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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.


A New Roof Adds Protection and Beauty to Your House

Derek Wood - Thursday, January 03, 2019

A New Roof Adds Protection and Beauty to Your House


Nobody generally wants to think about getting a new roof. However, a new roof is what your home needs in many cases to protect it from the outside elements. A gorgeous roof will also update the exterior look of your house. Because a new roof will always add to the overall value of your property, it's an investment that you won't regret.

The Protection a New Roof Provides

With a quality roof that's composed of an integrated system of components and layers, your home will be able to withstand the various forces of nature—like strong winds, snow storms, and torrential rains—that can pummel a structure from season to season. A new, superior roofing system will also help to control the temperature and humidity within the interior of your home, which will keep your family feeling comfortable and can save you a lot of money on your energy bills, virtually paying for its cost over time.

The Beauty a New Roof Provides

Shingles, which are the first and most visible layer of defense for your home, also help to define the character of your home. They should be durable and add beauty to the exterior design of your property. Because shingles come in many different colors, you can choose the perfect look for your house. For example, for a contemporary look and feel, gray shingles are a fabulous choice. For a traditional home, you can't go wrong with brown. For a country home, opt for a dark green shade. For a coastal look, you might enjoy a dusky blue tone for your shingles. If your home doesn't fit into any specific style, beige shingles are an excellent all-around choice.

A new roof has multiple advantages and is something that every homeowner should consider as a wise investment for their family. For more information about getting a new roof or having your current roof repaired, please contact us today.


Choose Vinyl Siding for its Ice and Hail Resistance

Derek Wood - Thursday, December 27, 2018

Choose Vinyl Siding for its Ice and Hail Resistance


Homes in Michigan are subject to damage from ice, wind, and hail. As such, one of the best ways to protect your investment is with vinyl siding. Modern improvements have made vinyl siding more impact resistant than ever-here's why it is the best choice for a number of structures.

Made to Withstand High Winds

Vinyl siding can withstand winds of up to 75 miles per hour. That's about twice as fast as average blizzard winds, which clock in at around 35 miles per hour. This means you will not have to worry about losing siding (and your home becoming unprotected) during a winter storm. By providing this type of protection, vinyl siding will help ensure that the inside of your home remains warm and well insulated as well.

Impact Resistant

When vinyl siding was first placed on the market, consumers had to be concerned with panels breaking or cracking. Vinyl siding has come a long way since then, and is now more durable and rugged than ever. In fact, vinyl siding can generally withstand any impact from the ice or hail storms that are common here in central Michigan. If you are looking for a solution that will provide great looking results for years to come, vinyl is an excellent choice.

Avoid Rot and Mildew

Ice and snow can leave you with another problem come spring, and that is the possibility of mold, mildew, or rot. Even a little bit of moisture can leave your home vulnerable, and might also increase the odds of an insect infestation. When installed by a professional team such as ours, vinyl siding provides a tight-fitting seal that will ensure your house is well protected year round.

Aside from these benefits, vinyl siding comes in a multitude of colors and textures, and can greatly enhance the curb appeal of any residence. To see some vinyl siding samples or obtain an estimate, please contact us today.


Advantages of Vinyl Siding over Other Siding Choices

Derek Wood - Thursday, December 13, 2018

Advantages of Vinyl Siding over Other Siding Choices


If you are contemplating siding your house, you will find that vinyl is a superior choice, when comparing it to other sidings, such as those made of aluminum, fiber cement, or composite siding. Not only is vinyl durable and affordable, it transforms a house in terms of looks, comfort, and upkeep. In addition, vinyl is easy to install. If you include a foam backing, you can also dampen outside noises, thereby making your dwelling a more peaceful place.

An Economical and Durable Product

Most people like vinyl because of its economy and durability. In addition, vinyl siding comes in various textures and colors. When replicating the look of painted wood, vinyl colors hide demarcations, such as scratches or nicks, which lends to the product's appearance. You simply cannot see dents or markings as you can on other materials. Besides mimicking painted wood, vinyl comes in designs that replicate the look of wood shingles, stone, or wood-grain lap siding. However, unlike wood, vinyl is insect-proof.

Lower Labor Costs

Because vinyl is lightweight, installers find the product easy to install. You can either fit the siding over an existing material or add it directly to new home constructions. In either event, this type of improvement reduces labor costs.

Reduced Energy Costs

Innovative siding designs make it possible for you to add insulated vinyl to your home, if you so choose. In turn, you can save a great deal of money heating or cooling your home. Insulation values range from R-2 to R-6, which enables you to keep your home cooler or warmer economically. While you usually have to pay about 15% more for insulated vinyl, the investment creates rewards in terms of comfort and reduced energy costs.

Easy to Maintain

Homeowners like the fact that vinyl requires little maintenance or upkeep. Dirt and grime easily disappear with the help of a light pressure wash. Plus, the material never needs painting. When you review this siding as a possible exterior improvement, you will find that it meets all your criteria with respect to affordability, indoor comfort, and maintenance. While other siding choices feature certain upsides, vinyl features benefits you simply cannot ignore.

Want to know more about this product? Please contact us today.


5 Benefits of Vinyl Replacement Windows

Derek Wood - Thursday, December 06, 2018

5 Benefits of Vinyl Replacement Windows


Are you looking for a way to improve your home? Perhaps it's time to consider replacing your windows. Your home's exterior is the first thing that visitors see, and the windows are a big part of that first impression. Replacement windows are a great way to give your home a makeover and boost its curb appeal.

The type of material is an important consideration when choosing new windows. One of the most popular options is vinyl. Here are some of the benefits of choosing vinyl windows.


Vinyl windows offer any number of design options. They're available in many sizes, colors, and styles. Vinyl windows can be customized to fit a wide variety of design specifications. You're sure to find a window that will beautifully complement your home.

Energy Efficient

Vinyl windows are extremely well-insulated. They'll keep warm air inside during winter and cold air inside in summer. The added insulation will help to reduce your heating and cooling bills. Replacement windows also eliminate drafts and air leaks. Increased comfort and lower utility bills make vinyl windows a worthwhile investment.


Vinyl windows require almost no maintenance. They are scratch resistant, and they do not need to be painted, stained, or scraped. The only maintenance needed is an occasional cleaning with soap and water.

Weather Resistant

Vinyl windows are extremely durable, and will stand up to snow, rain, and strong winds. Because they're built to resist the elements, vinyl windows do not age as quickly as windows made from other materials. Your new windows will last for years to come.

Low Price

Vinyl is the least expensive option when choosing window materials. Vinyl is also durable. It will not rust, fade, or corrode. By choosing vinyl, you can enjoy stunning new windows without breaking the bank.

If you're looking for quality replacement windows, contact us now for a free in-home estimate. We look forward to assisting you.


4 Reasons Vinyl Siding is the Right Choice for Your Home

Derek Wood - Thursday, November 29, 2018

4 Reasons Vinyl Siding is the Right Choice for Your Home


When it comes to siding for your home or property, vinyl is clearly the best choice. Increases in technology have enabled vinyl manufacturers to ensure that it is versatile, cost-efficient and long-lasting. Whether you're building a new home or simply looking to replace your current siding, vinyl offers several advantages over other materials.

1. Versatility

Available in a wide range of colors, profiles and textures, vinyl siding enables you to customize your home or property to suit your individual needs and preferences. From Victorian scallops to cedar shakes to everything in between, vinyl siding styles are made with such an authentic look that even the most discriminating eye cannot detect that the material is made from vinyl.

2. Durability

Specifically constructed to withstand the elements, vinyl siding is perfect for most any environment. Whether you live in an area with lots of moisture or high winds or even hail, you can rest assured that your vinyl siding will remain intact. In fact, vinyl is made to resist excessive moisture, which means that you won't have to worry about corrosion or rotting no matter how often it rains or snows.

3. Reduces Heating and Cooling Costs

Known in the industry as "thermal bridging," vinyl siding provides a blanket of protection to prevent heat loss between the wall studs of exterior walls, which helps to keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer thus reducing the overall energy it takes to keep your home at your preferred temperature.

4. Maintenance Free

Pest and termite resistant, vinyl siding is just about as low maintenance as it gets. Not only will your vinyl last for many years, but it maintains its original qualities, which means you'll never need to spend the time and money on repainting your home. You can relax in knowing that your home will maintain its appeal with no added effort or expense.

If you're considering updating the siding on your home or property, vinyl is an excellent choice. For more information about the advantages of vinyl siding, please contact us today. We can help you make the right choice to fit your individual needs and budget.


Update Your Home with Stunning Custom Windows

Derek Wood - Thursday, November 22, 2018

Update Your Home with Stunning Custom Windows


An excellent way to improve the look of your home, as well as add value and function, is with custom windows. In addition to enhancing the exterior of your home, distinctive window designs can also elevate the appearance of your interior decor. Various types of custom windows exist. Bay, bow, and picture windows are three of the most popular.

Bay Window

This type of angled window is made up of a large center pane of glass with two smaller windows on each side. Because of the design, a bay window can provide a lovely seating area within the angled structure. Such a window looks fabulous in a master bedroom and will give you a place to read, sit and admire nature, or even place your clothing for the next day.

Bow Window

For a softer look, a bow window provides a rounded structure instead of an angled one. This type of curved window is made up of four or more window panes. From the exterior, the design resembles a turret, giving your home a distinctive look that everyone will love. Such a window fits fabulously in an eat-in kitchen area, where you can install a padded bench around the curve and place a table in the middle.

Picture Window

For a stunning view, you should consider getting a picture window for your home. This type of window consists of a large pane of glass that you cannot open. However, the window will provide a gorgeous, unobstructed view because no lines exist to block your sight. The perfect place for a picture window is in a room where you can overlook a garden or a backyard forest or any other scenic view.

For more information about getting custom windows for your home, please contact us today. We provide quality service and products with features that will keep out the cold weather in the winter and the oppressive heat in the summer.


Bathroom Remodeling - Selecting the Right Colors

Derek Wood - Thursday, November 15, 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.


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!


Great Patio Doors Give You Space, Security, And Energy Savings

Derek Wood - Thursday, November 08, 2018
Great Patio Doors Give You Space, Security, And Energy Savings


Why Someone Wants Great Patio Doors

Homeowners sometimes refinance their homes to give their home a "makeover". Or occasionally there's damage that necessitates replacing their patio doors. No matter the reason, buying new patio doors is an opportunity to choose quality. Below are some benefits of a high-end product.


Regardless of the patio door you choose, a benefit worth mentioning is the space you gain when opening a sliding patio door compared to a hinged door. No more bumping into that recliner with the door. Patio doors maximize the ease of access without the loss of usable space.


A patio door may appear to be a point of easy access for a criminal. But installing a top-notch model with a multi-point locking system makes a thief think again.

Energy Savings

Windows and doors can be areas where costly energy will find an escape route. But today, new technology has entered the world of patio doors. Utilizing insulated glass, your patio doors retain that desired inside temperature, while blocking out external heat or cold.

But Wait, There's More!

Quality patio doors are produced in two, three, or four panel styles and offer numerous hardware options (handles, locks). They come in various colors, not just white. And if you've ever pulled a muscle opening a sliding patio door, you'll appreciate that a dual roller system makes opening it a breeze.

Also, knowing that patio doors come in contact with the occasional brutal climate, a patio door built especially for those climates was created. This patio door has the same features as the "Michigan Window™".

It's easy to conclude that there's little difference between all the patio doors available on the market. But when we consider that a state of the art product will save on energy costs, provide the highest security features, and a child can open and close it, your decision is simple. So simply contact us today for great patio doors! (or just to ask about the "Michigan Window")


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