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Add Curb Appeal Fast with Vinyl Siding!

Derek Wood - Sunday, March 17, 2019
Add Curb Appeal Fast with Vinyl Siding!


When selling a home or upgrading your outside space, many homeowners feel overwhelmed by the seemingly costly and time consuming task of revamping the exterior siding. Vinyl siding, however, can provide an easy solution with several great benefits.

Save Time and Your Dimes

Vinyl siding is the most cost-friendly option available on the market today, but the savings don't just stop there. Unlike many other options and products, vinyl siding can be applied over some existing exteriors. This cuts down on expensive labor fees and, whether you are doing the project yourself or not, lots of time spent on demolition and removal. The hassle-free application is just one less headache in creating an eye-catching, energy saving home.

Keep Things Quiet and Cozy

When applying vinyl siding to a home, a layer of foam backing is installed underneath the vinyl creating an extra layer of insulation against extreme temperatures. This means there is not just one, but two barriers against noise and the elements for your home. By simply choosing a vinyl product, noise levels are noticeably lessened. Now the neighborhood traffic will be a little less irritating, and you'll be snug and quiet through those powerful winter storms.

Reduce the Re-dos

Along with the other great benefits of vinyl siding, you will love the low maintenance qualities it provides. Designed for cold, harsh weather conditions, vinyl is engineered to resist decaying and warping over several seasons. In contrast, wood siding needs constant upkeep with painting or staining every season to ensure an air and moisture tight seal on the exterior. With less upkeep, you are free to tackle other projects on your to-do list!

Whether you're trying to attract new buyers or in need of an update, vinyl siding can be a cost effective, long lasting change. For more comprehensive information, help making a selection, and pricing for vinyl, please contact us.


Windows - Preparing for Cold Winters and Hot Summers

Derek Wood - Thursday, March 07, 2019
Windows - Preparing for Cold Winters and Hot Summers


There's nothing like a chilly polar vortex to bring attention to key elements around the home. Being prepared for Mother Nature in the winter can make the difference between enjoying a toasty warm environment in sub-zero temperatures, or spending a lot more than necessary on heating bills, as well as putting an aging furnace at risk for failure. If you want to survive next year's polar vortex, as well as keep your home cooler this summer, then it's time to review all your home's essential components that determine its level of preparedness for Michigan's extreme temperatures.

Polar Vortex to Record Highs

Let's face it. Michiganders know that outdoor temperatures can go from a bone-chilling -15°F to a relatively comfortable 45°F, within the span of 24 hours. Those homes that are not properly prepared for Michigan's weather extremes, at best, are at risk for hefty heating bills. In addition, homes are that are not properly weatherized put additional strain on a home's furnace and during times of extreme weather, furnace failure is extremely risky.

Of course, Michigan is known for its hot, humid summer temps as well. Older windows are not as efficient as new window models, thus allowing hot, humid air to enter through cracks and openings around the window frame. For those who have central air, their unit has to work a lot harder to keep the home cool and comfortable.

D&W Energy Efficient Windows

If you are getting tired of shocking energy bills month after month, now is a good time to take a look at the age and level of quality of all the windows in the home. Our premiere energy efficient windows are made right here in Michigan. We are Michigan residents ourselves, giving us a unique perspective to what Michigan residents go through during a polar vortex, as well as Michigan's humid summers.

Contact us today for more information about our advanced weatherstripping and E-Z Fill Foam that keep heat in during sub-zero temperatures, as well as our SunShield technology designed to keep homes cooler in the summer.


A Tub-to-Shower Conversion Will Transform Your Bathroom

Derek Wood - Thursday, February 28, 2019
A Tub-to-Shower Conversion Will Transform Your Bathroom


A fabulous way to improve the look of almost any bathroom is to convert your built-in bathtub into a gorgeous shower. Even if this is the only change you make to your bathroom, it will appear as if you've done a full renovation. Many advantages exist for doing a tub-to-shower conversion that makes this change a worthwhile venture.


Bathroom renovations can become expensive. However, a tub-to-shower conversion can be completed in one or two days, which is a lot quicker, and therefore more affordable, than doing a full bathroom renovation. You can also choose from a variety of colors and patterns for your shower surround. Multiple options are available for every budget.

Durability and Beauty

The well-made, long-lasting acrylic shower system includes a shower surround installed with minimal mess. Its anti-microbial protection will help to protect you and your family from germs, which is a great feature. The sleek, modern look of the shower surround will elevate the look of your bathroom and will immediately become a focal point in the room.


Because of the low threshold of the shower, this conversion works well for anyone in a wheelchair. It's also helpful for those with arthritis, or any medical condition, where lifting your feet too high would put you dangerously off-balance. Even for a healthy individual, having an easier entry and exit to the shower is safer and can prevent stumbles.


A built-in bench with the shower conversion will add style to the overall look. The seat provides a safe and comfortable spot to shave or a place to rest when you're unable to stand up for long periods. Anyone with even a short-term foot or leg injury will also appreciate having a bench in the shower to make bathing easier.

For more information about getting a tub-to-shower conversion done, please contact us today. You'll be amazed at the gorgeous outcome that you can expect and all at a reasonable price.


The Only Reasons You'll Need to Decide On a Sunroom For Your Home

Derek Wood - Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Only Reasons You'll Need to Decide On a Sunroom For Your Home


Home is certainly where the heart is, but certain areas of the home may have more benefit to you than others. Sunrooms, for instance, can offer both function and fun at every turn. Whether it's a place to rest and relax, to watch the seasons change, or a place to spend time with the people you love most, a year-round sunroom can do that and more. Read on to find out everything a year-round sunroom can offer you.

Be a Part of the Outdoors in Peace

Very few people dislike the outdoors, but there are a few things about the outdoors to dislike. A year-round sunroom allows you to feel right there with nature but provides you with protection from the rain, temperature, and bugs. Sunrooms typically feature extra-large windows that make it easy to feel like you're outside without having to worry about anything. The natural light you'll experience from a sunroom can offer your home, as well as you, a variety of benefits.

Enjoy Every Season

Three-season sunrooms are not designed to be heated and may not be able to be used in the colder/winter months. Year-round sunrooms, however, are designed to be cooled and heated throughout the entire year, through spring, summer, fall, and winter. And if you're like most people and find wintertime to be majestically beautiful, a year-round sunroom allows you a chance to be a part of it without dealing with the cold or snow.

Increase Your Home's Square Footage

Because a year-round sunroom can be heated and cooled, it becomes a part of your homes usable square footage. Not only does this simply add usable space to your home, but it could increase the value of your home and becomes an added bonus to future buyers; should you ever choose to sell.

Use the Added Space for a Hobby, Interest, or More

A year-round sunroom can be used for much more than relaxing and taking in the scenery. If the weather is uncooperative, a sunroom can be used for parties or get-togethers. It can alse be used as a playroom for children or grandchildren, an exercise room with a view, or as a second sitting room. A year-round sunroom can also be used for various hobbies and is ideal for gardening. The natural light and heat make a year-round sunroom great for greenhouse growing.

Sunrooms add luxury, entertainment, and more to your home. Contact the professionals here at D & W Windows and Sunrooms to see how we can help you enjoy your future


Distinctive Custom-Shaped, Fixed Window Designs

Derek Wood - Thursday, February 14, 2019
Distinctive Custom-Shaped, Fixed Window Designs


Custom-shaped, fixed windows are a significant enhancement to any home. These types of windows will add a distinction and sophistication to your home that will set your residence apart from all the others in the neighborhood. Such windows work exceptionally well in areas where you want additional natural light but don't need ventilation.

Along the Stairs

Tall, narrow, rectangular windows look fabulous along any stairway, where the area is often dark and dreary. With custom windows, you can add style, allow in sunlight, and brighten up the appearance of the entire space. Since these are fixed windows, they won't open but they'll add elegance to both the interior and exterior of your home. Select a design with an arched crown for even more interest.

With a Cathedral Ceiling

In homes with a high ceiling, fixed windows toward the top will allow in the light you need to make the area feel open and airy. Many types of custom-shaped windows will work with such ceilings, depending on the architectural style of your house. A rectangular design looks excellent in a contemporary home. For a traditional home, octagonal or hexagon-shaped windows will look stunning. A circular or semi-circle design adds a spectacular look to a house with a transitional style.

Over an Entry Door

Another excellent place for a custom-shaped, fixed window is above your front door. Adding a fixed window over an entry door enhances the appearance of your home, making the doorway an actual focal point of your home's exterior. From the interior, the light that this type of window allows inside will create a welcoming atmosphere that everyone will admire and appreciate.

For more information about custom-shaped windows, please contact us today. We're happy to advise you on which windows will add the most beauty and function to your property.


Bathroom Remodel: 3 Easy Updates

Derek Wood - Thursday, February 07, 2019
Bathroom Remodel: 3 Easy Updates


Are you ready to refresh the bathroom in your house? There are many updates you can complete all on your own that will completely transform your space and not break the bank.

Continue on below to discover three ways you can update your space while modernizing it at the same time.

Consider Mixed Metals

We have heard this over and over. Replace the hardware in your bathroom to quickly and effectively update your space, but have you considered updating your hardware with mixed metals. This simply means that you will use different colors of metal throughout your space. It seems crazy at first to have silver and gold hardware scattered throughout your space, but the unique look it gives is very flattering and surprisingly gorgeous. Mixing metals works especially well in a neutral space. So if you have a fairly "plain" bathroom that is all white, grey, or beige and you're looking to add that wow factor, this is a great solution for you.

Add Useable Storage

Adding storage features to your current bathroom can easily help to update the room. Storage helps to keep things organized and eliminate clutter, hence, a more uniform and breathable space. You will want to be cautious not to add bulky storage solutions that take square footage away from you. Instead, opt for one of the following options:

  • Floating Shelves
  • Wall Cabinet
  • Over-the-Toilet Space Saver

Any of these space-saving storage choices will make for excellent usable storage, be easy to install yourself, and can be implemented while staying on budget.

Consider a Bath Wrap

What exactly is a bath wrap? Well, it's exactly what you would think. An easy and obtainable way to update your current tub or shower, without breaking the bank. A shower or tub surround (or "wrap") can enhance the appearance of your bathroom in much less time and for much less money than a full-scale remodel. There are a variety of options available for your future revamp... feel free to get some ideas from the gallery provided here! We have listed some of the advantages of bath wraps and tub surrounds below.

  • 100% American-made acrylic for superior quality
  • Silver Shield™ anti-microbial protection
  • Colors, patterns and accessories to match any budget
  • Elegant feel for a fraction of the cost
  • Most installations completed in one day
  • Lifetime Guarantee

    • Remodeling your current bathroom does not need to be overwhelming. Whether you're looking to do a quick DIY weekend project or update your space with a gorgeous bath wrap, we are here to help.

      With over 60 years of experience in the business, D&W would love to answer any questions you have. Do not hesitate to contact us today.

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Advantages of Installing Additional Windows in Your Home

Derek Wood - Thursday, January 31, 2019
Advantages of Installing Additional Windows in Your Home


Windows are more than a standard feature for a house. They are a necessity. However, often, a residence will only have a minimal number of windows installed, which isn't always sufficient. Installing additional windows is the best way to increase the natural light and air flow in your home as well as create design elements that you and your family will love.

More Natural Light

In rooms that look or feel dark, installing just one additional window can completely transform the area into a bright and welcoming space. With the extra light, your room will feel more spacious, which is a particular advantage in small areas. More windows not only benefit dark rooms but dark areas of your home as well, such as along a staircase or in a powder room. In these areas, fixed windows are a fabulous option to let in natural light and brighten up your space.

Better Air Flow

One or more additional windows in a room will help to increase the air flow when you open them. The better the flow, the easier it will be to air out your home. Good air flow will bring in freshness from the outside, clear out any staleness, and reinvigorate you. Stale air can make you feel sluggish, so getting fresh air into your home is essential to your overall health.

Gorgeous Design Element

You also can use additional windows as a design element in your home. For example, install a row of small, square windows on the wall behind your sofa or bed for a gorgeous look. Create a focal point by covering them with high-end shutters or shades. In a bathroom, you can opt for windows with frosted glass to add a stylish look in your shower. Whether these are fixed or operational windows, this design feature will allow you the privacy you require without needing any window coverings.

More windows, appropriately placed in your home, will add to the value of your property by allowing the maximum amount of sunlight into your house while providing a gorgeous aesthetic. For more information about beautiful, energy-efficient windows, please contact us today to learn more about installing blown attic insulation in your home today.


Batting, Blown, or Sprayed: What’s the Best Attic Insulation?

Derek Wood - Thursday, January 24, 2019

Batting, Blown, or Sprayed: What’s the Best Attic Insulation?


Although there are several choices for attic insulation, we will be discussing the three most common types: batting, blown, and sprayed. Each one having its own characteristics, cost, and benefits, attic insulation is an absolute need for ensuring your home is energy efficient and climate controlled.


Made of large, long pieces of insulation, batting's interwoven fibers and adhesive binders come in fiberglass and cotton. In terms of their insulating quality, they are basically equivalent. Cotton batting is made from mostly recycled blue jeans, where as fiberglass is made from molten sand and recycled glass, rendering it naturally noncombustible. The main issue with batting is that they do not work well filling in the spaces properly. Although cost effective, batting just doesn't make for easy installation. Trying to fill in at junction boxes, wires, and lights becomes tedious and time consuming. An insulation material should be able to fill the whole space with no gaps or voids.


Next on the list is sprayed foam insulation made from polyurethane and isocyanate. When combined, these two materials chemically react, expand and harden. Just like batting there are just two types of this insulation, open cell and closed cell. Open cell is more dense, where as closed cell insulation has a spongier texture. Upon hardening, this type of insulation provides an air tight seal. Providing sound dampening capabilities and the ability to deter mold, spray insulation is unfortunately a costly material as well as installation.


A better choice in attic insulation is blown insulation. With a machine and hose leading to the space, blown insulation is easily installed. Available in two types, fiberglass and cellulose (recycled newspapers), these materials insulate about the same with R-values in the 3 to 4 per inch range. This insulation is great at filling in the gaps, and providing a complete layer of insulation. At D & W Windows and Sunrooms, we offer the new Owens Corning Propink L77 Pink Fiberglass Insulation. Benefits of this type of insulation are as follows:

  • non-combustible and non-corrosive
  • formaldehyde free
  • resists fungi and mold growth
  • will not settle, rot, or decay
  • third-party certified to contain 50 percent recycled content (highest percentage in the industry)

For more than 50 years D&W Attic Insulation has been Michigan's leader in protecting your home from the weather. Please contact us today to learn more about installing blown attic insulation in your home today.


Four Advantages of Casement Windows

Derek Wood - Thursday, January 17, 2019

Four Advantages of Casement Windows


If you're ready to get new windows for your home, you should consider casement windows for one or more of your rooms. A casement window, designed with hinges on the side, opens outward by using an easy-to-operate crank. These windows look fabulous and offer many advantages.

1. Casement windows are quite energy-efficient. When closed, they will provide an airtight seal. This seal, along with the dual-sealed glass, will keep the heat out in the summer, the cold out in the winter, and will help to protect your family from high winds and storms. This airtight feature will also help you save money on your energy bills.

2. With a casement window, you'll get a better view than with a lot of other styles of windows because of the full pane of glass in the design. Without additional frames covering that glass, you're able to admire the outdoors obstruction-free. From the exterior of your home, these windows will look gorgeous, adding to your home's curb appeal.

3. You can open a casement window wider than other windows—up to 90 degrees. Because of this feature, you'll get excellent ventilation and can even catch side breezes. If you and your family love the aroma of fresh air wafting throughout your home, you'll greatly enjoy these windows.

4. Casement windows provide excellent security, which is a concern for everyone. The embedded window locks and crank system make it hard for an intruder to get into your house. Because these windows lock flush against the frame, you can only open them with the crank inside your home.

Casement windows are an excellent investment for any homeowner. For more information about casement and other types of windows, please contact us today. We're a family-owned and operated business, and we manufacture all of the windows that we sell to ensure that you will get the highest-quality product at the lowest price.


4 Ways to Completely Transform the Exterior Look of Your Home

Derek Wood - Thursday, January 10, 2019

4 Ways to Completely Transform the Exterior Look of Your Home


If the outside of your home isn't looking as good as it used to, four fabulous ways exist to improve its appearance. Whether you use one or more of these ideas, you'll be pleased with the transformation of your exterior.

New Front Door

The focal point of your house on the outside is often your front door because it's the one item that everyone notices. For an updated look, choose a door that not only looks beautiful but one that is sturdy and will provide protection for your family. A fiberglass entry door is an excellent choice that will make a design statement you'll love.

Energy-Efficient Windows

New windows are a must for a great-looking exterior. Quality windows not only look fabulous, but they provide the energy-efficiency that all homeowners want. The Michigan Window™ is a choice you won't regret. It incorporates everything you need—beauty, high-performance, and reinforced strength—and will withstand all kinds of weather.

Vinyl Siding

Instead of repainting your house every few years, you should consider vinyl siding to keep your exterior looking fresh and clean. Vinyl that looks like natural cedar is a superb choice, such as siding from CertainTeed's Monogram® collection. With over 40 siding and trim colors, you're sure to find the perfect look for your home.

New Roof

A roof can provide character to your house, so you'll want one that not only looks great but one that also functions appropriately to help keep your interior comfortable. Choose a roof with an integrated system of components that will last, along with a shingle color and style that matches your aesthetic and your home's architecture for the best results.

Any of the above upgrades will significantly improve the exterior of your house. The more updates you do over time, as you can afford them, the more value you'll add to your property. For additional information about exterior improvements, please contact us today. Our company is one that you can count on to provide quality materials and personal service.


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