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Does Window Glass Affect Comfort in New Jersey & New York Homes?

Does Window Glass Affect Comfort in New Jersey & New York Homes?

Are drafty, leaking windows in your New Jersey or New York home interfering with your indoor comfort? If you’re tired of fighting air and moisture leaks, it may be time to consider updating your windows with modern, high-performance Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro replacement windows. Well-maintained, airtight windows reduce noise inside your home and eliminate those bothersome cold or hot spots that drive you crazy.

Did you know that window glass selection plays a critical role in controlling indoor air quality and comfort. One of the greatest benefits of upgrading your aging windows with custom-crafted home windows today is having the flexibility to tackle the unique comfort challenges in every room by utilizing a different type of insulated window glass. There are different types of window glass available today designed to combat the unique challenges different applications may face. Whether you have one small window in a north-facing room, or a whole wall of windows in a south-facing room, you can choose the right window glass for those specific characteristics. (more…)

Decorating with Window Transoms & Patterned Glass in New Jersey & New York

Decorating with Window Transoms & Patterned Glass in New Jersey & New York

As we continue our series about replacement window standards we’ll discuss transoms and patterned glass for your New Jersey or New York home. Window dealers often talk about Energy-Star ratings and performance metrics published by third-party agencies like the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), but they don’t often talk about other standards. This week’s Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro focus will cover glass quality standards and transom window options. (more…)

Replacement Window Glass Technology for New Jersey & New York

Replacement Window Glass Types New Jersey New YorkRenewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro replacement windows and patio doors, and our parent company, the Andersen Corporation, are committed to providing our customers with home improvement products that meet or exceed gold standards for energy-efficiency and longevity. While we understand that our customers expect, and deserve, beautiful windows and patio doors that add value and comfort to their spaces, we also strive to make sure every window delivers superior performance and energy-saving features, that’s why every window we sell is built with ENERGY-STAR labeled glass and Fibrex framing material over other options.

Today, we wanted to tell you about the technology behind our window designs.

Understanding Low-E Glass Options

Clear float glass, like you would see in older, single-pane windows and some other applications today, doesn’t vary much between manufacturers. Generally speaking, clear glass is clear glass no matter where you buy it. But, Low-E glass, which has factory applied features to make window panes energy-efficient, is manufactured in different ways. Each manufacturing process delivers different performance benefits.

Sputter-coated glass, sometimes referred to as soft-coated glass, is manufactured with a metallic coating applied, but not fused, to the surface of the glass base to reduce the solar heat gain coefficient, improving energy-efficiency. Since applications are placed on the glass, and not fused into the glass, special manufacturing processes and handling care must be used to prevent scratching and damage prior to installation.

Hard-coated glass, or pyrolytic glass, differs from sputter-coated glazing in that the application is fused into the surface during the manufacturing process of the base glass. Fusion means surface areas don’t require the same amount of extra care during construction and shipping processes. Like sputter-coated glass, pyrolytic glass improves heat transfer management.

Both options are cost-effective solutions that offer customers superior performance and allow them to design windows to fit their home environment and improve comfort, while saving money on heating and cooling bills.

Today, most of the Renewal by Andersen portfolio of replacement windows and patio doors are custom-built with sputter-coated glass options. We are introducing a new hard-coated glass called “Heatlock” for our customers that has new technology applied to interior surfaces to improve performance and energy-efficiency by reflecting heat that could potentially escape back into the room.

Breaking Down Coating Performance and Energy-Savings
Coatings and chemical applications offer more benefits than just reducing solar heat gain coefficients. Special technology allows homeowners to choose glass that is more efficient during cold or hot weather, controls light levels, reduces UV ray transfer and has exceptional thermal performance in areas like ours where customers are concerned about controlling both heating and air conditioning expenses.

Replacement Window Glass Options:

Low-E4 Glass works equally well during hot, muggy summers and cold New Jersey and New York Metro winters.

Low-E4 SmartSun protects your interior fabrics from harmful UV rays without blocking sunlight or making your rooms appear dark and dreary.

Low-E4 Sun glazing helps you control light levels in rooms where you want to reduce the amount of light that comes in without reducing clarity or obscuring your view of the world beyond your glass.

Patterned Glass is available in any of the Low E4 glass options listed about for areas where you want to obscure the view or add a layer of privacy. Choose from four patterns: Fern, Cascade, Reed and Obscure.

Why Window Glass Technology and Manufacturing Processes Matter

Window glass technology allows us to offer our customers a broad variety of glass types for convenience and safety. Glazing options give homeowners ample opportunity to create interior spaces with just the right amount of natural sunlight without worrying that harmful UV rays and intense sunshine will damage their artwork or furniture. Low-E4 glass gives you greater control over your budget and your interior climate control. We are always looking for new ways to give our customers more options, better performance and superior customer service.

Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Window Technology Gives Your More Options

We invite you to call today to discuss how our high-performance, low-maintenance replacement windows use advanced technology to give you more options and higher savings potential. Just fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-888-826-2451 to arrange a private home consultation to see which glazing options are best for your home.

 

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LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!

Getting the Most from Replacement Windows in New Jersey and New York with Grilles, Specialty Windows and Patterned Glass

New Jersey & New York Custom Replacement WindowsYou’ve made the decision to upgrade your New Jersey or New York home’s windows and you are wondering how Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro replacement windows can help you achieve your energy-conservation and decorating goals.

For decades we’ve been helping our customers design new windows and patio doors to ensure they get the highest return on their investment while improving the comfort in their homes. If you only want to update your windows to gain financial benefits like improving the market value of your home by increasing energy-efficiency, we can help with that but we can also help you design high-performing replacement windows that replicate the original design or have a unique aesthetic appeal with customized grille patterns and vibrant color combinations.

If you have been wondering whether to invest in off-the-shelf products or order custom-built replacement windows, here are a few of the alternative design features available when you design your own rather than purchase stock options.

Customizing New Jersey & New York Replacement Windows with Unique Window Grilles

New York New Jersey Replacement Window Grille OptionsWhile there are standard grille patterns that may allow you to replicate the existing look and feel of your home, you may want something that more accurately reflects your personality and decorating style. When you’re remodeling a historic residence, it may be important to you to choose a between-the-glass or simulated full divided light option that closely mimics traditional windows constructed with individual panes divided by wood strips. We have seven standard traditional grille patters, but you can also choose to create your own custom pattern to add a touch of personality or character to your. Our design team can help you get the perfect accent features to meet your decorating goals. Whether you choose permanently affixed grilles or opt for removable wood interiors that allow you to paint or stain to match your existing trim or wall color, you have the freedom to bring your vision to life.

Adding an Artistic Touch with Specialty Windows

Specialty windows allow you to replace standard rectangular windows with something that adds a bit of whimsy or distinction to an otherwise bland curb appeal. Often combined with more “traditional” window styles that enable ventilation, specialty windows are fixed, which means you’ll automatically improve energy-efficiency no matter which shape you choose. Geometric shapes (triangles, trapezoids and octagons) installed above or beside other windows allow you to create truly unique configurations that accent key architectural features. These specialty windows also serve as a unique focal point when installed under eaves or high on the wall in rooms with cathedral or vaulted ceilings. More than a dozen specialty windows shapes are available in our portfolio, but almost unlimited configurations allow you to express your personality and accentuate your home’s unique character.

Because every Renewal by Andersen replacement window is custom made to your specifications, you can get exactly what you want the first time with little hassle. Try doing this with off-the-shelf versions (if you can) and you’ll find you incur additional construction expense to achieve unique configurations. That means you’ll not only end up paying more, but you’ll also have to invest time and energy vetting contractors and most likely have to put up with the inconvenience and mess far longer than the one day installation you’ll have with most Renewal by Andersen renovation projects.

Creating Ambiance with Patterned Glass

New Jersey New York Replacement Window Patterned GlassPatterned glass adds a layer of privacy without blocking natural light and gives you an opportunity to add visual and textural appeal to your interior spaces. Four unique patterns give you the flexibility you may want to obscure the view in bedrooms or bathrooms or where you want to add a unique feature that complements your decorating scheme. You can add patterned glass to specialty windows, transoms and operable windows to get that “wow factor” in entry ways and foyers, too.

You may be able to find patterned glass on the shelf at your local big-box home improvement store, but finding the correct size and shape could be challenging. Custom-manufactured windows always fit your space when a replacement window installation team removes your existing windows — no modification or extra construction needed to make standard options fit.

Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows Give Homeowners Design Options Off-the-Shelf Solutions Can’t Deliver

If you need to replace a broken window in the garage, you can probably find a replacement window that will work at the local home improvement store. But, if you’re looking for energy efficient options that allow you to customize your home to fit your unique financial and decorating goals, custom-crafted replacement windows give you the freedom to create truly unique, best-fit windows that represent your personality and accent the best features of your home.

Need more information about updating your New Jersey or metropolitan New York home? You can reach us by calling 1-888-826-2451 or filling in the short form on this page to request a brochure.

 

Download our Free Guide to New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!

How Many Glass Panes Do New Jersey & New York Replacement Windows Need?

New Jersey New York Replacement Window PanesComparing Replacement Windows for Your New Jersey or New York Metro Home
Let’s face it, every replacement window brand in New Jersey and New York claims their home improvement solutions are the best, the cheapest or the most energy efficient windows on the market. You’ve got to weed through the hype to find out how they measure up. What is the UV-value? Do vinyl frames really hold up more than three or four years? Then, there’s the question of installing them yourself or having to start the arduous process of vetting installation contractors. Right?

While we’re confident our replacement windows and patio doors are excellent solutions for our New York and New Jersey friends and neighbors planning to upgrade their homes, we know that you need to be thrilled with your purchase after the installation, and for as long as you stay in your current home.
One place where homeowners get hung up in the research journey is deciding whether to replace their single-paned windows with double, or triple-pane solutions, or go back with the same type of configuration.

Here’s what you need to know to make a well-informed decision.
Taking the Pain out of Comparing Multi-panel Windows
First the simple facts:

  1. Single-pane windows have one glass pane of glass.
  2. Double-pane windows have two glass panes of glass.
  3. Triple-pane replacement windows have three panes of glass.

All three options have a clearly defined number of glass panes, but this is where the similarities end for single and multi-pane windows. Even with low-e coatings and superior performing frames made with high-quality composite or wood components, single-panel windows don’t come close to multi-pane windows as far as energy efficiency and noise reduction qualities go.
They’re less expensive than some options, but they aren’t well-insulated against extreme temperature variances and you generally have more condensation problems with a single-pane window than either double or triple styles.

Anatomy of a Multi-pane Window

A lot goes into manufacturing a high-performance, multi-panel replacement window. Low-e coatings applied to the inside surface of exterior panes improve energy efficiency dramatically. Special factory coatings applied to the exterior surface control the amount of ultraviolet light that enters your home, without reducing clarity. Some Renewal by Andersen glazing options even have extra technology that eliminates up to 99 percent of water spots when activated by direct sunlight.

Whether you choose double-pane or triple-pane windows for your home, you want to make certain the windows have a low conductivity glass spacer, both primary and secondary gas seals, and high performance framing materials that control heat transfer and are guaranteed not to warp, peel, fade or rot.

Different brands use different air space fillers. Argon, or an argon gas blend, is perhaps the most popular because it provides exceptional insulating qualities and is more affordable that the expensive krypton gas.

Which Type of Window is Best for Your Home?

The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) studies the energy efficiency of window types and brands based on the whole window – glazing, framing material, spacers, air space filler, and all components. Lower NFRC U-Value ratings show a window has good (or excellent) heat resistance and insulating qualities.

A high-performance double-pane window may achieve a U-Value rating of .30, whereas a triple-pane option could achieve a significantly lower rating of .15, providing the framing and spacing elements are superior. But, that doesn’t mean triple-glazed windows are the best choice for your home. Here’s why.
Because there’s lower demand and more materials, triple-pane windows are significantly more expensive than double-pane windows. One reason is that adding the extra glass makes the glazing section heavier. Weaker frames, like vinyl and aluminum, must be significantly modified to accommodate the weight. Modification costs money, which gets marked up and passed along to the consumer.

Another issue we have seen over the years results from manufacturers who put a triple-pane section into weaker non-modified frames. The windows may hold up for a few years, then homeowners notice the seals are weakening and the frames are sagging or pulling away from the exterior of their homes. Remediation can be very expensive and in the end, inferior triple-paned windows may need to be replaced sooner than if you had chosen a double-pane window originally.

Because of the initial cost versus the return on your investment in energy savings, triple-pane styles are best suited to areas with extreme weather where heating your home is the primary reason for upgrading. In our area, double-pane solutions are normally the most affordable option with similar benefits associated with lowering heating and cooling bills and improving interior comfort.

Why Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows?

Window design and manufacturing processes impact overall performance and durability. But, windows with exceptional NFRC ratings are only as good as the installation.

Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro offer a broad array of window styles, shapes and glazing options for New Jersey and Metropolitan New York residents, AND we provide trained installation technicians so you’ll never have to worry about whether or not your windows are fully covered under the exclusive owner-transferrable warranty.

Need more information to help you decide how many glass panels your new replacement windows need? We can help. Give us a quick call at 1-888-826-2451 or fill in the short form on this page.

 

Download our Free Guide to New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows

New Jersey New York Replacement Windows eBook

Learn Everything You Need to Know BEFORE Buying Replacement Windows

Click Here to Download Now!

LEARN …
  • The Difference Between Replacement and New Construction Windows!
  • The Different Kinds of Frame Materials and What That Means to Your Windows’ Performance and Longevity!
  • How the Right Glass Can Save You Money on Your Heating & Cooling Bills!
  • The Critical Role Proper Installation Plays in the Performance, Durability and Warranty of Your New Replacement Windows!
  • What Features and Options are Important to You and What Role They Play in Your Ultimate Satisfaction Today, and for as Long As You Live in Your Home!