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Remodeling Your Bathroom

Derek Wood - Thursday, October 12, 2017


Remodeling Your Bathroom

 

When it comes to a bathroom remodel, there are some basic thoughts that make a big difference without a big price tag. There are some thoughts you should consider as you start this project. This is a good time for deciding if you need a retirement ready bathroom, and what features work best for you.


How often do you opt for a bath instead of a shower?

For many of us, the answer is someplace close to never. Did you know that the highest risk of accident in your home is when you are standing in the bathtub? In many cases, changing your bathtub out for a shower is the best use of the space.


If you prefer a bath to a shower, do you need walk in model?  It is not uncommon to increasingly have trouble getting into and out of a bath as we get older. As we get older, many of us appreciate the benefits of a long hot bath on sore muscles. A walk in bath is safer and more convenient for many older people who like baths.


Do you still need both a bath and a shower? This is often true when you have more than one person using a bathroom. If your tub is chipped, old, worn, or just an odd out-dated color, a tub-liner will give you a new look and feel to your bathroom. You can up-date your style and enjoy the beauty of a new bathroom quickly and easily. 


At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we can help you have the beautiful bathroom you deserve with the best in appearance and durability. Please contact us today for more information on how easy it is to up-date your bathroom.

 

Key Advantages to Vinyl Siding That May Surprise You

Derek Wood - Thursday, October 05, 2017


Key Advantages to Vinyl Siding That May Surprise You

 

It's no big secret. You want your home to look amazing. Some decisions are easy and others tend to be a little more challenging. Now you find yourself wondering what should be done about the exterior of the house itself. Whether you're building a new home, or putting up new siding on an old one, there are many factors to consider. In the 1950's the general public was introduced to vinyl siding. There were quite a few glitches with the launch of the new material. It cracked and sagged and was altogether unappealing. Since then, however, vinyl has made great strides to become one of the most sought after materials for homeowners. Take a look at a few examples of why your home deserves vinyl siding.


Cost Effective

While you want to make your home into the picture of perfection, you have also come to realize that costs can add up quickly. Vinyl siding is generally less expensive than its numerous counterparts. Here is a quick estimate of vinyl compared to other popular siding choices.

  • Vinyl: $.65 - $2.00 per square foot
  • Stucco: $6.00 - $9.00 per square foot
  • Wood: $2.50 - $8.00 per square foot
  • Aluminum: $2.50 - $5.00 per square foot
  • Brick: $6.00 - $10.00 per square foot 

Price is often one of the most important aspects a homeowner must consider when making their final decision. Vinyl is a great deal more affordable than any of these other materials. If you find that cost is going to have a large impact on your decision, look into vinyl siding. Your wallet will thank you.


Durable

All too often when people think of a less expensive option, they assume it will be poorly crafted and short lived. Thankfully, vinyl siding is extremely durable and, when cared for properly, can last for decades. Vinyl is created when ethylene gas and chlorine are chemically introduced to form vinyl resin. This resin is then melted and combined with various additives to construct materials like flooring, pipes, and, of course, siding. This process has been perfected over the years to give you the quality product you see today. Vinyl siding can stand up to a high degree of heat, cold, wind and rain while still being able to look amazing. In this particular case, affordable does not mean cheap.


Low Maintenance

Another issue that you may have with other siding options is the upkeep. Take natural stone siding for example. While it may be aesthetically pleasing for your house, it requires constant care and attention. Wood siding needs to be properly finished and cleaned to avoid mildew and rot. Vinyl, on the other hand, will look perfect season after season with very little effort on your part. It is recommended that you clean it only once a year with a mild soap and a soft bristled brush. You have enough going on in your life. Make sure you don't have to add your home's exteriors to your list of worries.    


Vinyl siding is an excellent choice for any homeowner to make. It is durable, inexpensive and does not require a lot of upkeep. When making the decision as to what material should be on the exterior or your home, look no further than vinyl. For more information contact us, and make the choice that you know is right.    

 

Cure Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) With A Sunroom

Derek Wood - Wednesday, September 27, 2017


Cure Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) With A Sunroom

 

With fall just around the corner, many people will begin to feel depressed again due to seasonal affective disorder, also known as SAD.

 

Many people don't even realize they have this disorder that's caused by a lack of sunlight. SAD is a type of depression that occurs mainly during the cooler months of the year when there's less sunlight during the day and people tend to stay indoors more. It doesn't help that in our modern society, people leave for work before the sun comes up and sit inside offices during most, if not all, daylight hours and then leave the office for home right when it is turning dark out. Weekends aren't any better when it's too cold to go out and indoor locations have little natural light.

 

Does this sound like you? The changing seasons affect many people without them even realizing it.

 

The best cure for SAD is to get more sunlight, but this is hard for many people who don't spend a lot of time outdoors in the fall and winter. Sunrooms are a stylish solution to getting more sunlight.

 

With glass walls, there is more of a connection between the indoors and outdoors. For people with SAD, this means getting more sunlight on the weekends and before and after work, while remaining comfortably indoors in the cooler months.

 

Sunrooms invite the outside in and remove visual and physical barriers to the outdoors. This allows for a great sense of space and creates a healthier environment with lots of sunshine.

 

Contact D & W Windows and Sunrooms today!

 

Energy Efficient Patio Doors

Derek Wood - Thursday, September 21, 2017


Energy Efficient Patio Doors

 

Beautiful patio doors are a wonderful asset to the comfort level of your home. Not only are they lovely in themselves, but they let in a lot of natural light. It is wonderful to welcome in the soul warming rays of sunlight, but it is even more wonderful when the heat stays where we want it at the same time. That is why it is very important that our patio doors are energy-efficient.

 

Not only are our patio doors made with insulated glass, but the vinyl frames have a "Warm Edge" spacer system that creates a superior thermal barrier. This means your home will be comfortable in every season. You can enjoy the sunlight while the insulated glass and frame keeps the cold outside where it belongs in the winter months. Not only that, but the summer months are more comfortable as well. More natural light always makes a home more welcoming and cheery.

 

The doors have dual tandem rollers for easy operation, and a multi-point locking system with fully interlocking meeting rails in the frame for added security. A fusion welded mainframe and sash provide excellent structure and weather proofing. All these features make your patio door the safe secure feature you deserve, while giving you a wonderful view of your patio and backyard.

 

At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we believe you deserve the best in windows and doors that let the sunlight into your home. Contact us to learn more about how these beautiful patio doors can help make your home brighter and more comfortable.

Patio Covers Paradise

Derek Wood - Thursday, September 07, 2017


Patio Covers Paradise

 

In any home new or old, a lush, green backyard and comfortable patio complete with all your favorite homey furniture is the dream. Homeowners and renters alike know the joy of having a beautiful back yard and patio, however many patios leave something to be desired when it comes to protection from the hot summer sun or winter rain and snow. You might have the perfect backyard and patio for your family and friends but no awning or sunroom to shade them and keep the rain off. If you feel an awning would be too flimsy, or that a sunroom would require too much construction, D&W Windows and Sunrooms offers a solution to your patio problem.

 

With a patio cover from D&W Windows and Sunrooms, customers will have a 50 year warranty on a product that uses snap-lock construction to ensure structural strength and will allow them to host friends and family comfortably in high winds, summer sun or winter rain and snow. The panels of D&W patio covers are finished with a Krystal Kote finish that resists surface damage and chalking from acid rain and optional gutters and downspouts allow proper drainage away from your house, protecting your house, your tools and patio furniture from weather damage.

 

D&W patio covers will expand your living space more permanently than an awning with little effort. With a lovely outdoor dining set, patio set or fire pit, D&W patio covers will complete your perfect backyard for hosting dinners, barbecues, or relaxing comfortably in your own little piece of paradise.

Attic Insulation: The Forgotten Hero

Derek Wood - Thursday, August 31, 2017


Attic Insulation: The Forgotten Hero

 

It Does So Much, And Asks For So Little
Our attic insulation may be relegated to "out of sight, out of mind". Its value is sometimes forgotten. (Especially if we've wisely chosen "blown" attic insulation.) Here's a brief reminder of what it provides us:

Excellent Energy Savings
Obviously the primary reason for having attic insulation installed is energy savings. Home heating prices don't stagnate, they constantly increase. But even if prices remained static, wouldn't it be nice to save on heating and cooling costs every month?

Speedy Professional Installation
When professionally installed, attic insulation takes a few hours from beginning to end. And, when a company with tremendous experience in many areas of home improvement provides the service, it's a stress-free decision.

Total Area Coverage
Of the various types of attic insulation, blown insulation delivers an extremely high degree of coverage. As this article points out, that's because it adapts to odd-shaped areas and obstructions.

A Great Selling Feature If and when you put your home on the market, improvements you made in the past magically become selling features. What was once viewed as an expense (although you're instantly saving on energy costs) is now recognized as an investment! So attic insulation saves/makes you money in many ways.

"But, I Don't Have Attic Insulation!"
If that's you, time is of the essence to remedy that situation. Whether you're heating or cooling your home, every day without attic insulation costs you more money than necessary. So contact us now, and begin to keep more cash in your pocket!

Sunrooms

Derek Wood - Thursday, August 24, 2017


Sunrooms

 

A sunroom gives you the benefits of being both indoors and outdoors. You have an enclosed area that receives all the sunlight of the outdoors, but is protected from the elements. Open the windows and you even have the breeze, and the screens allow you full enjoyment of these nice days without being bothered by insects. You can benefit from the best of nature in the comfort of your home.

 

Furniture Options

Because your sunroom is fully enclosed, you can furnish it any way you like. It makes a great sitting room, den, or playroom. This allows you to use indoor furniture and be even more comfortable than any fully outdoor area. Outdoor furniture has to withstand the elements, like rain and wind, and this means that it is heavy and never quite as nice. This is truly another room of your house, even if it is technically outdoors. You can even install window treatments in your sunroom to protect your furniture from the fading effects of direct sunlight and make the hotter summer days even more comfortable.

 

Extend the Summer Fun

While outdoor entertaining is great fun, it relies heavily on the weather. The sunroom allows you to comfortably extend that seasonal fun. At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we understand how important sunshine is to your daily life. Your new sunroom will let you enjoy more of it. We invite you to contact us for more information on how you can add this lovely feature to your home.

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.


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