Choosing a Window Company

  • Window Frames - All You Need to Know

    11/28/2012 5:54 PM

    There was a time when window frames were only made from wood. As time progressed, new manufacturing and engineering methods gave rise to different materials used to frame windows. So what are the options available, and what are the pros and cons of each?

  • Single, Double and Triple Pane Windows

    11/13/2012 3:41 PM

    When looking for new replacement windows for your home, one of the most important components to look at is the glass. Besides comprising the most surface area of the window unit itself, there are additional glass options available that can vastly affect the beauty and performance of your windows. Glass lets in light, allows views of your surroundings, and blocks noise. So what glass pane design makes the most energy-efficient window? Early windows were typically made up of one pane of glass, called single pane windows. Single panes offer virtually no heat insulating capabilities and do little to insulate the home from outside noise. Single pane windows are sometimes still found in southern climates where heat escape from the home is advantageous. But in the mid-Atlantic area, they are the least desirable choice for keeping your home warm in the winter.  If you have single pane windows, many have storm window inserts. Storm windows help increase the insulating capability of single pane windows by trapping air between the glass, but they offer nominal increased energy efficiency.

  • Drafty Windows 101

    11/1/2012 3:45 PM

    With cold temperatures upon us, homeowners are hunkering down and trying to stay warm. If your windows are drafty, your home isn’t only chilly - you’re adding expense to your monthly utility bill as your furnace works harder to heat your home. If you feel a chill in your home, there are some common areas that can let in a draft that you should check. Do a visual inspection of electrical outlets, switch plates, door and window frames, electrical and gas service entrances, baseboards, weather stripping around doors, fireplace dampers, attic hatches, vents and fans.

  • Thompson Creek Customer Reviews!

    10/31/2012 3:59 PM

    Check out these great reviews! We are so glad Sandy was no match for our products! “My windows were installed last week. Hurricane Sandy just blew through. Had it not been for my new windows, my home would be a disaster. The water fought to get in the home, not one drop came through my windows.” – Rosemary, Washington, DC “Solid product line. Made in USA. Completed 2nd floor in 2011 and first floor 2012. Noticeable difference in heating and cooling saving. less noise. (home is in BWI flight path). Just withstood Hurricane Sandy Test, with flying colors.” – Joseph, Severn, MD

  • What makes a window?

    10/31/2012 3:55 PM

    Windows. They keep out the elements, give us views of our yard, let in early morning sunshine to greet the day. What goes into the construction of a window? It’s a frame and glass, right? Actually, a window is made up of many components, each with a specific name and purpose. There are the parts that make up the frame of the window. The jamb includes the pieces that form the top, sides and bottom of the window frame. The head is part of the jamb - the horizontal piece that forms the top of the window frame. The window sill is a piece that runs along the base of the frame. The apron is the horizontal piece of trim underneath the sill.  

  • Home Renovations: Repair or Replace the Windows?

    10/1/2012 5:07 PM

    As a homeowner, there are different factors that determine which home renovation and replacement projects are right for you. For many, the decision comes down to your budget. Someone with more do-it-yourself experience may feel comfortable attacking a project such as replacing a toilet. The expense lies in the supplies, a couple hundred dollars at the most, and a few hours of your time. But for a homeowner not comfortable with DIY, hiring a pro to replace that toilet will at least double the project’s expense. Another important factor influencing home renovations is long-term payoff. In other words, will the renovation pay for itself in the long run in the form of energy bill savings or home resale value? When it comes to windows, undertaking a replacement vinyl window project can start to provide savings almost immediately in the form of lower utility bills. And according to Remodeling magazine’s most recent Cost vs. Value Report, replacement projects including siding, windows, doors and roofing continue to perform better in resale value compared to other types of remodeling projects.   

  • Energy Saving Considerations When Remodeling

    9/27/2012 1:42 PM

    The economy is finally starting to see an increase in annual homeowner spending on remodeling. In fact, Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies predicts double digit growth in remodeling expenditures by the first quarter of 2013. While renovations require an investment up front, many updates you make to your home can actually save you money in the long run. Say, for example, you have an old sliding patio door. It’s drafty, difficult to open and close, the handle is loose and it’s just plain outdated looking. You can invest in a new energy efficient patio door. Newer models utilize advanced design and manufacturing methods to build a door that’s solid, airtight and energy efficient. You should see an immediate savings on your energy bills when you replace an old drafty door with a new energy efficient model.  

  • Got Fresh Air?

    9/27/2012 1:38 PM

    The summer heat and humidity is all but a distant memory. With the arrival of cooler fall air, many homeowners open their windows to bring in fresh breezes so they can air out a house that’s been closed up all summer. But for homes with older windows, opening them may not be an easy task. Old windows, especially those with wood frames, are often stuck shut. This can be caused by fluctuations in humidity, layers of paint, warped frames, or even decay or rot. This not only makes them tough to open, it can also lead to moisture entering your home, causing more rot, mold problems or a wet basement. Once opened, do your old windows stay open? The tracks on old windows eventually become so worn that you have to prop the window open. The window mechanisms inside the frame could also be worn or broken.

  • Vinyl Replacement Windows: Single vs. Double Pane

    9/21/2012 5:12 PM

    In the world of vinyl replacement windows, many manufacturers offer single, double or even triple-pane windows. Single-pane windows are no longer widely sold in the mid-Atlantic area because of our extreme weather swings between winter and summer, though they are still available. But there are still plenty of homes that have their original single-pane windows. So what is the difference? As the name implies, single pane windows consist of only one layer of glass, while double-pane windows are made up of two layers of glass with space in between that’s filled with gas.

  • Sliding vs. Tilting Windows - How do you Choose?

    9/4/2012 1:51 PM

    When you research replacement windows for your home, you will soon realize that there are many styles available. The way a window operates provides different benefits, so there are options available to fit the homeowner’s needs. Whatever the style, windows open in one of two ways – sliding open or cranking open. The most common type of window style is double hung. A double hung window typically has a top sash that can be lowered and a bottom sash that can be raised, allowing you to control the amount of air flowing in and out. Because you can open them from the top, double hung windows are a safe choice for homes with children.