Mr. Bill Putniki of San Antonio, TX shares about his experience with condensation and foggy windows. After replacing the glass in his windows, the condensation returned. He finally chose to replace his windows with Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and they have performed perfectly ever since!
It’s the holiday season and we will be at various San Antonio events over the next few months offering free giveaways, holiday treats, window & siding specials, and more!
Stop by and enter to win $10,000 Window & Door Home Makeover Giveaway!
Upcoming Holiday Events in San Antonio, TX
SA Auto & Truck Show – Nov. 19-22
Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center
Rolling Oaks Mall – Nov. 18 – Jan. 17
Winterfest Helotes – Sat. Dec. 5, 10am-6pm
512210 Leslie Road, Helotes 78023 (Cornyval Grounds)
Christmas Along the Cooridor – Dec. 5, 2-4pm
Downtown Floresville on the Courthouse Square
Windows are not just windows. They are a part of someone’s home and life.
They let in light, air, and freshness.
They give home owners joy, beauty, and peace of mind.
Windows give a house character, personality, color.
That’s why we take what we do here at Renewal by Andersen of San Antonio very seriously. It’s not just a house we are updating with new windows, it’s someone’s home we are bringing back to life.
Installing windows is important. We really want to take care of our clients and their homes like they are our own. And we want you to be treated with respect and love each step of the way.
It’s our goal – to serve with love and excellence. To change lives by make homes more beautiful.
Halloween is a time for all things scary. But there is one thing you do not want to be frightened by – the windows on your home! Windows play a critical role in energy efficiency, regulating indoor temperatures, reducing noise, and keeping moisture outside. If you have scary windows, you might be haunted by high energy bills, water leaks, and even creepy creaking sounds.
But how do you know when it’s time to bite the bullet and replace your old windows?
Here are 6 signs that the windows on your home are scary and due for an upgrade:
1. Unable to open and close
You have probably experienced the frustration of rushing to your windows one cool fall morning to let the lovely breeze in the house, only to discover that your windows no longer open. This can be caused by a number of factors, such as the foundation shifting, the frame deteriorating and sticking due to heat, or actually being painted shut. On the other hand, you may have tried to close your windows as tight as possible to prevent a cold winter draft or dust cloud from seeping in and become frustrated that the frame doesn’t seal completely closed anymore. These issues are driving up your monthly energy bill, as well as eliminating an emergency escape route, and replacing them with new windows that are custom-built to fit the opening will not only save you money every month but also prevent a lot of frustration.
When the seal on the glass panes of a double-pane window fails, air and moisture enter the window and cause the irritating fog that blocks your view and is impossible to clean off. Sometimes this problem can be solved by simply having the seal fixed, but if the bigger issue is that the window frames themselves have warped, you will continue to experience seal failure time and time again. Replacement windows that are designed with a high quality seal and built for each window opening will eliminate your foggy window pane problems.
3. Faded carpet, drapes, and upholstery
The UV rays of the sun that enter through your windows will damage and fade your interior fabrics over time, particularly in rooms that face south or west and experience the harshest temperatures of the day. Replacing your old windows with new ones that have low-E glass will reflect the harmful rays and just allow the natural light indoors.
If the window sashes don’t fully close or have proper caulking around the frame, moisture can collect on the windowsill and begin to damage the wall around the window. Water damage that penetrates into the house frame can potentially lead to significant repairs that would cost thousands of dollars. A much more cost-effective solution is to prevent the water damage in the first place with replacement windows that seal properly.
5. Extreme temperatures inside and high energy bills
Most of us have felt the pain of paying for high heating and cooling bills, but with our harsh climate, our two choices are to either suffer extreme temperatures indoors or empty our wallets to keep the indoors comfortable. The good news is that replacement windows can make a dramatic impact on both the interior temperature and your monthly energy bills by helping keep the very hot or cold air outside.
The aesthetics of your windows are important, too, and shouldn’t be neglected. It’s a great thing to enjoy the way your home looks, because it is your haven. If you are tired of outdated and deteriorating window frames, it may be time to treat your home to a brand new look. Additionally, this will add significant value to your home, should you wish to sell it in the future.
After inspecting your windows for these 6 signs of needing replacement, how do they measure up? Are they passing with flying colors, falling slightly under par, or are they scary as can be? Is it time to get information on the best replacement option? Whatever your needs are, it’s important to be well-educated so that you can make the right decision at the right time. If you have any further questions about windows, feel free to contact us directly so we can answer them for you; we’d love to help you any way we can.
Hungry and looking for deals at the Home & Garden Show? We’ve got you covered!
Come visit our booth for a free Firehouse Sub coupon when you schedule an appointment with a Design Consultant. And you won’t want to miss our awesome giveaways and EXCLUSIVE specials for your next window and siding project!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Booth 717 & 269
Friday, Sept. 18 – Sunday, Sept. 20
But don’t take our word for it! Hear from one of our happy, money-saving, Renewal by Andersen replacement window clients!
San Antonio homeowners and residents know how noisy it is to live in a big city. Always being able to hear street noise, airplanes, and sirens inside their homes day in and day out. This can get frustrating and interruption to sleep and daily life.
If your home is particularly noisy, there could be several reasons for this. Sound transmits into the home through gaps in siding, poorly insulated walls, chimneys, soffits, attic, and dryer vents.
However, one of the biggest attributers to sound making its way into the home are old, leaky windows. Gaps in the window frame or leaks in the window seals are often a major cause of sound transmission. But that’s not the only way noise can get into your home through a window!
Unwanted sound is able to make its way through old windows because of the quality of the glass. Most older homes do not have double pane windows and often the glass is not coated, which not only allows for sound transmission, but also energy loss.
There are 3 things to consider if you want noise reducing windows:
You’ll want to find a frame that’s heavy, durable, and will last through the elements and time. Vinyl or aluminum window frames are the most popular because they are cheaper, but they are the least effective when it comes to keeping sound out of the home. Because they don’t stand up to heat and other elements very well, they can easily warp, bend, and allow for leaks. We recommend Fibrex – a unique composite material that’s tested to withstand intense elements, time, and is leak proof if installed properly.
When looking for glass that will provide a sound barrier, it’s important to go for double paned only. Because double paned windows have a layer of gas in between the glass, this adds an extra layer of protection from the noise. On top of that, make sure the glass is coated with a material that will last. Many window companies use a laminate coating, but there is newer, more effective technology now. Renewal by Andersen uses an exclusive argon gas blend, which adds insulation on top of the Low-E4 and TiO2 coating.
No matter what kind of window you choose, you MUST make sure it is installed properly. A shoddy install job will not only allow unwanted sound in the home, but also allow for water and heat/cold to get in and out. Make sure you hire a company that you’ve researched well and trust!
Another thing to note here is that not all “sound-proof” or noise reducing windows are also energy efficient. Ask the contractor for details on energy efficiency and sound barrier when looking for replacement windows. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions about noise reducing and energy efficient windows!
If you know it’s time to replace your old, leaky, noisy windows, schedule a free consultation today!
Having your windows replaced doesn’t have to be a big ordeal. While a lot of home improvement projects are ridiculously inconvenient for homeowners because of the mess, noise, and interruption to daily life, replacing your home’s windows is actually a quicker project than you might imagine.
Our installers strive to get in and out of the home quickly, cleanly, and compassionately. Most of our projects are completed in under a week and sometimes in just one day. We promise our clients the 4 C’s of a great home improvement experience!
However, it always helps ensure that the process runs smoothly if the homeowners prepare there home in a few ways.
Here are a few little things you as the homeowner can do to ensure the window replacement process runs smoothly:
- Remove window treatments, blinds, curtains, drapes, brackets etc.
- Move furniture away from window area leaving at least 3 feet for the crew to work.
- Remove decorative items such as pictures, clocks, mirrors, etc from walls near windows and doors.
- Contact your alarm company for re-installation of alarm contact.
- It is best to keep your pets confined while the installation is taking place.
- Wait at least 12 hours for the caulk to dry before reinstalling blinds or shades.
- New windows need to be kept closed for no less than five days for the weather strip to conform.
In order to facilitate the installation of your new energy efficient replacement windows or doors, these are great ways to prepare for the arrival of the installation crew. If any of these create a hardship for you, please let us know and we will make any adjustments we can to make sure we provide an experience that exceeds your expectations.
Choosing colors for the exterior of your home doesn’t seem like a tough task, but with all the options for windows, siding, trim, and doors, it can be overwhelming. Not to mention needing to consider other factors like the style of the home, location, and your budget.
Color can greatly affect the curb appeal, value, and personality of your home. Choosing colors for the exterior of your home that do not compliment each other can end up a disaster and leave you disappointed.
When choosing the color scheme for the outside of your home, it’s important to consider the location, style, and surroundings of your home, as well popular color trends. The more you stick with the trends, the easier it will be to eventually sell your home.
Here are some common color schemes that are popular on homes today:
Bold and Deep
Homeowners are trending towards deeper and bolder shades for the exterior of their homes. Colors like deep blues, heavy greens, and rich browns are popular for their earthy look. They tend to blend well in any neighborhood and on many styles of homes, but are especially prominent in the Midwest and in mountain towns. Even though these colors give a nice pop, they still meld with the surroundings because of their neutral, earthy tones.
Some might think that white is boring, but solid white is actually a common color scheme choice for homeowners today. White siding and trim creates a classic, clean look that fits well almost anywhere. This trend is often used on traditional homes in the south, but can be spotted nearly anywhere these days. Maybe it’s the nostalgia of small town America, with its white picket fences and white trim, that catches the hearts of Americans. Regardless, bright white is making a comeback.
Homeowners are having more fun these days mixing and matching colors and creating an artistic look for their homes. With the numerous window, siding, trim, and door color options available, many homeowners are choosing contrasting colors to provide a unique look that stands out above the rest. This trend allows for homeowners to be creative but still be able to sell their home when the time comes.
So where do I even start?!
We know that the options and factors to consider can be overwhelming when designing the exterior of your home. One great resource to get you started is James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology color palette where you are able to see more popular color schemes and find the one that’s best for your home’s style.
If you need more assistance, Renewal by Andersen offers free consultations with an experienced Design Consultant who know the trends and what works best on certain homes. It might seem like a simple task to pick out the look of your home, but it’s always good to have the input of a professional so you end up with a look you love.