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Bathroom Remodeling - Selecting the Right Colors

Derek Wood - Thursday, November 08, 2018

Bathroom Remodeling - Selecting the Right Colors

 

Today's homeowners want to feel luxurious and pampered in their bathrooms. Many people love to take a hot bath or a relaxing shower as a way to unwind after a long day, so it is no surprise that people are demanding more from this once utilitarian room. Read on to learn more about how to select the right colors for your new bathroom spa retreat.


Neutrals for Key Components


When it comes to the key components of your bathroom such as the shower/tub area, sink and toilet, often it is best to stick with neutral shades. Most homeowners expect these bathroom components to last quite some time, often through several minor bathroom remodels. By sticking with neutral colors such as varying shades of white, gray and beige, homeowners can easily maximize the investment they made in these big ticket components. When it comes time for a minor remodel, homeowners can focus on other areas of the bathroom that can be easily modified -- often for next to nothing.


Where to Apply Color


Paint is phenomenally inexpensive as compared to other components in the typical bathroom and it is so easy to change the entire mood of the room with a simple switch of paint color. Accessories such as towels, shower curtains, bath mats, etc. are also relatively inexpensive and can add an appealing pop of color to an otherwise neutral palette. Other items such as boxes or baskets for storage, wall art, and a chair or bench to sit on after getting out of the tub are also inexpensive ways to add visual interest to a bathroom.


Flooring


Although flooring is one of the more expensive parts of the bathroom, it is typically one of those items that is addressed in a major bathroom remodel. Again, homeowners typically expect their flooring choice to last through minor remodels. Light neutrals like white, light gray or light beige, will help a small room feel bigger, while darker neutrals like dark beige or dark gray will help a bathroom feel cozier. The ultimate decision on flooring color depends on what kind of mood the homeowner is looking for -- whether they want their bathroom retreat to feel bright and expansive, or more intimate.


If you are currently undergoing a bathroom remodel and want to know more about our line of bath wraps, tub liners or our walk-in tubs, please contact us!

New Attic Insulation Can Lower Your Energy Costs This Winter

Derek Wood - Thursday, November 01, 2018
New Attic Insulation Can Lower Your Energy Costs This Winter

Is your winter heating bill causing you to burn up in anger? If you'd like to significantly reduce your heating bill during the colder months of the year, one possible solution is to make sure your attic insulation is doing its job. Here are a few reasons why you might want to install new attic insulation before the coldest weather of the year arrives.

Reduce Heat Loss


Heat naturally rises towards the top of any space it is in. Your attic is obviously located at the very top of your house, but if it's not properly insulated, the heat won't stop there. An attic with poor insulation will let heat escape and will also have trouble preventing the cold air from outside from getting in. 

Give Your Heater a Break

When your home experiences heat loss, this forces your heating system to keep running. Your thermostat will be able to tell that the house is still not at the correct temperature and the heater will keep cycling back on. By making sure your attic is properly insulated and also keeping in eye out for other issues like drafty windows, you will be able to ensure that your heater's hard work does not go to waste. This will allow it to shut down more frequently, lowering your energy bill and reducing wear and tear on your heating system.

Greater Comfort

When your home is able to retain heat and your heating system is able to keep the home at the correct temperature throughout the day, this will make life for you and your family much more comfortable. You'll be able to shelter from the elements and relax this holiday season and into the New Year without worrying about an expensive heating bill or a chilly house.


Contact D & W Windows and Sunrooms today for more information on attic insulation.

Making Your Home More Energy-Efficient

Derek Wood - Thursday, October 25, 2018
Making Your Home More Energy-Efficient

With the ever-rising costs of energy, a homeowner needs to do everything they can these days to lower their expenses. One of the best ways to consume less and save on your bills is with a new, energy-efficient roof that meets or even exceeds the standards set by Energy Star®. These standards mean that each product is certified to deliver quality, performance, and savings. According to Energy Star®, in 2017 alone, more than 90,000 homeowners retrofitted their homes for improved energy efficiency.

Advantages – An energy-efficient roof uses advanced materials that will keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. Because your new roof will function better, you'll see a decrease in your utility bills almost immediately. This type of roof, with its superior construction, will also last longer, saving you even more money in the long run.

Appearance – If you're worried about how such a roof will look, you don't need to be concerned. An efficient roof doesn't mean that you have to settle for some standard, ugly design. A wide choice of colors and styles are available to match your aesthetic and your home's architecture, so you'll get a gorgeous result. To best meet your needs, a variety of different roofing materials are also available.

Don't Forget Your Attic – What does your attic have to do with your roof? To increase your roof's energy efficiency, you'll need to make sure that your attic is insulated sufficiently. This product will help to preserve your roof by preventing moisture from accumulating and negatively affecting the structural integrity of your beams. Without insulation, rot will develop, and your roof can become compromised.

For additional information about making your residence more energy-efficient, please contact us today. D&W Windows and Sunrooms uses top-quality materials that exceed industry standards. We can give you a beautiful roof that will save you money and one that will last for many years to come. Contact us today!

Enjoy the Benefits of Natural Light With a Sunroom

Derek Wood - Thursday, October 18, 2018
Enjoy the Benefits of Natural Light With a Sunroom

Do you want to stay healthy? Open the blinds and let in the sun. Getting enough sunlight is important for your overall well-being. Natural light offers a number of benefits related to health and productivity.

Benefits of Natural Light

Here are just a few of the benefits that natural light provides:


Vitamin D
Vitamin D is known as "the sunshine vitamin" because it can be absorbed through the skin. Vitamin D helps the body to absorb calcium and plays an important part in maintaining bone structure. Low Vitamin D is also associated with heart disease, weight gain, depression, and certain types of cancer. Sun exposure is the primary way that most people receive enough Vitamin D.  

Improve Productivity
According to a study conducted by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, employees who worked in natural light reported higher energy levels than workers in artificial light. Research by The Heschong Mahone Group found positive effects of natural light on retail sales in stores, and on student test scores in schools.

Relieve Depression
Many people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder, a type of depression that occurs in the winter when days are shorter and it's more difficult to get enough sunlight. Sun exposure is believed to increase the amount of serotonin released in the brain. Without enough sun, serotonin levels drop.  

Sleep Better
Exposure to early-morning sunlight can actually help you sleep better at night. That's because the sunlight helps to regulate the body's internal clock. Get some sunlight in the early morning for a good night's sleep later.

Enjoy Natural Light With a Sunroom
A sunroom lets you enjoy all the benefits of natural light without exposing you to the elements outdoors. Soak up the sun year-round without worrying about the weather. Sunrooms also offer these benefits.

  • A sunroom is a cost-effective way to add more living space to your home.
  • Save energy.
  • Let in natural light and brighten your home without needing to turn on lamps.
  • A sunroom increases curb appeal and your home's value.
Don't wait to create the beautiful sunroom you've always wanted. Contact us today for a free estimate.

Before Selling, Add Value to Your Home with a Gorgeous Patio Cover

Derek Wood - Thursday, October 11, 2018

Before Selling, Add Value to Your Home with a Gorgeous Patio Cover

If you're planning to sell your home or flip an investment property, certain types of improvements will bring you a higher price. One upgrade that you'll want to consider is a gorgeous patio cover to complete the look of the home. Residential properties without a patio cover often feel unfinished to buyers and won't bring you as much money.

No matter the neighborhood, and regardless of the time of year, a patio cover provides a welcoming feeling and a comfortable outdoor space that will appeal to almost all potential homeowners. A cover offers protection from the rain, snow, and sun for all-year enjoyment when a family wants to spend time outdoors. A patio cover also gives pets a place to get out of the elements, an important consideration for many homebuyers.

When deciding on a patio cover, you'll want to choose a style that complements the design of your residential property. Select a white patio cover with a studio style roof that's nearly flat for a chic result that looks excellent with contemporary or transitional homes. For a more traditional or upscale look, opt for a white patio cover with a gable style roof that slopes at both ends. This type of design adds an architectural flair to a home that will impress most buyers. If a white cover along with white trim doesn't appeal to you, then choose a clay or almond trim for a fabulous contrast.

Homebuyers will love the look of a new, quality patio cover, especially if their cover also comes with gutters and downspouts. As such, your choice to add a patio cover or upgrade the one that you have will get you a much better return on your home, making the investment quite worthwhile.

For more information about patio covers, please contact us today.

Why Aesthetics Are So Important When Replacing Your Windows

Derek Wood - Thursday, October 04, 2018

Why Aesthetics Are So Important When Replacing Your Windows

 

Thinking of replacing your windows? Perhaps they are old, leak when it rains, and let in drafts. Perhaps you are simply tired of your home's old look. Regardless of your reasons, replacing your windows are a great investment.


One thing to consider is how you'll REALLY earn back your return on investment. As mentioned above, replacing your windows will bring you a great ROI. Most people think that this is because of the energy savings that newer windows will bring you. While conserving energy is something to be admired, and replacing your windows will save you money, it will take many years for those energy savings to be translated into an ROI on the costs of installing new windows.


Instead, you will earn most of your ROI by improving the curb appeal of your home and its overall value on the market. When it comes time to sell or rent your home, your home will have a higher value than it would have had you left your old windows in place. That is why functionality and energy savings are not the only things you should look for when choosing new windows. Aesthetics are important as well. Your new windows should complement the existing design of your home.


When it comes to window design, you can either have it blend in with the design of the rest of your home's exterior, or you can have it become the focal point that stands out when your home is viewed from a distance. You can always enhance the style and design of your windows by adding high-quality frames or shutters.


Besides aesthetics, it still is important to get windows that are energy efficient. Double or triple pane windows are great for this. Energy efficient windows will also help insulate your home.

To get started, contact us


Using Trendy Vinyl Siding to Update Your Home’s Exterior

Derek Wood - Thursday, September 27, 2018

Using Trendy Vinyl Siding to Update Your Home’s Exterior

 

If you're tired of continually repainting the exterior of your home, and you also want to update the look of your property somehow, consider vinyl siding. This durable, impact resistant product is virtually maintenance free and has become a trendy choice for homeowners. For the best result, choose vinyl with a rough cedar finish, molded from real cedar boards, which gives it a natural look that resembles painted or stained cedar.


Colors for Standard Homes – With multiple colors to choose from, finding just the right look for your home is a snap. For example, if you want a rustic look for your house, you can choose a weathered or timber color that resembles the grain of natural wood. For contemporary homes, a midnight blue or charcoal gray will look fabulous. If your property's style is traditional, you can try a sable brown for a dramatic look or go with light maple to brighten your home's exterior appearance.


Colors for Special Styles – If you want your home to embody a specific style, you can often find the perfect vinyl to match. For Spanish architecture, you can choose terra cotta colored vinyl. For Colonial-styled homes, if you pick white, you'll get a stunning look. For a coastal style, a light blue or green color is a fabulous option. If you love the look of a chateau, a grayish stone hue is an excellent choice for your exterior.


Added Protection – Quality vinyl siding is not only gorgeous, but it will include heavy-duty panels. These panels will withstand the strongest of winds and other extreme conditions so you can feel secure that your home will remain protected. Once installed, you'll have no more worries about the weather peeling or chipping your exterior walls, which can ruin the look of your home.


For more information about trendy vinyl siding and how to get it for your residence, please contact us today. We offer a lifetime limited warranty and can provide accurate and secure installation.

 

When Your Insulation Isn’t Sufficient

Derek Wood - Thursday, September 20, 2018

When Your Insulation Isn't Sufficient

 

Most homeowners don't give a lot of extra thought to their insulation, especially once several years have passed after the purchase of their home. However, if you've seen your utility bills slowly rise over time to a place that seems out-of-proportion for the size of your home, your insulation could be to blame.


Evaluation of Your Insulation – The quality and level of insulation in your attic will be a determining factor in how much energy and money you'll save on your bills. Some inferior types of insulation can settle or even decay over time, so you should have a professional evaluation done on your attic to see if you need to replace what's there. If you do need new insulation, you'll want to consider a top-quality product such as expanding blown-in insulation with high coverage that can protect even irregularly shaped areas from extreme weather.


Heat Resistance – Good-quality insulation is made up of a product that maintains its R-value, even with a smaller amount of material. R-value is merely a measure of how well a product resists the flow of heat. The larger the value means that the resistance is higher, which indicates better insulation. To maintain the R-value, choose an insulation that won't easily settle, rot, or decay.


Overall Protection – For the best protection, you'll want insulation that contains no formaldehyde and is overall non-combustible to prevent any fires and to help keep one elsewhere in your home from spreading. It should also be non-corrosive to aluminum, copper, and steel, so any existing surfaces with such metals aren't damaged. For the safety of your entire family, high-grade insulation should always be resistant to fungus and mold growth.


To get more information about insulation for your attic, please contact us today. We use quality blown-in insulation that's certified to contain 50% recycled content, which is the highest in the industry. We can help you to save energy, which will lower your utility bills, with new insulation in your home.

 

Know What to Look for in Premium Patio Doors

Derek Wood - Thursday, September 13, 2018

Know What to Look for in Premium Patio Doors

 

Getting the most from scenic patio areas starts with attractive and weather-durable doors. When you're in the market for new or replacement patio doors, be sure to shop with these key features in mind:


Thermal Efficiency - You'll feel the difference year-round when you choose energy-efficient patio doors that fit well and are properly insulated to stand up to Mother Nature. By comparing efficiency ratings, you can actually measure the thermal protection of different doors and feel confident you're making an informed purchase.


Improved Light - Not all patio doors are the same when it comes to the amount of natural light achieved. Make certain you're getting a door that prioritizes light exposure while maintaining peak efficiency.


No-Fuss Operation - Say goodbye to clunky doors that are a headache to open and close. Look for must-haves like dual rollers that work in tandem for smooth sliding season after season.


Distinctive Style - It's vital to select patio doors that look great and blend in beautifully with the rest of your property. From the color of the doors to the various model options to the hardware finishes, you want each and every element to match your needs precisely.


Secure Design - Like any other doors, patio doors are entryways into your home or commercial space. As such, they need to be built tough, ensuring sound locking mechanisms and long-lasting performance.


It's true, there is quite a bit more to buying the perfect patio doors than you may realize. But when you take a few minutes to learn what separates a superior patio door from a lesser model, you're certain to see the results.


So why not spend your property improvement dollars wisely, with nothing but the best in patio doors for your Michigan-area home or business? To get your project underway, contact us today for a no-obligation estimate and answers to all your questions about top-quality patio doors. We'd be delighted to help!

 

4 Reasons to Add a Retractable Awning to Your Home

Derek Wood - Thursday, September 06, 2018

4 Reasons to Add a Retractable Awning to Your Home

 

Are you looking for a way to create an outdoor living space and add value to your home? A retractable awning might be the solution you need. Here are four great reasons to add a retractable awning to your home.


Boost Your Home's Curb Appeal

There are a variety of styles and colors available when selecting an awning. You're sure to find a style that will complement your home's exterior and outdoor décor. An awning also adds more living space, which adds curb appeal and value to your home. The additional living space will appeal to homeowners who wish to enjoy the outdoors.


Lower Your Cooling Costs

Sunlight streaming through your windows will quickly heat up your home. A retractable awning blocks the sun during the day, keeping your home cooler and more comfortable. Using an awning can provide significant savings on cooling bills.


Protection From the Sun

You want to spend time outside, but you also know that spending too much time in the sun can be harmful. With a retractable awning, you'll be able to enjoy the outdoors and stay safe. An awning will also protect your home's interior from the damaging effects of sun exposure. Extended sun exposure will cause furniture, drapery, and carpets to fade or warp over time. Awnings reduce sun exposure and protect your indoor spaces.


Create Additional Living Space

With an awning, your deck or patio becomes an additional living area for your family. You can add outdoor furniture and create an "outdoor room," knowing that an awning will keep it safe from the elements.  An awning will protect you from the heat and the weather, so you can relax, entertain guests, and enjoy spending time outside. Transform your deck or patio into a relaxing backyard getaway.


To learn more about adding a beautiful retractable awning to your home, contact us today.  

 


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