island homeowners who choose to upgrade their homes with modern double-hung replacement windows consider many details, including window frame parts material and thickness, glass types, and specialty hardware. Have you thought about check rail solutions for your double hung windows? Do you even know what a check rail is or that you have options in this area? Many people outside the building industry aren’t familiar with this window feature, so this article will help explain this important functional design element. Continue reading Double Hung Window Frame Check Rail Options on Long Island

Thinking of Creating a Wall of Glass with Replacement Windows on Long Island?

replacement window wall long island ny

Thinking bringing more natural light into your Long Island home by connecting your outdoor spaces with your interior rooms? Have you considered installing replacement windows and/or patio doors to create a stunning wall of glass?

Every homeowner deserves at least one room that provides a place to relax and re-connect with nature. In addition to brightening up your home, large windows give you an opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors throughout the seasons without braving the elements during inclement weather. While finding the best window treatments (for privacy) can be an enjoyable challenge, when you get the design right, the results are truly worth the time and effort you spend.

Here are a few suggestions from your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement window consultants for making sure you are thrilled with the finished project. Continue reading Thinking of Creating a Wall of Glass with Replacement Windows on Long Island?

Long Island Replacement Windows Have Come a Long Way From Oilcloth to Insulated Glass

Long Island Replacement Windows From Oilcloth to Insulated GlassThis week, Renewal by Andersen of Long Island takes a backward glance to highlight some of the advantages of 21st century replacement windows. Looking back at the history of home windows, you can’t help but marvel at the technological advances in glass manufacturing processes and performance features built into modern replacement windows in such a relatively short time. We’ve definitely come a long way from pioneer days and oilcloth windows.

Oilcloth Manufacturing & Benefits

Oilcloth, which was originally created by coating canvas, linen or tightly woven duckcloth with boiled linseed oil to provide a waterproof coating, helped homeowners block some of the air and moisture from streaming into the house while letting in some light. The process was arduous. Lead dross, or a combination of lead and manganese salts was added to the linseed oil, which required lengthy boiling time. Sometimes, senna or umber pigments were used to improve humidity-resistance qualities.

Once the oil was prepared, manufacturers stretched the fabric on a frame and begin the process of water-proofing. It took many layers of cured oil to produce a strong, moisture-resistant cloth that could be cut and shaped to fit the “window hole.” The curing process also took a long time. Curing was activated by oxidation, so thin coats of the oil mixture were applied and allowed to fully dry before the next application. Pioneers could dye or paint on the fabric before brushing on the linseed oil, but function often took precedence over beauty. And, once the window covering was nailed into place, you couldn’t just walk by and look out the window. So, while early settlers gained some benefits, they reduced the amount of air and moisture that flowed inside and could raise the covering to allow a view of the outdoors or increase ventilation on moderate days, the coverings weren’t efficient when it came to fully leveraging solar heat gain during the winter or effectively eliminating all drafts.

From Functional to High-Performance Beauty

You won’t find modern homes on Long Island fitted with oilcloth for windows today. Even though many pioneers could not afford glass windows they’ve been around for centuries now. Fortunately, replacement windows today aren’t purely functional or so expensive the average homeowner cannot afford high-performance window units. While glass was extremely expensive for our ancestors, today we have affordable windows that are light weight and do so much more than simply block air and moisture.

Modern technology allows manufacturers to add coatings that reduce UV light levels and reflect light rays to improve solar heat gain or reduce heat transfer. Crystal clear glass allows you to enjoy the outdoor scenery without compromising interior comfort. Capturing an evening breeze or lifting the sash to enjoy the smell of a gentle rain doesn’t require pulling nails and resealing your window openings as it did in pioneer days. And, when you want a little more privacy, you can choose patterned glass that won’t block natural light flow; no hand-painting or embellishing required.

Where past generations often had to choose function over beauty, modern replacement windows offer homeowners opportunities to create customized solutions to beautify their homes. Design choices include:

  • Myriad factory applied trim and frame colors
  • Beautiful high-quality hardware manufactured in unique styles and finishes
  • Standard and custom grille patterns to complement architectural elements
  • Traditional and geometric shapes
  • Energy-efficient. Energy-Star certified glazing
  • Paintable/Stainable interiors for more decorating options

Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: We’ve Come a Long Way in Replacement Windows

The history of Long Island replacement windows is long and interesting. You probably don’t have oilcloth windows in your home right now, but if your windows are leaking air and moisture, sagging, fading or getting hard to open and close, it might be time to move into the 21stcentury. We invite you to fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule an in-home consultation to find out how modern technology can help you improve your comfort and the view beyond your walls.

 

Download our Free Guide to Long Island Replacement Windows

Long Island Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

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