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Are Anlin Windows Good?

While we always like to say that the best window is the one that fits a homeowner’s style and budget requirements, Anlin windows are a very good product that’s solidly built, with an excellent warranty.  

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When it Comes to Pricing, Is There a Best Time to Buy Home Windows?

If you’ve been exploring the idea of buying new home windows online, you’ve probably been flooded with ads and mailers. Those sales can look enticing. But is there really a best time to buy home windows? Does timing actually matter? Let’s take a look at what’s fact and what’s fiction. Are There Seasonal Deals? We …

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Shopping for a New Front Door in Scottsdale, AZ

Shopping for a New Front Door in Scottsdale, AZ

Upgrade your Scottsdale home’s curb appeal & security with the perfect front door. Expert tips on style, materials and more.

It’s amazing just how much charm and style a front door can add to a home. It sets the tone, when it comes to curb appeal, and speaks volumes about the homeowner’s sense of style and personality. And in the sun-drenched city of Scottsdale, where homes are known for their unique charm and character, you’ll be stunned by the difference the perfect front door can make!

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Top 5 Concerns When Buying New Windows & Doors

Sometimes, it’s easier to make a big decision when you know how other people shop. It brings perspective.

New windows and doors are no different. So what do other people think about when buying new windows or doors for their home? Cost, security, durability, appearance and energy efficiency are top of mind. Let’s take a quick look at each concern.

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Can I claim energy efficient windows on my taxes?

Can energy efficient windows be claimed on taxes?

If you make a purchase of energy efficient windows or doors from DunRite between 2023 and 2032, you may be eligible to claim a credit on your taxes that’s worth thousands of dollars—up to 30% of the cost to a maximum of $1,200 (or $600, if you only purchase windows) per year.

How? Thanks to the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.

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Are Custom Windows More Expensive?

The term “custom windows” is often misunderstood by homeowners. It can refer to a window that’s a one-of-a-kind design, made for a specific home. Perhaps it’s a unique material, includes stained glass by a local artist, or is handmade by a local craftsman instead of a window manufacturer… That’s a custom window in the truest sense of the word, right? But “custom window” can also refer to the most common type of window: one that’s made to fit specific measurements provided by the installer.

It’s manufactured to fit the dimensions of a specific house.

Most window and door companies operate this way, and it’s the only way they order product. Nothing is off-the-shelf.

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Do Triple-Pane Windows Save Money?

Touted everywhere as the most energy efficient window option available, triple-pane windows can seem like an ideal choice to most homeowners. After all, there are two pockets of argon gas to insulate, instead of the single pocket on a double-pane window. Wouldn’t that help reduce a home’s energy bills? 

But here’s the thing. In some climates, they can really save money—but they just aren’t something we recommend for homes in the Phoenix area. Flagstaff? Maybe, but not Phoenix.

Here’s why.

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Are aluminum windows good?

Are Aluminum Replacement Windows Good?

There’s a reason you don’t see too many aluminum windows being installed around the Valley of the Sun these days… What was innovative in 1912 is no longer the leader 100 years later.

There are more energy efficient options available, and with the exception of one Milgard product that we sell, most aluminum products are outdated or in the process of being phased out. Based on DunRite’s 20+ years of experience? They’re the least desirable option for Phoenix area homeowners, right alongside entry-level vinyl windows, which can warp and melt. 

Both are NOT something we’d  recommend. 

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Do Pella replacement windows have a lifetime warranty?

Quick Summary: Yes, most Pella replacement windows have a lifetime warranty; however, it’s not all-inclusive and only applies to the original purchaser, or for ten years from the date of purchase if the home is sold. Coverage varies by product and each individual component, finish or feature. Read on for the full details!

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Are Andersen Windows Worth It?

As one of the most recognizable windows brands on the market today, some wonder, “Are Andersen Windows worth it?” Twenty-year window industry veteran and DunRite Windows & Doors Owner Sal Sucato thinks so…with one caveat.

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How to Buy Energy-Efficient Windows

Global warming. Water shortages. An ever-growing number of 110+ degree days every summer. It’s never been more important to be a savvy consumer who considers the impact on our environment when shopping. And windows are one area where your choice makes a difference. 

And to add an extra note of delight to the shopping experience, it can be a GREAT opportunity to lower your heating and cooling bills. What’s good for the planet can be good for you, too. 

So, how do you buy energy-efficient windows and make sure you get the best quality at the best price? These five areas make the biggest impact. 

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Can I Replace Just One Window in My Home?

Quick Summary: Yes, you can replace just one window in your home. Call a handyman, though, since window and door companies typically have minimum purchase requirements and don’t do repair. If it’s just glass needing replacement, call a glass repair company. Read on for the full details.

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4 Ways to Compare Vinyl Windows

So how do you compare vinyl windows? If you aren’t in the window business, it can be hard to tell the difference between a good-quality vinyl window, and one that will warp and break down in a short amount of time.

Vinyl is now the leading material for window replacement options—and for good reason! They’re often very durable, long-lasting and incredibly budget-friendly.

However, the quality and lifespan can vary drastically from one manufacturer to another. 

Window and door companies have the advantage of seeing how they last over time, which product lines or features tend to result in warranty claims, which ones have quality issues related to how they are manufactured or that show up during the installation process, and other areas of insider knowledge.  

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Should I buy new windows for my home?

Should I Buy New Windows for my Home?

The decision to purchase new windows is a major one. Oftentimes, it’s driven by necessity – “Honey, do you feel this chilly draft?”– but the need could also arise if you see damage to the window structure, your windows were installed before Y2K, you have single pane glass, or you are planning to sell your home in a few years and want to increase resale value or give it an edge in the marketplace.

When you ask yourself, “Should I buy new double pane windows for my home?”, the answer should be a resounding yes in several specific situations.

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How are Replacement Windows Installed?

How to Replace Windows

How to replace a window may not be as simple as many homeowners assume. It varies based on the type of wall opening, materials used on the walls, and more. Plus, it’s important to order the right type of window for the type of installation being done; they’re not all the same.

On a new home under construction, the window installation process is different than when replacement windows are installed. The types of windows are often different, too.

When a home is built, the original windows have a nail fin—a mounting flange with nail holes that is set back from the edges of the window frame and nailed to the exposed studs to secure the window to the opening. (Refer to the bottom left quadrant in the below image.)

It’s sealed to the framing of the home and tied into the flashing, then the nail fin is covered with whatever stucco, siding or other material is used on the home’s exterior walls.

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How often should I replace windows

How Often Should You Replace Windows in Your Home?

Your windows are an important part of your home, providing natural light, ventilation, and insulation. But over time, windows wear out and become less effective. They might even shift as the house settles around them.

So how often should you replace your windows? Here are a few specific signs that it may be time:

  • Your windows are old.
  • You have single-pane aluminum windows.
  • Your windows are drafty.
  • Your windows are difficult to open and close.
  • Your windows are damaged.
  • Your windows are not energy efficient.

If you notice any of these signs, it’s a good idea to contact a window replacement professional to get an estimate.

Let’s explore how often you should replace windows in a bit more detail.

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Five Window Warranty Red Flags & Limitations to Be Aware of

Five Window Warranty Red Flags & Limitations to be Aware of

When you’re debating which brand of replacement window to purchase, or wondering if you should step up in budget, comparing the window warranty between different products can be a smart way to decide… especially if it’s your retirement home or a residence you intend to keep long-term.

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How to Replace Single Pane Windows with Double Pane

Should you DIY or hire professionals?

Wondering how to replace single pane windows with double pane? Having a windows and doors company replace them for you, or managing your own DIY installation of windows purchased from a home improvement store are the two most common solutions. Here’s our insight on both.

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Where to buy Andersen windows

Where to buy Andersen Windows - 100 SeriesAndersen® windows are a high-end brand of windows and doors made in the USA with a strong reputation and large marketing budget, so most homeowners are familiar with them. It’s not uncommon for DunRite to provide quotes to homeowners who ask for them by name. Perhaps they’ve heard good things from other homeowners, or they’ve been impressed with what they’ve seen online.

If that’s you, and you’re wondering where to buy Andersen windows, there are three primary ways to make your purchase: from dealers (like us) who sell and install Andersen product, from a Renewal by Andersen showroom, or at a home improvement store.

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Where to buy new home windows in Arizona

Where to buy new windows for my home

Wondering where to buy new windows for your home? Here’s the scoop on home improvement store windows, showrooms, franchises, dealers and more.

It’s helpful to start with the basics. Do you need to replace a broken pane of glass, just one or two windows that are having issues, or is it time to replace all of the windows in your home?

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Can I use vinyl windows in Arizona?

Long stretches of 100+ degree weather, and constant sun beating down on a home can be tough on windows. Is vinyl a mistake? Can I use vinyl windows in Arizona without having heat-related issues that impact performance or longevity? Some homeowners have concerns about vinyl as a budget-friendly option.

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Energy Efficient Windows

Buying energy efficient windows? Include these smart upgrades.

When the neighbor’s barking dog sounds like it’s standing next to your bed, windows are hard to open or close, dust on the furniture is a constant battle and you can feel warmth of the summer sun when you touch a window pane inside the house, it’s time for new window for your home…and there are a few energy efficient window upgrades that are worth every penny!

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How to buy replacement windows for your home

Home improvements can be a significant investment, and it’s smart to do a bit of due diligence before deciding who to trust with your project. If you’re thinking 2023 will be the year to buy replacement windows for your home, we’ve put our top five tips together to help you with the process.

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Are Pella windows worth it?

Are Pella Windows worth the cost? Many homeowners looking for high-end windows are loyal to Pella products, and stick with it for any window and door purchase. They wouldn’t go with any other brand. Perhaps their home has older Pella windows that have lasted for decades with zero issues or they’ve had a positive installation experience in the past, or a friend recommended Pella as a trusted, reputable brand.

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The facts about window warranties

Let’s demystify window warranties. Get all the answers here for everything you need to know, including quick overviews of specific window brands available for installation at DunRite Windows & Doors. Ready to learn more? Read on!

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