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Pros and Cons of Bay Windows

Monday, June 19th, 2017

 

When your home improvement project includes updating windows to enhance your home, consider installing bay windows as a decorative, functional and energy efficient option. As with any home improvement project, it’s always beneficial to understand the pros and cons involved with an upgrade. These unique windows are no exception.

Pros

  • These three-part windows add a distinctive look to the exterior of your home and increase the curb appeal of your home. Bay windows also add value to your property due to the addition of extra interior square footage that is created when the windows are installed.
  • The installation of bay windows opens up the interior of any room to the views outside. In fact, even the smallest room can benefit with the addition of crystal-clear fiber glass windows.
  • When in place, bay windows give each roomn abundant amount of natural light. This means no more stuffy and dark rooms.
  • Bay windows made from fiberglass are strong and durable, require minimal maintenance and are custom sized for your home.
  • The cove-like interior space created by the installation of these windows can be used in several ways:1) Enclose the extra space under the bottom of the windows with cabinets for storage.
    2) Cover the top of the cabinets with cushions and pillows to create a quiet window seat for reading, listening to music or other relaxing activities.
    3) Leave the floor space open to accentuate the increased room size.
    4) Use the additional square footage for plants, decorative items or a relaxing breakfast or coffee nook.

Cons

Bay windows are usually comprised of one large picture window, flanked by a smaller window on each side. While the design of this window type is architecturally attractive for both the interior and exterior walls, there are some potential challenges to consider. These include:

  • Depending on the room’s location and the amount of direct sunlight it receives, the windows’ additional glass may allow more heat in. While this aspect can be helpful during the colder months, it could require more work from the HVAC system during the summer. To address this problem, choose energy-efficient windows designed with double glass and an inert added between the panes to act as a barrier against the elements.
  • Because of their unique design, it may be difficult to find window treatments that easily conform to the window’s angles.
  • The foundation of your home needs to be structurally sound to provide proper support for the installation of bay windows.

Once you’ve made the decision to install new windows, check the styles and colors available of our Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows. To receive a free proposal, complete the convenient online form, and one of our expert window specialists will contact you.

Which Replacement Windows Are the Most Energy Efficient?

Friday, June 16th, 2017

Installing replacement windows in your home is a significant long-term investment. Looks, durability and maintenance requirements are a few factors that homeowners consider when choosing their windows, and energy efficiency is another important feature. Though energy efficient windows might be somewhat pricier than the alternatives, they’re better at insulating homes against temperature extremes and they reduce energy bills. The window frames, panes and spacers all contribute to the energy-saving effect.

Insulating Frames

Energy Star explains that window frame materials make a big difference when it comes to energy efficiency. Most window frames are made of fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum or wood. Aluminum frames are the least insulating of the four types, though manufacturers add thermal breaks to reduce heat loss. While some homeowners prefer the traditional look of wood, it requires more maintenance than fiberglass frames. Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows offer the best of all worlds by combining the appearance of wood with the insulating properties of fiberglass. Additionally, Infinity from Marvin frames don’t expand or contract during weather changes, which prevents tiny gaps that can appear. This saves money on energy bills because hot and cold air can’t seep through.

Energy-Efficient Window Panes

When selecting the perfect window for your home, it’s important to consider what type of window pane is the most energy efficient. Multi-pane glass traps air between the glass and helps insulate the home during hot and cold weather. Energy-efficient replacement windows usually feature double-pane windows and the area between the panes is filled with inert gases like Argon or Krypton. These gases are odorless, colorless, non-toxic and are better insulators than plain air.

Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows and other top-of-the-line energy efficient windows also feature specialized glass coatings that offer additional energy-saving benefits. Called Low-E glass coatings, they reflect infrared light, keeping homes cool in summer and warm in winter.

Spacers

Spacers are the window components that separate the panes on a multi-pane window. Heat can bleed across spacers, so in high-quality energy-saving windows, spacers insulate the edges of the panes and reduce the heat transfer.

Investing in Energy-Efficient Windows

Energy-efficient replacement windows can save around 20% on your energy bills, according to Energy Star, but the range of specifications can be confusing. When making your selection, check the U-factor, air infiltration, solar heat gain coefficient and visible transmittance. The U-factor is the energy efficiency rating, and a factor between 0.15 and 0.26 provides good energy savings. Air infiltration should be 0.5 or lower, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient should be 0.29, or lower if you live in a warm climate and Visible Transmittance should be higher than .40 in triple-pane windows and higher than .50 in double-pane windows.

Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows offer a range of performance levels based on the climate at the home’s location, but their Low E/ERS windows offer the maximum energy efficiency for Georgia climates.

Energy-efficient replacement windows improve your home’s appearance, and they increase your family’s comfort by reducing the effects of weather extremes on the indoor environment. Lower energy bills are another benefit, which significantly offsets the initial investment in good quality window products. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient models is a substantial upgrade for your home and living experience.

What Are the Impacts of Older Windows?

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

What Are the Impacts of Older Windows?

Many homeowners want to make their home energy efficient but don’t know where to start. One strategy to improve household energy efficiency is to replace older windows. While your windows may look fine, problems with older window materials may cause your utility bills to increase. This article explains some of the problems associated with several popular window materials.

Wood Windows May Rot

Whether you live in an older home with original windows or a newer home with wood window frames, there are a couple of things to consider about the materials used in these older windows. While wood window frames provide a rustic look and curbside appeal, if they haven’t been maintained properly, issues often arise.

In regions that are susceptible to heavy moisture such as snow, sleet and heavy rain, wood material contracts, expands and holds moisture. Moisture retention leads to mold and wood rot, which affects the look of the wood and lessens its ability to insulate. An option to protecting older windows is the installation of vinyl cladding.

Vinyl Windows: Pros and Cons

Vinyl window frames are a popular choice for many homeowners. These windows are made with PVC and added UV stabilizers to help prevent the material from breaking down over time. The frames are hollow, which allows insulation to be added. In older windows, the hollow cavities may not be filled with insulation, which makes them less energy efficient as the frame ages.

Several things to consider in older vinyl windows is deteriorated weather stripping that impacts energy efficiency. If a window is difficult to close and lock, it could be due to old hardware that has also degraded over the years. Vinyl windows, like wood, are also susceptible to contraction and expansion, which can lead to joint failures in the operating hardware, as well as the windows become brittle during the winter season and less durable during hot weather.

Aluminum Windows Are Poor Insulators

Aluminum is a strong and lightweight material that conducts heat, so it is not very efficient when it comes to insulation. In older windows made of aluminum, the insulating strip that should have been placed along the frame and sash when the windows were first installed may disintegrate. Weatherstripping may also erode over time. Without proper insulation, condensation can pool along the window bottom, resulting in mold growth.

If you’re considering replacing older windows in your home, contact us for a free proposal. We offer many options including Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows that will add curbside appeal and better energy efficiency to your home.

Window Quality in Most New Homes

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

When it comes to the installation of windows in newly built homes, two situations arise that can affect the type of windows being used. The first involves the purchase of a home where the building contractor makes decisions about the choice of window type. In the other circumstance, the home is being custom-built, with the homeowner choosing the windows being installed. In either case, learning more about the window materials involved will help you understand the window’s lifespan, durability and energy efficiency level.

Windows for New Tract Home Construction

If you are in the market for a just-built home, keep in mind that the objective for most contractors is to build homes cost-effectively. While the type of windows installed may be of good quality, chances are, they won’t be using the highest-rated products on the market. This means the windows may have a shorter lifespan, may require extensive maintenance, exhibit diminished durability and not have the highest insulating values in terms of:

  • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC)
  • Visual Light Transmittance (VT)
  • Air Leakage (AL)
  • U-Factor (Thermal conductivity)

This information is found on a label attached to products by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) for new home windows. Another label you will want to look for is one from Energy Star that verifies if windows meet the appropriate ratings listed above.

Prospective buyers must also take into consideration that the workmanship provided by the contractor may be subcontracted to another individual and only meets the minimum standards for installation.

Custom New Home Construction

For someone having a custom home built to meet their own specifications, choosing new home windows guarantees the best quality materials are being installed and lets the homeowner oversee the workmanship of the installation.

With quality, cost, energy efficiency and workmanship at the top of the list for new home windows, consider Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows for yours.

Contact us for more information or fill out the request form for a free proposal.

How the Right Windows Can Cut the Cost of Painting Your Home

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

 

Many homeowners suffer sticker shock after receiving an exterior estimate from their painting contractors. Most often, the homes in question are older homes or those with dated window frames. The reason for the higher cost is the extensive labor required to scrape, repair, seal and restore the window frames to their original glory. While your professional painting contractor may work wonders when restoring the appearance of your window frames, you’ll still be left with dated, poorly operating and inefficient windows.

Window Restoration

The process to restore old window frames takes a lot of preparation and hard work, thus driving up the costs of your exterior painting project. Common window frame materials include wood, aluminum and vinyl. Complete restoration often requires stripping the original paint by scraping, sanding and sometimes applying harsh chemicals to the frame surfaces to remove the original finish. In addition, wooden windows that have been neglected over the years often require extensive wood replacement, including exterior and interior trims and even window sills before the first lick of primer and paint goes on.

Window Operation

During your exterior painting project, you could also face the added expense of restoring window operation. For example, your old, wood-framed windows may rely on hidden, encased weights that act as counterbalance to aid in window operation. As the years go by, the ropes and pulleys attached to the weights can fail, leaving you with an inoperable window that is difficult to open, close and lock. Many aluminum and vinyl windows rely on encased, spring-loaded glides for easier operation. When they fail, you are left with a cumbersome window that will not stay open or appears crooked or half-cocked. Addressing these problems will add even more costs to your window restoration and exterior paint job project.

Window Efficiency

The Panes

Dated or low-end windows may only utilize a single pane of glass. They offer little in soundproofing and energy efficiency. Today’s modern windows offer a much improved energy efficiency rating through double- or triple-paned glass. In addition, to increase energy efficiency, the voids between the glass panes are filled with non-conductive gases such as Argon and Krypton.

The Frames

The material of your window frames also contributes to energy loss or gain. Before the advent of fiberglass window frames, common materials used were wood, aluminum, composite and vinyl. While these materials all have varying degrees of insulating factors, none compare to the insulating efficiency of fiberglass. According to Energy.gov, fiberglass window frames offer superior thermal performance when compared to other window frame materials such as uninsulated vinyl, aluminum and wood.

Homeowners stuck in the quagmire and costs of repeated window painting would be wise to consider window replacement with Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows. The benefits of window replacement are numerous and include:

  • Little to no window maintenance
  • Increased energy efficiency
  • Reduced energy costs
  • Increased durability and lifespan
  • Enhanced curb appeal
  • Possible tax credits from the federal government.
    Durable Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows are available in a wide selection of styles and colors and can be painted, providing limitless color options for your decor.Getting ready to paint your house? Contact North Georgia Replacement Windows first.

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.

 

 

What Are the Benefits of Natural Light in Your Home?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Have you ever stepped outside on a sunny day and immediately felt your spirits lift? Natural light improves our mood, helps us sleep well, and is generally good for our health. It would follow, then, that the more natural light you can bring into your home, the better off you and your family will be. Read on for the many benefits of letting the sunshine in.

Mood Improvement

Sunshine really does bring happiness. Scientists believe that our brains produce serotonin—the ‛happy’ hormone—in response to natural light, and that we can become depressed when we don’t receive enough. Psychiatrists recommend 30 minutes of sunlight exposure per day to help prevent the blues.

Regulation of Sleep-Wake Cycles

Exposure to the blue light in sunlight regulates our circadian rhythms, which tell our bodies when to sleep and when to wake. As we age, our eyes absorb less of the blue-spectrum light, and that can lead to insomnia and disturbed sleep patterns. What’s more, poor sleep is related to illnesses like heart disease.

Eyesight Benefits

Straining your eyes in poor light can cause permanent damage. Natural light is much stronger than artificial illumination, and it can help prevent eye strain when reading, watching TV or working at a computer. Natural light also promotes healthy eye development in children and reduces the risk of developing nearsightedness.

Vitamin D Production

When exposed to sunlight, our skin produces Vitamin D, an essential vitamin that helps prevent cancer, heart disease and weight gain, among other health conditions.

Reduced Mold and Mildew

Mold, mildew and bacteria build up in dark, damp areas of the home and can cause chronic respiratory illnesses. Filling these dimly lit areas with natural light helps disinfect them and discourages the growth of harmful organisms.

Other Natural Light Benefits

Bringing sunlight into your home isn’t only healthy, it improves your home’s appearance. Less frame and more glass in Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows give your home’s interior a light, airy feel that looks attractive and is pleasant to live in. Also, while you’re indoors, you can enjoy the benefit of a better view of what’s happening outside, whether it’s watching the kids play, seeing approaching visitors or enjoying your garden.

Increasing the amount of natural light in your home may not seem like an important feature when making improvements, but installing windows that allow more sunlight in can improve your family’s health and mood while adding to the overall quality of home life. Being able to enjoy sunlight indoors and an upgraded view to the outdoors is a difference you’ll appreciate.

For more information on Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows, contact North Georgia Replacement Windows.

 

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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The Must-Read Guide to Choosing New Windows for Your Home

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

 

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Whether you’re looking to replace the windows in your current home, or are searching for the right windows to install in your new house, there’s never been a better time to invest in high quality windows. At North Georgia Replacement Windows, we’ve seen it all when it comes to window installation. With so many window options and vendors to choose from, it can be difficult to know both what kind of window to purchase and trust that you’re making the best decision. However, in our experience, the only real choice right now is infinity fiberglass windows, and the best brand of fiberglass is Marvin Infinity.

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Why Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Windows are Right For You

Thursday, March 31st, 2016

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Replacing your windows shouldn’t be a hassle.  In fact, with NG Windows red carpet treatment to every house we work in, it’s anything but a hassle for homeowners.  There’s more than just the way you should be treated though, the amazing product you’ll end up with will make your decision worth it in the end.  All of our products are maintenance free and would be incredible additions to your home, but if you are the type of person who won’t settle for anything but top of the line then  Marvin Infinity Fiberglass Windows are right for you. (more…)