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Which Replacement Window is Right for Your Home?

 

Owning and taking care of your home can be a daunting task at times, especially when you experience the weather conditions of the Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island areas. If you’re like the majority of the New England natives, you want all your home renovations and maintenance to be done right the first time with the quality products that will last for a lifetime. With energy efficiency at the center of all home owners’ focus we bring our immediate attention to our windows.  We want to make sure that they insulate us from the cold winters while keeping in our air conditioning during the upcoming summer months.  Along with a well-insulated window we also want one that will fit the style and needs of our home.  Choosing the right window is hard and this is where our expertise comes into play.

Renewal by Andersen Window Replacement has been in operation since 1903 and with over 100 years of experience we have had a chance to perfect our company to meet all of our customer’s needs.  Our replacement windows are highly customizable with a large array of different colors and hardware to choose from. The multiple styles we offer will also cover any customer’s specific functionality needs to better suit your home. Whether you need a window that opens from bottom to top, left to right , or not to open at all, then we can help. We also pride ourselves in knowing that all of our windows are “Green Seal” certified products meaning we don’t have to worry about the effect they have on our environment. Our patented material, “Fibrex”, is made from 40% reclaimed lumber which helps reduce the impact on our earth and extend the life of the window.

But which Renewal by Andersen replacement window is right for my house? To understand which one is right for you we must first explain what each style could offer you.  Below is a list of our full line of customizable windows: 

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If a traditional style is what you are looking for then a double-hung window may be right for you.  It is suiting for any style home and its up and down opening motion is non-intrusive to its surroundings. It can even be further modified by adding in a grille. Another traditional style that is also very popular is the casement window. This one differs from the double-hung by opening with an inward and outward motion instead of the up and down. The casement window allows for air to be directed in from the side opening panel then funneled into the home providing maximum ventilation. Another great window that is known for increasing ventilation to your home is the awning window. Instead of opening out from the side like a casement window, an awning opens out from the bottom.  By opening from the bottom out an awning window can help keep the outdoor elements, such as rain or snow, from coming in. If ease of opening is what you’re looking for then definitely consider a gliding window. Each side can slide from left to right or right to left making the outside easily accessible. This allows for proper ventilation while not having to worry about anything getting in the way.

 Picture windows may be something to consider if there is an area of your home where you would only want light coming in and not an opening. These types of windows are also used to embellish other windows.   If you want a window that is going to let in a lot of light and leave a good impression with any guest then a Bay and  Bow window may be right up your alley.  It’s outward structure allows for a 360 degree view bringing in ample amounts of sun shine. Bay and Bow replacement windows also provide a nice little sitting area in the interior of the home creating a cozy little nook perfect for reading a book in. If there is any other style of window that wasn’t mention above then it would fall under the specialty windows section.  These can accommodate any shape or size window which are all customized and made to order for your satisfaction.

If you have interest in our extensive line of replacement windows and want to get started saving money on your energy bill then give Renewal by Andersen a call today. Our New England headquarters in Connecticut, Massachusetts , and Rhode Island will be happy to answer any questions you may have and would love to get started preparing your home for the upcoming summer.

 


Importance of Year around Windows for the New England Homeowner

 

bay boy window sampleThough the spring season may be coming soon according to the calendars, as a New England resident in Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island, to you it feels a lot further away. And while you probably don’t need anybody reminding you of the weather around these parts, it can be a major factor when choosing the right types of windows to have installed in your home when the time comes. Energy efficiency is a must for your window checklist with winter temperatures hovering well below freezing contrasted by warm summers.

Renewal by Andersen windows are designed to provide maximum comfort in your home all year around, for years on end with limited maintenance. Because each window is custom measured, manufactured, and fit to the frame it is to be placed in, your home is protected with a tight seal every time. Superior performance over the life of your window also involves build quality, and materials used. For example our exclusive Fibrex® composite material for the window frames is durable, resistant to decay, low maintenance and is designed to have excellent insulating qualities. This makes it more durable than wood frames and more durable than vinyl windows.

andersen window installerNow that you can be confident your window frames fit squarely into their openings and that the frames themselves have the best insulating qualities possible, it’s time to think about the glass. After all, the window glass covers the most surface area of the window. In fact, we are able to have an even greater percentage of surface area of glass viewing area instead of frame space. This viewable area features our High-Performance Low-E4 ® glass (or SmartSun ® Glass). This high-tech glass is around 45% more efficient in the winter and between 56 and 70% more efficient in warmer months when compared to traditional window glass. Additional benefits include UV light protection, visible light transfer and more.

While other window manufacturers or installers may be interested in cutting corners, we care about protecting and insulating them; the four corners of your windows of course and everywhere in between. We link to think homeowners would rather pay for quality and comfort from a company that has a long history of installing quality windows instead of a short term discount which ends up being more costly from higher energy costs. If you believe in achieving a long term solution to stay comfortable in your home all throughout the year then talk to one of our friendly Renewal by Andersen representatives serving an area near you including Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.


The Many Benefits Renewal by Andersen Windows

 

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If you’re looking to improve your home in multiple ways at once, look no further than Renewal by Andersen window replacement. Having some or all of your current windows replaced has many more benefits than many people realize when they looking into buying them. With all the extra benefits, you’ll be glad you did it once you’ve replaced some of your outdated windows.

Here are some of the benefits of our replacement windows:

  • More sunlight. With our windows, you’ll have more natural light coming into your home. Our window designs maximize the glass area and minimize frame thickness without compromising strength. You’ll turn your lights on less during the day and you’ll be happier with natural light in your life. Using less electricity and more natural light will also lower your power bill.
  • Improved aesthetics. New windows can make your house look better. Just like a paint job defines your home, windows can add the accents it may need. Beautiful windows can be enjoyed inside and outside the home. An attractive home is also much more appealing to potential homebuyers, which is important if you plan on selling your home soon or even far into the future.
  • Decreased energy costs. All Renewal by Andersen windows are made to be highly energy efficient. Every aspect of their design from the Fibrex® window frames, precise measurements, to Low-E glass helps insulates the home, keeping external temperatures from affecting the temperatures inside the home. This reduced load on your furnace and air conditioner will lower your energy bills on a monthly basis.
  • Increased airflow. With easy opening windows in your home, you can increase the fresh air flowing through your house. Our picture, casement, and awning windows are especially effective at increasing airflow. Whenever you need some fresh air going through the house, your windows can open to create a pleasant breeze.
  • More privacy. Renewal by Andersen windows are naturally designed to reduce noise from outside because of their sturdy construction. They can also be easily covered so you can have your privacy when you want it. Your retreat from the world will be even more pleasant. Every night, you’ll be able to sleep without being disturbed by the noises outside.
  • Safety. Feeling secure in your house is something every homeowner values. The secure locking mechanisms that come on our windows provide that little bit of extra security, a feature that everyone can appreciate.

The benefits of replacement windows are numerous when you choose quality. This is an investment that will enhance your life and not just your home as our customers can attest to. Contact Renewal by Andersen about replacing your windows today if these benefits are important to you too and make your home more valuable, comfortable, beautiful, secure, and efficient this season.


Make Insulating Windows your 2015 New Years Resolution for Your Home

 

winter installationIf your home could have a new year’s resolution, hopefully it would aspire to keep you safer and more comfortable in 2015. When you think about safety and comfort, the windows as well as doors should top of mind as this is the space much of the air escapes. It’s also important to have them function properly, where they are easy to open from the inside yet sturdy and lock securely. This goal is much more achievable than you might think with Renewal by Andersen’s sturdy and highly insulating windows. They feature high tech materials such as Fibrex frames and low-e glass combined with a classic build quality that will make you say “they do make them like they used to, only better”.

But since your home can’t pick up the phone and call a window contractor or even start to research which window replacements are best for New England homes, you might need to give it a little help. Thankfully Renewal by Andersen is the only true start to finish solution for window replacement in Southern New England including Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Start to finish means we design, build, sell, install, maintain and can even help finance each of our windows and doors. As a result, we take more pride in our products and know every detail so we can help you decide if they are right for you because windows and patio doors are all we do.

 fibrex comparisonIf you happened to choose a standard window company you would most likely have a far different experience. Some contractors “specialize” in not only installing windows, but roofing, siding, railings, along with gutters, decks, and various other remodeling projects. They sell and install windows pre-made by a third party manufacturer as a small part of their business. As a result, they likely won’t be able to give you the highest level of insight on each project. The biggest disadvantage however, is the finished result you would get. Standard windows are not as energy efficient because they will not always match up with the size of your window frames because of shifting and warping over time. Build quality is another issue you may run into from pre-manufactured windows.



bay boy window sampleNo-matter where you decide to purchase window replacements from, you probably want it to be investment in your home for both the long and short term. We find many homeowners who opt for cheaper options or fail to do their research before they buy later regret their decision. Many windows crack, peel, and warp within only a couple of years, result in drafts and higher heating and cooling bills each month. Between these higher energy costs, spending additional time and money on maintenance and the difference in comfort level it’s not wonder homeowners sometimes wish they had purchased a higher quality product up front.

So think about it from your homes perspective, how well protected and insulated would you want to be if you were a house? If your home could speak up about the windows it wanted to be adorned with, we would like to think Renewal by Andersen would be its first choice. To learn more about our products and our philosophy, read the Andersen story, or learn more about our exclusive Fibrex window frame technology, Low-E glass or discover all the types of windows we offer here.


Is Your Home as Prepared for the Winter as you are?

 

describe the imageAs a New England resident of Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island you probably know a thing or two about how long the winters can be. By now you are hopefully prepared for the cold season that has already begun. For yourself, this might mean owning a quality winter coat, hat, and gloves which can withstand even the most chilly and windy mornings. For those of you with kids, or who have raised small children in the past you likely gave them the advice to bundle up before they go out to face the cold. This way they would be insulated and comfortable so they could focus on the important things like playing or getting to school safely.

Insulating Your Home

While you and your family may be prepared for venturing outside during the cold of winter, is your home ready to keep you warm and comfortable the rest of the time? The answer most likely is not as ready as it could be. You see, when many people think about making sure they can stay warm indoors during snowy season they check their heating system by making sure it’s working properly and they have enough wood, gas, or electric power to fuel it. While this is a great first step, you should also make sure you make the most of this heat you are paying for. This starts with making sure your home is well insulated. Aside from your roof, windows and doors are the greatest sources of energy loss in the home. Windows in particular can be a major point of warm air loss in the cooler months.

Historic Window Replacement for Older Homes in New England

describe the imageOld towns common throughout New England commonly have historic homes with older windows. While these are often sturdy and well made for their time of creation, over time they can crack, warp and leak. They can lack the modern technology such as double pane glass or advanced frame materials that help make Renewal by Andersen products so energy efficient. Renewal windows also make an excellent replacement for windows in historic homes because they are custom measured to each window frame. This is a must for many older windows which may not have been created to modern specifications or have warped over a period of time.

Check for Energy Star Qualified Windows

When you replace the current windows in your home with Energy Star qualified ones such as Renewal by Andersen windows, household energy bills can be lowered by 7-15% on average. This qualification is based on the U-Factor, or the rate of heat loss which is a measure of how insulating the windows are. Homes in Northern regions such as New England must be better insulated than those in more moderate climates in order to stay as efficient because there is more potential for energy loss. As an example, in order to be Energy Star qualified a window in Rhode Island must have a U-Factor less than or equal to 0.30 while one in Miami Florida would only need a score of 0.60 or less to qualify.

Superior Insulation from Renewal by Andersen Windows

describe the imageJust as you insulate your body to keep warmth from escaping with a coat in the winter time, your home needs to be protected in a similar way. Replacing your windows is like putting on an insulating shell where you need it the most. When you replace your windows you get the benefit of staying more comfortable even when it’s freezing outside because you can largely eliminate drafts and cool air from escaping. In addition monthly energy costs fall, home value rises, and you get the peace of mind knowing you have improved your home in a way that is both high-tech and environmentally responsible.

The New England winters are long and it’s not too late to have efficient windows installed by Renewal by Andersen so you can stay comfortable all year around without having to bundle up indoors like you do outside.


A History of Window and Door Excellence

 

As the replacement window division of the Andersen window brand, Renewal by Andersen is a part of a long history of innovation and a commitment to excellence.

andersen historyEver since 1903, when Andersen opened up for business it has been leader in the window and door industry; a tradition of high performance products that continues to this very day. It all began when a Danish immigrant with a vision and years of lumber experience took a risk to create a better window manufacturing process.

Our Qualities

One of, if not the most important factor we consider each time we create a window or door is energy efficiency. This was even more important in the early 1900’s when we started making them because it was much more difficult to heat or cool a house in those times. But while we may have more efficient methods for heating and cooling our homes today, this doesn’t mean we want this energy to go to waste.

But an energy efficient window or door is not the only thing that matters. When you make an investment in your home you need a high performance product that will protect your home and perform at a high level for many years into the future. All of our products are made to be low maintenance so you can enjoy their long life without any additional work.

Environmental Commitment

GreenSealRenewal by Andersen and its parent company are also committed to having an environmentally friendly production process without sacrificing performance. Awarded with the Green Seal, our windows and doors are made through a sustainable process with recycled materials.

Each of our window frames is made from Fibrex® a unique material made from 40% reclaimed wood fiber. Through years of testing, we were able to create a more sustainable material that outperforms much less environmentally friendly replacement window options on the market.

Andersen Brand Innovations

It’s clear why the Andersen window brand has lasted so long and enjoyed so much success over the years. We are one of the only home improvement companies that works with you through the entire process, from our sales and support team, to our installers, and manufacturers who custom build your windows right here in the U.S. Combined with unmatched attention to detail and a high-tech product, we believe we have the best solution for your home if you are in the market for energy efficient windows or doors.

fibrex windowOver the years we have made numerous innovations to improve our products while influencing the entire window industry. The first of these were frame sets which allowed dealers to deliver customized windows to customers quickly. By 1935, Andersen began shipping pre-assembled windows which saved time and controlled the quality of the final product. Andersen also invented the first double pain insulating glass and sliding windows, major innovations at the time. Most recently, Fibrex ® was developed, a wood and vinyl composite that features the best aspects of both of these popular window materials. These are just a few highlights of our continual efforts to improve our products in any way possible.

Renewal by Andersen, the replacement division of the Andersen Corporation, follows in these same footsteps. Since 1995 we have replaced more than 2 million windows in upwards of 300,000 homes throughout the United States. Discover for yourself why so many other Americans choose us for their replacement window and door needs by scheduling a no hassle in home consultation to learn more about our products and get a price quote.


Our Unique in Home Consultation and Energy Efficiency Analysis Explained

 

Making the Most of Your Time and Budget

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For over 100 years Renewal by Andersen has been installing highly insulating windows and doors to homeowners across the county. This is all we do because we are passionate about perfecting the products we already offer. Unlike many other so called window contractors who might only install windows part of the time, it’s our one and only focus. We are dedicated to perfecting the entire process from customer service to the installation and even warranty fulfillment down the road if you run into any problems.

In fact, we love talking about our replacement windows and patio doors so much, we regularly schedule in home consultations with our potential customers. We visit your home at no cost to you, just so we can share what makes our products so unique. To us, this is the most important part of the decision and buying process because it’s when we get to listen to your needs and begin to understand what you want in a window. We are here to help you maximize the money you spend with us and solve any challenges that may be unique to your home in regards to the window buying and installation process.

About Our In-Home Consultations

One of the first things we do is figure out which types of windows you need. Are you looking to replace all the double hung windows in your New England home? Or perhaps you want a combination bay and bow window to be a centerpiece in your living room. We have these options and more including gliding windows which are great for the kitchen or bathroom where you may have limited space. And don’t forget about our stunning patio doors if you are in the market for one either. They come in both sliding and hinged designs. During this consultation we will most likely go over color and style options (we have many to choose from). At the end of this process we provide an accurate price estimate on the work you want to be performed.

We do all of this in a way that keeps things simple for you so you can make the right choice without feeling overwhelmed with the process.

Energy Analysis on Your Current Windows

In addition to figuring out what you want in a window replacement, our specialist can perform an analysis of your current windows to find out how much energy loss your home is currently experiencing. You might be surprised how much energy you are losing trying to heat or cool your home just because of the windows in your home. This analysis is a great way to find out how much Renewal by Andersen windows can potentially save you each month in costly energy bills.

Whether you simply need new windows, or you are looking to take your homes appearance or level of efficiency to new heights, Renewal by Andersen of Southern New England can help. It all starts with a simple phone call, so why wait!


Save On Windows This Fall with Renewal by Andersen

 

Why it’s a Smart Time to Buy Efficient Windows

Renewal by Andersen brand windows in fall season, New England

Whether you have kids that are going back to school or are you are simply winding down from the summer vacation season, fall will quickly be upon us. As you probably know, the cold season comes quick in New England. It’s most likely a time when you and your family will be spending more time indoors. Soon will be the time of year to spend the nights settled into the couch watching a game, or movie. For people who do have kids, you probably enjoy having more time to yourself to do these things or even catch up on reading, restore a hobby, get together with friends or work on the house.

If this sounds like you or maybe you are simply conscious about getting ready for the cold winter ahead, replacement windows are a great way to help stay comfortable in the fall and winter months when so much of your time is spent in your home. Unfortunately, those with inefficient windows will have to either spend extraordinary amounts on heating bills wastefully or suffer through the cold, almost like you were outside. If you have ever felt this way in the colder months it might be time to look into making your home more energy efficient with window replacements from Renewal by Andersen of Southern New England.

Add Value and Efficiency to Your Home This Fall

We know right now is the perfect time to have new widows installed and want to help you make the choice you will enjoy the benefits of for years to come. The temperature is still mild for a short while and our installations can be completed before the cold of winter arrives in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Our customers are constantly surprised by how much more efficient their home becomes after having our windows installed which helps cover their costs over time. It’s also never a bad time to increase the value of your home. Renewal by Andersen windows creates added value that lasts because of their high tech materials, custom build quality, and limited warranty.

Special Savings

Currently we have special deals going on for our windows so you can add value to your home while decreasing wasteful energy costs. For a limited time, you can receive your 6th window for free with the purchase of 5 or get the second for 40% off if you need two windows. Ask your local representative about details and availability. Speaking of our staff, they will be happy to answer any additional questions you might have about replacing windows or doors in your New England home. We can set up a no cost in home consultation to go over all the styles, and options and even do a complimentary energy analysis on your home to let you know how much energy is losing through your current windows.

So whether you have been shopping around for the best replacement windows for months or you want to start planning for this winter, now is an opportune time to get ready and save in the process. When you have Renewal by Andersen windows installed in your home this fall, you will not only increase the value of your home, reduce energy costs, and be more comfortable through the winter and the entire year but it will also add a level of elegance that is unmatched by other window brands.


Patio Doors

 

Renewal by Andersen doors provide your home with multiple benefits that include beautiful craftsmanship, energy efficiency, durability and security. All of these benefits are obtained through our contemporary glass sliding, hinged and sliding French patio doors. All of which are fully customizable from the color of the door to the hardware. With the availability of different options you will find the right color and style door that will be unique to your home.

 api2Beautiful craftsmanship is not easily obtained, but with over 100 years of innovation and experience we have perfected the design of our doors. You can trust that our hand crafted Renewal by Andersen Patio Doors will only add to the beauty of your home. All of our French patio doors come with the interior color option of oak, pine, maple, and white. With natural wood interior color you will notice the warmth that is added to your home, through the installation of our products. All of our French Doors also come with a variety of hardware options from antique brass to polished chrome; any combination will add to the beauty of your home.

Durability and security are important factors when it comes to protecting your home. With our all wood patio doors you will find your home secure from all sorts of weather elements. Not only will your entry ways hold up to heavy rains and winds, but they are also easily operated. You will find the sliding and opening of our doors very smooth and effortless. With very little maintenance your Renewal by Andersen doors will stand the test of time. Security is a must for protecting your property and family. All of our patio doors have the option of multiple locking points so that you can install the level of security that you home needs.

Energy efficiency comes with all of our patio doors. With continuous weather-stripping and expert installation you will no longer feel drafts when passing your doors. The reason why our doors provide the best insulation is because of our custom building process. Each door is built to fit your unique door opening. All the doors are measured down to a 16th of an inch to insure a proper fit and installation. By reducing the amount of air flow in out of your home you can expect large savings on your heating and cooling costs each month.

describe the imageNothing compares to a beautifully crafted Renewal by Andersen patio door. The key of Renewal by Andersen doors is the construction and installation of our products. For over one hundred years we have been perfecting our processes and improving upon them. We want to provide our customer with beautiful products that they will improve the image of their home. 

Don't think about purchasing a standard door for your home when you could add a beautiful cutom built Renewal by Andersen Door. Not only will our patio doors last longer than standard doors, they will add higher levels of security and energy efficiency to your home. 


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. 


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