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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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Infinity from Marvin Windows Are a Bright Resolution for 2017

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Every New Year brings new opportunities to start fresh. Everyone makes resolutions and get a fresh start when the calendar turns over, but if you’re like me, not all over those resolutions stick. Eating healthier and going to the gym more often are great ideas, but our resolve in January can fade away quickly. At NG Windows we think resolutions should be more permanent, and having lasting effects that don’t require constant upkeep. Our resolution for 2017: improve more homes with the magic of Infinity from Marvin windows!

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How NG Windows Put Its Stamp on Historical Atlanta

Tuesday, May 31st, 2016

Historical Atlanta

Architecturally speaking, Atlanta is on the wrong side of history.  Due to a few unfortunate fires including one as recently as 99 years ago the city of Atlanta has been more in the rebuilding process rather than in the restoration business.  Despite the age of a majority of our buildings, Atlanta is known globally for its rich history.   From when the Zero Mile Post was driven into the ground in 1837 Atlanta has been a thriving capital city. It played pinnacle roles in both the Civil War and the Civil Rights movement 100 years later.  Atlanta is home to global corporations that have GDPs larger than some mid-sized countries, such as Coca-Cola, Turner Broadcasting and Delta Airlines.  It is also home to the busiest airport in the world.  With such a rich and dynamic history, such a vibrant present and a great outlook for the future, there’s no better place than right here in Atlanta, Georgia.  Of course, when we were asked to put our small stamp on Atlanta history, we jumped at the chance. (more…)

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.

The Difference Between Hopper and Tilt-Turn Windows

Monday, April 6th, 2015

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As expert replacement window installers, we have assisted hundreds of customers in choosing the best windows for their homes and businesses. If you want to know more about hopper and tilt-turn windows, continue reading below for a basic description of each one. Then, to help you decide which window is right for your home, call us. Our window experts are always ready to answer your questions and address your concerns.

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