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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.

What If Energy Star Goes Away?

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Energy Star stands out as a trusted name to a large portion of the American population in rating the energy performance and cost on products such as windows, doors, appliances and more. But according to multiple sources, including DWM Magazine, a White House proposal has been submitted that could negatively impact Energy Star. The proposal plans to significantly cut the department’s budget from approximately 57 million to 5 million yearly. Such a large budget cut could lead to the closing of the program or the possibility the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would transfer the program to a private, non-governmental company or cooperation. Discussion of the proposed budget cut to the EPA and other agencies is still in the early stages, but it’s important to consider what the impacts of such changes would be on the program.

About Energy Star

As a voluntary program, this program has been part of the EPA since 1992. It was designed to promote the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through an in-depth labeling system that required meeting required criteria to receive the program’s certification.

Along with supporting a healthier environment through a higher level of energy efficiency, the program allows consumers, both individual and businesses, to save money by choosing energy efficient products.

According to information on the program’s website, in 2012, businesses, organizations and consumers saved $24 billion.

The question being asked by consumers, businesses, and environmental advocates is, “What happens if the program goes away?” The following is a list of viable concerns:

  • As a government program, Energy Star has its own label as an impartial rating system that can’t be influenced to provide high ratings by private companies.
  • The program’s certification label has earned a badge of credibility that companies rely on as a significant marketing tool when promoting their products. Without the certification, companies no longer need to be as competitive in providing energy efficient products.
  • If the program ends, some of the negative effects could result in higher utility bills, more pollution, an increase in health concerns due to more pollution and instead of saving energy, there will be an increase in wasted energy.
  • If the company is bought by a private entity, potential concerns include possibly lowering the standards for energy efficient products versus the high standards currently in place for certification.
  • The overall agenda for a private company will include making a profit, which means outside influences, such as donations, could impact the rating a company receives for their product.
  • The cost of products could rise if the energy program is privately owned, which could lead to fewer Americans investing in energy efficiency.

Investing in your home with energy-efficient windows that are certified by this program offers several attractive benefits to homeowners:

  1. New windows increase the value of your home—not only in visual curbside appeal, but also because they are energy-efficient.
  2. Energy-efficient windows are an excellent selling tool if your home is going on the market, especially for environmentally conscious buyers.
  3. You will save money on utility bills each month.

For home improvement projects that involve new window installation or replacement, consider upgrading with the lowE 3 glass package from Infinity Windows by Marvin. Available in all U.S. states, these energy efficient fiberglass windows provide the benefits listed above, and more. Contact North Georgia Replacement Windows for a free proposal.

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.