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Why Sunrooms Are Great For Elderly People

Derek Wood - Thursday, April 19, 2018

Why Sunrooms are Great for Elderly People


If you are an adult child who is looking to help your elderly parent make improvements to his or her home, or if you are a senior citizen yourself, you may want to consider looking into sunrooms. Even though many people think more about things like installing wheelchair ramps or grab bars when making home improvements in the homes of older people, there are other good improvements that you can make as well. These are a couple of reasons why a sunroom can be a great addition to any older person's home.

Provide More Entertaining Space

Now that you or your loved one are a little older, you might find that family events are a lot bigger than there used to be. Now, along with the children, there might be their spouses and children visiting for holidays and other events as well. A sunroom can make a great entertaining space for everyone to dine or just to sit and relax. Basically, a sunroom can be an affordable way to add onto the home and to add a nice, unique space for visiting.

See the Outdoors Without Going Outside

As people age, it can sometimes be more difficult for them to get outdoors as much as they used to. It can be easy to get a little stir-crazy when spending so much time indoors, but a sunroom can be a good way for an elderly person who might mobility issues or other problems to experience some sunshine and the beauty of nature.

As you can see, if you or your loved one is getting up in age, adding a sunroom to the home can be a great option! If you contact us today, we can tell you more.


Why Installing Awnings Can Be a Great Home Addition

Derek Wood - Thursday, April 12, 2018

Why Installing Awnings Can Be A Great Home Addition


When looking to make an improvement to your home, one great option would be to install a retractable awning. There are several benefits that come when you have a retractable awning installed.

Create Comfortable Outdoor Living Space

One of the main advantages of installing a retractable awning in your home is that it can create a very comfortable outdoor living space. During the warm summer months many people would like to spend as much time outside as possible. Unfortunately, the hot sun often makes this difficult. When you install an awning, it will provide you with the necessary coverage and shade to enjoy your patio or deck.


Another advantage of an outdoor awning is that it can be a very convenient option. While you can purchase an umbrella to provide coverage, it can quickly become an inconvenience as you will constantly have to reposition it based on movements of the sun. With an awning you will have enough coverage to completely cover your outdoor living space. Furthermore, it can be quickly expanded and retracted with the push of a button.

Utility Bill Reduction

Another reason why installing a retractable awning can be a good idea for your how is that it can help to reduce your utility bills. While many people place retractable awnings over their patio or other outdoor living space, they can also be placed over any window in your home. If you have a western exposure window that brings in a lot of heat and light during the summer, a retractable awning can be used to provide shade and coverage. This can help to keep your home cool naturally and also reduce your utility bills.

If you are interested in installing an awning or improving your outdoor living space, you should contact us to learn more about the products and services that we can provide to you.


How to Pick the Best Roofing Contractor for Your Needs

Derek Wood - Thursday, April 05, 2018

How to Pick the Best Roofing Contractor for Your Needs


When faced with the prospect of picking a new contractor to install a replacement roof on their home, most homeowners break out into a cold sweat at the very thought. After all, it's a big investment to make and you want to ensure that you make the right one so some degree of nervousness is to be expected. The best way to calm your nerves is to make sure that you know which companies are out there and that they are the best one for the job. Knowing that the company you choose is one of the best out there, with a proven track record of success can help to calm your nerves and reassure you that they are right for the job.

1. A reputable company should NOT ask you to pay them for the job in advance. No reliable business will ask you to pay the full installation cost before the job is completely finished. A reliable company should also be willing and able to provide you with a cost estimate for the job before they start work on it.

2. Ask any and all questions you can think of about the roofing installation before you agree to anything. A legitimate and reputable company will be willing to answer any questions you have in order to assuage your worries about the process.

3. Make sure that you choose to go with a company that has a long-standing history of doing an extremely successful roofing installations so that you know you are going with a company that both knows what they are doing and are good at their job. D&W Windows and Sunrooms is an excellent choice that fulfills all these criteria and, having been in business for over half a century, we have a sizeable number of references and reviews from past customers to back up our word.

Whether you're ready to start your roofing project or need to have some more questions answered, contact us and we'll be glad to help with whatever you need.


Gorgeous and Secure Patio Doors

Derek Wood - Thursday, March 29, 2018

Gorgeous and Secure Patio Doors


Patio doors became popular in homes many years ago. Since that time, improvements in quality and appearance have ensured their continual appeal. If you want to add patio doors to your home or you want to upgrade the ones that you already have, you'll need to keep in mind several factors before you decide on a purchase.

Efficiency -- You'll want a thermal-efficient door that's weather resistant to keep out the cold during the winter and keep out the heat in the summer months. Select one with insulated glass for the best results. Insulated glass will also help to reduce any noise coming from outside, which you'll find is a great benefit. This type of glass is more energy efficient as well so your power requirements will go down, decreasing your energy bill.

Security -- Because a patio door leads into the heart of your home, you'll want it to provide a secure barrier for your family against intruders. You'll want to select a design with a multi-point locking system and full-length interlocking rails for the best protection.

Ease of Use -- You'll want a patio door that's easy to use by everyone in your family. There's nothing more frustrating than a door that continually sticks and becomes hard to open and close. To avoid that, opt for a design with dual tandem rollers. These rollers will also make a door that's a bit heavy easier to open, even for the younger members of your family.

Style -- The look of your patio door is another essential factor. You'll want it to add beauty, not just functionality, to your home. A patio door should let in the maximum amount of light possible to make your home look bright and airy. Options include designs with two, three, or four door panels. You can select a distinctive frame color that suits your home's style best, and then choose a gorgeous grid pattern that will make your patio door a focal point in your home.

For more information about efficient, stunning-looking patio doors, please contact us at D&W Windows and Sunrooms today.


3 Reasons to Replace Your Windows

Derek Wood - Thursday, March 22, 2018

3 Reasons to Replace Your Windows


Looking for a way to improve your home? A great way to start improving your home is by getting new windows. Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home, and getting new ones is a great way to give your home a makeover. Doing so is not only highly affordable but it will also save you money in the long run. Here are a few reasons to get new windows.

Your Windows Are Old

If your windows are old, then it might be time to replace them. If they are cracked and damaged, get new ones as soon as possible. Your old windows are probably letting in drafts. Not only that, but they can leak water when it rains and cause your furniture to get ruined. 

Improve Your Home's Value

Installing new windows will improve your home's value, which will certainly come in handy in the future. If you ever decide to rent or sell your home, you will be able to charge a higher price. New windows also improve your home's curb value. Make sure that you get high-quality and durable windows that last a long time.

Save Energy and Money

Our windows were designed with energy savings in mind. They will keep your home cooler during the summer by reducing the amount of bright sunlight in your home. In the winter, they will keep warm air from escaping to the outside. You won't need to use your heating and air conditioning as much, thus saving energy. This is safer for the environment and will lower your energy bills. Our windows are made according to Energy Star 6.0 specifications, and they will reduce air infiltration by around 24 percent. They are all Certified Made in the USA. 

Contact us today for high-quality window treatments that you will love!


Cozy Up To Vinyl Siding

Derek Wood - Thursday, March 15, 2018

Cozy Up To Vinyl Siding


There's something wonderful about coming in out of the cold, walking through the front door so bundled up you can barely move and feeling a welcoming blanket of warm air surround you and defrost your nose.

In the building trade, R-values are used to measure how well a given material insulates against cold. The R stands for thermal resistance, and the equation used to arrive at it is a brain twister; but the end result is, the higher the number the better. Vinyl siding comes in at a respectable .61. Vinyl siding with an insulated core rates a 1.80. Adding more material bumps up the score, so if you want to really cozy up your home, put a 1-inch layer of foam board insulation underneath the siding and you'll bump up that score by five.

The goldilock's temperature zone for installing vinyl siding is around 50-degrees Fahrenheit. Not so warm, the material expands too much; not so cold, it becomes brittle and cracks. That said, experienced contractors know exactly how much play to leave around windows and doors to account for seasonal changes. Some tell cold-weather war stories of how they worked with temperatures hovering around the twenty-degree mark, and the job turned out fine. So if you've had it with high heating bills and cold drafts in January, there's no reason to suffer until Spring comes along. And with contractors typically less busy during the cold months, you just might receive all the attention and get the job done more quickly.

If your old siding is made of vinyl or metal, it must be removed, but new vinyl siding can be installed directly over old wood siding as long as the wood is in good shape. It can even be installed over brick. There's less preparation and your R-value will skyrocket.

Whatever and whenever your residing project is scheduled, one universal fact endures. Don't take the cheap route. Cheap vinyl siding is prone to cracking and much harder to handle and install. We work with CertainTeed, one of the premier brands on the market. It's used when only the best will do.

Contact us for a free in-home estimate.




3 Signs Your Attic Insulation Requires an Upgrade

Derek Wood - Thursday, March 08, 2018

3 Signs Your Attic Insulation Requires an Upgrade


Attic insulation leads to significant energy savings as a result of reduced heat loss during the cold season. Also, it helps keep the cool air in when it's hot outside and prevent excessive use of the air conditioning system. During winter, attic insulation protects the roof from ice dams which can cause costly damage to the structure. This is why it is essential to make sure that the insulation is in excellent condition at all times. However, how do you tell that it's time to replace the attic insulation? Here are 3 top signs that you should look out for.

Unpleasant odors in your home

The attic space is usually prone to moisture-related issues, especially if the insulation used is old. Old insulation material may wear out over time and leave holes and cracks which act as moisture entry points. The hot air and moisture create a suitable breeding ground for mold. These are substances that can significantly affect the air quality in your home. After some time, you will notice the following in your home:

  • Mold scent. Mold has a distinctive, musky odor that almost smells like urine.
  • Increased allergy symptoms.
  • Signs of water damage in your ceiling or wall.

Rodent infestation in the attic

Rodents are pesky creatures that can wreak havoc on your home's electrical wiring. Unfortunately, if your attic insulation is old, it makes the perfect habitat for rats and mice. They use the holes in the insulation to build their nests. Since there is no food in the attic, they will run around the house once in a while to find it. If you notice any rodents in your home, it is worth checking out your attic. If you see rat droppings or nests, it may be time to upgrade your insulation.

Increased energy bills

Have your energy bills been unusually high for the past few months yet you have not added an appliance or increased consumption? If so, the first place to inspect should be your attic. If the insulation is worn out, it allows heat loss through the holes. It will also let cold air escape during the summer, and this will cause your AC to run inefficiently. As a result, your monthly energy bills will skyrocket.

Upgrading your attic insulation will allow you to enjoy quality air in your home while realizing energy savings. Contact us today so that we can inspect your current insulation and discuss an upgrade.


Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget

Derek Wood - Thursday, March 01, 2018

Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget


Sometimes when a bathroom needs updating, you don't have to remodel the entire room. You can renew the design with a shower and bath liner. When your tub and shower look gorgeous and clean, the whole space takes on an upgraded appearance.

Tub Update -- Nobody likes to bathe in a moldy or worn bathtub. With a brand new tub liner, it will seem like you've entirely replaced your tub. This product not only looks gorgeous but will add antimicrobial protection to your bathing experience, shielding you and your family from bacteria. Because liners are mold and mildew resistant, they make clean-up a breeze. Wraps produced from superior-quality acrylic deliver an exquisite-look to any tub, and you'll never have to worry about cracking, fading, or peeling again.

Shower Update -- Whether your tub or your shower is the focal point of your bathroom, both should look chic and fabulous. Liners have been around for several decades and are now becoming more popular than ever with homeowners because of their ease of installation. With a shower liner, you can create an elegant look in any bathroom. Choose from a variety of colors and patterns for a stylish design that will immediately impress everyone in your family as well as any guests.

Finishing Touches -- After the installation of your liners, complete your remodel with new towels, an organized vanity top, and new bath rugs if you use them. You can even opt for new pictures on the walls if you want to spend just a little extra. Coordinate your colors and textures for the best overall look to finish up your remodel.

For more information about bath wraps -- tub and shower liners -- contact us today. Our durable products come with a lifetime guarantee. We can complete most wrap installations in one day and will completely transform the look of your bathroom into something you'll love.


Unexpected Health Benefits of a Sunroom

Derek Wood - Thursday, February 22, 2018

Unexpected Health Benefits of a Sunroom


Lawns, gardens, and landscapes add significant value to your home, and represent an ongoing investment in your property. But landscaping doesn't simply increase the beauty and appeal of your house; it can enhance your quality of life as well, every day that you live there. 

A garden creates a sense of being in tune with nature, as you naturally observe the passage of the seasons in the plants and wildlife. Studies have shown that simply looking at a garden reduces stress and creates a sense of psychological well-being. This peaceful atmosphere encourages people to disconnect from devices and sources of stress and tune in to the present moment unfolding around them. Simple exposure to sunlight increases serotonin and melatonin production, easing depression and anxiety and helping sleep patterns. Exposure to healthy amounts of sunlight also eases many skin conditions and is essential for strong bones.

With a well-placed sunroom, these physical and psychological benefits can be enjoyed year-round by the entire family. From the comfort of a sunroom, you can experience the mental relaxation that comes from tuning in to nature, feel the sun on your skin, and truly enjoy the investment in your garden or landscape. A sunroom is an ideal place to grow your indoor plants, and ease the transition between indoors and outdoors in an appealing way. A sunroom invites the beauty of the landscape into the comfort of your home, connecting your interior decor with the light and colors of nature, and giving you the very best of both worlds.


Choosing The Best Roofing Contractor

Derek Wood - Thursday, February 15, 2018



Choosing The Best Roofing Contractor


Most homeowners break out in a cold sweat when it becomes time to replace their roof. It's a big investment and they want it done right, so some jitters are in order. One of the best ways to calm those fears is knowing that you choose the right company to complete that big job. How can you be sure that your roof is going to be installed correctly and last for years?

  • Choose a company has a long-standing history in your area. D&W Windows and Sunrooms has been in business since 1955! Read those reviews too. Past customers know who to trust. Don't depend on the low-cost installer with a phone and no address. If they don't have a history in your town, pass them by.
  • Do not pay the full cost of the installation before the job is done. A reputable business will NEVER ask for the full amount in advance. Ask for a cost estimate before the job is begun.. It should be provided cheerfully.
  • Make sure the choice of roofing is from a quality manufacturer. D&W Windows and Sunrooms uses the Owens Corning Complete Roofing System. It's not just shingles, but a complete system of ventilation, underlayments, shingles, and insulation that will ensure a long life to your roof.
  • Ask questions before the installation starts. A trustworthy contractor will be glad to answer all your inquiries, and will be ready to help you make the best decision for the long-term value and upkeep of your home.


When you are ready to make that big leap, rest easy knowing you've chosen the best. Visit the roofing page at D&W Windows and Sunrooms today to schedule a free estimate, and rest easy knowing you've made the right choice.

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