Let’s face it: when you see the recurring water stains on your ceilings or the dampness in your attic, it’s very easy to know when you need a new roof. If someone steps through a board on your deck, you know it’s time to replace it, but how do you know when it’s time to replace your windows or patio doors? Sometimes, even when your windows look perfectly fine, it could be well past the time to have them replaced.
Cindy Shomphe, a local general manager of Renewal by Andersen replacement windows and patio doors, is an expert in the field. “I would say the most common issue that people have is that their windows are not efficient, and that means no matter how high you turn up your heat or AC, you’re just never going to be comfortable in your house,” said Shomphe. Drafts are a big problem in the colder months, but windows that need to be replaced can wreak havoc in the warmer months, too. “I can’t tell you how many homes I’ve visited where there’s a room or two that the homeowner literally can’t use in the summer—they were just way too hot.”
Fortunately for homeowners, there is a replacement window that’s custom-built to stand up to the drastic temperature swings of our seasons. Renewal by Andersen’s window is made of their very own Fibrex® composite material that is two times stronger than vinyl, and their windows’ SmartSun™ glass blocks out 95% of UV rays. Shomphe explained, “That means you’ll likely no longer have those rooms that are too hot or too cold.*” Renewal by Andersen’s SmartSun™ glass helps keeps the warm air inside in the winter and helps to block the warm air from getting inside in the summer. “If I could give homeowners one piece of advice, this is what I would say: if you are considering replacing your windows, I would strongly caution you against choosing a low-end vinyl window,” said Shomphe. “We won’t even sell a vinyl window at Renewal by Andersen because with our temperature swings, vinyl can literally melt.” Renewal by Andersen replaces thousands of vinyl windows each year.
*Summer values are based on comparison of Renewal by Andersen Insert double-hung window SHGC to the SHGC for clear dual pane glass non-metal frame default values from the 2006, 2009 and 2012 International Energy Conservation Code “Glazed Fenestration” Default Tables. Free upgrade to SmartSun™ Glass applies to windows only.