Window Advice

Common Window Replacement Mistakes To Avoid

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

Investing in new windows for your commercial office is not a matter to take lightly. This is a major budget expense that requires attention to detail due to the fact that there are dozens of styles and types of windows available and that you will be using these windows for the next 50 years. Needless to say, you will not want to have any doubts whatsoever about your purchase.

Take the time to research your options and consult a professional replacement windows installer. North Georgia Replacement Windows offers these services and more to our customers, so feel free to get in touch with us once your business is ready.

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Check Out Our Stellar Reviews on Kudzu.com!

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

We are very proud of the impeccable service we offer to each and every one of our Atlanta, Ga., window replacement clients. We genuinely believe that we offer the very best service for window and door replacement and installation in the North Georgia region, and we have customer reviews to back that belief up. We encourage you to check out our great reviews on Kudzu.com by surfing over to http://www.kudzu.com/m/North-Georgia-Replacement-WindowsInc.-16838307.

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Asking the Ethical Questions

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Hiring any Atlanta replacement windows contractor can be a stressful ordeal, particularly for homeowners with little to no experience dealing with service specialists. You work hard for your money and deserve to know everything about the company you choose to hire. We are fully aware of the apprehensions customers can have regarding integrity, professional demeanor and past experience. Trust us, these feelings are completely normal and justified, so we take it upon ourselves to set the record straight.

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The Underrated Garden Window

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014

Garden windows are some of the best windows for home owners who love to bring the outdoors in. Also known as “greenhouse windows” thanks to their design and function, garden windows are an excellent addition to your kitchen or other rooms of your home.

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Windows 101

Friday, June 6th, 2014

Windows can greatly affect the appearance of your home from both the inside and out, and they can make just as great an effect on your home’s functionality and energy efficiency. Before you decide to buy replacement windows, we want you to be aware of the basic window elements you should keep in mind.

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Improve the Outside of Your Home with Bow Windows

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Bow windows are very similar to bay windows – to such an extent that they are generally considered to be a more specific type of bay window. They naturally extend outward from the walls of your home and provide architectural interest in the same way that a bay window installation can.

Construction

Bow windows are generally made by gently arcing anywhere between three to five windows together. These windows can function as a solid unit or as individually operable units depending on how the bow window is constructed and which window styles are used to create the overall structure.

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Bow windows are perfect for larger openings because they can provide a full viewing range and bring in a significant amount of light while still offering an overall functionality to your home’s interior and a revitalized sense of style to your home’s exterior.

Roof Attachment

Our replacement window installation teams are able to attach your bow windows to your home either by tying them in to the existing roof or by adding on a customized hip roof. Depending on the grade of the curve you desire in your window, either of these can be an excellent architectural decision. We will be certain to let you know if the size of your window will limit your roof attachment options.

Materials

Each of our bow windows for your home comes in a variety of materials, finishes and casings. Choose between custom-stained, furniture-grade veneers, aluminum or fiberglass components, then choose your finish. We currently offer bow windows in white or woodgrain interior finishes, and any color on the exterior.

If you are ready to bring some more visual interest to the exterior of your home, it may be time to consider adding a bow window. Call one of our associates today to discuss your options and begin the process of installing your replacement windows.

Are Double-Hung Replacement Windows Right for Your Project?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

double-hung-windowsAre Double-Hung Replacement Windows Right for Your Project?

Did you know that certain types of home window installations can help you save money on energy costs during those hot Georgia summers? Whether your house is undergoing a remodel or a series of repairs, choosing the right replacement windows for your project can make a difference in the look and feel of your home, as well as your wallet. If conserving money and energy without sacrificing the decorative details of your home are factors in deciding which windows to install, then double-hung replacement windows may be the solution.

Double-hung windows are the most common type of window in American homes. These windows make an attractive option because they are relatively inexpensive, complement other window styles well, may be installed to stand alone as a single unit or make an impact in multiples, and their construction allows for easy cleaning.

Perhaps the best feature of double-hung replacement windows is that they may be utilized as an energy-efficient method of cooling down your home in the summer. Simply lower the top sash three inches, raise the bottom sash three inches, and you have an electricity-free air conditioner! This works by directing humid air out the top crack of the window, while allowing cool air to flow into the house through the bottom portion.

North Georgia Windows provides a variety of double-hung replacement windows with advantages that include:

  • Tightly sealed weather-stripping to keep out dirt, noise, water and air
  • Hidden screen tracks that enhance the windows’ aesthetics
  • Drop-in glazing for an additional layer of energy efficiency
  • Easy-to-operate windows without the use of pulleys, weights and sash cords

Are you ready to go with the right windows for your home? North Georgia Windows is your reliable expert on installing and repairing double-hung replacement windows. Contact us by calling 770-888-1604, or fill out our online form to request a free proposal.

The Benefits of Fiberglass Replacement Windows

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

fiberglass-windowsThe Benefits of Fiberglass Replacement Windows

There are a handful of options on the market when it comes to replacement windows for your home. Aluminum, vinyl and wood are commonly used window materials, covering an expanse of variations in price and durability as they pertain to the architecture of a house. However, fiberglass replacement windows is an option that is growing in popularity. If you are unfamiliar with the virtues of this up-and-coming material, here are some benefits of fiberglass replacement windows:

Durability
Fiberglass is resistant to hot and cold extremes; therefore, fiberglass replacement windows are suitable for any climate. The material is less likely to expand, shrink, crack, warp, fade, peel, sag or rot, and it is chemical-resistant. Additionally, fiberglass is low-maintenance, and its integrity can be preserved for years on end.

Energy Efficiency
As you may already know in the context of your home’s attic, fiberglass is a substance that insulates a space. So, in contrast to other window types, fiberglass windows do not require a thermal barrier (e.g. polyamide strips). Also, because fiberglass does not expand or shrink, the likelihood of air leaks is decreased. Overall, fiberglass replacement windows can reduce your utility bills.

Environmental Friendliness
The energy used to manufacture fiberglass windows is exponentially less than what is required of other window types. First, fiberglass is constructed of silica sand, a sustainable resource that is already abundant. Second, fiberglass’s longevity means it doesn’t have to be replaced as often. Less waste means less negative impact on the environment!

Aesthetic Friendliness
Fiberglass can be made to look like high-end wood windows by mimicking wood grain on the window’s interior and matching its exterior color to the outside of the house. Moreover, fiberglass windows can be painted — and they hold the hue!

Fiberglass replacement windows are versatile and come in many styles such as awning, casement, double-hung and more. The price of fiberglass windows is moderate, costing more than vinyl but less than wood. Ultimately, fiberglass is a worthwhile investment in terms of strength, endurance and appearance.

To increase the resale value of your home with fiberglass replacement windows, call on North Georgia Windows to install them for you. Our expert team will ensure that your home receives the best-looking windows at the right price. Contact us at 770-888-1604 for an estimate today.

Window Replacement Options: Frames

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

Atlanta Window Replacement Options: Frames

Replacing windows can be a little scary if you don’t know what your options are. At North Georgia Replacement Windows, our goal is to take the headache out of Atlanta window and door replacement. We want you to be happy with your choice for many years to come and we’re here to help you through every step in the process.

With temperatures dropping to nearly freezing each night in Atlanta, it’s already time to bring in the plants and get ready for the holidays. It’s also a perfect time to replace old or damaged windows with new, energy-efficient ones.

Atlanta window replacement will keep your home warmer in the winter, reduce your energy bills, and give your home a fresh, updated look that’s sure to leave a good impression on guests.

We offer a huge variety of window choices, but there are three main types: wood clad, vinyl, and cellular PVC. All three are virtually maintenance-free and look fabulous in a variety of settings.  Here are some quick facts about each material to help you decide which one is best for your project.

Wood Clad

Wood is the most traditional window framing material. It is a renewable resource, and people have been using it for hundreds of years. Wooden windows can be easily painted or stained to suit changing tastes or decorations. They add rustic charm and sophistication to any home. They don’t attract condensation like aluminum windows can, and they quickly add value to your home.

While some people feel that wood windows require more maintenance and replacement, it isn’t always true. Almost any wood window becomes maintenance free when combined with a exterior made of vinyl, fiberglass, or aluminum. These clad exteriors are aesthetically pleasing, highly efficient, easy to clean, and they protect the wood underneath. Vinyl clad comes in just a few colors and aluminum can be any color to match your home.  Fiberglass windows can even be painted on the exterior.

Wood does have some drawbacks, however. Without regular maintenance or cladding, wood can rot, warp, twist, or expand and contract according to the weather. And, of course, they’re susceptible to termite infestation. Wood is also not the cheapest material.

Vinyl

People choose vinyl windows because they are cost-effective and energy-efficient. They provide a lot of insulation, which means that your home will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and your energy bill will also be lower. A wide range of colors are available, they are resistant to weathering, and they never need to be painted.

While high quality vinyl windows will last for years and years, cheap or inferior quality vinyl windows may discolor in intense heat, and some styles can’t be painted if they get damaged or your tastes change.

All vinyl windows look different from traditional wood windows. This can be a challenge if you’re not replacing every window in your home or building from scratch. When replacing only a few windows, don’t mix and match windows on the same side. Instead, replace every window on one side, then replace the sides when you have the time and budget.

North Georgia Replacement Windows will never try to cut corners on vinyl windows. We want you to be happy with your windows today and tomorrow.

Cellular PVC

Cellular PVC is similar to vinyl but much stronger. It looks just like wood but will not rot or weather like wood. It’s about the same weight as wood and can be sawn and sanded just like wood, too. It also withstands heat better than traditional vinyl. It insulates better than vinyl and wood, making it the most energy-efficient frame option available.

Cellular PVC is newer to the market than wood or vinyl. While it lasts longer than any other material and provides the greatest relief in energy costs, cellular PVC can be more expensive than other window materials. It is manufactured from manmade materials, so it encourages less dependence on natural forests but is not considered an eco-friendly choice.

If you want to custom paint or eventually change your window frame color, cellular PVC is an excellent choice. However, if you want to paint over dark colors, you must use vinyl-safe paints to avoid warping.

If you still have questions, please don’t hesitate to call us at 770.888.1604 to discuss your project and options for Atlanta window replacement.

Thinking about window replacement? Read this guide and avoid wasting time, effort, and money!

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

You know that replacing your old windows with new, energy efficient ones could make your home more efficient and attractive. But you also know that reduced energy costs and increased curb appeal don’t appear out of thin air. You’ll have to invest some time, effort, and money up front.

The good news is that if you work with a team of knowledgeable professionals that have your interests in mind, and do some initial research before you buy, you can see amazing results. The bad news is that, with all the options and sales pitches out there, it can be hard to tell where to start.

North Georgia Replacement Windows has built our reputation in the window replacement industry on one thing: making homes energy efficient and beautiful. We love educated buyers, and we love to the be ones to educate them.

So, to help you down this path, here are some questions to ask yourself, and any company you decide to work with as you consider replacing your windows. This is just one part of a series of educational blog posts we hope you’ll review before making any decisions.

This article focuses on signs that you may need work done on your windows. Our next article will discuss ways to tell if you need complete window replacement.

Question 1- Do your windows even need to be replaced?

This question isn’t as clear cut as it may initially seem. Sure, there are some obvious cases that require immediate window replacement. If your windows are rotting, leaking, or showing light in places they shouldn’t be, you know something needs to be done right away.

But there are other ways to tell if you need to have your windows worked on. Note that not every situation below requires complete window replacement. That’s an issue we’ll get into later.

Condensation or fog appears between the panes of glass

While it isn’t necessarily true 100% of the time, fog or condensation can mean your windows need to be replaced. At a minimum, the glazing needs to be repaired. What’s certain is that the thermal seal in your window is no longer working. If the damage is extensive, window replacement is the only option.

Any chipping, bubbling, or small signs of water damage around the window area

Fixing chips and leaks around windows can be extremely difficult. But fixing the problem as soon as possible is vital to stopping any future damage not just to the window. Repairs can save the insulation and structure of the house, as well.

If water has been leaking through for long, wood is probably rotted and mold may be growing. In most cases, windows that show chips or signs of leaking need to be replaced. A responsible company will take extra care to look at any other damage caused by the leak.

Small cracks in the glass

People with double-paned glass or other efficient windows often feel that a small crack in one pane of glass isn’t worth fixing, and definitely isn’t worth replacing the entire window. And it’s true that many cracks can be fixed quickly and easily without replacing the entire window. But it isn’t true that small cracks can be left alone. The truth is that even small cracks mean your windows aren’t operating at peak efficiency.

Due to fluctuations in weather and sun, small cracks always get bigger over time. So the window will need fixing or replacement eventually. You might as well fix it now.

It fails the candle test

The candle test is an “old school” way of checking on your windows for big air leaks. To perform the test, you just put a candle in front of your window and watch. If the candle goes out, the window definitely needs to be replaced. This sort of test works best during a storm.

The test above is an extreme example of one way to test for a breeze coming through your window. Other ways to test include:

  • Standing next to the window in silence and listening for air coming through.
  • Taping some plastic or cling wrap to the frame and seeing if it moves with the wind.
  • If it’s cold outside, stand next to the window and just feel for a breeze.

A professional analysis

When contacting a team of professionals about window repairs or replacement, ask them for an analysis or estimate. Do not jump to telling them you want to fix or replace your windows.

Here are better phrases to use:

  • “I need you to look at some windows I think may need some work.”
  • “I’d like you to look at something that may be damage to my windows.”
  • “I don’t think my windows are performing very well, can you come take a look at them and tell me what you think?”

A team of quality professionals will give you a thorough analysis of the situation and explain a variety of options to you.

If you think you’d like us to see about fixing or replacing your windows, or if you have any questions not covered in this guide, please don’t hesitate to contact North Georgia Replacement Windows today!