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Decorative Shutters for Your Home

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

You can enhance the look of your home’s windows by incorporating additions that accentuate your home’s architectural style. One option that makes a beautiful impact is decorative shutters. Available in a variety of styles and colors, both fixed and functional, shutters provide decorative appeal, allow natural light in and give you privacy when you need it.

Benefits of Exterior Shutters

Installing window shutters can make a visible difference to your home’s exterior and be beneficial in several ways. These include:

  • Aesthetic value. Installation of shutters upgrades the exterior of your home, which can result in increased property value.
  • Curb appeal. Whether for your own enjoyment or a future homeowner’s, decorative shutters are a marketable addition to any home.
  • Protection against inclement weather. When closed, shutters provide protection to window panes from high winds, hail and flying debris during a severe storm.
  • Insulation. Shutters also serve as insulation against cold and heat, making your home more energy efficient.
  • Security and privacy. Closed shutters can help deter potential intruders and provide privacy.


Shutter Styles

There are a variety of distinctive shutter styles to choose from. Each style offers different looks, colors, finishes, installation and operational options. These include:

  • Louvered shutters feature horizontal slats
  • Board and batten shutters feature vertical boards
  • Hurricane shutters protect windows during a storm
  • Raised panel shutters feature solid panels versus slats
  • Bahama-style shutters have a tropical theme with hinged panels at the top versus the sides
  • Combination shutters feature louvered slats and raised panels
  • Custom shutter designs including cut-outs


Shutter Materials

While the look of decorative shutters is definitely important, selecting the right material to construct them is an equally important task. Because exterior shutters are subjected to a variety of seasonal elements, you’ll want a material that doesn’t absorb moisture. You’ll also want shutters made with material that requires little to no maintenance. At North Georgia Replacement Windows, our inventory of maintenance-free shutters is available in your choice of materials. These include:

  • Premium fiberglass
  • Composite wood
  • Vinyl
  • Composite milled PVC

Each of these materials is durable, long-lasting and versatile. We also offer a full line of shutter hardware to compliment the look and functionality of your home’s new decorative shutters.

Whether you’re planning to have decorative shutters installed for the first time or you want to replace and update the look and efficiency of your home’s exterior windows, contact us about our inventory of maintenance-free shutters. From our inventory of well-constructed shutters, you’re sure to find the right style, color and finish that best suits your home.

When it’s time to replace the windows in your home, contact us about our selection of energy-efficient windows. We have a variety of window styles to choose from that will compliment your new shutters with selections from our Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows inventory.

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.

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.

 

 

4 Things to Know When Replacing Your Windows

Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

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Window replacement is something that homeowner’s typically don’t consider.  Unlike a car or even a home itself, windows are not something that is top of mind for most people when it comes to something to upgrade.  As a result, when the time does come to replace windows, the process and choices aren’t as clear as it might be for major purchases.

NG Windows has a process in place to make you feel as comfortable as possible through the process.  But, the more you know before even make your initial call about replacing your windows the easier it will be to ultimately make a decision.  Following are 4 things to keep in mind as you begin the window replacement process.

Know the Process

We have a five-step process in place that we use and it works.

  1. You make the call
  2. We schedule a meeting
  3. You receive a proposal that encompasses everything
  4. Together, we agree to the details, based on your needs and desires
  5. We complete the project

How much should I expect to pay?

There are a lot of factors when it comes to price.  We recommend one of four different materials, vinyl, wood, milled PVC or fiberglass.  The price will depend on which one you choose, how many windows need to be replaced and how customized they need to be.  It’s important to keep in mind that replacing your windows isn’t like replacing a leaky faucet.  This is a decision that will enhance your home in a variety of ways.  Cost is certainly a factor, but shouldn’t be a deciding factor.

What can I expect during the actual replacement?

NG Windows literally rolls out the red carpet for you.  Any project on your home is a hassle.  It’s a disruption that can be a legitimate reason not to move forward with a project.  We have a “white glove” approach to make your life as easy as possible while we replace your windows.  All you have to do is stay out of the way, we’ll do the rest.  When the project is complete, you can expect your house to be in the same condition that you entrusted to us when we began.

Should I get multiple quotes?

We know that you’ll get the best quality and best service from us, but, you need to know that too.  We don’t take window replacement lightly and neither should you.  Replacing your windows is a major event, by all means, do your research.

 

By taking the time to prepare yourself before you begin the process, the stress of the unknown will be alleviated.  You’ll be able to make an informed decision on a product that will help to define your home.  To speak to an expert with absolutely no pressure, to answer any questions you might have, please contact us at your convenience.

North Georgia Replacement Windows replaces windows for life.  We sell the best product available for the price point that you feel comfortable with.  Whether you’re replacing your windows for aesthetics, energy efficiency or your current windows just aren’t functional anymore, NG Windows has your solution.  Visit us at our showroom to start getting a feel for what is right for you.

Purchasing the Right Windows for Your Home and Climate

Monday, March 30th, 2015

Whether you’re replacing your windows as part of a major home renovation project or simply because they’re old, make sure the replacement windows you choose are appropriate for the weather in your location.

As a trusted North Georgia windows replacement company, we’ve helped hundreds of our clients choose windows for their homes that are well-suited to the climate where they live. Below are some pointers to keep in mind to help you make the right window choices no matter where you call home.

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Remember This When Replacing Your Home Windows

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Did you know that nearly 30 to 40 percent of the energy in your home is lost through your windows and doors if they are not up to par with modern efficiency standards? Installing a new set of ENERGY STAR windows can save you upwards of $500 a year on heating and cooling costs by upgrading from single-panes alone. When considering that most windows can last up to 30 years or more, this is one long-term investment every homeowner should make.

While you can certainly replace one window at a time, the best savings come from large-scale projects. Most window contractors will advise you to do this if your budget allows, but at the end of the day, the savings will start to add up right away.

Of course, to make the most of your investment, there a few things to take under careful consideration. Hiring a reputable and licensed contractor such as North Georgia Replacement Windows is important, especially for people who lack the requisite experience needed to perform this job.

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Check Out Our Stellar Reviews on Kudzu.com!

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

We are very proud of the impeccable service we offer to each and every one of our Atlanta, Ga., window replacement clients. We genuinely believe that we offer the very best service for window and door replacement and installation in the North Georgia region, and we have customer reviews to back that belief up. We encourage you to check out our great reviews on Kudzu.com by surfing over to http://www.kudzu.com/m/North-Georgia-Replacement-WindowsInc.-16838307.

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Choosing the Right Replacement Windows for Different Sides of Your Home

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Most of our Atlanta replacement windows customers are concerned about picking the windows that will best suit their homes overall. However, many of them neglect to consider whether the window arrangement they are looking to install will be the best choice for a particular room in their home based on its location. From our experience, certain sides of your home are better than others for letting in light while keeping down expenses.

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4 Reasons Your Business Should Use Commercial-Grade Windows and Doors

Friday, November 14th, 2014

There has never been a better time to install energy-efficient replacement windows and doors for your business. The latest products available on the market today are not only technologically advanced, but also beautifully crafted to appeal to a wide consumer base and designed to give you many years of rugged use.

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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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