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Roofing - What Do I Need To Know?

Derek Wood - Thursday, June 22, 2017

Have you looked at your roof lately? Are you wondering what is the best roof for your house? There are several things to take into consideration when deciding on a new roof. Although style, your taste, and finances are important, we would like to point out some other factors to consider:

 

The pitch of your roof - pitched, the slope, and is it flat? - Not every material can be used on all roofs. So it is important that you are familiar with the products available for your type of roof. As an example, you cannot use slate or tile unless the underlying structure can support the weight. Or if you have a flat roof, which receives a high level of UV rays, the traditional type of roofing material won't work due to the high risk of leakage from water.

 

HOA requirements - HOAs manage common areas and community property through a published set of covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&R). The CC&R, depending on the state, will include a set of guidelines for any changes to property interests. Typically, there is an approval process for roof replacement before you can begin the alteration to your home.

 

Climate - The choice of roofing materials will depend on the type of weather your area experiences. If you live in a wet and cold climate, then metal roofing is a good choice since it deters algae growth. Before you decide on the type of material for your roof be aware of how the climate will impact your choice.

 

Color, texture, weight, durability, and type - Familiarity with building codes is advisable when choosing your roof type. For instance, if you have a roof with two layers, it will have to be stripped down to the sheathing layer per code. Also, the weight of the roofing material is important since the underlying structure has to be strong enough to support the shingle or tile that you choose. Slate, depending on whether it is soft or hard, will last anywhere from 50 to 200 years. Although the most durable, the weight is a considerable factor when making a decision. The traditional asphalt shingle or wood has an average life span of 30 years, but will weather nicely if in moderate climate. Clay and concrete tile have many benefits. They offer low maintenance, durability, and longevity, however this type of roof is costly. The color of the roof is important as well because it affects the internal temperature of your home. A light color reflects heat while a dark color absorbs.


Replacement or repair and maintenance

Perhaps you have a few leaks or some damaged areas and you only need to do repairs. However, you may not be able to match the rest of your roof depending on the age of the tile. Consider whether a repair will extend the life of your roof, otherwise in the long run a replacement could be less costly.

When it comes to your roof, we know you have specific needs and we are happy to help you. If you have questions or need some additional information contact us for some expert advice.

Awnings for Summer Comfort

Derek Wood - Friday, June 16, 2017

 

Awnings for Summer Comfort

Awnings are great for adding to your summer time comfort. They give shade to a patio, balcony, or deck, which pleasantly expands your living space during the warm weather. Not only that but when you are using the awnings, they will also shade windows and keep direct sunlight out of your home. This will make your home more comfortable also, because once the sunlight comes inside, it will become heat that you don't want in your home in the summer time.

 

Construction and Options

We construct the awnings out of corrosion resistant aluminum, with dual aircraft aluminum cabled arms. This gives your awning its strength while the awning arms flex independently to absorb the stress the wind puts on it. The awning come in 12 foot, 15 foot, 18 foot widths and 10 foot projections. There are color and pattern options to choose from, and is mildew resistant. The fabric is 100% solution dyed fabric, and the color is through the yarn which makes it resistant to fading. The valance bar across the front of your awning added extra strength and stability, and the valance is removable.

 

Retractable Benefits

The retractable awning gives you shade when you want it, and is out-of-the-way when you don't. So that when you want to enjoy the sun, you just retract the awning. It will fold up neatly against the house until you want it again. This gives you the options you want for enjoying your outdoor living space. The best part of this is that you don't have to remove it for winter, it will sit there quietly until the weather warms up next spring.

 

At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we stand behind our commitment to quality and especially personal service. We invite you to visit our showroom, or contact us for more information.

Beautiful Energy Efficient Windows

Derek Wood - Thursday, June 08, 2017

 

Beautiful Energy Efficient Windows

 

You want and deserve the very best in style and beauty for your home. After all, your home is more that just your biggest investment in life. It is also your personal space, your place of peace in a hectic world. The beauty you surround yourself with in your home helps recharge you for facing the adventures life throws at you all week-long. Your windows are important to the comfort of your home and your life.

 

With that in mind, we design windows to meet and exceed your expectations. With all the beauty you desire with all the weather resistant efficiency you need. Winter is cold and summer is hot, but inside your home should stay comfortable all year-long. This is why we design windows to keep your home comfortable no matter what the weather does.

 

Our windows are heavily insulated, and not just the glass. The frames have several features to protect your family from the outside temperature. This is because, we are more than just factory direct. We custom manufacture each window and each frame to custom fit your life. When you hire us, you will be working with professionals who will take extra care with each step of the process. We are experts at windows, from manufacturing to installation, and we stand behind our product to give you the peace of mind that you have the very best.

 

At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we look forward to providing you with the best windows, whether you are building a new house or replacing windows in an existing one. Contact us today for more information.

How To Decorate Your Kitchen Bay Windows

Derek Wood - Thursday, June 01, 2017

 

How To Decorate Your Kitchen Bay Windows

 

Kitchen bay windows are a great way to open up your room. They provide extra light, a great view, and sometimes a cozy getaway to your family area. Here are a few ideas on how to decorate around your bay window.

 

1. Kitchen Sink Area

A kitchen bay window above a sink is a great way to let in light as well as look out over your yard while you are busy doing dishes. It is also a great place to display collectible items like hanging antique plates on either side of the window.

 

2. Storage Area

Let's say you have a bay window with a window seat in your kitchen that uses a lot of space in your room. You can use all of this extra space as storage by getting custom-built shelving. Install custom-built shelves on both the sides and underneath the seat. Use the side as open shelves for books and use underneath the seating as pull-out cabinets or drawers. To increase your storage even more, use shelves or organizers inside the bottom cabinets.

 

3. Garden Addition

A bay window is known as a perfect way to extend your home into the landscape. If your bay window places the inside of your home into a garden area, then try adding to the garden with indoor plants. Use hanging plants from the ceiling area and small, potted plants around a seated area for a natural feel.

 

4. Work Area

If you have an extra bay window area to the side of your kitchen, make it a work area with a small, antique or wooden fold-down desk. Put your desk to the wall in front of the window with the bay window as a natural light source coming into your work-space. Underneath the bay window can again be used for storage, this time for office supplies and perhaps a computer printer pull-out drawer.

 

Your resource for window replacement in Flint, Saginaw and Clarkston, Michigan, D&W Windows specializes in windows and would love to help you install your new bay window today! Contact us for more information on how to get one of these looks and get a free estimate today.

Bathroom Remodeling: Small Updates with Big Results

Derek Wood - Friday, May 26, 2017

 

Bathroom Remodeling:  Small Updates With Big Results

 

We all realize that bathrooms need remodeling at some point, but we don't always want to get into the time and expense of a full redesign. However, you can update your bathroom with just a few small changes and get big results, which will make your space look brand new again.

 

Small Updates for a Bathroom

 

Liners -- Your tub or shower is usually the focal point of your bathroom. When either looks damaged, your whole bathroom appears old. Installing a liner that fits within your existing bathing area will improve the aesthetic appeal of the room. You can cover cracks, peeling, fading, or other problems with these elegant liners. They're custom-manufactured to exact specifications and come in different colors and patterns to match your decor.

 

Windows -- If your bathroom has a window, and it's starting to look old and grubby, upgrading the window can provide a clean and new look to the room. Consider a window with sliding center or end glass panels. The viewing area of the window will allow enough light into your bathroom so that it feels larger and looks brighter.

 

Accessories -- Replace your old towels and any floor mats with something new to add a fresh look to your space. New knobs on your cabinets or even a new doorknob will also help to revive the room's appearance. Remove any clutter and add some decorator pieces such as candles, large seashells, or glass figurines to finish up the look.

 

With just a few updates, your entire bathroom can appear totally redone. For more information about remodeling your bathroom, contact us today. Our family owned installation company -- in business since 1955 -- believes in providing the highest quality materials and services at a reasonable price.

Patio Doors - Both a Door AND a Window!

Derek Wood - Thursday, May 18, 2017

Patio Doors - Both a Door AND a Window!

A patio door is not just a door, it is the biggest of windows. As the biggest of windows, it deserves to be the best window you can have. Winters are cold, and your windows need to have the extra protection against bringing that cold into your home. That is on top of being beautiful. At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, our commitment to you is to provide you with quality and personal service.

A patio door adds light, beauty, and an open feeling to the room. There is nothing like the view of the outdoors to brighten your home and your spirits. This is not just a passage to your patio, but a welcoming view of it. As much as you want to welcome in the brightness of the outdoors, you do want to keep the winter chill outside.

We manufacture your patio door with a distinctive millwork-finished look, because you deserve the best. We fusion weld the sash and mainframe to provide you with strength and leak protection. Then we use a multi-chamber design to insure the best weather protection available. We then offer you the choice of adding a grille to the glass in either a 3 x 5 pane look or a prairie look that frames the view in a delicate outline. We believe you deserve the best, and we aim to give you just that.

We would love to show you more on this and all your window needs. Visit our showrooms or contact us for a free in-home estimate.

Why Bathroom Remodeling Should Be In Your Near Future

Derek Wood - Friday, May 12, 2017

Why Bathroom Remodeling Should Be In Your Near Future

Sometimes, a room with some age to it is a good thing. Other times, something new is just what you need. When it comes to remodeling your home, you first need to consider which rooms need it the most. Next, you need to decide exactly what you want to do. Bathrooms are among the most essential rooms in every home. Everyone needs to use this particular room, no matter if it is you, your family, or even guests. Take a long look at your bathroom and think about how much a remodel can help you.  

Pleasant Surroundings  
Some people look at modern styles and see them as a bit too trendy. Others find that a dated look can throw off the entire feeling of the room. The way a bathroom is modeled should appeal to you specifically. One of the biggest benefits to a bathroom remodel is how you can change the look to your exact tastes. A room that you will need to use several times a day should be decorated in a way that makes you appreciate it. After all, avoiding the bathroom because of unattractive decor should never be something you have to worry about.  

Update Your Home  

From the shower to the sink, water needs to be connected to almost everything in your bathroom. Modern shower heads and faucets are much more efficient and can assist with more than just visuals. Many newer attachments have different settings that let you control the type of water stream you are using. Not only will this will help you get the exact experience you want from your shower, but will also lower your water bill and save you money.  

Modern Improvements  
Remodeling an entire room may sound like a daunting task. Between plumbing and tiles, it can get overwhelming. Thankfully, modern companies are introducing easier methods of re-vamping your bathroom. Bathtub Liners and wraps have made it simple and cost-effective to completely change the look of your shower or tub. With a wide variety of colors and styles to choose from, there will always be something to suit your own personal needs.  

Your Home's Value
 
By making adjustments to key rooms in your home, you will be able to increase its value. If you ever choose to put the house on the market, you will be happy about all the improvements you made, especially in rooms like the kitchen and bathroom. When people look for a new home, any extra work they may have to do could steer them in another direction. Having a sleek, new bathroom will only heighten your chances of selling at an excellent price.  

Take a look at your bathroom. Old tiles and rusty faucets are not going to do anything to improve your home or your mood. A bathroom remodel is sometimes all you need to change your entire outlook. It will not only make it your new favorite space, but can also save you time and money down the road. Check out your options today and see for yourself.

Why You Should Consider Replacing Your Tub With a Shower

Derek Wood - Thursday, May 04, 2017

Why You Should Consider Replacing Your Tub With a Shower  


How often do you stand in the bathtub and take a shower? If you are like most people, that is all you do. Even though bathtubs with showers have been around for a long time, they are really not made for standing. This is especially true of older tubs, their slick curved surface is suited for sitting in a bath. Not only is that old bathtub not really safe for standing, but it makes the bathroom look smaller and darker. The shower curtain is a place to add some color to your room, but it also makes it feel closed off. 


Where you have the room for a tub, you have the room for a shower. You know this, as you are already showering there. How much nicer would that space be with a nice dedicated shower that is either barrier-free or has glass door. Instead of that clunky old tub and that shower curtain, you would have a bright open space that is perfectly suited for your needs. That is why you should plan a bathroom remodel in the near future. 

A handy built-in bench is a perfect accessory to this space. Even if you don't need to think about this now, it is worth putting in while you are changing to a shower. That way you will only need to change a few fixtures later for retirement ready bath. 


At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we take pride in offering you only the best quality. We offer colors, patterns, and accessories to match any budget, and it comes with a lifetime guarantee. Contact us today for a free in-home estimate. 

 

6 Reasons to add an Awning to your Home

Derek Wood - Thursday, April 27, 2017

6 Reasons to add an Awning to your Home 

While you are sprucing up your home and yard now that winter is done, you need to consider adding an awning to your home or patio. There are many advantages of adding a retractable awning.


Protection from Sun


An awning can let you, your family, and your friends sit in shady comfort on your porch or patio, instead of having to head in to get away from the sun. But if you want the sun, for warmth, for tanning, or to make the most of a summer evening, having a retractable awning - one that rolls back up at the touch of a button - means that you can have it easily.


Protection from the Rain


An awning can be rolled out to keep that shower off your head, and rolled back up once the rain has passed.

Cooling off the Heat

It is measurably cooler under an awning - as much as 20 degrees cooler. This makes you and your family more comfortable outdoors, and more likely to spend time in the fresh air outside.


Economical


A protective awning over a sliding glass door, large window, etc. can keep the sun from heating up the inside of your house, saving a surprisingly large amount in cooling costs and keeping curtains, furniture, and carpets from fading.


Expanded Living Space


An awning costs less than a home addition and can expand your living space into a clearly delineated outdoor room. It protects outdoor furniture as well.


Aesthetics


A well-made awning can be a very attractive addition to your home's appearance. There are a variety of colors and patterns from which you can choose.

We proudly carry a variety of sizes and colors of retractable awnings, made right here in our own facility. Come talk to us about how we can enhance your outdoor living space!


Four Reasons to Love a Sunroom

Derek Wood - Thursday, April 20, 2017

Four Reasons to Love a Sunroom 

Many reasons make sunrooms smart considerations for homeowners. They are special spaces that bring extra light and life to homes. Here are four reasons to love sunrooms.


Light


If you're looking to add brightness to your home, you can’t do better than a sunroom. We all need light in our lives, and a sunroom provides the perfect place to soak up some warmth and comfort. 

If you love your home but could use some extra space, this is the way to go. Instead of going through the tedium of buying, selling, and packing, you can just add a sunroom. In this way, your home can grow with you instead of you growing out of your home.


Protection


With a sunroom, it’s possible to enjoy the best of two worlds. You can take in the views, sounds, and fresh air nature offers while having protection from insects, wet weather, and UV rays. You won't need an umbrella, bug spray, or a heavy jacket to enjoy a bit of nature.


Versatility


A sunroom is a versatile space, and its uses are only limited by one’s imagination. You can use it for a family room, game room, office, plant room, playroom, and more. A sunroom is not only versatile in its uses, but also in its style. No matter the design and style of your home, a sunroom can fit in perfectly.

If you’re looking for a room that adds space and light to your home, consider a sunroom. With its many possible uses and ability to blend in naturally with the rest of your home, you’ll be able to surround yourself with the outdoors with the protection of the indoors.

To learn more about the benefits of sunrooms, or to schedule a consultation, please contact us today.


"Quality begins on the inside and then works its way out."

A Michigan window company you can count on

 

D&W Windows and Sunrooms has always been recognized both locally and nationally as progressive innovators and leaders within our industry. One example of this is our Super Room sunroom. It’s the world’s first all vinyl and wood composite sunroom with no exposed fasteners. It’s been so well received that we not only sell it in our local market but we currently distribute it in 16 states through our network of dealers. D&W distributes the Super Room® through Crown Sunrooms, our wholesale division. Both companies are members in good standing with the National Sunroom Association (NSA).

 

D&W Windows is also a member of the Earthwise Group. This is a group of local and regional window

manufacturers that hold themselves to a higher standard of manufacturing processes. The Earthwise group and D&W consistently meets and exceeds the rigorous standards set forth by Energy Star, National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC), and the American Architectural Manufacturers Association (AAMA). Not to mention all the processes required to meet the Earthwise branding.

Through our commitment to quality and especially personal service, the Earthwise Group has earned the Good Housekeeping seal of approval. The Good Housekeeping seal is only earned after passing a testing and review process. Only the products displaying the highest standards of quality within their industries earn the seal. So it is with great pride and hard work through the Earthwise system that D&W Windows and Sunrooms can say we are the only window manufacturer in Michigan that has earned the Good Housekeeping seal of approval.

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