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Is It Better to Repair or Replace My Windows?

Is It Better to Repair or Replace My Windows?

Most home windows can last for many years of trouble-free service if they are well-maintained, but eventually all windows seem to start to show signs of wear and tear. Some older windows may become difficult to operate, while other windows simply start to look shabby and unattractive and cannot be restored to their former glory.

As a homeowner, it can be tough to decide whether it’s time to replace your windows or just get them repaired. Window replacement is a big investment that can improve the value of your house, while window repair is a way to put off the expense of replacement and keep your windows functioning for just a little while longer. This article can help you decide which option is right for your home now.

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How to Customize Your Replacement Windows

How to Customize Your Replacement Windows

Is it time to replace your home’s windows? Are they inefficient and difficult to operate? In addition to solving these problems, replacing your windows is a great opportunity to make your home look more beautiful — from the inside and outside. The windows you choose for your home should be customized for your home’s architectural style as well as your personal preferences.

There are many things you can do to personalize your home’s windows, from selecting the right window style to choosing a grille pattern that appeals to you, and of course picking the window frame color that complements your home and will make it one you’ll love for years to come.

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3 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value

3 Ways to Improve Your Home’s Value

Do you want to improve your home’s value? Whether you’re trying to sell your home soon or just want to make the most of your investment, there are several things you can do to improve your home’s value.

Taking the time to make your home more attractive, to improve your home’s energy efficiency, and to catch up on routine maintenance can protect your investment and make your home worth more now and in the future. Read on for ways to improve your home’s value this year.

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What Are Specialty Windows from Renewal by Andersen?

What Are Specialty Windows from Renewal by Andersen?

There are many types of windows that homeowners have the option of installing when they replace their windows at home. Window styles include single hung, double hung, bay windows, bow windows, casement and picture windows.

Windows that fall outside these categories are known as specialty windows. Specialty windows are a kind of picture window, but with a non-rectangular shape. Before you begin to choose the windows for your home window replacement, here’s what you should know about specialty windows from Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro.

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4 Ways to Make Your Window Installation a Success

4 Ways to Make Your Window Installation a Success

Are you upgrading the windows in your home this year? It can be a complex process. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to make your installation a success. By knowing your spending limit, choosing the best windows for your climate and working with the right window dealer and installer, you can get the best windows for your home. Here’s what you need to know.

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4 Pillars: Window Frame Part II

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Frame (Part II)

4 Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: The Window FrameThere are four main pillars that make up a great replacement window experience. Like a chair with a broken leg, missing just one of these will adversely affect your happiness with your new windows. In this multi-part series, we will discuss the first of these pillars: the window frame material.

In our last post, we discussed some of the pros and cons of window frame materials, including wood, steel and aluminum. In this post, we will discuss the features and benefits of some of the newest and most popular window frame materials available today, namely vinyl and composite window frames.

 Vinyl Windows

Perhaps one of the most popular replacement window framing materials in recent years, vinyl has a number of advantages over other framing materials like wood, steel and aluminum, but also has a number of very negative properties inherent in the material.

Vinyl’s Positive Properties

Vinyl is far less conductive than steel or aluminum, and does not corrode or rot like steel or wood. Vinyl, particularly in its most common color, white, has color throughout, so scratches and scuffs are not as visible. Vinyl window frames are most commonly available in white although other colors and painted extrusions are available as well. Painted vinyl will expose the white underbelly should it receive a scratch or other wear.

Vinyl’s Weakneses

One of vinyl’s biggest weaknesses, and one that is infrequently mentioned by vinyl replacement window sales personnel, is its tendency to expand in warm weather and shrink in cold. This is a well-known property of vinyl and the reason vinyl siding is never nailed tightly to the side of a house, but “hung” on partially sunk roofing nails. Because vinyl moves so much, it often requires re-caulking and sealing as the movement exceeds the flexibility of the caulk and allows wind and moisture to enter the window cavity. This movement also tends to break the seal of the glass to the frame, exposing the glass to moisture which will deteriorate its seals and allow drafts to enter the home.

Composite Windows

Often called the best of all worlds, composite window frames combine the strength of wood with the energy efficiency and low maintenance of vinyl. Renewal by Andersen’s composite window frames are made with its patented Fibrex material. Fibrex contains up to 40 percent wood fibers, giving it the strength of wood and the durability, rot resistance and low maintenance of vinyl. Further, the addition of the wood makes Fibrex more than twice as stable as vinyl, eliminating the concerns of seal failure so common with vinyl window frames.

Features Comparison of Replacement Window Frame MaterialsKey benefits of Fibrex material

•No need to scrape or paint again and warranted not to rot, flake, blister, peel, crack, pit or corrode.

•Excellent insulator: prevents heat or cold transfer into or out of your home.

•Strength of Fibrex material makes narrower frames, allowing for more glass area

•Available in 22 standard color combinations

•Stainable wood interiors available, including oak, maple and engineered pine.

•Fibrex material contains over 40% reclaimed wood fiber, reducing impact on the environment

•Resistant to changes in temperature – doesn’t expand and contract like some materials

As the first pillar in the Replacement Window satisfaction, your choice of window frame material will have one of the largest impacts on your long-term happiness with your new windows. Be sure to consider all the features and benefits of your replacement window frame material choices before making your final selection.

Next Up… The Second Pillar: Window Glass

In our next post we will discuss the largest area of your new replacement window: the glass. For more information about Renewal by Andersen of Central and Northern New Jersey’s Replacement Windows call 1-888-826-2451 or fill out the short form on this page.