Replacement Windows

What to Expect During Your Atlanta Window Replacement Project

Monday, June 10th, 2013

what_to_expect_2Most people have never tackled a window replacement project. And while it’s true there are many do-it-yourselfers out there, chances are that going from room to room to assess the energy efficiency and quality of installation of their existing win
dows isn’t their first task of choice. Not to mention getting high up on that ladder and working on your exterior windows – better leave that to the professionals at North Georgia Replacement Windows!

When North Georgia Replacement Windows takes on a project, we do it right, the first time. Ours is a competitive industry and shabby work will not abide. Our expert team handles each job from inception to completion, using the proper materials and tooling to ensure your absolute satisfaction with our craftsmanship, and your total delight with your new replacement windows.

We have the experience to pinpoint unexpected issues that may arise. After all, we deal with existing homes and office buildings on a daily basis – we’ve seen it all! Other fly-by-night window contractors lack the motivation to take the extra measures that make a window replacement project an air-tight and flawless undertaking. There are many considerations!

  • Using the Proper Sealants – Is the glazing properly sealed? There is a huge difference between cheap sealant and good sealant, and that difference is crucial to the long-term performance of your windows, the protection from the elements and the energy efficiency they provide.
  • Tempered Safety Glass where Needed – Some areas of the home may require tempered safety glass and are subject to home inspections – as licensed general contractors, we understand that process completely.
  • Window Cladding and Capping – Sometimes specialized trim work is necessary on the window exterior. We wrap older wood-trim exteriors with a special aluminum coated with a permanent PVC-enamel finish. This is known as cladding and, when not done correctly, it can allow for wood rot. We do it correctly.
  • Proper Mitering of Corners – It’s the detailed care in our work that really makes the difference. Without proper, fastidious mitering, you have gaps which lead to loose panes and air drafts. After all, we’re trying to improve your home’s energy efficiency!
  • On-Site Worker Safety – We never cut corners on safety. We always ensure each job site is 100% safe – for our workers and your family.
  • Complete and Thorough Clean-Up – When we work in your home, we take the utmost care of your belongings and furnishings. We use drop cloths on all the furnishings, we vacuum thoroughly and always try to leave your home cleaner than we found it – 99% of our customers rate us highest for the quality of our clean-ups!

As we said, we understand that most people have simply never undertaken a window replacement project, or those who have will have generally done it once only. Unexpected issues invariably arise, and a lack of experience can lead to all sorts of unforeseen problems. Save yourself time, money and stress by calling the good guys the first time. North Georgia Replacement Windows takes pride in educating our customers on what to expect before, during, and after their window replacement project in Atlanta.

You will improve your home’s look, its value on the market, and the bottom line on your utility bills when you call North Georgia Replacement Windows! Call us- 770-888-1604 – we look forward to serving you!

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PVC Windows Save Time and Money for Historical Projects

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

pvc_options_1North Georgia Replacement Windows offers composite milled PVC windows that have the look and feel of authentic wood, but don’t succumb to common problems of wood such as rotting, insect infestation, germ colonization, and water damage. PVC windows are therefore a perfect choice for historical projects because they allow a historical building or recreation of one to have the authentic look and feel of wood without having to deal with its organic erosion.

PVC windows look precisely the same but work much better

NGRW is able to replicate the specifications of a traditional wood window precisely in our PVC windows, and we can capture even the most specific nuances in grid patterns for a replacement that is so authentic you won’t be able to tell that you’re looking at PVC windows.  Our PVC windows also come factory primed and can be painted to match your color preference on the interior and exterior.

A permanent solution

PVC windows provide a totally permanent solution for all homes and facilities. This permanence can especially benefit historical buildings and recreations by ensuring that organic decomposition is never again a factor in windows or doors. Water damage and insect infestations will be things of the past. PVC windows can look and feel just like wood but offer you a permanent solution that wood could never give you.

Historical Societies? Regulations? We can work it out.

North Georgia Replacement Windows will meet with any historical society or board in a historical district to discuss our product, the codes of the district, and the reasons why they should use PVC windows instead of natural wood for your replacement and reconstruction projects. This way, you won’t get into any trouble for choosing PVC windows.

 

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Great News Atlanta! North Georgia Replacement Windows Has Hard-to-Find Options for Vinyl Windows!

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

brow_vinyl_window_atlanta_1Unfortunately, windows are not universal, and neither are the needs of a person looking for new windows. Many companies that sell and install replacement windows don’t ever bother with hard-to-find options in windows because they don’t think that it is worth their time to invest in them. North Georgia Replacement Windows,
however, does invest in hard-to-find options for our clientele so that we can confidently provide any window, anywhere, for anyone.

Solid brown vinyl windows inside and out

Speaking of hard to find options, North Georgia Replacement Windows is one of the only resources available to anybody looking for brown vinyl windows that have custom brown colors on both the interior and exterior of a home or building. Most companies that sell replacement windows can only offer coloring options for the exterior side of the windows and cannot afford you any options when it comes to having that same custom brown for the interior.

Other hard-to-find vinyl window options offered by North Georgia Replacement Windows

  • Simulated Divided Lite (SDL) grids are bonded to both sides of the glass with a shadow bar grid in between the panes to authenticate the look of an old divided lite wood window accurately.
  • Any color exterior including custom color matches
  • Paintable or Stainable interior wood grain interiors on vinyl windows

The maintenance-free vinyl windows Atlanta home owners love

NGRW offers what we like to call the ‘maintenance-free window’- a window of vinyl construction that won’t need to be painted, is the easiest to clean, and won’t ever be subject to organic deterioration. The maintenance-free vinyl window will enhance your life by giving you more time to spend doing what you like and less time maintaining your home.

Vinyl windows

Vinyl windows are a relatively new innovation within the window industry over last 20 years. These vinyl windows protect themselves by being immune to the infiltration issues associated with wooden windows. It still looks like wood but doesn’t need to be painted or maintained (except for cleaning). If you are looking to avoid the maintenance that often accompanies other window types, yet not sacrifice on efficiency or aesthetics, then NGRW’s vinyl windows are the perfect fit for your home.

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Consider Your Window Sill Replacement Options before Settling

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

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A window replacement installation doesn’t necessarily stop with the windows themselves; the ledges that give an additional edge of beauty, and sometimes function, could use an upgrade, too! Of course, we’re talking about the window sills.

Remodeled interior window sills can be just as valuable to your home as window pane improvements. Window sills add visual interest and, depending on their depth, may even serve as shelves to hold candles, figurines, pictures and other decor.

The aesthetics of interior window sills can be taken a step further with the materials of which they are made; there is a variety of compositions and colors that are available to match a home’s architecture, era, room size and type, and window style. These materials have transcended traditional wood window sills, allowing an expanse of creative possibilities.

Solid wood grain window sills are still in the running as a classic choice. A wash of varnish shows off the natural beauty of the wood, or a coat of colorful paint can easily make a space feel whimsical.

Natural stone window sills work well in high-humidity rooms such as a basement, bathroom, or kitchen. Granite and marble are two examples of natural stone that are both pretty and practical, while emanating luxury. Plus, stone sills are resistant to the sun’s rays and are easy to clean.

Particleboard windows sills are a modest choice if you like the look of solid wood, but not its price. Melamine is another material that mimics wood, but at an inexpensive cost.

Tile window sills are also a low-cost option. Made from ceramic or glass, these sills rival natural stone as far as easy maintenance and resistance to sunlight and moisture.

Vinyl window sills follow a contemporary trend. They are virtually maintenance-free and can sustain any type of damage. However, color-matching vinyl to your existing home decor may be difficult.

Whether your window sills are rotted or you simply want to dress them up with a remodel, any room in the house will benefit from a window sill replacement. North Georgia Replacement Windows will make sure the window sills in your home reflect the look and feel you aim to achieve alongside your replacement windows. Call 770-888-1604 for a free proposal.

Sealing the Deal: How to Avoid Surprise Costs with Replacement Windows

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

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Purchasing replacement windows for your home is more than just flipping through a catalog, picking your favorite deigns, and them having them installed. There are many factors that go into choosing the right windows and it is important to know what you’re paying for, before you hire a contractor. Criteria such as the amount of windows needed for the house and level of energy efficiency all affect the price of a replacement window installation.

So, what can you expect when a contractor comes back to you with a proposal figure? Here are some examples of what influences how much you pay for replacement window installation services:

Size
The size of the windows is a major factor in price. If your home requires standard size windows, the cost is affordable. Overly large or odd-shaped windows will force a jump in cost, so expect to pay a little more for custom-built pieces or windows that require safety glass.

Material
Material matters when it comes to the efficacy of your windows. Vinyl is an inexpensive option that requires little maintenance. Fiberglass and wood clad windows are considered high-end materials, with wood requiring painting on the interior which increases the costs.

Insulation
Windows come in multiple insulation levels: double or triple pane glass with Low E coatings. The higher the insulation level, the higher the cost and the better the windows will perform to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Condition of Current Frames
Another consideration with the price of replacement window installation is the condition of your home’s existing window frames. Typically, the existing frame is used in a replacement window job. However, if there is damage to the frames, (if they are warped, moldy, or rotten) repairs or a total renovation may be in order. Of course, this can up the cost of installation.

Installation
Installation fees are also tacked on to the cost of replacement windows. Fees that cover removing and disposing of the old windows should also be included. Double-check with the window contractor to ensure that you know the costs of these additional services up-front with things like replacing rotted wood, exterior clean-up and painting.

Are Double-Hung Replacement Windows Right for Your Project?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

double-hung-windowsAre Double-Hung Replacement Windows Right for Your Project?

Did you know that certain types of home window installations can help you save money on energy costs during those hot Georgia summers? Whether your house is undergoing a remodel or a series of repairs, choosing the right replacement windows for your project can make a difference in the look and feel of your home, as well as your wallet. If conserving money and energy without sacrificing the decorative details of your home are factors in deciding which windows to install, then double-hung replacement windows may be the solution.

Double-hung windows are the most common type of window in American homes. These windows make an attractive option because they are relatively inexpensive, complement other window styles well, may be installed to stand alone as a single unit or make an impact in multiples, and their construction allows for easy cleaning.

Perhaps the best feature of double-hung replacement windows is that they may be utilized as an energy-efficient method of cooling down your home in the summer. Simply lower the top sash three inches, raise the bottom sash three inches, and you have an electricity-free air conditioner! This works by directing humid air out the top crack of the window, while allowing cool air to flow into the house through the bottom portion.

North Georgia Windows provides a variety of double-hung replacement windows with advantages that include:

  • Tightly sealed weather-stripping to keep out dirt, noise, water and air
  • Hidden screen tracks that enhance the windows’ aesthetics
  • Drop-in glazing for an additional layer of energy efficiency
  • Easy-to-operate windows without the use of pulleys, weights and sash cords

Are you ready to go with the right windows for your home? North Georgia Windows is your reliable expert on installing and repairing double-hung replacement windows. Contact us by calling 770-888-1604, or fill out our online form to request a free proposal.

The Benefits of Fiberglass Replacement Windows

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

fiberglass-windowsThe Benefits of Fiberglass Replacement Windows

There are a handful of options on the market when it comes to replacement windows for your home. Aluminum, vinyl and wood are commonly used window materials, covering an expanse of variations in price and durability as they pertain to the architecture of a house. However, fiberglass replacement windows is an option that is growing in popularity. If you are unfamiliar with the virtues of this up-and-coming material, here are some benefits of fiberglass replacement windows:

Durability
Fiberglass is resistant to hot and cold extremes; therefore, fiberglass replacement windows are suitable for any climate. The material is less likely to expand, shrink, crack, warp, fade, peel, sag or rot, and it is chemical-resistant. Additionally, fiberglass is low-maintenance, and its integrity can be preserved for years on end.

Energy Efficiency
As you may already know in the context of your home’s attic, fiberglass is a substance that insulates a space. So, in contrast to other window types, fiberglass windows do not require a thermal barrier (e.g. polyamide strips). Also, because fiberglass does not expand or shrink, the likelihood of air leaks is decreased. Overall, fiberglass replacement windows can reduce your utility bills.

Environmental Friendliness
The energy used to manufacture fiberglass windows is exponentially less than what is required of other window types. First, fiberglass is constructed of silica sand, a sustainable resource that is already abundant. Second, fiberglass’s longevity means it doesn’t have to be replaced as often. Less waste means less negative impact on the environment!

Aesthetic Friendliness
Fiberglass can be made to look like high-end wood windows by mimicking wood grain on the window’s interior and matching its exterior color to the outside of the house. Moreover, fiberglass windows can be painted — and they hold the hue!

Fiberglass replacement windows are versatile and come in many styles such as awning, casement, double-hung and more. The price of fiberglass windows is moderate, costing more than vinyl but less than wood. Ultimately, fiberglass is a worthwhile investment in terms of strength, endurance and appearance.

To increase the resale value of your home with fiberglass replacement windows, call on North Georgia Windows to install them for you. Our expert team will ensure that your home receives the best-looking windows at the right price. Contact us at 770-888-1604 for an estimate today.

Window Replacement Options: Frames

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Atlanta Window Replacement Options: Frames

Replacing windows can be a little scary if you don’t know what your options are. At North Georgia Replacement Windows, our goal is to take the headache out of Atlanta window and door replacement. We want you to be happy with your choice for many years to come and we’re here to help you through every step in the process.

With temperatures dropping to nearly freezing each night in Atlanta, it’s already time to bring in the plants and get ready for the holidays. It’s also a perfect time to replace old or damaged windows with new, energy-efficient ones.

Atlanta window replacement will keep your home warmer in the winter, reduce your energy bills, and give your home a fresh, updated look that’s sure to leave a good impression on guests.

We offer a huge variety of window choices, but there are three main types: wood clad, vinyl, and cellular PVC. All three are virtually maintenance-free and look fabulous in a variety of settings.  Here are some quick facts about each material to help you decide which one is best for your project.

Wood Clad

Wood is the most traditional window framing material. It is a renewable resource, and people have been using it for hundreds of years. Wooden windows can be easily painted or stained to suit changing tastes or decorations. They add rustic charm and sophistication to any home. They don’t attract condensation like aluminum windows can, and they quickly add value to your home.

While some people feel that wood windows require more maintenance and replacement, it isn’t always true. Almost any wood window becomes maintenance free when combined with a exterior made of vinyl, fiberglass, or aluminum. These clad exteriors are aesthetically pleasing, highly efficient, easy to clean, and they protect the wood underneath. Vinyl clad comes in just a few colors and aluminum can be any color to match your home.  Fiberglass windows can even be painted on the exterior.

Wood does have some drawbacks, however. Without regular maintenance or cladding, wood can rot, warp, twist, or expand and contract according to the weather. And, of course, they’re susceptible to termite infestation. Wood is also not the cheapest material.

Vinyl

People choose vinyl windows because they are cost-effective and energy-efficient. They provide a lot of insulation, which means that your home will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and your energy bill will also be lower. A wide range of colors are available, they are resistant to weathering, and they never need to be painted.

While high quality vinyl windows will last for years and years, cheap or inferior quality vinyl windows may discolor in intense heat, and some styles can’t be painted if they get damaged or your tastes change.

All vinyl windows look different from traditional wood windows. This can be a challenge if you’re not replacing every window in your home or building from scratch. When replacing only a few windows, don’t mix and match windows on the same side. Instead, replace every window on one side, then replace the sides when you have the time and budget.

North Georgia Replacement Windows will never try to cut corners on vinyl windows. We want you to be happy with your windows today and tomorrow.

Cellular PVC

Cellular PVC is similar to vinyl but much stronger. It looks just like wood but will not rot or weather like wood. It’s about the same weight as wood and can be sawn and sanded just like wood, too. It also withstands heat better than traditional vinyl. It insulates better than vinyl and wood, making it the most energy-efficient frame option available.

Cellular PVC is newer to the market than wood or vinyl. While it lasts longer than any other material and provides the greatest relief in energy costs, cellular PVC can be more expensive than other window materials. It is manufactured from manmade materials, so it encourages less dependence on natural forests but is not considered an eco-friendly choice.

If you want to custom paint or eventually change your window frame color, cellular PVC is an excellent choice. However, if you want to paint over dark colors, you must use vinyl-safe paints to avoid warping.

If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 770.888.1604 to discuss your project and options for Atlanta window replacement.

Thinking about window replacement? Read this guide and avoid wasting time, effort, and money!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

You know that replacing your old windows with new, energy efficient ones could make your home more efficient and attractive. But you also know that reduced energy costs and increased curb appeal don’t appear out of thin air. You’ll have to invest some time, effort, and money up front.

The good news is that if you work with a team of knowledgeable professionals that have your interests in mind, and do some initial research before you buy, you can see amazing results. The bad news is that, with all the options and sales pitches out there, it can be hard to tell where to start.

North Georgia Replacement Windows has built our reputation in the window replacement industry on one thing: making homes energy efficient and beautiful. We love educated buyers, and we love to the be ones to educate them.

So, to help you down this path, here are some questions to ask yourself, and any company you decide to work with as you consider replacing your windows. This is just one part of a series of educational blog posts we hope you’ll review before making any decisions.

This article focuses on signs that you may need work done on your windows. Our next article will discuss ways to tell if you need complete window replacement.

Question 1- Do your windows even need to be replaced?

This question isn’t as clear cut as it may initially seem. Sure, there are some obvious cases that require immediate window replacement. If your windows are rotting, leaking, or showing light in places they shouldn’t be, you know something needs to be done right away.

But there are other ways to tell if you need to have your windows worked on. Note that not every situation below requires complete window replacement. That’s an issue we’ll get into later.

Condensation or fog appears between the panes of glass

While it isn’t necessarily true 100% of the time, fog or condensation can mean your windows need to be replaced. At a minimum, the glazing needs to be repaired. What’s certain is that the thermal seal in your window is no longer working. If the damage is extensive, window replacement is the only option.

Any chipping, bubbling, or small signs of water damage around the window area

Fixing chips and leaks around windows can be extremely difficult. But fixing the problem as soon as possible is vital to stopping any future damage not just to the window. Repairs can save the insulation and structure of the house, as well.

If water has been leaking through for long, wood is probably rotted and mold may be growing. In most cases, windows that show chips or signs of leaking need to be replaced. A responsible company will take extra care to look at any other damage caused by the leak.

Small cracks in the glass

People with double-paned glass or other efficient windows often feel that a small crack in one pane of glass isn’t worth fixing, and definitely isn’t worth replacing the entire window. And it’s true that many cracks can be fixed quickly and easily without replacing the entire window. But it isn’t true that small cracks can be left alone. The truth is that even small cracks mean your windows aren’t operating at peak efficiency.

Due to fluctuations in weather and sun, small cracks always get bigger over time. So the window will need fixing or replacement eventually. You might as well fix it now.

It fails the candle test

The candle test is an “old school” way of checking on your windows for big air leaks. To perform the test, you just put a candle in front of your window and watch. If the candle goes out, the window definitely needs to be replaced. This sort of test works best during a storm.

The test above is an extreme example of one way to test for a breeze coming through your window. Other ways to test include:

  • Standing next to the window in silence and listening for air coming through.
  • Taping some plastic or cling wrap to the frame and seeing if it moves with the wind.
  • If it’s cold outside, stand next to the window and just feel for a breeze.

A professional analysis

When contacting a team of professionals about window repairs or replacement, ask them for an analysis or estimate. Do not jump to telling them you want to fix or replace your windows.

Here are better phrases to use:

  • “I need you to look at some windows I think may need some work.”
  • “I’d like you to look at something that may be damage to my windows.”
  • “I don’t think my windows are performing very well, can you come take a look at them and tell me what you think?”

A team of quality professionals will give you a thorough analysis of the situation and explain a variety of options to you.

If you think you’d like us to see about fixing or replacing your windows, or if you have any questions not covered in this guide, please don’t hesitate to contact North Georgia Replacement Windows today!

Lead Based Paint Safety for Replacement Windows

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

On April 22,2010, a federal law was passed that requires all contractors performing renovations such as window replacements in homes, schools, or child care facilities built before 1978 be certified and trained in procedures to prevent lead contamination.

Lead exposure is harmful to everyone but especially children under the age of six that are in a critical development stage of life. Pregnant women can also pass along lead poisoning to their fetuses. Lead affects the brain and nervous system, causing reduced I.Q., learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Even in low level exposure, the danger of lead can result in high blood pressure, hypertension, nerve disorders, memory problems and muscle/joint pains.

Window replacement can stir up lead dust, which is the most dangerous hazard to lead exposure.

Unfortunately, many homeowners are not aware of the dangers of lead exposure when replacing their windows, and many window contractors are not properly educating homeowners or neglecting to perform the required “safe” procedures to protect families. This is mainly due to ignorance, cost cutting or simply the fear of losing a sale.

Federal Law requires all window replacement contractors, and any others who disturb the surfaces containing lead paint, to distribute “The Lead-Safe Certified Guide to Renovate Right,” among other guidelines and procedures. Failure to comply with the EPA lead based paint procedures and requirements can cost the offending replacement window company $37,500 for the first offense.

If a company doesn’t care enough to properly educate and protect you and your family and their own workers from lead poisoning, then there are probably other corners that they are cutting on your project as well. At North Georgia Replacement Windows, we take the EPA lead based paint procedures for window replacement very seriously and so should you.

For more information or to report a company who has put your family in danger of lead poisoning, please visit www.epa.gov/lead/pubs/leadinfo.htm or call 1-800-424-LEAD (5323).