Choosing a Window Company

  • Glass Panes – More Than Just a Window to the World

    1/31/2013 3:52 PM

    The glass in your windows provides natural light and a view to the outside world, while protecting your interior from the elements. But not all glass is the same. Whether you have older windows or lesser-quality replacement windows, the warm air in your home could be going right out the window this winter. When looking for replacement windows, pay attention to the glass. Windows with single pane glass and no coating are the most inefficient when it comes to energy loss. You should select at least double pane windows, and triple pane is even available for maximum energy savings.  Why multiple panes? In between the panes of glass is a gas fill, usually argon, which is a much better insulator than air. The argon fill maximizes your energy efficiency and the comfort inside your home.

  • Thompson Creek Windows Reviews Going Green With Home Improvement

    1/30/2013 4:27 PM

    Many homeowners have a to-do list a mile long. You may have smaller projects that need tackling, like repainting a bedroom or updating your bathroom faucet. And there always seem to be larger projects and “wish list” items, like a more efficient heating and cooling system, new replacement windows that aren’t drafty, or adding a deck or patio.   If you haven’t done so, write down your project list. Go through your house room by room, as well as looking at overall systems like HVAC, siding, roofing and landscaping. Include both interior and exterior projects. Then divide that list up into categories: interior, exterior, landscaping and other.

  • Kitchen Window Choices - So Many Options, So Much Fun

    1/22/2013 4:28 PM

    In many kitchen layouts, a window is placed directly above the sink area. While you’re standing at the sink washing dishes you can gaze at the outdoors to help your task go quicker. If you’re considering replacement windows, there are a few options to consider for your kitchen sink window. If most of your home has double hung windows, installing one above the sink will maintain a consistent look from the outside of your home. But many homeowners, especially those with a smaller build, find it difficult to lean over the sink area and get enough leverage to open the window. And double hung windows can only be opened halfway, either the top sash down or the bottom sash up.

  • Thompson Creek Reviews Basement Windows

    1/21/2013 4:04 PM

    There was a time when basement windows were nothing more than ugly metal frames with a single pane of glass. Many homes today still have these old basement windows. If you do, you may be seeing signs of window failure. The can be rusty, unable to open and leak water - all problems homeowners can experience with old basement windows. But there are many choices available for basement windows. While you still may be able to find aluminum or metal basement windows, your best choice is vinyl. The manufacturing process of vinyl windows creates a multi-chambered frame around the glass panes, making the window a better insulator and more energy efficient. Vinyl windows are more resistant to heat and cold transfer than metal, keeping your basement temperature warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They’re available with double pane glass, which acts as an insulator against temperature extremes. And vinyl is virtually maintenance-free, won’t rot or rust, and will never require painting.

  • Thompson Creek Reviews Custom Replacement Windows

    1/18/2013 2:07 PM

    There are many reasons why you may decide to replace the windows in your home.  Older windows are lessenergy efficient, especially if they’re warped, rotted or have failing seals. Older windows tend to get stuck, making them difficult to open or close. This is especially true if they’re made of wood and have deteriorated from years of being battered by the elements, or they’re simply painted shut from years of repainting. Older windows often have problems with condensation build up, fogged glass and water leaks. Once you’ve made the decision to replace your windows, you need to consider the style and size. You can play it safe and get new replacement windows in the same size and style as your current windows. Chances are they complement the architectural style of your home and you know ahead of time what they’ll look like once installed.

  • New 2012-2013 Windows and Doors Tax Credit!

    1/7/2013 4:18 PM

    Great news! As part of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, energy-efficient windows and doors are tax-credit eligible again! Go to our Energy Star Tax Credit page for details! 

  • All You Need to Know About Replacement Bay Windows

    1/7/2013 1:53 PM

    A bay window is a striking feature in a home. From the exterior, a bay window gives a unique look to the home and adds visual interest and dimension by breaking the straight line of windows across a front or back wall. From the interior, a bay window provides a prominent focal point to the room.   What exactly is a bay window? A bay window is actually made up of three separate windows - a fixed picture window in the center with a venting window on either side. These side windows are typically casement or double hung windows.

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    The Benefits of Replacement Windows

    1/2/2013 5:40 PM

    Advancements in replacement window technology have given homeowners some very energy-efficient options today. Even if your home is relatively new or your windows are only a few years old, chances are they aren’t operating at peak performance. There are a few critical components to a window that make some options more energy-efficient than others. When looking at replacement windows, a term you should learn is low-e glass. Low-e stands for low-emissivity glass, which is a very thin coating of material on the glass to make it more efficient. Low-e coating helps reflect heat away from the surface, keeping desired heat inside in the winter (and keeping unwanted heat out in the summer). Low-e glass is the most cost-effective way to increase the efficiency of your windows. It can also help reduce the amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation entering your home, reducing furniture and carpet fading.

  • Thompson Creek Reviews Casement Windows - All You Need to Know!

    12/21/2012 2:41 PM

      There are many styles of replacement windows available. While double-hung windows are very popular, casement windows are frequently seen in more modern home designs as well as cottage style homes. A casement window is hinged along the side and swings outward, usually via a hand crank located on the inside windowsill. Casement windows can be installed as a stand-alone window, but are often seen in pairs swinging open in opposite directions, or flanking either end of a bay or bow window. Casement windows are usually taller and narrower than double-hung windows. Casement windows are your best choice if you want to maximize the amount of breeze coming into your home. Because they open fully, casement windows are great at providing maximum ventilation across the entire area of the window surface. Other window types, like double hung and sliders, only allow ventilation to enter through half the window.

  • Winter Window Complaints

    12/19/2012 3:42 PM

     The leaves have fallen, the trees are bare and the windows seem to be letting in more sunlight. The air outside is cold and dry while the air inside is warm with more moisture than outdoors. These temperature and humidity level differences can often cause problems with older or inferior quality windows. A common problem is fogging or moisture build-up. This can usually be seen in between the glass panes. Windows with worn or inefficient seals can cause drafts that allow moisture to seep in, especially when there is a significant difference between the indoor and outdoor temperature. The result is condensation between the glass panes, fogging or discoloration.

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