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Decorating Tips to Showcase Your Replacement French Patio Doors

Replacement Patio Door Window TreatmentsWhen it comes to choosing window treatments for your replacement French Patio Doors, there are numerous design schemes from which you can choose. Of course, they are French patio doors, so might consider decorating in a French style. When you choose French patio doors for your Virginia or Washington DC home, you don’t have to decorate them in traditional French styling, but we thought you might like to know more about French decorating styles and window treatments.

European elegance can mean anything from exotic, spicy and sophisticated Spanish style to the warm, welcoming tones of Tuscan villas. But effortlessly casual, elegant French style often goes without notice.

It’s not as bold as Spanish colonial style or as rich and striking as Italian, but something about French décor adds instant class and blends seamlessly with countless color schemes. It’s a style that works well with the home styles most popular in the colonial-style Washington DC and Virginia area homes.

Showcasing your French patio doors with a touch of that soft European elegance is a surprisingly easy way to upgrade the look of your space.

Window Treatments for your French Doors

You have many options for window treatments to showcase your French doors to their full potential. Roman shades make a clean, straightforward way to control the amount of light and privacy in your space, and individual curtain panels for each door are also an efficient option. But one of the simplest — and most elegant — ways to show off your doors is simply to hang a curtain rod and easy-to-slide panels.

In true French style, go for a soft, creamy-colored fabric that drape richly. Or, if it fits into your room’s color scheme, try incorporating traditional country French blues and whites; a toile adds sophistication to a formal space, while blue-on-ivory prints or checks add casual but sophisticated style. Make sure your curtains slide easily out of the way; grommet-top panels are perfect here, especially when paired with a light maple or birch curtain rod.

French Color Schemes

You don’t have to choose soft blue and white in order to capture the effortless French style, but there are a few rules of thumb that will help you stay on track. Country French décor is traditionally simple, and most French designs feature contrasting textures and patterns rather than contrasting colors to make a statement.

For your space, that means keeping your color scheme simple. Choose light neutrals (preferably off-white, light gray, or ivory), and couple with hints of a contrasting color throughout your space. Shades of blue and white are hallmarks of French design, but don’t be afraid to incorporate other colors (even bright ones!); just don’t go overboard.

In a space with French doors, you’ll enjoy lots of natural light and a view of the outdoors that will serve to brighten and add interest to a more neutrally-designed space. Your room will beautifully frame your doors as much as it reflects your own style preferences.

Keep Your French Door Style Breezy

If you’ve done any research about French design in general, no doubt you’ve noticed how light and airy French rooms seem to feel. You’ll want to stay away from heavy, dark fabrics and instead lean toward sheer fabrics and clean lines in both your window treatments and the accessories you use to decorate your space.

For a more formal feel, don’t be afraid to incorporate intricate lace into your design. Lace doesn’t have to be stuffy; it can give a beautifully elegant impression to almost any room. If you want to keep it a bit more modern or casual, go for smooth, floaty sheers with a generous drape that you can tie back with an eye-catching contrasting texture like thick rope.

No matter how you choose to showcase your French doors, keep in mind that you don’t have to limit yourself to a rigid set of rules. Let your imagination go wild! If you’re not convinced you want a purely traditional country French-styled space, just take the ideas here to show off your doors and couple them with accessories and color schemes that fit your style. You’ll love the results.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC is Here is Help

If you have questions about updating your French doors or windows (or finding out how French doors would work in your space), feel free to call Renewal by Andersen for a consultation today; one of our experts will be able to help you choose the perfect French doors to complete your space.

Reach us by phone by calling 1-877-915-9940 or use the box on this page to send us your contact information and questions. We’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

Pet Friendly Window Treatments for Your Virginia or Washington, DC Home

Pets Don’t Have to Limit Your Window Treatment Choices in Virginia and Washington, DC

Pet Friendly Window Treatments in VA & DC

Wood and faux-wood blinds make excellent pet-friendly window treatments; just make sure to keep cords out of your pet’s reach.

When considering new replacement windows for your Virginia or Washington, DC home, at some point you’ll start to think about new window treatments and decorating schemes to accent your new windows.

Caring homeowners usually consider the safety and comfort for the whole family when making decorating choices, but have you thought about your pets during the process?

Some homeowners might think that having indoor pets limits decorating choices, but pet ownership gives you a chance to explore color and texture choices of window treatments as well as flooring options and wall colors. Here are a few guidelines to help you along your decision-making journey when you have four-legged family members.

Consider Texture and Textiles for Your Window Treatments

Professional designers recommend sturdy upholstery fabrics for pet-friendly homes — cords, denim, and distressed leather — that resist scratches and damage from claws. Coordinate window treatments with furniture textiles. Choose fade-resident fabrics with easy-care, wash-and-dry finishes.

What to Avoid in Your Pet-Friendly Window Treatments

Avoid construction materials that “grab” loose hair. Velvet, chintz, and textiles with open-weave designs are challenging to clean and demand frequent vacuuming. Choose printed fabrics to add visual interest over trapunto and other stitching details that create tiny crevices that act like magnets for pet dander and fur.

If you’re thinking about custom draperies for your large casement windows or front bows or bays, there is good news for pet owners. Crypton textiles (including some lightweight upholstery suitable for draperies) resist stain, mildew, and odors. For a sneak peek at the colors and blends they offer, visit www.cryptoncare.com to find a distributor in your area or request a sample by mail.

Shades and Blinds are Your Best Friend

Sheer blinds have a slick surface so hair is easy to vacuum or brush away with a lint brush. Retractable blinds are also suitable for pet-friendly homes; however, use some caution. Some dogs attempt to improve their view by clawing or pushing at low hanging blinds. If your pet loves to hang out by the window or patio door and watch the world go by, choose a window treatment that you can pull back or roll-up during the day.

Select blinds for windows installed in the center of your wall, or near the ceiling, constructed with hard surfaces for easy cleaning and maintenance. Faux wood blinds won’t absorb moisture like real wood. It’s easy to wipe them with a damp sponge while they’re fully hanging, or you can spray them off with your shower attachment if they’re in the bathroom.

Washable roller-blinds and roman shades are excellent choices for pet-owners. You’ll find antibacterial, moisture resistant fabrics in hundreds of colors and textures. Look for designs that do not have an exposed cord to protect your pet from getting tangled in the string.

Create Personal Spaces with Color

Creativity and color go hand in hand when it comes to choosing pet-friendly window treatments for your new Renewal by Andersen replacement windows. Select colors and prints that “hide” tiny pet hairs between cleanings. Have a lovable golden lab? Choose blonde and beige tones. Even if you have a cat that typically doesn’t shed, like a Sphynx, they leave an oily residue brushing against low hanging curtains. Choose colors that won’t show oils and hair when your pets get close enough to come in contact with your window treatments.

Unlimited Styles with Simple Guidelines

As you can see, owning a pet doesn’t have to hamper your creative decorating goals. Just keep in mind that window treatments should be easy to clean and sturdy enough to withstand your pet’s personality and behavior.

It your pet chews on everything in sight:

  • Avoid foam and plastic backed draperies. Bits of foam can get lodged in the throat and present choking hazards.
  • Check labels for chemical treatments that could cause allergic reactions if swallowed.
  • Opt for thicker slats instead of thin aluminum slats when choosing blinds.
  • Consider window treatments that roll-up or don’t extend all the way to the floor.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Cares About the Safety & Comfort of Your Family & Pets

At Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC we understand that beautiful windows and doors create an inviting, comfortable atmosphere for the homeowners we serve. Our design and manufacturing team devotes their time to perfecting the performance and energy-efficiency of each product we sell. But, our job doesn’t stop after the installation.

Our goal is to build a relationship with every homeowner that improves their quality of life. If you have questions about window treatments for your home or would like more information about replacement windows, give us a call at 1-877-915-9940 or complete the form on this page.

Should You Replace Doors or Windows 1st in Virginia or Washington, DC Home?

doors-or-windows-virginia-dcReplacing the windows and patio doors in your Virginia or Washington, D.C. home is a significant investment. The experts at Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC understand sometimes budgetary constraints require that you can’t do everything at once and you wonder which you should replace first: the windows or doors?

One question we hear fairly often from our customers is: “Should I replace the windows or doors first?” To help you drill down into the details to compare the relative importance of replacement windows to upgraded patio doors, to help you decide which to do first, we’ve created this blog post of several possible scenarios.

Top Priority: Damage and Performance Deficiencies

The first place to start is an evaluation of your current windows and doors condition. If you have damaged or poor-performing windows and doors that let in drafts, these should be the first to go. If your budget demands a staged renovation – replacing your windows and doors a few at a time – schedule a couple of hours to complete a thorough inspection of your home. Check for cracks in glass, air leaks around the panes, and weak or sagging frames.

If you find several damaged windows and your patio doors seal snuggly, replace the windows first. On the other hand, if your windows are in decent shape, patio doors that are difficult to open and close, have damaged weather stripping, or loose panes should take top priority. During a home-inspection, our replacement window specialists look for the following trouble spots:

  • Panes that move or rattle when touched
  • Gaps between window frames and exterior siding
  • Cracks and holes in glass
  • Peeling caulk/sealant outside
  • Failing glazing (this is the putty-like material that holds the glass in place)
  • Damaged or missing weather stripping

Where the Biggest Savings are Realized

If your home is older and still has original patio doors and windows throughout, chances are it’s time to replace them all. From a financial perspective, you’ll spend more to replace 10 to 20 windows than you will to replace two or three patio doors.

If your home inspection reveals all doors and windows throughout the home in similar condition, replace either the doors or windows first based on your design or budget goals. Keep in mind that a patio door normally only affects the energy-efficiency and design outcome for a small area, one or two rooms at most. Windows affect a larger area of your home since you probably have at least one window in every room.

Another financial consideration is the window design. If staging your renovation allows you to invest in top-performing products, your savings will increase.

Here’s an example. All Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are rated for superior energy performance and durability, but not all glass is created equal or priced exactly the same. Investing in the highest rated glass efficiency that lets you control light levels efficiently in your home might mean you pay a little more at the outset, but you reap rewards in comfort and savings on your heating and cooling bills.

Decorating Considerations

If your main renovation goal is to upgrade your home’s appearance by investing in high-performance replacement windows and patio doors, you can’t go wrong replacing the windows or patio doors first. Both upgrades improve curb appeal outside, lower home utility bills and create beautiful and welcoming spaces inside. Here are a few tips if you want to complete the renovation in stages.

  • Front-facing windows and doors have a greater influence in creating an impressive curbside view.
  • Heat rises; replacing upper floor windows gives greater control over temperature control than replacing undamaged lower level windows.
  • Choosing design features, glass types, frame material, hardware selection and other options to match your Virginia or DC home windows and doors gives you control over your budget and your home’s appearance.
  • If you entertain regularly, replacing an ill-performing patio door with a space-saving French Sliding Patio door creates an inviting entrance for your guest and family without obstructing your furniture placement.

Planning cosmetic renovations is vastly different from outlining renovation projects based solely on replacing energy-wasting windows. Your windows are going to be in your home a long time. It is better to complete a renovation in stages than settle for less than what you want to accomplish. Staging gives you the flexibility to invest in the proper type of glass for your environment, select between-the-glass grilles or removable interior grills, and pick hardware and screen styles that complement your overall design schemes.

Start Planning Your Renovation with Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC

Whether you want to complete your renovation in stages or discuss financing options and incentives to make the project more affordable, our replacement window professionals can help. It would be a pleasure to help you conduct a home inspection to identify weaknesses or to help you plan a cosmetic makeover you will be proud of for many years to come. Just fill in the form on this page or give us a call at 1-877-915-9940 to schedule an appointment at your convenience.

Affordable Virginia & DC Replacement Windows Incentive Programs

Finding Tax Incentives, Discounts & Rebates for Replacement Windows in Your VA/DC Home

Affordable Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington DCOur goal at Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC is to give you the information you need to select the best replacement windows for your home. We realize that windows and doors affect your comfort, your wallet and your view of the world. Although we love to brag about our products and services, today we want to help you satisfy your wallet with tips on finding discounts, rebates and financing options to make your replacement window or patio door project as affordable as possible.

Have you heard the financial news that interest rates will creep up over the next couple of years? The last few years, borrowers have enjoyed low-interest rates, due in part to government initiatives to keep rates low while we recovered from the economic downturn. As things continue to improve, expect some of the tax incentives and credits to expire.

In the meantime, here are some tips for finding incentives and rebates you can still take advantage of to cut the price of your replacement window projects.

Good News From Renewal by Andersen of Virginia

We love helping our customers save money. We’ve been serving the Virginia and Washington, DC area for 55 years with exceptional service and products at affordable prices. To make sure that homeowners always get the best deal, we offer rebates and special financing programs designed to put a smile on your face without burdening your wallet. Along with our discount packages that save you 25%-30%, you can take advantage of tax incentives to save even more.

Local, State and Federal Incentives

Whether you want to replace one or two leaking, sagging windows or you are ready to replace all windows and doors in your home, there are many places to find discounts to help you pay for your replacement windows.

  • Check with your local utility company to find out about rate discounts based on energy-efficient upgrades.
  • Contact your state taxing office or accountant to discuss new credits and incentives for state and federal programs.
  • Call your local tax collector/assessors to inquire about tax waivers and discounts for replacement window projects.

Virginia & Washington, DC Tax Credits & Incentives

Do you live in or rent out a historic home in Virginia? If so, you might be eligible for a tax credit (up to 25% of the rehabilitation expense) for energy-efficient renovations. Filers must complete Schedule CR, Part XI. You can find out if your property qualifies by writing to:

Virginia Department of Historic Resources
2801 Kensington Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221

The Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) extended the tax credit for homeowners who install EnergyStar replacement windows, skylights and doors through 2016.

Eligible homeowners receive up to $200 in tax credits (up to 10% of the materials cost, excluding labor). If you’ll pardon us for bragging just a minute — we received the EnergyStar Partner of the Year: Sustained Excellence Award for the 3rd year in a row in 2013. If you combine other energy-efficient upgrades with your replacement window project, you might be able to qualify for credits up to $500.

Another benefit for Virginia residents is special property tax rates for homes with exceptional energy efficiency. Some district waive the property tax totally. Other districts offer a discount.

  • Homes must exceed state standards for efficiency by 30%
  • Available for owner-occupied or rental property
  • Must be EnergyStar qualified

District of Columbia (District Department of Environment) has special programs for low-income homeowners who make a strong commitment to weatherizing their homes and installing recommended energy-efficient upgrades and appliances.

Let Renewal by Andersen of Washington, DC & Virginia Help Make Your Replacement Window Project Affordable

Thanks for stopping by our blog today. After more than five decades in the business, we know everything to know about the benefits that beautiful windows and patio doors manufactured for endurance and performance provide. We also understand that investing your hard-earned money in a whole-house project takes thoughtful planning and budgeting.

Our team of professionals works diligently to stay informed about new programs and tax incentives for homeowners. When you call Renewal by Andersen to talk about new windows for your home, we’ll help you through each step of the process, including helping you find creative financing and discount tools to make paying for your project easier.

We’re proud of our replacement windows and doors and welcome the chance to show you why our products come with a warranty package that is the leader in the industry. Give us a call today to schedule an in-home consultation. You can reach us at 1-877-915-9940 or just enter your name and contact information in the form above for more information.

Replacement Patio Door Styles for Virginia & Washington, D.C. Homes

Replacement Patio Door Styles to Increase Efficiency & Comfort in your Virginia or Washington, DC Home

There are several reasons why homeowners decide it’s time to consider replacing the windows and doors in their Virginia or Washington, DC home. Sometimes the most important issue isn’t why you are ready to replace your patio doors — it’s making sure you choose a style that makes your home more comfortable and enjoyable. Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C. has a selection of patio door styles to make your home more comfortable and energy-efficient.

All of our replacement doors add value and comfort, but there are some unique features and characteristics in each style that can make a difference in which one you select for your home. Here is a quick overview of three products to help you decide which one — or ones — is right for you.

Sliding French Patio Doors

SlidingFrenchSMIf you want the look and feel of traditional French doors, but don’t want to limit your furniture layout inside or on the patio, a Sliding French Patio Door is a great choice. The sliding door design allows you to place furniture closer to the door without worrying about allowing space for opening and closing your door.

Our space-saving design gives you freedom to create doors that are uniquely your own with 10 hardware finishes, four grille options and multiple interior colors. The wide Frenchwood® profile keeps moisture and air outdoors when closed and helps you create a traditional “old-world” style without sacrificing space.

Hinged French Patio Doors

ColonialCropHinged French Patio Doors meld the best of old-world craftsmanship and design with modern technology to give you an energy-efficient package. The Renewal by Andersen multi-point locking system not only delivers superior energy-efficiency, it also adds another layer of security for Virginia and Washington, DC homeowners.

Our swing-out and swing-in styles allow easy-in easy-out access, which is perfect for entertaining. Because patio entrances get a lot of use, we manufacture traditional styles with features to extend the life of your doors. Solid construction and a wide array of color and hardware choices make it easy to design a patio entrance that fits your lifestyle and your budget.

Stainable interiors and a variety of grille options give homeowners decorating options for today, and make it easy to update finishes if you decide to remodel later. We seal composite exterior surfaces with urethane to reduce maintenance and upkeep.

Contemporary Sliding Patio Doors

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Renewal by Andersen Narrowline Patio Door

If your Virginia or Washington, DC home decor calls for a contemporary design, Renewal by Andersen has the answer. Contemporary sliding patio door styles give you a low-profile frame for more glass viewing area.

Renewal by Andersen PermaShield Patio Door

Renewal by Andersen PermaShield Patio Door

With features that include High Performance glass, weathertight/airtight seals that block drafts and moisture, and an easy-glide design, this model is one of the most popular patio door options. If you’re looking for stainable interiors that give you more color options, choose Andersen® Narroline® Gliding Patio Doors. Want the long-lasting durability of wood and a low maintenance exterior? Our Andersen® Perma-Shield® Gliding Patio Doors offer both.

If you like some features of each of these designs, you might want to see what each style will look like in your home. Our Renewal by Andersen’s Window and door visualizer allows you to view the inspiration gallery or upload a photo of your own home to compare different styles, colors and accessories.

At Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC, we understand that you want to replace your existing windows and doors with materials that create a beautiful, comfortable environment for your family. We also understand that consumers today want energy-efficient replacement windows and doors that won’t require high-maintenance to stay beautiful.

Questions About Patio Door Options for Your Virginia or Washington, D.C. Home? Call us at 1-877-915-9940

Our design and manufacturing specialists are always looking for new technology and design features to give our customers more choices. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, we invite you to call 1-877-915-9940 to arrange for an in-home consultation with a replacement window and door specialist.

Once we see your home, we’ll be happy to recommend products that fit your lifestyle and design goals. Comparing features and benefits of different styles and construction materials side-by-side gives you more choices and a better understanding of which products will add the most value to your home.

We invite you to give us a call at 1-877-915-9940 to arrange for a personal consultation. To schedule a meeting online, just enter your contact information in the form on this page. If you’ve got questions about choosing patio doors for your home, Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, D.C. has the answers.

Should You Pay Cash or Finance a Virginia or DC Replacement Window Project?

Cash or Finance New Jersey Replacement WindowsHomeowners in Virginia and Washington, D.C. frequently ask us if there are financial advantages for paying cash or financing their replacement window project. While it seems reasonable to assume paying cash is always better than financing, it might surprise you to know there are some advantages to both payment options.

So, here are a few details from our replacement windows specialists at Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC to help you decide which is better for you.

Cash is Better – Or is it?

If your cash is sitting in a savings account earning a paltry 1 or 2 percent interest rate, paying cash might be best option for you. The average interest rate for accounts in Washington, D.C. (January 2014) is just 0.066. Virginia rates are only slightly higher at 0.1161. Home improvement and energy efficiency upgrade loan rates vary from just under 3% to 5%, depending on credit scores and where you live in the VA/DC area.

On the surface, this comparison looks like cash is definitely better than financing. But there are many “cash” and “almost-cash” alternatives other than emptying the savings account.

With persistently low interest rates, cashing out a CD that is near maturity might be an option, too. You’ll pay a penalty, based on how long you have had the certificate, the original term limit, and the interest rate. You may pay a minimal early withdrawal penalty to avoid higher interest rates on financing options.

Financing Your Renewal by Andersen of VA/DC Replacement Windows with Credit Cards

Most major credit cards offer zero-interest promotional packages with terms from 12 to 18 months. If you know you can pay the balance off within the promotional period, it is the same as paying cash, plus you still have access to your nest egg if there is an emergency or you have plans for a long awaited vacation in a few months.

Before you decide to use your credit card, consider the following:

  • If you are late on payments, your interest rate will jump to a higher, predetermined interest rate. This rate could be as low as 9.99% or as high as 24.99%, depending on the credit card company and your personal credit score.
  • Be careful how you access your credit card cash. If you use a credit card company check, most companies charge a cash advance fee for the privilege of zero-percent financing, typically 3% to 5%. On a $10,000 purchase, that means you would pay $300 to $500 for your “cash option”.

Advantages of Financing: More Options and Freedom?

If you’re thinking that cash or almost-cash options are definitely the best way to go, it’s time to look at the other side. Many real estate professionals and market researchers agree that upgrading your home with replacement windows increases property value significantly. You can expect a return on investment of 75% to 80% on replacement windows and doors. Plus, most homeowners say it feels great to live in a home that is beautiful, comfortable and energy-efficient, which increases the value to you.

If you have enough cash on hand to pay for the basics – environmentally friendly windows that lower home energy costs and improve curb appeal – that is great. But what if you really want the look and feel of our cascade patterned or fern leaf specialty glass? Are you looking for removable, paintable grilles that make interior redecorating projects easier? How about installing space-saving sliders and French patio doors?

If your cash in the savings account limits your choices so much that you feel you are settling for less than expected, you won’t be as happy with the results. All Renewal by Andersen replacement windows available to our Virginia and Washington, DC homeowners are guaranteed to perform exceptionally well, built to last for years, and are top-rated in the industry for energy efficiency. But our goal is to help you choose options that satisfy your budget and your aesthetic goals.

Loan Options and Perks

Loans attached to home mortgages offer tax breaks for filers that itemize deductions. Banks also offer unsecured loans up to $100,000 for home improvement projects.

Here are five questions to ask yourself when deciding whether to finance or pay cash for your Renewal by Andersen replacement project.

  1. Will paying cash limit my design choices?
  2. Will paying cash affect my long-term retirement goals?
  3. Do I have enough cash reserves to cover unexpected life-events?
  4. Do I want to take advantage of tax incentives and home mortgage interest deductions?
  5. Can I pay off credit card debt on time to avoid high interest, fees or penalties?

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington DC Helps You Make the Best Replacement Window Decisions

Of course, Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC offers special discounts and financing options for homeowners that make your decision easier. Just give us call at 877-915-8840 or fill in the form on this page for more details.

 

Replacing Your VA or DC Windows? Don’t Forget Your Patio Doors!

Replacement windows today are designed to offer you significant advantages over the older windows you may have in your Virginia or Washington, D.C. home and the same goes for patio doors. There are many reasons to replace your windows and doors, from the cosmetic to the practical. In fact, if you are wondering if it is time to invest in new home windows and doors, then now is probably the time. Some other clues that could indicate that replacing your windows and/or patio doors is a good idea include:

You Have Drafts From Your Windows & Doors

Windows, like all parts of a home, can be affected by home settling over time. As a house moves and settles, it can make its windows, especially those in older homes, become misaligned and open up areas where the outside air can enter your house. Whether these areas are large gaps or small cracks, the fact is that your comfort level may compromised and your energy bills are going to rise as your heater or air conditioner tries to combat this infusion of outside air.

You Pay Too Much for Your Utilities

It will likely happen slowly over time, but you’ll eventually notice that you have a problem that can be traced back to your windows might be your wallet. If your oil or gas or electric bill is higher than you think it should be, it could very well be that you are losing conditioned (heated or cooled) air through the cracks created by your failing windows. New replacement windows are airtight and are designed with the latest in energy efficient materials which can save you big bucks on your energy bills over time.

Opening and Shutting Your Windows is Difficult

This one might seem like a no-brainer but it can be easy to simply chalk up a sticky window or door to the fact that they are older, and this sort of thing happens. You should know that it does not need to be that way, though. Not only can windows that are difficult to open and close make it hard for you to enjoy fresh air throughout your home, they are often a challenge to clean.

Don’t Forget Your Patio Doors!

Private residenceWhile there is pretty compelling evidence to replace your windows, you should also consider replacing your patio doors at the same time. Doors are generally much larger openings to the outside than windows and therefore have a higher potential for misalignment than your windows. Also, patio doors tend to be opened and closed far more often than windows as people come and go, so the opportunity for wear and tear is greater. Finally, doors are sometimes the target of abuse that can significantly shorten their longevity (when was the last time you heard of someone slamming a window in anger?).

Even though there are typically far fewer doors that lead to the outside than there are windows, many of the same reasons for replacement are still valid.

Improved Energy Efficiency

The area of a door tends to be much greater than the average window. This means there are more places where caulking, weather stripping and sealant could break down, making it possible for air to be exchanged. Also, patio doors tend to have large areas of glass and older, inefficient glass can be transmitting a lot of the temperature you pay to add to your home to escape.

Increased Beauty

Of course, you may not have chosen the patio door or doors in your home, but if you have, its energy efficiency would not your only consideration. In fact, for most people, the primary reason why they choose a particular patio door for their home is its aesthetics, or how “pretty” it is. You want a door that looks good and that goes well with the style of your home. Whether you have a thoroughly modern home or one that is more traditionally designed, there are replacement doors and windows that can enhance its beauty.

Freshen up the Look of the Exterior

Updating your patio door when you update your windows ensures that the makeover of your home will be complete. Not only will you be treated to the latest designs in both modern and traditional replacement windows and patio doors, you can enjoy better soundproofing, a fresher look to your home and a reduction in the energy costs it takes to keep you and your family comfortable. Ensuring that the design of your doors and windows complement each other results in a more comprehensive and complete look for your home.

Need More Information? We’re Here to Help. Call 1-877-915-9940

Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. stands ready to meet all your replacement window and patio door needs in the Northern Virginia and Washington DC area. Give us a call at 1-877-915-9940 or fill out the short form on this page for a free design consultation today.

The Best Replacement Windows for your Suburban VA or DC Home

Best Replacement Windows Suburban Virginia & DCReady to talk about replacement windows for your Virginia or Washington, D.C. home? Whether you want to update your home’s windows for style, energy efficiency, or to get it ready to put on the market, Renewal by Andersen can help make it easy — while ensuring you have all the information you need to evaluate your options and make the right choice.

Below, you’ll find a quick overview of things to consider when replacing your windows with a special focus on the specific window needs often found in the suburban Virginia and Washington, D.C. area.

There are many benefits to replacing your windows, whether you plan to stay in your home for decades, or you have plans to relocate in a few years. Replacing windows is considered a high ROI (return on investment) project for suburban homes. Naturally, well-insulated windows and patio doors firmly seal against energy loss and heat/cold transfer, so it’s easier and more efficient to regulate your home’s temperature. And, window frame and trim colors along with pane shape add a touch of personality to your home.

What do you Expect Your Windows to Do?

Fixed vs. Operable

At their most basic, windows are divided into two main styles: fixed and operable. Fixed windows are “fixed” permanently into your wall; they’re not designed to open and close. This type of window is the most cost-effective and efficient window available. Fixed windows are most often used as large picture windows or bay windows in the front of suburban homes or smaller windows used for lighting in bathrooms or high on the walls of large entryways.

Operable windows, on the other hand, “operate” by opening and closing. These are the windows you can open and close to let in fresh air or even as an alternate method of egress in case of a fire or other emergency.

What you expect your windows to do is important when you decide whether a fixed or operable window is best for your needs in a specific location on your home. Here are a few examples for you to consider.

  • Windows designed with a “lift-up” or “open-out” sash like double-hung or casement windows are good choices if you want egress options in the event of an emergency.
  • Awning designs are hinged at the upper edge and crank out. These windows are an excellent choice for suburban Virginia and DC homes because the weather-stripping creates a superior seal to keep dust, dirt, driving rain and wind outside where it belongs.
  • Want to maximize your view? Renewal by Andersen gliders, also called sliding windows, open either left-to-right or right-to-left, and these windows give you the largest glass to frame ratio of any operable window.

Material Considerations

Choosing Glass

There are countless options for high-efficiency glass and composite frames that help keep your power bills down, whether you’re trying to keep cool air inside or out. Low-E4 glass panes help block harmful UV rays, so they’re both energy-efficient and protective of your indoor upholstery and artwork that UV rays tend to fade.

Choosing Frames

Besides choosing glass type, you’ll also have to choose what type of frame you want your window panes set in. Because of the humidity in the VA/DC area, many homeowners choose to go with composite frames rather than wood; our unique Fibrex formula combines the long-lasting style and endurance of wood with the easy-care properties of vinyl. Because it’s stainable, it looks just like wood, but it may last longer while dramatically reducing your regular maintenance chores.

Fibrex is also stronger than other alternatives like vinyl, which allows for thinner frames. That means you’ll get a bigger glass surface area and more natural light inside your home. To get a better idea of what would work best in your home, talk to a Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C. expert who can tell you more about your frame options and make style suggestions to get your home looking sharper than ever.

Choosing Decorative Elements

New Renewal by Andersen replacement windows for your suburban Virginia or Washington, D.C. home help you create a safe, inviting atmosphere for your family and your guests. Along with the functional aspects like durable frames, airtight weather-stripping and energy-efficient glass, we offer dozens of color choices, an array of finishes for your trim and hardware, and panes with artistic touches for increased privacy.

Suburban homes along the east coast—especially in the highly developed VA and DC areas—are generally modern homes (built-in the last 50 years). Some older suburban homes with their original windows are long overdue for a facelift that updates the interior design, the outdoor style and the overall energy efficiency. Replacing your home’s windows is a quick way to upgrade style and efficiency at the same time.

Need More Information about Virginia and Washington, D.C. Replacement Windows? Call 1-877-915-9940 Today

If you’re looking for more specific advice about replacement windows for your Virginia or Washington, D.C. home, feel free to contact us at 877-915-9940 for a free, in-home design consultation at a time convenient to you. Or, enter your information in the form on this page and we will call you back to schedule your appointment.

Finding the Right Replacement Windows for Your Rural Virginia Home

Different Windows for Different Worlds: Be Smart About Staying True to Your Home’s Style.

If you’re looking for replacement windows for your rural home in Virginia or the area around Washington, DC, you probably wonder if Renewal by Andersen makes windows specifically designed for country living. All of our replacement windows have some features that work equally well in every environment and neighborhood – city, suburb and rural. Whichever style and design you choose, you can be sure your windows are built to be cost-effective, stylish and low-maintenance for many years to come.

Location is important, but designing replacement windows for your rural home depends more on your existing home’s design and your personal preferences. Personal preferences – color schemes, frame materials and glass choice – add personality and ornamental elements that come together to create windows that are uniquely yours. Accurate measurements of your current windows and precision manufacturing reduce installation costs by eliminating major reconstruction.

Our portfolio includes seven different window styles and three patio door style choices for rural Virginia homeowners. Below are three popular choices with superior performance and energy-efficient designs for your consideration.

Sliding Doors & Windows

Replacement Sliding Window Virginia DCOne of the benefits of living in a rural community is the beautiful scenery we enjoy. Homeowners often want windows that offer a full, uninterrupted view of the outdoors. Gliders open left to right, or vice versa, on easy-care tracks with Perma-Shield® technology designed to open easily and close tightly. You can choose styles that have one movable sash and one stationery sash or a dual-functioning model that allows both the left and right sash to open.

One advantage of choosing sliding doors and windows is the built-in space-saving features. Since panes don’t project inside or outside when opened, you don’t have to worry about blocking walkways or furniture placement.

We recommend sliding doors and windows for people who want the largest viewing area with a window that opens and closes. Cleaning your sliding windows is almost effortless. Just lift out the pane, clean both sides and drop it back into the track. Adding insect screens to gliders lets you enjoy a cool summer breeze without inviting in unwanted pests, too.

Double-Hung Windows

Replacement Double Hung Wiondow Virginia DCRenewal by Andersen Double-Hung Windows are a “best choice” if you want windows that allow ventilation flexibility. Open either the upper or lower sash to allow fresh air in during spring and fall months. Some people like to open both sashes a little to let cool are in at the bottom and let hot air out at the top. During cold winter weather or the hot, muggy months of summer, weather-stripping securely seals your windows; letting you control your indoor temperature and keep dust and wind outside.

For a more traditional interior detailing choose our Fibrex® square check rails for your double-hung windows. Prefer a contemporary look and feel? We also have a slightly curved check rail just for you. With several interior and exterior colors and four grille styles to choose from, you can design windows to fit your decorating style and budget.

Picture Windows

Replacement Picture Wndow Virginia DCPicture windows offer an unsurpassed expanded view with a low profile. Picture windows aren’t operable to let in fresh air, but they can provide some of the best views of your rural landscape. You have the same flexibility to arrange indoor and outdoor furniture without worrying about an open window protruding into walking space.

Fixed windows give you the most options for controlling price, energy-efficiency and noise while giving you a larger viewing area. Whether you choose High Performance Low-E Glass with for a crystal clear view or prefer a slightly tinted version of High Performance Low-E4 Sun glass that limits harsh glaring sunlight, you can be certain our glass is among the most energy-efficient glass available for rural residential homes.

Try Before You Buy with Renewal by Andersen’s Window and Door Visualizer

Renewal by Andersen Window Visualizer

Renewal by Andersen Window Visualizer

The online Renewal by Andersen Window and Door Visualizer lets you view a gallery of homes with window choices that closely match your preferences. You can upload photos of your home to use the interactive tool for a better picture of how your choices will look installed, too. Want to try it out? Just click on this link.

More Replacement Window Options

These are just three of the basic window styles we offer for rural Virginia and Washington, D.C. area homes. You might want to consider a bay window to replace your existing fixed window with a view or awning style windows over the kitchen cabinets in your VA/DC home. Maybe you need triangle-shaped windows or another specialty window. We understand that living in the country has some challenges, but choosing windows shouldn’t be one of them.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & DC Has Replacement Windows for Your Rural Home. Call Us Today for a Free, In-Home Design Consultation at 1-877-915-9940

Designing replacement windows for your rural Virginia or DC home is easy. Need for information? Call us at 1-877-915-9940 and ask to speak to a replacement window specialist. You can also fill out the form at the top of this page and let us call you back to schedule an appointment at your convenience. Either way, it would be a pleasure to help you explore all the options available.

 

Replacement Windows for Virginia & DC Row Houses & Historic City Homes

Many Virginia and Washington, DC houses, and their windows, have character. Whether they were built in the 1950s during the explosion of ranch houses that characterize suburbia, around the turn of the 19th century when row houses (otherwise known as attached houses) were popping up all over the East Coast urban landscape, or much later in a neighborhood with its own quirky style, something makes your house special.

Historic Bay Replacement Window InteriorYou need to choose the right window style for your home’s personality and world — whether you live in inner-city Washington, DC, in Virginia suburbia, or in the beautiful surrounding rural areas. Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C. can help you make the right windows and doors choices for your house, so you can update your home’s style and efficiency while staying true to its personality and style.

You’ve invested a lot more than money in your home, so when it comes to making major changes — like replacing the windows — you want to make a smart choice that adds value to your investment and doesn’t take away from your home’s character.

Hundred-year-old homes often have rich stories to tell — and the windows are, in essence, the eyes of your home. Windows and doors are your link to the outside world. They make your home look balanced, let in just the right amount of light, and frame your view of the world around you.

Historic Homes in Virginia/DC

Thousands of homes in the Virginia/DC area were built in the mid 1800s to early 1900s. In inner-city DC, you’ll find countless row houses (also called terrace homes or attached homes in other areas) — efficiently-built, wall-to-wall houses filling entire city blocks. These homes, two to three stories tall (or taller, depending on the building period) have a personality all their own — and their style has become so popular that many new developers are imitating their style.

Replacing the windows in your row house or historic city home is a sometimes-essential step to bringing your home back to its historic roots, improve its energy efficiency (and reduce your energy bills), and overall make your home more comfortable. Making sound decisions about replacement windows is a key choice to make your home as energy-efficient as possible. The proper windows can cut down on draftiness and revitalize your home’s curb appeal and style, but the wrong window choice can undermine all your efforts.

Choosing the Right Replacement Windows for your Historic House

The best replacement windows for historic homes will always reproduce the home’s style as closely as possible. Keep the following architectural elements in mind when selecting your replacement windows.

Proportions. You’ll want to take note of the size of your window openings proportioned to the rest of the house and of the size of the panes to the width of their frames and trim sizes. Turn-of-the-century homes were generally carefully designed and planned, so sticking with the original designer’s choices is almost always the best bet (and most in keeping with your neighborhood’s style).

If your home has one of the characteristic bow or bay windows on the first or second floor, choose a similar replacement window style. A bow window with Colonial style grilles works very well in many Washington, DC and Virginia neighborhoods.

Layout of the window panes. Although you might not be able to find replacement windows that exactly match your original window — doing so would likely require a streak of luck or custom fabrication — do consider the layout of your window panes when making a choice.

For energy efficiency, today’s windows are usually constructed from large sheets of glass rather than the individual panes (or lites) that were only available when your home was built. The multi-pane effect today is created by overlaid strips (grilles) to capture the traditional multi-pane, or “divided lite” look.

Grilles, also called muntins or sash strips, are the thin lines of wood holding each pane in place in your original windows. The depth of the grille and their shape contribute to your windows’ overall look and style.

Many of the first row houses in Virginia and Washington, DC had original styles very similar to the look created with Renewal by Andersen’s Colonial grille layout which divides the upper and lower panes into equal squares. Later, designers opted for styles that only divided the upper portion of the window.

Paint color and frame. These elements are easily tweaked, so don’t worry too much about them at the start. You’ll want to find windows of the right shape and proportion to complement your home, and then choose the finishing details, which may or may not be exactly like those of your original window.

Questions About Windows for Your Historic Home? Contact Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington DC

If you’re in doubt about the type of window that would work best for your home, a Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC expert can talk to you about your style options. Just give us a quick call at 1-877-915-9940 or enter your information in the form above for more information.

Virginia & Washington, DC Replacement Windows First Steps to Success

You have finally reached the conclusion that replacing your Virginia or Washington, DC’s windows is the answer to your leaky, drafty, sticky windows and high energy bills. What you might not understand, though, are your next steps to achieving your dream. You probably have many other questions about the entire process. The team at Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. has written this post to point you to the next steps, help answer your questions and enable you to go into the replacement window buying process much wiser.

Choosing Your Replacement Window Contractor

Virginia Washington DC Replacement Windows ContractorReplacing your windows is a decision you will likely have to live with for a long, long time. When deciding upon which replacement window company to use, be sure to do your homework. Choose a company that has a great deal of experience within the industry as well as a good reputation in your community. By selecting a company that regularly installs only high quality, brand name windows, you have the best chance of receiving the exacting workmanship that you expect. Continue reading

Replacement Window Manufacturers & Installers in Virginia & Washington, DC

Tips for Working with Your Virginia & Washington, DC Replacement Window Manufacturer, Contractor and Installer

If you are thinking about replacing the windows, patio doors or both, in your Virginia or Washington, DC home, you already know that it is a big decision. There are many important things to consider when it comes to your replacement windows and patio doors. Here are some ideas for working together with your replacement window manufacturer and installer that can help you realize your dreams of having top of the line replacement windows and patio doors in your home.

A Partner Who Works With You

Choosing the right contractor to install your new replacement windows or patio doors for you means that you will be selecting a partner in your project. You would like them to be as invested in your home as you are and is as interested in what is best for your home as you are. By working closely together you will be best able to find the design that works for you now and in the long run. In addition, your replacement window company will work with you to find the right time and date that suits your needs as well as your schedule in order to complete the installation with as little disruption to your life as possible.

Tap into Design Ideas

The company you choose for your replacement windows or patio door project should have years of knowledge and experience when it comes to the windows or doors they will be installing in your home. Be sure to utilize their expertise when it comes to deciding on the type and design of replacement windows or patio doors for your home. If you are like most homeowners, you come to the table with your own ideas and goals for your home. Your design consultant should be open to hearing your ideas so that when you share those with him or her, together, you will find a style of window or door that will meet your needs and goals.

Learn Your Options

Replacing your windows and doors is definitely an investment in your home. It adds a great deal of value to your home if you want to sell it in the future. Learning about all the different styles and options in the windows or patio doors you select has beauty and energy efficiency benefits for you right now which will help pay for the costs of the windows and their installation over the long term. By speaking with the company who manufactures and installs your home’s replacement windows and patio doors, you can learn about the different styles, options and even financing plans that might be available to you to help make your project more affordable now and in the future.

Keep the Lines of Communication Open

When you work with a well-known company for your replacement windows and doors, your satisfaction should be their number one goal. They should want you to be pleased when you look at your home with its new windows and doors. They should want to see a smile on your face. If you are unhappy with any phase of the process, or you do not feel like your needs are being met, you need to let them know as soon as possible. A reputable company will want to be aware of your feelings so that you can both can work successfully together to meet your goals.

Be Available

In order for your replacement window and patio door company to complete the job to the best of their ability, they need to have access to your home and property. Be sure to unlock any gates that will hinder this access and, where possible, remove any obstructions that could get in their way or slow them down. Being encumbered by a gate, pets or other obstructions can add significantly more time to the entire process of installing your new windows and doors. In addition, keep dogs and other animals securely out of the way while your installation team is working. This will help keep them safe from escaping your home or otherwise being injured while the team is working and your windows and/or doors are removed in preparation for installing the new ones.

Need More Information About Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington, DC?

If you have more questions about your replacement windows or patio doors project, give us a call at 1-877-915-9940 or fill out the short form on this page to contact Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. We can get started with your consultation today!

 

Replacement Windows & Home Security in Virginia & Washington DC

Are Your Virginia & Washington, DC Windows Safe?

When considering replacement windows, homeowners in Virginia and the Washington, DC area often consider aesthetics and price as the main factors driving decisions. While we understand the importance of finding windows that match your home’s architecture and complement your overall design scheme, while fitting within your budget, at Renewal by Andersen we think security and safety are important, too.

Replacement Windows Home Security Virginia Washington DCBased on FBI projections, more than three percent of all homes in the United States will be burglarized this coming year. There were almost 4000 burglaries in the DC area in 2012 alone. Criminals look for easy access and quick entrance opportunities.

One proven way to reduce your chances of becoming a victim to home invasions is to upgrade your old windows.

Technological advances and new glass designs make glass stronger today. Multiple-pane construction resists impact better than single pane windows often found in older homes. Installing windows with shatter-resistant glass and high-quality frames improves safety and security for your home.

You already know that replacing old windows adds value and beauty to your home. We want you to understand how replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen can improve home security in your Virginia or Washington, DC neighborhood.

Building a Barrier

Laminated Glass construction makes it almost impossible for an intruder to enter your home by breaking a window. A special PVB (plastic) mid-layer rests between two sheets of glass. If one pane breaks, the plastic liner acts like a section of sticky tape, holding the shards or fragments together.

The inter-layer is invisible, allowing homeowners to enjoy a clear, unobstructed view. By the way, built in UV protection keeps harmful rays outside, protecting your flooring and furniture from fading, too.

Another type of security glass is wired glass. Unlike laminated glass which relies on a strong inter-layer for integrity, wired security glass has a wire mesh component built into the glass during manufacturing. Clarity varies from almost clear to tinted or opaque. Wired glass is not as visually appealing for some homeowners, but it deters would be intruders from attempting to break into your home.

Depending on your personal preference and window location, you might use this style for alley-facing windows or to add privacy in bedrooms and bathroom.

Added Safety Features

There are many glass styles and strengths for homeowners to choose from when upgrading their windows in the DC area. Along with stronger glass, replacement windows from Renewal of Anderson have tamper-resistant locks. Strategically recessed pick-resistant locks are easy to access from inside your home, while preventing unwanted tampering from outside. Multiple locks for large windows and sash stops give you additional layers of protection.

There are several different styles of window locks. Here are three options that improve security.

  • Unison locks have multiple locking mechanisms operated with a single handle.
  • Automatic locking windows self-lock every time the window is closed securely.
  • Key-lock mechanisms require a key to manually lock and unlock windows and doors.

Security System Upgrades

Renewal by Andersen replacement windows have many added features and benefits to improve home security in your Virginia or DC home. One question you might have is how new windows will impact other home security systems.

If you already have a home security system in place that you are pleased with, our experienced window specialists will help you explore options based on your current equipment and services.

If you are thinking about installing a new system or changing security companies, we can discuss options based on our experience with past and current customers.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC Can Help 

Advanced technology has changed the way that breaking glass sounds and reacts during impact. Home security team works with a variety of alarms and alerts to detect a security breach. For example, an acoustic sensor “hears” the sound of an intrusion. A “shock” detector senses movement.

We can supply information about the glass, construction and size to help you discuss monitor placement and sensor alarms with your security team.

We know that protecting your family is important to you. We invite you to call Renewal of Andersen for more information about why replacement windows should be a part of your Virginia or Washington, DC home security upgrade. Reach us at 1-877-915-9940 or complete the form below.

 

Angie’s List Super Service Award for Replacement Windows & Patio Doors

4th Year in a Row for Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C.!

Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. proudly announces that it has been honored by Angie’s List with its prestigious Super Service Award – again! This is the fourth year in a row we’ve been honored with this impressive award.

“Only about 5 percent of the companies Renewal by Andersen competes with in Northern Virginia & Washington, D.C. are able to earn our Super Service Award,” Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks said. “It’s a mark of consistently great customer service.” Continue reading

Reasons to Consider Replacing Your Virginia or DC Windows & Patio Doors

Replacement Patio Door VA DCReplacement windows today are designed to offer you significant advantages over the older windows you may have in your Virginia or Washington, D.C home and the same goes for patio doors. There are many reasons to replace your windows and doors, from the cosmetic to the practical. In fact, if you are wondering if it is time to invest in new home windows, then now is probably the time. Some other clues that could indicate that replacing your windows is a good idea include: Continue reading

Happy New Year from Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC!

As we bid farewell to 2013, we welcome 2014, and count our blessings as we prepare for a new year full of hope and promise.

While each new year brings with it hope, we know it will not be without its challenges and strife. We strive for success, but know some disappointments are inevitable. Fortunately, each new year is a blank canvas; a chance to wipe the slate clean and start anew.

We hope 2013 was good to you and that 2014 will be even better.
We wish you and your family the happiest, healthiest and most prosperous 2014.

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Happy Holidays from Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, D.C.

With the holiday season upon us, we at Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, D.C. find ourselves reflecting on the past year and on those we have helped and those who have helped us.

We count among our blessings the many fine friends we have found among our customers and the best staff of employees we could hope for. We are truly fortunate to have our customers as our friends and our staff as our extended family.  

We look forward to spending some quality time with our family and friends during this holiday season and hope that you find the time to do the same with yours.

Because the goodwill of those we serve is the foundation of our success, it’s a real pleasure at this time of year to say “thank you” as we wish you a holiday season of Peace and Happiness.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & DC Replacement Window Newsletter

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC NewsletterNo, we’re not talking about the view through our windows (although those views are great too), but our monthly e-mail newsletter, Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC’s Window Panes. Every month we send out a free email newsletter to a growing list of eager subscribers. In addition to a whole host of Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. news and insider replacement window information, we also share great consumer interest articles about everything from tasty recipes to the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos. Here’s a sample of a recent newsletter’s contents:

Of course, we change the contents every month, but you can see from this small sampling that there’s a great deal of useful information about Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC, but there’s so much more. We like to think there’s something for everybody in every issue. Try it; You’ll Like it! If not, it’s easy to unsubscribe If you’re not getting Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C.’s Window Panes, you’re missing out on a whole lot of good, fun and useful information. Why not give it a try? You can always unsubscribe at any time if you don’t think it’s for you. Let us know and we’ll take you right off the list immediately. We don’t want to add to your already crowded email Inbox. But we’re pretty sure that if you’re like most homeowners in New Jersey, you’ll find something of interest in it for you and you’ll look forward to receiving it every month. To Sign Up, Click Here or fill out the form on this page and we’ll add you to our list.

New Renewal By Andersen Website Serves Virginia & DC Window Shoppers

Renewal by Andersen, the replacement window division of Andersen Corporation, a company that has revolutionized the window and door business for more than 110 years, has now revolutionized the standard for a replacement window manufacturer website.

 

The brand new Renewal by Andersen website, http://www.renewalbyandersen.com, has been completely redesigned and re-engineered for the local Virginia & Washington, D.C. replacement window shopper. Rather than be a corporate “manufacturer’s website”, the new site automatically serves local internet users with local content by providing information about the local dealer as soon as they arrive on the site. No more having to enter your zip code just to find to find out where the local dealer is!

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The New World of Energy Efficiency in Virginia & Washington, DC Windows

U_ValueSince the first energy crisis of the ‘70s, there has been a national focus on the issue of energy-efficiency in the home, and no more so than here in Virginia and Washington, D.C. Once awakened as a nation to the reality that cheap fuel was now a thing of the past, it became a priority to find ways to reduce energy consumption, particularly wasteful and inefficient uses of fossil fuels. Immediately, the 100 million plus American homes became a target for conservation efforts. Earlier home construction, when the cost of fuel was not a factor, paid little attention to many factors that became important almost overnight, especially, the home’s windows. Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving & Hannukah from our Family to Yours

TDimage copyAs the year winds to a close, we should all take time to reflect on the past 12 months. It is human to reflect upon our successes and failures, and to begin to chart a course for the coming year ahead.

At this time of year, we at Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C. are incredibly thankful for our successes, but even more so to have the great fortune to be able to meet and get to know so many of our Virginia and Washington, D.C. neighbors. In more cases than not, we are fortunate to be able to call our customers our friends as we get to know them and their families.

We count ourselves very lucky to be able to bring joy to the people of Virginia and Washington, D.C. as we see their reactions to the way our replacement windows and doors improve their homes and we take joy in their kind words of thanks.

Yes, on this Thanksgiving Day, which happily coincides with the start of Hannukah, we are thankful for our family, our friends and our good fortune to work in a business that brings joy and happiness to our customers, our friends.

Happy Thanksgiving and Hannukah from our Family to Yours!

Your friends at Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Have You Seen the View Through Our Window Panes?

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC NewsletterNo, we’re not talking about the view through our windows (although those views are great too), but our monthly e-mail newsletter, Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.’s Window Panes. Every month we send out a free email newsletter to a growing list of eager subscribers. In addition to a whole host of Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. news and insider replacement window information, we also share great consumer interest articles about everything from tasty recipes to the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos. Continue reading

Virginia & Washington, DC Replacement Windows Choices

Overwhelmed by Virginia & DC Window Choices?

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Many consumers in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, when they come to the conclusion that it’s time to replace the windows in their home, start looking at what their choices may be. This is the beginning of what can become a major research project as they check out different manufacturers, materials, colors, glass types and other options. The research phase can become overwhelming. Some of us analytical types actually enjoy the research phase, while others find it tedious and annoying.

Purchasing replacement windows for your home is a major investment and a serious investment in your home, but don’t let the magnitude of the project make you put it off. If you’ve made the decision to replace your windows, you likely have good reasons for doing so, whether that is energy performance, operability or simply aesthetics. If your windows are old and under-performing, they’re not going to fix themselves and the problems are likely going to get worse, not better. Waiting is simply another day that you are increasing the money spent on heating and cooling your home, and could even be causing serious and even life-threatening hidden damage to your home.

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How to Buy Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington, DC

In these cost-conscious days, no matter what purchase you’re thinking of making, be it large-scale or small, you first need to decide if you really need it or can live without it. Considering a new set of replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, D.C.? In today’s post we’re going to talk about how to tell when it’s time to say goodbye to your old windows and give some serious thought to replacement windows.

Home Heating and Cooling Energy Costs

Energy Star Sustained Excellence AwardAs windows serve many functions within a home, there are an equal number of indicators that they aren’t performing at their best. One of your windows’ primary responsibilities is to maintain the temperature of your home, regardless of the weather outside— but they can only do that if they are energy efficient. When they aren’t, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that those energy inefficient windows are responsible for up to 25 percent of your energy bills. You’re not only losing money, but you’re living in a less comfortable home. Continue reading

Frequently Asked Questions about Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington, DC

Replacement Window FAQs in Virginia, Washington, DCIf you’re like most people in Virginia and Washington, DC who are just starting their research into their options for replacement windows for their home, you have a lot of questions. In our decades of experience selling and installing replacement windows throughout the area, we’ve heard hundreds of really good questions from hundreds of concerned homeowners. There are questions about the products themselves — everything from the different types of windows, different options, available colors, hardware, etc. and then there are questions about the process itself — picking the windows, ordering, manufacturing, and finally, the most important part, installation. Continue reading

Have You Seen the View through our Window Panes?

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC NewsletterNo, we’re not talking about the view through our windows (although those views are great too), but our monthly e-mail newsletter, renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.’s Window Panes. Every month we send out a free email newsletter to a growing list of eager subscribers. In addition to a whole host of Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C. news and insider replacement window information, we also share great consumer interest articles about everything from tasty recipes to the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos.

Here’s a sample of a recent newsletter’s contents:

Of course, we change the contents every month, but you can see from this small sampling that there’s a great deal of useful information about Renewal by Andersen of Long Island, but there’s so much more. We like to think there’s something for everybody in every issue.

Try it; You’ll Like it! If not, it’s easy to unsubscribe

If you’re not getting Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, D.C.’s Window Panes, you’re missing out on a whole lot of good, fun and useful information. Why not give it a try? You can always unsubscribe at any time if you don’t think it’s for you. Let us know and we’ll take you right off the list immediately. We don’t want to add to your already crowded email Inbox. But we’re pretty sure that if you’re like most Long Islanders, you’ll find something of interest in it for you and you’ll look forward to receiving it every month.

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Custom Replacement Windows Versus Stock New Construction Window Sizes

Think 2x Before Buying Home Center Replacement Windows in Virginia or Washington, DC

So, you’vReplacement Windows Virginia & Washington DCe started shopping around for new replacement windows for your Northern Virginia or Washington, DC home? You’ve gone to the local home center and seen what’s on the shelves, right? It all looks good and the prices seem reasonable, so why look elsewhere?

Well, you might be surprised. Just because your home was probably built with stock-sized home center type windows, doesn’t mean that’s the best choice for your replacement windows if you live in Virginia or Washington, DC.  There’s more to the cost of replacement windows than simply buying the windows themselves.

In today’s post from Renewal by Andersen of Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, we’re going to discuss custom versus standard window sizes, and how these stock windows may not be the white knights you had imagine. Continue reading

Should You Repair or Replace Your Virginia-DC Windows?

Window Repair or Window Replacement in VA & DC?

Rotted Virginia Washington, DC Window

If your Virginia or Washington DC’s home’s windows look like this, it’s time to replace them.

Now that Fall is upon us in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC, it will soon be time to start doing our annual Fall Clean Up chores around the outside of the house. While you’re raking or blowing the leaves out of your bushes, take a few minutes to check out the exterior of your home’s windows.

When it comes to keeping your windows in top working order, proper ongoing maintenance is one of the main keys to long window life for your Virginia or DC home. For the most part, as long as your windows are cleaned regularly and kept free of too much dirt and grime, they should continue to operate at their best for a good long while. But if they’ve already started to give you problems inside and they’re starting to look the worse for wear on the outside, it may be time to think about replacing those old, inefficient windows. How do you know when it’s time to replace your windows rather than repair them? Read on for some practical tips. Continue reading

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Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC NewsletterNo, we’re not talking about the view through our windows (although those views are great too), but our monthly e-mail newsletter. Every month we send out a free email newsletter to a growing list of eager subscribers. In addition to a whole host of Renewal by Andersen of Long Island news and insider replacement window information, we also share great consumer interest articles about everything from tasty recipes to the latest and greatest gadgets and gizmos.

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  • Top 10 Reasons to Replace Your Windows
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How to Cure Condensation on Your Virginia or Washington, DC Home’s Windows

Window condensation in VA & DCAs we approach fall in Virginia and Washington, DC, and the weather begins to turn cooler, thoughts turn to the upcoming winter and how our home’s windows will fare when it gets really cold.

Any homeowner living in an area that isn’t 75 degrees and sunny every day has most likely experienced one of the classic problems that plagues windows during the wintertime— condensation. You may think that condensation isn’t such a big deal, a little fogging in the corners of your windows never hurt anybody— and that’s true. What’s also true, however, is that excessive condensation can become a serious problem in your home if left unchecked. Continue reading

Air or Water Leaking Near Your Virginia or Washington, DC Home’s Windows?

Air or Water Leaking Around Windows is Dangerous

Window Leaking water in Washington, DC

If you have to use a towel to plug a leaking window it may be time for replacement windows. Photo Courtesy: Mr. T in DC

One of a window’s most basic functions is to keep exterior elements from entering your Virginia or Washington, DC home. That’s why one of the most frustrating issues that can develop in your home is excessive air or water leakage through your windows. Leakage is a very common problem in VA and DC and is often the culprit if you’ve suddenly been finding your energy costs skyrocketing, your home uncomfortably hot or cold and you can’t understand why. Continue reading

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC Helps Fight Breast Cancer

We’re Donating a Portion of Every Replacement Window & Door Sale to Fight Against Breast Cancer

RBA VA replacement windows race for cure shirtRenewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C., your replacement window and patio door distributor with showrooms in Fairfax and Sterling, VA, has expanded its local charitable efforts by adding its support to the fight against breast cancer. In addition to its long-term support of the local community and military families, Renewal by Andersen has added Breast Cancer Awareness and support of the Susan G. Komen Foundation to its list of charitable causes. Continue reading

Buying Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington, D.C.

Your VA & DC Replacement Window Wants & Needs

If you are going to commit to a brand new set of replacement windows in Virginia or Washington, D.C., you are going to want to be sure that they are the right windows for you. With so many potential choices from which to select, it’s not too difficult to become overwhelmed by the selection.

The experts at Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington D.C. is here to help you with make the best replacement window decisions for your life and home, without any marketing hype. In order to do that most effectively, you’re going to have to take a look at your personal likes and needs in areas like window style, color, hardware, and features so you can walk away from this venture confident that you are going to receive the windows of your dreams. Continue reading

Replacement Windows U-Factor and R-Value in VA & DC

We’re not going to kid you; outfitting your home with a new set of replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington D.C. is a serious decision and a big commitment. When contemplating a project of this magnitude, the importance of doing your research cannot be overstated, because nothing works to your advantage quite like being an informed consumer.

Is a Replacement Window’s U-Factor Important in Virginia and Washington, D.C.?

If you’ve already begun the research aspect of the replacement window experience, you may have come across some terminology with which you are unfamiliar— specifically the U-Factor. This all-important term is a major key to objectively comparing one replacement window with another. In this blog post we’ll go into more detail about the U-Factor— what it is, what it means, and how you can use it to make sure you’re getting the best replacement windows for your home. We’ll also discuss a few other similar criteria and ratings systems that you may come across in your research and explain what they mean. Continue reading

How to Know if You Need Replacement Windows

Starting any kind of home improvement project can be a daunting task. With an entire world full of questions, choices, and costly decisions, sometimes the most difficult aspect of home upgrade is figuring out where to start. Well if you’re just starting out and looking to replace your current windows with a brand new set, then you’ve started off on the right foot by turning to Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington D.C. We’re here to help you sort through the often intimidating world of window replacement by providing you with a few tips to serve as a jumping off point. If you’re looking to begin the process of buying replacement windows, you first have to decide if you really need to replace your home’s windows or not.Today’s post will help you to do just that. Continue reading

Benefits of Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington, DC

Benefits of Replacement WindowsIf you’re thinking about replacing your current windows, one of the most important questions you’re going to ask is “How will I benefit from purchasing a new set of replacement windows?” Fortunately, Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington D.C.’s post for today is going to address just that. The advantages of replacement windows extend beyond the obvious benefit of an increase in the curb appeal of your home, as they can also lower your utility bills and reduce some of your daily home maintenance. If all of that sounds appealing, let’s get into a little bit more detail.

Giving Your Home A Facelift

When you consider the curb appeal of your home, the state of your windows may not immediately come to mind as having a significant affect on its appearance, but make no mistake, they are major players in your home’s appearance and appeal. Cracked or foggy glass, chipped paint — these are all signs that it’s time to upgrade the look of your home; and the right replacement window can make all the difference. Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC provides you with a way to give a subtle or dramatic polish to the home you love, or the opportunity to throw caution to the wind and try out a whole new look. Either way, you’ll be adding value to your home and getting a fresh, clean, new look to boot.

Increased Energy Efficiency

Your new replacement windows will do more for your life and home than just look great from the street. When you purchase an energy efficient window from Renewal by Andersen, you’re also lowering your heating and cooling bills. Old or less energy efficient windows are susceptible to serious air leakage, so when your heat and air-conditioning are lost through them, your money goes right along with it. Energy efficient windows help to diminish the air, heat and air conditioning thrown out the window, which decreases your utility bills and keeps your home at the temperature you want.

Replacement Window Maintenance

Like anything in your home that you’ve had for a while, older windows require more routine maintenance than their newer counterparts. Replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen incorporate features like Easy-Clean technology to make daily chores easier, while newer frames won’t require the kind of painting and scraping that older ones so often do. If you’re looking for windows that look great, require less work, and can even save your money on your bills, then look no further than Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Contact Renewal by Andersen for More Information

Want to know anything more about how replacement windows can benefit you? Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC is your replacement window expert. As a subsidiary of Andersen Windows, we’ve been manufacturing windows for generations, and nobody knows the business like we do. If you think your home could benefit replacement windows, be sure to contact one of our experienced design consultants who will help you select the window that’s just what you need. Call us at 1-877-915-9940 or fill out the short form on this page for a free design consultation.

Noise Reducing Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington, DC, part II

Part 2: Expectations Vs. Reality

Noise Reducing Windows in VA & DCIn our previous post regarding noise-reducing windows we talked about their fundamental elements. Today, the replacement window experts Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington D.C.’s will address what you can expect from your noise-reducing windows after having made the decision to install them. It is incredibly important to both understand and be ready to manage your expectations when dealing with noise-reducing windows so you can comfortably decide whether or not you want to make them a part of your life.

Can Windows Be Totally Soundproof? Continue reading

Noise Reducing Replacement Windows in Virginia and Washington, DC

Part 1: Noise Reducing Window Fundamentals

Historic Home Replacement WindowsThe world is full of noisy things. For some of us, those noisy things are nuisances that make us roll our eyes and wish that this cement mixer had picked another street to roll down in the middle of the night. For others, inescapable amounts of noise are the norm, day and night, and whether you are fully aware of it or not, that noise is doing damage. If you think that your life is being made more stressful by discomfort in your home and lack of sleep at night courtesy of unrelenting exterior noise, Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C. is here to help. In this two-part post, we’ll discuss Noise Reducing Replacement windows and how they could provide the answer to your problems.

This first part will cover the fundamentals of Noise Reducing replacement windows— starting with what exactly they are.

What Are Noise Reducing Windows? Continue reading

Renewal by Andersen of VA & DC Replacement Windows Cleaning Tips

Whether you’ve already purchased a brand new set of Double-Hung replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C. or are just beginning the replacement process, knowing how to properly care for them is an important part of window ownership. While cleaning Double-Hung windows can be a bit of an involved process, your Renewal by Andersen windows come with Easy-Clean technology in order to lighten the load. Combine that with today’s post, which will feature step-by-step instructions, and you’ll be ready to keep your windows looking their best. Continue reading

Historic Replacement Windows in Virginia and Washington DC

Replacing windows is the kind of home improvement project most often taken on because your windows are and older and your home needs a face-lift. However, at Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C., we know that there are certain situations where ‘older’ isn’t necessarily synonymous with ‘bad’, and one of those cases is when you are working on a historic home.

Replacing Windows in a Historic Home Questions

Historic Home Replacement WindowsIs it a good idea to replace the windows of a historic home? How will I know if it is? Will it ruin the integrity of the home? These are important questions, and in today’s post, Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C. will be tackling them to help you decide what’s right for the windows of your historic home.

Why Replace Your Windows?

When dealing with historic houses, the reasons for replacement are a little different than for modern homes. Historic homeowners don’t need an upgrade or a reinvention; they need replacements because the condition of their windows demands it. There is a difference between looking quaint and looking run-down, so if your windows are leaning more toward the latter than the former, it may be time for a change. Beyond aesthetics, a real problem with older windows is energy inefficiency. Those charming older windows could be raising your utility bills to the point where replacement should be a serious consideration.

What to Consider in Replacement Windows for Your Historic Home

So if you’re thinking that the windows in your historic home may need to be replaced, there are some things you should consider. First, you should think about how important it is to you that your replacement windows retain the characteristics of their predecessors. If that’s something you value, your choices for replacement windows may be more limited. You should also consider the type of wood and glass that were used in your original windows and decide whether or not you would want to use those materials in your replacement windows. Deciding to go that route can go a long way toward maintaining the historic integrity of your home.

Benefits of Replacement Windows

By replacing the windows in your home with new ones from Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC, you’ll find that not only his the historic integrity of your home been preserved, but you’ve benefited in ways you may have been missing out on. Energy efficient windows cut down on utility bills while Easy-Clean technology decreases the amount of work you will have to put into maintenance. With replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of VA and DC, you’ll find that you’re enjoying your home even more.

Contact Renewal by Andersen for More Information

Looking for any more information about replacing the windows in your historic home? Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC is your replacement window expert. As a subsidiary of Andersen Windows, we’ve been manufacturing windows for generations, and nobody knows the business like we do. Be sure to contact one of our experienced design consultants who will help you select the window that’s just what you need. Call us at 1-877-915-9940 for a free design consultation.

Replacement Windows Tax Credit

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C. offers a variety of energy efficient replacement windows to fit any home. Among the many available window options, you’ll find that many are labeled as “energy efficient”— an indicator that these models can lower your heating and cooling bills. But, did you know that energy efficient windows could save you money in other ways? There are federal tax credits offered for consumer energy efficiency, and one of those credits applies to replacement windows. In this blog post we’ll discuss the requirements to qualify for the tax credit, as well as how much it’s worth, and any specifics of which you, as a potential consumer, should be aware.

Tax Credit Amount and Window Requirements

As it applies to replacement windows, the 2012 and 2013 Federal Tax credit will cover 10 percent of the cost of your new energy efficient home addition, up to $200. Of course, like anything in this world, your new windows have to meet a set of standard requirements in order to qualify you to receive your tax credit.

  1. First off, your replacements must meet the ENERGY STAR program requirements, meaning they must be manufactured by an ENERGY STAR partner and certified by the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC).  Andersen windows has received the ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award.
  2. Secondly, your replacement windows must be installed in your principal residence.
  3. And finally, the tax credit will not apply to windows installed in new construction or a rental property.

Federal Tax Credit Specifics

With the above criteria met, it’s time to get into the specifics of the energy efficiency tax credit. It is worth noting that not all of the windows in your home need to be replaced in order for you to qualify for the credit. Energy efficient skylight replacements are also covered. What will not be credited, however, is the cost of installation, as the tax credit applies only to the cost of the physical windows.

How Long Do I Have to Apply?

In order to receive your tax credit, the replacement windows must be installed by December 31, 2013, so the time to apply is now.

Contact Renewal by Andersen for More Information

Want to know more about the tax credit you could receive by installing energy efficient replacement windows? Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC is your replacement window expert. As a subsidiary of Andersen Windows, we’ve been manufacturing windows for generations, and nobody knows energy-efficient windows like we do. When your home needs replacement windows, be sure to contact one of our experienced design consultants who will help you select the right window for you. Call us at 1-877-915-9940 for a free design consultation or fill out the short form on this page.

What to Look for in a Replacement Windows Manufacturers’ Warranty in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

When you decide it’s time to replace your windows, there are dozens of issues to consider (for more on this, see the summary of our Four Pillars of Replacement Window Satisfaction series). As with any major purchase, one important consideration must be the warranty that backs up the claims of the manufacturer, salesman and installer.

At Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC we want to ensure that the high quality of your windows is protected for years to come, and that’s why we recommend you take a hard look at your replacement window Manufacturer’s Warranty. In this post we’ll discuss what to consider when researching manufacturers and warranties. Continue reading

Four Pillars of Replacement Window Satisfaction Infographic

We recently published a 12-part series of articles about the key features that add up to a successful replacement window project. There’s a lot to it, so too help you remember all the key points we put together the Infographic below.

There are four main pillars that make up a great replacement window experience. Like a chair with a broken leg, missing just one of these will adversely affect your happiness with your new windows for many years. In the 12-part series that supplements this infographic, we discussed in detail the many aspects that make up the pillars of your happiness with your new windows.

To read all the articles, you can check out the summary, index and links to all 12 of the articles in the series of the Four Pillars of Your Replacement Window Satisfaction here. There, you’ll find a summary and index to all the articles with links to make it easy to find exactly the information for which you’re looking. We hope you enjoy the series and will share it with your friends. At the bottom of each post are a selection of icons to help you share the information.

Four Pillars of Replacement Window Satisfaction Infographic

Four Pillars of Replacement Window Satisfaction Infographic

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Renewal by Andersen of Long Island Window PanesHave you seen the view through Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & D.C.’s Window Panes?

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  • Existing Customers Save 25% with No Money Down, No Payments, No Interest for 1 Year!
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Classic Replacement Window Styles in Virginia & Washington, D.C. (part 2)

Dramatic Windows: Bay Windows, Bow Windows, Fixed Windows & Specialty Windows

In our first post on the most traditional replacement window styles available, we discussed Hung Windows, Horizontal Sliding Windows, Casement Windows, Awning Windows and Hopper Windows. In this post, we’ll continue our series discussing the more dramatic Bay Windows, Bow Windows, Fixed Windows and Specialty Windows.

Some of the more dramatic and unique windows include Bow Windows, Bay Windows, Garden Windows and Fixed Windows. Bay Windows, Bow Windows and Garden Windows extend out from the vertical wall of a building, adding architectural interest as well as additional room inside. They, like the other window we’ll discuss in this post, the Fixed Window, also admit more natural light into the home, making it feel more open and inviting.

Bay Windows

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Replacement Bay Window

Bay Windows generally fill larger window openings. Made up of several smaller windows, these windows push out from the side of the building. Usually consisting of at least three separate windows “mulled” together, Bay Windows add more room and light to a building’s interior. In most cases, Bay Windows are made from two operable windows on the sides, which can be casements or single- or double-hungs, and a larger fixed window in the middle.

Bow Windows

Replacement Bow Window

Replacement Bow Window

Just like Bay Windows, Bow Windows extend out from the vertical wall of a building. Unlike Bay Windows, however, Bows usually consist of all operable windows, either Casement Windows or Hung Windows. Usually built from at least four or more operable windows, Bow Windows eschew the angular shape of the Bay Window, for a more gently curving arc.

Garden Windows

Another window style that can extend the interior space of a building is the Garden Window. Similar in some ways to the Bay and Bow Window in that they protrude from the side wall, Garden Windows generally are “boxier”, with sides set 90 degrees to the side wall, rather than at an angle. Often featuring an angled glass roof, these windows, as their name implies provide an ideal location from which to grow and display plants.

Replacement Picture & Specialty Windows

Replacement Picture & Specialty Windows

Fixed Windows

Fixed Windows do not have an operating sash at all. With the glass is affixed directly to the frame, in their larger, square or rectangular sizes, Fixed Windows are also known as Picture Windows. Fixed Windows often fill large openings, like a Bay or Bow Window, but with a single sheet of glass to provide uninterrupted views and let in abundant light. As a smaller accent windows, Fixed Windows are also known as Specialty Windows. Fixed Specialty windows come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and can be made in any number of standard and custom sizes to suit the needs of the building.

Contact Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and D.C., Your Replacement Window Expert

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C. is your replacement window expert. As a subsidiary of Andersen Windows, which has been manufacturing windows for over 100 years, we’ve made every standard window shape and style and thousands of custom windows as well. When looking for windows for your home, be sure to contact one of our experienced design consultants who will help you select the right window for your home and your personal style. Call us at 1-877-915-9940 for a free design consultation or fill out the short form on this page for more information.

Classic Replacement Window Styles in Virginia & D.C.

Replacement Window History

Over time, there are a number of classic window styles that have come to be a part of the fabric of the homes in the Virginia and Washington, D.C. area. These windows match the style of our homes and the character of our neighborhoods. In this first of two articles on the classic window styles for our area, we’ll discuss a basic history of the window and the styles we’ve come to know and love.

The earliest window style was likely just a hole in a wall, cave or other shelter to provide a view of approaching threats (both human and animal), let out the smoke of fires and to let in some light. Our forbearers were less concerned with keeping the weather out than with keeping themselves alive. Eventually, the invention of transparent glass enabled the very wealthy to be able to see out, let some light into their homes AND keep out the harshest weather. These early windows were a far cry from what we’ve come to know as a window today. Continue reading

Renewal by Andersen Window & Door Visualizer Tool

Take Your New Windows for a Test Drive

Buying Replacement Windows for your home is an important decision for you and your family. It’s one you’ll probably only make once in a lifetime and you’ll live with the results of that decision for many, many years. It’s enough to keep you up at night with worry.

Not only do you want the best performing windows, but you want them to look good now and for a lifetime. You can check out all the specifications and do your research and homework on what will perform well and last for years (for more on this, see our Four Pillars of Your Replacement Window Satisfaction series), but how do you know what your windows will actually look like on, and in, your house. Up until now, it’s been a guessing game.

Now, thanks to Renewal by Andersen’s new Visualizer Tool, you don’t have to guess! You can see how your new windows will look on your home, both inside and out! It’s kind of like taking your windows for a test drive before you buy them. Continue reading

Replacement Versus New Construction Windows

Insert Replacement versus Full Frame Replacement Windows, Part II

The last post, New Construction Versus Replacement Windows, Part I on this blog talked about the bewildering number of choices you have when you decide it’s time to replace your windows. To help simplify the process for you, we broke the first step down to a decision of whether you want to select Full Frame Replacement Windows, also known as New Construction Windows, or Inset Replacement Windows, or more commonly, Replacement Windows. The previous article went on to describe in some detail what’s involved in using Full Frame or New Construction Windows and in this post we’ll do the same for Inset Replacement Windows.

You will have to make a number of choices after this first one, as we described in our 12-part series on the Four Pillars to Your Replacement Window Satisfaction, but it all starts with this first choice. This article will cover the features and benefits of Insert Replacement Windows in detail so that you can make the best choice for you and your home.

Why Insert Replacement Windows Continue reading

New Construction Versus Replacement Windows

Replacement versus New Construction Windows, Part 1

If you visit your local home center looking for new windows, you’ll probably be overwhelmed with the dozens of different windows in many different styles and configurations. Selecting a new window is like eating an elephant: you’ve got to take it one bite at a time.

The first choice you’ll have to make when you decide to replace the windows in your home is whether to get “New Construction Windows” or “Replacement Windows”. New Construction Windows are also known as “Full Frame Replacement Windows”, while Replacement Windows are also known as “Insert Replacement Windows”.  The choice is yours, but there are some pretty important differences between the two types, particularly on the installation end of things. Generally speaking, there is little difference between the two types of windows in terms of energy performance, available options and features, so your decision will likely be based upon how you want your windows installed. Continue reading

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience Summary

Over the past few months, we’ve published a 12-part series of articles about all the key features that add up to a successful replacement window project. In case you missed any of them, below is a summary and index to all the articles with links to make it easy to find exactly the information for which you’re looking. We hope you enjoyed the series and will share it with your friends. At the bottom of each post are a selection of icons to help you share the information.

Summary: There are four main pillars that make up a great replacement window experience. Like a chair with a broken leg, missing just one of these will adversely affect your happiness with your new windows for many years. In this multi-part series, we discussed in detail the many aspects that make up the pillars of your happiness with your new windows. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Glass Part II

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Glass (Part II)

Replacement Window GlassIn this, our final post on the Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience, we conclude with a discussion of today’s high performance insulated glass. While the largest and most obvious part of your window, your window glass will have a huge impact on your comfort, and the energy efficiency of the window as a whole. In some ways, we saved the best for last.

Our last post discussed the history of glass as used in windows and how the insulated glass we’ve all become familiar with came into being. In this post, we’ll discuss the advancements and improvements that have been made to modern insulated glass and how these will affect your comfort, energy bills, and ultimately, your satisfaction with your replacement window choice. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Glass Part I

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Glass (Part I)

Replacement Window GlassIn our previous 10 posts in our series on the Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window experience we covered the important aspects of your Window Installation, Window Design, and Window Frames. In this, Part One of our final section, we’ll discuss the glass in your new windows.

Window Glass

Your new windows will be made up of mostly glass. It’s the essential element of your window, without which you would simply have a hole in the wall. This would not be particularly energy efficient, safe or practical and you would be living with any critter that happened to find your home more comfortable than the great outdoors. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Replacement Window Frame (Part 2)

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Frame (Part II)

Replacement Window FramesIn previous sections in our continuing series on the Four Important Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience, we referenced the importance of Installation and Design. In our last post, we discussed window frame materials including Wood, Steel and Aluminum and in this, the second of two parts on Replacement Window Frames, we’ll discuss the features and benefits of modern Vinyl and Composite window frame and why they are some of the most popular materials for replacement window frames today.

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl has become a popular replacement window framing material over the past decade or so because it has some distinct advantages over other window frame materials like wood, steel and aluminum. However, it also has a number of disadvantages of which you should be aware before considering this material for your window frames. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Replacement Window Frame (Part 1)

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Frame (Part I)

Replacement Window FramesIn our continuing series on the Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience, we’ve discussed the importance of the Design and Installation of your new windows. In the next two parts, we’ll discuss the history and characteristics of different frame materials and how they can affect your ultimate window satisfaction. In this post, we’ll  cover some of the first window frame materials: Wood, Steel and Aluminum. In the next, we’ll discuss Vinyl and Composite window frames.

Your Window Frame

Over time, many materials have been used for the window frames: wood, metal, plastics and composites. Each of these materials have different characteristics with regard to durability, energy-efficiency and maintenance needs. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Design, Part IV

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Design, Part 4

Replacement Window DesignIn this final of four parts in our Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window experience, we’ll cover additional Design considerations of your new replacement windows. This post will cover Window Insect Screens and Maintenance features.

Window Insect ScreensWindow Insect Screens

An important part of any window is its insect screen. In our area, an insect screen is essential if you intend to open your windows to let in fresh air without letting in a bunch of flying insects as well. An often overlooked part of the window-buying process, not all insect screens are created equal. Consider what the view looks like through your insect screens and what they look like on the window. Is the window insect screen dark and blocks out the natural light coming into your home? Do they reduce your visibility through the windows? Is the mesh so tight you can’t see through them; or is it too open and will let in the smaller annoying insects. How difficult is it to remove and replace your insect screens for cleaning (the window or the screen)? Do you have to get on a ladder to remove them to clean your windows? Does the frame of the screen blend into the window frame or stick out like a sore thumb? These are all important considerations in your replacement window purchase. There are a number of choices on the market for insect screens, some of which provide 50 percent more clarity than other screens. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Design, Part III

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Design, Part 3

Replacement Window DesignIn this third of four parts in our Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window experience, we’ll cover additional Design considerations of your new replacement windows. This post will cover Window Grilles, Insect Screens and Maintenance features.

Grilles

Window grilles are patterned after historic architectural styles when window glass could not be made in the large sheets they are today. In those days, glass was made in small panes which were joined together with thin strips of wood to create what are known as divided lite windows. True divided lite windows are rare today because all those dividers make the windows inefficient and we can make efficient insulated glass in much larger sizes than was previously possible. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Design, Part II

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Design, Part 2

Replacement Window Design

In Part 1 of our four-part series on the Window Design Pillar of your replacement window satisfaction, we discussed window Frame thickness and color selection. In this article, we’ll discuss the Hardware color, style and ease of operation.

While often overlooked, the hardware used on your replacement windows will have a major impact on your ultimate happiness with your windows. First of all, the hardware is visible from the interior of your home, where you’ll spend most of your time looking out your windows. Ugly or inappropriate hardware can ruin the appearance of an otherwise beautiful window. Secondly, if your hardware is difficult to use, if it’s not comfortable in your hand and easy to open and close, you will be disappointed or even frustrated every time you attempt to operate your windows, whether to open them for fresh air or to clean them. Further, some hardware can be simply hazardous to you and your family. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Design, Part I

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Design, Part 1

Replacement Window Design

Another important pillar in our continuing series supporting in your replacement window satisfaction is probably the first one you will consider: Window Design. There are many aspects to design, but for the purposes of this article we’ll mostly define “design” by aesthetic considerations.

While there are a number of very important keys to your replacement window satisfaction, one of the first things you’ll likely be looking at is how the window looks and operates. Design can include everything from the window’s appearance, features, options and functionality.

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Four Pillars: Window Installation, Part IV

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Installation (Part 4 of 4)

There are four pillars that make up a great replacement window experience. Like a chair with a broken leg, missing just one of these, will adversely affect your happiness with your new replacement windows.

Four Pillars of Successful Replacement Window Experience: InstallationIn this multi-part series, we will discuss each of these pillars to your happiness. In other articles, we will discuss the Window Frame and the Window Glass. In prior Replacement Window Installation posts we discussed the importance of a proper installation, accurate measurement, manufacturing, packaging, shipment and removal of the old window and site preparation for your new replacement windows.

In this final article on window installation, we’ll discuss the actual installation of the new replacement window and what needs to occur to install your windows to maximize their performance and longevity to keep you comfortable for years to come.

Preparation of the Window Opening

With the old window sashes removed, it’s time to prepare the opening for the new window. The opening must be cleaned and inspected prior to installation of the new window. Any damage or rot that is uncovered must be repaired or replaced and the window opening must be checked and be made “square” (all corners must be at 90 degrees), level (horizontally) and plumb (vertically) before installing the new window, This will ensure the new window will fit in the opening properly and operate without binding or other obstructions today and into the future. Continue reading

Four Pillars: Window Installation, Part III

Four Pillars of a Great Replacement Window Experience: Window Installation (Part 3 of 4)

There are four pillars that make up a great replacement window experience. Like a chair with a broken leg, missing just one of these, will adversely affect your happiness with your new replacement windows.