Homeowners may claim a tax credit on their federal tax return for the purchase of Energy StarTM qualified windows and doors – provided they are installed prior to December 31, 2013.
To be eligible for the tax credit, windows and doors must:
- Meet Energy StarTM program requirements
- Be installed in a taxpayer’s primary residence
- Be installed between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013
Homeowners may receive a tax credit equal to 10% of the product cost, not including installation costs, up to:
- $200 for eligible windows
- $500 for eligible doors
So you still have time, if you act quickly, to enjoy a more comfortable home, save on energy costs, improve the value of your home and have the U.S. government help pay for your investment.
So please contact us today for your free, in-home, no-pressure estimate from American Openings; or, you can call us at 520-664-1202.
But please, hurry; because time is running out!
The above information is not intended as legal or tax advice. We recommend that you visit www.irs.gov or consult a tax professional to address any specific questions.
For further information
- Energy StarTM Tax Credit Program
- Replacement Windows from American Openings
- Replacement Doors from American Openings
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Here at American Openings, we get calls all the time from people who are just looking to get their window repaired. “All I have is some cracked glass,” or “I just have a little fog between the panes,” they often tell us. “I certainly don’t need the entire window replaced!”
While a repair might seem like the best and least expensive course of action in the short term, it may not be the best plan for your family and your home in the long run.
If your windows are more than 15 years old, even if they are double-pane windows, and showing signs of failure, like cracking or fogging, you should seriously consider window replacement. Here are some reasons why:
- Your current windows are not Low-E windows. Even if you have double-pane windows, older windows do not have the energy saving components that today’s Energy StarTM windows possess. Modern windows are superior in the following ways:
- Tinted glass to minimize solar heat transfer into your home
- Argon gas filler to minimize convective heat transfer across the air gap.
- Specially-engineered window spacers to minimize conductive heat transfer through the frame
- You will save on energy costs. Energy savings is a great untapped resource that you can use to improve your home finances. You can also improve your home’s “carbon footprint” as much of Arizona’s electrical grid is based on coal.
- You and your family will be more comfortable. Last summer was one of the hottest ones in memory with more than 100 days over 100 degrees. Your home’s HVAC system was under a lot of strain to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Modern Energy StarTM certified windows, along with insulation, weather-stripping, window coverings and external foliage can go a long way towards improving the comfort of your home during our extreme-weather summer months.
- You will improve the value of your home. Energy efficiency is become an increasingly critical factor in improving your home’s resell value. Savvy buyers are looking at the home’s energy systems before making an offer. Lenders and appraisers are become more aware of a home’s energy efficiency as well.
- The American Openings Warranty. Chances are that once your older windows start to show signs of failure, like cracking and fogging, you will likely be making those “minor” repairs more repeatedly and more often. When you replace your windows with Energy StarTM windows from American Openings, we will warranty the integrity and workmanship of your new windows for as long as you own your home. Those frequent repair calls for cracking and fogging should come to a happy ending.
So, rather than call a window-repair company, please contact American Openings for a free, in-home, no pressure consultation. Your family, your wallet, and the environment will all thank you for it … and so will we!
If you have further questions about window replacement or repair, please call us at (520) 664-1202 or contact us online.
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Sometimes people contact us here at American Openings to ask if we can repair their broken windows or window panes. The less-than-simple answer to that simple question is: “It depends.”
Whether we can repair a broken window depends on if we built it and the date is was installed. Here are some examples:
- The window is an American Openings Window purchased after January 1, 2009.
All of our Energy StarTM windows built after that date are covered under the American Openings Warranty. If the integrity or workmanship of this product fails, we will repair or replace the product at no cost for as long as you own your home. Please note that we cannot warranty a failure due to vandalism, applied tint, broken glass, exterior color finish or product misuse.
- The window is an American Openings Window purchased before January 1, 2009.Unfortunately, this older window is no longer covered under the original, 2-year warranty for that model. However, our team remains committed to your satisfaction with our products and service. A member of our customer support team will be happy to work with you to determine your best options and advise you regarding any charges that may apply.
- The window is not an American Openings window.American Openings is in the business of home replacement window manufacture and installation. We manufacture, install and warranty custom-made, energy-efficient windows for the harsh conditions of Southern Arizona. However, we are not a window-repair company and are not therefore not equipped to fix windows built or installed by other companies. We recommend that you contact the company who did the installation or a third-party glass or window repair company who are specialists in this type of repair.
If you have further questions about window replacement or repair, please call us at (520) 664-1202 or contact us online.
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With the holidays fast approaching, we at American Openings would like to remind all of our customers of a quick and easy way to earn some extra cash before the end of the year. Please take advantage of our Customer Referral Program and tell your friends and family about your American Openings experience. If they place an order with us, you could receive a nice check in time to help with the holidays.
How does the Customer Referral Program work?
To be eligible, you need to be an American Openings customer and proud owner of our “Made-in-Tucson,” Energy StarTM certified replacement windows or doors. All you have to do is tell a friend about your experience and encourage them to call 520-664-1202 to schedule their free, no-pressure, in-home consultation. When Keith comes to their home, ask them to name you as the Referring Customer. If your friend decides to purchase their replacement windows or doors from American Openings, you will be eligible for a customer referral award according to the schedule below:
|Dollar amount of order||Referral award amount|
|$2,000 to $3,000||$50.00|
|$3,001 to $5,000||$100.00|
|$5,001 and above||$200.00|
So far in 2013, we have sent out 77 Customer Referral Awards for a total of $12,775.00!
When do you get the award?
Upon completion of the job, we will send you a check for the listed amount. It’s that simple.
Here is the best part: There is no limit to the number of people that you can refer to us. If you tell 5 friends, and they each place a window or door replacement order of $2,000 or more, you will receive 5 referral awards. Everybody wins!
At American Openings, we have been Tucson’s home-town supplier of replacement windows and doors since 1992. We are your neighbors and part of this wonderful community. We know that our most valuable resource is our network of satisfied customers who spread the word about our professional team, our high-quality energy-saving products and our lifetime warranty of the integrity and workmanship of everything we build and install.
As the fall and winter holidays approach, all of us at American Openings want to thank each of our customers for your business and wish you and your loved ones the very best.
For more information
For additional information about the Customer Referral Program, please call us at (520) 664-1202 or Contact Us online.
Here at American Openings, since we manufacture both aluminum and vinyl-framed windows, we don’t have any bias as to which type you should choose. Our only goal is to help you find the best replacement windows for your home and budget. Here is a fresh look at the different characteristics of vinyl and aluminum frames.
All of our windows are Energy StarTM certified, Low-E windows that we design and build with Southern Arizona’s extreme summers in mind. All American Openings windows use quality parts and components that are 100% made in the USA. Replacing your home’s windows, especially if you live in an older home with single-pane windows, can make a significant difference in your energy bills and your family’s comfort.
While the energy-efficiency of the glass is identical, there is a difference in the insulation characteristics of the frames. Vinyl is a superior thermal insulator. However, since most of the surface area of your window consists of the glass and not the frame, the overall contribution of the frame to the window’s overall energy-efficiency is relatively small. According to efficientwindows.org, most Tucson-area home owners should expect the difference in energy savings between vinyl and aluminum frames to be less than $120 per year1.
Colors, Design and Aesthetics
We offer aluminum frames in three color choices: bronze, sandstone and white. Vinyl comes in two colors: white and beige. Aluminum offers a modern and efficient look and is very popular in modern applications. Vinyl frames, by comparison, are wider than aluminum and offer a warmer, more “homey” aesthetic.
Exposure of your windows to direct sunlight is another important consideration. Although vinyl will maintain its insulating properties even when exposed to direct sunlight; the color of your vinyl frames is likely to fade over time. Our professional estimator will work with you to recommend the most appropriate solution for your particular situation.
Both aluminum and vinyl frame are low maintenance and only need an occasional wipe with a damp cloth to keep their like-new appearance.
Aluminum is denser than vinyl and has superior noise-reducing characteristics. Laboratory testing indicates that aluminum performs much better in this area. In fact, tests show that a vinyl frame would need to be 3 times the thickness of an aluminum frame to match aluminum’s noise-reduction advantage2.
For custom or unusual designs, aluminum is easier to manipulate and can be formed into more irregular shapes3.
There is no difference in the installation process. When you purchase your replacement windows from American Openings, our installation team will install your new windows with no damage to existing paint, stucco or drywall.
Vinyl windows will cost a bit more than aluminum. American Openings can provide you with the specific price difference of vinyl vs. aluminum during our free, no-pressure, in-home estimate.
All American Openings windows have a lifetime guarantee whether you select aluminum or vinyl. We will stand behind the workmanship, reliability and integrity of your windows for as long as you own your home.
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With the cool months of fall approaching just around the corner, many home owners are wise in taking steps to prepare their homes for the frigid months of late autumn and winter. If you are a homeowner, one of the greatest concerns regarding the upcoming months likely has to do with energy costs. As the temperatures grow colder, energy bills can spike as a result of more use of the home’s furnace. Fortunately, there are some steps that all homeowners can take to ensure maximum energy efficiency this fall, winter, and beyond.
Consider Replacing Doors and Windows
On a cool night, take a moment to stand by a few different doors and windows within your home. Do they feel drafty? If so, then it may be time to replace them. If you know your home has older windows and/or doors, then it might be worth it to look into the cost of replacing them with energy efficient ones. Otherwise, you could essentially be sending your hard-earned money right out the window as a result of the drafty windows and doors you have now. Today’s windows and doors are made more energy efficient than ever; some are even filled with argon glass for additional insulation.
If price is a concern, keep in mind that many companies run special deals and discounts during the later months of fall. Furthermore, consider the fact that your investment in new windows and doors can pay off over time in lower energy bills.
Sealing Windows and Doors
If replacing your home’s windows and doors in their entirety is not an option as of yet, then you can always take the time to ensure that they are properly sealed. This is a much less expensive process that can still result in significant energy savings for you by better insulating your home. Consider buying some caulk to seal any gaps that may be causing drafts around your windows. Furthermore, you can purchase weather stripping to glue around your doors as a way of cutting back on draftiness. This process takes just a few minutes for each window and door but can make all the difference in the long run.
As you can see, there are many different ways in which you can prepare your home for the cooler months of the year. Be sure to give one of these a try to better insulate your home and reduce energy costs. Contact us now for a more information.
New windows can make a dramatic visual impact on the exterior of your home and can enhance the style, comfort and energy efficiency of your interior environment as well. Whether you want to showcase a picturesque view, let in more light or simply make your home feel more comfortable, today’s energy-efficient windows get the job done.
Lower Your Heating and Cooling Bills
Thanks to advanced technologies, modern windows are far more effective at blocking out inclement weather than their outdated counterparts. Double- or triple-glazed windows help control heat gain and loss by trapping air between panes of glass as a layer of insulation. Some energy-efficient models use an inert gas like argon or krypton instead of air in the sealed space between the glass panes. Denser than air, they provide an even better level of insulation. Replacing drafty windows with new high efficiency models can lower your heating and cooling costs by as much as 25 percent.
Elevate Your Home’s Decorative Appeal
No architectural element in your home attracts the eye like new windows. Light is a natural focal point that’s made all the more appealing when the light when framed in an energy-efficient window. New windows offer you opportunities to elevate the style of your home, inside and out. Outdoors, windows define the character of your home. Whether it’s a row of casement windows enhanced with quarter-circle fixed panes on top or a large rectangular-shaped picture window, the size and design of the windows that you choose for your home strongly influence its overall architectural style.
Indoors, energy-efficient windows present exciting opportunities to update your home’s living spaces. A large pane of glass encased in a sleekly designed frame is ideal when you want to show off a spectacular view like a piece of art. To create the perfect background for an attention-grabbing vignette, drape a new window with a distinctive window dressing. Whether you want to flood your interiors with natural light or add a window seat that you know will provide comfortable seating even when the weather turns foul, new windows provide an array of interior design solutions.
New energy-efficient windows offer both functional and decorative benefits. They lower your energy bills by tightening up the seal on your home’s building envelope and protect your home from incurring damage during stormy weather. From eye-catching windows designed to elevate your home’s curve-side appeal to models designed to take advantage of passive solar heating, new windows can make your home a more comfortable, energy-efficient and stylish place.
You may not think about them much, but your windows are a very important part of your home. They let you see the beauty that lies outside while protecting your home from the elements. Like it or not, windows sometimes have to be replaced. If you don’t know how to tell if your windows are past their prime, the following are a few gauges you can use in order to determine if you need window replacement.
Maintaining a Comfortable Temperature
Is it difficult to maintain a constant comfortable temperature in your home? If it is, then it might be that your windows need to be replaced. During the summer time, your windows may let in outdoor heat through small cracks. Furthermore, if direct sunlight comes in through your windows, your home can be heated substantially. This can overwork your air conditioning unit and cause you to have large energy bills. Replacing your old windows with new energy efficient windows should help you maintain a comfortable temperature indoors while saving you some money on energy costs.
Are Your Windows Operable?
This can seem like a strange question, but it is important that everyone in your family is able to open and close all of the windows in your home with relative ease. If your windows are extremely difficult to open or fail to stay up after you open them, then it is definitely time to replace them. Faulty windows are a serious safety hazard. In case of a fire it may be necessary for your family to escape through your windows. If you or your children cannot open your windows during a fire it can bring devastating consequences. When you are shopping for new windows, bring everyone in the family along and test that everyone can easily open and close them.
Other Window Issues
There are countless other issues that can warrant you replacing your window. For example, if your windows fog, this is a sign that the glass in your windows is not good anymore. Also, if your windows have rot on them, you should replace them immediately. Rot attracts nasty critters such as termites that can not only further damage your windows but also damage the healthy wood in your home.
Look for these and other issues in the windows you have in your home today. If you encounter one of these problems, it is a safe bet that your windows need to be upgraded. Doing so will make your home more energy efficient and potentially safer for your family.
Last time we talked about the AMERISECURE™ window, but we didn’t actually give you the facts on window security. Now we are providing you with a chart on South Tucson break in statistics that will stune you! Keep in mind some areas of the south side of Tucson, and various parts of Phoenix are very dangerous, but the majority of Arizona has a medium danger level like the rest of the states in the U.S. (Danger level is the number of home and car robberies for every 100,000 people) Here is an official 2012 Crime Statistics (based on cityrating.com) of the dangerous areas in Arizona we talked about:
Don’t worry about these statistics if you’re in Vail though. Vail has a lower crime because of the overall economic and social setting in this area.
We hope that these statistics are common knowledge to you and also you are already familier with how our polymer (non-shattering) AMERISECURE™ window can help increase safety. As we said before, the AMERISECURE™ is designed to withstand even the biggest blow of a rock or baseball bat, or even a metal rode! The AMERISECURE™ window is a very good investment for the Vail area natives. Knowing that your home is safe in the “desert” area were sometimes police can’t get to your home quickly will put you at ease! Your family and pets, and of course valuables, will be protected with our brand new product. A Polyester Compound engineered to form a glass finish is what we give you, and we are extremely proud of our genius creation! Also this Polyester Compound is much stronger than laminated glass that almost all homes in Tucson and Phoenix use! Imagine, if all homes in Arizona used AMERISECURE™ windows, property crime rates would drop tremendously and it would all be part of American Openings dedication to protect homes through window safety!
So, we leave you with another statistic on the famous Tempe, Phoenix which has a lower crime rate but is still in need of our AMERISECURE™ windows:
Soon you will see one of our best products ever, the AMERISECURE™ window! It will be up on our Windows > Window Gallery tab above and you’ll be able to check out even more of this window’s specifications! You may have seen the banner on our home page too about the AMERISECURE™ window style. We’re very convinced that this custom silica sand, vinyl or wood panel, hand-crafted to perfection, 50% off the competition priced, 45 minute shatter-resistant, top-of-the-line technology when compared to the competitors window will increase your safety and add value to your home at the same time! Below is an introduction to the AMERISECURE™ Window, and of course we have more to come in the future (remember, you can install AMERISECURE™ window glass for any window we have!).