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French Doors: Secure Locks Meet Elegant Style

Unfortunately, no matter where you live, your home is not immune to a break in. You probably already know this and make many of your purchasing decisions with the primary intention to keep your family and your possessions protected. This is especially true when it comes to exterior doors. People Read more

French patio doors look beautiful but are they secure?

Andersen’s Frenchwood® hinged patio doors are not only beautiful, they’re safe and secure in several ways. First, all of Andersen’s patio door models are made of tempered glass, which is four times stronger than regular glass. But it’s Andersen’s five-point locking system that really seals 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

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

Surviving Allergy Season: Shut Pollen Out of Your Home with Window & Door Tips

It’s that time of year again. The grass is green. The sky is blue. And your car is yellow from all the pollen. That’s right, it’s allergy season. It seems to get worse every year, and pollution certainly isn’t helping. Luckily you can limit allergens from getting in your home by sealing up your Read more

Andersen Sustainable Replacement Windows Earn Certification For Recycled Materials

“Going green” is the big thing in business these days. You probably see a lot of products with labels like ”all natural” or “green.” If you’re skeptical of those claims, you’re smart. A lot of all natural foods, for example, are still heavily processed and contain ingredients unhealthy for 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

How To Get Your Energy Tax Credit For New Windows And Doors

Customers have been asking a lot of questions about the new energy tax credit for home improvements. The federal government is giving big tax incentives for replacing windows and doors to save energy. I made this quick video to answer some of the questions: Energy Tax Credit for New Windows @ Read more

Patio Doors: French Doors Versus Sliding Glass Doors

Question: Hi, I hope you can you help us with something. Myself and my wife just bought our first house. The living room has two sliding doors (patio doors). They’re pretty beat up and we want to replace them. We’re thinking about using French doors instead, but we’re not sure of the pros and Read more