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Upgrade Your Window Screens and Enjoy the Autumn Air

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

As the leaves begin to turn and the crisp fall air rolls in, it’s the perfect time to turn off the AC and open your windows for a fresh, cool breeze. This means it’s also time to pay attention to an often overlooked part of your home: your window screens. It’s easy to forget about them until you have a problem, but old or damaged window screens can cause a host of issues.

Want to enjoy the fresh fall air? Keep reading to learn how to spot the signs of a deteriorating screen and get the details on the high-quality replacement screen options available today.

When to Replace Your Window Screens

If you’ve ever had a broken screen, you’ll remember the problems it caused. Of course, you don’t want bees and lizards in your home, but pests and dirty air are just the beginning of the list of issues that come from a broken, damaged or dirty window screen.

A variety of factors can cause a screen to break or deteriorate. You’ll notice quickly if pets, children or objects have caused dents or rips. Constant exposure to extreme temperatures and sunlight will inevitably make your screens more brittle and weak over time. You may also notice your screen warping or sagging due to poor fitting or age.

All Window Screens Are Not Created Equal

If you notice these signs of damage, it’s time to replace your screens. To avoid the inconvenience of frequent replacement, invest in a better-quality screen. High-quality mesh will deteriorate at a slower rate, while a sturdy, well-installed frame will keep screens from sagging. Additionally, a durable model will withstand more debris from the outside, any possible denting and will break less often. These factors will save you time and money.

Understand Your Options

North Georgia Replacement Windows installs Infinity from Marvin screens, which are the highest-quality screens available, from mesh to frame. All the Infinity from Marvin Double Hung windows offer standard transparency, durable, extruded aluminum-surround full or half screens with fiberglass mesh. They also offer the opportunity to upgrade to the Infinity Replacement Double Hung to a high-transparency screen with finer mesh.

High-transparency screens are a great option, as they increase both visibility and curb appeal. You’ll see perfectly from inside your home, and they’re virtually invisible from the outside, letting your windows shine through. Upgraded screens have more air flow, and the holes in the screen are smaller, so they’re more impervious to insects. If you do not open your windows very often and do not want a screen, we can deduct the screen price from your order.

Finally, remember that a professional Window replacement ensures screens fit perfectly to each window, avoiding warping or sagging over time. With a high-quality, well-installed window and screen, you can feel confident opening your windows and enjoying the invigorating fall air.

If you think you might need new windows with better screens, contact the experienced and highly trained professionals at North Georgia Replacement Windows.

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.

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.

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.