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Why Great Windows Are Worth the Cost

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

Knowing which replacement window to buy can be difficult. There are many types and styles to choose from, and every seller seems to offer a deal. Sometimes homeowners come up against less-than-reliable customer sales reps that promise them a great price for what turns out to be a not-so-great product. Read on for ways to choose wisely.

Too Good to Be True

We’ve all heard “if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is,” and the world of replacement windows is no different. As in any industry, you’ll find some window companies who are out to make a quick sale, and the deals they offer usually bear closer scrutiny. There are a number of deceptive sales tactics used by unscrupulous window companies that you need to be aware of before you shop. Listed below are some of the most common tactics you may encounter:

  • Inflated retail prices that make customers think they are getting an amazing sale price
  • High-pressure sales tactics to lure customers in and then an up-sell to a different, more expensive window.
  • Quoting prices for a certain window but delivering a lower quality version
  • Over-estimated energy efficiency and savings
  • Not making buyers aware of the window’s lifespan

You Get What You Pay For

A window that will last as long as your home will not be found on sale at a discount window dealer. Materials and craftsmanship that are top-of-the-line will, by necessity, cost more than a mass-produced window with lower-grade materials that is built for a budget. Fiberglass windows, such as the Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows, are constructed with a patented material that resists the damaging effects of time and weather. It’s a buying decision that more than pays for itself because the product never needs replacing.

The Value of Great Windows

When calculating the window cost for your home, keep these points in mind about Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows

  • Energy efficient windows help reduce monthly utility costs
  • Fiberglass windows do not require painting
  • Patented Ultrex fiberglass windows do not rust, chip, rot, warp or peel
  • Eligible for federal tax credits
  • Enhanced curb appeal
  • Weathertight
  • Custom-built

Armed with these tips, you can better shop for replacement windows for your home. For a free estimate, contact North Georgia Replacement Windows today.

 

 

Should You Fix Or Replace Your Drafty Windows?

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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With colder weather slowly rolling into Georgia, you may notice your windows letting out some of your warm air and allowing in cold air. This can be a huge frustration for homeowners, resulting in uncomfortable temperatures at home and extra costs on your heating bills all winter. It can be hard to know if your windows just need a quick fix to get through the winter, or if it’s time to get them replaced. Let’s take a look at why your windows can get drafty, how to craft a short-term fix, and when you should replace them.

 

There are many reasons a window can lose its seal and start becoming drafty. Sometimes it’s poor workmanship, and not having the window correctly installed can mean air slips through in and out of the home. Often times the putty can become brittle and chip away, leaving the window rattling in the window and allowing cold air in. But most often in Georgia, the culprit is warping from the extreme changes in weather from season to season, as glass and frames can bend and distort the seal as they heat up and cool down. Any and all of these reasons can damage your window over time and lead to problems with drafts.

 

If you want a quick-fix for your drafty windows, you have a few different options. First, you can cover the window with plastic film and heat it with a hair dryer to get an airtight “drum” effect in the window that can help a room retain up to 55% off its heat. It’s affordable and quick to install, but can be an eyesore, and speaking from experience, doesn’t last long in a house with cats or dogs who will be scratching away.

 

Another option involves a simple draft snake. Often used under doors, they can be very effective for windows as a simple and attractive way to block out cold drafts and keep warm air inside. If you don’t want to buy one, making one is as simple as filling a long tube sock with dry rice. It won’t get your room into Better Homes and Gardens, but it gets the job done!

 

Finally, applying a roll of rope caulk around your windows can help block out the cold drafts and keep your home warm. This is an easy and affordable option to help keep air from escaping and won’t ruin your windows when you remove it in the spring. It’s easy to install and can be easily cut and customized for windows of all shapes and sizes.

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For some windows, these fixes are good enough for you to get through the winter without spending an arm and a leg on your heating bills. But these are temporary fixes that won’t last, and more often than not, the hassle and cost of keeping a bad window outweighs getting a real replacement. For the temperamental Georgia weather, we recommend looking at the Marvin Infinity fiberglass window. The window won’t warp in hot weather and cause drafts during the winter, requires a small and simple frame because of its sturdy construction, and has beautiful wood window design that provides your home with the best view possible. Imagine a winter without drafty windows and crazy heating bills! The Marvin Infinity fiberglass window may be the answer to your drafty window issues this winter.

 

Have questions about your windows and want to know if it’s time to replace them? Get an expert opinion and leave the cheap DIY fixes behind! North Georgia Replacement Windows can answer your questions and help you understand your options. Come by and visit us at our showroom at 1210 Warsaw Rd., Suite 1000, Roswell, GA 30076, or give us a call at 770.888.1604 to schedule a free consultation and learn about the best window options for your home!


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A Look into the Future: Windows as Solar Cells

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Even our experts at North Georgia Replacement Windows couldn’t have predicted even a few years ago that the windows in our homes and buildings could be used as an efficient power source. It may sound absurd, but a recently innovative technology design may forever alter the way we use energy. Thanks to the folks at Michigan State University, the world’s first transparent solar cell has been created.

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Control Window Replacement Costs with These Three Tips

Monday, August 27th, 2012

Upon initial thought, the idea of setting a budget for a window replacement project may seem overwhelming. However, it is possible to control your costs and still get the energy efficient windows you have been longing for. In efforts to help balance your budget without compromising quality, North Georgia Replacement Windows has put together the following three tips to help control your window replacement costs:

1. Buy quality, not brand names – While some brands have a history of quality, there are others that are more expensive without any extra benefit. At North Georgia Replacement Windows, we only provide and install quality products. Although we do sell popular name brand windows, we provide them for the benefits they may offer to certain customers, not for the label they contain. Our window selection is one we offer because we know they’ll look great and last for years. We encourage everyone to do their research on brands, but perhaps a more educated approach would be to put just as much focus, if not more, on the advantages and performance of the windows themselves (i.e. frame material, glass package, thermal performance, etc.).

2. Know what types of windows affect price – Although we offer an assortment of window brands, there are three main overall types of windows: vinyl, milled PVC, and clad. Without compromising the quality and performance of the windows themselves, each type carries its own advantages and disadvantages, such as their ability to be painted, their warranties, and namely, their price. From least to most economical respectively, these three types of windows should be considered when keeping in line with your budget.

3. Buy what’s right for you – With all of the options available in today’s market of replacement windows, it’s easy to become confused. To make sure you stay in line with your budget, do some research and make a list of exactly what is important to you in finding the perfect replacement window (i.e. the ability to be able to paint/stain, exterior colors, grid options, etc). Our team will work with you to give you the products and services you desire without pressuring you to buy ‘extras’ simply for our gain. When you have what you want in mind, it is easier to remain focused and not be persuaded into buying something you don’t really need.

To find out more about quality products and receive a free quote for your window replacement cost from trusted consultants at North Georgia Replacement Windows, simply give us a call at 770-888-1604.

Changing from Double Hung to Casement Style Windows

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

If you travel around the state of Georgia, there is one common window type and style that you will find on most of the homes. Everyone seems to have double hung style windows with grids (also called dividers, muntins). Why is this? Because this is what we’ve always had. Well, there’s good news for those who want to improve upon the old and not always go with the status quo.

It’s true; most people still replace their windows with the same style that is currently in their home. However, there are many more options available when it comes to replacement windows. A couple of years ago, I replaced all the double hung windows in my home with casement style windows. I also know of four other window business owners who did the same. It was a decision that I couldn’t be happier with. So what do we know that the average window buyer may not…

Unlike double hung windows that lift up and down vertically, casement windows operate outward by cranking a handle. The newer casement style windows have many advantages over the older models like new sleek folding handles and even a feature that allows the windows to be cleaned from the inside. Casement windows can be made to open ventilating to the left or right depending on your preference and/or your home’s orientation. Casement windows are also available with most of the same aesthetic options as double hung style windows, like the grids in between or bonded on the glass.

Casement style windows also have some advantages over the traditional double hung windows, such as expansive open views with no horizontal obstruction. Casement windows are a perfect fit for kitchen applications where it’s difficult to reach over a sink to open. They can usually be mixed seamlessly with double hung style windows because, in the closed position, they look like most any other fixed window. One of the biggest advantages to casement windows is they are some of the most energy efficient windows available. Casement windows seal up tighter than double hung windows, providing superior protection against the elements.

Most window manufacturers make casement style windows and they are available in a variety of different frame materials. North Georgia Replacement Windows recommends casement windows that are made from maintenance free materials such as new PVC resin vinyl, composite milled PVC, and wood clad options. We also offer plenty of premium brands of casement windows like Peachtree, Pella, Vytex, Alside and more. The cost of casement windows are only about 10% more than the cost of double hungs (depending on the brand), therefore they are also a great value.

If it fits your style, home architecture and budget, consider a casement style window over a traditional double hung on your next window replacement project. You may be surprised at the beautiful and energy efficient transformation that casement windows can provide for your home.

To learn more and discuss what style of window would best suit your home, contact North Georgia Replacement Windows at (770) 888-1604 or via our online form. We’d love to hear from you!