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Installing Spray Foam Insulation Can Prevent a Hot House this Summer

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

Adequate insulation is a must-have for any home to be comfortable, have lower utility bills and to conserve energy. If you are experiencing uncomfortable temperatures even with the air conditioning running full blast, it’s probably time to have the home checked.

Insulating Material Problems

When the insulating material in your home isn’t working at full capacity, there can be several reasons for the material’s inefficiency.

  • Condition – If it’s been a while since insulation was installed, it may be time to replace your foam insulation. If you see signs of aging, such as crumbling and deteriorating material, it’s time to replace the old with the new.
  • Improper installation – When the insulating material isn’t properly installed by professionals, it can lead to gaps and seams, which results in drafty rooms.
  • Inadequate coverage – If temperatures vary room to room, it means there is an uneven amount of insulating material throughout the attic. A room that is too cold during the winter or too hot during the summer most likely needs more material installed.
  • Energy bills – Two things to look for are continually running air conditioners and heating units and higher than normal utility bills. If your HVAC system or furnace is working overtime, it not only puts a strain on the equipment, it also increases your monthly utility bill.

An Insulating Solution

While there are several types of insulation material, one product that works as a sealing agent that provides complete coverage is spray foam. The material is composed of polyurethane foam and available as open-cell or closed-cell insulation.

Spray foam is used in, on and around multiple areas in the home as a tight insulator. The foam provides superior performance, resulting in a reduction in energy bills, better energy conservation, and a more comfortable home interior. Key insulating areas include:

  • In the attic as a layer beneath the roof
  • Corners
  • Contoured surfaces
  • Interior walls
  • Basement walls
  • Cracks and crevices around windows
  • Under floors
  • Crawlspaces
  • Around venting

Open-Cell Foam

Open-cell foam is less expensive than closed-cell and the R-value is lower. This means when the insulating material is applied, thicker layers may be necessary to provide adequate insulating efficiency.

Closed-Cell Foam

This type of spray foam insulating material has a higher R-value, making it more expensive. The foam is dense and adheres securely to surfaces. The extra denseness results in adding strength to structures such as ceilings, roofs, and walls.

Selecting Spray Foam

The type of spray form insulation (open or closed cell) to use for your home can depend on several factors.

Climate – For regions that experience significant changes in temperature, closed-cell spray foam is recommended to regulate heat and cold. Milder climates are eligible for the less expensive open-cell spray.

Water/Moisture – For applications in humid parts of the home, such as crawlspaces, the closed-cell spray works best, as it creates a vapor barrier.

Structural Strength – Closed-cell spray foam, once applied as a solid piece, becomes rigid, which adds strength to the structure.

Contact us if you would like more information about our insulation service. For a free in-home demonstration and proposal, fill out our convenient online form. The appointment takes approximately one hour and is scheduled at your convenience.

What’s the Best Kind of Pet Door for Your Home?

Wednesday, August 9th, 2017

Pet doors make life easier for pets and owners alike. When you install one in your home, you won’t have to leave your comfy sofa to let your furry friend in or out. To your pet, it means no more waiting patiently with his nose pressed against the door hoping someone notices.

Pet Entrances

Whether you want your pet to go in and out of your home via a door, window, patio or wall, there’s a pet door for you. As Pet Doors.com explains, you can install door mounts for pets in wooden doors, storm doors and most other styles of door. If you’d prefer not to compromise a door by creating a hole for a door mount, you could install a pet door through a wall, which is often easier to patch if you ever move out. Although a wall is thicker than a door, a local handyman should be able to create a small tunnel to link both sides of the door.

Even the glass of a patio or window is no barrier to installing a pet door. You can have a custom-fit patio panel or window sash made that slots into place when the patio door or window is partially open.

Pet Size

Before purchasing a special entrance for your pet, check that the door you have in mind is the right size. Dogtipper advises pet owners to measure their pet at the shoulder to find the correct height for the door. To find the correct width, measure how wide they must open a regular door for their pet to fit through comfortably.

Security Measures

Although most pet doors are too small for the average burglar to squeeze through, local wildlife and your neighbors’ pets could become unwelcome visitors. To prevent any animal other than your pet using his door, you can install an electronic lock that opens only to a signal from a device on your pet’s collar. In addition to an electronic lock, or as an alternative, consider having a door installed that you can lock yourself at night, when you go on vacation, or to prevent a toddler from crawling out. Additional security options include slide-in security panels and locks.

Energy Efficiency

To reduce heat loss and cold drafts in winter and wasted air conditioning in summer, purchase a pet door that seals well and improves energy efficiency in your home. Some options include doors that are self-sealing or have double or magnetic flaps. When you’ve made your purchase, install the door away from extreme sunlight or strong winds, and attach the weather stripping that came with the door or your own. Finally, if you’re fitting the door in a wall, seal the gaps with silicone caulk.

Your pet may need some time and a little encouragement to use his new door, or he might grasp the idea right away. Whatever your pet’s reaction, when you hear the door flap open and close, you’ll know you made a great choice.

And when it comes to choosing the perfect replacement door for the humans in your home, be sure to browse through our wide selection of beautiful, secure and energy-efficient options.

Your Patio Entertaining Guide

Monday, July 31st, 2017




Your Patio Entertaining Guide

Entertaining friends at your home is one of the greatest pleasures of vacation season, and when you have a stylish patio, you’ll enjoy having parties outdoors. A patio is an extension of your home, which means that its appearance should complement your overall decorative style. If your home is traditional, French doors are often a good choice, while sliding doors can suit a modern house. When you’re happy with the look of your patio doors and furniture, you can indulge in patio entertaining with pride.

Al Fresco Dinner Party

Surprise your dinner party guests by seating them outdoors on your patio, where everyone can enjoy evening breezes and atmospheric lights slung through surrounding trees. Moving a dinner party outdoors takes guests away from the smells and sounds of the kitchen and adds a sophisticated air when courses appear as if by magic. Imagine the looks of anticipation and pleasure on your friends’ faces when you step through French doors bearing yet another delicious dish. Decorate your dining table with shallow bowls filled with water, where you can float fresh flowers like gardenias or peonies, or candle night lights.

Cozy Suppers

Mild nights are the time for cozy evenings outdoors with friends when you share refreshing drinks, comforting snacks and memories of earlier days. Marvin Bi-Fold Doors‘ unique operating system allows you to connect the inside of your home with the outside. Fold back the doors and accent your patio seating with large, soft cushions. Set up a chiminea or similar patio heater in case the evening turns chilly. Irish coffee and hot rum toddies can also warm your guests while they nibble on mini-burgers, chicken skewers and baked French cheeses. Add miniature cupcakes or small pastries to the menu for a perfect ending to your outdoor meal.

Outdoor Cocktails

For a cool cocktail party with friends, invite them outdoors onto your patio. If your party guests need frequent drink refills, Infinity from Marvin sliding patio doors that glide open with a light touch will allow you to quickly supply your guests with fresh margaritas and mint juleps.

Set up a bowl of punch and glasses on a side table along with canapes, olives and other tasty morsels for those who want to nosh along with their cocktails. You can also light up the night with long-lasting LED lights, and you’ll have one less thing to think about while you enjoy the fun.

Backyard Picnic

When you’re confident that your patio looks great, there’s no need to go beyond your own home for a chic picnic. Invite your loved ones over on a sunny afternoon for some outdoor fun, and polish your patio doors so they gleam in the bright afternoon light. Prepare hot and cold sandwiches, salads, pastries, desserts and other tasty picnic snacks. When everyone’s done eating, your lawn or pool is close by to work off the calories with family games.

Patio entertaining doesn’t have to mean firing up the barbecue to grill a few steaks and drink beer. Although traditional outdoor parties are fun, with an attractive patio to show off, you can enjoy more adventurous and sophisticated activities.

Decorative Shutters for Your Home

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

You can enhance the look of your home’s windows by incorporating additions that accentuate your home’s architectural style. One option that makes a beautiful impact is decorative shutters. Available in a variety of styles and colors, both fixed and functional, shutters provide decorative appeal, allow natural light in and give you privacy when you need it.

Benefits of Exterior Shutters

Installing window shutters can make a visible difference to your home’s exterior and be beneficial in several ways. These include:

  • Aesthetic value. Installation of shutters upgrades the exterior of your home, which can result in increased property value.
  • Curb appeal. Whether for your own enjoyment or a future homeowner’s, decorative shutters are a marketable addition to any home.
  • Protection against inclement weather. When closed, shutters provide protection to window panes from high winds, hail and flying debris during a severe storm.
  • Insulation. Shutters also serve as insulation against cold and heat, making your home more energy efficient.
  • Security and privacy. Closed shutters can help deter potential intruders and provide privacy.


Shutter Styles

There are a variety of distinctive shutter styles to choose from. Each style offers different looks, colors, finishes, installation and operational options. These include:

  • Louvered shutters feature horizontal slats
  • Board and batten shutters feature vertical boards
  • Hurricane shutters protect windows during a storm
  • Raised panel shutters feature solid panels versus slats
  • Bahama-style shutters have a tropical theme with hinged panels at the top versus the sides
  • Combination shutters feature louvered slats and raised panels
  • Custom shutter designs including cut-outs


Shutter Materials

While the look of decorative shutters is definitely important, selecting the right material to construct them is an equally important task. Because exterior shutters are subjected to a variety of seasonal elements, you’ll want a material that doesn’t absorb moisture. You’ll also want shutters made with material that requires little to no maintenance. At North Georgia Replacement Windows, our inventory of maintenance-free shutters is available in your choice of materials. These include:

  • Premium fiberglass
  • Composite wood
  • Vinyl
  • Composite milled PVC

Each of these materials is durable, long-lasting and versatile. We also offer a full line of shutter hardware to compliment the look and functionality of your home’s new decorative shutters.

Whether you’re planning to have decorative shutters installed for the first time or you want to replace and update the look and efficiency of your home’s exterior windows, contact us about our inventory of maintenance-free shutters. From our inventory of well-constructed shutters, you’re sure to find the right style, color and finish that best suits your home.

When it’s time to replace the windows in your home, contact us about our selection of energy-efficient windows. We have a variety of window styles to choose from that will compliment your new shutters with selections from our Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows inventory.

Best Natural Window Cleaners

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

Clean and polished windows are essential if you want your home to look its best, and when it comes to giving your windows a beautiful shine, you don’t need to use cleaning products containing harsh chemicals. Natural window cleaners can be just as effective at making your windows sparkle. What’s more, mixing up a bottle of natural cleaner from kitchen ingredients takes less time than a trip to the grocery store, and you have the satisfaction of knowing you aren’t releasing artificial chemicals into your home.

Natural Cleaning Ingredients

Vinegar, lemon juice and borax are three natural cleaning ingredients that effectively remove dust, grease and dirt from windows, leaving them shiny and smudge-free. Health Freedoms.org advises householders to mix a 50/50 solution of distilled white vinegar and warm water and spray the glass with the solution before wiping it dry. However, a 100% vinegar spray might be required if the windows are very dirty or the streaks and smears remain after cleaning with a weaker solution. Spray the 100% vinegar solution on the problem areas and wait five minutes before scrubbing.

Eco-Cycle recommends vinegar as a window-cleaning ingredient too and suggests dissolving two tablespoons of borax in three cups of water as an alternative. Another option is to mix one tablespoon of lemon juice with a quart of water, as Grist mentions.

Safe Commercial Window Cleaners

Not all commercial window cleaning products contain harmful chemicals. If you prefer to purchase a safe, eco-friendly window cleaner versus creating one at home, choose from products manufactured by companies that offer natural and eco-friendly options. Most grocery stores sell a variety of eco-friendly products.

Window Cleaning Tips

When you’re familiar with a few window-cleaning tricks and tips, giving your window panes a perfect, streak-free shine feels effortless.

  • Don’t clean windows while they’re in direct sunlight.
  • Use a good quality, extendable squeegee, which gives a better finish than a sponge.
  • Use microfiber cloths or newspaper for drying and polishing.
  • Make sure your squeegee and washcloths are perfectly clean so you won’t spread oil or dirt over the glass.
  • Spread a large bath towel on the floor to catch drips when cleaning inside.
  • Wear plastic gloves if using vinegar to prevent the solution from drying your skin.
  • Wipe horizontally when cleaning outside and vertically when cleaning inside so if a streak appears, you know which side it’s on.
  • If your squeegee isn’t cleaning well, you may need to press a little harder.

Clean, presentable windows are one of those small extras that make a big difference in your home’s appearance. When you use natural window cleaners, you can clean your windows as often as you want without worrying about your family being exposed to harmful chemicals. Create your own recipe from natural ingredients to make your windows gleam.

Pros and Cons of Bay Windows

Monday, June 19th, 2017

 

When your home improvement project includes updating windows to enhance your home, consider installing bay windows as a decorative, functional and energy efficient option. As with any home improvement project, it’s always beneficial to understand the pros and cons involved with an upgrade. These unique windows are no exception.

Pros

  • These three-part windows add a distinctive look to the exterior of your home and increase the curb appeal of your home. Bay windows also add value to your property due to the addition of extra interior square footage that is created when the windows are installed.
  • The installation of bay windows opens up the interior of any room to the views outside. In fact, even the smallest room can benefit with the addition of crystal-clear fiber glass windows.
  • When in place, bay windows give each roomn abundant amount of natural light. This means no more stuffy and dark rooms.
  • Bay windows made from fiberglass are strong and durable, require minimal maintenance and are custom sized for your home.
  • The cove-like interior space created by the installation of these windows can be used in several ways:1) Enclose the extra space under the bottom of the windows with cabinets for storage.
    2) Cover the top of the cabinets with cushions and pillows to create a quiet window seat for reading, listening to music or other relaxing activities.
    3) Leave the floor space open to accentuate the increased room size.
    4) Use the additional square footage for plants, decorative items or a relaxing breakfast or coffee nook.

Cons

Bay windows are usually comprised of one large picture window, flanked by a smaller window on each side. While the design of this window type is architecturally attractive for both the interior and exterior walls, there are some potential challenges to consider. These include:

  • Depending on the room’s location and the amount of direct sunlight it receives, the windows’ additional glass may allow more heat in. While this aspect can be helpful during the colder months, it could require more work from the HVAC system during the summer. To address this problem, choose energy-efficient windows designed with double glass and an inert added between the panes to act as a barrier against the elements.
  • Because of their unique design, it may be difficult to find window treatments that easily conform to the window’s angles.
  • The foundation of your home needs to be structurally sound to provide proper support for the installation of bay windows.

Once you’ve made the decision to install new windows, check the styles and colors available of our Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows. To receive a free proposal, complete the convenient online form, and one of our expert window specialists will contact you.

Which Replacement Windows Are the Most Energy Efficient?

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Installing replacement windows in your home is a significant long-term investment. Looks, durability and maintenance requirements are a few factors that homeowners consider when choosing their windows, and energy efficiency is another important feature. Though energy efficient windows might be somewhat pricier than the alternatives, they’re better at insulating homes against temperature extremes and they reduce energy bills. The window frames, panes and spacers all contribute to the energy-saving effect.

Insulating Frames

Energy Star explains that window frame materials make a big difference when it comes to energy efficiency. Most window frames are made of fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum or wood. Aluminum frames are the least insulating of the four types, though manufacturers add thermal breaks to reduce heat loss. While some homeowners prefer the traditional look of wood, it requires more maintenance than fiberglass frames. Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows offer the best of all worlds by combining the appearance of wood with the insulating properties of fiberglass. Additionally, Infinity from Marvin frames don’t expand or contract during weather changes, which prevents tiny gaps that can appear. This saves money on energy bills because hot and cold air can’t seep through.

Energy-Efficient Window Panes

When selecting the perfect window for your home, it’s important to consider what type of window pane is the most energy efficient. Multi-pane glass traps air between the glass and helps insulate the home during hot and cold weather. Energy-efficient replacement windows usually feature double-pane windows and the area between the panes is filled with inert gases like Argon or Krypton. These gases are odorless, colorless, non-toxic and are better insulators than plain air.

Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows and other top-of-the-line energy efficient windows also feature specialized glass coatings that offer additional energy-saving benefits. Called Low-E glass coatings, they reflect infrared light, keeping homes cool in summer and warm in winter.

Spacers

Spacers are the window components that separate the panes on a multi-pane window. Heat can bleed across spacers, so in high-quality energy-saving windows, spacers insulate the edges of the panes and reduce the heat transfer.

Investing in Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient replacement windows can save around 20% on your energy bills, according to Energy Star, but the range of specifications can be confusing. When making your selection, check the U-factor, air infiltration, solar heat gain coefficient and visible transmittance. The U-factor is the energy efficiency rating, and a factor between 0.15 and 0.26 provides good energy savings. Air infiltration should be 0.5 or lower, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient should be 0.29, or lower if you live in a warm climate and Visible Transmittance should be higher than .40 in triple-pane windows and higher than .50 in double-pane windows.

Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows offer a range of performance levels based on the climate at the home’s location, but their Low E/ERS windows offer the maximum energy efficiency for Georgia climates.

Energy-efficient replacement windows improve your home’s appearance, and they increase your family’s comfort by reducing the effects of weather extremes on the indoor environment. Lower energy bills are another benefit, which significantly offsets the initial investment in good quality window products. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient models is a substantial upgrade for your home and living experience.

What Are the Impacts of Older Windows?

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

What Are the Impacts of Older Windows?

Many homeowners want to make their home energy efficient but don’t know where to start. One strategy to improve household energy efficiency is to replace older windows. While your windows may look fine, problems with older window materials may cause your utility bills to increase. This article explains some of the problems associated with several popular window materials.

Wood Windows May Rot

Whether you live in an older home with original windows or a newer home with wood window frames, there are a couple of things to consider about the materials used in these older windows. While wood window frames provide a rustic look and curbside appeal, if they haven’t been maintained properly, issues often arise.

In regions that are susceptible to heavy moisture such as snow, sleet and heavy rain, wood material contracts, expands and holds moisture. Moisture retention leads to mold and wood rot, which affects the look of the wood and lessens its ability to insulate. An option to protecting older windows is the installation of vinyl cladding.

Vinyl Windows: Pros and Cons

Vinyl window frames are a popular choice for many homeowners. These windows are made with PVC and added UV stabilizers to help prevent the material from breaking down over time. The frames are hollow, which allows insulation to be added. In older windows, the hollow cavities may not be filled with insulation, which makes them less energy efficient as the frame ages.

Several things to consider in older vinyl windows is deteriorated weather stripping that impacts energy efficiency. If a window is difficult to close and lock, it could be due to old hardware that has also degraded over the years. Vinyl windows, like wood, are also susceptible to contraction and expansion, which can lead to joint failures in the operating hardware, as well as the windows become brittle during the winter season and less durable during hot weather.

Aluminum Windows Are Poor Insulators

Aluminum is a strong and lightweight material that conducts heat, so it is not very efficient when it comes to insulation. In older windows made of aluminum, the insulating strip that should have been placed along the frame and sash when the windows were first installed may disintegrate. Weatherstripping may also erode over time. Without proper insulation, condensation can pool along the window bottom, resulting in mold growth.

If you’re considering replacing older windows in your home, contact us for a free proposal. We offer many options including Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows that will add curbside appeal and better energy efficiency to your home.

Why Great Windows Are Worth the Cost

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Knowing which replacement window to buy can be difficult. There are many types and styles to choose from, and every seller seems to offer a deal. Sometimes homeowners come up against less-than-reliable customer sales reps that promise them a great price for what turns out to be a not-so-great product. Read on for ways to choose wisely.

Too Good to Be True

We’ve all heard “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” and the world of replacement windows is no different. As in any industry, you’ll find some window companies who are out to make a quick sale, and the deals they offer usually bear closer scrutiny. There are a number of deceptive sales tactics used by unscrupulous window companies that you need to be aware of before you shop. Listed below are some of the most common tactics you may encounter:

  • Inflated retail prices that make customers think they are getting an amazing sale price
  • High-pressure sales tactics to lure customers in and then an up-sell to a different, more expensive window.
  • Quoting prices for a certain window but delivering a lower quality version
  • Over-estimated energy efficiency and savings
  • Not making buyers aware of the window’s lifespan

You Get What You Pay For

A window that will last as long as your home will not be found on sale at a discount window dealer. Materials and craftsmanship that are top-of-the-line will, by necessity, cost more than a mass-produced window with lower-grade materials that is built for a budget. Fiberglass windows, such as the Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows, are constructed with a patented material that resists the damaging effects of time and weather. It’s a buying decision that more than pays for itself because the product never needs replacing.

The Value of Great Windows

When calculating the window cost for your home, keep these points in mind about Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows

  • Energy efficient windows help reduce monthly utility costs
  • Fiberglass windows do not require painting
  • Patented Ultrex fiberglass windows do not rust, chip, rot, warp or peel
  • Eligible for federal tax credits
  • Enhanced curb appeal
  • Weathertight
  • Custom-built

Armed with these tips, you can better shop for replacement windows for your home. For a free estimate, contact North Georgia Replacement Windows today.

 

 

Why NG Windows Is Georgia’s Choice for Window Replacement

Wednesday, January 18th, 2017

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Choosing a contractor to work on your home can be a time-consuming and challenging decision. With so many options in the greater Atlanta area, finding a company that is trustworthy, reliable, and has the best products and craftsmanship can mean long searches online, reading dozens of reviews, and asking friends and neighbors for recommendations. As homeowners ourselves, we know this better than anyone. That’s why when we founded North Georgia Replacement Windows, we set our sights on being not just the best in Atlanta, but the best in the whole state. To do that, we had to understand what “ordinary” contractors did, and how we could provide a higher level of service for all our customers.

 

When you work with a bad contractor, the signs are obvious from the start. Sleazy salesmen, bad advice, shoddy products, poor craftsmanship, long work delays, rising costs, unreliable customer service… the list goes on and on. From day one, we’ve taken steps to fight these cliché issues with contractors and make our company one that people can trust for their home improvement needs. Here’s a few of the many reasons we are Georgia’s choice for window replacement!

 

We’re Straight Talkers

Every customer deserves a fair deal and respect. Too many contractors give the industry a bad name by selling hardworking homeowners a product or service they don’t need at a price that isn’t fair. At NG Windows, we’re honest with every person that comes in the door, giving a fair quote and an honest assessment of how we can help. By providing this concierge level of service, we have built a customer base that would recommend us to their neighbors 98% of the time! Everywhere you look online, our reviews speak for themselves. Doing business the right way from the first conversation all the way until the project is complete is the only way we operate.

 

We Only Offer the Best Products and Service

When you talk to NG Windows, you can rest assured knowing we only sell the highest quality products and have them installed by our fully certified team. But just because we sell the best products doesn’t mean they will cost you an arm and a leg. We have a variety of financing options to help you get your replacement windows taken care of without breaking the bank. Best of all, our warranty guarantees if you have any issues, we won’t stop until we’ve found a solution. We take great pride in our work, the products we offer, the team that makes it all happen, and every happy customer we help.

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We’ve Earned Respect

It’s one thing to run a great company, but it’s another to be recognized for all the consistent and trustworthy work we put in. That’s why we were so honored to be named Window and Door Magazine’s “Dealer of the Year in the Homeowner Market,” chosen out of thousands of contractors around the country. Additionally, our manufacturer partners recognize our skill and reliability. As Georgia’s only Infinity from Marvin authorized retailer, we have earned the respect of one of the leaders in window products and are proud to sell and install their amazing fiberglass windows. We’re proud to have built a reputation of quality amongst our many customers, neighbors, and industry partners.

 

Too many times, we talk to customers that went with another contractor and were sold an inferior product that has cost them more time, energy, and money. If you’re looking for a Georgia contractor that will treat you with respect and deliver on their promises, look no further than North Georgia Replacement Windows. Have questions about your windows and want to know if it’s time to replace them? NG Windows can help you understand your options. Come by and visit us at our showroom at 1210 Warsaw Rd., Suite 1000, Roswell, GA 30076, or give us a call at 770.888.1604 to schedule a free consultation and see why we are Georgia’s number one choice!