The Cost of Replacing Windows or Adding a Garden Window

Replacing Windows or Adding a Garden Window Replacing windows in your home does not have to be expensive, and adding a garden window increases your home value. Garden windows are similar to bay windows, but smaller. Also, garden windows are often installed over a sink. While garden windows are more of a "luxury item," they [...]

When Is It Time To Replace My Home’s Front Door?

When You Should Consider Front Door Replacement Whether you have just moved into a new home or you've lived in your home for years, sometimes you have to replace your entry door. There are three main reasons for front door replacement: Aesthetics Security Energy Efficiency Aesthetics If your entry door is old-fashioned, damaged, or unattractive, [...]

How Thick Does My Siding Need To Be For My House?

How Thick Should My Siding Be? Choosing siding for your home can be difficult, as there are many options. When choosing replacement siding for your home, you must consider multiple factors, including aesthetic, water resistance, durability, and energy efficiency. There are various siding replacement options; popular siding replacement options include Alside and Hardieplank.  Types of [...]

Choosing between Fiberglass or Wood for Your Entry Door

 Choosing a New Door for Your Home  When it's time to replace your entry door, you must decide what type of door you'd like to install. The most common options are wood, fiberglass, and steel. Each option has its benefits and its drawbacks. You should choose your new door based on your needs and expectations.  [...]

Increasing Your Home’s Value by Replacing Windows and Doors

Increasing Your Home's Value Whether you just moved in, or you're ready to move out, it's always a good time to consider replacing your old or damaged windows and doors. Smart home improvements, like increasing energy efficiency, can pay off in a big way when it's time to sell your home.  Window and door replacement [...]

The Differences Between Double and Triple Paned Glass

Double and Triple Pane Glass When determining the best type of windows to install on your property, you must choose between double and triple pane glass. But what are the differences? Double pane glass windows consist of two panes of glass with a space between them. That space (consisting of air) adds additional insulation and [...]

How to Replace Windows and Doors on a Historic/Landmark Property

If you own a property designated as a historic landmark, there are specific rules you must follow in order to repair or replace facets of the property. There are more than 50 historic districts in Chicago, including many that have one or more extensions. The first historic district was created in 1971 on Alta Vista Terrace [...]

What to Look for in a Home Improvement Crew

Learning How to Choose a Home Improvement Crew  When you're tackling any type of improvement for your home in Chicago, you must find a reputable, responsible home improvement team. We tell all homeowners to do their due diligence when choosing a team so they can avoid problems, increased costs, and mistakes.  Look at the reviews [...]

Gas-Filled Glass Panes in Windows

What are Gas-Filled Windows? Older homes often feature single-pane windows, which are drafty and energy inefficient. Newer buildings (or upgraded properties) are most likely to feature gas-filled windows, which are windows consisting of two or three panes of glass, with argon gas filling the spaces between the panes. These types of windows have become more [...]

Deciding if Your Basement Needs an Escape Window

When building or remodeling a basement, you should include an escape window ("Egress"). Most cities and towns require escape windows under their fire ordinances. Escape windows are necessary for safety and your peace of mind. Basement escape windows ensure there is means of departure in case of emergency, most notably fire. Stories of apartment and [...]

Customizing Your Home’s New Doors

Customizing Your Home's Entry Door Your entry door is the focal point of your home, and should reflect your exact sense of style. Your aesthtic preferences and your functional needs all must be considered when choosing an entry door. There are endless possibilities when it comes to the appearance of your home's entry door.  Color [...]

Options for Window Customization

There are hundreds, if not thousands of different combinations of options when you are installing or replacing windows in your home or business. From the shape of the window to the color type of glass, property owners can become frustrated when trying to determine the best fit for their property, aesthetic preference, and budget. Window [...]

The Benefits of a Fiberglass Entry Door

Installing or Replacing Your Home's Entry Door When it comes time to install or replace an entry door, you have to decide between three materials: Wood, steel, or fiberglass. Deciding between these three options comes down to personal choice in regards to aesthetics, but fiberglass doors in particular can be the best choice for a [...]

Double-Hung Versus Casement Windows

Deciding Between Double Hung and Casement Windows There are several types of windows to consider when replacing the windows in your home. Two of the major options are double-hung windows and casement windows. When deciding between double-hung or casement windows, you must consider your aesthetic preference and your ventilation preference.  What are Casement Windows? Casement [...]

In 2018, are Bay Windows Modern or Old-Fashioned?

Are Bay Windows Right for Your Home? Bay and bow windows are often included in homes to allow for more light to enter living spaces. Many beautiful Chicagoland homes feature bay or bow windows. Bay window is the (often generic) term used for a protruding window structure. There is a difference between bay and bow windows, [...]

Are Black-Framed Windows Right for My Home?

Black Window Frames are More Popular Than Ever In many Chicagoland homes and businesses, black window frames are being installed as owners decide to update their windows. As industrial trends grew in popularity, more and more homeowners and business owners were including black window frames in their plans, or replacing their white window frames with [...]

The Best Bathroom Windows for Light Exposure and Privacy

The Best Bathroom Windows For Privacy In many homes in Chicago, the bathrooms have one or more windows. These bathroom windows are necessary to let in light and ventilate the bathroom. Some contemporary homes even have large picture windows in the bathroom. While additional windows are beautiful and offer many benefits, many home and business [...]

Where and Why to Use Transom Windows

When and Why to Use Transom Windows What are Transom Windows Transom windows are small windows appearing above or beside a door or other window and are often fan-shaped, but can be other shapes as well. Transom windows are primarily decorative, but they also serve a function. These types of windows add extra light to [...]

Replacing Commercial Storefront Windows

Replacing Commercial Storefront Windows If you've recently purchased a commercial property in Chicagoland, or you're upgrading your existing property, you'll often have to replace your storefront windows or commercial doors.  We work with contractors and architects across the Chicagoland area to replace all types of business windows and associated commercial doors. These projects usually include [...]

Replacing a Basement Window

Replacing a Basement Window Basement windows sometimes need to be replaced due to old age or damage. They are often broken by burglars, so installing a new basement window is very important. Depending on your basement, you need to have a hopper window, egress, or escape window.    Egress Windows An egress window is a [...]

Marvin Double Hung Windows

Marvin Windows and Doors Built Around You Marvin double hung windows are made to order, one at a time. Marvin Windows and Doors take pride by carefully constructing each Marvin double hung window to the customer's exact specifications. Marvin double hung window are built to last and at American Thermal Window we can attest to [...]

Why Installing Soffit and Fascia is Important

Soffit and Fascia Installation in Chicago While soffit and fascia aren't commonly thought of items when it comes to home improvement, soffit and fascia are important parts of the home. Soffit and fascia help protect the home's exterior from weather and ventilate hot air out/ What is Fascia? Fascia boards are the long boards that [...]

Beautiful Replacement Doors in Chicago

American Thermal Window carries many of the best replacement doors available on the market. We have a long history of installing replacement doors in Chicago and throughout the surrounding suburbs. Some of the fantastic door manufacturers we carry include: Marvin Windows & Doors Pella Doors Albany Door Systems Simpson Doors Great Lakes Windows And More! [...]

Fire-Rated Windows for Chicago Buildings

What Makes Fire-Rated Windows Different Than Windows With Normal Glass? Depending on where you live and the style of building you live in, fire rated glass windows are required. At American Thermal Window our team keeps abreast of all local ordinances regarding fire-rated windows. We want to ensure each of our customers gets the fire-rated windows [...]

Commercial Window Replacement in Chicago

Commercial Window Installation in Chicago American Thermal Window offers Chicago's best commercial window installation and largest selection of high-end commercial windows. The team at American Thermal Window has decades of experience selling and installing replacement commercial storefront windows and commercial aluminum windows and doors. Over the many years, American Thermal Window has been in business, [...]

The Perfect Garden Window Herb Garden

Cooking with fresh herbs is amazing, so why not turn your cluttered kitchen garden window into a beautiful kitchen greenhouse garden window. Or, get the boring double pane window in your kitchen converted into an energy efficient garden window to open your kitchen up and give it more light. What is a Garden Window In [...]

When to Replace Your Vinyl Siding

Chicago's Best Replacement Vinyl Siding Installers Replacing vinyl siding or installing vinyl siding for the first time on your Chicago home is a big investment, but it's an investment that will pay off in the end. Increased curb appeal. Greater fuel efficiency. Higher home value. And, protecting your home from the elements. Those are all [...]

Why You Should Install Security Storm Doors on Your Chicago Home

Chicago's Best Security Storm Door Installer American Thermal Window has installed thousands of security storm doors around Chicago. We offer many of the best security storm door brands on the market. Our experienced sales team works with homeowners to find custom solutions for your home. Our security storm doors will match your home and personal [...]

Windows and Doors With Built-in Blinds

Windows and doors with built-in blinds are gaining in popularity, particularly for homes with sliding glass doors. Windows and doors with built-in blinds have many great advantages over traditional windows and doors. Advantages of Windows and Doors With Built-in Blinds Built-in Blinds Makes Cleaning Easy The blinds built into windows and doors won't collect dust [...]

Entry Doors and Home Security

Keeping your home safe and secure requires careful planning and a good starting place when increasing your home's security is your exterior doors. There are many security features for exterior doors, covering the doors themselves, locks and jambs. All the different choices and security options available can make deciding on what is best for your [...]

Tilt and Turn Windows Add a Distinctive Look to Your Home

Tilt and Turn Windows are also known as Euro Windows. These windows are gaining in popularity in the United States over the past few years. American Thermal Window carries an extensive selection of Tilt and Turn Windows for homeowners and business owners throughout Chicago. Tilt and Turn Windows Unique Features What makes tilt and turn [...]

The Benefits of Triple Pane Windows

Triple Pane Windows are Highly Energy Efficient Expertly installed triple pane windows are more energy efficient than single or even double paned windows. Triple pane windows do an excellent job in areas, such as Chicagoland, that experience sub-freezing winters. The additional pane of glass and air space between provides a buffer between the outside cold and [...]

Easy Home Makeovers with American Thermal Window

Curb appeal is incredibly important for many homeowners, especially when it comes time to sell the home. There are many different ways you can increase your curb appeal, and many are services offered by American Thermal Window. From new siding to replacing windows there are a lot of options to enhance your curb appeal.  Before [...]

Tilt and Turn Doors are Chicago’s Latest Door Trend

Tilt and Turn Doors are a visually stunning style of doors that originated in Europe and are also known as Euro Doors. Tilt and Turn Doors offer exceptional versatility, ventilation, and security. American Thermal Window carries Tilt and Turn Doors in many different sizes, styles, and finishes. Tilt and Turn Doors open like a traditional [...]

The Benefits of Triple Pane Windows

Why Install Triple Pane Windows Triple Pane Windows have three panes of glass with an additional space between the glass panes. The extra pane of glass and air space between glass help increase the window's energy efficiency. Triple Pane Windows handle harsh cold weather better than single or double pane windows. If you live in [...]

Window Condensation and Its Causes

Many people incorrectly assume that when there is condensation on their windows that the windows are to blame. Windows do not cause condensation but are often the first place where condensation is visible. It's much easier to see condensation when it's obstructing your view, such as with windows and mirrors, as opposed to condensation on [...]

American Thermal Window Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award

American Thermal Window Earns Esteemed 2016 Angie’s List Super Service Award Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service   American Thermal Window has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of customer service to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in [...]

Commercial Doors & Aluminum Storefronts

American Thermal Window Carries Chicago’s Largest Selection of Commercial Doors & Aluminum Storefronts We’re told not to judge a book by its cover, but that isn’t always the case. With businesses having a well thought out storefront can make or break a company. At American Thermal Window and carry a large selection of commercial doors [...]

The Benefits of Storm Doors

Installing storm doors on your home is an excellent way to add to your home’s value. A storm door is a door installed outside of the door. Storm doors work independently of a regular door and are one of the most underrated home improvement projects for the home. Increase the Life of Your Doors A [...]

Chicago’s Best Fire Rated Window Installers

Chicago's Top Fire Rated Window Installers American Thermal Window has been installing fire rated windows throughout Chicago and the surrounding area since 1981. American Thermal Window carries both commercial fire rated windows and residential fire rated windows that comply with local fire codes. Fire codes throughout Chicagoland can be confusing and complicated, but rest assured [...]

American Thermal Window Has Best Windows in Chicago

For the Best Windows & Doors American Thermal Window is the Best If you want the very Best Windows installed on your home, American Thermal Window should be your number 1 choice. American Thermal Window offers more window and door manufacturers than the competition and has the Best Window & Door installers in the area. [...]

American Thermal Window Earns Angie’s List Service Award

American Thermal Window Earns Esteemed 2015 Angie’s List Super Service Award Award reflects company’s consistently high level of customer service American Thermal Window has earned the service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award, reflecting an exemplary year of service provided to members of the local services marketplace and consumer review site in 2015. “Only [...]

Marvin Windows and Doors Wood Windows

Chicago's Best Wood Windows High-quality wood windows, such as the ones offered by Marvin Windows and Doors are an amazing investment for any home. Wood windows, more than any other type, are energy efficient, aesthetically pleasing, with proper care last longer than other types of windows, and environmentally sound. American Thermal Windows is proud to [...]

Window Companies Offer More Choices Than You Might Think!

Believe it or not, window companies and window features cover the range from basic contractor-grade to high-end designer styles. Replacement windows enhance the look of a home while making it less drafty and quieter–in addition to reducing on energy costs. Additionally, they’re easier to clean and maintain than old windows, which often employ an outdated combination of storm […]

Chicago’s Best, Most Affordable Replacement Doors

With numerous home improvement project options in Chicago, it’s hard to know where to start. One of the easiest ways to improve your home’s aesthetics and lower your energy costs is with new, replacement doors. Whether you opt for new steel or fiberglass entry doors at any entrance point in the house, sliding glass doors for the back of your […]

Storm Doors and Security Doors- Protect your home!

Storm doors and wrought iron security doors protect from weather as well as forced entry/intrusion. The iron security doors feature 16 gauge steel frames and lock guards that prevent unwanted access to locks. Three 7” forged hinges on our security doors reinforced with steel vault pins virtually eliminate forced entry through the hinge side of […]

Entry Doors- All the ins and outs!

Most commonly thought of as front doors, entry doors are often on the back or on the side of your house, with the more ornate varieties are usually found in a home’s main entrance. When buying a “new to you” home, replacing or upgrading your home’s current doors, entry doors of today have come a […]

Air Infiltration: What it means for Your Home

With Chicago winter quickly approaching, many of our customers ask us about air infiltration, why it happens and what homeowners can do to remedy it. Firstly, every home, regardless of age, “breathes” and is not completely airtight. Some natural ventilation between your home and the outside air refreshes the air inside and eliminates excessive moisture […]