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Renewal By Andersen = High-Quality Products + Excellent Customer Service through and through!! We have an old, custom-build house where nothing is "standard." We had a big job--replacing windows and doors throughout the house. A sales agent, Eric J., was very knowledgeable and informative. He suggested good solutions and alternative for us. Measure Tech Robert M. further clarified our plan down to minute details that only a specialist would notice. Coordinator Cory V. was always on top of things. On the first day of installation, two installers, Coltin G. and Waylin E., showed up on time, clean, neat, and courteous. Boy, did they work hard for the next 5 day! I was at home for the entire time. Installing windows correctly takes a lot of skills and communication (and patience) between the two, one on the inside and the other on the outside of the house. I have never heard their voice raised as they adjusted windows down to the last millimeter. They methodically worked together. They protected the area they worked very well. Each day, the area they worked in was cleaned up. I am a daughter of a general contractor and know a bit about building/remodeling projects. So, I always anticipate unforeseen issues to pop up. The caliber of a contractor is often determined by how they solve those unexpected issues. Given the size of the project, all in all things went smoothly. But there were a couple of issues. Coltin and Waylin presented a solution each time and never made them my problems. Renewal By Andersen is a tightly knit company where everyone actually communicates with each other. I felt they care about us, the customer. Now that all the work is completed, we are VERY happy with both their products and service.
My wife and I agonized for a few years about replacing the windows in our house. We spoke to 2 or 3 companies and they were all disappointing. Hesitantly, we scheduled Renewal by Andersen to give us a quote. They sent a gentleman by the name of David D. to our home. He was precisely the type of salesperson that works for us - helpful but not pushy, expedient but not rushed and, best of all, realistic. He worked with us to come up with a fair price to replace 10 windows in our home. When he left we were very happy and excited about our new windows. The company was then quick to send an installation supervisor, Chad M., to our home to get the final measurements. Chad did a great job of explaining exactly what they needed to do to replace our windows. Some of our windows were a bit tricky but Chad correctly and accurately assessed what we needed. 3-4 weeks later the Installer Team of Waylin and Casper arrived at our home. The plan was for them to install all 10 windows in one day. They arrived on time and quickly got to work. To say that they did a great job would be an understatement. Waylin and Casper did an amazing job. They were friendly, hard working and very considerate of our home. They completed the job in one day and left no mess behind. Our windows look amazing and we couldn't be happier. The new windows have made huge difference in our home. No longer do we suffer in the heat. Every representative from Renewal by Andersen exceeded our expectations - especially David and Waylin. We highly recommend Renewal by Andersen. Great company and great people.
After shopping around we decided to go with Renewal by Anderson to replace our 9 windows in our older 1930’s house. The price felt a bit high at first but after the project was finished it was well worth the cost. At the 2015 home show in Seattle we requested a sales rep to come visit our house to share with us what options Anderson provided. There was a detailed presentation on the windows and my wife picked out the styles she wanted. The financing was wonderful since it was a 0% interest for 24 months. The team of installers (Coltin, Waylin, Klinton and Kraig) arrived early for the installation. They put down cloth and plastic throughout entire house which I appreciated. The quality and speed of the work was fantastic. We’ve had many contractors working around our property the past few months and none came close to being as wonderful as the team from Renewal by Anderson. I appreciate the time they took to perfect the job around our new egress window. The job was completed in 1 day which was amazing. We love the new windows and will definitely have Renewal by Andersen replace any future windows and recommend to all family and friends.
I've replaced 19 windows now with Andersen, and in a couple of weeks they'll also replace a sliding glass door which opens onto a deck. It's been great working with the Seattle division, and particularly with the installing crew who just finished the bulk of the windows, Coltin Gilles and Waylin Eckley. They were efficient, personable, and caring about the job they did here. When I mentioned that I was afraid there were so many vehicles parked in the street that the garbage truck couldn't get by, Coltin parked the truck that morning with its wheels up on the sidewalk, just so the collecting trucks could get by easily. I appreciated that. It was apparent that I wasn't the ONLY one in the world who cared, even if it had been a hand-wringing, little-old-lady concern. Love the new windows, and there's a real difference in an Andersen window!
These guys are great. Their showroom is very nice and the people that work there are very knowledgeable and friendly. They have, in my opinion, the best products around. And their installation crew that did our house was the best installation people I have ever dealt with. They were very careful and courteous and they did a great job and most important, respective towards our house. The prices for their products are a bit high but you are getting the best. Me and my wife had Andersen install a Bow window in our front room and a sliding glass door that leads out to our patio. Both of these items are absolutely beautiful. And the function-ability of these items is absolutely great. If you want the best products and the best installation around then this is the place you want to go. I highly recommend this company.
Had 3 large windows installed in our home yesterday by Coltin, Waylin and Mark. The windows are superb and these guys are true craftsmen. They took great care in making sure the windows were perfectly installed. It was a cold, rainy and windy day and they were mindful of not tracking in mud and leaves; they covered areas both inside and out of the house where they'd be working to protect plants, hardwood floors, rugs and furniture. They were meticulous in their installation and, once finished, reinspected everything. They also identified some very small flaws in the glass (ones that I probably wouldn't have noticed) that they reported to have replaced. Our home was noticeably warmer and we were able to lower the settings on the thermostat for all times of the day and night. We couldn't be happier!!!
After putting it off for years, we finally decided to replace the windows in our bedroom and living room plus replacing one of the windows with a door. We met first with Eric Jacobson who helped us decide on the type and style of the replacements. Then Colton Gilles and his crew of Dan M., Matt V., and Steve S. went to work . Besides replacing the windows they also had to install two large picture windows on a wall that previously had two very small windows and two 9 foot box windows. They worked fast and clean, always checking that they were doing just what we wanted. We love the new windows and admire the workmanship.
Every interaction I had with this company was top notch. They replaced my aluminum single pane windows with windows that are much more attractive and energy efficient. It has made a huge difference in the temperature of my home. My wife hasn't complained about being cold in the house since they were installed. My installers were respectful of our space and worked efficiently. They did the job well and left it 100% complete. No painting or cleaning left over for me to do.
The 5 star review is for the installers Kraig and Klinton Chupp. They exceeded our expectations with their professionalism, quality of workmanship, protection of our interior possessions and landscaping. Their cordial and genuine personalities were a pleasure to have in our home. They are a major asset to Renewal by Andersen or any other company that is fortunate to have them work for them. The rest of Renewal by Andersen could learn a major lesson from these two men.
Wow, of course I love the windows as over the years as I have remodeled I had Andersen Windows put in so I know about the quality of the windows. What impressed me most was the efficiency and quality of the work of the two personable installers Kraig and Klinton. They worked together with no time lost and when they were done restored everything as it had been on arrival. I couldn't believe that the three windows could be replaced in such a short amount of thime.
Some people use their garages to keep their cars safe. Others use them to store boxes of books and home decorations. No matter how a garage is used, there is one key factor they all must have in common to protect the precious items within: A functional garage door.
There is no shortage of variety when it comes to choosing a garage door. Options include different materials, styles and lifting or opening methods, each with its own unique pros and cons.
When deciding on the right garage door, the first thing to consider is the style.
Garage Door Styles
The two most common styles of garage door include:
The benefits of swing-out doors are their classic look and the ability to keep the garage ceiling clear for added storage space. The major downside of this style is the amount of time it takes to manually lock, unlock, open, and close them. They can be manual or operated by a remote control.
Perhaps the most common and recognizable style is the roll-up garage door. These features are much easier to automate than their swinging counterparts, making them a preferred choice for many homeowners. However, ceiling space must be sacrificed to make room for the door when open. These are typically automatic, but manual models are also available.
Aside from these popular models, homeowners can choose between:
Once you've determined the style of garage door, you can move on to choosing the material. Some considerations you might keep in mind include:
If you're looking for something that will withstand the test of errant basketballs and driver's education students, a vinyl door might be your best bet. These doors are hard to dent or break and don't need much maintenance to keep up their appearance. They are usually built on steel frames with polyurethane insulation and come in a limited variety of colors.
Wood can stand up to plenty of the abuse a garage door may be subject to from time to time. They are also attractive doors with many color options. They can be painted or stained at the factory or on site. One of the biggest downsides to wood garage doors is the upkeep - they may need to be repainted or restained regularly to maintain the color.
Fiberglass doors can break with a strong impact but in general are pretty sturdy. Like vinyl doors, they are built on steel frames and insulated with polyurethane.
Wood composite doors have the same aesthetic advantages of wood doors but are less expensive. They usually have a wood frame and are filled with polyurethane insulation. Some may have fiberboard skins and are designed to closely mimic wood.
It doesn't take much to dent these doors, but they aren't very expensive and require little maintenance. However, they are subject to rust, especially in damper climates.
These doors can also easily dent but don't rust. They are also lightweight, which is ideal for larger garage doors, as more weight on such a large frame could put added stress on the lifting or opening mechanism.
Five basic designs of garage door openers are available to homeowners. Two are relatively recent developments, while the other three are fairly standard and have been around for decades.
One of the biggest advantages of the direct-drive opener is how silent it is. With the motor being the only moving part of this machine, it's said to be the quietest model available. This is one of the newest designs and was developed in Germany.
Another relatively recent design, this model is ideal for a homeowner who wants to keep the ceiling clear for storage. It is set up on the wall closest to the garage door as opposed to on the ceiling, like most garage door openers.
This opener is powered by a motor that rotates a threaded-steel rod on which a trolley rides. It is a relatively quick garage door opener, though most garage doors close at the same rate for safety reasons. Additionally, they are said to be the easiest to maintain, given that they don't involve many moving parts. However, these doors have a history of problems when the temperature quickly changes, and they are noisy. If there is an apartment or office above a garage, screw-driven openers may not be the best option.
These use a chain similar to that of a bicycle. The chain pulls a trolley connected to a bar that lifts the garage door. It can be noisy and cause vibrations, given the metal-to-metal contact, though more recent models are said to be a little bit better about this.
The function of belt-driven openers is the same as chain-driven openers. The only major difference is that instead of metal chains, these door openers are built with a belt made of fiberglass, steel-reinforced rubber, or polyurethane. This brings down the noise level but increases the price.
As with most things mechanical, garage doors may begin to develop problems after a few years of use. Many typical problems are easily identified and, with the right knowledge or help from a professional, aren't too difficult to fix.
Transmitter or Remote Won't Work
The first thing you should check in this instance is the transmitter battery. Dead batteries are often the culprit, though there are other causes seen as well. If the batteries are in good shape, take a look at the cables and tracks to make sure they are clear, clean, and sturdy.
Door Doesn't Close All the Way
If you notice a gap at the bottom of your garage door after closing it, try resetting the close limit. Your door might be set to close at a higher point than the ground. It might also be set too low, and when the door reaches the ground, the sensor reacts in the same way it would if an object was obstructing its path: by retreating upward.
Door Shakes When Opening
This could be caused by debris on the tracks or wheels. Clean these first to see if this is the problem. If not, the springs might be stretched unevenly or worn out.
Door Squeaks When Opening
The rollers are most likely dry and need to be lubricated.
Door Closes Faster Than Usual
A quickly closing garage door could easily become a safety hazard. The problem is usually springs that are too stretched out. They should be replaced by a professional. Working with these large springs can be difficult, and they can quickly turn into dangerous, fast-moving metal whips.
Door Makes a Strange Sound at the Same Point Every Time It's Used
This might mean your tracks are either dented, falling, or otherwise misaligned. This is not just annoying; it's dangerous. Misaligned or damaged tracks can cause the door to cease working or to fall off its tracks. If your door seems to be working fine overall, feel free to inspect the issue further. But if your door is stuck, slanted, or looks unstable, call a professional who will have the right tools to fix the problem.
Door Sticks When Opening or Closing
If you begin to notice this around a change in seasons, check the lubricant on the tracks. Weather patterns will affect lubricant's effectiveness. Dirt or debris on the tracks could also be the cause; make sure they're clear and clean. If the tracks look fine, make sure the doors are hung evenly.
It's not uncommon for a garage door to have a problem or two every once in awhile. But, if the same issue keeps coming up or one cause has led to a variety of problems, it might be time to consider replacing your door altogether.
For someone who's familiar with tackling tough home improvement projects, installing a garage door might be a viable do-it-yourself project. It'll likely take the better part of a Saturday, and it's not a bad idea to ask for help, especially when taking off the old door.
But if you're even a little bit wary of taking on such a large task, reaching out to a professional would probably be a smart move. On average, a new garage door installation will cost around $1,000. Most homeowners end up paying somewhere between $740 and $1,400, including the installation and the door itself.
Likewise, a custom garage door could be a project that an experienced wood or metal worker can take on with the right materials, tools, and knowledge. However, for the amateur DIY-er, contacting a professional might be the best way to go. If you are unfamiliar with the project, the weight alone could prove to be an issue. Depending on the size, it could weigh as much as 200 pounds, though some smaller or uninsulated ones could be less than 100 pounds.
To keep your garage door functional for as long as possible, try to inspect it every so often to ensure everything is working properly. A problem that goes too long without attention can only get worse and wind up costing you more to repair or replace the door.
About once a month, carefully observe the door as you open and close it. If you hear or see anything unusual, take a closer look at it. The regular motion could easily loosen up some of the hardware, so take a few minutes to tighten everything up. Also, be sure that tracks, tires, and other moving parts are properly lubricated.
If your door is painted, make sure it isn't chipped or peeling. Deteriorating paint on a wooden door could let moisture in, which leads to warped doors, while a steel door could rust if water gets in.