3 Replacement Window Keys for Cape-style Homes in New Jersey & New York  

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Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro offers replacement window styles that look great on every architectural style home in our area. Whether you have one of the very popular Colonial, Ranch, Cape, etc. homes, a Modern condominium in the city or a designated Historical dwelling, we can help you update your home with energy-efficient Energy Star labeled fixtures.

Cape style homes are prevalent in America’s Northeast, and a good number occupy both historic and modern New Jersey and New York metropolitan area neighborhoods. Originally intended to offer the utmost in function and efficiency, Capes were designed to withstand the harsh coastal weather of New England.

Steeply slanted roofs shed rain and snow easily, dormers opened the attic or second floor rooms, and a central fireplace and chimney served to provide a cozy central spot to heat the entire house. Today, updated, modern twists on the traditional Capes abound—and choosing the perfect replacement windows and doors to retain that style can make all the difference in your home’s overall aesthetic appeal.

If you’re ready to upgrade the windows in your Cape-style home, there are three key features you should consider.

Top 3 Replacement Window Options

Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro can fabricate replacement windows to fit even the oddest-sized, specialty shapes sometimes needed for historic homes. When choosing windows for your Cape, you’ll want to consider grille pattern, glass type, and color options to best complement your home’s existing style.

1. Grille Patterns

Colonial Window Grille
Colonial style window grille

While Colonial-style window grille patterns are the most popular choice for capes and the most historically accurate, they’re not the only option. Renewal by Andersen’s Colonial style grilles give windows the feel of a very traditional multi-paned window, featuring several small glass panes framed in thin strips of wood. The style imitates windows that were manufactured before the ability to craft large, sturdy sheets of glass had been developed.

Farmhouse Window Grille
Prairie style window grille

Prairie-style window grille pattern also make a solid choice for many Capes. Prairie-style grilless are most common in farm-style houses, but their airy look and grille orientation also lends itself well to some Capes. In this orientation, grilles set a few inches from the window’s outer edge crisscross at the corners to frame a larger central pane.

For the most authentic look possible, divided light grilles feature an spacer between the panes of glass as well as exterior grilles, so light refracts just as it would on a traditional multi-paned window, but you’ll enjoy all the efficiency benefits of double-paned glass.

2. Glass Type

The glass type you choose has more to do with your home’s specific needs than with style, though some glazing does have a bit of a tint to filter out harsh sunlight. You’ll choose from the following options:

  • High-Performance Low-E4 Glass, which is 56% more efficient in the summer than ordinary double-paned glass and blocks 84% of harmful UV rays
  • High-Performance Low-E4 SmartSunTM glass, which is 70% more efficient in the summer and blocks 95% of harmful UV rays
  • High-Performance Low-E4 Sun GlassTM, which offers the best resistance against solar heat gain, keeps your home cooler during the hottest months of the year, and reduces the visible light that filters through.

The “best” type of glass for your home depends on its orientation toward the rising and setting sun, the amount of shade your home gets from trees, other homes in proximity and landscaping, along with the architectural elements of your home.

3. Color

window color chipsOnce you’ve chosen the best windows, grille patterns, and glass options for your home, you get to enjoy the fun part: selecting interior and exterior colors, and choosing from a wide variety of hardware finishes so every last detail complements your home’s decor. For help deciding, Renewal by Andersen’s Window & Door Visualizer is a great tool — just upload an exterior picture of your home and it will help you envision what’s possible.

Updating Your Cape Style Home with Modern Replacement Windows From Renewal by Andersen

With standard or customized grille patterns, an almost unlimited number of color combinations and energy-efficient glass options available, we’re sure you’re going to love the way your home looks and feels after your replacement window renovation.

We’d love to help you develop a game plan to upgrade your windows before the winter weather hits! If you have more questions about your replacement window options, stop by your local showroom today. You can also get the process started without ever leaving your home. Just take a minute to fill in the short form on this page, or call us at 1-888-826-2451 to schedule an in-home consultation with a professional replacement window specialist.


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