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Can Low-E Replacement Windows Melt Vinyl Siding on a Home?

It is a crazy phenomenon, but windows can actually affect vinyl siding and create a meltdown, although it is pretty rare. I recently saw a news report about one incident that goes something like this: A homeowner's vinyl siding is bowed, warped, and buckling—for the second time in two years—from Read more

Are your windows and doors filled with Krypton gas or Argon?

Gas fills between window panes have shown a measurable improvement in the thermal performance of windows and patio doors. Our windows and doors are filled with argon gas. It is inexpensive, non-toxic, clear and odorless. Krypton gas has a higher thermal rating than argon, but it is much more Read more

Andersen Windows Sustainability & Fibrex Composite Material

Clients have often asked what exactly it means to claim 'environmentally friendly', 'green' or offer 'sustainability' when it comes to windows. Here's a great video from Andersen's vp of corporate sustainability and quality. Jim Glasnapp is in the Bayport, MN plant interviewing employees and Read more

What exactly is air infiltration on windows & why isn’t it reported on the NFRC sticker?

Thanks for this great question. It is easy to get confused about this. Air infiltration is when air flows unintentionally into a house through gaps and cracks in the building envelope. In fact, about 30% of your heat loss may come from gaps and cracks around the windows and doors in your Read more

Is it True that Virginia has an Energy Rebate?

Tax Credits…and Energy Rebates…and Discounts—Oh my!   I have been in this business for 25 years, and I have never seen a government program that offered this much money toward windows and doors replacements! Virginia's Energy Efficiency Rebate Program offers homeowners an exceptional Read more

I Currently Have Wood Sash Windows. Does Replacing Them With Vinyl Windows Hurt My Resell Value?

I Currently Have Wood Sash Windows. Does Replacing Them With Vinyl Windows Help Or Hurt My Resell Value? I get asked this question very often, in one form or another. So when I came across it again online I tried to respond. Unfortunately the comments were closed, and that's why I'm posting it now. Read more

What’s The Best Window to Stop Sunlight From Bleaching Cabinets and Floors?

Question: I have several windows that have a broken seal, I would like a free estimate.  I also have a large window in the kitchen that the sun comes in and bleaches our floor and cabinets.  Is there a tinted window? Brenda McGowan Answer: I’m sorry to hear about the seal failure on your Read more

IRS Says 30/30 Requirements For Replacement Window Tax Credit To Be Effective June 2

Last week, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued a “Safe Harbor” provision to ease some of the confusion about the new energy tax credit for replacement windows, doors, and skylights. Under the provision, previous energy-efficiency standards were retroactively put in place for a limited time, Read more

Get Free Smart Sun Glass On Your Windows

Maybe you just watched my video on Smart Sun glass, so you know that not only is it going to cut your energy bills, it's going to qualify you for the $1,500 federal energy tax credit. And now you can get SmartSun glass on your Renewal by Andersen windows for free. Whether you replace just one Read more

The Easiest Way To Get Your $1,500 Tax Credit? Free SmartSun Glass…

Since the new energy tax credit passed back in February, every customer wants their piece of the Stimulus. Getting paid $1,500 for choosing top-rated replacement windows is a win-win. So obviously homeowners have been asking which windows qualify for the credit. The answer is any window with Read more