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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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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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5 Projects to Improve the Value of Your Home

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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In a volatile housing market, it can be difficult to find the perfect time to sell your home. Nationwide, housing sales have slowed in the past few months, and even if you’ve put your house on the market, it could take months or years to close. Whether you’re currently looking to sell, considering it in the future, or just want to improve your home, there are lots of projects you can tackle to help add to the value of your home in the short and long term!

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How a New Custom Door can Change Your Life

Friday, May 20th, 2016

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You likely don’t think much about your front door.  You come home, open the door, go inside and live your life.  Just because you don’t think about it, though, doesn’t mean others don’t.  It is true that your front door will not draw much attention if it’s just another front door. But, your front door could also be a statement piece.  It could be something that when people pass by they say, “now that’s a nice house.”  Other than windows and perhaps shutters, there is nothing else that will make a house stand out than a front door. (more…)

Five Reasons To Replace Your Windows This Fall

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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Traffic is slower because blinking school zone lights are warning us to slow down, actual work is being pushed so that vital fantasy football research can be done and the Braves are finally able to hide behind the Falcons on the 11:00 news, which can only mean one thing, fall is rapidly approaching.  As the temperatures cool and the air turns drier, it’s time to do a semi-annual readiness check on your home.  We might not be heading into the oblivion that our friends up north are, but still, our winters are nothing to scoff at, and our beautiful North Georgia autumn will allow you plenty of time to prepare.

After running the air conditioning all summer, it’s great to have a reprieve in the fall before having to crank the furnace up.  Are you getting the most from your AC and heater or are you also helping to cool and heat the outdoors?  While energy efficiency is one obvious reason to replace your windows it’s only one of several important factors to consider window replacement this fall.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency sounds almost too obvious to include here.  “Winter’s coming, got to keep the heat in.” It’s a tired line when it comes to offering something with multiple uses. We understand that windows are an investment and not something that you just wake up one day and say “I’m replacing all my windows today.” It’s important to note that if you have older, single pane windows, and you plan on staying in your current home that eventually the windows would pay for themselves in energy savings.

While energy saving windows are ideal, it’s possible that repairing your current windows or looking into better insulation might be more economical until you can feel comfortable with the costs associated with replacing your windows.

ENERGY STAR®, a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) voluntary program that helps individuals protect the climate through energy efficiency, has ratings based on climate, but it doesn’t take into account home designs such as orientation.  Some rooms will be naturally warm based on the sun’s angle.  A professional installer will even take into account the sun’s angle in different seasons rather than just install a pane of glass and tell you you’ll save money.

There’s a lot to consider when it comes to replacing windows for energy efficiency. While it’s the most practical reason to replace your windows, let’s face it, practically gets pushed to tomorrow far too often.

But, are your windows…

Aesthetically Unpleasing

Your house is likely your largest investment.  Unlike stocks, bonds and commodities, you have some control over the resale value of your home.  The resale value is only one reason to keep your house looking nice and up to date.  You should be proud of the place you call home.  When strangers walk or drive by or when friends or family visit it feels good to know that they’re pleased with what they see.  Your home is an important part of the urban or suburban landscape even if it is a small part of it.  It should appear as you want to be represented.  Your windows are a huge part of your home.  They are not only how you see out, but likely, the major focal point of your home.

Or, perhaps your windows look great, “Yeah, they’re a little old but I can’t rationalize replacing my windows for aesthetics.  They  look alright after all.”  You can probably rationalize replacing your windows for your…

Family’s Safety

Ask yourself how old your house is. Do you have children? If your house was built before 1978 your window casings were likely painted with lead-based paint.  This causes two hazards, 1) the dust that it creates as the paint microscopically chips contains lead that over time you and your family will breathe and 2) small children tend to chew on things, such as window sills, that are reachable as they’re teething.  The long-term damage can be devastating to the brain and other vital organs.

Do you have a basement window? Is the window large enough to climb out in case of an emergency? Egressed windows, or a window that allows for easy access to the outside from the basement, is required by code in new houses, but many houses do not meet this requirement.  Not only does your basement bedroom not count as a bedroom in the eyes of the National Association of Realtors, but the safety of the occupant of the room is in peril without one. Or, perhaps, you simply have a window that…

Won’t Open

This might not seem like a big problem in the winter and summer, but it should be in the fall and spring. There’s nothing better and more efficient than letting nature climatize your home.  If your windows are painted shut or you can open them but can’t keep them open, you’re missing a great opportunity by not replacing them.

As nice as letting mother nature cool or warm your house is, there’s a much more important reason to make sure your windows open safely.  Windows can provide a quick escape from fire.  If you can’t open a window in your home, you’re putting yourself and everyone in it in danger.  Perhaps you’re thinking, “it’s just one window that won’t open,” now imagine the same thought as you’re standing at that window with smoke fogging the room.  Your tone is likely a little different.

But, your windows open fine.  And, besides a fire, you’d never open them anyways, because this part of the city has a problem with…

Noise

As Atlanta continues to prosper, the city and surrounding areas continue to grow.  Growth is a great thing, home values rise and the area becomes more vibrant. With more people, though, it becomes noisier. New windows will help keep the noise where it belongs; outside.  Glass alone cannot reduce sound, it actually requires damping materials, or materials that will absorb the sound waves.  New windows are specifically made with this in mind.  Just as importantly, they have to be installed correctly.

The decision to replace windows is a big one.  Having a thorough understanding of your needs, budget and process are crucial to a successful project.  Contact us to discuss the process and schedule an assessment of your current situation.  Visit our showroom at your convenience to get an idea of what your home could transform into.  We’ll look forward to getting to know you.  Oh, and be careful driving through the school zones and good luck in fantasy football.

Insulation Options for Your Commercial and Residential Properties

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

If your home or business is more than a couple of decades old, it may be time for an insulation upgrade. You may be living one of the historic “century homes”, which may even lack insulation. Buildings like these need insulation in the worst way. There is no sense in suffering through a cold winter or hot summer and paying exorbitant heating and cooling bills when the problem can be easily addressed through insulation.

Although insulation isn’t exactly cheap, it pays for itself over time as it traps the warm and cool air in your building so that you don’t have to operate your furnace and air conditioner as frequently.

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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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All About Hopper Windows

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Hopper windows are one of the most popular window options for schools, but they can also be an excellent choice for the spaces in your home that require a smaller window with full functionality. Here are just a few of the things our replacement window installers want you to know about hopper windows.

What Are Hopper Windows?

Hopper windows are a type of window that is hinged for opening instead of being able to slide vertically to open. Typically, they are hinged on the bottom and will open inward from the top. They are one of the best windows for home areas with limited space, such as basements and bathrooms. They can also be paired with larger windows to create a unique look for a space.

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Security

Because hopper windows are often located in vulnerable spaces in your home, they must have the absolute best security available. They have a lever-style handle and locking mechanism at the top where they open. Be sure to investigate the particular style’s safety ratings and only select the best-rated windows to keep your home and property secure.

Energy Efficiency

Hopper windows are generally considered very energy-efficient replacement windows. They provide the most efficiency among models designed for small openings. They are able to fully ventilate a space when open and have thick insulating glass when closed.

If you do plan to use your hopper windows at night to cool your home, we encourage you to use window screens to keep your home free of annoying pests.

Disadvantages

Like all window styles, hopper windows have their disadvantages, the most notable being that they do not offer great privacy. You cannot use traditional window coverings with hopper windows and still maintain the window’s functionality.

We recommend that our customers consider using factory tinting, privacy films or glass etching to ensure their privacy. Window screens may provide some limited additional privacy.

Don’t Get Us Confused with another Atlanta Window Company

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

IphoneCallUsNorth Georgia Replacement Windows is the only place you should go when looking for high-quality replacement windows with superior customer service. We are a unique replacement window company in metro Atlanta and throughout North Georgia with dependable service and professional installation of energy efficient and maintenance free replacement windows. We offer the best values on all types of windows with a friendly and knowledgeable staff you can depend on. We urge you to do comparison shopping to see the difference for yourself, but don’t get our name confused with companies offering less reliable services.

At NGRW, we offer the best value for the highest quality products. By good value, we mean that you don’t just get what you pay for, but you get more in terms of energy efficiency and great design. You might look at our beautiful windows and think to yourself, “They must cost a lot,” but in fact they are very affordable! Since you can actually add value to your home by installing high-quality replacement windows, you should consider them a long-term investment that will improve your home’s resale value.IMacVisitOurWebsite

As well as adding to your property’s value, you will realize immediate savings in your utility bills because windows from North Georgia Replacement Windows are extremely energy efficient. They are perfectly designed and custom fit to keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. You won’t need to spend time painting them because they are available in a multitude of colors that are easy to clean and easy to maintain.

Make an appointment with our professional consultants today and take advantage of our special financing options available with approved credit.

Make sure you are calling us at North Georgia Replacement Windows and not another company!

 

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