This week’s Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey & New York Metro replacement window industry standards post is about window frame materials, and how it plays an integral role in your heating and cooling bills.
When New Jersey and New York homeowners start thinking about a home remodel that includes replacement windows, aesthetic features usually take center stage. Many choose a slider, casement or bow window based on how it will look installed in their home.
While your first thoughts may not be how a particular style improves natural ventilation or provides a superior seal against the elements, they should be. While comfort, convenience and appearance are important, it can hard to calculate an absolute value for these things. On the other hand, energy performance and utility costs are measurable. This means you can know you’re making a wise investment by doing some research and thoughtfully considering all construction elements that make up your new home windows before inking an installation contract. Continue reading How Window Frame Materials Impact NJ & NY Energy Efficiency
Independent, third-party agencies closely monitor replacement window performance by evaluating how well a window unit performs in the harsh New Jersey and New York environment. These organizations examine how efficiently a frame material insulates, as well as considering the impact glass has on energy-efficiency and heat and light transfer. Some standards measure sound filtering capabilities and others allow consumers to compare the potential for moisture and air leakage. It can be a bit confusing, but it doesn’t have to be. While there are many industry benchmarks, this Renewal by Andersen post highlights the most common ratings New Jersey and metropolitan New York homeowners should consider when preparing for a home upgrade with custom-built replacement windows. Continue reading Replacement Window Energy Efficiency Ratings 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. Continue reading Decorating with Window Transoms & Patterned Glass in New Jersey & New York
When considering replacement windows for your New Jersey or New York home, it is important to look at the full portfolio of styles available. There’s a reason reputable window dealers, including Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro, don’t automatically push one style over another. Every room in your home has unique characteristics. How you use each room plays a part and what you expect from your windows also influences the style preferences that are right for you.
The Homeowner’s Guide to Industry Standards: Part 1
Understanding Window Environmental Standards in NJ & NY
Giving our homeowners every resource possible to make good decisions is a part of Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro replacement windows and patio doors’ commitment to building lasting relationships. For the next six weeks, we’ll publish a series of articles about window and door industry standards. We believe this information will help you compare replacement windows and patio doors for efficiently, and ensure you make wise investment choices for your future.
Let’s start our guide with a discussion about sustainability and environmental standards.
Protecting our Natural Resources
Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro’s parent company, the Andersen Corporation, sets a high bar for protecting our natural resources. With a cradle-to-grave policy that includes designing home windows that enhance energy-efficiency to recovering wood from the manufacturing process to create our patented Fibrex frame materials, Andersen strives to deliver home improvement products that make life more enjoyable for customers without compromising our planet. By building products designed to last decades, the company plays a vital role in saving homeowners money on utility bills and short-term replacement costs while reducing landfill waste. Renewal by Andersen of New Jersey and New York Metro also assumes responsibility for disposing of your old windows removed, so you never have to worry about finding a recycle center, or go to the expense of cleaning up after the installation is complete.
During historic home preservation projects, homeowners often struggle with balancing a need to improve energy-efficiency, and maintaining original design and style features. While modern glass manufacturing processes and new composite materials have dramatically improved energy-efficiency, older homes often have some architectural features that lay the foundation for preserving a historic building and enhancing energy-efficiency performance simultaneously.
For example, weather permitting, operable windows allow natural cooling while natural light sources reduce the need for artificial lighting. When considering which type of replacement window to install during a historic home renovation, it is important to consult local, state and federal agencies for guidelines before purchasing your windows. The goal of restoration is to maintain the original appearance and characteristics.
Optimally, the National Park Service prefers original wood windows be repaired when updated a historic building. However, keep in mind that lost energy finds its way out of your home through the glass and via gaps around the frame and sash. When old wood windows are too far gone for repair and replacement is the only option choosing replacement windows that offer superior energy-efficiency is vital to maintaining designated status.
Environmental Stewardship & Replacement Windows
Whether you are updating a registered historic home, or simply tired of dealing with worn out, energy-draining windows, window glass and frame choices matter. Modern manufacturing techniques, innovative technology applied to glass in the factory and superior frame materials all strengthen environmental stewardship practices. Low-E glass solutions today reduce heat transfer during warm weather and allow homeowners to maximize natural light during colder months, both reducing the energy costs and environmental burden associated with heating and cooling your home.
Energy Star labeled windows meet or exceed strict industry standards. According to Energy.gov, “When properly selected and installed, energy-efficient windows can help minimize your heating, cooling and lighting costs.” Reducing those costs also reduce the demand upon natural resources needed to heat, cool and light your home. You can personally control your environmental footprint and window performance by installing replacement windows designed to enhance energy-efficiency intentionally selected for our climate and your home setting.
Explore Sustainable Replacement Windows for Your New Jersey or New York Home
We are committed to protecting our natural resources and helping homeowners improve energy-efficiency. To learn more about selecting high-performance replacement windows and patio doors that meet or exceed all industry standards talk to a window specialist today. Simply fill in the short form on this page or dial 1-888-826-2451.
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