Thursday, February 28, 2019
If your current patio door is more than ten years old and you use the door on a regular basis you might be in the market for a new and improved door that blocks out more air, noise, heat, and cold.
What should be considered before buying a new patio door from Don Young Co?
1. Lots of door choices are available.
The door industry has advanced over the years, and you will find a diverse selection to choose from. Just start browsing the internet and you will see lots of styles from sliding patio, swinging patio doors, and folding doors with prices that range from four to five digits.
2. What's the biggest issue with your door now?
As homeowners, we're not going to have the same problem with a door as perhaps your neighbor will have. One of the problems with older doors is failed glass, which means there is an opaque film that has gathered in-between the two pieces of insulated glass that obstructs viewing through the glass.
The older the door gets along with the daily use, the more air it will start to leak around the panels, because the weather-stripping has worn to the point of letting unwanted air into the home, which is very noticeable in the colder winter months. And over time there is the movement of foundations that move the door and create little gaps that become breaches for extra air to infiltrate home.
Rotting wood door jambs and door panels is an inherent problem with any door that uses wood components. These parts of the door will rot once water has access to the wood, because of not being properly sealed with paint or stain, which is an ongoing procedure that needs addressed every few years to prevent the wood rot.
Sometimes, it's just that the door no long operates smooth and you struggle to open and close the patio door. This is because of wear and tear on the hinges or rollers that no longer work well, and it is less expensive to replace the door with a newer model that is more efficient.
3. What style of patio door works best for my house?
One way to think about the design elements of the door is to work within standard sizes of 36" and 48" for keeping down budgets. For example, a 6' door will have two panels, an 8' door is a two-panel door. Patio doors are available in custom sizes too. One of the more common uses of patio doors includes making them taller. 8' tall sliding doors are being used in homes with more open tall interior spaces to balance out the look of big rooms.
Upgrading old patio doors in a home affects the style and look of any room.
If you currently have back doors that are leakage air and heat new doors are a good investment and will add more indoor comfort year-round to your room. There have been lots of changes over the years with respect to the material uses for sliding patio doors. Now doors use lower maintenance materials like vinyl, fiberglass, and thermal-break aluminum. These materials offer a wider range of options, colors, and energy efficiency opportunities than ever before.
Remember the functionality difference of patio doors: a swinging patio door operates like a regular door that swings to the interior of your home versus a sliding patio door that slides to the left or right for situations where nearby furniture or walls are in the way and you don't want a door panel swinging into to potential objects.
4. What is the cost of patio doors?
The price of patio doors depends on a few things like size, frame material, and glass options. The entry-level or better value price point door is made from vinyl or aluminum and are close in the price range. Let's use a 6' x 6'8' two panel back patio door as a pricing example range for vinyl and aluminum, the price for the Texas markets ranges from $1200 to $1800 for the cost of the door. When you start considering wood or fiberglass the price ranges are much higher from $3200 to $6500 for just the door unit depending on the manufacturer. The other factor on cost is which glass option to choose? Most homeowners in our Dallas market want to block summer heat from entering the home, so the low-E glass is the best choice for blocking heat and damaging UV rays. If the homeowner wants a decorative glass or a privacy glass there are several options of glass to choose from. Glass options are obscure, satin, chord, rain glass, and geometric. These specialty glass options can add as much as 350.00 - 650.00 more per door panel.
The other cost with pricing new doors is the labor. Labor cost depends on several factors like
1. How big is the opening?
2. Are there any transoms or side-lites that will be attached to the door?
3. Will, there be any additional carpentry work like replacing rotten wood?
4. Does the project require more than one installer to safely complete the job?
5. Any old paint contains lead it requires a more expensive removal process.
Finally, perhaps the biggest benefit of replacing your old door is one of just having a door that is easier to live with when you and your family want to have better access to the outdoors without the headache of fighting with an old drafty door that doesn't operate smoothly anymore.
Don Young Co. has expanded our patio door and door lineup with the addition of fiberglass with over one hundred different style options. The complete line of door products and styles are made of maintenance-free materials, which include vinyl, aluminum, and fiberglass. Your home exterior doors are exposed to all the elements of weather that take its toll on doors. The standard builder grade doors installed in your home often are of low quality and only do a good job for ten to twenty years before showing signs of sill/ jamb rot, glass failure, or become overly drafty in the winter months. Our door lineup addresses all these issues and are designed to last much longer than builder grade products and vastly improve efficiency that saves energy cost. When buying a new replacement door for your home there are several. Start by asking yourself whats the most important factors to you as a homeowner like: do I want to change the size, is low maintenance a factor, color, and how efficient does the door need to be. The offerings of patio doors we carry have many cost options that can be ordered to your energy or cost needs. Please visit our window and door showroom Monday-Friday to see the wide range of options and styles that best suite your needs. dycwindows.com
Saturday, January 5, 2019
What is the best overall new window value for your home in DFW?
What is the best vinyl replacement windows for our Dallas area customers? The easy answer is, one that blocks solar heat gain and is Energy Star rated. But it's vital to examine all the many moving pieces involved in making informed window decisions.
Here's the most straightforward reason: Replacing old windows that have become ineffective against heat gain, and air drafts with energystar.gov certified windows had been shown to reduce household energy bills by 10-15 percent.
Now, more than ever, people looking to improve the efficiency of their homes and choosing to upgrade the windows to higher efficient ones as a way consume less energy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. If you're like most Dallas Fort-Worth homeowners that have homes, that's over 20 years old your actively looking for value-added features and customized designs to better work with the need your home and reduce extra harmful greenhouse emissions.
Successfully designed windows that have value-added features that fit seamlessly into the lives of the end users at a cost-effective price point is one of the basic goals that need to be met.
Some windows come with many extra features that aren't necessarily standard with other window companies.
Features that are important for long lasting energy efficient windows include:
1) Double strength glass, which provides added strength against impact.
2) Premium fin seal weather-stripping that blocks out more air, dust, and pollen than standard weather seals.
3) Aluminum reinforced meeting rails that can support heavier glass without sagging.
4) Premium vinyl formulations to withstand our harsh heat and are impact resistant to hail damage.
Keep this in mind when you’re replacing your windows, many areas of Dallas Fort-Worth have specific code guidelines on energy performance we all have to follow. The newer energy codes dictate the U-factors and solar heat gain requirements that all new windows must meet. Look for windows that meet or exceed all energy requirements to avoid any problem with local codes.
So, let's talk about what makes a window energy efficient.
Sometimes the best data about window performance that could best serve your home are overlooked by the consumer, because of all the misinformation and claims about the features and benefits from individual window companies wanting to upsell unnecessary overly priced options. So, let's take some time and go over the fundamental factors that will contribute most to your new window.
What consumers should know about window basics:
The glass is the single most crucial part of a window for savings.
The glass is about 80 percent of any window, so it is capable of nearly 80 percent of the potential energy savings. Today's glass has multiple options ranging from blocking the suns heat, reducing outside noise, and specialty glass that lets light in, but, blocks viewing for privacy like obscure glass. The most prominent advancement in technology has come from the low-E glass.
Low-E glass does its best work in blocking up to 73% of the suns direct heat and nearly 95% of damaging UV rays - By far, the most effective upgrade is low-E glass when custom ordering your new windows.
What does Agron injected between insulated glass do for added performance of a window?
Argon gas is about five times denser than regular air, which means it minimizes convection currents inside of the glass unit thus reducing heat transfer through the glass unit. Argon gas is a colorless, orderless, and nontoxic gas. Argons thermal conductivity is roughly 67% that of air resulting in a 16% improvement in thermal efficiency.
The bottom line is Argon gas used in windows improves the overall efficiency of your home, and the upgrade cost is inexpensive.
Window frames are an essential consideration because it contributes to the performance of the entire window. What is needed in frames is low conductivity and structural strength to hold the big glass and to reduce heat flow through the frame material.
The most popular frames used in today's windows are vinyl because of its excellent insulating capabilities that provide long-term energy performance and the ability to withstand the elements of nature.
What is a U-Factor?
My goal here is to convey this information as quickly and efficiently as possible - not an easy task.
Window products need to be tested by NFRC a non-profit group that certifies a windows U-factor through a testing process amoung with other tests they conduct on windows to certified a windows U-factor.
This test result is on the NFRC label that applied on every window after it's completed during the manufacturing process to show its U-factor to the consumer, its a lot like a new car that has its gas mileage rating on the window sticker of a car at the dealerships.
A U-Factor measures the rate of heat transfer and tells you how well the window insulates. The slower a product transfers heat, the better, vinyl windows perform approximately 20% better than what is required by NFRC standards for Dallas Fort-Worth windows.
Replacement windows can be made to order in 1/8" increments for a more precise custom fit for any house. The result after the window has been correctly installed and sealed against weather by a trained window and door installer is a window that looks as if it came with the home.
Most window manufacturers have a limited lifetime warranty that can give you peace of mind and assurance.
The offerings of an ongoing series of educational window content focus on the homeowners can be found at http://www.aama-ntl.org/. Picking a sensible window for your home based on the list in this article will be a powerful information tool to move forward with a window purchase.
The combination of our better U-factor, tighter air seals, and best in class low-E glass adds up to a significant energy saving window.
Finally, the overall conclusion for most homeowners looking to buy replacement windows is that vinyl offers the best overall value for the price.
Don Young Company Replacement Windows
The process of shopping for new vinyl windows proved to be overwhelming for this couple. What helped them decide on Don Young windows was a visit to our showroom located in Dallas, where they were able to see all the vinyl windows options in person and go over window designs that would best suit their window openings in their house for maximum efficiency, and tour our vinyl window manufacturing department.
The vinyl windows that were installed on this Irving project were single hung vinyl windows with cardinal 366 low-E performance glass with argon gas for maximum U value and solar heat control. The critical part of a vinyl windows ability to block sun is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (or SHGC) is a measure of how much solar energy is transmitted via your window. The glass used on this job was the www.cardinalcorp.com Cardinal 366 low-E because it blocks about 73% of direct sun's heat and rejects 95% of damaging UV rays that fade interior furnishings.
New vinyl windows using double pane installed on this beautiful home improved many different things: one was better curb appeal, which is, of course, a primary reason for investing in new vinyl windows; much better solar heat rejection from entering the house, and a quieter inside environment.
On the day of the new vinyl window installation, the installers added extra foam installation around every new vinyl window for combined sound reduction. Using a spray foam around the new windows has a few distinct benefits. One is that it seals the cavity of the window opening around the vinyl windows, which will do a great job of blocking additional sound, dust, pollen, and water from penetrating the perimeter, and second, it serves as a secondary anchor for new vinyl windows into the opening.
Having a quieter home was import to this couple because their property backs up to a bustling road that causes an excess noise problem for this home. The address common noise problem the Don Young company only uses thicker 1/8" glass combined with a 3/4" overall performance insulated glass unit on every one of our custom-made vinyl windows
The new Don Young vinyl windows toned down the extra street noises to a more acceptable level for these homeowners.
Before you, as a homeowner move forward with a replacement window job on your home, let a representative from Don Young windows contact the city of Irving for you to check for any update windows codes.
Whether you have failed glass, broken windows, or a heat problem in the summer months with your home, you will benefit from new vinyl windows custom-made for your window openings and the energy savings they can provide the year round.
The team at the Don Young company would like to thank the extra efforts made by the windows installers working on this home to get all new windows installed before the customer went on vacation.
We make all of our windows at our manufacturing facility in Dallas, and as of this writing, dycwindows.com Don Young custom vinyl windows are taking about 3-4 weeks for production time. Then the window installer will contact you directly to schedule a date to install your new windows.
Visit the Don Young replacement window showroom Monday - Friday, or call us to schedule a preferred window contractor for an estimate.
Serving: Dallas, Richardson, Plano, Irving, Flower Mound, and Grapevine. dycwindows.com
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