Have you been thinking of replacing the windows in your New Jersey or New York Metro home and wondered if you should buy off-the-shelf or new construction windows or custom-built replacement windows? While stock, off-the-shelf, or new construction windows available in home centers may look like a better decision financially because they are sometimes cheaper than custom-built replacement windows, they aren’t the same. For one thing, new construction grade windows are designed to have the window opening created to exactly fit the window; they aren’t designed to simply slip into an opening left when your existing windows are removed. Even if you find a window that appears to be a similar size, installation is a great deal more complicated and time-consuming, and we all know “time is money”. Here’s what you need to know about buying off the shelf, and why Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro replacement windows are a better option. Continue reading 6 Ways Replacement Windows Beat New Construction Windows in NJ & NY
Everyone would be happy if they could cut their heating and air conditioning bills in half just by installing replacement windows, right? Of course, they would. While, the whole team at Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro is proud of our line of home improvement products – replacement windows, patio doors and accessories – we want our neighbors to base important decisions on the facts. The fact is, replacement windows are only one, important, factor in dramatically reducing home energy consumption. Most industry experts claim the average savings for homeowners who upgrade with high-performance replacement windows can expect to lower heating and cooling costs by 10 to 15 percent, depending on a number of variables, including: the overall condition of your home, the type and age of your HVAC system, lot orientation, the insulation in your walls and other things. It would be hard to quantify savings on energy potential without doing a comprehensive energy audit on your home. Continue reading How Much Energy Can Replacement Windows Save in NY & NJ?
When you make the decision to update your New Jersey or New York home’s windows, you’ll probably start the process by doing some research about the various brands and window styles available on the market. Homeowners often visit online review sites and forums about replacement windows early in their decision-making journey. One of the common topics on the online resources is comparing frame materials, such as vinyl, wood, aluminum, fiberglass and composites. We recommend Fibrex composite frames as the best frame in almost every situation – unless you are restoring a historic home on the national registry of landmarks. If you’re straddling the fence between buying vinyl replacements and a composite – like Fibrex – we’d hope the following information will help you make a wise decision for today and tomorrow. Continue reading 3 Reasons Vinyl Replacement Windows Are Not Best in NJ, NY
Replacing a window insect screen on your New York or New Jersey home sounds fairly simple on the surface. Just remove the one that is damaged and put a new, tear-free screen on your window. But, once you start thinking about different screen mesh sizes, how much it is going to cost, where you’ll find one with a similar frame width, whether you can buy a matching color so it isn’t obvious you have one brand new insect screen and what tools you need to do the job if you plan to build your own, it gets more complicated. That’s why we decided to give you some tips about buying replacement screens for windows in your New Jersey or New York Metro home. Continue reading How to Buy Replacement Window Insect Screens in New Jersey, New York
If you have exceptional carpentry skills, and access to all the tools and equipment you need, you may be considering installing replacement windows in your New Jersey or New York Metro home yourself. Even if you’re planning to hire a contractor to do the job, you may want to know how to measure for replacement windows to ensure you get the right sized windows.
Because of the importance of having your windows built to the exact sizes necessary to ensure optimal performance and then have those windows installed to our exacting specifications, Renewal by Andersen does not sell windows to be installed by homeowners or non-Renewal by Andersen employed contractors.
We always recommend you hire a professional to tackle the job because more goes into the project than many people realize. And, if the custom-built replacement windows don’t fit perfectly, you’re responsible for it as well as having a new one built or for modifying the existing opening to make it fit (which defeats the purpose of having a custom window made in the first place). However, there are some basic measurements you should take if you are going to attempt the job on your own.
What to Measure for Replacement Window DIY Projects
First you have to know if you have a 2 X 4 framed wall or a 2 X 6 framed wall. If you have a 2 X 6 framed wall, you probably have a thickness (or jamb depth) that is 6.5 inches, that typically includes the 5.5 inches from the frame, a half inch for interior drywall and a half inch for exterior plywood. Don’t make assumptions on this though, the age of your home, and whether there were any additions make after the home was built could mean different interior and exterior sized materials were used. Some homes built in before the 1950s or 1960s have three-quarter inch shiplap on the outside, and possibly plaster on the inside instead of drywall. This measurement is critical in order for the window supplier to build a window that fits perfectly, or for you to find an off-the-shelf window you know will work as a replacement. If you aren’t sure about the original construction, you can measure from the place where your exterior plywood should start to the place where the backside of your interior trim begins. That should give you a fairly good starting point.
When you’re confident you have an accurate depth measurement, you can head outside to measure the width, including the frame. (You may want to subtract one-eighth inch to give you a bit of wiggle room.) Depending on what type of window you are replacing you may have to cut around the existing window and this will leave a slightly bigger opening than is required when you can simply extract the unit by removing nails and screws. Next measure from the top to bottom, again including the frame.
Making Sure Your Replacement Windows Measure Up To Expectations
The information above is generic, because there are many things that determine exactly where you measure for the width and length, including whether you have wood, aluminum, vinyl or fiberglass frames. Also, you may only want to replace the glazing, which would require you to measure without trim and frame elements.
If you’re considering replacing your home’s windows to boost energy efficiency or eliminate air and moisture leaks for comfort, we recommend you work with a reputable replacement window dealer, like Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro. When you allow the professionals to evaluate your existing windows, and take care of the installation, you eliminate the hassle of figuring out the best way to remove your old windows without having to do major exterior and interior construction. The peace of mind that comes from knowing the whole job – parts and labor – is guaranteed is immeasurable for many homeowners. No construction mess, no worries about getting the wrong size and no fear your windows will fail in a couple of years because they weren’t installed properly.
Another way to make sure your final project measures up to your high expectations is to install superior quality, custom-built replacement windows uniquely designed for every room. The replacement windows offered by big box stores often come in a limited number of styles, like double-hung and sliders. Knowing you can change your existing window style to a different style or shape allows you to really get the look and feel you want for your home. You can’t put a price tag on knowing you can replace your fixed windows with an awning or hopper style windows in the rooms that need a little more ventilation, or reconfigure casement windows to open from the left or right. Improving comfort, bringing in more natural light and loving the way your home looks and feels aren’t as easy to measure as the jamb depth, which is a bit tricky.
Let Renewal by Andersen Help: We Know What to Measure for Replacement Window Satisfaction
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