Everyone loves a good mystery, right? Well, not necessarily if you’re looking for replacement windows for your Long Island area home and you are more interested in facts than myths and mysteries that seem to abound in the industry. This article will dispel some common misconceptions and help you get the information you need to make well-informed replacement Window buying decisions.
Myth #1: More Panes Means More Savings
It’s no myth that double-pane windows are far superior to old-fashioned single pane window styles. The insulating capacity of a double pane window minimizes heat loss and blocks ambient noises better than single pane windows. So, many people assume that if you really want to maximize your energy saving potential than a triple-pane window is the best option. The truth is triple-pane windows do control noise from outside and reduce heat transfer better than a double-pane window. But, for homeowners on Long Island and in the surrounding counties this can be an investment that doesn’t pay off quickly. Triple pane windows are much more expensive and since we don’t typically have extended periods of extreme temperatures, you may be paying for benefits you don’t really need. It’s sort of like investing in an engine block heater for your car engine when you live in Florida. Sure, if the area experiences extremely low temperatures, your may need an engine block heater to enable your car to crank right up, but how often could a Floridian expect that to happen? In our area, double-pane windows are generally sufficient and recommended over styles with three glass panels.
Myth #2: All Replacement Window Companies Are the Same
Not true. There are good and bad companies throughout Long Island. Every industry has a few scoundrels and a few truly exceptional companies in the mix. While some replacement window sales agents use hard pressure tactics and intimidation to get potential customers to make a quick decision, we like to educate our neighbors and friends with information that helps them make wise investment choices; choices they will be as happy with years down the road as they are on installation day.
Myth #3: It’s all in the Way You Spin the Numbers
Numbers don’t lie, people lie, or distort the facts. When Renewal by Andersen consultants provide stats about energy savings or efficiency ratings, we provide resources for you to check our facts. For example, ENERGY STAR labels provide valuable, independently verified information about how well a window will control air leakage and heat transfer. And, when it comes to cost per window, it’s important to find out if the advertised price is only for a “window shell,” or if it also includes essentials such as hardware, glazing and trim – some companies actually charge extra for these components. Add-ons can take a window price from $200 to over a thousand dollars very quickly if you’re working with a less than honest dealer.
Myth #4: All Windows Offer the Same Benefits
Every room deserves a window specifically designed for the environment, the home’s architecture and the way the family will use the room. Sliding patio doors and windows don’t interfere with traffic patterns so they are great in small rooms, or those rooms that provide access to small decks. Double-hung windows provide opportunities to drop the upper sash for ventilation so they are a wonderful choice in nurseries and other rooms where small child sleep or play without constant supervision. Privacy is also a consideration when designing home replacement windows. If you want to frame a spectacular view beyond your glass, you may want fixed windows or a bay window to expand the viewing area. Custom-built replacement windows allow homeowners to perfectly match windows to their needs.
Myth #5: Replacement Windows are too Expensive
You may have heard some companies claim their windows will pay for themselves in a year. We’ve never seen that happen, even after decades of serving the Long Island area. But, if you’re looking for a healthy return on your investment, one that improves the resale value of your home and enhances the comfort and safety for your family while reducing your energy costs, we believe you’ll find the benefits are worth the investment. You can’t put a price on peace of mind you feel when you install patterned glass that prevents people outside from seeing indoors or the feeling you get when you don’t have those frigid cold spots around your home in the winter.
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island: Replacement Window Myth Busters
We won’t insult your intelligence by telling you that we are the only honest company to work with if you’re looking to upgrade your Long Island home with energy-efficient replacement windows. We welcome the opportunity to meet with you and explain why we think our window and patio door options offer you exceptional solutions to enhance your home’s appearance and function. Simply give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the short form on this page to schedule a personal consultation at a time that is convenient for you.
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