Making a dramatic improvement to your New York and New Jersey residential living spaces is easy with specialty replacement windows. Unique shapes and sizes can accentuate architectural features of your home or add interest to a drab architectural style. When our Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro design consultants work with homeowners looking for options to incorporate more natural light and expand their viewing areas, we often recommend specialty replacement window shapes.
Most specialty windows are inoperable, but they work equally as well as stand-alone fixtures as well as combined with other windows to create extraordinary, complex geometric masterpieces.
Benefits, Features and Options of Specialty Replacement Windows
Specialty windows are among the most energy efficient windows available today. They are precision built to exactly fit the opening left when our installation team removes your existing windows. That means so leaking air or moisture – guaranteed. Also, since they don’t open, you’ll never have to worry about weather stripping failing with daily use or seals becoming less effective.
They’re air- and water-tight. Fibrex frames will never peel, rot, fade or mildew, and with ENERGY STAR certified windows, you can be certain your windows are working hard to keep conditioned air inside and moisture outdoors.
Round Pane Specialty Replacement Windows
Many people associate curved glass, especially circle shapes, with nautical themes and seaside cottages. Adding custom grille patterns to a round window can change the appearance significantly.
Adding a circular window in bathroom settings creates a sense of serenity, especially when the room is painted white and the trim and frame are the same shade. Stationary windows don’t require hardware, but keep in mind that any operable windows in a white-on-white room need appropriate handles, hinges and levers to keep the tone consistent throughout the room.
Right Triangle Specialty Replacement Windows
Installing right triangle shaped replacement windows high on the wall makes an intriguing visual statement. When these windows flank an exposed brick or rock chimney, the winking effect is quite stunning.
Circle Top and Chord Specialty Replacement Windows
Circle top and chord windows mulled above casement or fixed pane windows add a touch of softness to an otherwise angular appearance. Circle tops look particularly beautiful above entrance doors. You may choose to install an intricate grille pattern and contrasting trim work, or keep it simple. Half circle specialty windows, and the more elongated chord design, are popular in New York and New Jersey because they offer so many decorative options for homeowners.
Oval Specialty Replacement Windows
Like round windows, ovals add a unique touch of simple elegance to a room. Some of the most common placements include: bathrooms, in an attic alcove and as a source of extra light in rooms with vaulted ceilings.
Combining Specialty Shape Replacement Windows
Combining different shapes and sizes affords you a plethora of options. For example, joining right triangles, trapezoids and rectangular replacement windows creates an expansive triangle for a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass under a vaulted ceiling.
Great rooms in two-story houses provide the perfect opportunity to install sliding French patio doors, flanked by large fixed windows beneath the massive triangle. The result, an impressive entrance, an expansive viewing area and ample sunlight to flood your indoor spaces.
Another intriguing possibility is mulling together diverse shapes customized with patterned glass. Depending on the sizes and shapes chosen, this approach presents a subtle impression of stained glass. Installing patterned glazing increases privacy without blocking all the natural light.
Octagon Specialty Replacement Windows
Like ovals and circles, octagon replacement windows work well in bathrooms, above entrance doors and under the eaves. You’ll also find octagons installed above operable windows and high on the wall – sometimes for an extra light source and sometimes to add a distinct decorative element or architectural contrast.
Stand-Alone Specialty Replacement Window Options for New Jersey & New York Homes
Equal Leg Arch and Peak Pentagon shapes add a special touch to any room. Both geometric shapes provide a single point of light and subtle accent features; however by combining them with other shapes and sizes you can create a one-of-a-kind signature statement. Go bold, or go delicate with customized grille patterns that complement your exterior design features.
New Jersey & New York Specialty Replacement Windows Turn Ordinary into Extrordinary
Now that you know a few specialty replacement window options for your New Jersey or New York Metro home, we’d like to talk to you about designing your own custom-built windows. Naturally, your home needs a combination of stationary and operable windows, but specialty windows provide design flexibility to truly transform your living spaces. With high performance home improvement products, you can create beautiful, low-maintenance views of your world.
You can reach a Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro specialist by calling 1-888-826-2451 or filling in the short form on this page.
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In Part Two of our Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey series about replacement window styles we promised to give you more information about our line of patio doors, specialty window options and our accessories.
The custom options you choose when building your new replacement windows give you opportunities to enhance your home’s curb appeal, improve its energy-efficiency and make your indoor spaces more comfortable and functional for your entire family.
As promised, we’ll start by telling you about our patio doors.
Define Your Entrances with Sliders and Hinged Patio Doors
Our patio door lineup includes three basic styles:
Hinged French Patio Doors: Our version of classic French styling includes a 5-point locking system designed to improve energy efficiency and traditional outswing operation. The wide trim and four interior color choices allow you to create a stunning, classic look that complements your interior décor.
Sliding French Patio Doors: When space is limited, but your decorating scheme demands a classic French look and feel, sliders are the answer. Limited space doesn’t have to stifle your creativity. We offer 11 hardware finishes and four grille layouts to customize your French sliding doors, so you’re certain to find an option that works for you and your home.
Contemporary Sliding Patio Doors: Whether you want to reclaim space used with hinged patio doors or you’re looking for opportunities to expand your viewing area, Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey sliding glass doors give you options. Stainable pine interiors open the door to color changes before and after installation and the easy-glide, self-contained leveling system means you’ll never struggle to open or close your doors.
Within those three basic styles you have the freedom to customize your entrances to accomplish your decorating goals from understated to dramatic. Choose one of our four standard grille patterns or design your own with help from our professional replacement window design team. Multiple configurations let you decide whether you want stationary center panels or side panels that glide toward the center. Visit our Inspiration Gallery for samples of unique configurations to make your home more beautiful and functional.
Beautiful Solutions: Comfort, Lifestyle and Control
All of our replacement windows and patio doors are engineered with you and your family in mind. Innovative technology and design features enhance comfort, convenience and control.
Our Low-E glass options help you keep your interior spaces more comfortable throughout the seasons while helping you save money on your utility bills.
Fibrex frames are guaranteed never to sag or droop – forever banishing drafts and air leaks that create cold spots and spaces that allow conditioned air to escape the indoors.
Four beautiful patterned glass options increase privacy, so you won’t have to wonder if people on the outside are watching your indoor activities.
Operational handles and levers can be installed for left-handed or right-handed users.
Standard insect screens are included at no additional cost with every operable replacement window we sell. If your family, like many of our New Jersey neighbors, enjoys sleeping with the windows open during mild weather, you might prefer our TruScene insect screens with fabric designed to block even the tiniest no-see-ums, and reduce pollen and dust infiltration.
Along with our dedication to delivering high-quality, superior performing home improvement products, we’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and the impact our manufacturing processes have on landfill volumes and deforestation.
Art collectors and homeowners with a home library appointed with limited-edition books appreciate our High-Performance Low-E4 SmartSun glass that blocks harmful UV light that can damage irreplaceable collectibles and furnishings.
Fibrex frames let you take control of how you spend your time because they don’t require extensive annual maintenance to remain beautiful and structurally strong. Our unique composite material has exceptional thermal expansion qualities, giving homeowners better control over heat and cold transfer – which means better control over energy consumption.
Window guards, tempered glass and versatile style options give you confidence your home is safe and comfortable for every family member from the youngest to the oldest.
Specialty Glass for Special Areas
Along with standard square and rectangular window styles, we offer a line of unique geometric shapes to help you enhance your home’s appearance. From trapezoid to quarter-circles, our line of specialty windows lets you bathe your home with natural light in non-traditional packages.
Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey: Replacement Window Styles Help You Creating Beautiful, Comfortable Spaces for Your Family
Thank you for visiting and reading our style guide. If you still have questions, it would be our pleasure to provide you with answers about your home improvement project. You can get more information about our line of replacement windows and patio doors by calling our toll-free number, 1-888-826-2451, to arrange for a personal consultation or you can fill in the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.
As New Jersey replacement window specialists, we spend most of our time sharing the financial and energy conservation benefits and perks of installing replacement windows and patio doors with our neighbors. Today, we want to talk about the “emotional” benefits high-performance replacement windows can have on your life.
There’s nothing that lifts your mood and spirits like an abundance of natural light. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) suffers know just how bad being deprived of natural light can make you feel. And everyone will likely agree that a home just feels and looks more inviting bathed with warm sunshine.
But, it’s fall and winter is just a few weeks away. The air has turned cool and crisp, leaves are crackling under our feet and rather than an abundance of brilliant sunshine, the days are shorter and soon we’ll see more and more cloudy, overcast days as the season transitions into winter.
So, how can you get that fresh-as-sunshine lift when the weather makes everything feel drab and dreary? Here are a few tips to usher in the light and brighten up your spaces.
Start Your Facelift with Replacement Windows
If your current windows aren’t living up to your expectations, consider installing brand new replacement windows. Sounds obvious, but you’ll see dramatic results. Over time old window glass can become etched and look dirty even after the most thorough cleaning. That “dirt” is preventing light from entering your home.
Even changing the window style can maximize your viewing area and increase natural light levels in your New Jersey home. For example, if you replace wide-framed vinyl windows with slim profile composite windows in styles like sliders or a picture window, you instantly gain more glass surface area – and access to more natural light.
A custom-built bay replacement window fits in the footprint of your original window, but you’ll have the benefit of a panoramic view – and more natural light than a “flat window” configuration. Your replacement window consultant can help you compare your existing window styles with various replacement window styles to see which ones will help you gain maximum natural light despite seasonal fluctuations.
If you’re considering only replacing windows with damaged frames or cracks in the glass that allow air and moisture infiltration, try to replace all the windows in at least one high-traffic area in your home. Kitchens, living rooms and baths typically get the most traffic from family and visitors and you’ll notice the most difference there.
Adjust Light Levels with Mirrors
Subtle decorating strategies can help you get the most from your windows – even if you’re only replacing a few. With the correct size and placement, you can use mirrors to redirect light coming into the room to make your home feel brighter. Installing large floor to ceiling mirrors creates the illusion of spaciousness and reflects natural light into gloomy corners.
Carefully positioning mirrors in your bathroom mimics an extra window. Even if you only have a small window in the shower or above the tub, a mirror on an adjacent wall will draw the light into the room and reflect it so you can maximize available light.
Color Your Walls with ‘Sunshine’ Enhancers
Updating your wall color is a great way to banish dark, dreary moods. Be careful when selecting paint colors. It may sound logical to choose a crisp, vivid color for your walls, but moderation is the key to giving your rooms a “light makeover” that won’t backfire.
Consider basements. While you can certainly increase the amount of sunlight that comes into your home with energy-efficient hoppers and awning replacement windows in your basement, you’ll want to select middle-of-the-road colors for rooms that have small windows positioned near the ceiling.
If you’re using a color wheel, select colors that fall in the middle third of the strip. Yes, ladybug reds and cheery yellows are good choices, just stay away from the pastels on one end and the dark, dramatic colors on the other end. Lighter colors tend to look washed out or dirty in a room with lower than optimal light levels and darker colors just increase the dreariness.
Don’t discount the value of white walls in bathrooms with tall windows. You can take advantage of patterned glass options that give you privacy without sacrificing daylight. Built-in privacy features allow you to skip the window treatments entirely if you like. The gently-filtered light bounces off white walls to give your whole room a light, ethereal feel without creating a dark, depressing mood.
Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey Ushers in Light
If you can imagine your space flooded with mood brightening natural light, we’ve got options to help you make your dreams come true. We’d love to tell you more about our full line of home improvement products designed to help you save money and chase away the cold weather doldrums. To arrange an in-home consultation to discuss options to maximize natural light in your New Jersey home, just give us a call at 1-888-826-2451 or fill in the short form on this page for more details.
4 Tips to Prevent Common Window Treatment Mistakes
Have you recently upgraded your home with Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey replacement windows? Now that you have improved your view on the world, you might be wondering what kind of window treatments are best to showcase your new windows.
There are so many creative window treatment designs available today that we cannot possibly cover all of them in one blog post. Below are a few general tips to help you avoid some common decorating mistakes.
Here are five common decorating mistakes and ways you can avoid making your own faux pas.
Faux Pas #1 Placing Rods Too Low on the Wall
A very common decorating misstep is hanging window treatments at the top of the window instead of installing the rods close to the ceiling. By hanging your draperies just a half-inch to an inch below the ceiling, you’ll add height and substance to your room. This design trick also makes your smallest rooms look and feel larger.
Even when you’re dressing a sliding window or a casement window centered in the wall between the ceiling and floor, raising your rod is a quick way to add visual height. If you want to elongate a window, choose a curtain or drapery style that extends from the floor to the ceiling
Faux Pas #2 Ignoring Your Architecture
Your window treatments should reflect the overall appearance of your home. You don’t have to be an interior design expert to make a bold statement or use subtle details to seamlessly meld your window treatments with your home’s overall aesthetic.
Add interesting and unexpected details with trim or tiebacks. Mimic architectural features by carefully choosing hardware finishes and shapes. Echo straight lines and gentle curves with similar shapes to tie your window treatment to your home’s structural details.
Faux Pas #3 Making Your Window Dressing the Focal Point
Resist the temptation to make your draperies the center of attention.
When you’re dressing a large picture window installed to frame a glorious view, don’t distract from your view with an over-the-top window treatment. Bays, bows and picture windows should showcase your vistas, not your draperies. Think of window treatments as the accessory to your beautiful window in the same way you think of a favorite hat as the finishing touch on an elegant evening ensemble. If done correctly, people will see the overall picture and not just notice your draperies.
Faux Pas #4 Skimping on Fabric
The designer’s rule of thumb for choosing drapes styles and fabric is to buy the best you can afford. We built your Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey replacement windows to last many, many years and your drapery and curtain choices should reflect a high-quality, enduring style – even if you plan to update your décor long before your windows need updating.
If you’re working on a tight budget, opt for more fabric and not more detail. Simplicity can be timeless and elegant or casual and comfy, depending on the fabric you choose. Less isn’t more when it comes to window fashions. Many designers recommend you plan on a two to one ratio of fabric to window width. If you have a 36-inch double-hung window, your curtain (or curtains if you prefer multiple panels) should span 72 inches.
Faux Pas #5 Forgetting Your Curb Appeal
Don’t forget that your windows have an inside and an outside view. While window treatments fashionably frame the inside view, your window treatments also create an outside view – the view from the curb. Remember to consider how your curtains, shades or draperies will impact the exterior aesthetic as well as the interior décor.
The style of window treatment you choose can effectively dress up or dress down your replacement windows. The fabric and colors you choose for each window give you the power to create an elegant atmosphere or generate a down-home country feel.
Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey: Replacement Window Treatment Tricks and Tips
Do you need to update your replacement window hardware to seamlessly meld your windows and the other architectural elements of your home? Maybe you are ready for the next phase in your home window upgrade project. If you have questions about updating your home windows and patio doors, we’ve got answers.
Reach us at 1-888-826-2451 or post an inquiry by filling in the short form on this page and we’ll get right back to you.
Cooler weather is just around the corner for most of us in New Jersey. This means your family is going to be spending more time indoors. This may might include watching your favorite team chase the pigskin up and down the field or old, black and white classics on the tube – or time spent sharing a mug of cocoa after a walk around the block. It’s time to start thinking about cozying up the atmosphere and creating inviting spaces for family and friends to hang out and “chill”.
Before you pull out the decorating magazines for ideas about redressing your windows for fall, take some time to give your windows an annual wellness exam. Windows are one of the “most frequently used” items in your home. They allow cool autumn breezes and crisp morning sunlight to come into your home and keep out intruders while you’re away. It’s a good idea to do a thorough inspection at least once a year to make sure your windows are still working properly – if you do this at the start of each season, you’ll catch any damage or minor problems early, which will most likely save you time and expense in the long-term.
A 10 Item Checklist for Healthy Windows
Is there any damage to glass panels or panes?
Is weather stripping rotting or cracking?
Does the glass shift or rattle when pushed or poked?
Does the glass have condensation on internal or external surfaces or between sheets of glass?
Is the sealant (glazing) that holds the glass in place peeling or cracking?
Does each sash slide smoothly without sticking or hanging?
Is there water damage on sills or frames?
Can you lock and unlock the window easily?
Can you feel any air leaks?
Is the paint pealing or cracking on any surfaces?
This is not a comprehensive checklist, but it’s a good place to start. If your inspection reveals any broken glass, frame damage or operational hardware that isn’t working properly, it’s time for a professional inspection. We’ll be glad to come to your home for a no-fee walk through to help you determine which windows can be saved and which ones may need to be replaced with new energy efficient windows.
After Your Inspection ….
After your inspection, you’ll want to bring in some cozy decorative elements to give your home an autumn-like feel. Warm weather is perfect for light, airy fabrics and colors, but cooler fall temperatures need more substantial window treatments. Think bamboo shades and drapes constructed with rich, warm colors ranging from gold tones to chocolaty hues. If your inspection revealed air leaks and drafts and you can’t replace your windows right now, use heavy fabrics to reduce the drafts. Add bold textures and large patterns to build visual interest while adding some insulation to keep cold drafts at bay until you get your new replacement windows installed.
Fall Style for Your Bays and Bows
If you plan to install bay or bow replacement windows this fall and aren’t planning on adding a window seat, think about using the interior ledge as a display area for fall foliage or natural elements. Ample sunlight makes the window ledge the perfect place for small plants. An eclectic mix of planter styles and sizes will make the ledge more approachable and homey. Keep in mind that if you have indoor cats, they will naturally gravitate toward the warm sunshine pouring through open drapes. It might be wise to leave room on your window ledge for your four-legged family member to nap in the sunshine.
You can create a charming fall center piece for any window sill in a few minutes. Simply collect a few twigs, small branches and vines with leaves still attached from your yard. Stand clippings in a wire basket or simple glass vase without water and toss in a few faux berries from the dime store. You can add small stones, nuts, or other finds from nature for additional texture and interest.
Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey Replacement Window Inspection & Decorating Tips for Autumn
Cooler weather is on the way for sure. It’s time to put away the beach towels and pull out the snuggly afghans and winter throws. If your window inspection revealed some problems with your windows, we’d enjoy the opportunity to stop by and do a thorough walk through with you. We’ll give you a chance to look over our selection of replacement window products to keep your home warm and inviting – even when the weather turns cold and unfriendly. Give us a call at 1-888-826-2451 or fill in the form on this page for more information.