Choosing a Window Company

  • Thompson Creek Window Company Reviews "Aging in Place" Renovations

    3/22/2013 4:08 PM

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the fastest growing segment of the U.S. population is those aged 65 and older.  These baby boomers are defined as people born between 1946 and 1964.  AARP research says that older home owners overwhelmingly prefer to age in place, which means they want to remain living in their own home safely, independently and comfortably. And with baby boomers making up 28% of the U.S. population, this is a trend that will continue to rise.   If you plan to remain in your home for the long term, you should approach any upcoming renovation and remodeling projects with aging in place in mind, even if you’re not close to retirement yet.  These renovations should include the goal of making your home safer and with less barriers to mobility, as well as cutting down on necessary maintenance. You can begin to benefit from these updates long before they become a necessity. And with many adult children taking care of aging parents, aging in place renovations could prove helpful sooner than you think. 

  • Bay Windows: Exterior Design Considerations

    3/19/2013 7:36 PM

    Change the way People Look at Your House There’s no question that a bay window makes a dramatic statement in a home.  It can take an ordinary wall and add a visual punch when viewed from the street.  Adding a bay window gives you a great return on your investment and pumps up your home’s resale value (window replacements are among Angie’s List top 5 remodeling projects with the highest return on investment.) A bay window unit is made up of a number of separate windows placed together that protrude from the home’s exterior.  Often the angled side windows are operational while the center window is typically fixed.  Bay windows create a space inside the home that can be used for seating and storage.  With the added window space and seating area, a bay window will make a room appear larger and more open to the outdoors.

  • Picture Windows Bring the Outdoors In

    3/19/2013 7:28 PM

    The Most Energy-Efficient Window ChoiceAt their most basic level, windows provide a means to keep your home protected from the elements.  But beyond their functionality, windows also lend a great deal to a home’s overall style and appeal. Many different window types -- and their features -- can accent your home’s architecture, whether it’s colonial, contemporary, cottage, Cape Cod or Victorian. Choosing a picture window can be an attractive addition to any style home and make a striking statement both inside and out, literally framing a beautiful view. Picture windows, also known as fixed windows, are fixed in place and do not open.  Because picture windows are fixed, they have no moving parts that could eventually wear out and affect operation.  This helps prolong the life of the window.  And having no moving parts means picture windows tend to be less expensive than a similar-sized functioning window.  

  • Window Panes - How Many Do You Really Need? Single vs. Double vs. Triple Pane

    3/11/2013 12:54 PM

    A home’s windows are all made up of the same basic features: a frame and glass panes.  But there’s a lot that goes into a window’s design - how many panes of glass, the number of divided lights, if the lights are true divided or simulated divided, the frame material and opening mechanisms all differentiate one type of window from the next.  When you’re talking about window glass, you have a number of options.  Single pane windows contain one pane of glass within the window frame.  Single pane windows are often seen in older and historic homes.  Single panes offer little to no insulation from outside noise, and are not very energy efficient.  However, there are still appropriate uses for single pane windows.  A well-insulated single pane window is adequate in climates that are relatively mild all year long, especially if the homes rarely use heat or air conditioning.

  • Springtime Brings Seasonal Allergies - Be Ready Now!

    3/8/2013 3:50 PM

    After being cooped up indoors throughout most of our very weird winter, the arrival of spring makes us anxious to get outside and enjoy the nicer weather.  But for people that suffer from seasonal allergies, springtime can be anything but enjoyable. Allergy testing can provide details on what exactly causes allergy sufferers to sniffle and sneeze.  Once you know what provokes your allergy symptoms, medications can offer some relief.  But while medications treat the body’s reaction to the allergens, reducing your exposure to those allergens can do wonders to help you feel better.

  • Thompson Creek Reviews the Top Home Winter Weather Complaints

    3/6/2013 1:06 PM

    It may have been a very weird winter, but it is winter nonetheless. And we’ve all had many complaints. Not enough snow, too cold, too much snow, too cold– and so on. The top five complaints for this area are common, annoying – and actually easy to combat. Heat bills – high heat bills are such a common complaint over the winter. Kids are home from school, family is visiting, people are coming and going – and everyone wants the temperature to be different. The best way to help combat the bills is to use a programmable thermostat and make sure your windows and doors are not letting the heat in your house out – or the cold outside in. This often requires having new energy-efficient windows installed.

  • The Many Benefits of Replacing Windows and Doors at the Same Time

    2/28/2013 2:14 PM

    Windows and doors are one of the most important parts of your home’s envelope. Their design and placement helps define the home’s architectural style. Your entry door welcomes visitors and sets the tone for what’s to greet them inside. Windows and doors can make an impressive statement when viewed from the street and improve curb appeal. And they give you views of your yard and landscaping from inside your home. Windows and doors can also contribute more than they should to your utility bills.  About one-third of a home’s heating and cooling loss goes out of your windows and doors.  Replacing old, inefficient windows and doors will start saving you money as soon as they’re installed.  And it makes sense to consider doing the entire project at once.

  • Replacement Windows 202 - Awesome New Features

    2/21/2013 6:24 PM

    There are many reasons why homeowners decide to replace the windows in their home. Old windows can be drafty, leak when it rains and have cracked glass, rotted frames or condensation problems. One obvious benefit when you upgrade to vinyl replacement windows is energy efficiency. Today’s windows are engineered and manufactured to protect your home from the elements and keep your heated or cooled air inside where it belongs.   But there are other benefits to replacement windows besides improving energy efficiency. Some people refer to these as the “bells and whistles.” Replacement windows offer all sorts of features that make them easier to operate, easier to clean, more interesting to look at and more secure in the face of an intruder.

  • Thompson Creek Reviews Window Options for the Bathroom

    2/15/2013 2:13 PM

    There was a time when bathrooms served their most basic functional purpose in the home. With the advent of indoor plumbing and sewer systems beginning in the late 1800’s, home began incorporating a separate room to house the privy. These rooms tended to be small and very simple in design and décor.   But today’s bathrooms have evolved from a simple room for bathing and personal hygiene to a luxurious retreat.  Soaking tubs, two-person showers with multiple showerheads and body sprayers, heated floors, elegant vessel sinks, beautiful stone and tile choices, upholstered furniture and even electronics and high-tech equipment have all found their way into bathroom design. 

  • Shop for Windows, Doors and more as you take a Virtual Tour of our Showrooms!

    2/6/2013 2:40 PM

    Have you decided to replace your old, inefficient windows, doors, siding or gutters? Savvy consumers do their home improvement homework when it comes to researching what styles and options are available, as well as the latest manufacturing technology and features that make their homes more energy efficient. You can spend hours pouring through publications and reading countless Internet sites to learn as much as you can about today’s home replacement products. But for many, nothing compares to seeing the products first-hand. You could drive from one big box store to the next, looking at their off-the-shelf replacement windows and doors . You could schedule appointments with various companies to come out and show you their product lines. If you’re fortunate enough to have a window and door manufacturer in your area, you could drive to their showroom.