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The Benefits of Adding a Patio Cover

Derek Wood - Thursday, July 12, 2018

The Benefits of Adding a Patio Cover


If you're looking for a quick, easy, and relatively inexpensive way to protect yourself and your patio from Mother Nature, a patio cover might just be perfect for you. Patio covers offer many benefits that you may not even think of. Check out the benefits of adding a patio cover


One of the biggest rewards that you will get out of installing a patio cover is the temperature difference. This structure will help to keep the sun's powerful rays away from your home. It will effectively block out heat and UV light, helping to lower your cooling costs. You can think of it as a heat shield that will protect your home and your belongings. 

Solar Damage

Ultraviolet rays are known for breaking down the chemical bonds of objects and causing them to fade in color. Solar damage can really do a number on your valuables. In many cases, sunlight damage is irreversible, just as it is for people. Patio covers have a high resistance to UV light and high heat. They will not warp or shrink, and they should last you for many years to come. 


Another huge benefit of patio covers is how they increase the accessibility of your patio. You'll be making your patio far more approachable during any time of the year and any type of weather. You and your family will have a lot more time to enjoy being outdoors without having to worry about the elements ruining it. 

Curb Appeal

Patio covers also look great and can really boost your home's curb appeal. You're able to have them customized, which really gives you the ability to match the rest of your home perfectly. The design you choose will really complement your facade. 

Please contact us today at D & W Windows and Sunrooms to learn more about patio covers and what they can do for you and your home.  


Spruce Up Your Sunroom this Summer

Derek Wood - Thursday, July 05, 2018

Spruce Up Your Sunroom this Summer


A sunroom is an excellent addition to a home. Sunrooms add value to a home and make for a wonderful room to kick back and enjoy all of the seasons throughout the year. These additions are also great for keeping the mess outside the house. Let your kids take off their snow gear in the sunroom, or kick off your dirty shoes after cutting the lawn. Are you starting to see just how relevant sunrooms are?

If you are beginning to get bored with your sunroom or maybe you are ready to "upgrade" your room, we have a few ideas we want to share. Continue reading to discover 2 ways you can spruce up your space this year!

Update Those Floors

What type of floor do you have in your sunroom right now? Many sunrooms have concrete flooring. If you are ready to cover up that concrete, here are a few options:

Peel & Stick Flooring: Vinyl peel and stick tiles are available at home maintenance stores and are available in many styles and patterns. You can find "wood" planks to mimic the appearance of hardwood flooring or square tiles that mimic ceramic tiling. This type of floor is simple to install. Make sure your surface is clean, smooth and dry. Be sure you have eliminated all dirt and debris to prevent interference with the adhesive.

Area Rug: If you want a quick and simple fix, consider throwing down an area rug. We recommend an outdoor rug to ensure it will hold up and be able to handle wet shoes walking all over it.

Epoxy Flooring: This last option is more-so going to be for those individuals that want to update their floor for convenience, not aesthetics. An epoxy floor can be messy to install but it worth it in the end. You can choose any color of your choice and get to painting... the epoxy topcoat will really seal everything in and protect your floors. The end result will make for a smoother looking finish, as well as easy cleaning and care.

Add a Storage Bench:

Whether you choose to purchase a storage bench or make your own bench, adding one in your sunroom will make for extra seating and less clutter. Store shoes or seasonal items in the bench (out of sight, out of mind). 

An easy option for making your own storage bench is to purchase some small kitchen cabinets and a few 2x4s. Build yourself a durable frame and place your pre-built cabinets onto that frame. Connect all of your pieces together and complete with a thick piece of pine on the top. Paint it or leave it as is, but we definitely recommend sending your finished piece to avoid splinters (ouch). Finish it off with some patio cushions!

Don't have a sunroom? Now is the perfect time to consider an addition. Sunrooms are perfect for hosting get-togethers and help to make your home feel so much bigger.

Do not hesitate to contact us today with any of your questions. With more than 60 years of experience, we know we can get the job done right!


5 Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Windows

Derek Wood - Thursday, June 28, 2018

5 Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Windows


Summer is here, and now is the perfect time to take a look at your windows and see if they need to be replaced. Here are five common signs that you need to install new windows.

Windows Are Leaking

Are your windows leaking when it rains? If you see moisture around your windows when it rains, the window seal may not be doing its job. There may also be cracks in the window or the seal. Also, inspect your window frame for water damage, such as warped wood.

Condensation Between Panes

Another issue is when condensation builds up on your window between the two panes, even if it is not leaking into your home. This means that the outer pane is not sealed properly, and your double-pane window only has the protection of one pane.


If you feel drafts coming into your home even when the windows are closed, the windows probably aren't sealed properly. This will lead to a cooler home in the winter, as well as a warmer home during the summer due to cool air escaping. It will force your HVAC system to work harder, thus increasing your energy bills.

Windows Are Outdated

If your windows are old, you may need to replace them. Depending on how old they are, they may be made or painted with materials that are no longer accepted, such as lead.

Bad Curb Appeal

It's not just how your windows appear from the inside. Windows make up a large portion of your home's exterior and greatly affect your home's curb appeal. If you are not satisfied with the way your home looks or if you have plans to eventually sell or rent your home, consider replacing your windows with ones that look nicer.

For help with replacing your windows, contact us today.


Get Creative When Replacing Entry Doors to Maximize Curb Appeal

Derek Wood - Thursday, June 21, 2018

Get Creative When Replacing Entry Doors to Maximize Curb Appeal


Replacing interior doors allows you to consider the style that you are going for inside your home. Also, you can keep these doors from impacting the home's style by going with neutral ones. But, all the entry doors will have a more substantial impact on the overall appearance of your home. If you want to improve curb appeal, you should get creative when replacing entry doors.

Stained Glass

One of the easiest ways to make sure your entry doors look unique compared to other doors within the neighborhood is by getting stained glass as part of the design. This is where you will have a lot of flexibility in the design and color choice to ensure that you are satisfied.


Although stained glass will bring light into the home, you will have greater results with windowed entry doors. Just like how you can choose from various designs for the windows around your home, you can look through several styles until you find one that fits your stylistic needs. If you want to maintain maximum security, you can get the window feature at the top part of the doors.


Another great way to make your entry doors stand out from the homes nearby is by going for a bold color. Red, yellow, and blue are some great examples of standout colors. But, you should not hesitate to pick any color, especially when you know that it will mesh well with your home.

Wood Type

When you look at all your options for doors, you also must choose the type of wood. Some woods excel at staining while others are able to provide a great deal of strength for security purposes.

If you would like to learn more about your options for installing new entry doors, feel free to contact us.


Bath & Shower Refinishing: 3 Ways to Upgrade

Derek Wood - Thursday, June 14, 2018

Bath & Shower Refinishing: 3 Ways to Upgrade


Reviving your bathroom does not need to break the bank. One of the most important components of a bathroom is the bathtub or shower. Is it worn out and old? Does it need to be replaced? We are going to reveal three completely different options for reviving your bathtub that will be sure to leave your bathroom with a crisp and clean look.

Bathtub Basics

If you are the type of person that enjoys the look of a traditional bathtub, this is an option worth considering. Whether you reglazed your tub one too many times or you're looking to replace that old powder blue tub that came with your new home, a simple bathtub wrap is a great solution for you. Get a custom manufactured tub liner that will snuggly fit right over your existing tub. These custom liners are made from 100 percent non-porous acrylic that is mold- and mildew-resistant, which means it will be extremely easy to keep clean! Easy, breezy, and CLEAN.

Luxurious Tub Conversion

This option will appeal to the individuals that never take baths. This means you can have a full-size standup shower that looks sleek and keeps you on budget. Unlike a complete bathroom remodel, tub conversions can usually be completed in as little as one to two days and for a more affordable price. Additional customizable options are as follows:


  • Bench and Seating
  • Built-In Wall Shelves
  • Unique Wall Patterns and Designs
  • Low-Threshold for Easy Entry
  • Barrier-Free Entry
  • Customizable Colors
  • ...and more!

Walk-In Tubs

Okay, now this option will really give your bathroom a unique appearance. Walk-In tubs are safe, attractive, and easy-to-maintain. These tubs are wonderful for individuals that need special accommodations and are an excellent alternative for seniors. With that being said, a walk-in tub can really appeal to just about anyone... I mean, who would not want to enjoy their bath lounging in a seat? This option is like having a personalized jacuzzi in your bathroom! These tubs come standard with a variety of safety features such as handrails, seats, and slip-resistant flooring. 

Now, all that's left to do is decide which option is most appealing to you. With over 60 years of experience in the business, we would love to answer any questions you still have. Do not hesitate to contact us today. 


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3 Important Reasons To Insulate Your Attic

Derek Wood - Thursday, June 07, 2018

3 Important Reasons To Insulate Your Attic


If you have recently moved into an older home that doesn't have insulation in the attic, it is very important that you get it insulated as soon as possible. There are so many benefits that come with insulating your attic and make the cost worth it. Here are three important reasons to insulate your attic. 

Avoid Frozen Pipes

If you have any pipes that are in your attic, they are at risk for freezing and breaking when it gets too cold outside. If your attic is insulated however, this likely isn't going to happen. The insulation helps to regulate the temperature in your attic and keep it warm enough to ensure your pipes won't freeze. 

Decrease Your Energy Bills 

When you have an attic that is insulated, you can save money on your energy bills. This is because you no longer have hot or cold air leaking out of your roof, thus requiring more air to keep your home at the temperature that you'd like it to be at. This decreases the amount of energy used each day, which in turn decreases your bill. Overtime, the decrease in your energy bills will likely pay for the cost of the insulation, so it will be like you never even paid for it. 

Protect Your Roof

One benefit that you may not think of when it comes to attic insulation is how much it can actually protect your roof. Since hot air won't be rising through the attic and onto your roof all of the time, you don't have to worry about critters, such as mice and bats, finding your roof to be a good home. This can save you from a lot of damage. Also, the mixture of hot air and water during rainstorms won't mix to create mold or mildew in your roof. 

Installing insulation in your attic is a great thing because it helps you to avoid frozen pipes, it allows you to decrease your energy bills, and it helps to protect your roof.

To learn more about insulating your attic, visit us here


A Gorgeous Patio Awning for Your Home

Derek Wood - Thursday, May 31, 2018

A Gorgeous Patio Awning for Your Home


If your family enjoys being outdoors on the patio, but the weather limits your time there, consider getting a gorgeous awning. With a cover to shield you from the harsh sun and protect you from the wind or rain, you're able to spend a lot more time outside and enjoying nature.

4 Elements of a Great Patio Awning


Convenience -- With a retractable awning that is attached to your home, it's available for use all year, making it convenient and part of the style of your home. You don't need to take it down in the winter and put it back up in the summer, which you'll find especially handy if the weather changes unexpectedly.

Control -- To control how exposed you are to the elements, you can adjust the awning to your needs or not use it at all. With a dedicated remote control, activating your patio cover is simple, and anyone in the household can do it. If you misplace the remote, you can just use the manual override, so you're never stuck without a way to use your awning.

Construction -- Superior construction is essential for everything that you add to your home. It's especially important with an awning. You'll want a product that is corrosion resistant, so it lasts a long time. Fade-resistant fabric is also a must to keep your cover looking its best for years to come. Opt for an awning with a variety of gorgeous colors to choose from and a removable valance for versatility.

Safety -- A sturdy awning that will stand up to the elements is always a primary concern. The awning arms should flex to handle the stress from any wind. A front bar built with extruded aluminum will provide extra strength and durability. The use of such highly-reliable materials in your awning will ensure that your family stays safe underneath its cover.

For more information on getting a quality awning for your patio, please contact us today.


Building Yourself a Beautiful Sunroom Garden

Derek Wood - Thursday, May 24, 2018

Building Yourself a Beautiful Sunroom Garden


Spring is here at last and gardeners everywhere are poking their heads out and checking soil temperatures. Each gardener knows their favorite plants and the necessary conditions to grow them in. Most with flower beds or even large sections of the yard dedicated to growing still have to wait until the seasonal conditions are correct, and even then can only grow what is survivable in their home climate. The one exception is the sunroom. With these lovely warm additions to your home, you can grow rare beauties and your yearly favorites all year long.

Use That Green Thumb to Make Your Backyard Beautiful

There are many ways to add glass to your patio decor, from clear glimmering tables to custom sculptures. Perhaps the perfect meeting of form and function is the sunroom garden. You have the gift of gardening, share it with your entire backyard. A window-covered sunroom becomes a glittering focal entry point to your yard and serves to frame the beautiful results of your favorite hobby. There's no need to hide your flowers and vegetables in an unassuming place along your foundation or fence line. Put your plants on full display. Invite your guests to take walk through your work, smell the beautiful fragrances of growth and taste your ripe produce. You may be surprised at how popular a spot your sunroom becomes.

A Beautiful Addition to Any Home

Just because your yard is already dedicated to a pool or playground doesn't mean you can't add on a sunroom. Custom size and design can fit this comfortable glass addition into many home and lot designs, blending your outdoor and indoor environments without needing to dominate the space. Show off your gardening expertise and soak up the sun with your friends and family.

For more information about how to use windows and glass to make your home more beautiful and rewarding, contact us today!


New Windows Provide Efficiency and an Updated Look

Derek Wood - Thursday, May 17, 2018

New Windows Provide Efficiency and an Updated Look


New windows are an excellent investment for any homeowner. They not only increase the value of your home, but they will provide security, save you money on energy bills, and give both your interior and exterior a fabulous, updated look.

Long-Lasting Window Options

Materials – You'll want to look for particular features to ensure you're getting the best windows possible. Choosing energy-efficient windows with advanced weatherstripping will offer a superior seal against the weather. Fiberglass reinforced resin inserts provide strength and resistance to condensation. Opt for dual-sealed glass, and you'll get windows that are secure and impenetrable to the heat and cold.

Grids – For the best look, you'll need to consider if you want grids on your windows. Select windows with colonial grids – small square panes throughout the window – for a traditional look. Or opt for prairie grids – a side pattern with small square panes in each corner and open in the middle – for a more contemporary look. Both of these glass designs will give your home a spectacular appearance.

Frames and Sills – Make your windows stand out by choosing a custom exterior color for the frames. Choose a color that won't clash with your house paint, but one that will highlight the appearance of the windows. For the interior, you could choose a wood grain that matches the rest of the furnishings in your home for a coordinated design. To create a distinctive and elegant appearance, instead of wooden window sills, opt for marble. You'll love the expensive look it will give to your rooms.

For more information about high-quality windows for your home, please contact us today. We have more than 60 years of experience, so we know windows. Our gorgeous products contain exclusive features to combat the coldest of winters and the hottest summers so you can feel secure about your investment.


5 Reasons to Consider Vinyl Siding for Your Home

Derek Wood - Thursday, May 10, 2018

5 Reasons to Consider Vinyl Siding for Your Home


You want your home's exterior to shine. After all, the exterior is what makes the first impression. Choosing the best siding makes a big difference. If you want to give your home's exterior an upgrade, consider vinyl siding. It's a worthwhile investment that will give your home a beautiful new look.

Benefits of Installing Vinyl Siding

Here are five reasons why you should consider vinyl siding for your home.

Vinyl siding is less expensive. Compared with other building materials, vinyl siding delivers the lowest price per square foot. It also provides a better return on investment than other materials. Many homeowners who install vinyl siding are able to recoup almost 100% of the cost when their homes are sold. It's a valuable addition that will boost your home's curb appeal.

You have a wide variety of design options. Vinyl siding is incredibly versatile. It's available in hundreds of attractive colors and can be laid either horizontally or vertically. Select any pattern, including shingles, scales, or scallops. You're sure to find an option that makes your home look great.

Vinyl siding is more durable than other materials. Vinyl siding is built to last. With vinyl siding, you don't need to worry about termites, rust, or rot. It can withstand extreme weather, including winds higher than 110 miles per hour.

Vinyl siding is low-maintenance. Unlike other materials, vinyl siding does not require caulking, or painting. An annual cleaning with mild soap and water is all that's needed.

Insulated vinyl siding may lower your heating and cooling costs. Vinyl siding provides better-quality insulation, making your home more energy efficient. Your home will be more comfortable, and you'll reduce your energy bills.

To learn more about the advantages of vinyl siding, contact us at D & W Windows and Sunrooms today. 


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