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Why an NFRC Rating Is Important When Choosing Replacement Windows

Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

The average consumer may know whether or not they like the look of a particular window, but it’s impossible to tell whether a window offers the kind of quality your home needs just by the way it looks.

The specifications of a window may seem like minor details, but they’re incredibly important. If you settle for a bargain window without checking out its technical information, such as its NFRC rating, you might end up with a window that offers poor insulation, is prone to drafts and does a poor job of letting natural light filter into your home.

Infinity® from Marvin prides itself on making the highest quality windows on the market, but you don’t have to take the manufacturer’s word for it. When you’re looking for replacement windows for your home, always ask to see the NFRC label.

What Is an NFRC Rating?

NFRC Ratings are given by the National Fenestration Rating Council, a non-profit organization that has established standardized performance ratings to help consumers compare windows and doors with one another. This organization’s ratings provide detailed information related to the energy performance of these products, helping consumers make informed decisions when making major purchases.

Every reputable window manufacturer receives NFRC ratings for all of their products. Windows are evaluated according to four key criteria:

  • U-Factor measures the window’s ability to keep indoor heat from escaping outside.
  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient measures how well a product resists solar heat from entering a home, an important consideration when homes are trying to stay cool in summer.
  • Visible Transmittance evaluates the window’s ability to let natural light enter the home. Better visible transmittance means better natural indoor lighting, reducing your dependency on artificial lights.
  • Air Leakage gauges the amount of air flow that will enter the home through the window. Loose window seals increase the likelihood of drafts.

With these ratings, consumers can easily compare windows to determine which options best fit their needs, as well as which windows offer the best value for the price.

How to read an NFRC label

Why Are Ratings Important?

As is the case with many consumer products, average shoppers aren’t able to identify small differences in the quality and/or build of a product. In some cases, proper evaluation requires specialized equipment, as well as in-depth knowledge about the product’s construction.

But consumers put themselves at risk when they trust the manufacturer to be transparent about this information. That’s why it’s essential that the NFRC ratings come from an independent non-profit that maintains no relationship with existing window manufacturers. Having an independent rating system provides critical consumer protection for a costly consumer product. Replacing the windows in your home is no small expense, and no one can afford to get short-changed by overpaying for poor quality windows. With NFRC ratings, you don’t have to worry about what you’re getting—you’ll know exactly what you’re paying for.

How to Read the NFRC Label

To understand the information featured on the NFRC rating, you need to know how each criterion is scored.

According to the NFRC, the lower the U-Factor number, the better: Good windows will feature a score between 0.20 and 1.20. A lower score is also preferred for the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, which is recommended to rate between zero and one.

Better Air Leakage windows will also feature a lower score, ideally between 0.1 and 0.3. But for Visible Transmittance, you want as high a number as possible to reflect the amount of light entering the home.

Once you know how to read NFRC labels, you can walk into any window store, compare any number of products and know exactly what you’re getting with each one. Now that you know how to tell a good window from a lemon contact North Georgia Replacement Windows today to start the process of upgrading your home with high-quality Infinity from Marvin Replacement Windows and Doors.

How to Upgrade to Infinity from Marvin Without Breaking the Bank

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

Inifinity from Marvin kitchen

Many homeowners look at aging home windows with dread, and for one reason: They’re afraid of the high cost of replacement.

While it’s true that replacing all of the windows in your home is a major home improvement project, it’s also necessary if you want to maintain the integrity of your home, especially where noise and insulation are concerned. Infinity® from Marvin Replacement Windows offer modern design and durability that makes this upgrade a worthwhile investment.

For customers who aren’t prepared to pay out-of-pocket for the entire project, North Georgia Replacement Windows is happy to offer flexible financing options to make this project more affordable for homeowners.

Why Finance?

Owning a home comes with additional costs to consider. Some of these are small: Replacing your furnace filter, maintaining your lawn and landscaping. Others, such as replacing a furnace, reshingling the roof or replacing windows, can be costly. Even when planning ahead, most homeowners can’t afford to pay for the full amount of these projects up front.

Even those who can afford to pay out-of-pocket may prefer to keep some extra cash on hand in the event of unforeseen expenses. For these reasons, many home window replacement projects are financed through a lender. North Georgia Replacement Windows works with lenders to provide competitive rates and even same-as-cash lending options to our customers, providing financial flexibility to our customers as they seek the best way to pay for the project.

Our current relationship with EnerBank USA offers our customers two excellent options to easily finance the windows of their dreams.

Two Options to Finance New Windows

Through EnerBank USA, NGRW is happy to offer two financing options for Infinity from Marvin windows”

  • Fixed monthly payments. Through this financing option, customers can take out up to $65,000 toward new replacement windows, repayable on a seven-year term. This loan, which comes with a 6.99% APR, is ideal for customers who want a fixed payment they can factor into their monthly budgets.
  • Twelve-month same-as-cash loan. This financing product also allows borrowing up to $65,000 for new windows, but all accrued interest is waived if the balance of the loan is paid off within one year. That means financing is essentially free to customers who successfully pay off their loan in 12 months or less—a great option for customers who want short-term financial relief but have the ability to pay off the loan amount quickly.

For customers who choose these financing options, NGRW will work with both the bank and the customers to ensure a smooth process from loan application to window installation.

Other Benefits of Financing

When you finance through a window dealer, you enjoy certain advantages that aren’t available when seeking out financing on your own. One such benefit is the accurate project proposals that come with financing through us directly: We’re able to come up with detailed proposals and communicate these directly to the lender, updating this information if the scope of the project changes.

Thanks to this direct relationship, we’re also able to lead you through the approval process quickly and smoothly, speeding up the process of outfitting your home with new windows. The time lost to waiting for bank approvals and slow communication can delay the completion of your window project and create unnecessary stress throughout the process. We minimize the tedious finance approval process to make this home improvement project as easy as possible for our customers.

If you’ve been holding off on purchasing new windows because you don’t think you can afford this upgrade, contact us to talk about your window needs and your financing options. We’ll work with you to help you find the right payment option for your current window project.

How Infinity from Marvin Replacement Window Glass Can Help Soundproof Your Home

Wednesday, December 20th, 2017

Infinity from Marvin Replacement Window

Most people live in homes exposed to some degree of noise. If you live on a high-traffic street or within audible range of an airport, you likely want to consider upgrading your windows to reduce how much of this sound can be heard inside your home.

Infinity® from Marvin Replacement Windows offers several options for installing replacement windows that make a significant difference in the amount of sound that travels through your glass. Interested homeowners have three options when shopping for replacement window glass: Standard Transmission Class (STC) glass, which acts as a buffer for the typical sounds generated inside or near your home; Outdoor/Indoor Transmission Class (OITC) glass, which covers a wider range of frequencies to mitigate sound coming from highways, trains and airplanes; and glass featuring a layer of PVB laminate, which is designed for noise mitigation as well as increased security.

When you shop with North Georgia Replacement Windows, we’ll help you pick out the right glass to address your specific needs. Here are some of the glass features we use to mitigate sound and improve the peacefulness of your home’s interior.

Glass Thickness

A window pane’s thickness is one of the most basic factors affecting the amount of sound audible through the glass. In general, a thicker pane will prove more effective at reducing sound than a thinner pane. Testing from Cardinal Glass has found that increasing glass thickness from 3 mm to 6 mm can increase the window’s acoustical glass rating by four to six points, an improvement that will be clearly audible to any homeowner.

For most homes, glass thickness exceeding 6 mm thick is unnecessary and may distort the quality of your view. In addition to thickness, there are other steps to improve your replacement glass’s sound mitigation.

Acoustic Air Gaps

Air gaps are a common feature in insulated windows to reduce the amount of audible sound passing through the glass. This airspace can range from 6.5 mm to 19.5 mm in width, providing a buffer to sound from the outside. An air gap increases the STC rating (an average amount of noise stopped at various frequencies and measured in decibels) of a window by effectively absorbing some of the sound waves passing through, instead of allowing a hard material to serve as a conductor. The larger the air gap, the higher the STC your window pane will have, and this air gap will help reduce noise without compromising the clarity of your window.

Acoustical values of glass

Although both argon and oxygen may be used to fill the air gap between two glass panes, testing has shown no significant or acoustical sound difference in performance between the two gases.

PVB Laminate

Unlike STC and OITC glass, PVB laminate is a relatively new addition to the Infinity from Marvin family. PVB laminate is a great choice for any home where increased noise attenuation is required, such as homes directly on busy streets or in close proximity to airports. PVB interlayers provide a solid sound buffer that reduces noise in collaboration with air gaps and thickened glass. Our customers can choose special PVB laminate inserts specially designed for sound reduction performance.

This laminate layer offers other features that homeowners will enjoy, including increased security if someone tries to break into your home. Much like your car’s windshield, PVB windows won’t shatter when struck by a hard object, and they require significant force to create a large opening in the glass. PVB inserts can also stop 95 percent of damaging UV rays from entering your home, protecting your furniture and other interior surfaces.

Outside noise can be a headache for homeowners, but replacement windows can make a big difference overnight. Call now to explore your options for higher-quality glass and a quiet, comfortable home.

3 Perks of Financing a Home Improvement Project

Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

Home improvement projects offer a variety of benefits. Renovating or upgrading any part of your home can increase your real estate value, boost curb appeal, improve energy efficiency and make your house feel more like home. Though some homeowners may believe a hefty savings account is necessary to embark on a project, there are several benefits of financing a home upgrade. Read on to get the details of these advantages.

1. Gain Access to Trustworthy Vendors

Financing a home improvement project means enjoying greater flexibility when it comes to choosing your vendor. You will have access to a dedicated source of funding, which enables you to invest in a skilled and experienced professional upfront. Without financing, cash flow worries may have you tempted to seek out someone to do the job on the cheap. However, hiring the best business for the job will speed up your project and ensure quality workmanship.

2. Finish Your Project More Quickly

A lengthy home improvement project can be stressful for everyone in your household. By financing your project, you’ll have all the funding you need immediately and in one place. Rather than paying a contractor in installments or picking up a new batch of materials each weekend, you can simply get the project done and make the payments later. Instead of having your household disrupted for weeks or months, you can live comfortably and tie up all the project’s loose ends without worry.

3. Ensure High-Quality Materials

Being budget-conscious is good, but you shouldn’t overlook the value of high quality in hopes of saving money. You can invest in the best materials rather than cutting corners when financing your project. Though high-quality products may cost more, you will save money and headaches in the long run. For example, investing in quality fiberglass windows will pay off; these resilient windows will decrease your heating and cooling costs and they last longer than other types of windows. With Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows, you will never have to replace your windows again.

Install Now and Save More

If you’ve considered upgrading your home with fiberglass windows, now is an excellent time.

For a limited time, North Georgia Replacement Windows is offering 15 percent off your entire order, as well as 100 dollars off each window when you purchase Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows. If you choose quality windows and expert installation now you will enjoy energy savings many benefits for years to come. Claim your discount online now, or contact North Georgia Replacement Windows to learn more about this limited-time offer.

Customer Service: What to Expect When You Hire North Georgia Replacement Windows

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

Great customer service at North Georgia Replacement Windows

North Georgia Replacement Windows prides itself on its customer service. From our free proposal offer to our “red carpet approach” and our lifetime service warranty, the homeowner’s satisfaction is our priority. Read on for more details on our concierge level of service.

Free Proposal Offer

Here at North Georgia Replacement Windows, many of our first-time customers take advantage of our free proposal offer. After the customer completes our online form, one of our friendly team members calls to make an appointment for a home visit. In the comfort of the customers home, our sales consultant discusses the customers’ home improvement needs, provides a solution to the client and gives a free demonstration.

Alternatively, some customers call us or visit our showroom. Appointments are not necessary to visit the NGRW showroom. A knowledgeable representative is on site meets them at a scheduled time to explain our products and discuss their needs. Throughout the quotation and booking process, a sales consultant is the customer’s point of contact.

Price Lock Guarantee

We understand that making high-quality, lasting improvements to a home is a significant investment. When our customers have selected the windows, doors, insulation, shutters or other accessories they want us to install, we schedule the work plan. Unlike some other contractors, there’s no minimum order requirement. Whether the customers want only one window or all their windows replaced, we’re happy to oblige. What’s more, our Price Lock Guarantee means that we honor the original proposal for as long as the homeowner remains in the house.

Red Carpet Approach

North Georgia Replacement Windows aims to make installation as smooth and convenient to homeowners as possible. Our red carpet approach means that when the custom windows are ready, it takes only one or two days for our workmen to install them. Most of the work is completed from outside of the home. We use the most non-invasive and premium installation methods. When our work is done the homeowners don’t have to touch up carpentry or paintwork (if paintwork was included in the agreement.) In addition, while the work is underway, an NGRW crew leader is always on site to answer any questions.

Lifetime Warranty

Caring for our customers doesn’t stop after a job is completed. The crew leader takes the homeowner on a final walk-through to explain how the windows or doors work and make sure that he or she is entirely satisfied with the quality of the work. Then, if there’s ever any kind of problem with the regular use of windows or doors, our Lifetime Warranty guarantees that we’ll fix it for free.

Our years of experience in the trade have allowed us to develop a customer service program that keeps our customers happy every step of the way, from their first contact to signing off on the finished project. Call us to discuss your home improvement needs or for more information on the products and services we offer.

What You Need to Know About Replacement Window Warranties

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Infinity Windows

As a crucial link between your home’s interior and exterior, your windows need to be dependable. Great replacement windows are an investment for a homeowner — one that is expected to last for a long time. But the average window tends to be replaced every seven years and, as window expert N.C. Mathis explains, “If a window fails in a few years, it doesn’t matter how good or strong or energy efficient it started out to be.”

At North Georgia Replacement Windows (NGRW), we understand the importance of a good replacement window warranty. We also believe that the length of a window warranty reflects a company’s faith in their product. Aside from the obvious benefit of free replacement, you can expect a product with a longer warranty to last longer, saving you both hassle and cost.

Why you need a replacement window warranty

A replacement window warranty should be a priority when investing in new windows, regardless of their quality. While you should never need to replace our durable, energy-saving windows, thanks to our superior product and installation, accidents happen, and there is a wide variety of things that can go wrong with windows, such as a branch from a storm breaking the glass.

This is why purchasing windows with a solid warranty like North Georgia Replacement Windows offers is of paramount importance. We recommend taking the time to read through the entire warranty, noting how long the warranty lasts, as well as what exactly is covered. With a true lifetime warranty, you won’t have to worry about duration; your warranty will never run out.

Details on the NGRW Lifetime Service Warranty

As mentioned above, even if a window warranty is offered, there are different levels of warranty coverage. The NGRW Lifetime Service Warranty covers workmanship on all windows or doors that NGRW installs for as long as you live in your home. There will not be any trip charges, service charges or labor charges incurred. The lifetime service warranty is paired with the Infinity from Marvin Windows Limited Lifetime Product Warranty, and the combination of the two ensures that both windows and any replacement services are covered for the life of the windows.

Next, you should confirm how the warranty covers materials and manufacturing defects. Infinity Windows Limited Lifetime Warranty The Infinity Windows warranty assures that, “the Ultrex fiberglass and other non-glass components will be free from manufacturing defects for as long as you own and occupy the home.” If the building is not a single-family dwelling or the ownership of the home is transferred, these parts are still covered from point of installation for 10 years after by a 10/20 Limited Warranty.

The warranty also protects against manufacturing defects of hardware in coastal applications, glass and Ultrex fiberglass finish for 10 years from the original date of product purchase, and insulating glass with stainless spacers are covered against failure for 20 years. So, while a failed glass is not covered by a warranty forever, the 10/20 Limited Warranty does cover defects and damages for a decade and more.

We know our customers to be discerning and educated homeowners. The length of our warranty speaks to the faith we have in our products and our work and gives you the peace of mind that your investment is secure through the years. Contact us today for a free proposal or to schedule a free, in-home consultation.

Prepare for Colder Months with Our Fiberglass Window Sale

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Infinity Windows

Tired of drawing the curtains and closing the blinds to cool down your house? Darkness isn’t always the answer. With the proper window technology, early fall temperatures in the 70s and 80s won’t find a way inside. Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows can withstand the heat, lower your energy bill without sacrificing sunlight and make sure you’re ready to face the colder days ahead.

North Georgia Replacement Windows fiberglass window sale is happening now. This makes it easy to be proactive and get the windows you want, save money on energy bills, and gain peace of mind at the same time.

Install Now and Pay Less

Although fall is officially here, Georgia’s warm temperatures will continue well into October. For a limited time, we’re offering 15% off your entire order and $100 off each window when you purchase Infinity fiberglass windows from Marvin. This means you are getting a superior window at a lower price, for more energy savings and a cooler living space. According to the American Architectural Manufacturer’s Association, fiberglass can withstand extremely high heat deflection temperatures, making them less likely to warp and let in unwanted water and air. This temperature resistance guarantees a better performance and a longer lifespan for your windows.

Get Ready for Colder Months

It’s hard to imagine winter months during the warmth of early fall, but cold windows and drafty air are around the corner. Lower temperatures outside can cause glass temperatures on old windows to drop. Cold glass cools the indoor air near the window and perpetuates an air pattern that accelerates heat loss, according to Efficient Windows Collaborative. Installing fiberglass windows that can resist extreme temperatures will enable your home to span the seasons. Prepare now: Take advantage of our fiberglass window sale, and your home will be draft-free throughout the winter months. High-performance windows like Infinity from Marvin have higher interior window temperatures, and they can ensure a warmer winter.

Fiberglass windows are an investment that saves money year round, making Infinity from Marvin the best choice for all seasons. Call now to learn more about our limited time offer, or claim your savings online today.

Tips for Cleaning Fiberglass Windows

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Cleaning fibeglass windows

Ease of maintenance is one of the many advantages of window frames made of fiberglass. These windows don’t warp, weather, crack or discolor as other window frames do, even after many years. However, cleaning fiberglass windows regularly keeps them looking their best.

Cleaning Products

Using non-abrasive, gentle detergents and soft cloths is the key to removing dirt and grime from high-quality fiberglass windows without damaging them. Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows are made from patented Ultrex® Fiberglass. To protect the special coating on Ultrex fiberglass, Marvin recommends cleaning with warm soap and water.

Also, homeowners should only use the recommended detergents at standard strength for domestic use and apply the product gently with a non-abrasive cleaning cloth. If harsher chemicals or abrasive cleaning materials are used, the surface could develop permanent scratches or other damage.

Cleaning Fiberglass Windows

  • Brush away spiderwebs, bugs and other loose materials clinging to the frames using a long-handled, soft-bristled broom.
  • Dilute the cleaning solution to a standard household strength according to the instructions on the label.
  • Apply the diluted solution to a soft cloth and gently wipe the Ultrex® surface, removing the surface dirt without rubbing or scrubbing.
  • Don’t use paint thinner, solvents or other harsh chemicals to clean Ultrex® windows.
  • For stubborn stains, test more aggressive cleaners on a small, inconspicuous area and rinse thoroughly with plenty of clean water.

With regular cleaning but very little other maintenance, Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows look as good as new for decades. What’s more, cleaning fiberglass windows isn’t difficult, providing the homeowner sticks to using gentle products to avoid damaging the special coating. For more information on fiberglass windows, contact North Georgia Replacement Windows.

Options for Replacement Windows That Look Like Wood

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

woman by bright new windows

If you like the traditional look of wood windows but would prefer something more durable, windows made of fiberglass or vinyl offer a solution. Unlike vinyl windows, Fiberglass windows can look like wood, but the materials don’t weather, warp or rot, and they don’t require a new coat of paint every year. Fiberglass windows also offer several significant advantages over vinyl.

Replacement Windows

Most replacement windows are made of wood, aluminum, vinyl or fiberglass. Wood windows look attractive, but even with regular maintenance, they degrade over time. Aluminum windows, on the other hand, are durable but they lack the aesthetic qualities of wood, and they aren’t energy efficient. Vinyl windows initially offered a durable and more energy-efficient option with their introduction to the market decades ago, but for the latest and best option for windows that look like wood, fiberglass easily trumps the rest.

Durability

Fiberglass windows stay looking good for much longer than wood windows without any maintenance. They don’t require regular painting or staining to prevent them from weathering, and they don’t become infested with insects. Fiberglass windows are also more durable than vinyl, lasting up to 38% longer. Additionally, because fiberglass is made from the same material as window panes, the frames expand and contract at the same rate, reducing the risks of seal failure.

Paint Finishes

Though painting wooden windows can be a chore, some homeowners like having the option to alter their home’s color scheme. Repainting isn’t possible with vinyl windows because they’re made of plastic which doesn’t paint easily, the windows will likely warp, and you will void your warranty if you paint. With fiberglass windows, however, homeowners can choose to leave them in their original color or paint them.

Strength

Strong, sturdy window frames in replacement windows are a must. Fiberglass is a clear winner over vinyl in this area as well. High-quality windows like Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows are 800% stronger than vinyl because they are made from a patented fiberglass material called Ultrex.

Energy Efficiency

Heat enters and leaves homes through window panes and frames, and through small gaps in the seal between the window frames and the wall. Window panes are insulated through multiple panes of glass, but with window frames, the frame material makes all the difference. Vinyl and fiberglass are efficient insulators, but fiberglass windows are much less likely to develop gaps in the seals.

If you would like the look of wood windows without the fuss of regular maintenance, fiberglass windows are an excellent alternative. They shrug off the weather extremes that quickly age wood and vinyl windows, yet they can be painted or stained to match the home’s color scheme. Contact North Georgia Replacement Windows to find out more about the advantages of fiberglass windows.

How New Fiberglass Windows Update the Look of Your Home

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Fiberglass House

Installing new windows instantly updates the appearance of your home, and if the window frames are fiberglass, the effect lasts for years. Fiberglass is strong and durable, and it can provide the appearance of wood without the need for constant maintenance. What’s more, top-quality fiberglass windows like Infinity Windows from Marvin offer further benefits.

New or Replacement?

Whether you select new or replacement windows may affect how radically the look of your home changes. Replacement windows fit into the existing window openings in the house walls, which means they must be the same size as the original windows. The new frames, window styles and colors enhance the home’s appearance.

Quality Finish

Window frames made of fiberglass are durable, and the just-installed look doesn’t fade as quickly as it can with other frame materials. State-of-the-art materials like Ultrex fiberglass in Infinity Windows feature the fine-grained texture of wood but don’t warp, weather or decay. With a little maintenance, Ultrex fiberglass remains robust and stable and resists denting, scratching and discoloration. In addition, the patented acrylic finish is three times thicker than other painted finishes.

Staining

A concern some homeowners have about installing replacement windows is that the new window frames won’t match the rest of the home. This isn’t a problem with fiberglass because the frames can be painted. Ultrex fiberglass can be stained the same color as the existing woodwork or, for contrast, can be stained a different color that provides an attractive complement.

Visible Glass Area

Replacing old windows with fiberglass windows improves the home’s appearance by increasing the proportion of glass to the window frame. The strength of Ultrex fiberglass means that the frame size is smaller than wood, vinyl or Fibrex windows. The increased amount of glass admits more light into the home’s interior and freshens the exterior appearance of the home.

Window Styles

Investing in replacement windows will not only enhance a home’s curb appeal but will also increase the value of your home. Replacement windows are available in a wide range of styles, including awning windows, which open upward and outward and have an elegant appeal, double hung windows with their contemporary look and easy-to-operate sliding windows that have a simple, open appearance. Alternatively, a traditional effect can be created with Simulated Divided Lites (SDL’s) or casement windows. The window style and color of the frames should reflect and enhance the overall style of the home.

New or replacement fiberglass windows provide a fast, effective update to a home’s appearance and allow homeowners to alter and improve the style of their home. In addition, the new look is long-lasting with little maintenance. Speak to a professional, qualified contractor about the options available for refreshing the look of your home.