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  • Replacement Window Sizes

    7/25/2010 12:00 AM

    When it comes to installing replacement windows in your home, one size does not fit all.  If you’re replacing old windows in your home with new, energy efficient windows, it’s important to get a custom fit.   Many window companies offer a finite number of window sizes, so there’s a good chance you’ll be forced to choose a size that’s not an exact match to your window opening.  If it’s not an exact fit, the installers must use a smaller window, adding 2x4’s, wood shims, insulation and caulk to make it fit.  This increases the risk of the windows letting in rain water, drafts, and causing wood rot on the surrounding window frame.  This method will also decrease the window opening, reducing the glass area and letting less light into your home.   Thompson Creek custom manufactures our windows to fix the exact measurements of your home, giving you the best possible solution. We’ll never try to sell you a generic or prefabricated window – we don’t force your home to fit our window.  With 12 colors to choose from, you’ll get the ideal look, color and fit for every window in your house. 

  • Quality and Energy Efficiency

    7/24/2010 12:00 AM

    Customer Peter from Sterling, VA, has been pleased with the quality of the new vinyl replacement windows installed by Thompson Creek Window Company.  He also commented that, “they have made an enormous difference in the quality of the room’s heat.”

  • Replacement Window Frame Materials

    7/23/2010 12:00 AM

    So you’ve decided to replace your old, inefficient windows with new replacement windows.  You have a variety of choices available when it comes to the materials are used to manufacture the windows.  All windows are available in many different materials, including vinyl, wood, fiberglass and aluminum.  The materials have different pros and cons based on energy efficiency, maintenance, appearance and cost.  Regardless of material, the biggest difference in window quality is how well they are constructed.  A cheaply made wood frame will not hold up nearly as well as a top-quality vinyl replacement window.   Vinyl – Today’s vinyl formulations have virtually eliminated expansion and contraction that first-generation vinyl windows had. Vinyl replacement windows with welded corners are the strongest as well as the most energy efficient.   Wood – Windows made with wood frames tend to provide good natural insulation.  But you also have the drawbacks of wood windows – scraping and painting maintenance, warping over time due to the elements, and eventual wood rot.  Wood windows are also more expensive than vinyl replacement windows.   Fiberglass – Windows made from fiberglass can be a good choice for large panes of glass and assemblies of several windows.  But fiberglass replacement windows are by far your most expensive option when it comes to replacement windows.   Thompson Creek vinyl replacement windows will provide a lifetime of maintenance-free beauty, comfort and reliability.  Our state-of-the-art window design is manufactured using the best American-made materials available, including the most durable and long-lasting vinyl in the industry.  The multi-cavity inner core frame gives our windows maximum strength and efficiency without sacrificing beauty.

  • Smokin Al Likes Thompson Creek Windows

    7/23/2010 12:00 AM

    Smokin Al Koken loves his Thompson Creek windows.  They keep his house cool in the summer and warm in the winter.  Plus, Al is saving money on his utility bill year round.   Smokin Al trusts his home to Thompson Creek.  

  • High Quality from a Local Company

    7/22/2010 12:00 AM

    When asked why he chose Thompson Creek for his new windows, Brian from Columbia, MD, said, “The windows are high quality, it’s a local company, and they had good reviews. Also the price was right...”   See why people like Brian select Thompson Creek Window Company for energy-efficient vinyl replacement windows!

  • New Replacement Window Check List

    7/21/2010 12:00 AM

    If you’re trying to decide whether or not to get rid of the old, inefficient windows in your home and add new replacement windows, there are a few things to consider:   -          Consider how much you can save in energy bills each year.  Replacing old windows with new, energy efficient models can save you up to 30% per year on your energy costs. -          You need to think about how much value you put on the increased comfort and better appearance new windows will provide. -          Think about the resale value of your home.  When updating to energy efficient replacement windows, you will get back nearly 80% back for every dollar invested when you sell your home. -          Look at the warranty for the windows.  Is it offered by the manufacturer or installer?  Who will service your window should a problem arise in the future?  Are any problems not covered by the warranty?   Thompson Creek manufactures and installs energy efficient replacement windows to save you money on your utility bills.  Best of all, we control all of the raw materials that go into the product and we install every window we sell.  We are 100% accountable to our customers should any warranty issues ever arise. 

  • Replacement Window Styles

    7/20/2010 12:00 AM

    When you decide to upgrade your home with replacement windows, you have many choices available.  You need to decide if you want to replace your old window with a similar style, or change the style to give your home a facelift, both inside and out.   Basic window types available include:   Single hung – only the bottom sash moves up and down, while the upper sash remains fixed. Double hung – both the top and bottom sashes move; many have a tilt-in feature for easier cleaning. Slider – windows open side to side; allow maximum visible light when closed and maximum ventilation when opened. Casement – windows that swing open to the sides fully for ventilation; can be installed singly or in combination to build a bay window. Awning – windows that swing out from the bottom; good ventilation while keeping rain out. Hopper – windows that swing in at the top; often used for basement light and ventilation.   To learn more about the beautiful window options Thompson Creek offers, visit http://www.thompsoncreek.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=54&Itemid=53

  • Tax Credit for Replacement Windows

    7/19/2010 12:00 AM

    You’ve been hearing about it everywhere. The federal government is offering tax credits to homeowners who replace their old windows.  But do your homework – not every window qualifies.   “The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act” allows you to claim up to $1,500 on your tax return for replacing your windows with energy-efficient windows – those that achieve ENERGY STAR certification and meet minimum efficiency requirements.  The replacement windows must have a U-factor of 0.30 or less.  U-factor measures how well a window prevents heat from escaping from your home.  To qualify for the tax credit, the window must also have a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.30 or lower.  The lower a window's SHGC, the less solar heat it transmits.  All of Thompson Creek’s replacement windows exceed these minimum requirements, and are manufactured, installed and serviced locally from our factory in Landover, Maryland.   The tax credit is 30% of the amount paid, up to $1,500.  The tax credit is for the cost of the windows only and does not include installation costs.   To claim your full credit, you must purchase and install your replacement windows by December 31, 2010.  You have to include your receipt and the window performance certification with your 2010 tax return documents. 

  • Best Value!

    7/18/2010 12:00 AM

    Herve from Ashburn, VA installed Thompson Creek energy efficient windows in his home.  He had this to say about his experience, “I was thoroughly satisfied with Thompson Creek before the sale and I am even more satisfied with them now that the windows are in.  It was worth every penny.” His decision to use Thompson Creek for this project came down to this, “I chose them because I thought I was getting the most for my dollar.”

  • Best Customer Service!

    7/17/2010 12:00 AM

    Candy, from Arlington, VA had the Thompson Creek Gutter System installed on her home.  She will never have to worry about clogged gutters again!  She said they “picked Thompson Creek due to their customer service years ago, and we have used them for other things and don’t even look elsewhere.” When asked where she was most satisfied, she replied “Customer Service.  By far, hands down was the best customer service.  I will not use anyone else because of their customer service was so great.”

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