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Haiti Relief: Thanks to all who are making a difference!

Earlier this year, we said we would donate $10 directly to the relief effort for each window we sold. Well, I am proud to announce that because of our great clients, we were able to donate $7,500 to give the American Red Cross International Fund! This will put aid in the hands of more than 1.3 Read more

House Passes Home Star Energy Bill: Rebates on Replacement Windows to Stimulate Jobs, Economy

On May 6th, the US House of Representatives passed the Home Star Energy Retrofit Act of 2010. The Home Star Bill now moves on to the Senate for review before it will become law. This program is aimed at jump starting job growth by increasing energy efficient consumer purchases while reducing the Read more

Lead Paint Law in Effect for Replacement Window Projects

You may be hearing a lot of buzz lately about the EPA's Lead Paint Rule. That's because its requirements, defined in 2008, became effective just last month and that means a change in the way many remodeling companies are doing business.  Almost any contractor can disturb lead-based paint during a 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

Help Earthquake Victims of Haiti in the Most Needed Way

As you all know, Haiti has just experienced one of the worst natural disasters ever seen. There are hundreds of thousands feared dead, and they have no hope of help from their government. It is only the international relief effort that will give these people hope. As citizens of this planet Read more

How Healthy is the Air INSIDE Your Home?

Your local weatherman reports the daily Air Quality Index because everybody knows how pollution can affect our health. And I recently posted a few pointers on how you can stop outdoor allergens like pollen from getting into your home. But what about the quality of the air inside your Read more