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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.

Decorative Shutters for Your Home

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

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

Benefits of Exterior Shutters

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

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


Shutter Styles

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

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


Shutter Materials

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

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

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

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

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

Best Natural Window Cleaners

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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

Natural Cleaning Ingredients

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

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

Safe Commercial Window Cleaners

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

Window Cleaning Tips

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

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

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

Pros and Cons of Bay Windows

Monday, June 19th, 2017

 

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

Pros

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

Cons

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

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

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

Which Replacement Windows Are the Most Energy Efficient?

Friday, June 16th, 2017

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

Insulating Frames

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

Energy-Efficient Window Panes

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

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

Spacers

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

Investing in Energy-Efficient Windows

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

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

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

What Are the Impacts of Older Windows?

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

What Are the Impacts of Older Windows?

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

Wood Windows May Rot

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

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

Vinyl Windows: Pros and Cons

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

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

Aluminum Windows Are Poor Insulators

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

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

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.

 

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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Should You Fix Or Replace Your Drafty Windows?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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With colder weather slowly rolling into Georgia, you may notice your windows letting out some of your warm air and allowing in cold air. This can be a huge frustration for homeowners, resulting in uncomfortable temperatures at home and extra costs on your heating bills all winter. It can be hard to know if your windows just need a quick fix to get through the winter, or if it’s time to get them replaced. Let’s take a look at why your windows can get drafty, how to craft a short-term fix, and when you should replace them.

 

There are many reasons a window can lose its seal and start becoming drafty. Sometimes it’s poor workmanship, and not having the window correctly installed can mean air slips through in and out of the home. Often times the putty can become brittle and chip away, leaving the window rattling in the window and allowing cold air in. But most often in Georgia, the culprit is warping from the extreme changes in weather from season to season, as glass and frames can bend and distort the seal as they heat up and cool down. Any and all of these reasons can damage your window over time and lead to problems with drafts.

 

If you want a quick-fix for your drafty windows, you have a few different options. First, you can cover the window with plastic film and heat it with a hair dryer to get an airtight “drum” effect in the window that can help a room retain up to 55% off its heat. It’s affordable and quick to install, but can be an eyesore, and speaking from experience, doesn’t last long in a house with cats or dogs who will be scratching away.

 

Another option involves a simple draft snake. Often used under doors, they can be very effective for windows as a simple and attractive way to block out cold drafts and keep warm air inside. If you don’t want to buy one, making one is as simple as filling a long tube sock with dry rice. It won’t get your room into Better Homes and Gardens, but it gets the job done!

 

Finally, applying a roll of rope caulk around your windows can help block out the cold drafts and keep your home warm. This is an easy and affordable option to help keep air from escaping and won’t ruin your windows when you remove it in the spring. It’s easy to install and can be easily cut and customized for windows of all shapes and sizes.

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For some windows, these fixes are good enough for you to get through the winter without spending an arm and a leg on your heating bills. But these are temporary fixes that won’t last, and more often than not, the hassle and cost of keeping a bad window outweighs getting a real replacement. For the temperamental Georgia weather, we recommend looking at the Marvin Infinity fiberglass window. The window won’t warp in hot weather and cause drafts during the winter, requires a small and simple frame because of its sturdy construction, and has beautiful wood window design that provides your home with the best view possible. Imagine a winter without drafty windows and crazy heating bills! The Marvin Infinity fiberglass window may be the answer to your drafty window issues this winter.

 

Have questions about your windows and want to know if it’s time to replace them? Get an expert opinion and leave the cheap DIY fixes behind! North Georgia Replacement Windows can answer your questions and help you understand your options. Come by and visit us at our showroom at 1210 Warsaw Rd., Suite 1000, Roswell, GA 30076, or give us a call at 770.888.1604 to schedule a free consultation and learn about the best window options for your home!


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Why Energy Star Ratings Are Important For Replacement Windows

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

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If you’ve looked into buying new appliances or other home products, you’ve probably seen the Energy Star logo. It makes sense to monitor how efficient your appliances are so you can save money and protect the environment, but did you know that windows, doors, and skylights can qualify for Energy Star status as well? When replacing your windows, it’s important to know what Energy Star actually signifies and why it’s important for your home!

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