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Are Wood Windows for You? We Weigh the Pros and Cons

Thursday, October 22nd, 2015

alpharetta_windows_pj0 Remember those hot, lazy summers when you were growing up, sipping on a cool lemonade with an oscillating fan cooling you down a few seconds at a time.  Remember how much you wanted to open the windows, to feel that fresh outside air.  The only problem was the window was swollen shut.  The effort to open it wasn’t worth it, so you sat there waiting for the sweet relief of the fan.

That’s the way wooden windows used to be; they were built solid, they were heavy, they had a weight and pulley system that once broken, weren’t easy to fix.  They also bled air, both in and out.  They were drafty in the winter and couldn’t open in the summer.

Today wooden windows are still built solidly, they’re still heavy, they’re also still the gold standard when it comes to windows.  New wood windows glide open and shut, maintenance is minimal at most.  They’re energy efficient, ecologically friendly and the most customizable material available.  Read below to find out if wood windows are a viable solution for you when you decide to replace your windows.

Pros

Custom

Wood windows can be milled to fit in any space and crafted to give your house the character it deserves.  Wood windows can be painted, stained and eventually repainted if you want to change the look of your home.  While vinyl and fiberglass can be customized, no material as customizable as wood.

Insulation

Despite the fact that wood will contract and expand a little more than vinyl, well-crafted modern wood windows are a great way to save money on insulation.  One of the biggest benefits to replacement windows in the long run is the money that can be saved by simply keeping the climatized air in your home and the unclimatized air outside of your home.

Eco-Friendly

Much like the trees that you look at outside your window, a wood window is natural and eco-friendly.  If you’re looking to “go green” wood windows are a fantastic option.  Not only are you saving precious energy but also using natural materials.

Cons

Moisture

While modern wood windows are great insulators, they do still have to stand up to the elements.  While wood stands up to temperature changes, it is susceptible to too much moisture.  Painting or staining wood windows is vital to keeping them from eventually rotting out.

Maintenance

Due to the inherent flaw of wood, which is that it was at one time a living, breathing organism, it needs to be maintained to keep from decomposing.  Regularly painting and staining wood windows will allow them an extremely long lifespan though.

Clad-Wood

We would be remiss not to mention a great product, that while maybe not for purists, is a bit of a combination of wood and another material, such as vinyl, fiberglass or aluminum; clad-wood. Clad-wood windows are actually made of wood but they have a layer of aluminum, vinyl or fiberglass on the outside, which does not need to be painted.  But, the inside is wood, which can be painted or stained to customize your home. Due to the layer of aluminum, vinyl or fiberglass, clad-wood is more durable than all wood and also can be more cost effective.

One last thing to think about when choosing your wood windows or clad-wood windows is what kind of wood to choose.  Whether you choose oak, pine or an exotic species all woods are not for every house and definitely something you should discuss with your window replacement expert.

Imagine your grandkids someday visiting you, sipping ice cold lemonade on a hot summer day, just like you used to.  Except they have the comfort of air conditioning, of course.  They also have beautiful old, but still perfect wood windows to look at, which remind them that they’re at their grandparents old house.  They’ll eventually have wonderful memories of visits to their grandparents, and will never forget the wooden windows that you’re considering now.

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.

Five Telltale Signs That You Need Window Replacement in Atlanta

Thursday, October 10th, 2013

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If you’ve been thinking your old windows may not be cutting it for your Georgia home anymore, here’s 5 signs it might be time for a replacement!

Drafts

If your once warm and cozy home begins to feel cool and drafty, it may be time to replace faulty windows. Moisture makes wood windows warp over time, which creates gaps in the frame for cold air to come through. Worn and cracked window frames offer no protection against cold air seeping through. Although weather stripping offers a temporary solution, window replacement is the most effective option.

Difficult to Operate

Once windows become so old and worn that they are difficult to open and close, it’s time to invest in replacements. In the case of double or single hung windows, you may have trouble keeping them up due to faulty mechanisms. In both cases, your windows have become a health and security hazard.

Condensation

Condensation inside a double or triple pane glass window is an indicator of faulty seals. When window seals falter, moisture and cold air can seep through in between the glass panes, making the insulated glass of no effect.  This problem most often creates an unsightly and obstruction to your view.

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Cracked Glass

Cracks in the make your windows less efficient and dangerous to be around. Although glass patch-up is an option, the best and most secure option is to invest in new windows.

Rise in Energy Bills

If you’ve already made home improvements to lower energy costs and still suffer from high energy bills, it may be due to faulty windows. Inefficient windows leak cool air in summer and fail to block drafts in winter, increasing energy costs year round.

Replacement windows lower energy costs, enhance your security and increase the value of your home.

Ready to explore your window options? For quality window replacement in Atlanta at reasonable prices, contact North Georgia Replacement Windows today.

 

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Window Replacement Options: Frames

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012

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Replacing windows can be a little scary if you don’t know what your options are. At North Georgia Replacement Windows, our goal is to take the headache out of Atlanta window and door replacement. We want you to be happy with your choice for many years to come and we’re here to help you through every step in the process.

With temperatures dropping to nearly freezing each night in Atlanta, it’s already time to bring in the plants and get ready for the holidays. It’s also a perfect time to replace old or damaged windows with new, energy-efficient ones.

Atlanta window replacement will keep your home warmer in the winter, reduce your energy bills, and give your home a fresh, updated look that’s sure to leave a good impression on guests.

We offer a huge variety of window choices, but there are three main types: wood clad, vinyl, and cellular PVC. All three are virtually maintenance-free and look fabulous in a variety of settings.  Here are some quick facts about each material to help you decide which one is best for your project.

Wood Clad

Wood is the most traditional window framing material. It is a renewable resource, and people have been using it for hundreds of years. Wooden windows can be easily painted or stained to suit changing tastes or decorations. They add rustic charm and sophistication to any home. They don’t attract condensation like aluminum windows can, and they quickly add value to your home.

While some people feel that wood windows require more maintenance and replacement, it isn’t always true. Almost any wood window becomes maintenance free when combined with a exterior made of vinyl, fiberglass, or aluminum. These clad exteriors are aesthetically pleasing, highly efficient, easy to clean, and they protect the wood underneath. Vinyl clad comes in just a few colors and aluminum can be any color to match your home.  Fiberglass windows can even be painted on the exterior.

Wood does have some drawbacks, however. Without regular maintenance or cladding, wood can rot, warp, twist, or expand and contract according to the weather. And, of course, they’re susceptible to termite infestation. Wood is also not the cheapest material.

Vinyl

People choose vinyl windows because they are cost-effective and energy-efficient. They provide a lot of insulation, which means that your home will be warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer and your energy bill will also be lower. A wide range of colors are available, they are resistant to weathering, and they never need to be painted.

While high quality vinyl windows will last for years and years, cheap or inferior quality vinyl windows may discolor in intense heat, and some styles can’t be painted if they get damaged or your tastes change.

All vinyl windows look different from traditional wood windows. This can be a challenge if you’re not replacing every window in your home or building from scratch. When replacing only a few windows, don’t mix and match windows on the same side. Instead, replace every window on one side, then replace the sides when you have the time and budget.

North Georgia Replacement Windows will never try to cut corners on vinyl windows. We want you to be happy with your windows today and tomorrow.

Cellular PVC

Cellular PVC is similar to vinyl but much stronger. It looks just like wood but will not rot or weather like wood. It’s about the same weight as wood and can be sawn and sanded just like wood, too. It also withstands heat better than traditional vinyl. It insulates better than vinyl and wood, making it the most energy-efficient frame option available.

Cellular PVC is newer to the market than wood or vinyl. While it lasts longer than any other material and provides the greatest relief in energy costs, cellular PVC can be more expensive than other window materials. It is manufactured from manmade materials, so it encourages less dependence on natural forests but is not considered an eco-friendly choice.

If you want to custom paint or eventually change your window frame color, cellular PVC is an excellent choice. However, if you want to paint over dark colors, you must use vinyl-safe paints to avoid warping.

Have questions? Need help choosing the optimal windows for your home? Contact us online or call us at 770.888.1604 to discuss your window replacement options.

Choosing the Right Replacement Windows for Your Home

Sunday, August 21st, 2011

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If you are considering purchasing replacement windows, it’s important to know that there is a wide range of product quality to choose from. Different companies
work with different window manufacturers as well as with different levels of craftsmanship, installation techniques, and pricing.

So what are key things to look for in choosing the best replacement windows for your money?

Since replacement windows are 85% glass, glass technology is extremely important. The type of insulating glass you choose can mean a big difference in energy efficiency, condensation reduction, and protection from seal failure. Most consumers aren’t aware that there are 6-10 different seal systems available in the marketplace ⎯ so be picky!

In Georgia, anyone replacing old wood or aluminum windows should consider maintenance free options such as new PVC resin vinyl, milled PVC or wood with aluminum clad exterior due to the humidity and vast climate changes. Maintenance free windows are a smart investment because they require no painting, are easy to clean, and won’t rot ⎯ all great features that save you time and money.

Many consumers think that replacement windows are one look, one size fits all. In reality, many decorative and design options are available with replacement windows. Make sure you work with a company that offers the best selection, including custom looks that can match your homes individual style perfectly.

A comprehensive warranty is also important. It’s always best to get the manufacturer’s warranty rather than a “private labeled” window warranty. The best warranty is one that is “Lifetime” and “Transferable” to the next owner.

Finally, independent certification and ratings on windows also help consumers know how well their windows will perform. Ask replacement window companies that you talk about their products’ ratings. For instance, an Energy Star rating means that the product meets a nationally certified energy performance level.

Take these prudent steps and you’re sure to end up with replacement windows that deliver the value, beauty and investment quality you’re looking for.

Ready to learn more about your options? Request a free quote from our experienced window professionals!