We appreciate the significant investment our customers make when they decide to replace the aging windows in their Long Island homes and we work hard to make sure the experience is positive today, tomorrow and many, many years down the road.
The construction materials you choose when designing your Renewal by Andersen of Long Island replacement windows matter. Building on a solid foundation ensures you are as happy with your new windows 10 years after installation as you were the very first day you saw them in your home.
While a Renewal by Andersen replacement window design consultant will guide you as you select your windows, we want you to have all the information you need to make smart choices. Here, you’ll find a quick rundown of the foundational materials we use to construct your custom-built windows.
Glass Options: Not Just Energy-Efficient
Choosing the “best” type of glass for your new windows depends on many things, from your budget to your home’s architectural style and whether your windows face the sun or are shaded by trees and other landscaping.
All Renewal by Andersen glass panels are rated “Low-E4,” which means that you’ll enjoy a clear view, natural sunlight and glass options that reduce heat and cold transfer. Our glass options also offer protection from ultraviolet light which can damage or weaken your upholstery and carpeting.
There are three foundational glass options to choose from:
- High-Performance Low-E4 Glass
- High-Performance Low-E4 Sun Glass
- High-Performance Low-E4 SmartSun Glass
Along with the three main glass types, we offer four patterned designs and tempered glass options that are four times as strong as “traditional” glass panes. Your needs, budget and personal design goals will likely influence your glass choices.
If you have an extensive art collection, you may want to choose SmartSun glass for its ability to block up to 95 percent of UV rays that can fade and damage art. If you want to control the amount of natural sunlight that comes into your home, Sun Glass is coated to give homeowners this option.
Your personal window consultant can give you more details about all the benefits of each glass type during your in-home consultation to help you select the glass options for each window based on your unique circumstances.
Framing Materials: Technology and Advanced Design
Although we are proud to offer a wide selection of colors, finishes, hardware styles, glass shapes and grille options to our Long Island customers, our framing materials are limited to treated natural wood and Fibrex. Why? In our over a century in the window business, we have developed extremely high standards for our windows and other materials simply don’t measure up.
Aluminum transfers high amounts of heat and cold and develop are problems with pitting and corrosion. Vinyl frames are much weaker structurally and expand and contract out of proportion with most exterior home surfaces, which eventually causes gapping and sagging that let outside elements in.
Fibrex as none of these issues. It combines the strength of wood with the low maintenance characteristics of vinyl. Fibrex is also good for the environment. Our patented composite is made from reclaimed wood and vinyl PVC, so we use fewer trees and reduce the amount of waste sent to the landfill. Fibrex is strong, durable and almost maintenance free.
Decorating Your Panes
You’ll design each window, or group of windows, according to your decorating and energy conservation goals. You may choose to add grilles to some of your replacement windows. We have an extensive selection of standard patterns or you may design your own.
Once you’ve decided on the pattern or grille layout, you can decide which of the three grille styles you prefer for each window.
- Full divided light grilles have a permanently affixed exterior strip and an optional interior strip. The interior strips remove easily for cleaning and maintenance. This grille placement most closely resembles true divided pane glass styles that feature multiple individual panes.
- Between-the-glass grilles offer a traditional look, but don’t require any cleaning or maintenance since they are permanently positioned between an interior and exterior glass panel.
- Interior wood grilles are manufactured using natural hardwood. You can choose between ¾ inch and a 1-1/8 inch widths based on your decorating preference. Interior grilles snap on and off for easy cleaning and you can update the color with paint or stain suitable for use with any wood product.
Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Replacement Window Materials: Laying a Solid Foundation Today for a Functional and Beautiful Tomorrow
We build each replacement window for performance and beauty today and tomorrow. Our high standards ensure that you’ll be happy with your home improvement upgrade today, tomorrow and far into the future.
Ready to get started designing your replacement windows? Give us a call at 1-877-313-9052 to schedule a convenient in-home-consultation, or fill in the form on this page for more information.