7/10/2010 12:00 AM
Beth from Derwood, MD recently had Thompson Creek install energy efficient windows in her home. Here’s what she had to say about her experience: “Everyone I spoke to and worked with were friendly, efficient, professional, and extremely hardworking!”. She also said “The amazing three workmen who installed my windows - on a SUPER HOT day. I wish I knew their names - they really went above and beyond”
7/9/2010 12:00 AM
Paula from Laurel, MD recently upgraded to Thompson Creek energy efficient windows for her home. When asked where she was most satisfied, she replied “The windows are wonderful, and the house is cooler. I was looking for a window that is easy to open, and I was intrigued with the idea of sun blocking windows. I didn't realize HOW MUCH COOLER our upper floor is.” When asked where Thompson Creek could make improvements, she replied “there were no short-falls. None.”
7/8/2010 5:21 PM
Now is the best time to buy energy efficient replacement windows in Maryland, DC and Virginia. Last year, the window industry quickly filled up their appointment books late in the year as people rushed to have their energy efficient replacement windows installed in order to claim the $1,500 window tax credit. Please note that your new energy efficient replacement windows must be INSTALLED by December 31, 2010 in order to claim the tax credit for the tax year 2010. Simply putting a deposit on energy efficient replacement windows prior to December 31, 2010 will not qualify you for the window tax credit. Your replacement windows need to be installed in your home by this date. Many people found that window companies in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC weren’t able to get them in on time. Request a free no obligation price quote today and beat the year end rush to claim your window tax credit for this year. Thompson Creek Window Company provides its' customers with everything they need to apply for this tax credit.
7/7/2010 4:37 PM
If just one door to your home is letting in a draft, you’re paying much more than you should in order to heat or cool your entire house. Even a fraction of an inch can create a costly (not to mention uncomfortable) draft as air seeps in and escapes out around all sides of the door—not just along the bottom. For example, a mere 1/8” gap around your door causes the same energy loss as drilling a 5½” hole through it. It’s something you simply can’t ignore. That’s why it’s important to choose doors that deliver air-tight comfort as well as beauty, security and value. A custom-fit entry door is the easiest, most cost-effective way to dramatically increase your home’s curb appeal without going through the hassle and expense of major renovations. Thompson Creek offers the strongest, most energy-efficient doors in the industry. They are custom-crafted to your specifications. They keep energy in – and unwanted drafts, noise and contaminants out. You’ll enjoy the maximum energy efficiency a door can provide and save money year after year. The same insulating technology that keeps the cold air out in winter also blocks smog and toxic fumes from vehicles outside or in your garage.
7/6/2010 7:02 PM
Now that the mid-Atlantic area is well into the dog days of summer, do some of your rooms feel like a sauna? A typical double-paned, clear-glass window allows approximately 75 percent of the sun’s heat into your home. Are your windows keeping the heat out? According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing high-performance replacement windows will improve your home's energy performance. The benefits of added comfort and improved aesthetics and functionality may make the investment worth it to you. Many window technologies are available that are worth considering, including low-e glass. Low-e stands for low-emissivity glass, which is a very thin coat of material on the glass to make it more efficient. This is important when the weather is very hot and sunny. Low-e coating helps reflect heat away from the surface, 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. If you have single-pane windows, installing new energy efficient windows can result in savings on your energy bills of up to 30%.
7/5/2010 4:40 PM
David from Annandale, Virginia had the Thompson Creek Gutter System installed on his home because he didn’t want to worry about clogged gutters again. Our gutter system keeps your feet on the ground so that you don’t become one of the 500,000 people treated in the United States for ladder-related injuries annually. David said this about Thompson Creek, “Professional, courteous, displayed quality, delivered good product” and also “Demonstrated a quality product at a reasonable price. Appreciate their focus on being a local company in the DC area.”
7/5/2010 4:26 PM
Beth from Gaithersburg recently had replacement windows installed by Thompson Creek. She is a previous customer who already had our energy efficient windows in her home. She said, “I was most satisfied with their customer service. Everyone is very friendly.” and “Thompson Creek is a local, family run business. That appealed to me.”
5/25/2010 12:27 PM
Reduce energy loss in your home by increasing the quality of your windows and doors. You can tell almost everything you need to know about a window's performance by looking at its NFRC label. Adopted by the National Fenestration Rating Council in 1998, this label is affixed to windows voluntarily by manufacturers concerned about energy efficiency. If a window does not have this label, chances are you're not dealing with a reputable manufacturer. U-Factor: The inverse of R-Value (which measures insulating value), the U-Factor measures how easily heat flows through the product. The lower the number, the better it keeps heat where you want it. In cold climates, look for a U-Factor of 0.35 or lower. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The SHGC tells you how much heat radiation from sunlight a window lets in. If heating your home is your main concern, a higher SHGC can help offset some of the heating costs. In warmer climates, where air-conditioning costs are a bigger factor, look for a lower number. Visible Transmittance (VT): The Visible Transmittance number indicates the amount of light that passes through the glass (refers to brightness, as opposed to heat). A higher number means a brighter room. Air Leakage (AL): The Air Leakage rating refers to the amount of air that can infiltrate cracks in the window assembly. The lower the number, the less infiltration. Look for windows with an AL rating of 0.30 or less. Res/Non-Res: The NFRC label contains data for Residential and Non-Residential (industrial) windows. When shopping for windows for your home, be sure to compare the Res numbers.
5/24/2010 12:00 AM
Thompson Creek is committed to giving back to our community with products, money and our time. Our employees recently pitched in at a Habitat for Humanity project in Brooklyn, Maryland. These row homes are being quickly rehabilitated by the talented Habitat for Humanity staff and several volunteers. In addition to providing our time and energy, we have also donated and installed our windows and doors.