Home Remodeling Archives - Designer Doors and Windows

Wood vs Vinyl

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All across America, bets are being placed as anxious and excited homeowners declare their allegiance to one of two most popular replacement window choices: Vinyl versus Wood.

On one side of the court, stands the classic wood window. The average sized wood window weighs approximately 20 to 30 pounds and boasts an assortment of corners and angles intricately incorporated into each design. Cleaning these windows will definitely make you feel like a part of the team, while repainting these wood windows will make you feel like you are carrying the whole team to victory on your back. Scraping, sanding and […]

Window Leaks

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Texas weather…it’s cold, it’s warm, it’s cold, and then it’s FREEZING!!!  This last cold snap has been a doozey.  Condensation build up on the glass panes and frames drip on to your window sells causing damage to paint and wood. If not remedied, it can eventually cause serious structural damage around the window frames. It can even create mold and other environmental issues.

Since these kinds of window leaks will wreak havoc on your home. It is best to identify them in the early stages rather than waiting until a real, big problem has become […]

Winter Window Woes

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Over time we all begin to show a little wear and tear.  It’s only natural that every day exposure to the elements will slowly break down our sturdy exteriors.  Then it stands to reason that our homes suffer the same wear and tear; it is just as easy to let it go unnoticed day after day and week after week… until years have gone by and we find that our homes are in serious disrepair.

Sometimes one of the most often worn, but clearly overlooked areas is our windows.  We often pay little attention to our windows detailing, seams […]

Home Security

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When is the last time you thought about your home’s security system or overall level of safety?  Probably not as often as you should; and truly, it is easy to feel overly confident in most of our North Texas neighborhoods regarding the safety in our homes.  We know our neighbors, our local fire and police forces are highly visible, there’s plenty of community discussion throughout social media, and the news outlets keep us aware of the latest trouble to avoid.  We are on top of it, right? 

But, sometimes our own false sense of security […]

Top 3 Questions to ask before Hiring a Door Contractor

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Here at Designer Door and Window we have  heard many nightmare stories. One recently involved a homeowner reporting they had hired a contractor and paid them 50% of the deposit and never heard back from them again. We know that home improvements are not paid for with pocket change. It is your hard earned money and we want everyone to avoid these scam artists by asking yourself a few quick questions to verify the character and integrity of the contractor.

Does he have a showroom you can visit? This is important and it indicates “roots”.
Then ask how long at […]

Top 3 Reasons for Replacing Your Front Door before 2014

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This recent winter weather does not make it any easier on our homes or our nerves when we hear a horrible squeak or feel the cold draft coming from our front door. The main passageways in our home tend to receive the most family “love”. This is not the best news for your front door. Many things like the weather, material and traffic effects the longevity of an exterior door. If you are already considering investing in a new entryway door here are the top 3 reasons to do this before 2014.

Selling your home? If you live in the […]

When Do I Replace My Doors and Windows?

It’s time. The weather is changing and so is your focus on home repairs. Over time, the structure of your home has settled, causing the seals on windows and doors to leak. Of greater concern are the three windows that no longer lock which could be a security issue for you and your family. You realize that poor door and window seals are costing you lots of money and it is time to do something about it.

The American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy reports a $13 billion dollar energy loss from drafty doors and windows every year […]