Innovative in 1912—No Longer the Leader 100 Years Later
There’s a reason you don’t see too many aluminum windows being installed around the Valley of the Sun these days…
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efficient options available, and with the exception of one Milgard product that we sell, most aluminum products are outdated or in the process of being phased out.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In a nutshell? Bifold patio doors are hinged glass panels that hang from the ceiling, folding against the wall for a completely unobstructed view when opened. Installation typically requires a general contractor to bolster the ceiling, and reinstallation if the home shifts. In contrast, sliding patio doors move along tracks on the floor and ceiling, and stack against a stationary panel (or hide within the wall) when opened.
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.
Energy Star®. Andersen® 400 Windows. Low-E. You’ve seen these labels while researching windows for your upcoming project, but how do you know if they’re worth the hype? And, are Andersen 400 Windows Energy Star rated?
At DunRite, we’re committed to providing you with the quality and knowledge to back up your investment, so here’s what you need to know.
Do glass front doors increase the chance of burglary because the amount of glass makes the home vulnerable? Is a door with expansive glass more attractive to thieves?
It’s hard to beat the look of a front entry door that has a full panel of glass. With their sleek, eye-catching designs and upscale finishes, a glass front door can create a dramatic entrance for your guests, and impactful curb appeal for future buyers.
To address the question of burglary, we turned to crime statistics and compiled some of the often-misunderstood features of full-panel glass front doors. Exploring these details demystify common misperceptions.
It’s easy to think about the typical ways we prepare for the summer heat in Arizona such as making sure the sprinklers and drip systems are adjusted to water the landscaping more often. Weather-stripping anywhere daylight peeks through around a door. Clearing out the garage to make room for the cars, so they don’t sit in the beating sun. Cleaning the BBQ. Perhaps stocking up on refreshments before the summer’s first pool party.
But did you know there are a few things that should be done to prepare windows for summer, too?