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Stay Cool!

  We’re in the middle of a long hot New Mexico summer and it’s hard not to keep that AC going full blast.  The ongoing debate is whether or not to shut your windows and blinds when you’re not home to keep hot air out, or to have them open.  What achieves a cooler house? 

Vinyl Windows and VOC’s

  VOC’s, (Volatile Organic Compounds), are invisible products that result from the off-gassing of a variety of materials in your home from paint to carpet to plastics. In most cases products that have high VOC’s also have strong smells. New carpet, linoleum, and fresh paint are good examples of this. Occasionally we get questions about

Testing for Lead Paint: It’s the Law!

In April of 2010 The Environmental Protection Agency issued new regulations that require any contractor that disrupts more than 6 square feet of surface on a home built before 1978 be licensed and trained to comply with the new lead paint regulations that minimize dust. To learn more specifics about these regulations go to EPA.gov

What is SHGC?

What is SHGC and why do I care? Before buying new windows for your home you should check out the NFRC label. The NFRC, or National Fenestration Registration Council, is a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide uniform, accurate information about the energy performance of windows. The easiest way to compare windows on a

Modifying and Creating New Openings for Windows

Let it shine on in…or not When a home is built, the contractor and architect choose the window location and size for a room based on a variety of factors like symmetry from the exterior, and the purpose a room is being used for. Preferences change though; I like having light from more than one

How to replace a balance

Replacing a channel balance or “block & tackle” balance on a single-hung window Our new Energy Quest vinyl windows use a constant force steel coil balance that never needs replacement.  But what if you’ve already replaced your windows a few years ago? Sometimes they just need a little TLC to get them working like new

The Scoop on Fiberglass Windows

When shopping for new windows for your home people quickly find out that it isn’t a simple choice.  There are lots of products out there, and modern windows are made out of a variety of materials.  One of the newly popular types is a fiberglass window, and here’s Glass-Rite’s advice when it comes to fiberglass

Aluminum Replacement Windows Still Popular!

Aluminum window frames continue to be popular in New Mexico, and we still manufacture Commercial grade Bronze Aluminum windows here in Albuquerque.  The Bronze frames are recognizable and common in many parts of our state.  In some cases we come across homes that still have well insulated Aluminum windows that were put in many years

Made in New Mexico, for New Mexico

Made In New Mexico, For New Mexico Glass-Rite has been doing business in New Mexico for nearly 30 years now and we have always made windows that are designed to function well in our unique climate.  When we made the decision to upgrade our vinyl window line we took a hard look at what features