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Remodeling Your Home? Don’t Forget the New Doors and Windows

Friday, April 29th, 2016

Remodeled Window Door

Remodeling your home is one of the most gratifying experiences you’ll ever undertake, if it’s done correctly.  To be able to transform your home into a new home and not have to bother with actually moving is rewarding.  On top of that, the fact that you helped design your home to tailor it to your needs and wants makes a remodel even better.  Commonly, though, people will invest thousands of dollars to reconfigure their home but forget to address certain details.  Windows and doors, for example, are both defining characteristics of a home and shouldn’t be done as an afterthought.  Below are three common home improvement projects where a new door or window will enhance the beauty and functionality of the room.

Kitchen Remodel

A kitchen remodel is perhaps the most desirable project there is.  The kitchen is an area of the house where meals are cooked, family and friends convene and many memories are made.  Because of all that the average kitchen remodel costs roughly $20,000, since expense is a little more flexible in such an important space.  While a stainless steel fridge and a matching oven and dishwasher are necessary and the granite countertops and farmhouse sink are vital, don’t forget about your windows. Your current windows were built for your old kitchen; your new one deserves something fitting of the new space.   A garden window or a casement window are both great windows for both letting the light in and providing a purpose beyond adding to the appeal of the room.

Garden Window

Master Suite

Where you sleep at night can have a profound effect on your daily life.  As a result it should be no surprise that a new master suite is on the wish list of many homeowners.   Since you are remodeling your room, it’s likely your home was built in a different era.  The age of your home alone is a great reason to replace the windows in your master suite, after all, new windows will be more energy efficient than your past windows.  Like the windows in the kitchen, not only can they add to the architecture of the room, but also give the room an ambiance that you’d expect from a high-end hotel.   A bay window is not only the perfect choice to allow more light but it also adds to the space in your room and gives you a bigger master suite.

Bedroom to Office

As the kids get older and start to move out, you will likely find a lot of unnecessary space in your home.  It’s the perfect time to reconfigure your space and turn a recently turned spare bedroom into an office.  This is one of the simpler home remodeling projects you’ll undertake.  A desk and shelving in place of a bed and dresser is all you technically need, but who wants to work in a dark space that originally had windows put in for a room to be slept in?  An office requires sunshine and perhaps even a better entrance than the old bedroom door your child scuffed and slammed over the past 18 years.    An awning window is all you would need to transform your new office from run-of-the-mill to awe-inspiring.

Don’t settle for a great space but underwhelming  details.  Let the light shine through, let the cool spring or autumn air in and when people enter the space, have them do it through an entrance befitting of the room.

North Georgia Replacement Windows replaces windows for life.  We sell the best product available for the price point that you feel comfortable with.  Whether you’re replacing your doors or windows for aesthetics, energy efficiency or your current windows just aren’t functional anymore, NG Windows has your solution.  Come by and visit us at our showroom at 1210 Warsaw Rd., Suite 1000, Roswell, GA 30076 and add that last detail to your remodel job.

Why Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Windows are Right For You

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

Marvin Infinity Windows - North Georgia

Replacing your windows shouldn’t be a hassle.  In fact, with NG Windows red carpet treatment to every house we work in, it’s anything but a hassle for homeowners.  There’s more than just the way you should be treated though, the amazing product you’ll end up with will make your decision worth it in the end.  All of our products are maintenance free and would be incredible additions to your home, but if you are the type of person who won’t settle for anything but top of the line then  Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Windows are right for you.

Fiberglass windows are a great product because they’re so customizable.  Vinyl, wood and PVC-milled all have their pros and cons, and are great windows, but fiberglass windows have mostly pros.  Not only is going with fiberglass windows a great decision, but we only sell the best of the best.  Marvin Infinity is the top of the line when it comes to fiberglass and if you purchase from NG Windows, that’s what you’ll get.

Below are the reasons that fiberglass windows should be your first consideration when you’re considering replacement windows and why Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Windows are the perfect choice.

Durability

Some products are just plain made to last and Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Windows is one of those.  Marvin’s patented fiberglass material which constructs the frame, looks like wood but doesn’t need painting or regular maintenance.  Since the frame cannot warp or rot, weather doesn’t affect it.

It’s likely that your home currently has vinyl or wood windows, depending on when your home was built.  Both are susceptible to the elements over time.  Wood will eventually rot if not properly treated or maintained and vinyl will eventually warp, especially during the humid North Georgia summers.  Fiberglass windows, on the other hand, will stand the test of time and Georgia!

Atlanta Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Windows

More Pane, Less Frame

Marvin Infinity windows are constructed with a slimmer frame than most windows.  The narrower frame lets more light in from each of the window panes.  The panes are designed to let in the maximum amount of light but keep out heat in the summer and cold in the winter.  They also keep out humidity during hot summer weather.

Energy Efficiency

The sustainable silica sand Marvin uses to make the glass panes and frames for Infinity windows help to make these windows among the most energy-efficient on the market.  They are designed to eliminate leaking air and to insulate your home from changes in temperature and humidity.  Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Windows exceed the Energy Star requirements for energy efficiency and will reduce your energy bill by reducing the need for heating and cooling.

Made to Last

Infinity windows are eight times stronger than vinyl which means they will keep their structural integrity during extreme weather.  Simultaneously, they will also assist in securing your home against intruders.  They do not expand and contract like traditional window materials, which keeps the outside and inside air where it belongs.

Worry Free

Marvin Infinity windows come with a lifetime warranty that can be transferred to new homeowners if you ever sell your home.  Not only will you be selling a home with impeccable windows, but also selling a guarantee that not many new homeowners are given.

You can always find ways to improve your home.  Replacing your windows would not only make your home look better, but also save money on your energy bill and allow more light into your home.  With so many problems solved with one project, replacing your windows should be a no-brainer!

North Georgia Replacement Windows replaces windows for life.  We sell the best product available for the price point that you feel comfortable with.  Whether you’re replacing your windows for aesthetics, energy efficiency or your current windows just aren’t functional anymore, NG Windows has your solution.  Visit us at our showroom to start getting a feel for what is right for you.

Reasons to Get an Energy Audit Before Summer Begins

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016

Energy Audit

Is your home as efficient as possible?  Unless you live in a home that was both recently built and specially built for energy conservation, it’s likely that your home could be more efficient.  There are a variety of reasons that energy efficiency is important, especially with summer coming, not the least of which is financial savings.  It’s also better for the environment and can increase the value of your home.  (more…)

6 Places in Your Home That Are Costing You Too Much Money

Thursday, February 25th, 2016

Spray foam in attic

Living in Atlanta is like living in paradise.  The weather is always perfect.  You can open your windows to let a comfortable breeze in any time of year.  Energy companies only exist in Atlanta for the sake of giving us light and making our kitchen appliances run, after all.  In some parts of the country, people have to use something called air conditioning in the summer and a heater in the winter, likely most Atlantans haven’t even heard of these monstrosities…

Well, we can dream anyways.  Until tectonic plates shift Atlanta to the Pacific coast we’ll have to put up with hot summers and cool winters.  While A/C and heat are a necessity here, spending a fortune on the energy bill isn’t.  As a leader in energy saving devices; windowsdoors, and insulation, we consider ourselves experts in energy conservation at NG Windows and are happy to give you a few pointers.

Windows

Older windows are nice to look at if they’re properly maintained, but unfortunately, they’re just not energy efficient.  Window glass is now insulated and properly sealed so inside and outside air stays where it’s supposed to.  Older windows don’t have the technological abilities to fully insulate the way today’s quality windows do.

Doors

Doors must fit snugly into their frames, as fitting mistakes can leave gaps between the door and the walls, allowing cold air to spill outside. The biggest gap usually appears at the bottom of the door; if you notice a draft there, you’ll either need to replace the door or seal the gap.  New doors are energy efficient and expertly sealed so that as little energy as possible as wasted.

Attics

For full insulation, you should seal your attic off from the outside and the rest of your house off from the attic. A spray foam insulation is the most efficient and best way to insulate your attic.  It ensures that all the holes and gaps are filled appropriately. For full insulation, you should seal your attic off from the outside and remove the loose fill fiberglass insulation from the floor of your attic.  Anytime you need to take stuff out or put things away in the attic, do it as quickly as possible and make sure to never leave the attic door open.

Chimneys

Chimneys are a huge energy waster, with or without a fire going.  If you don’t plug your chimney up during the summer, air can leak out of your house through the fireplace flue. Consider installing a laminated “chimney balloon” to block air from getting in or out of the flue. Just remember to take the balloon out when you start using your fireplace again.

Floors

If your home is built slightly above the foundation with a crawl space, cold air is encroaching underneath your home and creating cold floors all winter.  Insulation underneath your floorboards is imperative, but also, carpeted floors and rugs work as an insulation as well.

Basements

In the summer time, the basement can be the most comfortable place in the house, even if you don’t air-condition it.  In the winter, you likely need to supply heat to it, if your furnace doesn’t keep it warm enough on its own.  Make sure to keep the door into the basement sealed, because often the staircase into isn’t climatized and heat or cool air can rapidly escape.  Also, if your basement is partially above ground you likely have windows to the outside.  Like the windows on the main level of the home, these windows need to be sealed and made of insulated glass as well.  Last, make sure the basement is well insulated, while naturally the temperature of a basement is moderated since it’s underground, insulation also keeps moisture out, which you don’t want in your basement.

 

North Georgia Replacement Windows replaces windows for life. Beyond windows, we also replace doors, provide insulation and give energy audits so that you know your home’s efficiency and sustainability so that you can make the right choice for your home’s needs.

Whether you’re replacing your windows for aesthetics, energy efficiency or your current windows just aren’t functional anymore, NG Windows has your solution.  Visit us at our showroom to start getting a feel for what is right for you.

5 Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing the Best Replacement Window for Your Home

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Tudor style home

Owning a home is more than just having a place to live.  A home becomes an integral part of your life.  It’s where you raise your family.  It’s where memories are born.  It’s where you’ll celebrate birthdays, Fourth of Julys, the holidays and everything in between.  When your neighbors see your home, they don’t see a structure made of brick or wood, they see the Smith’s home or the Johnson’s or whoever may live there.  Your home is a defining part of you and your family.  With that in mind, why would you ever highlight a part of it that you’re not proud of? (more…)

4 Things to Know When Replacing Your Windows

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

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Window replacement is something that homeowner’s typically don’t consider.  Unlike a car or even a home itself, windows are not something that is top of mind for most people when it comes to something to upgrade.  As a result, when the time does come to replace windows, the process and choices aren’t as clear as it might be for major purchases.

NG Windows has a process in place to make you feel as comfortable as possible through the process.  But, the more you know before even make your initial call about replacing your windows the easier it will be to ultimately make a decision.  Following are 4 things to keep in mind as you begin the window replacement process.

Know the Process

We have a five-step process in place that we use and it works.

  1. You make the call
  2. We schedule a meeting
  3. You receive a proposal that encompasses everything
  4. Together, we agree to the details, based on your needs and desires
  5. We complete the project

How much should I expect to pay?

There are a lot of factors when it comes to price.  We recommend one of four different materials, vinyl, wood, milled PVC or fiberglass.  The price will depend on which one you choose, how many windows need to be replaced and how customized they need to be.  It’s important to keep in mind that replacing your windows isn’t like replacing a leaky faucet.  This is a decision that will enhance your home in a variety of ways.  Cost is certainly a factor, but shouldn’t be a deciding factor.

What can I expect during the actual replacement?

NG Windows literally rolls out the red carpet for you.  Any project on your home is a hassle.  It’s a disruption that can be a legitimate reason not to move forward with a project.  We have a “white glove” approach to make your life as easy as possible while we replace your windows.  All you have to do is stay out of the way, we’ll do the rest.  When the project is complete, you can expect your house to be in the same condition that you entrusted to us when we began.

Should I get multiple quotes?

We know that you’ll get the best quality and best service from us, but, you need to know that too.  We don’t take window replacement lightly and neither should you.  Replacing your windows is a major event, by all means, do your research.

 

By taking the time to prepare yourself before you begin the process, the stress of the unknown will be alleviated.  You’ll be able to make an informed decision on a product that will help to define your home.  To speak to an expert with absolutely no pressure, to answer any questions you might have, please contact us at your convenience.

North Georgia Replacement Windows replaces windows for life.  We sell the best product available for the price point that you feel comfortable with.  Whether you’re replacing your windows for aesthetics, energy efficiency or your current windows just aren’t functional anymore, NG Windows has your solution.  Visit us at our showroom to start getting a feel for what is right for you.

Five Reasons to Treat Your Home to Infinity Windows This Holiday Season

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Fiberglass Window Exterior

The holiday season might not seem like the ideal time to purchase replacement windows.  But, there’s actually no better time.  How many people upgrade their vehicles as Christmas presents?  How many people are going to get new ski equipment and trips to the Rockies to use it?  Why not give the gift of a better home?  Why not give the gift of Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Windows. (more…)

Are Wood Windows for You? We Weigh the Pros and Cons

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

alpharetta_windows_pj0 Remember those hot, lazy summers when you were growing up, sipping on a cool lemonade with an oscillating fan cooling you down a few seconds at a time.  Remember how much you wanted to open the windows, to feel that fresh outside air.  The only problem was the window was swollen shut.  The effort to open it wasn’t worth it, so you sat there waiting for the sweet relief of the fan.

That’s the way wooden windows used to be; they were built solid, they were heavy, they had a weight and pulley system that once broken, weren’t easy to fix.  They also bled air, both in and out.  They were drafty in the winter and couldn’t open in the summer.

Today wooden windows are still built solidly, they’re still heavy, they’re also still the gold standard when it comes to windows.  New wood windows glide open and shut, maintenance is minimal at most.  They’re energy efficient, ecologically friendly and the most customizable material available.  Read below to find out if wood windows are a viable solution for you when you decide to replace your windows.

Pros

Custom

Wood windows can be milled to fit in any space and crafted to give your house the character it deserves.  Wood windows can be painted, stained and eventually repainted if you want to change the look of your home.  While vinyl and fiberglass can be customized, no material as customizable as wood.

Insulation

Despite the fact that wood will contract and expand a little more than vinyl, well-crafted modern wood windows are a great way to save money on insulation.  One of the biggest benefits to replacement windows in the long run is the money that can be saved by simply keeping the climatized air in your home and the unclimatized air outside of your home.

Eco-Friendly

Much like the trees that you look at outside your window, a wood window is natural and eco-friendly.  If you’re looking to “go green” wood windows are a fantastic option.  Not only are you saving precious energy but also using natural materials.

Cons

Moisture

While modern wood windows are great insulators, they do still have to stand up to the elements.  While wood stands up to temperature changes, it is susceptible to too much moisture.  Painting or staining wood windows is vital to keeping them from eventually rotting out.

Maintenance

Due to the inherent flaw of wood, which is that it was at one time a living, breathing organism, it needs to be maintained to keep from decomposing.  Regularly painting and staining wood windows will allow them an extremely long lifespan though.

Clad-Wood

We would be remiss not to mention a great product, that while maybe not for purists, is a bit of a combination of wood and another material, such as vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum; clad-wood. Clad-wood windows are actually made of wood but they have a layer of aluminum, vinyl or fiberglass on the outside, which does not need to be painted.  But, the inside is wood, which can be painted or stained to customize your home. Due to the layer of aluminum, vinyl or fiberglass, clad-wood is more durable than all wood and also can be more cost effective.

One last thing to think about when choosing your wood windows or clad-wood windows is what kind of wood to choose.  Whether you choose oak, pine or an exotic species all woods are not for every house and definitely something you should discuss with your window replacement expert.

Imagine your grandkids someday visiting you, sipping ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day, just like you used to.  Except they have the comfort of air conditioning, of course.  They also have beautiful old, but still perfect wood windows to look at, which remind them that they’re at their grandparents old house.  They’ll eventually have wonderful memories of visits to their grandparents, and will never forget the wooden windows that you’re considering now.

North Georgia Replacement Windows replaces windows for life.  We sell the best product available for the price point that you feel comfortable with.  Whether you’re replacing your windows for aesthetics, energy efficiency or your current windows just aren’t functional anymore, NG Windows has your solution.  Visit us at our showroom to start getting a feel for what is right for you.

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Windows

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

exterior shot of home with vinyl replacement windows

What pops into your mind when you hear the term “vinyl windows”? If you’re like most people who haven’t done a lot of homework on window replacement probably nothing really pops into your mind. The fact is, anyone who is anyone who is seriously looking for replacement windows should have a firm grasp on not only what a vinyl window is, but also the styles they come in.  The truth about vinyl windows is that they’re economical, efficient and thanks to modern advances in technology, fashioned to your individual taste.

Vinyl windows are among the most durable products made for homes that you’ll find.  While that durability is convenient for contractors building a quality home, that doesn’t mean that a vinyl window is for every homeowner.  There is, after all, a reason vinyl is one of several materials that windows are made out of.  Following are some of the pros and cons of vinyl windows.

Pros

Smooth Operations

Have you ever been to a home with old windows that are painted shut or are warped to the point where they won’t open?  Back in the old days people didn’t have the options of different materials for their windows.  Back then, wood was their choice.  Over time, wooden windows that were built before wood treatments that make wood much more durable (which we’ll get to in our next post), warp, or get painted over time and time again.  Even when these windows were new it is hard to imagine their operation being smooth.

Vinyl windows, on the other hand, are made of a smooth material that, if built well, doesn’t warp.  Due to the material and the way they are balanced vinyl windows operate smoothly throughout their lifetime.

Withstand the elements

Vinyl windows are made to last.  They can withstand temperature changes, rainy days, snowy days, whatever is thrown at them.  The material expands and contracts so minimally that it shouldn’t be a concern.  From the tundra of the Dakotas to the deserts of the southwest vinyl windows are used in home construction.  Certainly our hot summers and mild winters are no matches for well made vinyl windows.

Energy efficient

Due to the construction of vinyl windows and that the material is resilient enough in the elements to not change shape as the temperatures vary; they’re good at keeping inside air in and outside air out.  By conserving energy, you’re lowering your electricity and/or gas bill.  Over time, an energy efficient window will pay for itself with these savings.

Low Maintenance

Every window we sell is low-maintenance, but vinyl is as close to no-maintenance as possible.  There are no periodical paintings or stainings.  Since the material doesn’t warp they’ll open and close seamlessly throughout their lifetime.  Low-maintenance means more time doing things you want to do and less time worrying about something that few people want to worry about; window maintenance.

Cons

Not as customizable

Vinyl windows can be ordered to your taste and style.  The options aren’t quite as many as some materials, such as wood, though, due to the manufacturing process and the materials.  People who are looking for something truly original might look beyond vinyl.

Not-changeable

Although the technology of vinyl windows has evolved to the point where you can get paintable vinyl, typically vinyl windows are not paintable.  They do come in a myriad of colors, but once installed, that will be the color of your window for its lifetime.  For people who like to change the façade of their home on occasion, vinyl windows might not be the right choice.

Quality equals durability

It’s important to do your research before you buy vinyl windows, especially in a climate as harsh as our is in Atlanta.  Low-quality vinyl windows actually do tend to warp or discolor in the intense heat and ultra-violet exposure.  Low-quality vinyl windows ae often made from regrind, or recycled, resins.  Vinyl windows are built with thicker, reinforced extrusions and better resins and seal systems will hold up better in our climate.  They do cost a little more to make and install, but it might be the difference in needing replacement windows down the line or having a window for life.

If there’s one thing we preach here at North Georgia Windows it’s that a window isn’t just a pane of glass; it’s actually one of the defining factors of your home.  It’s just as important for us that you buy the right window, as it is for you to have just the right window punctuating you home.  That’s why we offer a showroom for you to view window options at your convenience or we are happy to come to your house for an assessment.  Contact us to begin strategizing which window is best for you.

Which Window Is Right For You? Window Replacement From the Beginning

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

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Buying a replacement window is more than buying a pane of glass.  You’re also buying the portion that keeps the glass together and the trimming around it, the frame, the part that actually defines your window.  You want something that looks nice, that complements your home, but also something within your budget.  Double hung, casement, transom, they’re all amazing, but where do you start?  It’s best to start with the basics.  What kind of material should your windows be made out of? (And I don’t want to hear you say glass!)

There are three usual materials that windows are made of; vinyl, wood, and fiberglass.  By starting your research on which material is right for you, you can then narrow your choices to which window choices you can select from.  Over the next few weeks, we will take a deep dive into the different materials that windows are crafted from.  We’ll discuss the pros and cons of each, including costs, maintenance, and aesthetics so that you can make a confident decision when you are ready to replace your windows.

First things first, let’s discuss the basics, then wade deeper as your familiarity to each material becomes better.  After we’ve determined which material is right for your replacement windows, we’ll get to the fun stuff, such as the type of window that will transform your house into your dream home.

Vinyl

A vinyl window is simply a window which frame and operable parts are made of vinyl.  If it were only that simple, though!  How many people reading this know what vinyl is?  Let’s start there.  It’s actually a commonly used name for PVC, which stands for Polyvinyl Chloride (yes, it sounds like something Walter White would exasperate over as he tries to explain it to Jesse).  PVC is most commonly used as a pipe, most every hardware store carries PVC pipe.  Why does this matter?  PVC becomes plastic and an interesting fact about plastic is that it tends to last and that it tends to be affordable.  While plastic does imply cheap, that’s actually a misnomer, as far as vinyl windows are concerned you should think of plastic as lasting.  In fact, vinyl windows are the most affordable window replacement option and they’re virtually maintenance free.  The technology for PVC has evolved from the extruded form, which is what most people consider vinyl windows.  It also comes in a milled form which looks more like wood windows and is solid and paintable.  There are options when it comes to vinyl, despite what you might have heard.

Wood

I won’t get into the process of producing wood since you should have learned that in the first grade.  The important thing to know about wood is that the material can totally transform a home.  While vinyl is going to be more affordable, it’s also going to be more generic.  Wood, on the other hand, is highly customizable.  You can change the color scheme; make it bolder, make it softer, paint it, stain it.  Like anything, though, wood is not perfect.  Wood windows require more maintenance than vinyl windows and aren’t going to last until the sun burns out.  Like vinyl, wood has evolved past pieces of lumber, especially when it comes to replacement windows.  Clad wood windows are real wood windows with aluminum, fiberglass or vinyl wrapped around the exteriors to make the windows maintenance free on the outside but still offer the warmth, beauty and flexible painting option on the interior.  Wood windows can turn an average house into an amazing home though and should be considered seriously if the price is within your budget.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass is a combination of plastic and glass, essentially it’s plastic reinforced with glass fiber.  A major plus, which we’ll get into in more detail in a further post, is that because of the glass fiber the frame does not expand and retract around the glass pane.  It’s also a strong yet light material that is considered “greener” than vinyl.  The costs of fiberglass windows are going to be comparable to wood windows, but the lifetime costs will likely be cheaper especially when factoring in warranties and the fact that there is less maintenance over the lifetime of the window.  While customizable, and even customizable to look like wood, it’s still not as versatile as wood.

Coming Up…

Stay tuned for our next article on vinyl windows.  As you learned here there are a few pros and cons of vinyl windows, a more thorough understanding is vital in making the right replacement window choice, considering that when you replace a window you’re replacing it for life.

Buying replacement windows is a decision that can’t be taken lightly.  Once you replace your windows they are your windows for life, or at least should be.  We, here at North Georgia Replacement Windows, understand this and are here to make sure that you make the right choice.  Stop by and visit our showroom to see the many transformations your home could take, or reach out to us, we’d be happy to come by and assess your home in person.