Replacing aging, dilapidated home windows is often a valuable investment for Long Island homeowners. Energy Star certified replacement windows can significantly reduce heat loss (or heat gain) through a window, resulting in substantial savings on heating and cooling bills. Replacing windows and patio doors with new Renewal by Andersen of Long Island products can also help boost its market value before a home sale.
Take a moment to consider your summer view from inside your Long Island home. Is there one window that you would call your favorite? There’s no better way to showcase a beautiful view, whether that’s a painting, a picture, or your view of your yard, than with a simple frame. When considering replacement window styles for your homes, don’t skip over picture windows.
Wondering what differentiates new construction and replacement windows from each other? Essentially, a new construction window, one installed during the building of a new home, is designed to be installed during the build-out. New construction windows are placed in the wall after the sheathing, but before exterior siding, brick or shingles. The construction crew builds out the “rough opening” for the specified window during the framing of the building and then the windows are fit into that opening and shimmed to fit in place. By necessity, these openings are “rough”.
Homeowners on Long Island planning to repaint their homes may well wonder if it is okay to paint their replacement windows to match. Depending on whom you ask, and the windows you have, the answer may be very different. Contractors and helpers at the hardware store will generally tell homeowners you can paint almost any surface, providing you do proper surface prep and buy the right type of paint for the frame material. Renewal by Andersen of Long Island strongly recommends you avoid painting Fibrex- framed replacement windows.
Designing replacement bay windows for your Long Island home is a fun project. There are a few flexible rules, however you have many custom options to expand your space, usher in more natural light and add a beautiful feature that most other replacement windows don’t offer. Here are a few Renewal by Andersen of Long Island recommendations to consider as you plan your bay window design.(more…)