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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.  


Make a Bold Statement with an Entry Door

Derek Wood - Thursday, August 30, 2018

Make a Bold Statement with an Entry Door


Sometimes people have a tendency to stick to neutral colors like white, gray or beige for their main entry door because they are unsure as to how to select a bolder color.  Yet they can't help noticing that some neighborhood homes have a special appeal, and the bold choice of color the homeowner used for their entry door seems perfect.  In this post, we will discuss several different dramatic colors and how to coordinate both the home's siding and landscaping in order to create the most attractive home on the block.

Deep Plum

A deep plumb entryway door coupled with white trim, along with a light to medium gray siding color can create an eye popping look.  Among the lighter colors of the white and the gray, the bold plumb color provides a punch of color to an otherwise neutral landscape.  Great color choices for landscaping include any trees, shrubbery or flowers that produce pink, red, blue or purple foliage, along with dark green-hued plants.


An orange entryway door can make a great statement, although it is best to stick to a darker hue of orange rather than selecting one that is too bright.  Again, white trim will look spectacular next to an orange door and it will also go well with darker hued, wood-toned siding or siding that is gray in color.  When selecting trees, flowers and shrubbery for the lawn, colors like yellow, lime green, purple, rust and peach are all excellent choices.


Red is a very versatile color for an entry door and it looks great with a lot of different colors of siding.  Some homeowners like the looks of a brightly-colored red entry door, whereas other prefer a darker red essentially a burgundy shade, that can look amazing alongside natural stone accents.  Red doors look fantastic on a home with white siding and black shutters, and they can also look very attractive with other neutrals such as gray or beige.  Pink, blue and even purple flowers along with other dark green foliage, all look outstanding against a red entryway door.

If you would like to know more about selecting the perfect colors for your entryway, please visit this link or contact us!


Adding a Sunroom Opens Up Your Life

Derek Wood - Thursday, August 23, 2018

Adding a Sunroom Opens Up Your Life


Few home improvement or home addition projects go as far beyond the practical and open up your life to nature, light and the experience of better living as much as a sunroom that extends a small kitchen. If the return of winter is on your mind, looking ahead and planning either a year-round or 3-season sunroom will be transformative for you and your family.

A Sunroom Increases Wellbeing in Your Home

Think of the pleasures of a kitchen window, then imagine that natural light simply opening up. With next-generation quality insulated glass products, sunlight will light up your life all year without heating or chilling your interior. Integrating natural light into your environment is known to science as an incomparable way to improve the life and health of your home.

We have built sunrooms of all kinds, but adding a new room next to the kitchen has special appeal. For so many of us, breakfast has become a rushed afterthought. Better morning light from a sunroom next to the breakfast area transforms the ambiance for breakfast in your home, adding appeal to the most important meal. A favorite benefit of the kitchen sunroom extension is simply to provide another space for family meals. The secret that will keep you smiling is that you can gain this expansive-feeling living space at a better price than traditional construction or home additions. If the most used room in your house has not felt big enough to gather the entire family – or welcome your house guests – while you prepare meals, a new year-round sunroom extended from the kitchen or an old breakfast nook, for example, may be the solution.

Make Friends with Nature All Year Round

Amazingly, the added indoor space is – simultaneously – a powerful prompt to use your outdoor space during the pleasant weather. Overall, think of your sunroom as the most effective way to bring nature and the outdoors into your living space where you will encounter it without bugs, rain, summer heat or winter cold. You may find yourself putting up exciting new external lighting features or designer bird feeders to enjoy the outdoor show your sunroom provides. 

Working in this field is deeply rewarding. We love building sunrooms, opening up homes to light, while containing energy costs for families. Get in touch with questions, plans, or just for inspiration.


6 Big Remodeling Ideas for Small Bathrooms

Derek Wood - Thursday, August 16, 2018

6 Big Remodeling Ideas for Small Bathrooms


If you have a small bathroom, you know that fitting everything you need in the space available can be a challenge. Try these ideas to get the most out of your small bathroom.

Choose a light color for your floor. In a small bathroom, a new floor can make a big difference. Select a light color to make your bathroom feel larger and more open. You can also make the room feel bigger by running tile from the floor right into the shower stall. If replacing the flooring is beyond your budget, try placing a light-colored rug on your bathroom floor.

Add a backsplash. Add a row of decorative tile behind your sink to add color to your small bathroom. This is a great trick if you're on a budget since you will not need a lot of tile.

Try a corner sink. Who says your sink must be in the middle of the wall? A corner sink will free up more floor space in your small bathroom and give it a unique look.

Select a curved vanity. Not only will you gain additional space with a curved vanity, you won't hit a sharp edge when you're in a hurry. A rounded vanity will even work well in a square opening.  

Install stylish shelves along the wall. Installing new shelves on your bathroom wall provides additional storage space without taking up additional room. You can use your shelves to tie the room together: Add colorful towels to your shelves that match your bathroom's color scheme.

Install a tub surround. Tub surrounds and bath wraps are a great way to upgrade your bathroom without spending the time and money for a complete bathroom remodel.

Add more mirrors. Reflective surfaces help any small room appear bigger. Maximize your space by installing the largest mirror that your bathroom will accommodate.

Are you ready to remodel your bathroom? Contact us at D & W Windows and Sunrooms today.


Top 4 Advantages of Vinyl Siding

Derek Wood - Thursday, August 09, 2018

Top 4 Advantages of Vinyl Siding


Replacing the siding on your home gives you a chance to improve more than just curb appeal. When you upgrade to high-quality vinyl siding, you can enjoy several other benefits that ensure an exceptional return on your investment.

1. Durability

One of the key advantages vinyl has over wood siding is long-term durability. It can last for decades without the need for painting or refinishing. Vinyl also withstands cold temperatures, rain, snow, and wind very well, making it an excellent choice for homes in cold climates.

With vinyl siding, you don't have to worry about warping or rot. Even seasons of harsh sunshine and severe precipitation won't damage the structure or fade the color. Some vinyl siding makers even offer lifetime warranties.

2. Energy-Efficiency

Choosing vinyl siding for your home can also reduce your utility bills. Heavy-duty styles offer great protection from wind and heat transfer, which lessens the load on your HVAC system and helps keep your home at a comfortable temperature all year long. Upgrading to new siding can also give you the chance to find and repair any small cracks or leaks surrounding your doors and windows.

3. Affordability

Replacing your home's siding can be costly, but vinyl is far more affordable than traditional wood siding. By choosing vinyl, you can save money on the initial materials and labor and also enjoy long-term freedom from expensive maintenance projects such as painting.

4. Beauty

Modern vinyl siding can dramatically improve your home's appearance. Numerous color and style options give you the freedom to choose the one that fits your home's architecture and your personal preferences. Vinyl can even mimic the look and texture of stained or painted cedar.

As you can see, vinyl siding can be an excellent choice to improve your home's energy-efficiency and appearance. You can count on long-term resistance to weather and minimal upkeep requirements. To learn more about our installation process or receive a free estimate, contact us today!


Take Advantage of Bathroom Remodeling: Read These Four Tips

Derek Wood - Thursday, August 02, 2018

Take Advantage of Bathroom Remodeling: Read These Four Tips


It's just part of human nature to want every advantage you can get out of life. While we certainly can't help with everything, we do have four tips to help you take advantage of bathroom remodeling.

Knowing you need it: If you're not careful, you can talk yourself right out of remodeling your bathroom. You might start by thinking there are more important things to spend your money on right now. Just consider this, however: the bathroom is the place you both start and end your day. Why not create the space that makes it the most it can be, for your own comfort?

You'll have more functionality: There's nothing worse than having to shove towels, washcloths, toiletries and more into crevices they weren't meant to fit into. Such is the drama of not having enough space. On the other hand, having excessive amounts of space can be overwhelming too, and you often create clutter trying to fill it. Designing the space that suits your own particular needs means that you'll have exactly what you need.

No more "shadow shaving": Proper bathroom lighting is at the heart of everything you do in that particular room. Shaving is definitely not an activity you want to attempt without it! However, many of us suffer through areas of inadequate lighting for no good reason at all. A good designer can show you how to utilize the perfect amount of lighting, in the perfect spaces, and it's definitely worth it.

There's a reason for clogged drains: In most residential spaces, 1 1/2-inch pipes are used for drainage and it's amazing how this one factor can contribute to clogged or slow drains. You'll be surprised at how easy and affordable it is to upgrade to 2-inch pipes, which will often do away with clogs as well as drainage problems in sinks and tubs.

To find about more about how you can take advantage of bathroom remodeling, feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to serving you.


Don't Let a Leaky Roof Stress You Out

Derek Wood - Thursday, July 19, 2018

Don't Let a Leaky Roof Stress You Out


At some point during the lifetime of your house, you'll probably develop one or more leaks in your roof and need to get them repaired or get a new roof entirely. Such an investment in a home is always worthwhile, not only for your family's comfort but to maintain the value of your residence. Though frustrating at first, getting a new roof doesn't have to be a stressful situation, if you hire a professional company that does quality work and will meet your budget.

Roofing System – When getting a new roof, for the best value, you'll want an integrated system of components and layers that work together seamlessly. You also need a roofing system that is strong and long-lasting. It should be designed to withstand multiple changes in the weather, including torrential rains, sleet, hail, and heavy snow. In addition to protecting your home from leaks, you'll also want to choose a roofing system that can help to regulate the temperature and humidity inside your home to provide the ultimate comfort for you and your family.

Shingle Color – Functionality shouldn't be your only concern. A roof also needs to look good, which means picking a color and style of shingle which will fit with the aesthetic of your house. Shingles are the first layer of defense against the outside elements. They protect your roof, and they define the character of a home. Combining the proper shades and shadowing will give an excellent result. For example, brown tones are a spectacular look on traditional houses. Gray shades look fabulous on contemporary homes. Or choose one of the many other hues available for a transitional look that works well on multiple styles of homes.

Once you replace your roof, see the beautiful result, and you're no longer suffering from any leaks, you'll be thrilled with the outcome. For more information about roof repair or replacement, please contact us today. We're a reliable contractor with the experience and knowledge you can count on to do an excellent job.


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.  


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