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.
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!
Windows and doors are an essential part of any home. We often take them for granted. They prevent intruders and wildlife from coming in and help protect us from the elements outdoors. They can last for years, but even the best brands have a lifespan. How can you tell if your windows and doors are ready to be replaced?
- It’s Harder to Control Indoor Climate – If you notice drafts when doors and windows are closed or your energy bills are going up, then it’s likely time for an update. Deteriorated windows and doors won’t keep the elements out like they used to and will make it harder to maintain comfortable temperatures indoors.
- Noise Pollution Is Heard Inside – Do you notice more sounds from outdoors making their way into your living space? Your windows and doors are likely not doing their job. Newer models offer better insulation, so your home stays peaceful.
- Frames Feel Soft or Appear Damaged – If window or door frames feel soft or have noticeable damage, you may need at least a repair if not a whole replacement. Water damage can cause significant deterioration, which needs to be addressed quickly.
- It’s Difficult to Open, Close, or Lock – If you can’t easily open, close, and/or lock your windows and doors, then that’s a sure sign you need new ones. Even hardware will age and eventually fail. Replace now before you can’t open or lock your home.
We can help you find the best products based on your household needs and budget. Stop by or contact John’s Lumber in Clinton Township or Shelby Township today to learn more about new door and window installation.
Barnwood is an incredibly popular material to work with and for good reason. As a recycled material, it is something you can feel good about putting to use while upgrading the look and appeal of your home. Here are a few of John’s Lumber reclaimed Barnwood projects you can do all on your own.
#1 – Decorative Shelving
Barnwood shelving is simple to construct and can be completed with standard shelving hardware. What better place for personal mementos?
#2 – Wall Paneling
Reclaimed Barnwood is the perfect material for paneling, which can be repurposed again at a later time if needed. This relatively simple project quickly infuses rustic charm in any room of your house and will inspire a farm like atmosphere.
#3 – Pallet Garden Walkway
Individual pieces of Barnwood can be arranged in a walkway fashion to help guests navigate your land. Unlike stones which commonly sink into the surrounding landscape, a pallet garden walkway is inexpensive and easy to maintain.
#4 – Rustic Bookcase
The natural allure of a rustic bookcase is hard to escape. Since you are crafting it yourself you get to choose how tall and wide it is, and add finishing touches as you please. This is a useful trick for adding book storage in spaces which do not accommodate standard bookcases.
The possibilities when working with Barnwood are limitless. Stop by either of John’s Lumber local store locations in Clinton Township and Shelby Township to pick-up some reclaimed Barnwood for your next project.
New windows can have a huge impact on your living space. If your home hasn’t been updated in a while, now is the time to think about your next project. Why should you consider installing new windows sooner rather than later?
- New Features
Older windows usually have fewer features. Today’s models come with many helpful extras that improve the look and operation of your windows. Some features even make them easier to maintain. For example, some models have between-the-glass blinds that reduce dust in your home.
- UV Protection
Natural light is lovely indoors. However, you don’t want ultraviolet rays to cause fading on interior surfaces, furniture, and home décor. New windows are available with double or triple panes with argon for UV protection.
- Home Security and Safety
Strong windows mean improved home security for your family. Some models come with safety features like tempered glass that won’t splinter if broken. A new installation also provides you the opportunity to remove any broken or aging locks so that your windows are less likely to be used as a point of entry.
- Indoor Noise Pollution
Noise pollution can affect your health and comfort. High-quality windows can be installed that shield your interior rooms from outdoor sounds. Some are specifically designed to maximize noise reduction.
- Money-Saving Benefits
New windows can lower your monthly energy bills. They can provide better insulation so that your heating and cooling systems do not have to work as hard. They can also block sunlight during the warmer seasons to keep indoor temperatures down.
Installing new windows is a great investment for your home. They can make your rooms more inviting and help lower household expenses and increase your property value. Stop by or contact John’s Lumber in Shelby Township or Clinton Township today to learn more about new window features, installation, pricing and financing.
In honor of those we lost, John’s Lumber will be closed on Memorial Day.