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“Help! My sliding door has stopped sliding!”

What an annoyance when you’re in a rush or have your hands full and you go to open your sliding patio door, but it’s stuck. This is not only frustrating because it slows you down, it can be a real safety hazard too. Customers who have come to us with the intention of replacing their sliding door Read more

My kitchen sliding door is hard to open and close. It’s a builder grade vinyl door. What are replacement options? Matt

Matt, first off, let me tell you that the reason you are having problems with your patio door is because it’s vinyl. Problem with vinyl is that it just doesn’t hold up. Think about it: you wouldn’t climb a vinyl ladder! You wouldn’t cross a vinyl bridge! You really got to think twice about Read more

How Much Do Auxiliary Footlocks for Sliding Doors Cost?

Great question! Below I have provided a link to the Andersen online parts website. This site will enable you to locate and order an auxiliary foot lock for patio doors online or provide you telephone numbers to call and talk with someone to place your order. Huh, imagine that a telephone and a 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