Choosing replacement windows to accentuate your New Jersey or New York metropolitan home can be a bit confusing if you don’t know all the options and how style lends personality to the overall appearance. If you want to create a unique design or make a bold decorating statement, the right window style can help you achieve that vision. Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro offers a full portfolio of window styles and unique specialty shapes to help you reflect your personality and accentuate your home’s architectural features.
Creating a focal point is one way to draw attention to a roof line, a special addition or other stylistic features. You can also use window styles and accessories, like grilles or special shapes, to complement the overall aesthetic of a home, creating a cohesive, symmetrical visual appeal.
Here are a few examples of ways replacement windows can help you reflect the unique personality and character of your home.
Bay Windows: Balance with a Twist
A bay window expands your decorating options indoors and adds a visual element that both complements other architectural features and acts as a focal point. Generally, bay windows complement more angular features and bows present a more curvaceous appearance. However, it is possible to use bow windows to draw attention to minor features, such as a curved landing, round columns or an arched entrance.
What’s Under the Eaves?
Deciding which type of window to install under the eaves really depends on personal preference. You can really let your personality shine in this area. Choosing a fixed triangular window that mimics the pitch of the roof is one option. Installing a full circle or hexagon shape to replace a small square window adds a bit of visual diversity but usually won’t overpower the other architectural features in the home or look out of place. If you want to get really creative, consider using grilles to design a one-of-a-kind window appearance. Joining two half circles separated by a wide profile frame, or even using a large full circle window with two vertical grilles in the center spaced several inches apart, creates a distinctive focal point. Another example of unique grille placement is to “invert the grilles” to form an upside down triangle inside a triangular window.
Furnishing the Upper Floor Walk-out Deck
If you’re fortunate enough to have a small balcony or deck on the upper floor, installing a French-style patio or door or a double-casement window combination hinged on opposite sides delivers a splendid eye-catching focal point and allows you to let abundant air and sunlight into your home. This strategy creates a stunning accent for your home whether your doors or windows are open or closed.
Replacement Window Options
As you can see, there are literally unlimited creative options for New Jersey and New York homeowners to accentuate their architectural features. Custom built replacement windows can be installed as a single window unit or combined to create unique visual interest, enhance ventilation or expand your viewing area. Choose from:
Fixed (inoperable windows)
Plus, more than a dozen special shapes including: quarter-circles, peaked pentagon, hexagon and trapezoid
Remember to consider your interior spaces when looking for opportunities to accentuate your architectural features. Small quarter-circles flanking the brick fireplace or installed under the eaves in an attic loft create stunning interior features while providing ventilation.
Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Windows: Creativity Unwrapped
If you’re thinking about installing replacement windows in your home and you need some help expressing your style with a bit of personal flair, we invite you to contact your Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro design consultant today to schedule a free, no-obligation home consultation. It’s easy. Just fill in the short form on this page and let us know a convenient time to call you back, or call 1-888-826-2451 and ask to speak to a personal window consultant.
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Our New Jersey & New York Metro neighbors often ask us how replacement windows and patio doors can help them improve energy efficiency and boost their property values. One way to do both is to make sure you choose the right window style based on the window location in your home and the exterior environment. The “wrong style” may improve energy efficiency, but not give you the best view or may give you more opportunities to bring in more natural light, but make it more difficult to open and close your windows in certain areas within your home.
Let’s compare awning and gliding (also known as sliding) replacement windows to give you a few examples of how window choice impacts convenience and safety.
Advantages of Awning Replacement Windows These replacement windows have a unique design that hinges at the upper edge and pushes outward. These are appropriate high on a basement wall or over a counter, because they allow you to safely open and close your windows with a single operational lever without standing on a chair or ladder.
Typically wider than they are tall, this style works equally well as a stand-alone unit or installed in multiples above (or below) larger fixed windows to improve ventilation. Larger windows are a nice alternative to recessed double hung windows in bedrooms and entry ways where you want to bring in more natural light. With Fibrex frames that never require annual maintenance to stay beautiful year after year and stainable wood interiors that allow homeowners to custom-match existing trim, awning windows are perfect for almost any room, alone or as part of a larger window grouping.
While spring is still a few weeks away, soon New Jersey and metropolitan New York residents will be looking for a chance to let in some fresh air. This style creates a self-contained “umbrella” which means rain or shine you can open your windows to capture a breeze when the weather outside improves, without worrying about water coming inside your home. You aren’t limited to wide, short windows either. You may opt to build awnings to replace square or rectangular windows that are taller than they are wide.
Potential Drawbacks for Replacement Awning Windows While this replacement window style is versatile, there are some environments that aren’t compatible with “push-out” window styles. When architectural features would interfere with fully opening the windows or open windows would block walkways or press against permanent landscaping, other styles, like sliders, are more appropriate.
Advantages of Gliding Replacement Windows Gliding windows, also known as sliding windows or sliders, offer some of the same benefits that awning windows provide. The low-profile design works well in areas where you want to expand your viewing area and enable air flow. You can use this style as a stand-alone feature, or mulled above, beside or below other windows to create unique visual interest.
Unlike the awning style, they operate the same way a gliding patio door works, panels slide from side to side allowing egress and ventilation. You can install gliders that have a movable panel on the right, the left or both, depending on the configuration that works best for your personal preference or architectural elements.
One key advantage over awning windows, or the awning’s cousin, the hopper window (which open inward), is that gliders won’t interfere with traffic patterns, furniture placement or landscaping. And, this style affords the largest viewing area and smallest frame width of any operable window. There are a few things to consider before replacing other styles with sliding windows in your home.
Gliding Window Considerations Because the operational mechanism in a gliding window is located on the side midway between the upper and lower edge of the window, sliders aren’t always the best choice over kitchen counters or near the ceiling. While you can install gliding windows high on the walls, you may need a stable step stool or ladder to safely open your windows for ventilation.
Two Windows, Many Benefits Both gliders and awning windows can be designed to perfectly match your interior décor, architectural features and your lifestyle. Whether you install a row of three or four small awing windows above a picture window, or you choose to flank another window style with narrow gliding windows, you can customize your new replacement windows with low-E patterned glass, unique or traditional grille patterns and hardware to tie your decorating scheme together in an attractive, functional manner.
Which Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window Style is Right for Your New Jersey & New York Metro Home?
Even if you really love the safety features and other benefits of awning replacement windows for your New Jersey or New York home, we wouldn’t recommend you replace every window in your home with this style. And, gliding windows aren’t always appropriate for every window in every room. We’d love to help you explore window styles and accessories for your home to help you improve ventilation, expand your viewing area and bring in more natural sunlight with the right mix of styles and design features. Just give us a quick call to arrange for a home consultation at 1-888-826-2451 or fill in the short form today.
Are you thinking about replacing the windows and patio doors in your New Jersey or Metro New York home? If so, you probably want the “best” replacement windows on the market for the “best price” you can find. That makes sense. Here at Renewal by Andersen we want to help you find the best value for your investment. But, if you ask one of our professional window consultants which window in our portfolio is the “best,” it may surprise you to hear we don’t normally suggest one window style or configuration over the others with asking a lot of questions. The reason is simple. The “best” window for your home depends on many factors, and what works in one home, or neighborhood, may not be the optimum solution for others. Here’s why.
Architectural Elements Influence Window Choices
Any Energy Star certified replacement window will help you reduce heating and air conditioning bills if you currently have windows with gaps and damage that allow air and moisture to infiltrate your home. Poorly functioning windows, whether they are casement or sliding styles, are often harder to operate and take more time and money to maintain. So, any new window will most likely be better in some ways than what you are living with today. But, the “best” window is one that complements your architectural style and looks natural and has the best energy performance and features. A best-fit replacement window for homeowners looking to update a colonial ranch may not look the same as a best-fit window if you are making home improvements to a house listed in the National Historic Homes Registry.
Color Choices Influence Window Packages Along with choosing an appropriate window style for your home, you’ll want colors that reflect your home’s personality and your decorating preferences. With nine standard exterior colors and seven interior colors, it would be hard to recommend one color above the others that are the perfect choice for each home. There are also interior options that allow you to customize your spaces with colors to match or contrast existing trim and wall color. Exterior color choices, and color combinations, can make objects appear smaller, wider, and taller. Color choices give homeowners opportunities to draw attention to a special architectural feature or add a sense of balance and symmetry to the overall curb appeal.
Glazing Options Influence Comfort
While color choices are very important when it comes to creating a custom look for your home, glazing options empower homeowners to take control of their interior environment. From SmartSun glass that is super energy-efficient to patterned glass choices that allow you to add a beautiful feature that improves privacy, selecting glass options is one of the most important design decisions you will make. When you choose the “best” glass type for every window in every room of your home, you’ll feel comfortable and confident that your new replacement windows are helping you control the humidity and temperature in your home. Your family won’t have to put up with cold, drafty corners anymore. With glass choices that allow you to block harmful UV rays that can damage your carpeting and fade the upholstery on your furniture and factory applied coatings that reduce water spots that make it harder to clean your windows, you’ll also feel comfortable knowing your investment protects the assets inside your home while improving the resale value of your property.
Which Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro Replacement Window is Best for You and Your Home?
Every window and patio door we sell is customized to be the “best” for our customers. While we can tell our customers that fixed windows have the highest energy-efficiency ratings, we would never recommend that homeowners replace every window with a non-opening style. Ventilation is essential for health and comfort and building codes require windows you can exit through in an emergency. We are proud of our patterned glass options that add a unique decorating element, but we would never recommend patterned glass for every window or patio door because you would miss opportunities to frame a beautiful view and bring in unfiltered natural light.
There isn’t a “best” window for every setting. We work hard to give our customers choices to help them create their own best windows. So whether you are looking for superior energy-efficiency, a wide range of color choices or specialty shapes and glazing that allow you to create a stunning curb appeal, we can help. Give us a call today at 1-888-826-2451 or fill in the short form on this page to schedule a personal home visit.
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Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro replacement windows add value and enhance the appearance and functionality of your home. While many homeowners choose to replace existing windows with a similar style to maintain the overall aesthetic, you don’t have to limit yourself to that option. Unique configurations, bold color choices and new geometric shapes allow you to redefine your curb appeal and add a bit of extra floor space or storage without investing the time or resources of a major reconstruction project.
Three window styles that give you freedom to get creative are bay and bow replacement windows. The two styles are similar, but each has a few unique characteristics. Here’s what you need to know as you consider your options.
Choose Bay Replacement Windows for Expanded Seating
Bay windows add a three dimensional feature that expands your viewing area with a few extra perks. You’ll get a panoramic view of the world on the other side of the glass and opportunities to enhance your room’s function. For example, you can add a window seat or storage under the interior ledge. Paintable/Stainable wood interiors allow you to match your existing trim work and complement your architectural elements. Water-tight roof materials ensure your new windows protect inside furnishing from moisture.
Bay windows have three panels, a center panel that is normally fixed and significantly wider than two flanking operational windows. The finished configuration gives an angular, arched presentation. You can choose to install all fixed windows, as long as you have at least one window that opens in your room, or meld together a variety of window styles and shapes that fits exactly into the opening left when your existing windows are removed. Bay windows complement almost every room in your home where you want to add architectural interest and bring in more natural sunlight.
Choose Bows for an Expanded Viewing Area
Like bay windows, bows expand your viewing area and have a “traditional” roof. The configuration typically includes 4 to 6 panels that create a gentle arch shape rather than the boxier shape of bay and garden windows. Many homeowners choose to install all fixed windows; however you can opt to include casements or double hung windows for ventilation, or use a combination of fixed and operable windows. Most of the time your personal preferences will ultimately influence your choice of bays over bows, or vice versa. Sometimes a gentle curve (or angular presentation) will fit better with your overall architectural appearance.
Choose Specialty Replacement Windows with Confidence
Whether you choose a beautiful bay window or a bow window configuration, Renewal by Andersen custom-built replacement windows all come with our impressive, transferable 20/2/10 warranty. All Fibrex frames are guaranteed never to warp, fade or rot and you can have confidence that your windows will continue to perform perfectly for as long as you live in your own. Every window is designed to provide year-round protection from heat and cold transfer, ensuring you have better control over your heating and air conditioning budget, without the hassle of seasonal storm window installation, removal and storage.
Customizing Your Home is Easy with Specialty Replacement Window Configurations from Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & Metro New York
Updating your New Jersey or New York home with high-performance, custom-built replacement windows gives you opportunities to enhance the appearance of your home, while improving indoor comfort and functionality. We invite you to call to schedule a free, no-obligation home consultation to discuss your Renewal by Andersen replacement window options. Simply fill in the short form on this page or give us a call at 1-888-826-2451 today for more information.
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One of the many benefits New Jersey and New York homeowners claim when they choose to install Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors is the low maintenance quality built into Fibrex frames. But, what exactly does that mean?
For one thing, our composite material is designed to stay as beautiful as the day it was installed for as long as you live in your home – without the annual scrape, putty and repaint chores of other window frame materials. Our custom frames are guaranteed not to peel, flake, crack, fade or rot. However, in the same way that a self-cleaning oven requires you to engage the lock and set the timer, our windows perform better year after year with a little regular cleaning, inspection and some common sense.
These tips will help your windows retain their low-maintenance characteristics.
Do clean your windows regularly. Your custom-built window glazing has a special factory applied coating that repels up to 99% of water spots, making exterior surfaces easier to clean. We haven’t discovered a coating that will remove fingerprints, smudges and dust yet, but we’ll keep trying. When you clean your windows, make sure to examine the weather-stripping, factory-applied sealants and sliding window channels. Loose debris and dirt should be removed to prevent damage and keep your sliding windows operating smoothly. Use a soft, damp cloth with a mild soap and water solution. Then, remove water with a squeegee or dry cloth. Avoid harsh abrasives and strong chemical which could damage finishes.
Don’t modify your windows with nails or screws. If incorrectly installed, both screws and nails may damage weather-stripping and interfere with the operation of your sash. Drilling into glazing and frames may void your warranty and reduce energy-efficiency performance, too. Before you modify your Renewal by Andersen home improvement products, consult your warranty or call us to discuss your plans.
Avoid using adhesives and solvents around your windows. Some solvents cause irreparable damage to your Fibrex frames and may damage window coatings. Applying adhesives, for instance to attach security sensors, can damage your windows and void certain parts of your warranty.
Do remove grilles when updating the finish. Interior wood grilles give you the freedom to change your color scheme as often as you would like, but never paint or stain the grilles while they are attached to the glass. Make sure your strips are completely dry before replacing them in the clips.
Remember that when you paint or stain interior wood components, you are creating a maintainable surface. That means that, like any other painted surface, you will need to periodically resurface these parts to keep them looking beautiful and to prevent damage from moisture, temperature variances and daily use. If you notice exposed wood, scratches, peeling or mold, refinish your wood surfaces as soon as possible. Make it a point to check your maintainable surfaces at least once a year for signs of damage.
Never use sharp instruments on your windows. Steel wool and razor blade window cleaning tools should not be used on your replacement windows. For tough grime, use a non-toxic commercial window cleaner.
Don’t apply window tinting products. Our ENERY STAR certified glass options provide protection against harmful UV rays that can damage your upholstery and control visible light that comes into your home. If you need to further reduce light levels, consider installing room darkening shades or drapes.
This last tip includes a safety tip for homeowners with small children. Keep operational hardware – levers and handles – installed on your windows. If you need to get out a window in an emergency, you won’t have time to go looking for that missing handle. Sometimes, parents remove the operational hardware to prevent young children from opening windows. Removing hardware prevents “unauthorized” window operation, but also creates a safety hazard. In an emergency you wouldn’t be able to use the window to quickly exit the home.
To keep your hardware beautiful, avoid using chemicals and polishes not recommended by your Renewal by Andersen window product documents. Some cleansers cause pitting and discoloration. A soft cloth is normally all that is needed to protect your finish.
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Your new Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro replacement window products are very durable and factory-finishes remain attractive and beautiful even with daily use. Although you won’t have to invest time, effort and money to resurface your Fibrex frames every year, routine cleaning and regular inspections will keep your windows performing as designed for many, many years. If you need more information about taking care of your home improvement upgrades, or you’d like to schedule a no-obligation home consultation to discuss installing replacement windows in your New York or New Jersey home, just give us a call at 1-888-826-2451 or fill in the short form on this page to request an in-home consultation.
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New Jersey replacement window consultants often recommend fixed picture windows to maximize your viewing area at home. Custom-built in varying sizes and shapes to fit almost any existing window footprint, picture windows are appropriate for every room in your home with a view you want to showcase – bedrooms, family rooms, recreation rooms, dining rooms – even large entrances and foyers.
Installing a simple, unadorned picture window in a small room instantly gives your space a larger feel and allows natural sunlight to flood into your home. Traditional picture windows don’t open for ventilation so they maintain their airtight seal. However, all Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are built to last for many years and come with an exceptional 20/2/10 warranty package.
Adding a picture window to your New Jersey home is one way to give your space the “perfect balance” of natural light in a sophisticated, but simple package. Installing an over-sized picture window without any other window styles on the same wall makes a bold statement, but picture windows are often complemented by other operable windows when ventilation is important for your family’s health and comfort.
A Spectacular View – and Then Some
Although many people choose picture windows to showcase a beautiful view, there are other considerations. Choosing picture windows is a wise financial decision that gives you more decorating and design flexibility than some operable styles.
Lower Your Utility Bills and Protect Your Furnishings
All Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are available with low-E glass options designed to save you money on energy bills, plus you can choose options with added protection against UV rays which can damage your delicate artwork and upholstery fabrics, too.
Since picture windows don’t need hardware or insect screens, this window style is generally the least expensive replacement window option for homeowners – depending on the size and glass options you choose.
Express your own unique decorating style.
Complementing your picture window with other styles for ventilation gives you flexibility to expand on your decorating style. Whether you choose a versatile awning design above the window or flank your main window with a pair of easy-to-clean double-hung windows with tilt-out sash, you’ll have access to a wide range of frame colors, various sizes of grilles and numerous hardware finishes.
With so many design options available, homeowners can complement their existing home décor and furnishings or create a whole new look and feel for their indoor spaces. Replacement picture windows are functional and beautiful. The unique design enhances the exterior architecture and opens up a world of interior decorating options from simple to elegant.
Save Time and Money on Maintenance
Renewal by Andersen’s maintenance-free Fibrex frames feature moisture and mold-resistant characteristics that keep your windows looking beautiful without annual painting and resurfacing.
Complementary Replacement Window Styles
The most popular windows to complement our fixed picture windows include casement and double-hung windows.
Casement windows have a wider profile than our space-saving slider designs. The easy-turn crank mechanism makes this style perfect for tight spaces. If you want a clean, modern look, casement windows are an excellent choice to flank your picture windows. The easy-care design allows homeowners to clean both interior and exterior surfaces from the comfort of your home, too.
Double-Hung Windows offer a more traditional look and feel than the casement style, many people believe. Both upper and lower sash open for ventilation and you can choose from a number of standard and historically accurate grille patterns to complement your architectural features. Choose from a traditional check rail (square) or contemporary styling (slightly curved) to create precisely the look you want for your home.
Replacement Picture and Specialty Windows
Specialty Replacement Window styles give you greater design flexibility. If ventilation isn’t necessary, you may choose to complement your picture window with one or more additional fixed windows. Choose from more than a dozen unique shapes from triangular to trapezoid and curves to circles.
Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey: Picture Perfect Replacement Windows
Are you ready to showcase your spectacular view with a new picture window? We invite you to give us a call for more information about designing replacement windows for your home today. Call toll-free, 1-888-826-2451 or fill in the form on this page and we’ll call you!