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Beautiful Entry Doors

Derek Wood - Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Beautiful Entry Doors

 

Your entry door is not only the way into your home, but it is also the feature that tells your friends and family welcome. It has many purposes in your home, and you want all of them done well. At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we offer Millikin entry doors. These doors are a perfect match for all of the features you desire in a door.

 

Beautiful Accent

The first thing most people think of with a front door, is curb appeal. It is often one of the first things people notice about your home. There is no shortage of charm and beauty in these entry doors.

 

Easy Care

Not only are these doors beautiful, but they are easily cleaned. The decorative glass features in these doors come in between two panes of tempered glass. This gives you solid insulation, but this also gives you a smooth glass panel that is easily cleaned with a bit of window cleaner.

 

Strong and Secure

It is important to us that these fiberglass home doors are not only lovely but provide the optimum security. We want, as you do, for your doors to welcome guests and repel criminals. These lovely doors do just that.

 

Weather Protection

Insulation is as important in a door as it is in a window. Doors are notorious for allowing in drafts. That is why we chose Millikin as the door we recommend and offer. Not only is the glass in the doors energy-efficient, but the doors and their frames have extra protection against the extreme temperatures we see here in Michigan.

 

We look forward to helping you find the perfect doors and windows for your home. Ones that bring out the beauty of your home, allow in natural light, and keep the heat where you want it. Contact us today for more information on doors and windows.

Bathroom Remodeling for Aging in Place

Derek Wood - Thursday, August 10, 2017

Bathroom Remodeling for Aging in Place

 

As our population is growing older, the emphasis on aging-in-place or retirement age friendly bathrooms is increasing. So if you are thinking of remodeling your bathroom, you might consider if these change are right for you. If you are planning to remain in your home into retirement or you're planning to sell your home sometime soon, you might do well in considering some of these changes now.

 

Shower or Bath

The first question in any bathroom remodel is about the bathtub. Do you use it? For most people the answer is no.

 

Shower

If this is you, consider a tub conversion. For a good aging-in-place bathroom, you should include a built-in seat. Consider low-threshold or even barrier-free options for an easier entry and exit to your shower. While you might not need grab bars at the moment, adding them now is easier than waiting till you need them.

 

Bathtub

If you really use your bathtub, consider a walk-in tub. These units have a door that allows you access to the bath before you fill it and after you drain it. There is a comfortable seat that makes bathing even more comfortable than a regular tub. The tub has safety features that include slip-resistant flooring and hand rails.

 

Hand Shower

Both the tub and the shower can offer the benefit of a hand shower. This feature directs water right where you want it, on sore muscles or soapy hair. It is good for any bath or shower, and it even makes cleaning the shower/tub easier.

 

At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we offer you the best in tub and shower options for aging-in-place bathrooms. Contact us for more information on how you can up-date and up-grade your bathroom today.

Retractable Awnings for Your Patio or Balcony

Derek Wood - Thursday, August 03, 2017

Retractable Awnings for Your Patio or Balcony

 

Sometimes you want shade over your outdoor living space, and sometimes you don't. Summer sun can mean uncomfortable brightness and blazing heat. When fall comes, that same amount of sunshine is a welcome warmth. A retractable awning is perfect for those outdoor spaces that you want extra shade only some of the time.

 

Beautiful Quality

 

The quality comes through beautifully in the fabric of your awning. It means that you will have years of enjoyment from your awning. The dye that gives the awning its rich color is throughout the yarn and not just printed on the surface of the fabric. This makes the fabric of your awning fade resistant. The fabric is also resistant to mold and mildew, and all this is the insurance that you will enjoy your awning for many years.

 

The Benefit of Retractable

 

The awning attaches neatly and unobtrusively against your home. When you are ready for shade, you use a remote control and extend the awning. You can even control your awning from up to 65 feet away. When you retract the awning, it is so unobtrusively stored against your home that you barely know it is there. It even remains safely on your home all year-long.

 

Strength Enough for Real Life

 

The aluminum construction of your awning gives your awning corrosion resistant strength and durability. The whole assembly has dual aircraft cabled arms that flex independently and absorbs the stress of wind. Your awning is strong enough to withstand real life, and you can depend on it for years to come.

At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we create quality products that allow you the most enjoyment that the sunshine can offer. Contact us for more information on awnings, patio covers, windows, and sunrooms.

The True Value of Energy Efficient Windows

Derek Wood - Thursday, July 27, 2017

The True Value of Energy Efficient Windows

 

Our homes generally have windows because of the benefits they bring to the home. Windows are extremely important to the comfort level of our homes. They allow you a view of the outside, allow natural light inside, and give your home a beautiful aesthetic look inside and out.

 

Problems With Older Windows

They also do things we don't care for, especially when they are older windows. They allow heat in when it is hot and out when it is cold. This is mostly because the windows were only single panes of fairly thin glass. This is good for allowing light in, and they do keep out the weather. However, over time they develop drafts and eventually let even water inside.

 

The Benefit of Replacement Windows

New windows start with more beneficial factors than older ones. With double panes of glass that have inert gas sealed between them and an insulated frame, new windows start with more protection against weather. They are also made of materials that are more weather resistant and color fast. They are not only more practical, but they will stay lovely longer.

 

Reasons for Replacing Old Windows

The new energy-efficient windows will save energy, which translates into saving you money on your power bills. Your new windows will pay for themselves over time. Replacing drafty windows also means your family is more comfortable, especially at the peak of summer and winter. If your windows are old enough that they allow water into your home, they are damaging your walls. This is usually only a problem with older homes. Anytime you suspect that something in your home is leaking, you need professional help in getting that fixed quickly. Windows are no exception.

 

So for energy savings, a more comfortable home, and protection for your walls, replacing old worn-out windows is well worth the cost and effort. At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we manufacture the best in quality energy-efficient windows and offer them directly to you. For more information on new windows for your home, contact us today.

Beautiful Patio Doors

Derek Wood - Thursday, July 20, 2017

 

Beautiful Patio Doors

 

Your patio door is not only your route to the patio and backyard, they are also a beautiful frame for viewing that lovely outdoor space. These doors are a great source of natural light in your home, and they deserve a lot of attention. With a millwork look and multiple hardware options you are certain to enjoy the beauty of your door and your view. This with a good selection of colors and grid patterns make it easy to find a good match for your style and decor. But of course, beauty is not the only factor for choosing a patio door.

 

Energy-Efficient

These doors have quality insulated glass and our advanced “Warm Edge” spacer system. This creates a superior thermal barrier that keeps the heat where you want it, out in the summer and in during cold winter months. This insulation in the glass and frame is especially important in a patio door, as it is often the biggest window in your home.

 

Security and Performance

Our multi-point locking system couples with sturdy full-length interlocking rails that provide your home with enhanced security. We add that to a fusion-welded mainframe and sash for superior structural stability and weather resistance, and you have a patio door that is ready for anything. They even have dual tandem rollers for effortless operation, because you deserve the best in comfort and performance. Also, these lovely sliding glass doors save interior floor space, unlike a hinged door that has a dead space where the door swings open and closed.

 

At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we build the best in patio doors, so you can enjoy the beauty of your backyard through them. We invite you to contact us for more information about all your door, window, and sunroom needs.

Patio Covers For Summertime Comfort

Derek Wood - Friday, July 07, 2017

 

Patio Covers For Summertime Comfort

A patio cover is basically a roof for your patio, providing you with shade and protection from rain while you enjoy your patio. In the last few years, there has been an increase in patios having a decor of their own. This reminds us that outdoor spaces are great for living and entertaining. As we decorate our patios, we can see the need for protecting the space from direct sun and weather. A roof or cover makes great sense with a decorated patio. However, up here in the north, the most important thing in a cover for your patio is that it will with-stand our weather the rest of the year.

 

At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we know Michigan winters and design products that are tough enough to handle them. We use only the most durable materials available ensuring that your cover will meet or exceed your expectations for quality and longevity. Our Snap-lock construction has the strength to stand up to heavy snow loads, while our panels have a Krystal Kote finish that resists surface damage and chalking caused by acid rain. Your new patio cover can even have gutters that direct water away from your home and allow for proper drainage.

 

For more information on options for making your outdoor space work the way you want and deserve, contact us. We can help you with a new patio cover for the benefits of a fixed roof, or a roll-away awning for a more versatile covering for your patio space. For the ultimate patio space, consider a sunroom for an option that will fully protect your outdoor space from the elements.

Roofing - What Do I Need To Know?

Derek Wood - Thursday, June 22, 2017

 

Roofing - What Do I Need To Know?

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.


"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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