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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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Savings from Spray Foam Insulation

Friday, July 26th, 2013


North Georgia Replacement Windows is in the business of saving you money! We talk all day long about our premium replacement window and door products and how an investment in your home will pay off tremendously in the long run, but we’d like to take a moment to discuss our spray foam home insulation services.


Applied to your attic rafters and underneath floors and walls, spray foam insulation saves energy by creating a barrier against air leakage (both incoming and outgoing). It also prevents moisture and pollutants, mold, dust and mildew. Spray foam insulation has a higher R-value, which is a measure of thermal resistance, than standard fiberglass insulation. This means you can enjoy the same insulating properties with less product! Spray foam also won’t settle like most fiberglass insulation does.


There are two basic types of spray foam insulation: low density, open-cell foam, and high density, closed-cell foam. Open-cell foam is typically used in attics and the upward regions of a home, while high-density closed-cell foam is generally applied to basement and crawlspace areas. Much more rigid than open-cell foam, closed-cell foam actually adds strength to a building’s structure. It also deadens sound and makes your home acoustically tighter. It is impermeable to water, which is one of the reasons to use it at ground or below-ground level. It provides an excellent sealing barrier from moisture at your home’s foundation.

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North Georgia Replacement Windows’ experienced technicians will come to your home and assess which spray foam application is best for the various areas of thermal vulnerability. We can perform a BPI test to determine which regions of the house are most susceptible to air leakage and strategically apply spray foam insulation accordingly. One house we recently serviced experienced a 40% reduction in air leakage! A typical summertime attic in Georgia easily exceeds temperatures of one hundred degrees; however, you will feel a noticeable difference with professional spray foam insulation, not only in your attic, but in the lower portions of your home where the hot air can infiltrate. North Georgia Replacement Windows is a BPI-Certified company, which means we have the accreditation to accurately measure the energy efficiency of your residence. Did we mention we’re in the business of saving you money?


North Georgia Replacement Windows can also apply fire retardant spray foam insulation for areas of the home which have combustible appliances or dense storage. Because it is easily controllable, spray foam insulation is ideal for compact and hard-to-reach areas. Add efficiency, safety and comfort all at once with professional spray foam insulation services from North Georgia Replacement Windows! Call us today for a free estimate!


The Difficulties of Replacing 10 Inch Door Sidelights

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

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Georgia is one of the only places in the United States where the majority of door sidelights are not either 12 inches or 14 inches wide. Contractors would order their sidelights from a manufacturer and, thus, usually had to work within that manufacturer’s standard 12 and 14 inch template. In Georgia, and more specifically metro Atlanta, many of the contractors and builders began to make their own sidelights instead of ordering them from a manufacturer. They made 10 inch door sidelights instead of 12 or 14 inch sidelights, which makes them difficult to replace since many manufacturers do not produce 10 inch door sidelights. Fortunately, North Georgia Replacement Windows has a strong rapport with some of the sidelight manufacturers who do produce 10 inch door sidelights, allowing us to replace the sidelights in Georgia homes that other contractors can’t replace.

North Georgia Replacement Windows carries several lines of doors and offers so many options for customization that anybody with any door can benefit from our services, especially those with 10 inch door sidelights. We are also able to take away the sidelights in a door frame and create one double-door with the additional space.

Another problem with 10 inch door sidelights that were originally installed in Georgia homes is that they were made of wood that was not properly sealed and protected. This carelessness led to rotting and deterioration of the wood. North Georgia Replacement Windows is able to replace these wooden 10 inch door sidelights and ensure that wood deterioration is never a problem again.

10 inch door sidelights have become a specialty of North Georgia Replacement Windows, one that many of Georgia’s home owners are extremely grateful to have.  Give us a call today to learn how you can transform your home’s entry door and sidelights.

Are Double-Hung Replacement Windows Right for Your Project?

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

double-hung-windowsAre Double-Hung Replacement Windows Right for Your Project?

Did you know that certain types of home window installations can help you save money on energy costs during those hot Georgia summers? Whether your house is undergoing a remodel or a series of repairs, choosing the right replacement windows for your project can make a difference in the look and feel of your home, as well as your wallet. If conserving money and energy without sacrificing the decorative details of your home are factors in deciding which windows to install, then double-hung replacement windows may be the solution.

Double-hung windows are the most common type of window in American homes. These windows make an attractive option because they are relatively inexpensive, complement other window styles well, may be installed to stand alone as a single unit or make an impact in multiples, and their construction allows for easy cleaning.

Perhaps the best feature of double-hung replacement windows is that they may be utilized as an energy-efficient method of cooling down your home in the summer. Simply lower the top sash three inches, raise the bottom sash three inches, and you have an electricity-free air conditioner! This works by directing humid air out the top crack of the window, while allowing cool air to flow into the house through the bottom portion.

North Georgia Windows provides a variety of double-hung replacement windows with advantages that include:

  • Tightly sealed weather-stripping to keep out dirt, noise, water and air
  • Hidden screen tracks that enhance the windows’ aesthetics
  • Drop-in glazing for an additional layer of energy efficiency
  • Easy-to-operate windows without the use of pulleys, weights and sash cords

Are you ready to go with the right windows for your home? North Georgia Windows is your reliable expert on installing and repairing double-hung replacement windows. Contact us by calling 770-888-1604, or fill out our online form to request a free proposal.

Top three reasons to install sunroom additions this summer

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012
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Imagine the sunroom addition possibilities!

June 21st was one of the longest days of the year and the first full day of summer– and if you didn’t have one of our gorgeous and comfortable vinyl sunroom additions, you really missed out. You could’ve spent those long hours of daylight relaxing with a book. You could have spent it chatting with a good friend. You could have spent it playing board games with your closest family members. But without sunroom, enjoying friends, family, and the Georgia sun just isn’t the same.

Here are three ways our sunroom additions make the summer better.

  1. They’re comfortable – Sure, sometimes it’s fun to be outside enjoying the Georgia summer. But not always. Georgia heat and humidity often make leisure time unbearable and send people scrambling for cold A/C. Not so with a sunroom addition. We install vinyl sunrooms with Climatemaster Roof Systems and LoE3 Ultimate Performance glass. That means you can control the temperature in your sunroom. You’ll be lounging in the sun without the stifling heat. What’s not to like?
  2. They’re gorgeous – The old metal sunroom additions were as ugly as they were uncomfortable. These new vinyl models look much better. We’ll work with you to install a sunroom that fits in with your home and yard area. The result? A sunroom you can be show off, instead of one you want to hide in the back.
  3. They’re flat out enjoyable – Because we’re going to install the sunroom addition that fits your life and your house, you can spend countless hours enjoying it all year round. You can build an oasis for relaxing and reading. You can even build a private yoga studio. Whatever you want, you’ll love your new room.

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We know how sunroom additions used to be– loud and hot. But these new vinyl sunroom additions are a great way to really enjoy the sun. Attractive and climate controlled, you’ll love lounging in your new sunroom addition.

So don’t miss out on these long summer days! Contact us using this form, or call at (770) 888-1604 to get started on your sunroom addition. We’ll work with you to create a free proposal for all work. We’re available to answer any questions you have.