Beyond window styles (bay, single-hung, picture, tilt, etc.), material plays an important part in the upkeep and look of your home or structure. Each window material has its own benefits – consult with one of our team members today to decide which is best for you.
Wood composite windows are durable, resistant to weather, require very little upkeep and won't rot, split, warp or corrode. They are made from chemically–bonded blends of wood and plastic resins.
Vinyl windows are great for reducing noise and energy loss. These windows are affordable, easily maintained, and easily customized – a wide variety of styles, shapes and sizes are available.
Wood windows are very attractive, offering a natural look and are easily painted. Wood is inherently insulating, providing a great option for energy efficiency as well, but require more maintenance efforts to keep their beauty at its best.
Aluminum windows are often the most affordable option, but offer little in the way of energy saving benefits. If your budget is a primary concern, consider aluminum windows.
We install all kinds of doors – from entry doors to sliding doors, folding doors or French doors. Whatever your needs, we are your go-to door professionals. Material is an important consideration when choosing your home or structure's doors. We offer many material options, each with its own benefits – consult with one of our team members today to decide which is best for you.
Fiberglass doors are extremely durable and will require very little maintenance. They resist denting and scratching and are very strong and secure. Fiberglass doors are also available in a wood grain "look" for those who want the traditional look of wood without the maintenance requirements.
Solid wood doors are remarkably beautiful and extraordinarily heavy and secure. They can be expensive, but most high quality wood doors will resist expanding or warping issues. They will need some upkeep to maintain their beauty, but when aesthetics are important, you can't find a better option.
Polyurethane-Center wood doors are less expensive than solid wood, while still providing an aesthetically pleasing option. They require more maintenance than solid wood, but a storm door can prevent many weather-related issues.
There is a huge variety of steel doors to choose from to accommodate all prices and quality needs. Steel doors can be relatively inexpensive, while still offering security and low maintenance needs, depending on the thickness of the steel.
Fire-rated doors are very heavy doors made of metal or gypsum. Their purpose is to contain fires, and, when properly installed, they can hold off a fire for approximately 20 to 90 minutes, depending on the door's rating.
Shingle roofing is one of the most popular roofing materials in America due to its low cost and easy installation. Shingled roofs provide strength and flexibility and are installed in an overlapping fashion to direct water flow off the roof. Shingled roofs are available in variety of composition, size and color.
Built-Up Roofing Systems
Conventional built-up roofing membranes have been used for over 100 years. These roof systems consist of a distinctive layering system comprised of multiple layers of reinforced felts and waterproofing bitumen. These layers are typically adhered using hot asphalt as a bonding agent. However, compatible cold adhesives may also be used. To finalize this system's waterproofing components, a surfacing of gravel, mineral cap sheets, or smooth weather resistant coats are applied. This system provides a strong resistant barrier against the weather and its elements.
Roof coatings are utilized in various applications within commercial and residential roofing. Aluminized coatings are used on newly installed roof systems as an additional barrier against water absorption and protection from the sun's harmful UV rays. Aluminized coatings are also used as a maintenance “tool” to prolong the life-span of an existing roof system. If repairs are needed to asphalt-based commercial roofing, emulsion coatings are used. Also included in the coating family are elastomeric coating systems. These elastomeric-based systems consist of a combination of highly flexible saturants, fabrics, and UV resistant finish coats. When installed as a complete system, coatings have a manufacturer-backed guarantee and can also offer similar durability and flexibility characteristics found in a waterproofing membrane.
Standing-seam metal roofs have been popular for centuries. Metal roofing is durable, requires little maintenance, and is energy efficient. Some of the appeal of metal roofing is its availability in a variety of designs, styles and colors to complement any type of architecture. Furthermore, this type of roofing system is economical and attractive. The most common metal of choice for metal roofs is galvanized steel. This steel is coated with a layer of hot-dipped commercially-pure galvalume steel. Galvalume steel combines the metallic coatings of both aluminum and zinc. Both galvanized steel and galvalume are coated with Kynar 500 or Hylar 5000 finishes, protecting against corrosion for up to 20 years. Galvanized and galvalume steel are available in a variety of thicknesses ranging from 20 to 29 gauge steel, or .032 to .040 aluminum. Galvanized and galvalume steel metal roof systems carry a twenty year finish warranty with some manufacturers offering 10 to 20 year weather-tight warranties.
In the late 1970s, a unique polymer blend and fabric reinforcement roofing material, known as modified bitumen, was introduced into the commercial roofing industry. Since its induction, modified bitumen has gained the reputation for being a strong, high-performance membrane. Modified bitumen roof systems are typically applied in multiple layers and adhered by either hot asphalt, torch-welding or cold adhesives. These membranes also have a variety of surfacing options, ranging from manufacturer surfaced cap sheets to smooth surface coatings. Each system is specially formulated for high durability and performance.
Single ply systems (EPDM, PVC, TPO, and CSPE) are the "flexible choice" for today's roofing needs. These single ply rubber roofing membranes offers many advantages to contractors, owners and architects. One of the most common single ply systems is EPDM. This system is user friendly, and installation is performed without any heat, dangerous asphalt-based fumes or heavy machinery. EPDM membranes can be produced in various colors (including black), non-reinforced or reinforced, and in thicknesses ranging from 30 to 90 mils. Various manufacturers and guarantees are available, ranging from five to thirty years.
Your windows and doors can drastically affect your home or business' energy efficiency. Don't let heat or cooling efforts seep through poorly-insulated or poorly-installed windows and doors! The material you choose for your windows and doors can make a huge difference in energy conservation. When choosing products, look for their R- and U-Values. These ratings measure heat loss through windows and doors. Generally speaking, a high R-value combined with a low U-value will indicate the best in energy efficiency. Note that windows will have two U-values: one for the window (frame) and one for the glass.
Lead is a dangerous toxin that can affect brain and nervous system development in children under 6, thus leading to potential learning and growth problems, hearing problems and headaches. Pregnant women also need to be aware of the dangers and risks to their unborn children due to lead and lead paint exposure.
Until 1978, lead paint was commonly used in paint on the interiors and exteriors of homes. Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) estimates that about 38 million homes in the US still contain some lead paint. When the paint begins to deteriorate it can contaminate a household and cause lead poisoning. Even if the paint in your home is in good condition, remodeling and renovation activities can break down paint and cause the lead to emerge.
The EPA has issued a rule (Renovation, Repair and Painting Rule) requiring the use of lead-safe work practices aimed at preventing lead poisoning in children. Firms performing renovation, repair and painting projects that disturb lead-based paint in homes, child care facilities, and schools built before 1978 must be certified; individual renovators must be trained by an EPA-accredited training provider; and the firms and renovators must follow specific work practices to prevent lead contamination.
If your home was built before 1978, please take the time to learn how to protect your family from the dangers of lead exposure. For information about preventing lead poisoning, please visit leadfreekids.org.