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Your Replacement Window and Door Checklist

 

Whether you are replacing one window or all of the windows throughout your home, deciding to purchase replacement windows can be a big decision. Only around half of all replacement window companies have a checklist when it comes to the replacement window installation process. At Renewal by Andersen, because replacing your home’s windows and doors is our only focus, we have been able to get our process down to a science. From the start you will be provided with an in-home window specialist. Our replacement window consultants are there to listen to your needs. Below is what you can expect from your replacement window and door experience with Renewal by Andersen.

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  1. Appointments That Meet Your Needs- We know you work hard, and that’s why we want to provide you with the products and service that you expect from the Andersen brand. Unlike other service companies, we don’t give you a range of time when we may show up to your house, we give you an exact time. So if you are expecting us to be there at 5pm, we will be there at 5 pm. We work around your schedule and set-up a time when all of the household decision makers can be present.
  2. We Give You Options- Unlike other replacement window companies who have a standard product that they make your home fit, we provide you with a custom home evaluation and assessment. We know that every home is different, and with that you have different needs when it comes to your replacement windows. We inspect your home’s current appearance and efficiency and recommend our best Andersen window and door solutions. After assessing your New England home, we offer a variety of glass, grilles, colors, and hardware finishes making sure that you don’t compromise on style or efficiency. And you never have to worry about your window not fitting properly because we measure your home so our windows are a perfect, custom fit every time.
  3. No Obligation Pricing – We promise to provide you with a free no obligation in-home consultation. During that time we will explain our pricing for your particular replacement window or door home project. We pride ourselves on transparency, and with that we give you a range of options to fit every budget. And of course following your free in-home consultation you are under zero obligations. We simply hope to provide you with the facts and figures that will allow you to make the best decision for your family and your home. We promise to provide you with expert consultation services, high quality products, and the best warranties in the business. Our mission is for you to be happy with your windows and doors five, ten, and even fifteen years from now.

So what are the most common things that you could look out for to find out if your home is in need of Renewal by Andersen replacement windows?

-          Your windows are painted shut and won’t open.

-          Your windows drop and won’t securely stay open.

-          You feel a draft entering around your window frame.

-          You have difficulty regulating the temperature in your home.

-          The exterior of your window is rotting.

-          The paint on your window keeps chipping or peeling.

-          You notice your windows are “sweating” or leaking.

If you live in Northern Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, or the surrounding areas and any of these scenarios apply to your home, invest in replacement windows and doors from Renewal by Andersen. 


The Unique Features of Bay and Bow Windows

 

Renewal by Andersen provides a wide variety of replacement windows for your home. One of the more unusual types of windows we are happy to install is the Bay and Bow design. These unique fixtures can both add a distinct touch to the interior and exterior of your home and provide some functional space.

What are Bay and Bow Windows?

Bay windows are typically made of three adjacent windows. They buckle outward and leave a small ledge or space indoors. Often, the two outer windows are smaller than the main window in the center and add emphasis by framing this central pane. The outer windows are angled away from the main one to provide a panoramic view of the outdoors.

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Bow windows also provide some extra space by creating an arc towards the outdoors. These windows, however, are usually the same size and create a more rounded shape. Most of the time, five or six narrow windows are installed side by side to create another beautiful outdoor view.

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Why Choose Bay and Bow Windows?

Our bay and bow casement windows are the perfect way to enhance your home and provide some functionality. These energy efficient pieces are hinged at the side and are extremely easy to open and close. Unlike traditional, double hung windows, casement windows are opened with a crank and a latch.

Choosing our bay and bow casement windows is also a low maintenance option. Because you can open these windows with a crank, you can clean the interior and exterior in one session. Open the window and reach around to efficiently clean the outer pain without actually going outside.

We suggest cleaning your windows up to 3 times a year with a gentle solution. Buildup, such as pollen and dirt, from the outdoors can leave a coating. When you purchase Andersen Windows, you are purchasing the highest quality glass for maximum insulation and a clear view. Keep your windows looking their very best and protect your investment with a gentle soapy solution and some warm water.

Bay and bow windows can give you some extra room to decorate or add some seating. For instance, if a ledge is big enough, you could place a cushion on top and create a window seat. You could also place a seat nearby and use the ledge like a table to place your drink or a book. Another option is using the ledge to place decorations, such as pictures. They also create a great place for glass bottles or vases, which capture the window light and give your home some extra shine.

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Another great feature of bay and bow windows is that you do not have to use the extra space for a ledge or a window seat. Without a ledge, you have extra floor space for anything you like. You could place a bench or small table in this spot, or leave it empty. There are plenty of options to suit your tastes.

Renewal by Andersen ensures quality windows of any kind. Bay and bow replacement windows use Low-E4® glass for maximum energy efficiency and a beautiful view outside. Use these fixtures to expand your view and give you some extra space. Renewal by Andersen’s replacement windows have endless options to increase the value, efficiency, and functionality of your home.


Evaluating The Cost of Replacement Windows

 

What are you really paying for?

Like most other home improvement projects, buying replacement windows for your home is an investment to protect, beautify and increase the value of your property. Most windows are not extremely cheap, but then again would you want such an important part of your home to be made of flimsy, inefficient materials? Lets take a closer look at what you are really paying for when you choose Renewal by Andersen as your window replacement company.

We have grown to be well known in the window industry because we provide the most value to the homeowners we do business with.

Warranties

First a foremost, we stand behind our products with a comprehensive warranty that covers both materials and labor. You can read more about these at our main site. We know how valuable it is for our customers to have peace of mind from the time we talk to you on the phone, to the day(s) we complete the window or door installation, all the way until far into the future when they are still enjoying the many benefits of our products. Saving a few bucks upfront and going without a warranty has not proven to be a wise long term idea for homeowners in New England where the climate is hard on your windows.

Energy Effeciency Windows



Any smart homeowner knows the value over time of having a more efficient home. Its not
coincidence why our windows have received so many awards over the years for their insulating qualities. We were one of the first window companies in the U.S to meet the environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR® performance requirements in all service regions. We have revieced multiple awards from them including National Windowdescribe the image Partner of the Year. Andersen was also the very first window and door manufacturer with Green Seal™ certified products because they meet Green Seal energy efficiency requirements. Any homeowner who has experienced paying energy bills in the New England winter knows how important it is to have an efficient home. A more efficient window can drastically reduce energy bills each and every year and these savings really add up.

Innovative Technology

Andersen Windows also has some of the most innovative replacement windows on the market.
During our over 105 years in the industry we have never taken a break from advancing window technology. Our custom Fibrex® material is our most high tech product yet. It is not only has the highest insulating qualities but is also is able to meet the guidelines Under U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) guidelines to claim a percentage of its material as pre-consumer recycled content. This means its also much more environmentally friendly than traditional windows. Our low-e glass is another major innovation. With double layered Andersen windowsdescribe the image
with low-e glass you get two layers of glass between you and the elements. The space between is filled with Argon gas which is non-toxic and invisible. The combined effect of a double pane and Argon is a much more efficient window.

So if you are still trying to decide which brand of window to have installed on your home, think about what you are really paying for. Some companies might save you a little money upfront only to provide an inferior product that requires costly maintenance that comes out of your pocket and higher energy costs year after year. We were only able to name a few of the most value adding features of Andersen brand windows so contact us through one of our representatives and ask why we make the best replacement windows for your New England Home in Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island
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Insulating Windows - For a Warm Holiday Season

 

holiday christmas trees decorated in winterNow that the holiday season is upon us, many homeowners are starting to take their minds off of home improvements in favor of holiday gatherings and activities such as buying gifts for family members and getting ready for thanksgiving. One thing most people would agree on is that the holidays can be both stressful and expensive at times. First there is planning and preparing a large meal for thanksgiving. Then the very next day Christmas shopping begins for most Americans. The rush of this season combined with shorter days and colder weather leads people to neglect their homes aside from the decorations of the seasons.

How Well Does Your Home Hold Heat?

But how enjoyable of an experience can you have with your family indoors when your currenthome is letting in excessive amounts of the cold air in through your doors and windows? To keep everyone warm, many families often have to spend extraordinary amounts of money on heating bills during the fall and winter months. This is particularly true when you have family over to enjoy the festivities. When it comes to family and friends, you never want to host them in an uncomfortable environment that is far colder than the temperature a warm holiday home should be at. Worse yet, you probably don’t want them to think you are not willing to pay a little bit extra to keep them warm when you are supposed to be their host for this special time of year.

snow seasonDid you know that on average around 33 percent of heat loss is from the doors and windows on your home? This number can often be close to 50 percent or more. For an inefficient house that is expensive to heat, new windows may be the perfect solution. In addition to being costly to heat your home, many people realize how wasteful it is to use energy from a heating system that literally goes right out the window instead of having staying inside where you need it. In fact, many homeowners have purchased Renewal by Andersen brand replacement windows for this precise reason, to create a more environmentally friendly and efficient home.

Renewal Windows Help to Keep Thousands of Homeowners Warm Each Winter

Let me tell you a little more about these windows. They are made from a highly durable andreplacement windows snow2
insulating material known as Fibrex. This composite is exclusive to the Andersen brand and represents years of research aimed towards perfecting the home window. Low-E glass is another reason why Renewal by Andersen windows will work to insulate your home so well. Because each window is made to individually fit to the precise dimension of each and every window frame in your home, there is no space around the edges of your new windows for any air to leak in. With over 100 years in the business, they have truly thought of every aspect of what makes for the perfect window. This has come through technological innovation and from listening to homeowners who care about the look and performance of their windows throughout the years. This is just as true when it comes to colors and aesthetics.

A Gift for the Whole Family

Replacement windows may not seem like the most obvious choice for a Christmas gift, but if you want to get something that is practical and will make for a comfortable family gathering, it may be an option you should consider. New windows have the ability to keep your family comfortable all year long, impress the neighbors, increase the value of your home and save you money on heating and cooling bills all year around.


Tips to Keep Your House Cool This Summer

 

The peak of summer is just around the corner bringing long days, searing heat, and summer fun. Take advantage of these secrets to keep your house energy efficient and comfortable this summer.

Use grill, microwave, or stove to prepare food instead of using the oven on particularly warm days. If you live somewhere that cools off overnight, shut off the AC and crack the windows to let the cool air in during the PM hours. Avoid setting lamps and TV’s next to your AC thermostat. Heat emanating from those appliances is sensed by the thermostat, which often causes the AC to run longer than needed. Finally, only run your dishwasher, washing machine, and dryer in the cooler hours, as they are also sources of heat that stays stuck inside.

Any of these simple lifestyle changes can help reduce your summer cooling bills, but the sure-fire way to prepare your home for the heat might be something you haven’t thought of before, ditching your old, drafty windows for Renewal by Anderson replacement windows. If you currently own aged single pane windows, you might not realize it, but you are allowing your air conditioning to escape, or rather permitting additional heat to come in and negate your cooling. This can cost you hundreds of dollars every month and thousands every summer. The cool air that you are producing is actually going out of the window.

Check out the video above to watch the energy efficient Andersen difference at work.

By picking Renewal by Andersen for your replacement windows, you will be able to stop the cold air from trickling out and the warm air from finding its way in, diminishing your air conditioning costs and making your living space comfortable. In contrast to cheap vinyl windows that bend or even melt in the heat, Renewal by Anderson windows are made with our patented Fibrex material, that holds up with the sun’s rays and weight of glass panes. To achieve unmatched results combine our replacement windows with shades, blinds, or plantation shutters.

So get ready for the coming months and begin thinking about ways to reduce your monthly energy costs even more.


Double Hung Windows : Still the Crowd Favorite

 

If you have never Double Hung Window Interiorbought replacement windows before, you not even be aware of the different style names, like double hung. This timeless window design is by far the most common choice for residential homes, complementing a wide array of architecture. It is a versatile design that operates by sliding either the top or bottom sash down or up to create ventilation. As it so happens, Renewal by Andersen double hung windows are the best replacement windows in production. Allow us to tell you why.

Hastle Free Cleaning. Andersen replacement windows are nearly maintenance free. However, dust, sea spray, dirt, and smoke can stick to glass over the course of a year. Andersen double hung windows tilt out for convenient cleaning without using ladders or even going outside. We suggest using a soft cloth and gentle cleaning solution such as vinegar, soapy water, or residential glass cleaner 2 or 3 times each year. Simply wipe the glass down, dry with a squeegee or rag, and push the sash back into position. If there is a really stubborn corner, cans of condensed air with straw extensions work wonders.

Countless Design Options. Pick from an array of different colors to obtain the precise look you want on both the inside and outside of your house. You will never have to paint again, because Fibrex doesn’t fade, chip, or flake away like paint on wooden window frames. Grille patterns also add their own unique style possibilities. Pick from Colonial, Prairie, Modified Prairie, and Farmhouse. We even let you determine the number of squares you want on each sash with colonial grilles. Finally, our estate and standard hardware collections will put the finishing touches on your replacement windows with ornamental locking systems.

The Stamp of Approval. Andersen has been in the window making business for over 100 years. During that time, we have grown a reputation for unbeatable quality. Most architects even recommend our products to builders and homeowners, displaying the Andersen product name and “or equivalent” on the formal plans. Why buy a look-alike that is less durable and doesn’t maintain temperature as well when you could invest in the real thing? On top of that, there are numerous historic districts that only allow Andersen replacement windows to preserve the beauty and structural integrity of culturally rich neighborhoods.

Revolutionary Building Material. Every window frame is made from our innovative Fibrex material that is maintenance free, much like vinyl windows. What truly sets Fibrex apart is its minimal expanding and contracting from heat build-up. The expansion and contraction of vinyl along with vinyl’s propensity to bend under the mass of multiple glass panes causes seals to fail as quickly as five years after installation. Fibrex also doesn’t rot like wood does when it doesn’t receive vigilant care.


Fibrex Sets Andersen Replacement Windows Apart

 

We love to tell our customers in Cape Cod, Rhode Island, and Connecticdescribe the imageut that Andersen windows are made from a material called Fibrex. So what is it and why should you care about it? Allow us to tell you why there was a need for something better, and how we stepped up to fill those shoes. Window frames have traditionally been made from wood for hundreds of years. That being the case, regular maintenance has always been a part of the picture due to inevitable wear and tear from weather over time. Wood is prone to expanding and contracting with fluctuations in temperature. It can also pit, peel, crack and corrode even without extreme climate conditions. For such a staple architectural element like windows, Andersen didn’t think this was an acceptable standard for replacement windows.

Renewal by Andersen found a solution to the problems presented from traditional wood frames with the revolutionary Fibrex material. Fibrex is a combination of both pulverized wood fiber and thermo-plastic polymers. The result is a window that is more durable, requires less maintenance, and insulates better than either substance alone. What’s more is that the material’s structural stability means a narrower frame and larger glass area for your viewing pleasure.

Also, as much as we know you love standing on rickety ladders 15 feet of the ground while holding a heavy paint can, we thought it wouldn’t hurt to take painting out of the picture for you too. Choose from a myriad of colors including, but not limited to white, sandstone, pine, oak, and maple. You will be amazed at how vibrant the color of your replacement windows is even 15 to 20 years down the road.

Finally, 40% of the raw material used in production is reclaimed wood fiber from Anderson manufacturing centers. We pride ourselves on being Energy Star qualified, meeting the high energy efficiency standards set by the U.S Department of Energy, and with windows lasting longer than ever, landfills are happy to see less dinged up, old windows taking up space every year.


Fibrex Goes Solar

 


At Andersen Corporation, we’ve been creating industry-leading products in FibrexAmerica for over 100 years. An Energy Star® Partner of the Year (2011, Product Manufacturer- Windows category), we’re a proud pioneer in developing energy-efficient, highly sustainable, environmentally responsible products and packaging. One of our most innovative products, Fibrex®, is a composite material we’ve been using in window frames for almost two decades. Now Fibrex® will be put to even greater use in an exclusive partnership we’ve forged with SOLON Corporation. SOLON produces large commercial and utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems in North America, and they’re now bringing Fibrex® into the photovoltaic market.

Photovoltaics are a method of utilizing solar energy to generate electric power. Solar panels have become increasingly popular, and the opportunity to use the durable yet low-maintenance product, Fibrex®, in their production affords SOLON the ability to make their panels lighter and more sustainable while also reducing heating and cooling constraints and negating the need for grounding. Fibrex® is made from 40% reclaimed wood fiber, making it an environmentally conscious product, which is again ideal for the PV market.

Because Fibrex® is designed to be exposed to the elements without the weight, bulk, or maintenance needs of its conventional predecessors, it is an excellent option for SOLON’s revolutionary commercial rooftop PV systems. This month, SOLON is debuting a groundbreaking new rooftop PV system in Dallas, Texas, utilizing Fibrex® for the first time. This installation will pave the way for PV products using Fibrex®, which SOLON is using successfully in PV racking due to its stiffness, water resistance, compact design, and durability. In the future, SOLON plans to utilize the versatile composite to create lighter, more environmentally responsible panels in their commercial, utility-scale, and even residential markets.

For more information about the partnership between Andersen Corporation and SOLON Corporation, review the press release. You may also read more about Fibrex®, Andersen, and SOLON by following the links provided.


Renewal by Andersen of RI & Cape Cod is Currently Closed

 

Due to Hurricane Irene, Renewal by Andersen of RI, Cape Cod & Northern CT is currently closed.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  We hope to have power restored soon.  Thank you for your patience.

Update:

Renewal by Andersen of RI, Cape Cod & Northern CT is now fully operational and will resume normal business hours on August 31st!


Bamboo: Beautiful for Bedrooms, Basements, and Everywhere in Between

 

Bamboo FlooringConsidering floor replacement for your next home improvement project? When choosing your new floors, be sure to check out bamboo. Bamboo flooring is an environmentally and budget-friendly product with a variety of options and benefits.

Bamboo and Budget
Bamboo flooring prices vary. Be wary of retailers who tell you bamboo is 50% cheaper than traditional hardwoods. In actuality, quality bamboo flooring is comparable in price with most hardwoods, averaging $2 to $4 per square foot. If you’re choosing not to install the flooring yourself, it’s good to know that bamboo installation requires no special tools or training, so it should cost the same as installing any hardwood floor.

Bamboo Basics
Provided you have the right tools and some willing helpers, laying bamboo flooring can be a fast home improvement project with dramatic, beautiful results. Aside from being attractive, it is available in several shades, easy to maintain, and ideal for people with allergies. It is also an incredibly durable floor replacement option, with most brands offering 25-year warranties. Plus, bamboo flooring can be installed over many existing types of flooring, dramatically reducing the time and expense of a floor replacement project.

What’s So Green About Bamboo?
Bamboo has become a common flooring choice in recent years, and one of the reasons for this surge in popularity is that bamboo is a sustainable, renewable natural resource. This aspect of bamboo flooring gives homeowners the option of a high-quality, beautiful end product while also meeting their desire to reduce their environmental impact.

Because bamboo is a grass, not a tree, it reaches maturity in five years compared with the 50 years it takes to grow an oak suitable for flooring use. As well, bamboo is cut without killing the plant’s root, which actually begins to regrow immediately with very little human intervention (such as fertilization, herbicides, or pesticides). This makes bamboo a truly sustainable natural resource and, ultimately, an environmentally conscientious choice for floor replacement.

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