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We’ve got really old windows on our Dutch colonial home. How do we maintain the architecture and get energy-efficient windows?

Good news! You don’t have to give up the appearance and the structural ability of yesterday’s windows to get today’s technology. You just don’t. Choose window frames made of “engineered” lumber because they combine today’s technology with the beauty of real wood. Window frames made of today’s Read more

What windows keep the house as cool as possible, despite the outdoor heat? What should I look for on the label?

Great question, William. We are all feeling the heat this summer both temperature wise and in our wallets, so it is most important to get a window that is going to keep the heat outside and keep you cool inside while saving you money on your utility bills. Be sure you get a window that has Low 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

Timeless Andersen Windows Commercial

This is one of my favorite commercials. It's timeless and the music is great. Read more

Don’t Get Stuck Without a Replacement Window Guarantee

I just ran across this video on the web. I couldn't believe it. It's why we have a Worry Free Lifetime Performance Satisfaction Guarantee. This is exactly what I try to explain to homeowners when they are looking for window replacements, and it's what I discuss in my article "What You Need to Know: Read more

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