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3 Signs You Should Choose Vinyl Siding for Your Home

Derek Wood - Thursday, December 14, 2017


3 Signs You Should Choose Vinyl Siding for Your Home

 

When shopping for a siding option for your home, it can sometimes be tough to make a decision. After all, you do have tons of choices. For many people, vinyl siding is actually the best choice. These are a few signs that this might be the case for you and your home as well.


1. You're on a Tight Budget

Even though you might not mind spending money to maintain your home, you might still be on a tight budget. If this is the case, you might find that some siding options are actually cost prohibitive. One wonderful thing about vinyl siding is the fact that it is very affordable. For someone who is looking to install new siding on their home but who does not have a lot of money, it can be a fabulous choice.


2. You're Looking for an Easy Care Option

Some people don't mind spending a lot of time on home maintenance. If you are someone who would rather spend as little time as possible on home maintenance, however, you're sure to find that vinyl siding is a good option. This is because it lasts for years with a minimal need for maintenance; all you have to worry about is cleaning it once or twice a year to keep it looking nice for a long time, which you can do with a pressure washer if you'd like to make the job faster and easier.


3. You Want Options

The good thing about vinyl siding is the fact that it comes in many colors and styles. No matter what type of look you want for your home, you're sure to find that there is a vinyl siding option out there that works well for you.


As you can see, vinyl siding can be a wonderful option for many people. If you are looking to install new vinyl siding on your home, contact us so that you can find out more.

 

Stylish and Secure Therma-Tru Entry Doors

Derek Wood - Thursday, December 07, 2017


Stylish and Secure Therma-Tru Entry Doors

 

Your front door is what people usually notice first about your home. A stylish entry door can become the focal point of your house, so you want the nicest one that you can find. However, you'll also want a door that provides security for you and your family.


 

Solid wood doors are lovely, but they warp and peel. A fiberglass door, such as a Therma-Tru entry door, is more durable and secure. Its wood-grain appearance is just as gorgeous as solid wood, and it's rot resistant for enhanced durability and longevity. These doors ensure an air-tight and a water-tight seal with foam-filled weather-stripping and polyurethane foam cores.


 

If your home has a traditional design, a Therma-Tru door will look fabulous. Its rich appearance will enhance the beauty of your home and provide an excellent first impression. Opt for a design with decorative glass for the ultimate elegance. You'll enjoy improved energy efficiency since the decorative glass comes positioned between panes of tempered glass.


 

For a transitional look, try an oak-colored Therma-Tru door. Oak adds a sophisticated look to any home, regardless of its style or your particular decor preference. The corner seals of all Therma-Tru entry doors come in a unique design that provides extra protection against air and moisture filtration. You can have beauty and efficiency all in one.


For more information about top-of-the-line Therma-Tru entry doors that provide comfort, energy efficiency, and security, please contact us today.

 

 

 

Tips for Choosing the Best Awnings

Derek Wood - Thursday, November 30, 2017


Tips for Choosing the Best Awnings

 

Awnings make a great addition to any home, as they have many amazing benefits. For starters, they are excellent at blocking the sun and protecting your furniture from becoming bleached. Their protective panels also keep rain from getting inside of your home. And not to mention the aesthetic appeal that awnings will add to your home. Let's take a look at what factors you should consider when choosing the best awnings.


Type 

First you'll need to decide what type of awnings you want. There are three basic types of awnings that all have their own advantages, and they are stationary, retractable, and freestanding. Retractable awnings are by far the most popular among homeowners because they are good for patios and decks with their ability to easily extend as far as necessary by the click of a remote.


Material 

Awnings come in two materials, fabric or aluminum. Aluminum awnings are low maintenance but have a limited selection of styles and designs. Fabric awnings come in many styles, as well as color and pattern combinations, and are also resistant to mildew. 


Size 

The size you choose for your awnings really all depends on what's more important to you, aesthetics or functionality. If you want the best qualities of both, then you're better off just going with larger ones.


Color 

You'll also have to select a color for your awnings. You'll of course want to pick a color that matches your home and your decor, but keep in mind that lighter colors will reflect the rays of the sun better to help keep unwanted heat away. 


Contact us today at D & W Windows and Sunrooms for more tips on choosing the best awnings. 

 

How Attic Insulation Affects the Whole House

Derek Wood - Thursday, November 16, 2017


How Attic Insulation Affects the Whole House

 

Let's be honest, we're all looking for ways to save money. Sometimes the ways that we're letting good money go to waste are so obvious, it's hard to believe that we didn't notice them. If you've been trying to save on your heating or cooling costs, you've probably thought about the quality of the insulation in your home, but have you thought about your attic insulation?


 

Insulation keeps heat from transferring from warmer to cooler places. This means in the winter it keeps cold air out and hot air in. If your attic isn't well insulated, all of the hot air that naturally rises to your attic is escaping your home forcing your heating unit to work harder. Not only does this drain the life of your heating system, it costs you money every month.

 


On the other hand, in the summer, poor insulation lets the heat beating down from the sun into your attic, where it gets trapped causing temperatures to soar indoors without you even realizing because your air conditioning unit automatically works harder to keep the temperature steady. If you're trying to stay eco-friendly despite the summer heat, poor insulation could be standing in your way.


So, contact us for help with insulating your attic. We can fortify existing insulation or add a completely new insulation system for you. You'll be surprised at how much of a difference it can make in your heating and cooling bill as well as the general comfort of your home.  

 

 

 

What to Look For in Your New Patio Doors

Derek Wood - Thursday, November 09, 2017


What to Look For in New Patio Doors

 

Whether you're replacing old doors, or you have to pick new ones because you're in the process of building a new house, the patio doors that you choose can have a big impact on both the interior and the exterior of your home. Not only do you want your new doors to make a good impression on people, but you also have to consider things like the size of the space you're working with and the level of energy efficiency that the doors will provide. 


Design 


Being that your patio doors are likely a major focal point in your home, you're probably going to want to put a lot of thought into their design. Think about the functionality and the accessibility that you're hoping to achieve. For example, sliding doors are good for places where there isn't much space around the doors, like condominiums or homes with small patios. Hinged doors are great for larger spaces. And if you have an amazing view that you want to take advantage of, definitely consider a large area of glass on your doors. You can also customize the color of the doors to match things like your windows or your decor. 


Energy Efficiency 


Sometimes it's so easy to get caught up in choosing the design of the doors that you can forget to consider their level of energy efficiency as well. Energy efficiency should play a major role in your decision-making process. Keep in mind that vinyl and wood doors offer high levels of energy efficiency but each offer different additional benefits that make them unique. Pay close attention to the type of glass you're choosing as well. 

Contact us today at D & W Windows and Sunrooms to find out more about what to look for in your new patio doors. 

 

 

 

Extending Your Home With Sunrooms

Derek Wood - Thursday, November 02, 2017


Extending Your Home With Sunrooms

 

If there never seems to be enough living space in your home, having a sunroom can be a great way to extend that space. Sunrooms add bright spaces full of natural light. That makes it the perfect space for a wide range of activities.


Create a Sunny Playroom

For kids, having a sunroom is a great place to play. It gives them a place that is bright and fun to be in, and it doesn't come with the threat of bugs or any harsh weather. Kids can play games in sunrooms, have fun with friends and set up projects to do in their warm and sunny play area.


Grow Plants

For people who love to grow houseplants, the large windows and abundance of natural light makes sunrooms a convenient area to place them. And because this space is in your home, there is no need for pesticides and herbicides when you grow them. Grow flowers, herbs and even vegetables in this space that gets sunlight every day.


Create an Art Studio

For those who love to create works of art, a sunroom is an ideal area to work. The windows give it enough light to see the colors in all their vibrancy. Painting, sketching and other arts and crafts are easy to contain in a sunroom. You won't have to worry about having room for an easel or for your craft supplies. 


Whatever you need your extra space for, a sunroom is an enjoyable space to spend time in. To find out how to add this space to your home, contact us.

Spend More Time Outdoors With Patio Covers

Derek Wood - Thursday, October 26, 2017


Spend More Time Outdoors With Patio Covers

 

If you aren't getting much use from your patio space, it's likely due to the weather conditions that can make it uncomfortable to be outdoors. When there is direct sunlight, the heat can take the enjoyment out of your outdoor space. When it's raining, no one wants to be outside. When there's snow coming down, the patio will be difficult to use. However, patio covers make all the difference.


Use Your Patio in Many Weather Conditions

When you have a durable patio cover over your outdoor space, rain is no problem. A little rain won't keep you from enjoying an outdoor meal or even cooking outside. Kids can play on the patio without coming indoors covered in mud. Even snow is no match for these durable patio covers. The high-quality, durable materials hold up to large loads of snow. They're so strong they come with a 50-year warranty.


Create an Enjoyable Outdoor Space

With shade on your patio, the temperature will be more comfortable throughout more of the year. You won't have to avoid outdoor time because of the heat of the summer any longer. You can sit outdoors and entertain even on the hottest days. And no matter how strong the sun is, you won't have to worry about the sun damage that UV rays cause.


A patio with plenty of shade becomes an extension of your home that is pleasant to use and an inviting space for guests. You'll have more days of the year that you can enjoy outdoor living when you have one of these tough, durable patio covers. When you're ready to add to the beauty of your home and the comfort of your outdoor space, contact us.

 

Why New Windows Change Your Life, Not Just Your Home

Derek Wood - Thursday, October 19, 2017


Why New Windows Change Your Life, Not Just Your Home

 

Replacing old windows in your home turns out to be a surprisingly transformative act. We've blogged before about energy efficiency, but it's much more than that. Simply by swapping quality modern windows into your dwelling or office, a series of changes begins that will prove valuable to you and your family in several dimensions. Let's take a deeper look at the big wins from new windows!


First, value your personal comfort. Think about all the money and attention people are putting into yoga, meditation, and even phone apps to cut stress levels – but they still spend most of their time is a noisy, dusty environment that could be so much quieter and cleaner! Eliminating dusty drafts from badly fitting windows and making any incremental improvement in blocking street noise and other sensory distractions may seem like small changes, but together they make your home more of a sanctuary, more luxurious and just more relaxing. There's no place like home – let it be your luxurious sensory retreat.


New windows are beautiful. Obvious? Perhaps, but the results can be profound. Choose the look you love and love your home -- your personal castle -- even more with the light of each day.


OK, we know everybody knows about the energy cost dimension of replacement windows – but think about how those savings are experienced, especially in the summer. By reducing solar heat gain, the costs of cooling diminish. And this becomes an entirely passive source of disposable income! No nagging somebody to turn off the lights, no thought at all. Depending on the condition and quality of the older windows, replacements will be a modest or even a significant boost to your ongoing budget as they allow your family to consume less energy without even trying.


However, the long game matters as much as the day-to-day wins. The window replacement project has a real impact on your bottom line later, when it enhances your home's resale value. Along with the current pleasures of better living and lower energy costs is the opportunity to make your home substantially more attractive to a future buyer.


Replacement windows, as you can see, do a lot more than simply shedding light. Contact us to find out what a difference they can make in your life.

 

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.    

 


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