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5 ENERGY Star Approved Ways to Improve Your Home

Monday, February 27th, 2017

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

Thursday, July 21st, 2016
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We’ve mentioned previously how a window is more than just a pane of glass. The supportive frame is what really gives the window its identity. Of course, that’s not saying that the double pane of glass that keeps over 80% of UV rays from passing through that come standard in quality windows nowadays isn’t important, it most definitely is as a safety precaution and energy saver. No matter how fine the craftsmanship of the window is, if it’s not installed correctly, it won’t be long before you’ll regret your decision to replace your windows. (more…)

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.

4 Things That You Should Know About Fiberglass Windows

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Fiberglass windows
What was once considered a niche product is now the platinum standard for new windows.  Previously we posted about vinyl and wood windows, the two most popular windows.  By consumer standards, fiberglass has a ways to go befoe it catches up with wood and vinyl.  By industry standards, fiberglass has not only caught up but surpassed any other material available for replacement windows.

Fiberglass windows don’t simply replace your current windows, they upgrade your entire house.  The resale value of your home will actually go up.  While vinyl windows are virtually maintenance free, fiberglass windows are completely maintenance free. While wood windows have a traditional look, fiberglass windows are customizable as well.  Not every window is for every person or every house, but, fiberglass windows might just be the compromise many homes need to keep their charm and still upgrade to today’s standards. (more…)

The Pros and Cons of Vinyl Windows

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

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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.

Part 2: Energy Efficient Windows for Your Commercial Property

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

In our last post, we talked about the ways that replacing windows with new energy efficient windows could improve a residential property. While homeowners certainly save money by making the upgrade to efficient windows, commercial properties enjoy savings that are drastically larger. Imagine a large corporate office structure that uses hundreds of traditional windows that are wasting energy.

Once those windows are replaced with new energy efficient windows, you are looking at hundreds of windows that are saving money for the commercial property. When combined with other green technologies, commercial properties and businesses can end up saving more than expected. Just like energy efficient windows for homeowners, there are also a list of other great reasons a commercial property should upgrade its windows. This post emphasizes the importance of design considerations and how to choose the right commercial windows based on upgrade needs and preferences.

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Tips to Choosing the Right Window for Your Home Kitchen Remodel

Friday, March 20th, 2015

In our many years as a North Georgia window company, we know that replacing your old windows with new energy-efficient replacement windows gives you a better return on your investment compared to other replacement projects. How do you make sure you choose the right type of windows for your kitchen renovation project? Read on to find out.

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Remember This When Replacing Your Home Windows

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Did you know that nearly 30 to 40 percent of the energy in your home is lost through your windows and doors if they are not up to par with modern efficiency standards? Installing a new set of ENERGY STAR windows can save you upwards of $500 a year on heating and cooling costs by upgrading from single-panes alone. When considering that most windows can last up to 30 years or more, this is one long-term investment every homeowner should make.

While you can certainly replace one window at a time, the best savings come from large-scale projects. Most window contractors will advise you to do this if your budget allows, but at the end of the day, the savings will start to add up right away.

Of course, to make the most of your investment, there a few things to take under careful consideration. Hiring a reputable and licensed contractor such as North Georgia Replacement Windows is important, especially for people who lack the requisite experience needed to perform this job.

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Contemporary Window Styles

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

In our many years as a successful Atlanta windows and door replacement company, we have compiled a tremendous amount of information regarding the different aspects of this industry. Through the years we have been privileged to share what we know with hundreds of our customers as they seek assistance with choosing the ideal windows and doors for their homes and business.

If you want to know more about the different types of home windows that are available on the market today, read on. You may just come across the window that’s perfect for your home. If you do, call us. We’ll be glad to install the right windows for your Atlanta home.

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