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Now’s the time for new windows at good prices

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Posted: Thursday, April 25, 2013 10:30 am

So, you’ve made it through the cold, drafty winter, and thoughts of stiflingly hot summer days are beginning to whirl around in your head.

Whatever the climate, now just might be the perfect time to consider replacing the windows and doors in your home or business. And the perfect place to get them is right here in Queens.

According to Steven Yu, marketing manager for Crystal Window & Door Systems, Ltd., located in Flushing, the company’s Low-e (low thermal emissivity) glass “is able to keep heat out and maintain cold air in the room. Therefore, the AC doesn’t need to work as hard. And when next winter comes, it’s able to keep cold air out and warm air in.”

And, Yu points out, “Most homeowners do no realize this, but they’re not that much more expensive than a no-frills base window.”

Yu also recommends Energy Star-rated windows and doors for “maximum savings year-round.”

In fact, he estimates that homeowners “should see a 10 to 15 percent reduction in their utility bills compared to old drafty windows.”

Yu is particularly proud that Crystal products have been touted on A&E’s “Flipping Boston” TV show on real estate sales.

“Last year, we were approached by the producers,” he said. “We came to an agreement to be the exclusive window sponsor on the entire series. We have been featured in eight episodes so far.”

Yu said that Crystal has four manufacturing locations around the country and is listed among the top 40 window and door manufacturers in the nation.

The Queens-based site is the largest in New York State, Yu said.

Each order is custom-made, he explained, and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. No project is too large or too small, he added.

Crystal has been in business since 1990. After undergoing several upgrades, Yu said, the company moved to its current site in Flushing in 2000.

The location serves not only as a manufacturing center but also as a showroom for potential customers. Anyone considering replacing windows or doors is welcome to stop in.

Yu pointed out, however, that “we do not provide installation. We sell directly to contractors, not to homeowners.”

If a homeowner has not already chosen a contractor for a particular job, an employee at Crystal will gladly make a referral, Yu said.

Once an order is placed, Yu said, it will be ready in approximately two weeks.

Besides saving energy, “getting new windows and doors enhances home value for better resale value down the road,” Yu pointed out. “Replacing windows not only looks good, but provides year-round savings on utility bills. Now is the perfect time.”

In addition to its residential offerings, Crystal also manufactures products for commercial and architectural projects.

Crystal Window & Door Systems, Ltd. is located at 31-10 Whitestone Expressway in Flushing. For more information, visit the company online at crystalwindows.com or call (718) 961-7300. For referrals, dial extension 6.

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