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Why Maintaining Your Window Screens Is Important

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Keeping windows in your home clean, well-maintained and in good working order should be standard operating procedure for homeowners. Included in this regimen are the window screens.

These thin pieces of material, while often ignored or overlooked by homeowners, work around the clock as barriers against outside pests and other threats such as wood rot and harsh climate conditions.

Benefits of Clean Screens

The benefits of maintaining your window screens are many and include the following:

  1. If you are a homeowner who’s interested in increasing the curb appeal of your property, you have the opportunity to add value to your home by maintaining your screens. The view of your home will be more appealing to passersby, guests or potential buyers.
  2. Dirty screens don’t work at their maximum efficiency. This is especially true when windows are open to allow fresh air to circulate throughout your home. Think of a screen as a filter that works much like those on a HVAC system which traps dirt. Instead of a clean breeze entering the window, it will be filled with dirt particles. With poor air quality flowing through your home, it could cause sinus and allergy irritation. Trapped dirt can also lead to mold on screens, which is another reason to keep them clean.
  3. Clean screens not only allow for better air quality, they also promote improved airflow and ventilation.
  4. Saving money is always a bonus to homeowners. Screens that are well-maintained have a longer lifespan and don’t need replacing as often as screens that are allowed to deteriorate.
  5. Outside pests are always on the lookout for entryways in a home. With clean screens in good condition, bugs, lizards, mosquitoes and even small rodents can’t get in.
  6. During a storm, it’s not unusual for pieces of flying debris to strike windows. Properly aligned screen frames installed with sturdy material help reduce the possibility of windowpane breakage.
  7. Some window screen materials provide a modicum of shady protection from the intense rays of the sun. When screens are clean, this material can help reduce the effects of heat transfer and allow you to better maintain comfortable indoor temperatures. This type of material also works as a protector against fading of carpets, wall hangings and furniture.
  8. Clear windowpanes allow better visibility. If screens are left unkempt, as it rains, the water striking the dirty screen splatters against the panes, leaving film and residue on windowpanes.
  9. Without screens, rainwater would pour through the window and pool on the windowsill. Screens help reduce the accumulation of water on sills.

Common Types of Screen Damage

Screens can become damaged in many ways, including:

  • Rips and holes from pets or inquisitive pests
  • Dents in the material that may turn into tears
  • Brittleness from extended exposure to extreme temperatures and sunlight
  • Sagging due to age or because the screen hasn’t been properly fitted to the frame
  • Warped frames that don’t fit the window opening or hold screen properly

When it’s time to replace the windows and screens in your home, consider Infinity from Marvin fiberglass windows for fiberglass mesh or High Transparency screens. Contact North Georgia Replacement Windows if you have any questions or to request a free proposal.

Bay vs. Bow Windows

Friday, January 16th, 2015

One easy way to increase the amount of natural light in your home is by installing a new bay or bow window. These oversized windows have been traditionally featured in living and family rooms as well as master suites, but they can be placed virtually anywhere. If you looking for a way to spruce up your home’s curb appeal and to create an design focal point, bow or bay window installation is the way to do it!


Choose North Georgia Replacement Windows for Your Insulation Needs

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

An adequately insulated house is essential for multiple reasons, including keeping the interior of your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Poorly performing attics, basements and crawlspaces account for nearly half of a house’s energy loss. This can translate to substantial heating costs, especially in older homes. Your utility bills are not the only thing that can be saved by adding insulation. Here are a few more reasons why you should schedule a free appointment with a North Georgia Replacement Windows consultant!


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.


Improve the Outside of Your Home with Bow Windows

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Bow windows are very similar to bay windows – to such an extent that they are generally considered to be a more specific type of bay window. They naturally extend outward from the walls of your home and provide architectural interest in the same way that a bay window installation can.


Bow windows are generally made by gently arcing anywhere between three to five windows together. These windows can function as a solid unit or as individually operable units depending on how the bow window is constructed and which window styles are used to create the overall structure.


Bow windows are perfect for larger openings because they can provide a full viewing range and bring in a significant amount of light while still offering an overall functionality to your home’s interior and a revitalized sense of style to your home’s exterior.

Roof Attachment

Our replacement window installation teams are able to attach your bow windows to your home either by tying them in to the existing roof or by adding on a customized hip roof. Depending on the grade of the curve you desire in your window, either of these can be an excellent architectural decision. We will be certain to let you know if the size of your window will limit your roof attachment options.


Each of our bow windows for your home comes in a variety of materials, finishes and casings. Choose between custom-stained, furniture-grade veneers, aluminum or fiberglass components, then choose your finish. We currently offer bow windows in white or woodgrain interior finishes, and any color on the exterior.

If you are ready to bring some more visual interest to the exterior of your home, it may be time to consider adding a bow window. Call one of our associates today to discuss your options and begin the process of installing your replacement windows.

This Is the Perfect Time for Window Installation in Atlanta

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Have you been wondering when a good time for window installation would be? During the winter months, it can be a little too cold. During the summer, the thought of going without air conditioning may seem impossible. Replacement windows do not have to be difficult to get, but you shouldn’t wait too long to get them in place during perfect fall weather.

The Temperature Is Ideal

During the fall months, window installation in Atlanta is not only a good investment due to potential sales and discounts, but also because of the temperature. It is cool outside, not too hot, and it has yet to turn too cold. That means your home is not going to waste neither heating nor air conditioning while the old windows come out and the new ones go in.

The Efficiency Starts Now

There is simply no reason to put off getting windows installed now. If you go through another winter with drafts, you’ll be miserable all season long. And, you are wasting money. With new windows installed during the fall months, you can benefit from the improved efficiency right away. This winter, you’ll enjoy warmer rooms and lower energy bills to go along with it.

There’s no reason to wait any longer. Let fall be the time that you get to update your windows to create a more energy efficient and comfortable home. You may even find some great deals and discounts on window installation. This winter, you won’t have to stay away from the windows because of drafts. And, you won’t fret over high energy costs.


Now is the perfect time for window installation in Atlanta, so call North Georgia Replacement Windows now!

Sealing the Deal: How to Avoid Surprise Costs with Replacement Windows

Saturday, May 4th, 2013


Purchasing replacement windows for your home is more than just flipping through a catalog, picking your favorite deigns, and them having them installed. There are many factors that go into choosing the right windows and it is important to know what you’re paying for, before you hire a contractor. Criteria such as the amount of windows needed for the house and level of energy efficiency all affect the price of a replacement window installation.

So, what can you expect when a contractor comes back to you with a proposal figure? Here are some examples of what influences how much you pay for replacement window installation services:

The size of the windows is a major factor in price. If your home requires standard size windows, the cost is affordable. Overly large or odd-shaped windows will force a jump in cost, so expect to pay a little more for custom-built pieces or windows that require safety glass.

Material matters when it comes to the efficacy of your windows. Vinyl is an inexpensive option that requires little maintenance. Fiberglass and wood clad windows are considered high-end materials, with wood requiring painting on the interior which increases the costs.

Windows come in multiple insulation levels: double or triple pane glass with Low E coatings. The higher the insulation level, the higher the cost and the better the windows will perform to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.

Condition of Current Frames
Another consideration with the price of replacement window installation is the condition of your home’s existing window frames. Typically, the existing frame is used in a replacement window job. However, if there is damage to the frames, (if they are warped, moldy, or rotten) repairs or a total renovation may be in order. Of course, this can up the cost of installation.

Installation fees are also tacked on to the cost of replacement windows. Fees that cover removing and disposing of the old windows should also be included. Double-check with the window contractor to ensure that you know the costs of these additional services up-front with things like replacing rotted wood, exterior clean-up and painting.

Replacement Windows Cost – 5 Things you Need to Know to Avoid Getting Ripped Off

Friday, July 27th, 2012

No doubt about it, windows are a great investment. However, North Georgia Replacement Windows wants to warn you about the scams companies will try to get away with regarding replacement windows costs, glass options, and warranties. Here are 5 things you need to know to avoid getting ripped off:

  1. Never let a company talk you into signing a contract “today” because of a deal that is only good for that one day – They are trying to “lock “ you into contract so that you cannot get other replacement windows quotes.
  2.  “Bait and switch” advertising – The company will “bait” you with a low advertised price, then “switch” you to a higher price when they give you the estimate. The price that they are advertising represents only partial window options or installation procedures, which is very misleading.
  3. Know the difference between good glass, bad glass, and ugly glass
    • Bad glass: Clear double pane glass. No Low E or Argon gas. Insulation rating: U-.5.
    • Ugly glass: Single layer Low E + Argon gas. Insulation rating: U-.32. (Does not qualify for tax credit)
    • Good glass: Multiple layer Low E + Argon gas. Insulation rating: U-.30. or lower (Qualified for previous tax credits)
  4.  Triple pane glass– Triple pane glass is the most energy-efficient glass available, with an R-value as low as 8.4 and a U-value of .12. Some people want the best windows available and are willing to pay for them- they are also the most expensive. Triple pane windows are the best, but they are not recommended for all climates of the country. If you want the best, by all means get them. However, don’t let a salesman talk you into spending more money than you have to.
  5.  Warranties & Details– Find out more about the warranties offered by the window manufacturer and how they support them. Make sure to get everything in writing; do not take anyone’s word for it.

Staying informed about the scams companies try to pull off regarding replacement windows cost is the only way to avoid getting ripped off. If you haven’t replaced your windows yet, there’s never been a better time to take advantage of North Georgia Replacement Windows’ value prices and special financing options with approved credit.

The Window Installation Process: How Homeowners Can Prepare

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Atlanta Window InstallersAt North Georgia Replacement Windows, we put our customer first. The following tips are things that every homeowner should consider when they are having any window work done to ensure that their property is protected and that their daily schedule is impacted as little as possible.

  • Move any pictures, mirrors, and other items in neighboring rooms away from walls adjacent to the installation area. You don’t want vibrations from the construction to break them.
  • Decide how active you want to be in the design process. Some people want to be involved in every single choice. Others want their contractor to explain the options and then they can simply choose. It will be important to let your contractor know how involved you want to be—it will help them determine how they should work with you.
  • You should ask the contractor the order in which the windows in the various rooms will be done. If one is a room you use daily, perhaps you can arrange for it to be done quickly while you’re out on errands or working from another room.
  • Remove all necessities and valuables from wherever the work is being done so you have better access to them. It’s a good idea to remove items that could get broken (such as a valuable vase) from the immediate area where windows are being replaced. Contractors are used to working around furnishings, but it never hurts to give them more space and take extra precautions.
  • Make plans to keep pets and children as isolated as possible from the work area. While contractors are used to working around people, distractions such as children and pets will only slow the job down and could even prove dangerous. You don’t want children and pets running around in rooms where people are carrying windows with large panes of glass.
  • Take down all curtains, blinds, and any other window treatments, and check your yard for any plants or bushes that may need to be trimmed away from the windows. The replacement crew will need about two feet of space in front of each window, so go ahead and prepare this area for them. This will reduce the amount of time it takes the workers to install your windows, which will also save you money if you are being charged by the hour.
  • Remove any security sensors from the windows, and turn off your security system. Contact your security company to inform them that you are installing new windows and will need them to reconnect the alarms once the windows are installed.

Don’t let your old windows keep costing you energy savings and more. Replace them affordably, efficiently, and beautifully today! Call us at 770.888.1604 to learn more.