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  • Beat the heat – Replace your windows in the summer

    7/6/2010 7:02 PM

    Now that the mid-Atlantic area is well into the dog days of summer, do some of your rooms feel like a sauna? A typical double-paned, clear-glass window allows approximately 75 percent of the sun’s heat into your home.  Are your windows keeping the heat out?   According to the U.S. Department of Energy, installing high-performance replacement windows will improve your home's energy performance. The benefits of added comfort and improved aesthetics and functionality may make the investment worth it to you. Many window technologies are available that are worth considering, including low-e glass.   Low-e stands for low-emissivity glass, which is a very thin coat of material on the glass to make it more efficient.  This is important when the weather is very hot and sunny.  Low-e coating helps reflect heat away from the surface, keeping unwanted heat out in the summer.  Low-e glass is the most cost-effective way to increase the efficiency of your windows.  It can also help reduce the amount of ultraviolet (UV) radiation entering your home, reducing furniture and carpet fading.   If you have single-pane windows, installing new energy efficient windows can result in savings on your energy bills of up to 30%.  

  • Quality Product at a Reasonable Price

    7/5/2010 4:40 PM

    David from Annandale, Virginia had the Thompson Creek Gutter System installed on his home because he didn’t want to worry about clogged gutters again.  Our gutter system keeps your feet on the ground so that you don’t become one of the 500,000 people treated in the United States for ladder-related injuries annually.  David said this about Thompson Creek, “Professional, courteous, displayed quality, delivered good product” and also “Demonstrated a quality product at a reasonable price.  Appreciate their focus on being a local company in the DC area.”

  • Great Customer Service

    7/5/2010 4:26 PM

    Beth from Gaithersburg recently had replacement windows installed by Thompson Creek.  She is a previous customer who already had our energy efficient windows in her home.  She said, “I was most satisfied with their customer service. Everyone is very friendly.” and “Thompson Creek is a local, family run business. That appealed to me.”  

  • Energy Tips

    5/25/2010 12:27 PM

    Reduce energy loss in your home by increasing the quality of your windows and doors. You can tell almost everything you need to know about a window's performance by looking at its NFRC label. Adopted by the National Fenestration Rating Council in 1998, this label is affixed to windows voluntarily by manufacturers concerned about energy efficiency. If a window does not have this label, chances are you're not dealing with a reputable manufacturer. U-Factor: The inverse of R-Value (which measures insulating value), the U-Factor measures how easily heat flows through the product. The lower the number, the better it keeps heat where you want it. In cold climates, look for a U-Factor of 0.35 or lower. Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): The SHGC tells you how much heat radiation from sunlight a window lets in. If heating your home is your main concern, a higher SHGC can help offset some of the heating costs. In warmer climates, where air-conditioning costs are a bigger factor, look for a lower number. Visible Transmittance (VT): The Visible Transmittance number indicates the amount of light that passes through the glass (refers to brightness, as opposed to heat). A higher number means a brighter room. Air Leakage (AL): The Air Leakage rating refers to the amount of air that can infiltrate cracks in the window assembly. The lower the number, the less infiltration. Look for windows with an AL rating of 0.30 or less. Res/Non-Res: The NFRC label contains data for Residential and Non-Residential (industrial) windows. When shopping for windows for your home, be sure to compare the Res numbers.

  • In The Community - Thompson Creek Employees Volunteer

    5/24/2010 12:00 AM

    Thompson Creek is committed to giving back to our community with products, money and our time. Our employees recently pitched in at a Habitat for Humanity project in Brooklyn, Maryland. These row homes are being quickly rehabilitated by the talented Habitat for Humanity staff and several volunteers. In addition to providing our time and energy, we have also donated and installed our windows and doors.