Posts Tagged ‘replacement windows’

Is now a good time to perform home improvements?

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

Absolutely. Contractors are generally slower and offer great deals in the winter. At Schantz home Improvement we can offer no interest financing. Then when your tax refund is received you can pay it off! Don’t wait til April as pricing will no longer be as favorable.

GAF shingles roofing customer endorses Schantz Home Improvement

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

Video shows new GAF shingles roof project in progress as Greg Schantz narrates about siding, windows, roofing, gutters services. Quality work. Don’t take a chance, go with Schantz. A Kudzu production for companies with great reviews.

How to select residential windows for energy efficiency

Friday, July 29th, 2011

A US government independent report for consumers on how to select Windows for Energy Efficiency is a timeless reference when you are considering new windows for your home. New window technologies have increased energy benefits and comfort, and have provided more practical options for consumers. This selection guide will help homeowners, architects, and builders take advantage of the expanding window market. The guide contains three sections: an explanation of energy-related window characteristics, a discussion of window energy performance ratings, and a convenient checklist for window selection.

  • INSIDE Solar Control
  • Window Energy Rating and Labeling
  • Window Checklist
  • Window Energy Glossary

Selecting the right window for a specific home invariably requires tradeoffs between different energy performance features, and with other non-energy issues. An understanding of some basic energy concepts is therefore essential to choosing appropriate windows and skylights. Three major types of energy flow occur through windows: (1) non-solar heat losses and gains in the form of conduction, convection, and radiation; (2) solar heat gains in the form of radiation; and (3) airflow, both intentional (ventilation) and unintentional.

While technology has improved since this report was written, it’s still recommended reading to educate yourself before meeting with a replacement windows contractor.

Download the Selecting Windows for Energy Efficiency PDF by clicking on the photo below.

energy efficient windows photo


What is EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule?

Monday, March 29th, 2010

Atlanta Georgia contractors need to comply with new residential renovation EPA rules by April 2010.  The EPA Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule was created for common renovation activities like sanding, cutting, and demolition. They can create hazardous lead dust and chips by disturbing lead-based paint, which can be harmful to adults and children.

To protect against this risk, on April 22, 2008, EPA issued a rule requiring the use of lead-safe practices and other actions aimed at preventing lead poisoning. Under the rule, beginning in April 2010, contractors performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified and must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.

The RRP Rule requires that renovators are trained in the use of lead safe work practices, that renovators and firms be certified, that providers of renovation training be accredited, and that renovators follow specific work practice standards.

Does the RRP Rule apply to installing replacement windows, in other words, removing the old sash and installing a new vinyl window in the opening, without sawing or sanding? Yes. Window replacement does NOT qualify for the minor repair or maintenance exception.

Schantz Home Improvement strictly follows all local and federal regulations. Appropriate personnel and subcontractors, if applicable, will all be in compliance with the new rule by the deadline.

Vytex windows review by Atlanta contractor

Friday, July 10th, 2009

Most of the major brands offer a good energy efficient window, so letting your contractor help you choose a brand can be very helpful. Schantz Home Improvement has agreements with major windows suppliers, including Vytex. An estimator will consider your home type, home age, interior aspects, budget, window price to value, manufacturer promotions and other factors in helping you make a choice.

Vytex windows and doors are a good solid quality brand suitable for replacing windows doors in the Atlanta metro area.

  • Vytex offers windows that qualify for an energy tax credit.
  • Never needs painting.
  • Insulated glass AND frame; 3 levels of glass insulation to choose from.
  • Secure and durable with welded frames.
  • Over 25 window frame and door colors to choose from.

We don’t recommend cheap windows because you’ll pay for it with higher energy bills and outside noise that can be annoying with the high traffic in Atlanta.

list of windows eligible for tax credits

Saturday, June 13th, 2009

Download the complete list of Alside windows eligible for up to $1500 in energy tax credits as part of the stimulus bill known as The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. Alside is a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding and accessories, vinyl windows and patio doors, and fencing and railing products for the residential and commercial remodeling and new construction markets.

Alside windows eligible for tax credits (PDF download)

Manufacturers certificate for certified windows for energy tax credit (PDF download)

Atlanta replacement window tax credits

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

How can the ENERGY TAX CREDIT benefit your home improvement project?

On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed a stimulus bill (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that includes tax credit incentives for homeowners who make energy-efficient home improvements.

The approved bill gives homeowners the ability to obtain a tax credit of 30 percent of the cost of qualifying energy-efficient windows and doors to a maximum of $1,500 per household for 2009 and 2010. The new Energy Tax Credit provides a significant increase from what was previously available under a similar bill. Requirements include:

  • The windows purchased must be equal to or below a U-Factor of 0.30 and a Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of 0.30.
  • The purchase of the qualified windows must be made during the taxable year for which the credit is being claimed.
  • The tax credit is allowable only for qualified window units placed in service in 2009 and 2010.
  • To apply for the tax credit, homeowners must provide receipt of purchase, NFRC labels, and the manufacturer’s certification statement, as well as all window labels and stickers.

Qualifying Replacement Window Products are offered by Schantz Home Improvement Company.

Windows and doors must meet a high level of energy-efficiency to qualify for this tax credit and the cost usually exceeds the tax credits available.

President Obama’s incentives are outlined on the Energy Star web site
Rebates and Tax Credits for Windows, Doors, and Skylights.

Schantz Home Improvement Company wins GuildQuality’s 2009 Guildmaster Award

Thursday, March 5th, 2009
Guildmaster Award 2009Schantz Home Improvement Co.
1530 Howell Mill Rd., NW
Atlanta, GA 30318
404-522-HOME (4663)

Atlanta, GA,  March 5, 2009

Schantz Home Improvement Company, a leading remodeler in Atlanta, GA, announced today that the company has been awarded a 2009 Guildmaster Award for exceptional customer satisfaction. Schantz Home Improvement Company was one of 95 homebuilders, contractors, developers, and home services companies throughout North America recognized for their superlative performance.

“Schantz Home Improvement Company is proud to be included in such an elite group for our superior customer service by Guild Quality.  We pride ourselves in providing the best customer service we can, and will continue to self evaluate ourselves for even greater performance in the future.

We’re excited to recognize the great performance of Schantz Home Improvement Company, said Geoff Graham, founder and president of GuildQuality. Their passion for delivering a superior customer experience shines through in the feedback we received from their customers.

About Schantz Home Improvement Company

Schantz Home Improvement Company was incorporated in 2000 by Greg Schantz, son of John Schantz and grandson of Frank Schantz, previous Presidents of Schantz Homes, Inc.  Schantz Homes, Inc. was founded by Frank Schantz in 1946 in Rochester, NY and continues to build quality home today. Schantz Home Improvement Company follows in the footsteps of Schantz Homes to assure a superior customer experience.

About GuildQuality

GuildQuality provides customer satisfaction surveying and performance reporting for over 500 homebuilders, remodelers, and contractors in North America. GuildQuality collects feedback directly from customers and reports back to the building professional through a web-based service. On average, more than 70% of customers respond to GuildQuality surveys, and their feedback includes rich commentary and quantitative ratings.

About the Guildmaster Awards

Once a year, GuildQuality recognizes exceptional customer service with the Guildmaster Awards. Visit the Guildmaster section of the GuildQuality website to see information about all 2009 Award Winners, or visit the GuildQuality blog to read about the awards qualifications.

What causes condensation on windows?

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

Window Condensation occurs whenever the window surface is cool enough to allow moisture in the air to condense on it. That’s why there is some in the winter, especially on older windows that are not insulated, though it could happen in the summer as well.

A glass of ice water sweats because the warm air that surrounds the glass meets the cold surface causing condensation. A window sweats most often when the warm air in your home meets the cold surface of your window in the winter.

It’s important to control condensation since it can damage the window’s components, including causing wood rot, and damage your wall insulation. If it saturates the wall insulation, the insulation effectiveness is reduced.  We don’t recommend wood replacement windows in Atlanta because of the harsh changing weather conditions that can lead to wood rot.

Do you need new windows? Good windows should not have excessive condensation at normal humidity levels (30 percent to 40 percent). TIP: Check to make sure the little breathing holes in your storm windows are not clogged. It’s a simple and easy project you can benefit from.

If your home is fairly new, we’d hope the problem is not your windows, but something else. If you have an older home, an inspection is the best way to see what your problems are and what your options are.