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Three Reasons to Consider Casement Replacement Windows for Your Virginia or Washington, DC Home

Casement Windows in Virginia and Washington, DCSome people consider casement replacement windows old-fashioned and assume they’re inefficient. Others see casement windows as an effective, straightforward way to control ventilation in various settings. Today, casement windows—windows that swing open and shut like a door—are making a bit of a comeback.

If you’ve never seriously considered casement-style windows for your space, perhaps you just need a little inspiration. These three reasons for choosing casement replacement windows for your Virginia or D.C. home might just change your mind.

  1. Casement Windows are Among the Most Energy-Efficient

Because casement windows close firmly against the weather stripping on the frame, they offer one of the best seals against outside weather. Most casement windows are second only to fixed windows in terms of energy-efficiency.

The more popular double-hung or sliding styles allow for a bit more air transfer, if only because they have to have enough “give” to slide back and forth, which may wear on the weatherstripping and other protective elements over time. If it’s movable, even modest friction causes some wear-and-tear. Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement casement windows feature compressible weatherstripping that seals out dust and helps prevent air transfer, forming an almost airtight seal.

When coupled with Renewal by Andersen’s signature high-efficiency Low-E glass options and frame designs, casement windows pack an impressive punch compared to many other styles—and could make a big difference in your energy bill.

  1. Casement Windows Bring Home Classic European Style

Still a staple in many European homes, casement windows were once the window of choice in the U.K. and many other European countries. Today, they’re available in many old-world styles with or without grilles. Our casement windows offer finishes to complement any home decor.

Depending on the style of replacement window you choose, you may love natural oak, maple, or pine interiors. Renewal by Andersen’s Fibrex Frames are paintable in any color to work with your decor both inside and out.

  1. Casement Windows Allow for Easy Ventilation Control

Energy efficiency isn’t always just about keeping the weather out. Harnessing a breeze to cool your home during moderate weather months both saves on power and gives your home a breath of fresh air—literally. By positioning casements to swing open in the direction of the wind, the open windows can actually help direct air inside, so you can make the most of those cool summer evening breezes and late spring days. Fall weather in the DC metropolitan area offers many opportunities to sleep with the window open before winter weather arrives in earnest, too.

A single-actuation handle on Renewal by Andersen’s 400 Series and A Series casement windows makes it possible to either release or fasten window locks with one effortless motion. Windows open with just the touch of your hand, so it’s no longer a chore to open and close the windows to harness the outside air.

Obviously, casement windows aren’t your only option, and they’re not perfect for every space, but when used strategically with the other windows in your home, they can be the perfect addition for both style and energy-efficiency.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC: Your Replacement Window Experts on Casement Window Designs

One of our replacement window consultants would love to talk to you about finding the perfect window type for your home, whether you live in downtown Washington, D.C. or in the Virginia suburbs—so feel free to give us a call at 1-877-915-9940 to schedule an in-home consultation. We’ll ask you a few questions, take a quick tour of your home, measure your windows and tell you about our full portfolio of replacement window styles — including our line of casement windows. We’re just a phone call away. Reach us toll-free at 1-877-915-9940 or if you prefer, fill in the form on this page and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Space-Saving Renewal by Andersen Replacement Patio Doors & Sliding Windows

Virginia & Washington DC Patio DoorsWhen replacing the windows or patio doors in your Virginia or Washington, DC home, one of the many important decisions you’ll make is ensuring you select the right styles. To help you narrow down your choices for each room in your Virginia or Washington, DC home, your Renewal by Andersen window consultant may ask you the following questions:

  • ·Want windows that open and close?
  • ·Looking for a clear, expansive viewing area?
  • ·How important is it to replicate your existing window styles?
  • ·Do you want to complement your exterior architectural appearance or add elements of contrast and interest?

Based on how you answer these questions, your window consultant may ask if you have considered sliding windows for your home. Here are a few things to consider about sliding patio doors and gliding windows.

Sliding Patio Door Configurations Give You Flexibility

Traditional French Patio Door Styles

New Jersey French Patio DoorAndersen traditional Frenchwood® patio doors are a beautiful addition to any home. This style combines traditional élan – distinctive and stylish elegance – with space-saving features that allow you to enjoy more living space in your rooms and adjoining outdoor spaces.

Depending on your decorating preferences and the size of your existing patio door footprint, you can choose from one of three configurations.

  • Two-panel design that slides open horizontally – either to the left or to the right.
  • Three-panel slider design where both outside panels slide toward each other and the center panel is stationary.
  • Four-panel design that features sliding inside panels and stationary outside panels.

A rigid vinyl sheath envelopes a sturdy wooden frame so, maintenance is minimal. Easy-slide track rollers make opening and closing simple and effortless, and the reach-out locking system adds another level of security for your family.

Contemporary Sliding Doors

Contemporary Sliding Door in New JerseyContemporary sliding patio doors are custom built under the same high standards as elegant French patio doors. The sleek, slim profile saves space and lets you enjoy a maximum viewing area. Andersen® Narroline® patio sliders feature stainable natural pine interiors while the exterior wood components are treated with a protective urethane base finish.

You can also choose low-maintenance Andersen® Perma-Shield® sliding patio doors that feature an engineered wood core wrapped in a rigid vinyl envelope to protect against rot, corrosion, mildew, splintering, flaking and peeling.

As with the traditional French patio door style, contemporary sliding patio doors have easy-glide track designs, exceptional protection from natural elements like wind and moisture, and accommodate window screen installation to protect you and your family from annoying flying pests.

Accessorizing Your Patio Doors

With dozens of combinations available for hardware, colors and screens, accessorizing your patio doors is limited only by your imagination.

Color Options:

HingedFrenchOptionsWe offer three distinctive exterior colors for your French patio doors that include Terrastone® and Canvas. Plus, you have three interior finishes to complement your decorating scheme: maple, oak and pine. White finish is available for both interior and exterior frames.

ContempSliderOptionsIf you prefer contemporary patio doors, you can choose from Terrastone®, Canvas, White and Sandstone. Pine interior surfaces are available on Narroline® Gliding glass patio door interiors.

Grille Options:

Choose from four standard grille patterns – Prairie, Colonial, Short-Fractional or Tall Fractional – or leave your glass unadorned. Your window consultant can also help you explore options to design your own unique patio door grille patterns.

Hardware Options:

New Jersey Patio Door HardwareChoose from a wide selection of finishes, colors and styles. Our large selection of hardware options gives you an opportunity to tie your decorating theme together. Whether your interior design is modern, contemporary, elegant, traditional, minimalistic or an eclectic mix that is uniquely yours, you’ll have choices to match or complement your décor.

Screen Options:

Choose from retractable or gliding window screens mounted inside your home.

Sliding Replacement Windows

New Jersey Gliding Sliding WindowJust like Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC sliding patio doors give you an expansive viewing area and enlarge your usable living space, our sliding windows use less frame and more glass. Sliding windows have the largest glass area (based on similar sizes) among our line of operable windows. Here are three other reasons to consider sliding windows for your home.

  1. When you want to position a window near a patio, walkway or entrance, a slider is the perfect option for operable windows that won’t interfere with traffic patterns or outdoor activities.
  2. Both panels in a gliding window design move horizontally along an easy-glide, low- maintenance track providing maximum ventilation options.
  3. Easy-care design means you can lift out panels to clean the interior and exterior surfaces from inside your home.

Virginia & Washington DC Replacement Windows & Patio Doors: Style with Performance

Whether you’re designing sliding glass doors or gliding windows for your home, glass options help you control the temperature, visible light levels, and incoming harmful UV rays. The best glass solution for your home depends on many things, including your architectural elements, the age of your home and which windows face the sun.

Talk to your Virginia and Washington, DC replacement window consultant about high-performance sliders for your home. Call 1-877-915-9940 to schedule an appointment for a free in-home inspection or fill in the short form on this page for more information.

 

Replacing Your Windows in Virginia or Washington, DC? Here’s What to Expect

What to expect when replacing windows in VA & DC5 Steps to Replacing Your Windows in Virginia and Washington, DC

Our Renewal by Andersen customers depend on us to give them useful information so they can make informed decisions. Some of the most common questions we hear are about the design and installation processes.

We realize that updating your windows and doors is a big choice, but it doesn’t have to be life-altering.

Step 1: The First Contact

First, it’s important to know that you are always in the driver’s seat. Our professional window consultants guide you through the process, but you make all the important decisions along the way. Most of our customers even initiate the relationship by calling or submitting an online inquiry. The journey begins with that first point of contact, when you invite us into your home.

Here’s what happens when you start the journey to update your windows and patio doors with Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC.

Step 2: In-Home Consultation and Inspection

A window design specialist comes to your home to inspect and measure your existing windows at a prearranged time convenient for you – and your spouse if you’re married. Whether you want to replace a single patio door, a few windows or every patio door and window in your home, we’ll carefully examine your windows and doors, checking for structural damage and weaknesses that may waste your hard-earned money by allowing air and moisture to pass into or out of your home.

Since we custom build each window to fit the existing window opening left when your original windows are removed, we carefully and precisely measure all windows scheduled for replacement. Upgrading your home with custom-built replacement windows lowers the time and expense involved during the installation process since the job won’t involve extensive construction and rehabilitation.

Step 3: Exploring Window Design Features and Options

After a tour of your home, we’ll show you our portfolio of window styles. It is important to consider exterior architectural details, which windows have full sun exposure and which ones are shaded by landscaping, terrain or other environmental elements.

We have seven basic window styles that include:

  1. Awning
  2. Bays and Bows
  3. Casement
  4. Double-hung
  5. Picture Windows
  6. Sliding Windows (also known as gliders)
  7. Specialty Windows: Unique shapes such as triangle, half circle and trapezoid

You’ll also need to decide which windows will open and close for ventilation. Casements, awnings, double-hung windows and sliders are always operational. Picture windows and specialty windows are normally fixed, meaning they don’t open and close. Bay and Bow Windows can be operational or fixed (or a little of both), depending on your preference and ventilation needs.

During the design exploration phase of your replacement window journey, you’ll also select grille styles and patterns, hardware and insect screens. One of the most important decisions during this process is deciding on the type of glass for your replacement windows. Glass options significantly affect the energy-efficiency and light control you’ll gain by upgrading your windows.

Step 4: Considering the Budget and Placing the Order

Once you have decided about the frame colors, grille patterns, glass options and styles, your window consultant will prepare a written price estimate for building and installing your new windows. Since our 20/2/10 warranty covers parts, labor and installation, we only use our highly trained and qualified staff to complete your installation.

You’ll have plenty of time to review the estimate and ask any questions you have about product components, warranty coverage, expected installation date and price. If you’re confident that the designs you chose are exactly what you want, and you agree with the price, we’ll prepare a contract and start the ordering process.

Step 5: Installation and Approval

It may take several weeks for the factory to construct the new windows and get them shipped to Virginia or Washington, DC – depending on the time of year and the number of orders in progress when we finalize your purchase agreement. Once your windows have been built and inspected, the factory confirms a shipping date and we contact you to arrange a date for installation.

When you approve of the installation, the only thing left to do is relax and enjoy your new windows and/or patio doors.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC: Your Replacement Window Guide

While updating your windows isn’t necessarily life altering, you will see some pretty amazing benefits once your replacement window installation is completed. You’ll notice it is easier to control the temperature and humidity in your home. You’ll likely see a drop in your utility bills since our manufacturing standards for energy-efficiency are among the most rigorous in the industry. And, you’ll find that you have better control over the amount of light that enters your home. So, life altering? Not necessarily. But, life enhancing? Definitely.

Call us today at 1-877-915-9940 or fill in the form on this page for more information.

 

Budget Updates for Virginia & Washington, DC Replacement Window Treatments

Budget Window Decorating Tips in Virginia & Washington, DCEveryone wants a gorgeous home to show off during the holidays, but investing in a total home makeover right before the holidays isn’t an option for everyone living in Virginia and Washington, DC.

If you want to update your home decor, but don’t have the luxury of spending thousands of dollars right now, you can still get a high-end look and feel or create a homey comfortable atmosphere without busting your budget.

Updating Window Treatments versus Upgrading

Upgrading a kitchen or bath can generate a healthy return on investment – between 80 and 105 percent according to some experts. Working with a $5,000 budget, you might update your spaces by repainting the walls, replacing drawer pulls, door knobs, faucets, and light fixtures and possibly changing the fabric on chairs and window treatments.

Even with a “tiny” budget, if you choose fabrics, colors and textures wisely, you can make small changes that have a huge impact. Updating your window treatments and replacement window accessories is one simple step that you can take that delivers dramatic results for very little expense.

Decorating Tips for Savvy Do-it-Yourselfers on a Tight Budget

#1 Whether you choose shades, blinds or curtains, give your space a fresh new look with colors and textures that accentuate your rooms’ best features.

#2 Before you invest in new window treatments, check with friends and family to see if they have anything you can repurpose to breathe new life into your indoor spaces.

#3 Get creative. Custom-made Roman Shades look terrific on almost any replacement window style from sliders to double-hung designs. If you’re thinking about replacing traditional horizontal blinds, and you enjoy craft projects, you can create beautiful roman shades for your home in an afternoon at a fraction of the cost of ordering custom window treatments. Check out this mini tutorial for inspiration.

#4 Update your hardware. It may sound too simple to be effective, but changing your window hardware really does make a big difference. Just like a delicate gold chain adds a touch of femininity to a simple black dress and a bold statement necklace creates an air of confidence, your hardware choices speak volumes about your design goals.

Accessories define your space. Look for unique finials in earthy colors for fall. Replace traditional tie-backs and cords with glass or wooden beads strung on heavy twine. You can transform almost anything sturdy enough to support your fabric curtains into an organic rod – a varnished or painted broom stick, small tree limbs or thick twigs, seasoned vines – let your imagination guide your decorating decisions.

#5 Selecting the right window treatment for each window will enhance your home’s architectural features and help you express your own decorating style. Carefully consider the tone and mood you want to create. Neutral colors are perfect for fall. If you want to create a laid back, casual style, head for the hardware store. Painters’ drop cloths are heavy-weight, inexpensive and make excellent drapes au natural or embellished with fabric paint and trim.

#6 Mix and match colors, textures, and fabric weights. Layering window treatments adds interest and functionality. Fall is a wonderful time of year here in Virginia and the Washington, DC area. On cool autumn days you’ll probably want to open the windows and wash your indoor spaces with light and fresh air. Layers let you control the amount of light that comes into your rooms without totally blocking out sunshine.

#7 Patterns and textures give your replacement window treatments “decorative depth” that color alone can’t deliver. If your room feels “flat,” look for ways to add depth by choosing varied textures and patterns on throw pillows and rugs that complement your window treatments.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC: Redecorating with Replacement Windows

As you can see, redressing your replacement windows doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult.

High-quality home improvement products add value to your home. If you’ve recently invested in new replacement windows for your home, but want to update your hardware and accessories, our design team can help.

Thinking About Replacing Your Windows? Call Us Today

If you’ve been thinking about upgrading your home with high-performance replacement windows, but still have a few questions, we’d like the opportunity to show you our large portfolio of window styles designed to save you money, help you cut your carbon footprint and add an extra layer of security for your family.

Give us a call today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. Our toll-free phone number is 1-877-915-9940. You can also simply fill in the box on this page for more information.

 

Virginia & Washington, DC Replacement Picture Windows: What to Know

Picture Windows Virginia Washington DCA beautiful view deserves to be enjoyed. Whether you have a prized flower garden or your home is surrounded by natural landscaping, Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement picture windows allow you to take in the full beauty from the comfort of your home.

Simplicity and affordability

Picture windows are simple by design, but that doesn’t mean this style is the best-fit for every room. You should understand that a picture window typically does not open, so it does not provide ventilation options. Many homeowners choose not to add embellishments such as grilles, shutters or screens to their picture windows to maximize their views of the great outdoors. All else being equal, this style is generally less expensive than operational replacement windows since you won’t be adding hardware, locks or other accessories.

Although a simple design gives an unobstructed view, some homeowners prefer to add a simple grille pattern to highlight the glass panel. You can also add decorative interest with a transom or operational side lights.

The Practical side of Picture Windows

All Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows are built under the strictest standards for energy-efficiency and performance. However, picture windows are among the best options for people seeking ultra energy-efficient window options. Fixed windows mounted into the wall permanently require less maintenance to keep weather stripping and sealants in optimal condition.

If you choose your glass options wisely, considering trees and shrubs that shade windows, which hours during the day your window is exposed to full sun and whether you want to limit the amount of bright sunlight that enters your home, you can decrease your energy consumption and lower your monthly utility bill with picture windows.

Your window design consultant can help you compare and choose from our selection of efficient types, so you’ll have all the information you need to choose the best panels for your home and take advantage of the benefits of fixed picture windows.

Choosing Complimentary Window Styles

Fixed windows don’t allow you to throw open the windows and breathe in the cool autumn breezes. If you only install picture windows, you won’t get ventilation you may desire in your home.

You may opt for an operational, low-profile option without grilles or screens, but there are other options. You can frame your picture window with casement or double-hung windows for a nice look with ventilation options. An awning style transom is another option to increase air circulation.

Interior Design and Picture Window Styles

You have myriad decorating options with picture windows. Grille choices like the ones below give you freedom to simplify your life and create a look and feel that is uniquely your own.

  • Grilles to frame your view. You can choose from several styles of grilles including: between-the glass, interior only options and a design option that has both interior and exterior “dividers”.
  • Hardwood grilles allow you to paint or stain your strips any color you choose.
  • Removable interiors give you the look of fully divided panels while allowing you to clean your interior surfaces without having to work around lots of small strips.
  • Skipping grilles gives you the broadest, unobstructed view and easiest cleaning routine.

Decorating

When you install very large picture windows, you may want to consider that you might need custom draperies (or not). Custom draperies and custom-made shades are usually more expensive than off-the-shelf curtains, so consider this when planning your windows. The good news is that there are no restrictions on your decorating styles when installing picture windows during your home remodel project. Interiors framed in natural wood allow you to paint or stain your interior. This means you can update your windows without ordering new draperies every time you want to update your interior décor.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Replacement Windows: Picture Windows, Perfect Views & Plenty of Options

Picture windows are one of the most energy-efficient replacement window options on the market. They save you time and money since you’ll never have to worry about window hardware or weather stripping. Of course, picture windows give you an expansive, unobstructed view, one of the main reasons many people choose this style.

Picture windows are functional, cost-effective and look great with both simple and intricate window treatments. Need more information about designing picture windows for your home? Our replacement window design team is anxious to answer all your questions. Call us at 1-877-915-9940 or fill in the form on this page to schedule a free, no-obligation home consultation for more information about all of our replacement window choices and accessories.

Materials Matter in Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington, DC

When Selecting Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington, DC, Consider Glass, Frame & Grille Options

top-3-Replacement Window Parts Virginia Washington DCFor Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC homeowners, the decision to install replacement windows is an exciting journey. Naturally, finances are a big factor for many buyers, but there are a host of other consideration, too.

When you’re getting your windows replaced, you have a lot of choices to make. Double- or single-hung windows? What type of grilles would work best for your architectural style? What about colors—should you stick with stained hardwood or go with a solid painted option?

Sometimes the choices that most readily come to mind have to do with style, but you’ll also have to make choices about the parts of your windows that aren’t quite so visible.

  • Glass type: You’ll have to choose between different types of glass, a decision that impacts your windows’ efficiency and look.
  • Frame: You’ll likely choose between Fibrex, a wood-polymer composite frame that’s extremely weather-resistant and long-lasting, or the more common vinyl, or traditional natural wood.
  • Grilles: All grilles aren’t made the same; they’re all installed differently and affect both your window’s final look as well as the way light reflects and the way you’ll have to clean them.

Here, you’ll find a quick overview of the materials you’ll have to make decisions about. Of course, you won’t be alone. A Renewal by Andersen consultant is well-trained to help you make the smartest choices, given your home’s specific situation, your budget, and your new window goals.

Types of Glass

The type of glass you’ll choose depends on your home’s architectural style, whether or not your windows face the sun, and the climate in which you live. Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC offers three basic types of glass (with some variation and additional options within each of those types). The Low-E4 rating means that all glass is coated with a low-emissivity coating which allows clear, natural sunlight through while reflecting UV rays and reducing heat transfer.

1. High-Performance Low-E4 Glass

Our most basic energy-efficient glass, this option brings together energy-efficient benefits that can make a big difference in one economical package. High-Performance, Low-E4 glass is 45 percent more efficient in winter and 56 percent more efficient in summer weather than many other window options. It also blocks 95 percent of UV rays that can damage and fade upholstery, carpet, and artwork. This glass is also available in different textured patterns for areas where you want both light and privacy—like bathrooms.

2. High-Performance Low-E4 Sun Glass

This type of glass is perfect for windows that take the full heat of the afternoon sun. Because they have the highest rating against solar heat gain, they’ll keep your home much cooler in hot weather. This type of glass also includes a coating to reduce the amount of bright light that makes it through to your interior. You’ll still enjoy clear, fresh sunlight, but it won’t be as blinding as that of an uncoated window.

3. High-Performance Low-E4 SmartSun Glass

This is our most energy-efficient option that helps prevent heat transfer, block UV rays, and essentially keep the outside weather from affecting your climate indoors. SmartSun glass isn’t “tinted”, so it lets in almost the same amount of sunlight as regular clear glass, but it’s 70 percent more efficient during the summertime months than a clear glass window would be.

Framing Materials

Renewal by Andersen sets a very high standard for framing materials—which is one reason they rejected aluminum (which transfers significant amounts of heat and cold, pits and corrodes quickly) and virgin vinyl, which expands and contracts a great deal with temperature variations.

Today, when updating with Renewal by Andersen replacement windows, you’ll have a choice between vinyl, treated natural wood and Fibrex. Fibrex brings together the long-lasting benefits of vinyl and real wood. Made from certified recycled content, Fibrex has both strength and endurance of wood and the long life and low maintenance of vinyl. It can also be painted or stained much like natural wood. Because they’re stronger, Fibrex frames are thinner than vinyl, so they don’t obstruct your views and let in more natural light without the maintenance headaches of natural wood.

Types of Grilles

Once you’ve decided on a pattern and grille design, you’ll also have to choose the type of grille you want installed with your new windows. We offer the following options:

  • Replacement Window Full Divided Lite Grilles Virginia Washington DCFull Divided Light Grilles: This type of grille replicates the look of a real, divided pane of glass. Full divided light grilles couple permanent exterior grilles with optionally removable interior grilles to make window-cleaning easier.
  • Replacement Window-In-glass Grilles Virginia Washington DCBetween-the-Glass Grilles: These grilles are just what they sound like: grilles mounted between those double panes of glass. These grilles are efficient because they provide the traditional look of grilles with a smooth glass surface on both interior and exterior window surfaces, which makes washing them easier than ever.
  • Replacement Window Interior Wood Grilles Virginia Washington DCInterior Wood Grilles: Made from authentic hardwood, these grilles are available in two different widths (3/4” and 1-1/8”), and they’ll snap in and out easily so you can clean your windows practically effortlessly without the hassle of rounding all those corners.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & DC Replacement Window Materials Give You Options & Opportunities

Ready to get started building your new replacement windows? Give us a call at 1-877-915-9940 to speak to a window designer. Or fill in the form on this page for more information.

Time to Dress Your Windows for Cooler Weather in Virginia & Washington, DC

Dress Your Windows for Cooler WeatherFall is in the air. When the trees start shedding their foliage, we start thinking about having the chimney cleaned and pulling out the heavy quilts. Our Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC design team thought this would be a good time to offer some decorating tips for our local neighbors who like to replace their gauzy, lacy summer window treatments with something more substantial as Autumn approaches.

Window treatments help us control light, give us more privacy and let us personalize our indoor spaces. There are thousands of color combinations, styles and fabrics from which to choose. Even if you buy window treatments off the shelf, your room will have its own personality and style because your windows and furnishing influence the overall appearance.

But with so many options, it can be a bit overwhelming to decide which window treatment is best for your design goals.

Function is First

Many design experts recommend you start with fundamental basics – functionality. Your choices depend on whether you want to frame a window for emphasis or downplay certain features. The size and shape of your window could be the determining factor. Your window treatment can hide structural flaws or accentuate a beautiful view from a picture window or a gently arched bow.

While any style will work with most window shapes and operational types, not every window treatment is an excellent fit for all rooms. For example, baths and kitchens have unique decorating challenges. Some shades and curtains won’t hold their shape as well in a high-humidity area like a bathroom and dry-clean only drapes aren’t the best choice in the kitchen where fabrics may absorb cooking odors or grease.

The bedroom presents its own set of challenges. Most people prefer soft, gently draping fabrics, but if you also want to control light and noise, you’ll need to use multiple layers or select a heavier fabric.

Functionality includes your architecture, the way you’ll use your rooms and your décor preferences.

Finances Follow Function

Although you may want custom-made draperies or high-quality wood shutters, the truth is that drapery fabric is very expensive and custom-made wood blinds often cost more than custom drapes. If you’re watching your budget, faux wood blinds and synthetic fabrics are typically less expensive and are often easier to take care of.

Updating your window treatments doesn’t have to involve an extensive makeover or bust the budget. Adding trim crafted with natural textures and fibers instantly adds a fall tone. It’s like using an elegant necklace to add a touch of class to a simple black dress – small details really make big statements. Natural fibers like hemp braids, cords and flat ribbons look great with rustic décor and balance more sophisticated settings and modern interiors.

Form: Three Basic Types

Dressing your Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & DC Replacement Windows and Patio Doors

There are really just three basic categories of window treatments: blinds, curtains and shutters.

Blinds are versatile and come in a wide variety of widths, materials, sizes and colors. Customers with children should be aware that wands and cords can pose safety issues for children and pets. Whether you choose an inexpensive option like light-weight Venetians or opt for cellular shades that add an extra layer of protection from the elements, you can find a blind for virtually every window in your home.

Shutters are often chosen as a window treatment option when privacy is essential. Shutters don’t look or perform well in every setting. For example, unless you choose to put shutters on most of your windows, or on all windows on a single story, your home might not have a pleasing, symmetrical appearance.

You can strategically place shutters in certain areas of your home to control light or add extra privacy, but it takes a keen decorating sense to pull it off. Thick plantation shutters with wide wood slats are popular now, but don’t look as inviting on small windows as narrower slats.

Curtains run the gamut from a simple panel without a valance or cornice board to yards of rich textured fabric in earthy tones for fall. If you have children, easy-care polyester fabrics that wash and dry simplify cleaning.

Dressing Your Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC Replacement Windows for Fall

While your window treatments give you myriad options to control light and privacy, your replacement window designs make it possible to build those features into your windows. We offer a wide variety of glass options that let you block damaging UV rays without limiting the amount of light that comes into your home.

You can also choose screens and glass options that reduce the amount of natural sunlight that comes in. Take it one step further with decorative specialty glass and you have a privacy window that doesn’t need seasonal window treatment updates.

As you can see, updating your window treatments for fall doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. If you carefully consider function, finance and form, you’ll be able to decorate like a professional.

Need Help Decorating Your Virginia or Washington, DC Windows?

Do you have questions about our energy-efficient glass options? Need help deciding which windows styles are best for your home? Give us a call at 1-877-915-9940 to discuss your options or fill in the form on this page and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Fall is Coming to Virginia & DC — Time to Update Your Windows

4 Reasons Fall Is Perfect Time to Replace Windows in VA & DCHave you been researching replacement window options for your Virginia or Washington, DC home? Maybe you’ve been waiting for “just the right time” to schedule your project – after summer vacation and getting the kids settled back into school. If that describes your decision-making journey, you should know that September in the DC area is one of the best times of year to update your home’s windows and patio doors.

Here are a four reasons that fall in Virginia & Washington, DC is a great time to order your new replacement windows.

  1. Nature Puts on a Beautiful Show

Before long, the trees with start to shed their leaves. The glorious “changing of the colors” and the host of migrating birds passing through our area are two great reasons not to delay. Installing large picture windows or low-profile gliders give you a larger, unobstructed viewing area, so you won’t miss a single detail as nature transitions from summer to fall.

  1. Holiday Parties and Decorating

Even though Thanksgiving is still months away, if you want to update your home before holiday gatherings it’s time to order your replacement windows. You’ll want to have plenty of time to decide what type of windows are best for each room, the hardware styles and your frame colors. Plus, once you make all your decorating decisions, it takes several weeks for our factory to build your new windows to your exact specifications.

  1. Cooperative Weather

Now that school is back in session and summer road trips are behind you, your schedule is probably less hectic. We’re enjoying cooler evening temperatures – but it isn’t yet time to dig out the quilts. Many of us are ready to open the windows to let a cool breeze in while we sleep for a change. Even though we might have an occasional “rainy day”, the drier weather and cooler temperatures mean your air conditioner won’t be running non-stop during the installation process, nor is it cold enough that your heating system will be running overtime.

  1. Affordability and Savings

Interest rates are still low, but experts expect them to continue to inch up over the next few months. If you’re thinking about financing your home improvement project with a bank loan, it’s a good idea to lock in the rates before they go up any more.

Plus, we’re approaching the last quarter of the year. If you file itemized tax returns, your interest may be tax-deductible. You’ll want to check with your tax consultant or banker about choosing loan products with tax incentives. Our window consultants can explain our fall discounts and financing programs, too, so you’ll have more than one option to consider.

It’s Easy, Fun and Stress-free

If you’re wondering about the replacement window design and installation process, here’s what you can expect.

First, our Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC consultants won’t try to get you to invest more than your budget will allow. We focus on giving you all the information you need to make wise financial decisions. You’re in charge from start to finish.

We start the process with an in-home meeting to discuss your motivation behind the decision to order replacement windows and doors. While you probably want energy-efficient windows that will help you take control of your spending and energy consumption, you most likely have other goals – decorating preferences and maintenance-free frames that save you time, as well as money.

People often ask why we schedule an in-home visit and not invite homeowners into a showroom. That’s a great question. Most people are more relaxed and comfortable talking about replacement windows “on their own turf,” so to speak.

Coming to your home also gives us an opportunity to examine your existing windows, get a first-hand look at your home’s architectural features and structural designs, and take precise measurements for our factory. Seeing the environment where the windows will be installed gives us a better idea of what window styles, sizes and shapes will perform best and give you the highest return on your investment after installation – and for many years in the future.

Here are five things we cover during our get-together.

  1. We’ll explain how our no-maintenance Fibrex frames and high-performance glass options reduce energy bills.
  2. Our window consultants will measure each window and door to make sure your custom-built windows fit perfectly on installation day.
  3. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about glass types that give you a crystal clear view so you can enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and specialty glass that adds decorative touches or increases privacy as well as energy efficiency.
  4. Discussing color choices, frame profiles, and hardware options gives you a chance to design windows that meet your decorating and budgetary goals.
  5. Finally, we’ll explain price and financing options available through Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC. You can review your written estimate and ask any questions about pricing, manufacturing schedules and the installation process. Then, if you’re ready to order, we’ll help you get the order finalized. Of course we hope you’ll love our replacement windows and doors as much as we do, but if you need more time to think about it, or want to talk with your banker, we’ll respect that.

September is the Perfect Time to Schedule Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC Replacement Window Installation

Ready to get started? Give us a quick call at 1-877-313-9052 or fill in the form on the page to schedule your in-home consultation today.

Know your Options for High-Efficiency Windows Virginia & Washington, DC

WindowThermometerWe know it’s only the beginning of September, and the temperatures are still nice and mild in Virginia and Washington, DC, but now’s the perfect time to start thinking about your replacement window project before the temperatures drop and you have to open your house to the cold to get your windows replaced.

Did you know that the coldest temperature ever recorded in the U.S. was MINUS 81F at Prospect Creek Camp in northern Alaska? We won’t see temperatures that low here, but you don’t have to live in the coldest states in the U.S. to benefit from the best windows to keep the bitter cold outside this coming season.

It might seem kind of strange to be talking about frigid winter temperatures as summer is still winding down, but this is the best time to start that conversation if you want to get your new replacement windows installed before our weather turns downright cold. It isn’t just important to design windows that banish arctic air to the world beyond your windows either. You want to make sure you get enough natural light in your life as well. A recent study released by Northwestern University confirms that exposure to natural light improves moods, sleep and overall quality of life.

Windows for Your Health

Dr. Phyllis Zee, the director of the Sleep Disorders Center at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and lead author of the study mentioned above, says exposure to natural light has significant impact on your overall health, metabolism and alertness. While the study focused on work settings, it’s clear that everybody can benefit from bringing more natural light into their homes.

Another good reason to start the discussion now, instead of waiting until cooler weather settles in, is that depending on your design selections and the number of orders ahead of yours at the factory, it may take several weeks to custom-build your windows. It’s best to allow a minimum of four weeks for delivery when planning your home improvement project. If you wait too long, you might just have a big hole in your home as the old window comes out and the new one goes in.

With so much riding on your window choices – comfort, energy savings and your family’s health – isn’t it time to get serious about designing new windows for your home?

Know Your Options for Replacement Window Designs

If you want to capitalize on the health benefits of increasing your exposure to natural sunlight, while reducing your heating bills with more efficient windows, you’ll likely want to consider your glass choices, style profiles and design features. Here are a few options you’ll want to explore in-depth during your replacement window design process.

Replacement Window Glass Options in Virginia & Washington, DC

If you want to flood your home with as much natural light as possible, you probably aren’t looking for tinted glass options or big, thick fames that block the light. Renewal by Andersen’s high-performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun™ glass blocks up to 95 percent of harmful UV rays from entering your home while still allowing almost as much natural sunlight as a clear window panel. Plus, SmartSun™ is 45 percent more energy-efficient than standard glass during cold-weather months.

Even if you opt for our High-Performance™ Low-E4® Sun glass with a spectrally selective coating to control the amount of visible light you allow into your home, you can arrange your furniture to put you closer to the incoming light – just keep your desk or easy chair within 10 to 20 feet of windows to make sure you capture maximum sunlight effects.

Profile: Frames and Width Options

The largest viewing area naturally gives you the highest exposure to natural sunlight. Style options for larger viewing areas include low-profile designs like sliding windows and doors and non-adorned window panes (skip the grilles and embellishments that add decorative touches, but reduce the vision field).

Whether you choose a sliding replacement window or a large picture window, tell your window consultant you want to explore styles with minimal trim and low profile frames to increase the amount of natural sunlight that enters your home. Renewal by Andersen Fibrex window frames are stronger, and therefore slimmer, than vinyl window frames, letting more light into your home as well as providing better views of the great outdoors

Colder Climate Comfort Zones

While you want to capture plenty of natural sunlight for health and wellness, you don’t want to ignore the energy-efficient features of your replacement windows. Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC high-performance Fibrex frames offer superior protection against the elements and eliminate drafts and moisture infiltration that impact utility bills.

RBA windows are rated among the highest in the industry for energy savings and environmental protection features and are designed and individually built to reduce energy consumption, increase exposure to natural sunlight and keep your family comfortable indoors.

Learn More About Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Replacement Windows

To learn more about Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC home improvement products and how they perform in our winter weather, just give us a call today toll-free at 1-877-915-9940. You can also fill in the form on this page and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

In the meantime, keep soaking up the sunshine, it’s good for your health and your attitude.

Get a New Perspective on the World with Bay Window & Bow Window Replacement from Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC

Bay & Bow Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington, DCOnce in a while we like to highlight a particular window style, so homeowners understand how versatile and flexible our Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows are when it comes to enhancing the appearance and function of your home. This week, we’d like to talk about Bay Windows and Bow Windows.

Bays and Bows are truly one of the most unique window designs we offer. They can complement or aesthetically contrast your home’s architectural style to provide an interesting focal point. They give homeowners decorating options other window styles can’t and they allow you to flood your home with natural sunlight.

Whether you want to transform a boring, characterless curb presentation or create more functional living spaces, Bows and Bays deserve a closer look.

The Differences in Bow Replacement Windows and Bay Replacement Windows

Both Bow and Bay Windows have at least three conjoined individual window units. Grilles are an option if you want to add extra decorative touches and create the appearance of smaller panes within the larger window units.

Bay windows have an angular profile usually created by joining three side-by-side windows. By framing a large center window with two narrower window units, you’ll create a stunning, panoramic view. You may add more sections if you prefer to meet your decorating goals.

Bow windows have a slightly curved or arched profile created by joining multiple rectangular windows of equal size and shape. While you aren’t limited to the number of panels you can add, designs customarily include four, five or six window sections. We build each window with high-performance frames and energy-efficient glass. More window units will naturally reduce your overall viewing area since frames separate each panel.

Both Bays and Bows create additional useable interior space. You may choose to install a window ledge or use the available space to allow more flexibility in furniture placement and traffic patterns. Replacement Bay windows usually add more interior space than Bows; however the amount of “new available space” will depend on the number of window units and the width you choose while designing your windows.

You can create a miniature sun room without investing in more expensive home addition options, convert the interior ledge to a padded window seat or simply enjoy the additional square footage. Your decorating options are really only constrained by your imagination and the original footprint of your existing windows.

Choosing Function and Style

These versatile replacement window styles work equally well with fixed and operable window designs. You may opt to install casement windows or sliders for Bay side-lites and a picture window in the center. Smaller window systems may allow better ventilation with an operable center unit and fixed side units.

Placement is an important factor. Your decorating and performance expectation for an upper floor bow window will likely differ greatly from a front-facing, ground level conversion. Discuss how you’ll use your new windows with your Renewal by Andersen design consultant to get the best overall impression, inside and out.

Design for Safety and Convenience

Beyond appearance and function, you’ll want to consider safety and convenience when you choose hardware and operational styles. Here are a few more things to think about.

Crank-out casement windows are usually narrow enough to reach both surfaces from inside your home – which makes cleaning easy and convenient. Other styles, such as the tilt-featured double-hung windows and sliders always allow you to clean both surfaces without going outside, so this option might be better for upstairs windows.

Choose hardware and accessories wisely based on your family members and your lifestyle. While deciding whether operable or fixed windows better serve your needs, also consider accessories like window guards and locking mechanisms designed to keep small children from falling through an open window when unattended.

Like all of our home improvement products, our Bay and Bow replacement windows feature energy-efficient glass types; superior, high-performance construction materials; and a full range of color choices. We value your business and work hard to make sure you will be completely satisfied with your replacement windows today, tomorrow and for many, many years to come.

Call Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Today To Learn More About Bay Windows & Bow Windows.

Have we piqued your interest? Still have questions about the myriad benefits of Renewal by Andersen Bay and Bow windows? If you have questions, we welcome the chance to answer them. Call 1-877-915-9940 or complete the form on this page for more information.

Home & Window Safety Tips For Your Family From Renewal by Andersen

Window Safety in Virginia & Washington DCSafety Week rolls around every spring, but we want our Virginia and Washington, DC neighbors and friends to keep safety in mind throughout the year. As part of our parent company’s commitment to corporate responsibility, Renewal by Andersen strives to maintain safe working environments for every employee from the Replacement Window manufacturing floor to the administrative offices.

Just protecting our employees and vendors isn’t enough, though. Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC joins with Renewal by Andersen as advocates for improving overall safety for our most precious citizens (our children) by intentionally focusing on reducing window-related accidents in your home.

With public education efforts like the Look Out For Kids® program established by Andersen Corporation in 1992 that teaches kids and adults basic window and patio door safety, to innovative safety features that include operational devices that restrict opening beyond a safe distance without compromising emergency access, we continue to look for safer ways to build and deliver the best, and safest, home improvement products on the market.

10 Safety Tips for Parents to Improve Home Safety.

  1. Remember that windows can save lives by allowing emergency exits in fires and other emergencies.
  2. Window opening devices and window guards keep inquisitive children from falling from windows. Always lock patio doors and windows when a child is unsupervised by an adult.
  3. Make sure window treatments don’t pose dangers. Use child-appropriate fabrics, opening and closing mechanisms and cordless blinds or retractable cords
  4. Don’t rely on window screens to keep a child from falling through an open window. Insect screens do an excellent job of keeping biting insects outdoors, but they weren’t designed to keep inquisitive toddlers indoors.
  5. Never paint or nail windows shut – this prevents egress and hampers rescue efforts during an emergency.
  6. Position furniture away from windows.
  7. Don’t stand on furniture to clean or open windows.
  8. Consider young family members when designing replacement windows. Choose options that allow opening windows for ventilation out of reach of young family members.
  9. Closed and locked windows discourage unwanted intruders.
  10. Never place ladders or scaffolding against windows.

Safety Away from Home

While we focus on replacement windows and window-safety, we also understand that summertime in the Washington, DC area poses distinct safety risks for families. As more people get outdoors for swimming, boating and fishing during warm summer months, it’s especially important to brush up on water sports safety and refresh your knowledge about the hazards associated with car travel during family vacations.

Before you head out for your next road trip, check your car seats and safety belts. According to SafeKids.org, almost 75% of car seats aren’t installed properly or are used incorrectly. Get your free car seat safety check list here from SafeKids. As another community service, the SafeKids organization is hosting two free car seat checkup events in the Virginia and Washington, DC area this September.

Number One: Tuesday, September 16, 2014 – 2 pm to 6 pm at the National Children’s Center on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave, SE

Number Two: Thursday, September 18, 2014 – 2 pm to 6 pm at Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) on Mississippi Ave, SE

You can get more information and the exact addresses here. Be prepared to show ID since these two events are only for Washington, DC residents.

Protecting Against Unintentional Injuries

Andersen Corporation is proud to be a member of the National Safety Council (NSC), a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives by reducing avoidable injuries. NSC estimates that 245 people die in the United States each day due to unintentional injuries. You can gain more information about window safety and hazards in the home by visiting nsc.org.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Will Keep Doing Our Part to Protect Your Family

Whether you download safety coloring books and spend an afternoon talking to your kids about safety or sign your family up for water safety training classes, we promise to do our part to keep your family safe in your home.

We will continue to look for new ways to improve safety by benchmarking our manufacturing processes against industry research and safety recommendations. And, we’ll keep offering innovative products like our optional auxiliary patio door foot locks and window control devices that limit how far a window can open.

If you have questions about safety or security and replacement windows, give us a call at 1-877-915-9940. You can also fill in the form on this page and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC Replacement Windows Can Help You Control Your Indoor Climate and Your Utility Bills

TakeControlAre your windows keeping you from finding a comfortable spot in your own home? Keeping your indoor spaces cool and dry in our muggy Virginia climate is challenging – especially if your windows and doors don’t seal properly. Maybe you’re tired of those humongous August electric bills and are looking for ways to rein in the budget.

Whether you want to gain control over your finances or your comfort zones – we’ve got good news.

Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors can help you do both. Our Energy Star®-certified windows and doors can save homeowners up to 25% on their utility bills as compared to older, inefficient window designs. But, don’t worry, we aren’t going to make any over-the-top promises like our windows will make your home so inexpensive to run you’ll be able to afford that trip around the world you’ve always dreamed about (it might put you closer to your dream sooner, though).

How? Well, take a look at the ways we strive to save you time and money while helping you create inviting, comfortable living spaces.

  1. Our parent company, Andersen Corporation, continually works to develop new technology and window designs that reduce the carbon footprint and lower home energy consumption.

LowE4_LogoOur Low-E4 glass options – like our SmartSunTM glass option that provides round-the-calendar thermal protection – blocks solar heat while creating a very attractive view. SmartSunTM also gives you greater control over the amount of visible light that enters your home. This puts you in control of lighting your indoor spaces without having to invest in custom window treatments that block your view.

  1. Relying on the latest research and innovative manufacturing processes, our replacement windows are custom-built to your specifications to last for decades.

This saves you money on utility bills and you’ll also save time normally spent maintaining your windows year after year because our patented Fibrex material never chips or peels so you don’t have to repaint to keep them looking beautiful year after year.

Our consultants also have the latest information available about current incentives and in-store rebates and discounts.

  1. Installing Energy Star®-certified replacement windows also takes the burden off your heating and cooling system.

Energy Star Partner of the YearDepending on the age and condition of your heating and cooling systems, after installing new Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC window, you may notice your AC isn’t working as hard to keep your home cool – even as the temperature and humidity levels both push toward the triple digit marks. And if it’s not working as hard, your energy bills aren’t growing as quickly either.

We understand that severe temperature swings are typical here in Virginia and Washington, DC, but that doesn’t mean we expect our customers to just live with it.

  1. Our window designs are functional.

High-performance sealants and unique weather stripping components give you an added layer of protection from the scorching sun heat. You’ll find that our home improvement products eliminate drafts and block moisture and wind from entering your interior – giving you more control over the humidity and the temperature inside.

Controlling Cash and Climate

We want you to be able to control your indoor climate efficiently and effectively – without losing control of your budget. So while you can take advantage of special pricing and programs, we also give you hundreds of design possibilities that allow you to customize your replacement windows that fit your budget, your climate-control goals and your decorating plans.

Grilles, hardware and screens are options that add visual appeal and functionality for your family, but because you personally select the size, shape and finish of each window, you control the final cost of your home improvement project.

We’re always willing to help you stage your project if you need to replace the most damaged windows and doors first and do some others at another time. You can start saving money and gaining control over the indoor climate immediately; you don’t have to wait until you can pay for a whole-house of windows at once.

Here are a few other ways Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Replacement Windows Help You Control Your Comfort and Climate.

  • GlassSamples2LoresChoose from glass options that are crystal clear, opaque or slightly tinted.
  • Accept standard window screens included with all operable windows or upgrade to TruScene insect screens that allow exceptional viewing and ventilation.
  • Create comfortable, aesthetically pleasing spaces with a wide portfolio of accessories.
  • Customize color options without compromising function and performance.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC Replacement Windows Put You In Control

As you can see, Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC puts you in control of your indoor climate and your budget. Our high-performance, energy-efficient replacement windows keep the heat and humidity outdoors with those irritating, biting bugs that cannot penetrate your beautiful TruScene insect screens. We’re proud to offer home improvement products that put our customers in control of their comfort, climate and cash. Call today to arrange a no-fee consultation to discuss more ways we can help you create a cool, comfortable home – even here in Virginia. Our toll-free number is 1-877-915-9940. You can also complete the form on this page to request more information.

Grilles & Accents: Replacement Windows for Virginia & Washington, DC Homes

GrillesThinking about updating those “ancient windows” in your Virginia or Washington, DC home? Replacement windows from Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC can help you add a touch of elegance, blend architectural styles or create an intriguing curb appeal with window grilles and accent features.

Popular Grille Designs

Three of the most popular grille designs in new homes today are Colonial, Farmhouse (or Craftsman) and Prairie motifs. Whether you want to dress up your windows or patio doors, you can make a huge aesthetic difference with grille choices and accent windows.

Renewal by Andersen’s innovative manufacturing processes give you freedom to choose your window grille placement and come in two widths to accommodate your window size and shape as well as your decorating preference.

Choose from:

  • Fully divided light grilles are the closest replication to traditional divided lite glass. The design features an aluminum spacer between the insulated glass panes and either removable or factory affixed permanent interior grilles made of our patented Fibrex composite. You may choose between permanently affixed interior grilles or choose removable interior grilles that make cleaning easier.
  • Between-the-glass grilles, which never need painting or cleaning to stay beautiful for the life of your windows are no-maintenance options for busy homeowners who want the aesthetic appeal of divided lite windows without ever having to worry about repairing or replacing accents for the life of the windows. They also make window cleaning a breeze inside and out.
  • Interior only wood grilles snap into place and remove easily for cleaning and resurfacing if you choose to redecorate or change color schemes in your home.

prairie-replacement-window-grillesPrairie Style

Prairie style windows afford a large, unobstructed view and allow sunshine to stream into your home. This contemporary style makes your rooms feel bigger and brighter with a large center pane surrounded by four long rectangles and finished with a small square in each corner. The finished design looks like 9 individual panes.

 

Colonial Style Window Grilles

Colonial-replacement-window-grilleWhere the Prairie Style has unequal panes, Colonial Style is more symmetrical. Commonly divided into sets of 4, 6 or 9 panes, Colonial Style windows have a classic look and feel. Although the straight lines in the grille placement are simple and understated, you can add architectural emphasis with colonial arch windows, a fan-shaped transom window or choose specialty glass with subtle color and design features added during manufacturing.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC offers several specialty glass options that include an opaque version and a beautiful cascade pattern that evokes thoughts of a towering waterfall Just beyond your window.

Farmhouse or Craftsman Style Placement

farmhouse-replacement-window-grillesIn a word, Craftsman Style is simple. Typical windows have two panes in a horizontal rectangle. Some common windows have a single pane lower sash and only one horizontal divider in the upper panel. Most large fixed windows do not have any grid elements. Although these are the most common grille placements in Craftsman homes, as long as you focus on simplicity, you can add additional accents – the key is evoking an era of function and permanence more so than trendy or modern. If you live in a Craftsman Style home, choose replacement window adornments that complement the architectural features rather than compete with them.

Accent Replacement Windows

Another way to add personality, charm and personal decorative touches to your home is with accent or specialty windows. Our portfolio of accent windows includes circles, half circles, chords and trapezoids, along with many other shapes, to help you create your own unique view of the world, inside and out. If you choose an unusual shape as an accent window, ask your replacement window consultant if adding grilles will enhance the decorative features or if leaving the panes “free to speak for themselves” is best.

Designing Replacement Windows and Accent Windows From Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC

We can’t cover all the options available to our customers in Virginia or Washington, DC in a single blog post. We’d like the chance to sit down with you, talk about your current windows and help you explore options like grilles and specialty glass. Make sure your home is perfect for your family – it’s the little things, like replacement window grilles, that often make the biggest difference. Call us at 1-877-915-9940 or fill in the form above for more information or to arrange a personal in-home consultation today.

Thinking of Selling Your Home? Find Out How to Boost Your Selling Price With Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC Replacement Windows

If you live in the Virginia or Washington, DC metropolitan area and you’re thinking about selling your home, Renewal by Andersen replacement windows wants to let you know that there’s good news!

VA-housing-marketThe Alexandria, VA housing market is improving. According to market statistics published by Trulia.com, even though the number of sold units falls short of 2013 numbers, the median sales price is up. It’s a seller’s market.

Here’s some more good news:

  • From January to May of 2014 sellers saw sale prices increase.
  • The number of days on the market remains steady – around 13 on average.
  • “No seller subsidies” is a trend that’s continued for over a year.

Sounds great – right? Well, as good as it looks for Virginia and Washington, DC homeowners now, other areas are still struggling to move their property quickly and at a price that makes sense financially. Urbanturf.com reported in May that home prices fell by 12.3% compared to 2013 numbers and Falls Church City lost 2.8% in the year over year comparison.

Part of the decline in the lackluster numbers is attributable to fewer distressed sales. But, there is still good news for homeowners living in those pockets with less-than-optimal selling conditions. There are some steps you can take to increase buyer interest and boost selling prices.

Create a Look That Demands a Second Look

historic smOne of the Top 5 tips from real estate agents to increase interest in your home is to dress your home in Sunday’s best. This means you need to power wash your siding, update the trim and exterior doors and scatter a few lights in the landscaping and along pathways. The idea is to make your home look better than the others on the block to capture potential buyers’ attention.

Replacement Windows are a Key Part of Improving Curb Appeal in Virginia and Washington, DC

Creating a stunning curb appeal – the first thing buyers see when they view your property – is one of the most valuable investments sellers can make to boost their listing price. The 2013 Cost vs Value Report shows exterior upgrades, including replacement window installation, are at the top of the list when it comes to return on investment. Creating value for your buyers is important if you’re looking for a quick sale.

Cost-value-reportThe Cost vs Value report showed that homeowners recouped around 70% on vinyl and wood framed replacement windows (71.2% and 68.4% respectively), but our window consultants can show you how our patented Fibrex window frames add more value and higher return on investment with low-maintenance features and energy-efficient design elements wood and vinyl don’t offer. Ask about independent research and Energy Star Awards that support that claim when you call.

Your Virginia and Washington, DC Replacement Windows’ Role in Curb Appeal

Windows add interest and character to your home. Depending on whether you choose a solid pane of glass without embellishments to create a minimalist tone or you choose to create a design feature with grilles to complement your home’s architectural style, windows give a voice to your property’s personality and spirit.

Creating Long-lasting Value for Buyers

With depressed listings dropping sharply, buyers don’t have the pick of the field like they did a few years ago, but they’re looking for value-added features. Adding information to your listing about projected energy savings should draw more interest.

When you share details like the ones below about your recent replacement window upgrades, buyers will smile – all the way to the closing table.

  • Fibrex frames, unlike wood frames, won’t rot, peel, flake or require painting to stay beautiful and functional. And, your investment is protected by the Renewal by Andersen transferable limited warranty for 10 years.
  • Energy-efficient glass options can save Virginia homeowners up to 25% on cooling bills during the hot muggy summers.
  • Compared to standard glass, our most efficient glass option, High-Performance™ Low-E4® SmartSun, is 70% more efficient during the sweltering summer months and 47% more efficient during winter.
  • The exclusive Renewal by Andersen warranty is fully transferable. And, our no-hassles coverage provides benefits for damages caused by faulty installation for two years from original install date. But, don’t expect to file a claim; our installers are fully trained and carefully selected.

Update Your Home’s Curb Appeal & Get More $$ with Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC Replacement Windows & Patio Doors

What do you think? Ready to improve your home’s curb appeal and raise the resale value of your Virginia or Washington, DC home with Renewal by Andersen replacement windows? We’re here to help you create a stunning first impression to put your property at the top of the list desirable properties. Give us a call at 1-877-915-9940 to schedule a complimentary in-home visit. Want us to call you? Fill in your contact information in the form on the page and we’ll get right back to you.

 

5 Criteria for Comparing Replacement Windows in Virginia & Washington, DC

It’s important to be sure you’re comparing apples to apples when you start looking around for replacement windows. Here in the Virginia and Washington, DC area, there are several companies that sell different kinds of replacement windows. To help you decide which windows are best for your home, we’ve put together a list of five key criteria that deserve a thorough investigation before you make a decision.

  1. Appearance: Is What You See Enough?

IMGP5953-XLWindows have a dramatic impact your home’s appearance from the curb and from the living room sofa. The width of your replacement window frames, the colors you choose and the framing material all influence what you see when you look at your home from various angles. Of course, your windows also affect your view of the world outside.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC gives you dozens of options for hundreds of unique combinations, including paintable or stainable interiors, so you don’t have to settle for off-the-shelf hues and shades. If you want emerald green grilles, why would you settle for apple green?

  1. Function: How’s That Window Style Working for You?

Cleaning Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window in Virginia & Washington DCYour replacement windows should enhance your life – not make it more difficult or challenging. As you compare windows and brands think about how you will use your windows.

Do you need left-handed latches and locks? How easy is it to clean each window type and brand? Are your patio doors easy to open and close with one hand? All of these questions – and more – help you identify the brands that make your life easier. Renewal by Andersen has a wide portfolio of accessories that fit your needs. Whether you want your windows to operate for a left-handed family member or you want to be sure your door locks are high enough to be out of reach of little hands, we can help.

  1. Cost: Does Your Budget Fit Your Wish List?

replacement-window-cost-vs-value On your comparison journey you might come across some replacement windows that are cheaper than ours and some that are more expensive. We understand that you are making a large investment and you need to stay on budget. When comparing prices, ensure you are comparing apples to apples. Very often, the statement “you get what you pay for” is very true. Be sure you’re getting the same value from the product with the cheaper price tag.

Energy Star Partner of the YearYou’ll find Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC windows qualify for all current tax breaks and rebates based on Energy Star ratings. We’ve received Energy Star awards consistently over the past few years because we manufacture our windows under some of the strictest sustainability guidelines in the industry.

  1. Value: You Can’t Put a Price Tag on Comfort

CostValueScaleBuying the least expensive product doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the best value for your investment dollars. There are quantifiable values – those you can measure in dollars and cents. These include the initial investment, financing costs and maintenance and repair over the life of your home.

There are also qualitative values – non-financial benefits and perks. Do you love the window design or can you force yourself to live with that wider apple green frame? How much is it worth to you to know your window purchase not only lowers your monthly utility bills, but the company you buy from takes extra precautions to control the environmental impact that manufacturing has on the planet and your neighborhood?

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows are up to 70 percent more efficient than standard windows during the sweltering summers and our parent company Andersen Corporation has received numerous awards for responsible environmental stewardship.

  1. Performance: Is the Product Leading the Pack or Dragging up the Rear?

Replacement Window NFRC U-FactorSome window companies spout statistics and ratings that make their windows sound like the greatest thing since sliced bread. It is important to find out who backs their claims. When we give you information about savings, energy efficiency and longevity, we’ll also tell you who stands behind those figures so you can “go to the source”, so to speak.

We proudly publish our ratings from the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC) and other third-party independent organizations so you can better understand how our products perform. We offer one of the strongest replacement window warranties available because we want you to be happy with your decision for many, many years into the future.

Accept A Personal Invitation from Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC to Compare Our Windows to the Competition.

We’re so confident you will find our replacement windows are a “best-fit” for your home, we welcome the chance to tell you more. Give us a call at 1-877-915-9940 to schedule a no obligation in-home consultation. You can also enter your contact information in the form on this page and we will call you right back.

Getting the Most From Your Renewal by Andersen Replacement Windows

Customer service is extremely important to our Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows team. Our customers are our friends, neighbors and family. In keeping with our commitment to build lasting relationship with each homeowner we serve, we often post helpful tips about decorating and design features.

This week we’ve put together a collection of links to past articles that we hope will inspire your creative spirit and help you save time and energy around your home. You’ll find tips on choosing window treatments, cleaning and maintenance and creating comfortable spaces for your family.

Choosing Replacement Windows for Your Neighborhood

Replacement window benefits in VA & DCFor those of you who haven’t decided which replacement windows to install, we’ve got three articles that focus on your neighborhood. Whether you live in a historic row house in the inner city, in suburban Virginia or in one of the beautiful rural areas outside the city, you need to consider your home’s surroundings when selecting the right replacement windows for your home.

Best Replacement Windows Suburban Virginia & DCOur replacement windows perform beautifully in every environment, but the style you choose should match the existing architecture and design features of your home. Read the articles linked below to get a better idea of which window styles and types are best for your home.

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

Finding the Right Replacement Windows for Your Rural Virginia Home

The Best Replacement Windows for your Suburban VA or DC Home

Cleaning Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window in Virginia & Washington DCQuick and Easy Cleaning Tips

Cleaning your replacement windows shouldn’t be a chore you dread. It’s scorching hot outside already, but you can clean both surfaces on most Renewal by Andersen windows from inside your home. Just make sure you do it early in the morning or late in the evening. Read time-saving window cleaning tips for different window styles and learn which styles are easiest to clean with this post: Which Replacement Window Styles are Easiest to Clean

Accessorizing Your Replacement Windows

Replacement Window HardwareAdding a touch of class to your decorating scheme is easy if you choose hardware wisely. Like a fine piece of jewelry complements your evening gown, hardware complements the other decorative features in your home. Learn more about hardware finishes and styles with this article: Replacement Window Hardware Choices in Virginia & Washington, DC

Creating Fabulous Indoor Spaces for Relaxing

You’ll find simple decorating tips in our article titled 10 Ways Your Replacement Windows Enhance Your Virginia or Washington, DC Life for creating a reading nook, improving your curb appeal and making your indoor spaces more comfortable.

Dressing Your Patio Doors: What’s Your Style?

Replacement Patio Door Window TreatmentsDressing your Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC replacement patio doors doesn’t have to be difficult. You have a world of decorating choices from casual Roman shades to elegant lace sheers. Looking for tips on creating a traditional French impression? Maybe you want to showcase your French patio door with a spicy, Spanish flare. Find tips on choosing fabrics and window treatment styles in this article. Decorating Tips to Showcase Your Replacement French Patio Doors

Time to Upgrade Your Patio Doors? Three Styles Designed With You In Mind

If you’re getting ready to replace your patio doors this summer, you’re probably wondering which styles will fit best in your home. In this replacement patio door article, we highlight three patio door styles. We’ve included a link to our window and door visualizer that allows you to upload photos of your home so you can get a better picture of what each patio door style will look like in your home.

Don’t Forget Your Four-Legged Family Members

Decorating with indoor pets can be challenging. You’ll likely want easy care, easy clean window treatments, but you don’t want to settle for boring and bland. No problem. With our helpful tips on choosing pet-friendly fabrics and styles you can create beautiful spaces. Read the full article to find out what works best and what to avoid. Pet Friendly Window Treatments for Your Virginia or Washington, DC Home

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Wants Your World to be Comfortable and Stylish

Replacement Window FramesWe hope that these articles give you insight into which window styles are best for your home and how to create beautiful, comfortable indoor spaces. If you’re still researching replacement windows, we invite you to read our 12-part series about the window buying journey from start to finish. Then give us a call at 1-877-915-9940 to arrange a no-cost in home consultation. You can also fill out the form on this page and we will call you back.

3 Reasons You May Not Want the Same Replacement Window Type for Your Whole Virginia or DC House

heat gainThe summer solstice has come and gone, but the hot, humid weather will be with us in Virginia and Washington, DC for another few months. Since many homeowners feel the sting of high utility bills as the temperature climbs, summertime brings new neighbors into our store asking about how to save money with replacement windows.

The window consultants at Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC thought this would be a good time to talk with you about the importance of choosing the right windows for each room of your home. The right windows can make a world of difference in the comfort and overall energy efficiency of your home and save you significant money on your utility bills. The wrong windows can lead to frustration and incompatibility. One thing is certain, there is not one window that fits every room or the unique needs of every homeowner.

We understand that this is a large investment for you and we wanted to explain why the least expensive window option isn’t necessarily the most affordable over the long term. And, why the most expensive option doesn’t always mean higher satisfaction for every homeowner.

North, South, East and West: Which Window is the Best?

While summer temperatures often feel hotter than the brick oven at your favorite pizzeria, here in Virginia and Washington, DC, winter will come eventually. Choosing glass panes that perform well today and later when the weather turns cold ensures you enjoy energy savings throughout the year.

One way to make sure you choose the best replacement window glass is to consider the external characteristics around your home. If there are large shade trees and tall shrubs that block direct sunlight from hitting your windows, there is less concern about solar heat gain during the summer season.

LowE4_LogoAnother consideration is which direction your windows face. Windows account for roughly 50% of a home’s temperature increase during summer months. Windows facing east and west create greater increases than north and south facing windows. For rooms with east or west facing windows, choosing a high-performance option like our High-Performance™ Low-E4® Sun™ glass is a wiser financial choice than one of the non-tinted options.

Fixated on Price

Generally speaking, fixed windows are less expensive than operable windows, but that doesn’t mean they are the best choice for every room. You’ll save money on hardware, locking mechanisms and screens when you choose a window style that doesn’t open and close. However, for safety reasons, every room should have a window or door that allows entry and egress during emergencies. So, replacing every window in your home with a fixed window might be less expensive, but definitely isn’t recommended.

Another reason not to install fixed replacement windows throughout your home is that you will lose the benefits of opening the windows to ventilate your home for health and comfort. There are many homeowners who prefer to open the windows at night when the temperature drops below 70 degrees –saving money on air conditioning and curbing energy consumption.

Replacement Window Functionality and Form

Functionality is essential to customer satisfaction. You want windows that are easy to operate, don’t require a lot of maintenance, and that last for years. While all Renewal by Andersen replacement windows are guaranteed to perform and look beautiful for years, some glass options allow you to bring an extra touch of visual appeal to your indoor spaces.

Our High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass comes in pattern options that provide a touch of privacy and decorative artistry. While you might like to add a pretty fern pattern or an opaque glass pattern in a powder room for more privacy, installing specialty glass throughout the home would mean you have to give up the crystal clear view of your garden and other outdoor spaces, too.

Another functional consideration is choosing the type of window – i.e. casement windows versus awning or double-hung windows. Crank-style windows are more suitable than double-hung windows above counters and built-in features that would make raising and lowering a sash more difficult. If you opted for double-hung windows throughout the home, you might have to use a step ladder to open windows positioned high on the wall or that required a reach over furnishings or fixtures.

High Energy Savings, Function and Performance with Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Replacement Windows

Even though the weather is warming up and the humidity is too high for comfort some days in the Virginia and Washington, DC area, finding energy-efficient windows that meet your high expectations is a breeze with Renewal by Andersen. Designing a one-size-fits-all window isn’t practical or financially prudent. Ready to hear more about how to choose the best windows for every room in your home? Give us a call at 1-877-915-9940. You can also enter your contact information in the form on this page and we will gladly call you.

Change Up Your Windows’ Style with a Mini-Makeover

IMGP6554-XLSometimes you want to update your home’s style without investing a lot of time or money. Whether you’re looking for ways to herald the start of a new season in the beautiful Washington D.C. and Virginia area, to redefine an otherwise humdrum space, or just to breathe some new life into your space, simple updates to your replacement windows can drastically change the way you view your world from the inside looking out.

Drapery Style

There is a world of possibilities when it comes to updating your window treatments, whether you usually opt for traditional valance-and-panel sets or more modern designs. Changing up your curtains, blinds, or window shades is a simple way to either dress your space up or down.

IMGP5953-XLIn otherwise neutral rooms, curtains with a shot of color—or even a sophisticated, bold solid-colored curtain—can make your entire room feel like a new space. If your living room is full of fun prints, try switching your curtains out for a classy solid. On the other hand, if your style features lots of solid fabrics and styles, try incorporating a little unexpected texture or a unique print in your curtains this season.

Hardware Updates

Replacement window lock in Virginia & Washington, DCYou’re careful about the hardware on your kitchen cabinets and the design of your home’s doorknobs and bolts, but have you thought about your window hardware lately? This often-overlooked quick fix can add instant sophistication to any style window. If you decide to do a mini-makeover, don’t forget your patio doors. The Renewal by Andersen hardware lineup has dozens of styles and finishes to choose from, including 8 different styles for sliding patio doors and eight similar styles for hinged patio doors.

Replacement window hardware in Virginia & Washington, DCFor many of the traditional homes in Virginia and urban Washington, D.C. areas that feature warm, rich colors, brass hardware (including pulls and hinges) is the perfect touch. In more modern spaces, you have lots of options, too; brushed nickel is an all-time favorite that works well in most color schemes and décor personalities.

Stain or Paint?

Renewal by Andersen offers many windows in stainable or paintable colors, so no matter what your color scheme, you can tweak your window interiors to match. By carefully applying your favorite paint or stain to window frames and grilles, you can beautifully contrast with your walls and room accent colors. A complementary frame and grille color will beautifully set off both your window treatments and the view from outside the windows themselves.

If this is the first time you’ve updated the frame and grille colors since you purchased your Renewal by Andersen replacement windows, check the warranty guide and your original sales documents. Resurfacing some window components could void parts of your warranty. You can check with the window consultant who guided you through your window design journey if you can’t locate your original paperwork.

Creative Tie-Backs

IMGP5992-XLIt’s one of the most straightforward window changes. It just takes a few minutes (and a lot of creativity), but changing out your tie-backs for a unique, personality-filled option can give your curtains an unmistakable designer touch.

In country chic, rustic, and nautical-inspired rooms, try using mariner’s rope and a decorative knot to tie back your drapes.

In a children’s room, playful jump ropes wrapped several times and then simply knotted in the center make a fun statement — just make sure the ends aren’t so long that they pose a choking hazard.

When it comes to unique tiebacks, your only limitation is your creativity—and it’s fairly low-risk to experiment with a few styles just to see how they work.

As you can see, a few small changes really can make a difference in the way your home looks and feels. Keep in mind that if you update your hinges and handles, check out the latching and locking mechanism styles, too. Subtle changes may not seem obvious to the casual observer, but if you don’t tie everything together it will “stick out like a sore thumb”.

How Can Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Help You Today?

Still not sure what your best replacement window decorating options are? If you’re up in the air about your window style—or considering a bigger makeover of your windows themselves—feel free to call us at 877-915-9940 or complete the inquiry form above for a no-pressure consultation.

 

Window Screens do More Than Just Keep Pesky Critters Outdoors in VA & DC

When Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC customers ask for solutions to unique replacement window and patio door problems we listen.

Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window Insect ScreenInspired by homeowners who wanted protection from the smallest insects and a better view from inside their homes, Andersen Windows’ product developers and design teams created TruScene insect screens for use with Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows.

Compared to standard screens on the market, TruScene® screens:

  1. Offer 50% more clarity.
  2. Don’t hinder airflow.
  3. Are almost invisible from the curb.
  4. Come in a variety of frame colors and finishes.
  5. Protect against teeny, tiny bugs and natural intruders.

Attractive Curb Presentation

Renewal by Andersen TruScreen Replacement Window Insect ScreenWhat makes TruScene® insect screens “more attractive” than other window screen products? Well, for starters the stainless steel mesh fabric is woven with ultra-fine openings – about 33% smaller than traditional screens. The taut weave creates an effective barrier that practically disappears when mounted in our specially designed frames.

While Renewal by Andersen insect screen fabrics are designed to perform unnoticed, screen frames take on a more complementary role. Insect screen frames come in varied colors and finishes that meld perfectly with our replacement window styles. Choose from color schemes built to match your window frame colors.

Flexibility and Interior Decorating Choices

Our standard insect screens (included with each operable window ordered) are custom-built with light-weight aluminum frames precisely crafted to fit your replacement windows without limiting your decorative choices.

Like our windows and hardware, your screen choices come with plenty of options to ensure you get exactly what you want to meet your high expectations. One of those options is fabric selection. Choose from standard glass fiber-construction, aluminum or crystal clear TruScene® technology fabric.

If you’re installing casement or awning windows in your Virginia or metropolitan Washington, DC home, you’ll want interior-mount window screens. Your decorative frame options now include three new wood veneers – Pine, Oak, or Maple – which blend perfectly with your interior window frame finishes. Half-screens are also available for double-hung replacement windows.

Simplify Your Life

Life has enough challenges. Taking care of your beautiful new windows and screens shouldn’t be one of them. That’s why our innovative designs and easy to follow maintenance guidelines keep your insect screens looking and performing well for years.

Insect screen locking mechanisms are easy to operate and positioned to allow you to remove screens from inside your home. Plus, all you need most of the time to clean your insect screens is a feather duster to brush away surface dust and dirt and a soft cloth to wipe down the frame and latches.

Breathe Easier – Season after Season

We’re not claiming our replacement window screens have curative powers – but they do offer the next best thing, peace of mind. Whether your favorite vista is overlooking your summer garden from a comfy armchair or watching the neighborhood kids chasing fireflies against a twilight sky, you can breathe easier knowing that fresh air and cool breezes flow in and pesky gnats and mosquitoes stay outdoors where they belong.

Yes, insect screens banish those “noseeums” and other minuscule insects to the great outdoors, but as you can see, they do so much more. From helping you create a pleasing curb appeal (maybe even increasing your resale value) to delivering virtually unaltered views from inside your home, insect screens protect your family from intruders and make your life more enjoyable.

When our customers ask for new products or services, we try hard to meet their expectations. Innovative TruScene® technology was born in response to customers asking for home improvement products that fit their lifestyle better.

How Can Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC Help You?

If you have questions about our insect screen products, or need help selecting replacement windows and doors for your home, we invite you to contact us. We’ll ask a few questions, schedule a free in-home consultation and walk you through the process from A-Z so you know what to expect. Reach us by calling 1-877-915-9940, or simply complete the inquiry form on this page and we’ll get back to you as quickly as we can.

 

Why People are Talking about Fibrex Replacement Window Frames in Virginia & Washington DC

As your local Virginia and Washington, DC Renewal by Andersen replacement window consultants, we understand the decision to invest in replacement windows involves more than just finding a company that offers you the lowest price. Yes, price matters, but you also want home improvement products that lower your energy consumption and don’t harm the environment during manufacturing and installation.

Fibrex Replacement Window FrameAs you weigh the options available to you on the market, we want you to have all the information necessary to make wise value-based financial decisions. Naturally, part of your window design includes selecting the framing material for your new windows. We recommend Fibrex® frames to our customers because we believe our patented composite material offers the best value of price, energy efficiency and environmentally friendly design.

This week’s blog will discuss vinyl and Fibrex® frames to help you decide which material is right for your window replacement project.

There are some similarities between vinyl and Fibrex®. You probably already know that vinyl is a type of plastic, but you may not know that Fibrex® is a composite material made from polymer plastics and wood. Both framing materials are lightweight and available from the factory in a wide array of colors, sizes and shapes.

If you lay a strip of “wood colored” vinyl beside a strip of Fibrex®, you’ll immediately notice that the vinyl frame doesn’t look as natural or “wood-like” as the Fibrex® sample. The reason for the stark difference is the way that Fibrex® is created in the factory. Manufacturing processes combine reclaimed wood from the manufacture of Andersen’s wood windows with polymer plastics to create a framing material that closely resembles wood without the maintenance issues of wood – you can’t get the same appearance with a 100 percent plastic product.

Strong, Stable and Durability

Vinyl is more flexible, less sturdy, and less stable than Fibrex®. Most vinyl replacement window designs include thicker, wider frames to compensate for the vinyl’s inherent weakness. By comparison, Fibrex® frames are substantially stronger. This means that homeowners who choose replacement windows with Fibrex® framing material have more design options that include narrower profiles. Narrower profiles deliver a full, unobstructed view without compromising strength.

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Efficient and Low-Maintenance

Being lightweight isn’t the only positive characteristic of vinyl. Vinyl frames are scratch resistant and don’t require annual resurfacing to repair damage from rot and mildew in humid climates our Virginia and Washington, DC climate.

Fibrex®, unlike vinyl, responds to temperature variance almost like real wood. This means you won’t see any of the characteristic warping and bending seen in traditional vinyl frames. Because the low thermal expansion rating closely mimics wood and brick exteriors of your home, composite windows don’t separate from the structural features in your home – this eliminates worries that gaps will allow air leaks, dirt and moisture to permeate the window unit and enter your home.

Economics and Environmental Impact

Fibrex® offers many advantages over vinyl. It saves you time and energy keeping your home looking attractive, gives you hundreds of decorating options and helps you control spending with high-performance features that reduce energy consumption. But, our patented Fibrex® window frames also protect the environment while saving our customers money even before they enter the showroom floor or schedule an in-home consultation.

Renewal by Andersen Fibrex® Frames Support our Customers & our Planet

Fibrex® was created by scientists working for our parent company, Andersen Windows. The manufacturing process uses reclaimed wood in our factories, which means fewer trees go to the landfill. Not only does the manufacturing process save trees, it saves our company money that would have been spent harvesting the trees, transporting the trees to the mill, and transporting build-ready wood products to our factories. Since we spend less money on the manufacturing cycle, we’re able to offer our customers lower prices and greater value.

Because the Andersen Corporation developed such a strong manufacturing process that promotes sound economics and environmental sustainability protocol, Andersen is one of the few companies in the replacement window industry to receive the coveted Green Seal of approval for environmental protection and manufacturing processes.

Ready for a Free Design Consultation on your Virginia or Washington, DC Replacement Windows?

So now you know the similarities and differences between vinyl and Fibrex® replacement window frames. What do you think? Are you ready to schedule a home-inspection to find out how Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows can help you save money on your utility bills, give your home a beautiful makeover and protect the environment?

Call us at 1-877-915-9940 to schedule your in-home consultation and don’t forget to ask about our warranty package that guarantees beautiful, durable Fibrex® replacement windows for 10 years after the original installation date.

Understanding Replacement Window Energy Labels

Don’t believe it when people tell you that installing all new replacement windows in your Virginia or Washington, DC home doesn’t require doing your homework. The actual purchase and installation will be simple and easy, but we encourage our customer-homeowners to spend some time researching window brands and styles before they make a decision. We’ve said it before, but it is worth repeating – a well-educated consumer makes the best customer (compliments to Sy Syms).

Should the Window’s U-Factor Ratings Influence Virginia & Washington, D.C. Homeowners’ Buying Decisions?

Replacement Window Energy LabelUnless this blog post is your launching pad in your search for the right replacement windows for your home, you’ve probably already come across some new words and industry jargon. One very important term in the window industry lexicon that we think every consumer should understand is the U-Factor. Understanding exactly what the U-Factor rating is and how you can use this rating to accurately compare various replacement windows will put you in a favorable position as you embark on – or continue on – your decision-making journey.

While giving you a better understanding about how important understanding the U-Factor rating is to making the wisest decision, we’ll also tell you how other industry ratings like the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC), Visible Transmittance rating and Condensation Resistance determine overall performance.

In the beginning . . .

Replacement Window NFRC U-FactorIt might help to know which authority sets the standards for U-Factor ratings. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) originated U-Factor rating standards as an objective metric to compare the amount of heat lost through various windows. Heat loss is a major concern during frigid winter months – so naturally, the lower the number (indicating less heat escaping) the bettrt the window’s performance.

Virginia and Washington, DC residents also want to control heat gain during our sweltering summer months, so the NFRC recommends that residents choose a window with a U-Factor rating of .40 (or less), as long as the SHGC rating is at least .50 – we’ll explain more about the SHGC in a minute.

Understanding How U-Factor and Other Window Ratings Work Together

Warm air tends to gravitate toward cooler air – that’s why you have to control heat escaping your home during the winter and heat penetrating your home during the summer. The U-Factor is an overall performance rating that takes into account how well all the components of a window work together to control heat loss. Based on this single number you can effectively compare two, three or more window types.

If you really want to keep your home comfortable without paying huge utility bills, look for replacement windows for your home with a U-Factor rating between .10 and .40.

Uncovering Replacement Windows’ “Rating Relationships”

If you view window performance ratings as you would a piece of artwork, the U-Factor is like the background in a landscape scene – it lays the foundation, but its true value comes out as other details are added.

As we mentioned earlier, the SHGC is an important part of the comparison process. Ratings range from 0 to 1, where zero is the best possible score. This number represents the amount of solar heat blocked by your window. It is important to note that the SHGC may be applied to the glass window component or the overall window unit – be sure you’re comparing apples to apples as you do your research.

Another key metric is the Visible Transmittance rating. On a scale of 0 to 1, with 1 being optimal, this rating represents how much light enters your home through windows. Aim for ratings as close to 1 as you can. Natural light is good (who wants to live in a dank, dark home?) as long as you’re controlling the solar heat gain.

Two more ratings not often discussed, but worth mentioning. . .

Unless you are OK with chilly drafts in the winter and “hot spots” in the summer, you’ll want to buy windows that prevent air leakage around your window – either because the framing material is susceptible to excessive expansion and contraction as the weather changes or because the weather-stripping is sub-par. Controlling air leaks is critical to controlling your energy budget.

Another sign your window integrity is lacking is condensation and moisture build up on your window’s surfaces. Unlike the other ratings, Condensation Resistance numbers range from 1-100, with 100 being excellent protection against condensation.

Contact Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC for More Information

Now you have the basic information you need to compare replacement window performance, but keep in mind that other factors play a role in deciding what type of replacement windows are best for your home. To help you factor in things like lot orientation, landscaping and architectural design, you can use the Efficient Windows Collaborative online tool which allows you to enter specific information about your home.

Better yet, take a few minutes to request more information from our Renewal by Andersen replacement window professionals by filling out the short form above. You can also give us a call at 877-915-9940.

Which Replacement Window Styles are Easiest to Clean

Cleaning Renewal by Andersen Replacement Window in Virginia & Washington DCWhether you are considering Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows for your metropolitan DC home or you have a place in one of the Virginia suburbs, you can be certain all of our home improvement products are low-maintenance and energy-efficient. We know many people also want windows that are easy to clean – after all, who wants to spend hours with a squeegee and a wash bucket when you could be enjoying the view?

Replacement windows should improve the appearance and comfort of your home – without burdensome cleaning regimens and expensive specialty products. Here’s a quick rundown on window types and cleaning tips.

Many Styles, One Promise

You likely know that every Renewal by Andersen window in our portfolio is built with superior craftsmanship and performance features. That’s how we’ve built our brand into what it is today. Our innovative designs include many features that make window-cleaning-day as easy and efficient as saving money on your heating and cooling bills.

Fixed Windows

Fixed windows don’t open or close. If you choose to install “unadorned” replacement windows – simple designs without removable grilles and operable sash – washing the windows is as simple as applying a cleaning solution and removing the solution with a soft cloth. Even if all of your home’s windows are inoperable windows – which is not likely because you would have limited ventilation and decorating options – window placement and architectural features make some windows harder to clean than others.

Cleaning windows on upper floors, glass in skylights and vaulted ceilings, and hard to reach panes blocked by exterior landscaping or architectural features are often challenging regardless of the window size or shape.

Operable Window Cleaning Tips

Worrying about selecting easy-care window designs shouldn’t keep you from designing replacement windows that fit your style and personality. Most Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows allow you to clean the interior and exterior window panels from inside your home. You can even clean the exterior trim on your double hung windows from inside.

Cleaning Your Sliding Windows

Sliding windows are among the easiest to clean. You can add between-the-pane grilles to make both interior and exterior surfaces smooth and obstruction-free. Or, if you want a more traditional look and the flexibility to update colors in the future, you could opt for removable interior grilles. Remove grilles before cleaning; then, follow these simple steps.

  • Slide the interior sash to the center of your frame opening.
  • Lift the interior sash up and pull the bottom toward you; then lower the sash and remove it from the frame.
  • Repeat with the remaining sash.
  • Spray a mild cleansing solution on both sides of the glass surfaces and buff with a soft cloth.
  • Replace grilles.
  • Replace the exterior sash first by lifting the sash toward the head jamb at a slight angle and pushing the window into place and lowering it into the bottom track. Repeat with the interior sash.
  • Voila! You’re done in just a few simple steps.

We recommend cleaning your beautiful replacement windows and doors in your Virginia and Washington, D.C. home two to three times per year. It is a good idea to also spray the interior and exterior tracks with cleaning solution and wipe away any dust or dirt that may accumulate and cause sluggish movement. You can also lubricate the sliding tracks to keep your windows performing effortlessly for the life of your window.

Cleaning Your Double-Hung Replacement Windows

Double-Hung Windows are as stylish as they are easy to clean. You can easily reach both interior and exterior surfaces from inside your home, but, unlike sliders, the sash tilt, but don’t come completely out of the window frame. Remember to remove grilles and screens while cleaning your glass panes.

For more details about cleaning casement and awning windows and a step by step guide to cleaning our most popular Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors, visit our resource center by clicking on this link.

More Tips and Tricks from Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Whichever window style you choose, these generic tips will help you get your clean-up jobs finished faster and with less hassle.

  • Gently wipe away loose dirt and debris with a dry cloth before apply cleaning solution.
  • Use a mild commercial cleanser or mix white vinegar and water for an economical/eco-friendly option.
  • Wipe surface with a soft, non-linting cloth using a circular motion.
  • Clean from the top down to avoid drips and smears.
  • To minimize streaking, clean glass when direct sunlight isn’t shining directly on the panes. Cloudy, dry days are best.
  • Never use harsh chemicals, abrasive cleansers or sharp objects that could damage the glass, sealants and weather stripping.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC: Your Replacement Window Resource

Want more information about easy-maintenance, high-performance replacement windows and patio doors for your Virginia or Washington, D.C. home? Give us a jingle at 1-877-915-9940 (or fill in the short form above) – we’re here to help you with information you need to make your life easier and more comfortable and keep your views pristine.

Replacement Windows Cost vs Savings in Virginia & Washington, DC

Replacement Window FAQs in Virginia, Washington, DCAt Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC, our goal is to provide homeowners with the tools and resources they need to make wise home improvement decisions regarding replacement windows and patio doors. The last thing you need is a plethora of exaggerations and carefully selected “facts” to sway your opinion.

Twenty-first century consumers are well-educated and do their research before they make major home improvement decisions. Rather than try to convince you to consider our products with over-the-top advertising spiels, we want to help you gather the information you need to make your home remodeling project as efficient and stress-free as possible.

We know that a well-informed consumer is more likely to be satisfied with their buying choices than a consumer pressured into buying something they don’t need – or worse, that doesn’t perform as described. As part of our ongoing commitment to earn your trust and build a lasting relationship with you, we’ll do our best to give you the information you need so you can make informed decisions about your home improvement investments.

We have confidence that if you get straightforward facts and details about our portfolio of home improvement products, you will choose to do business with us. We respect your intelligence and won’t make outrageous claims about eliminating 90% of your electric costs with our beautiful, energy-efficient windows and doors or try to convince you that Renewal by Andersen replacement windows will transform your social life – we’ll leave the hyperbole to the used car salesmen.

Reliable Window Statistics for Virginia & Washington, DC
Replacement Window NFRC U-FactorNaturally, you want to compare efficiency ratings, price points and performance details of any replacement window or patio door you are considering so you can make better decisions for you and your family. The basis of a realistic comparison is accurate information.

Although we don’t use “cherry-picked” stats that paint an unrealistic picture – we do occasionally quote facts and statistics from respected industry sources and agencies. To ensure you have access to unbiased information, we only quote information gathered from independent third parties without direct ties to Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC.

Replacement Window ROI in Virginia and Washington, DC
Many experts – industry researchers, home improvement specialists, magazines and realtors – agree that home renovation projects that include replacement windows deliver the highest return on investment (ROI) percentages.

Homeowners experience substantial benefits by controlling energy consumption and reducing personal carbon footprints. Every situation is unique and overall savings vary based on your home’s existing windows, age, and architectural and structural features, but replacing old, drafty windows with new, energy-efficient windows will result in fewer of your energy dollars going out the window.

U_ValueIf your home is well-insulated and doesn’t have structural defects that contribute to excessive energy loss, replacing dilapidated windows will likely produce significant energy savings for your family. On the other hand, if your home is poorly insulated and has other structural deficiencies that contribute to inefficient heating and cooling, your savings will be noticeably lower.
Return on investment statistics vary widely. The 2013-2014 Cost vs Value Report claims homeowners typically recover 15% of their financial investment in replacement windows and doors. Numbers from RealtorMag.com are more optimistic. Their studies show that homeowners can expect to recover between 80% and 90% of their total replacement window investment.

The wide variance in expected return is directly attributable to your reason for upgrading windows in your home. If you’re replacing windows in your home primarily for aesthetic or decorative reasons, your return on investment will be lower as compared to a situation where you are remediating problems like broken glass panels, failing weather stripping and sagging frames. The highest return is obviously captured when your existing windows are in extremely poor condition.

Improvements in the Housing Market Impact Our Window Products Benefits
Lower unemployment numbers and modest increases in mortgage rates offer positive benefits for homeowners. Trending economic indicators – combined with higher consumer confidence – means more buyers are looking for high-quality upgrades and features. Installing high-performance Renewal by Andersen windows creates higher value for future home buyers.

Awards for Excellence: Renewal by Andersen and Your Partners
Energy Star Partner of the YearAt the risk of sounding boastful, we want to add a note about our parent company, the Andersen Corporation which has received the prestigious ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award several years in a row. This award recognizes our corporate commitment to environmental responsibility and service to customers with products that substantially lower heating and cooling energy costs year-after-year.

More Replacement Windows Value and Non-Cash Rewards

Value comes in non-cash packages, too. Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows improve curb appeal, help you control ambient noise, and make your home more comfortable with greater temperature and light control capabilities. You can’t put a price tag on comfort.

Renewal by Andersen of VA/DC: Value & Performance

The easiest way to get all the information you need to accurately evaluate your potential savings is with a no-cost in-home consultation with one of our Virginia and Washington, DC window design consultants. Schedule a complimentary home visit to discuss our high-performance products and special savings available with tax credits and promotional discounts by calling 1-877-915-9940 or you can fill in the form on this page to request more details.

What You Need to Know About Replacement Window Warranties in Virginia or DC

WarrantyWorthYou’ve made the decision to invest your hard-earned dollars in energy-efficient upgrades as part of a home renovation project for your Virginia or Washington, DC area home. We understand that selecting replacement windows and patio doors is not a quick process. Most homeowners shop around, comparing brands, styles and prices, before deciding which home improvement products are best for them.

Choose Replacement Windows Wisely

We may not have been the first company to offer homeowners replacement window products, but we’re confident our products offer the highest value, incomparable performance and exceptional beauty beyond anything else on the market. While we certainly hope you’ll give us an opportunity to earn your trust, we want to use this website to deliver information to help you make wise financial decisions and consider your options carefully.

What to Consider When Choosing Replacement Windows

When selecting the right custom replacement windows for your home, you’ll likely consider frame material, glass options, color and decorating elements, and operational features. For many homeowners finding easy-cleaning and low-maintenance products is also very important.

Don’t Forget the Warranty – And the Company that Stands Behind It

Two of the most important, but often overlooked, considerations in your selection should be the warranty package and the company selling the products. No matter how “fantastic” the warranty seems, it is only as good as the company standing behind the promises made.

What sets the warranty of Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC apart from other warranties is our dual coverage. Most other replacement window and patio door companies have two separate warranties: One for the Product (window or door) and one for the Installation.

Usually, these warranties come from two different companies – the company making the replacement windows and another company contracted for installation. Beware of this situation. If you need to file a warranty claim, this multi-company approach can cause issues and delay repairs. Manufacturers’ warranties are often contingent upon precise installation. Variances and unauthorized modifications can void the warranty. You can wind up with a situation where neither company honors the warranty because the installer claims the problem is a manufacturer defect and the manufacturer claims the problem is installation related.

Renewal by Andersen Simplifies Warranty Claims

New Jersey Replacement Window WarrantyRenewal by Andersen’s transferable 20/2/10 Warranty package helps you protect your assets with coverage that includes both materials and installation. Your replacement windows warranty from Renewal by Andersen of Virginia/DC means you never have to worry about working with multiple companies if a warranty issue develops.

We follow precise installation instructions directly from the engineers who designed your windows to protect your assets for a lifetime. If you think you have a product issue due to manufacturing defect or faulty installation, you just need to place one phone call to talk to a warranty specialist. No headaches. No hassles. No worries.

Improve Resale Value with our Transferable Warranty

Our generous Transferable 20/2/10 Warranty protects your investment while you own your home and adds value should you sell during the warranty period. Future owners of your home will be reassured that their new home has windows that are covered.

Understanding the Numbers

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC’s insulated glass panels in our replacement windows and patio doors are warranted to perform properly for 20 years. Installation is covered for two years from the original installation date based on normal use and routine maintenance as directed in the Renewal by Andersen guidelines. These guidelines are provided to you when you select your custom features and place your order. Non-glass parts and materials are guaranteed for 10 years.

Protection includes, but is not limited to the following:

  • Performance of glass and sealants
  • Manufacturing defects (other than minor imperfections that do not obstruct view or clarity) in glass panes and door panels.
  • Operational hardware, hinges, locks, and balance systems
  • Screens and frames
  • Weather stripping
  • Patented Fibrex construction materials are covered for ten years
  • Glass and non-glass components
  • Installation, parts and materials listed in your detailed warranty paperwork

If you have an issue that you think might be covered under the 20/2/10 warranty, we may replace or repair the defective product based on our evaluation or send an authorized contractor to correct installation defects. Filing a claim does not void your warranty – you are covered for the remainder of the warranty period.

Some items, like the ones listed below, are not covered in your warranty package.

  • Abuse
  • Damage caused by accidents or unauthorized modifications
  • Damage caused by improper application of paint or stain
  • Using harsh chemical for cleaning and maintenance
  • Electric operating mechanism
  • Some hardware corrosion – unless otherwise indicated in the warranty details.

Here yesterday, here tomorrow. Renewal by Andersen is part of the Andersen Corporation, the largest window and door manufacturer in North America. We’ve been making windows and doors since 1903. We’ve been serving our satisfied customers for over 100 years and we remain committed to serving our valued customers for many, many years in the future. Our limited warranty protects your investment against manufacturing defects AND installation. Our two-year installation coverage is twice as long as most replacement window plans.

Have Questions? Contact Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & Washington, DC for Answers

Have questions about our limited warranty or want to schedule an in-home consultation about our replacement window products? Call 1-877-915-9940 today or enter your contact information in the form on this page for more details.

 

Replacement Window Hardware Choices in Virginia & Washington, DC

Whatever the reason you have chosen to replace the windows and doors in your Virginia or Washington, DC home, you have likely focused your research on the window’s appearance and energy-efficiency as critical purchase decision points. These are certainly the primary starting points where every window shopper should begin, but to ensure you remain happy with your decision for the long term, don’t neglect to consider the role your lifestyle and decorating sense play in how you customize your energy efficient windows for you and your family.

Hardware Choices for Your Replacement Windows

Replacement window hardware in Virginia & Washington, DCThink of your window style, shape and color as a person and their clothing. Your hardware are the accessories, like a fine watch, bracelet, necklace or earrings that can bring the whole outfit together and give a unique style all your own.

Just as the type of event, the time of year, the time of day and your clothes help dictate your accessories, so do style preferences, warranty considerations, safety, family members and decorative finishes are important considerations when selecting hardware for your windows and patio doors.

Decorating Considerations

Replacement window handle Virginia & Washington DCRenewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC offers 11 decorative finishes and colors from which to choose for your hardware. Standard hardware options include white, canvas and stone. Our Estate™ collection includes eight exclusive choices designed to complement your color and interior design scheme. The sleek, sophisticated design lets you decorate your home with confidence that the hardware won’t limit window treatment choices.

Choose from antique brass and brushed chrome or one of the six other options listed below.

  1. Distressed nickel
  2. Oil rubbed bronze
  3. Bright brass
  4. Distressed chrome
  5. Satin nickel
  6. Polished chrome

Safety and Peace of Mind

Replacement window lock in Virginia & Washington, DCWe understand that protecting your family is important to you. Our window locks and closure hardware designs help you protect your family in multiple ways. From easy slide lock levers to handles and cranks for opening and closing your windows, our products make using your windows almost effortless. Customizing your home with stylish replacement window features lets you create beautiful spaces that fit you and your family perfectly.

Think about how your family will use your new replacement windows when selecting hardware.

  • Are you considering both left-handed and right-handed hardware?
  • Does anyone in your family have mobility limitations?
  • Are there small children in your home?

If you have small children, talk to your window consultant about lock placement and operational hardware that is harder for children to reach and operate. We have options suitable for family members with limited mobility or difficulty with fine motor skills. Looking for left-handed hardware? We can help with that, too.

Warranty Considerations

If you are considering installing additional locks or security equipment, talk to a window specialist about options before deciding on interior and external hardware. Some modification could affect your warranty coverage.

Installing non-Andersen hardware on your Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and doors could void part of your warranty package. Discuss your specific family needs with a Renewal by Andersen consultant before applying any lock-sets, trim sets or closers from other manufacturers.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Promise

Planning your custom windows allows you the flexibility to create a comfortable, functional environment that is beautiful and low maintenance. We promise to support you every step of the way as you explore decorative options that fit your family and your home.

Need more information about Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC home improvement products? Would you like more details about hardware options for your windows and patio doors? Give us a call at 1-877-915-9940. You can also use the form on this page to request more information via email or to schedule an in-home consultation.

Five Benchmarks of Renewal by Andersen’s Commitment to the Environment

The Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC Commitment

Energy Star Partner of the YearRenewal by Andersen isn’t the only replacement window company. We weren’t the first company to offer replacement products for homeowners. We were, however, the first company to make a full commitment to invest our resources to design windows and doors with cutting edge technology and materials that deliver energy savings and natural resource management throughout the life cycle — from design table to recycling at the end of the product’s life.

Here are five benchmarks that make Renewal by Andersen replacement windows the industry leader.

`1. Breathe Easier with Cleaner Indoor Air

Since most of us spend 9 out of every 10 hours inside, indoor air quality is crucial to maintaining good health. Manufacturing processes and construction materials can result in products that continue to release harmful toxins years after they reach consumers’ hands. You’ll be happy to know you don’t have to worry about this with Renewal by Andersen windows. Our replacement windows meet or exceed the strictest indoor air quality standards in the United States.

2. We Use Resources Wisely

Renewal by Andersen Green Seal CertifiedRenewal by Andersen’s environmental specialists, external relationships with the EPA and other affiliates, and our manufacturing processes work together to make sure we use resources and materials responsibly throughout the product life cycle from development to installation.

Here are some examples:

  • Reclamation efforts in the manufacturing plant reduce the carbon footprint by cutting transportation — which means we use less fuel and harvest fewer trees building our frames.
  • High-performance Low E glass panes contain at least 12% reclaimed glass.
  • Fibrex composite material used for frames and sash contain 40% reclaimed wood.

As an industry leader in environmental design and energy efficiency, Renewal by Andersen meets or exceeds LEED certification standards in energy efficiency and resource conservation and management.

3. Long Product Life Cycle

Every day we replace windows that are only a few years old — some in new homes built less than a decade ago.

Renewal by Andersen’s commitment to excellence and responsible stewardship isn’t a passing fad or simply a response to federal regulations. For decades, our dedicated employees and affiliates have worked together to design replacement windows and doors to last many, many years.

Products manufactured for an extended life cycle save homeowners money and protect the environment. One third of all landfill waste comes from building and construction waste. Designing windows and doors to last as long as possible is the right thing to do for our customers and our planet.

Investing in high quality windows today is less expensive over the life of your home — and produces less waste — than replacing “less expensive”, poor quality windows every few years. It’s true that vinyl clad windows lower energy consumption for homeowners, but — and this is a BIG but — the cradle-to-grave life cycle for vinyl windows consumes huge amounts of energy.

When we replace aging, damaged vinyl windows, we recommend recycling vinyl frames, sash and panes.

4. We Help You Use Energy Wisely

Replacement Window NFRC U-FactorWhile we work hard to manage our in-house energy policy, it is important to us to help you save money on your home heating and cooling costs, too. Research shows that residential homes consume roughly 15% of all the energy used in the United States. Imagine what a huge impact we could make if every consumer took measures to lower their energy use.

Compared to dual pane glass windows, Smart Sun glass panes are 70% more efficient during the hottest months of the year and 45% more efficient during cold winter months.

5. Renewing Existing Buildings

Our windows and doors protect the environment and allow homeowners to manage their personal carbon footprint and family budget. Replacement windows also let you revitalize your home’s appearance and protect your investment with remodeling projects. Whether you want to upgrade the appearance of your home or upgrade for comfort and energy savings, we have a broad portfolio of beautiful long-lasting window designs for you to consider.

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC Promise to You

We will continue to look for smarter, more efficient manufacturing processes that deliver high-performance products with superior craftsmanship and innovative materials. We value your business and look forward to helping you choose environmentally responsible windows and doors for your home.

Please accept our invitation to contact us today for more information about our stewardship programs and products. Use the form on this page to send an inquiry or call at 1-877-915-9940.

Are Insert Replacement Windows Right for You in Virginia or Washington DC?

Renewal by Andersen Series 400 Double Hung Replacement WindowRenewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC Insert Replacement Windows are custom windows designed to fit your existing window frame. You get the newest technology and high-performance features built into all our windows with less disruption to your home than using the commonly referred to “New Construction Windows” you may find in your local home center. Insert Replacement Windows preserve the original architectural elements in your home such as exterior siding, interior casing and exterior trim, thereby saving time, money and disruption to both the interior and exterior of your home.

Comparing Insert Windows to Full-Frame Replacement Windows

Insert windows are a great option for your home if:

  • Your original frame is structurally sound and not too badly “out of square”.
  • There is no rot or missing sections in the woodwork.
  • You want to replace your current windows with the same size; using the old frame.

You might consider Full-frame replacement windows if:

  • You want to change the shape or size of your windows.
  • Your Window Frames are badly damaged or deteriorating.
  • The existing window frame will not accommodate available insert styles or sizes.
  • Fire code requires upgrading your frames and/or enlarging your window openings.

Benefits of Insert Replacement Windows

Replacing your windows is one of the most significant ways to improve the comfort and beauty of your home. Inserts require less construction; therefore installation takes a shorter amount of time and creates less disruption to your home and your normal routine. Because of this, inserts are generally less expensive to install than full-frame windows.

Installation Options for Homeowners

For those with superior construction skills, Insert Replacement Windows are easier to install than Full Frame New Construction Windows. If you have superior Do-It-Yourself constructions skills and proper hand and power tools, you may be able to install insert replacement windows yourself. Just be careful and realistic about your skill level before you start. Improperly installing your own windows can void the manufacturer’s warranty. Even experienced window installers often miss at least one of the manufacturer required steps to ensure your warranty is valid. For more information, watch our window installation videos.

Insert Window Styles

Renewal by Andersen offers many styles of insert replacement windows for Virginia and Washington, DC homeowners. Two of the most popular double hung window styles are: double-hung tilt-wash windows or Woodwright double-hung windows. Both styles have superior performance features and decorative options to customize your home’s appearance.

Double-hung windows are built with two sash in a single frame. Sash slide up or down to allow air flow and ventilation. The thick profile of the Woodwright style lends itself to classic, “old world” decorating style for new and older homes. Adding grilles lets you create authentic styles to match diverse architectural details.

Both styles allow you to select from a variety of hardware and finishes. Plus, you can choose from six exterior colors and either natural pine or white interior finishes. You also get our superior weather stripping which prevents dirt, wind and moisture from coming into your home or letting heated and cooled air inside.

With six beautiful profiles to choose from, you are certain to find a width and style that fits your unique decorating preferences. Check out the 400 Series replacement window styles here to compare profile styles and sizes.

Performance, Efficiency and Beauty

All Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and doors are constructed for superior performance, high energy efficiency and lasting beauty. Our warranty gives you confidence to buy either insert windows or full-frame windows without worrying about function, design or performance for many years.

More Information about Renewal by Andersen Insert Replacement Windows

Here at Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC, our experts want you to make the right decisions for your home improvement project. Call us today at 1-877-915-9940 to schedule an in-home visit so we can give you more information about the pros and cons of insert replacement windows versus full-frame styles.

Have other questions about insert windows? Enter your contact information in the form on this page or reach us by phone at 1-877-915-9940.

10 Ways Your Replacement Windows Enhance Your Virginia or Washington, DC Life

Replacement window benefits in VA & DCHave you ever thought about how different your life would be without windows? Imagine living in a home without your windows on the world. Windows do so much more than let the glorious sunshine flood into your home – although that is a wonderful feature. Here are 10 other ways that Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC replacement windows enhance your life.

Number One: Noise Control

Properly designed and manufactured windows help you reduce noise transfer. You want to hear the roar of the crowd when you’re at the ballpark, but you don’t necessarily want those sounds in your dining room a few blocks away.

Number Two: Hobbies and Recreation

Bird watching and viewing native wildlife on your property is easy with large picture windows. Attract butterflies and migratory birds with a specialty garden planted just outside your window and you can enjoy and abundance of other flora and fauna as well. Expect hours of entertainment as you watch curious critters and seasonal blossoms burst forth in color.

Number Three: Holiday Displays

If you love to dress your home for the holidays, don’t forget your windows and glass patio doors. Non-adhesive window clings are easy to change, available at malls, discount stores and online, and are an inexpensive decorative temporary window treatment. Anytime you want a quick mood change, pull out the box of window decorations.

Number Four: Environmental Stewardship

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC replacement windows are manufactured with strict environmental stewardship in mind. Our patented Fibrex composite frames reduce landfill waste and cut the carbon footprint through a rigorous a scrap and reuse policy. The high-quality, energy-efficient windows also lower energy consumption which reduces your reliance on fossil fuels (and lowers your energy bills). Financial stewardship and environmental responsibility — what more could you ask of your windows?

Number Five: Decorating Canvas

We believe our windows are the most beautiful lens for viewing your world, but they also give you an opportunity to create more beautiful indoor spaces for your family and guests. Paintable and stainable frames, sash and grilles allow you to add bold splashes of color or tone down a vibrant decorating scheme with calming hues or neutral shades.

Number Six: Keep an Eye on the Action

Windows allow parents to keep an eye on the neighborhood stick ball game and spot the carpool van making its way toward the house without going outdoors. The whole family can enjoy listening to the first chirps of the young sparrows in early spring or the distant honking of migrating geese in the fall.

Number Seven: Create Gathering Spots

Home is all about family. Bay and bow windows give homeowners a creative way to draw family together. Add extra lounging space with a window seat or flank your bay window with shelves to create a reading library. Custom design a four-panel bow window for a slightly more curvaceous curb appeal. Enjoy a sunny brunch in a bow window area furnished with a parlor table and chairs. Or turn the space into a breakfast nook for intimate weekend meals.

Number Eight: Bring Nature Indoors

A mock garden box window presents the perfect opportunity to create an indoor greenhouse. Combine narrow side lights with a large center fixed window for a unique first impression from the street and an indoor space where you can show off your horticultural skills.

Number Nine: Breathe the Freshness

Whether you slide open the patio door or crank out the casement window, airing out your home helps keep your family healthy by replacing stale air with invigorating fresh breezes.

Number Ten: Safety and Security

In addition to all of these wonderful features and benefits, your windows also add an extra layer of safety and security for your family. Choosing the proper windows for your home ensures that all family members can escape quickly during an emergency, while making it easier for EMS personnel to gain entrance with life-saving equipment. The locks and weather-tight closures keep external elements and intruders outdoors and help you control your indoor environment.

Need Help? Call Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and Washington, DC

Renewal by Andersen of Virginia and DC believes that the proper windows enhance your life and add value to your property. Wondering which windows and doors are best for your home? Have questions about creating a private seating area with a beautiful new bay window? We can help. Cal us at 1-877-9145-9940 for more information.

Simply fill in your name and contact information on the form at the top of this page or give us a call at 1-877-915-9940. One of our professional replacement window consultants will give you a call to schedule an appointment to discuss window styles and benefits for your home.

 

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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Replacement Double Hung Window

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

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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

Seen the view through Renewal by Andersen of Virginia & DC’s 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. 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.

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

  • Buy 4 Windows, Get the 5th Window FREE!
    • With NO Money Down, NO Payments and NO Interest for 1 Year!
  • Double Hung Windows: A Renewal by Andersen Classic
  • Why Renewal by Andersen is Best in Glass
  • Top 10 Reasons to Replace Your Windows
  • Fall Window Cleaning Tips
  • Before and After Pictures
  • Gadgets & Gear
  • Chef’s Corner, Courtesy of HalfHourMeals.com
    • Grilled Chicken Wrap
    • Grilled Asparagus Wraps
    • The Skinny on Lighter Fare for Summer

Check it out here.

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 Long Island’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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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

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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

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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.