Each season changes the world around your home. It’s a beautiful, fascinating process, but one that can also pose risks to your property. That’s why it’s essential to prep before the colder weather arrives. What can you do to get your doors and windows ready for winter?
Check for Drafts or Leaks
Go to each door and window in your home and check for any drafts or leaks. If you see moisture or feel air coming in from outside, then something isn’t sealed. You may need to install weather stripping or touch up caulking. Seal all openings now to keep your home comfortable during the colder season.
Trim Back Branches and Foliage
Trim back any branches or foliage that are close to your home. Clear away anything that’s overgrown or loose from summer storms. These can become window hazards on a breezy fall day. Also, consider how natural objects might travel if they come down. A dead tree that’s away from your home may be tall enough to hit, if it should fall.
Be Ready to Clear Leaves
The changing leaves are a breathtaking sight, but they also create big messes on your property. Have a rake ready to move leaves away from doors and off windows. Dead leaves trap in moisture which can cause wood doors and seals to rot.
Clean All Panes, Screens, and Frames
Enjoy the autumn season even more by making it as visible as possible throughout your home. Wipe down all panes, screens, and frames on the inside and outside. Don’t forget to clean any glass panes in or around your entry door as well.
Replace Damaged Doors or Windows
If you notice any cracked or damaged windows or doors, now is the time to replace them. Contact John’s Lumber or stop by our Clinton Township or Shelby Township locations before winter arrives. We can help you find new doors or windows that will keep your home comfortable all year long.
A storm door serves as an exterior barrier against the elements. You still need your regular entry door. This is typically an additional layer installed for extra weather protection and functionality. Many styles include a screen and a removable glass panel. There is often a small handle with a locking mechanism. This is meant to keep the door from being pushed open by pets, small children, or local wildlife.
The Benefits of Storm Doors
Why should you consider installing storm doors if your home is already protected by an exterior door? The storm door gives you more options when it comes to climate control and comfort.
You can remove the glass panels and let the natural breeze enter your home through the screen without allowing insects and other pests to get inside. You can leave the glass panels in on cooler days and let more sunlight to come through by opening your entry door.
Parents and pet owners also appreciate storm doors. They allow you to see outside into your yard where your children or pets are playing. You can quickly check up on them with a glance and without going out or leaving your entryway open to debris that would otherwise blow in.
How Do I Install a Storm Door?
A quality storm door that’s installed properly can provide benefits for years. Contact John’s Lumber or stop by our Clinton Township or Shelby Township locations to get started. We can provide model options that meet your needs and match your home’s architectural style. Let us help you find the right storm door so you can enjoy a more comfortable, hassle-free lifestyle at home.
Windows are an essential part of any habitable structure. Homeowners are very value-minded. They want to know that any renovations they make will increase property value as well as comfort and aesthetics. If you are on the fence about what to update next, have you considered your home’s windows?
The Financial Benefits of Replacement Windows
Replacing windows can increase your home’s property value. The exact amounts will depend on how old the existing windows were during your last assessment as well as the new windows you install. For example, if you invest $15,000 in windows, then your property value may rise by around $11,000. That gives you a 74% return on investment. The cost of the project will vary, as well as how much value it adds to your home.
Other Money-Saving Benefits of New Windows
New windows can provide additional benefits. They add curb appeal, which can draw in potential buyers if you choose to sell. They can also stop drafts and improve insulation, which will cut down on monthly utility bills.
Some styles are designed to work with nature to help keep your home warm or cool as needed. Harness more solar heat and spend less on gas or electric during the winter months.
You can also rest easier, knowing that your new windows improve your home’s security. A professional can install them to ensure that they are strong, sturdy, and have functioning locks.
If you are interested in learning more about new window installation, let us know. John’s Lumber can answer your questions and show you styles that can increase your property value.
Don’t miss this great sale, September 28th – October 12th, 2019 at both of John’s Lumber’s Clinton Twp and Shelby Twp locations.
Save 30% off List Price + We Pay the Sales Tax OR Get 12 Month 0% Interest Financing!
You pick your savings (One per customer)
- Purchase any entry door & storm door, get the storm door installed FREE
- Standard Storm Door installation – $125
- Save $100 off standard patio door installation
All orders must be placed by 10/18/19
Contact or stop by John’s Lumber to learn more.
Even more savings at John’s Lumber’s Clinton Twp and Shelby Twp locations!
Save up to 50% off ALL Cabinetry + Save an Additional 10% on Installation
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- We pay the sales tax
- Free paint upgrade
- Free sink with counter top install on select countertops
- 12 month 0% interest financing
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Interior trim can turn a boring room into a space suitable for formal events. With a few tools you can even do most interior trim jobs yourself. When you think about interior trim, remember, it’s not just for the floor and ceiling joints. Your windows and doors are excellent places for trim to be used. In just a few quick hours, you can make some serious upgrades to the beauty of your home.
Ceiling trim is not just for the joint between the vertical and horizontal surfaces, you can also use it as a cove moulding to create an entirely new interior space. This type of work looks great in formal dining and work rooms. Think of how beautiful your home office can be with this upgrade.
Customizing your home is all about making a lasting impression for your family and guests. Baseboard and chair rail mouldings provide your walls greater visual importance and a break from the standard wall paint. Transforming rooms into more formal gathering spaces is easy to accomplish with intricate designs. Base boards and window casings alike are available in extravagantly designed versions. The possibilities are endless.
White interior trim is the most common installed today, but just because that’s how it comes does not mean it can’t be changed! Dark or natural tones can be used to provide the stunning visual associated with trim without inferring the same level of formality. Darker colored trim is a great choice for more intimate rooms. We understand there’s a lot to consider when installing interior trim and our team at John’s Lumber is happy to walk you through the many options for the effect you are trying to achieve. Contact us or stop by our Clinton Twp. or Shelby Twp locations.
One thing you may notice when you start shopping for windows and doors is the vast selection. We have a huge variety of models to choose from today. You need something that meets your needs, matches your home’s architectural style, and fits in your budget. The following steps will help you get started in your search for the best doors and windows for your home.
Know What You Need Before You Shop
Make a list of what you need. This should include the basics like how many windows and what sizes are needed as well as any extra features you may want. For example, you should make notes if home security is a concern, if you want to block outdoor noise, or if you want to lower your energy bills.
Look at Other Homes for Inspiration
See what other homeowners have done with their living spaces. Search online to see how different styles look in different settings. You can also visit the John’s Lumber website to see images of various products in action. This can help you decide on the look you want.
Learn About Window and Door Materials
Windows and doors are not all wood and glass. There are models made of vinyl, aluminium, fiberglass, and more. And each requires a different level of maintenance. Wood is more likely to need to be replaced but has an appealing look. Some models have a vinyl or aluminium shell that are lower maintenance than wood.
Talk to A Professional for Advice
Talk to a professional about window and door installation. They can review your list and show you products that match your needs. If you have questions, let us know. The experts at John’s Lumber are available to guide you to the best windows and doors for your home. Come in and stop by our Clinton Township or Shelby Township locations.
We pay tribute to workers everywhere including our hard working team at John’s Lumber. We will be closed on Monday, September 2nd, 2019 in commemoration of the Labor Day holiday. Our regular store hours will resume on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019. Have a safe and relaxing weekend!