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Triple Pane Windows Can Be a Pain

Some window companies will tell you that 3 is better than 2. What I mean is triple pane windows are better than double pane. Well, that just isn't true. Triple panes may have been great back in the day, before window science evolved to make glass highly energy efficient. But today’s window Read more

Rumors about Vinyl Caused Frustration

A couple recently told me they were frustrated by all the research they had done on replacement windows and still felt confused about making the best choice. They had heard terrible things about vinyl and didn't want to make that mistake. When you start researching windows, it's like learning a Read more

Trim Work for Replacement Windows

I recently got a question about how the trim work is handled inside and outside when wood windows are replaced with vinyl and there is a lot of wood rot involved. This is a great question, because it gives me the opportunity to talk about the two types of window installation available — full frame Read more

Should replacement windows be installed directly over drywall?

Should the drywall be removed? No.  In fact, it’s common practice in a replacement window application that the drywall is not disturbed. This is the benefit of a custom-sized replacement window because it is manufactured to fit the existing opening, including any allowance for the drywall. There Read more

Any suggestions of good, but reasonably priced, replacement windows?

Price and cost are two different things! Price is what you pay when you purchase a product, but cost is what you end up paying for it over the course of its lifetime or for as long as you own it. So it’s usually smarter to pay a little more for something at the outset and get a better quality Read more

Get Wood? Get Aluminum? What’s best for Windows?

When a friend asked me about wood or aluminum for replacement windows… I had to say, "Don't get either!" Why? The answer was simple — “You’ll be wasting your money.” Aluminum is the most thermally inefficient material you could put around a window.  Think about it. There’s a reason why pots Read more

Vinyl Windows are Not a Long Life Option

Here's an answer I shared with a customer who lives at the beach. When you live in a hot climate and you want replacement windows that last a long time, vinyl windows are a poor choice.  This is why: The surface temperature of an average house can reach up to 175 degrees during the summer months, Read more

Can casement windows be replaced with double hung?

Yes, casement windows can be replaced with double hung windows. There are a number of considerations when switching window types, including height and width of the opening, load bearing, and how the window is attached, or mulled, to the window next to it. Another option for side-by-side casement Read more

Can I get a window that’s gray outside and cream inside?

Absolutely! Choosing one color for the outside of your house and a different color or wood veneer to suit the interior design of a room is not a problem at all, especially for a company like Renewal by Andersen, because they just don’t take the “one style fits all” approach to windows. They know you Read more

What is the lead paint issue surrounding the removal of windows from older homes? ~Mike

Lead-based paint is often found in homes built in 1978 or earlier. That year is the time when the federal government banned lead-based paint from housing. Before then, no one really knew just how hazardous deteriorating lead paint or lead paint dust released during renovations really was. But now Read more