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15 Things to Consider for Replacement Windows for Your Home

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Of the many home improvement projects that beautify and upgrade your home, consider replacing home windows, which increase curb appeal and property value. Quality windows are available in a variety of styles, colors and designs that are built to blend in and compliment your home’s exterior and architectural style.

If you’re considering replacing windows as your next home improvement project, the following benefits can help you make the best decision for your home.

Tips for Choosing New Replacement Windows for Your Home

  1. Windows that aren’t installed properly, are out of warranty or have deteriorated due to material type or harsh weather have a negative impact on energy costs.
  2. Choose the right window material, such as fiberglass, which provides greater durability and a long lifespan. Unlike wood, which is susceptible to absorbing moisture that leads to rot, fiberglass windows do not have these deteriorating and destructive problems.
  3. Wood-framed windows are a delectable treat for termites and they experience problems with temperature changes. During the cold months, the material contracts. During hotter months, it expands. These changes lead to a failure of the window’s seals. These openings allow hot and cold air to pass through, making the windows less energy efficient.
  4. Select windows with a Low-E (low-emissivity) coatings. This coating serves as a reflector to keep heat in when it’s needed and out when it’s not.
  5. Choose windows with a low U-factor, which results in a more efficient window due to low heat transference from the outside to your home’s interior.
  6. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) is another consideration when selecting windows. Look for windows with a low SHGC as it measures the amount of heat the sun generates in your home.
  7. Look for windows with a low SHGC. The lower a window’s solar heat gain coefficient, the less solar heat it transmits.

  8. For noise reduction, choose double-pane windows. Air or gas is inserted between the two panes, which serves as an insulator against noise.

  9. To block ultraviolet rays (UV) and avoid glare, you can have LOW E applied. The coating helps prevent damage to fabrics and fading of furniture, carpets, and window treatments.
  10. Treatments to the glass panes is another option. This process can include adding a frosted treatment to the glass, providing more privacy.
  11. For added security against inclement weather or burglars, select laminated glass for your new windows.
  12. An energy-efficient home due to upgrades such as window replacements typically results in a positive selling point for potential buyers.
  13. Having new home windows installed is a positive enhancement to your home’s curb appeal. Whether you choose a classic or traditional style, or you want to change the exterior look entirely, there are several window options to choose from. These include bay, double-hung, tilt-turn, specialty shapes, sliding, wood grain, decorative and fixed windows to name a few.
  14. When you replace old windows with new energy-efficient styles that require little maintenance, the value of your property may increase.

For information about our line of Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows, please give us a call fill out our free proposal form.

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.

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.

 

 

What Are the Benefits of Natural Light in Your Home?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Have you ever stepped outside on a sunny day and immediately felt your spirits lift? Natural light improves our mood, helps us sleep well, and is generally good for our health. It would follow, then, that the more natural light you can bring into your home, the better off you and your family will be. Read on for the many benefits of letting the sunshine in.

Mood Improvement

Sunshine really does bring happiness. Scientists believe that our brains produce serotonin—the ‛happy’ hormone—in response to natural light, and that we can become depressed when we don’t receive enough. Psychiatrists recommend 30 minutes of sunlight exposure per day to help prevent the blues.

Regulation of Sleep-Wake Cycles

Exposure to the blue light in sunlight regulates our circadian rhythms, which tell our bodies when to sleep and when to wake. As we age, our eyes absorb less of the blue-spectrum light, and that can lead to insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns. What’s more, poor sleep is related to illnesses like heart disease.

Eyesight Benefits

Straining your eyes in poor light can cause permanent damage. Natural light is much stronger than artificial illumination, and it can help prevent eye strain when reading, watching TV or working at a computer. Natural light also promotes healthy eye development in children and reduces the risk of developing nearsightedness.

Vitamin D Production

When exposed to sunlight, our skin produces Vitamin D, an essential vitamin that helps prevent cancer, heart disease and weight gain, among other health conditions.

Reduced Mold and Mildew

Mold, mildew and bacteria build up in dark, damp areas of the home and can cause chronic respiratory illnesses. Filling these dimly lit areas with natural light helps disinfect them and discourages the growth of harmful organisms.

Other Natural Light Benefits

Bringing sunlight into your home isn’t only healthy, it improves your home’s appearance. Less frame and more glass in Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows give your home’s interior a light, airy feel that looks attractive and is pleasant to live in. Also, while you’re indoors, you can enjoy the benefit of a better view of what’s happening outside, whether it’s watching the kids play, seeing approaching visitors or enjoying your garden.

Increasing the amount of natural light in your home may not seem like an important feature when making improvements, but installing windows that allow more sunlight in can improve your family’s health and mood while adding to the overall quality of home life. Being able to enjoy sunlight indoors and an upgraded view to the outdoors is a difference you’ll appreciate.

For more information on Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows, contact North Georgia Replacement Windows.

 

5 ENERGY Star Approved Ways to Improve Your Home

Monday, February 27th, 2017

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Everyone wants their home to be energy efficient, but it can be challenging to know what you can do that will make a real difference. Fortunately, with the guidance of the EPA’s ENERGY STAR program, you can get some great ideas that are guaranteed to improve the comfort and value of your home while lowering your costs. With the unpredictable Georgia climate, you need peace of mind knowing your home is secure from the elements and using energy efficiently. Here are five ways you can improve your home and make it more energy efficient.
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Why NG Windows Left Vinyl Windows in The Past

Friday, February 17th, 2017

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As we built North Georgia Replacement Windows from the ground up, we learned everything there is to know about window materials. Serving thousands of customers around the greater Atlanta area has given us experience with every kind of job and every window, and we’ve seen first-hand which products produce the best results and last the longest for our customers. After careful research and planning, we’re pivoting our award-winning business away from selling vinyl plastic windows, and we’ll tell you why!

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