The Latest in Popular Door Styles and Designs

The doors everyone is talking and dreaming about.

While many of us replace entry doors for cosmetic reasons, door replacement is one of the top 10 remodeling projects when it comes to ROI and increasing home value. Choosing a stylish entry door that will remain beautiful and on-trend for years to come offers even more added benefits.

So, what are the latest and greatest door styles to enhance curb appeal and resale value? To help you choose the new door style that’s best for you, read below for a guide to the hottest designs.

Front Door Styles
When it comes to choosing the perfect pick for your entry door, there are many features and options to consider. Materials like fiberglass, steel and wood offer different advantages, and our AdvantagePlus Protective Frame System works hard to retain the beauty of all materials while protecting against rot, drafts and leaks.

From an aesthetic standpoint, there are more than 30 finishes and colors to choose from, along with exclusive, hand-assembled decorative glass patterns. Once you have your finish, color and glass picked out, you can then choose from a variety of sidelight and transom styles, which can increase your curb appeal and the amount of natural light that floods your entryway.

To create a divided light effect, you can also add grilles between or to the interior and exterior of the glass. Other accessories include a dentil shelf, typically used on Craftsman doors, and clavos and hinge straps, which create an old-world, Mediterranean style.

Modern Door Styles
If you’ve driven around a new construction neighborhood recently, you may have noticed the mid-century modern look is popular right now in new home designs and remodels. These doors typically feature a flush door surface with glass panels, which are typically square, rectangle or round.

While modern French doors have been widely used as a patio door option for years, architects are increasingly using double doors to create a similar look on the front exterior of the home.

Contemporary Doors
Similar to modern doors, contemporary front doors feature clean lines, paneling and natural elements. We love the 5-panel, white-stained wood front door pictured above, and how its sleek hardware rounds out its contemporary design.

Colonial Doors
Colonial doors are traditional in nature and often feature symmetrical, columned paneling and glass features. If you want a truly classic colonial look, opt for a black, brown, red, white or blue stain or paint and pair it with white exterior siding. You can learn more about how to create the perfect colonial-style home by reading our tips on styling and maintaining this type of home.

Cottage Doors
Cottage front doors have features similar to the Craftsman style, but are often simpler in nature. While Craftsman doors are usually fashioned with a natural, unstained look in mind, the woodwork of a cottage door is usually painted. Windows and dentil shelves are also a common design element in these doors, as cottage-style homes are known for being quaint, intriguing and welcoming.

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Home Replacement Window Costs: Manalapan, NJ

 

Home Replacement Window Costs, Manalapan, NJ
Energy Efficient Replacement Windows

Home Replacement Window Costs: Manalapan, NJ 
Tips for choosing the best windows for your home at the best price.

Replacement windows can cost a lot. Depending on many factors, such as size, glass type & installation method.

All-new vinyl windows for an average house run about $19,000, according to the “Remodeling Impact Report” from the National Association of REALTORS®.

However that doesn’t mean the costs can’t make sense for you. For starters, window replacement is one of the best home remodeling projects in terms of return on investment: Even an average-quality vinyl window, can recoup 80% of the project cost in added home value.

Still, think long and hard before committing to new windows.

If you decide your windows definitely need replacing, here are some facts to help you spend your dollars wisely.

The Cost and ROI of Replacement Windows in Monmouth County, NJ

The range for energy-efficient window pricing is wide, but Energy Star-qualified windows start around $190 for a double-hung window and can go up to 8 times that. With labor, you’re looking at approximately $390 to $800+ per window. Typically, windows at the low end of the price spectrum are less energy efficient.

You’re also likely to see modest savings on your energy bill. In general, you’ll save up to 15% a year on your energy bill if older double-pane windows in an average sized house that are replaced with energy-efficient windows with low-E coatings, according to the Efficient Windows Collaborative, a coalition of government agencies, research organizations, and manufacturers that promotes efficient window technology.

Keep in mind, though, that the savings can vary widely by climate, local energy costs, and the energy efficiency of both the windows purchased and the windows being replaced. Finally, you may qualify for ZERO-interest payments or other incentives offered by your local Deluxe Windows that can sweeten the deal.

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What does the color of your home reveal about you?

What does the color of your home say about you?

(BPT) – A home’s curb appeal leaves a powerful first impression. Yet, according to the recent poll conducted by Ply Gem Building Products, only half of homeowners say their home’s exterior reflects their personality. This is an especially surprising statistic since 81 percent of Americans say the exterior of a home shapes their view of the homeowner.

With countless material options and accents like shutters and trim, there are several ways to add color to your home. Replacing old siding with vinyl siding tends to be a popular approach because it can improve the look of an entire home exterior, while also being low maintenance and durable. Before replacing your home’s siding, you may be interested to learn what your color choices say about your personality. The following profiles will provide some insight and inspiration for making big decisions about your home exterior:

* Calm, cool, collected = Blue: More than half the population (55 percent) believes the color blue has the most positive impact on their mood, which explains why blue skies are synonymous with peace and happiness. Along these lines, blue siding coordinates easily with a variety of accent colors whether it be white and gray or red and orange.

* Safe, certain, dependable = Neutral: Neutrals are the norm when it comes to exterior color preferences. Fifty-three percent of Americans would choose neutral colors such as beige, white or gray for the exterior of their home. In fact, if you want the latest on-trend curb appeal, consider shades of gray, which have grown in popularity by about 5 percent over the past four years. Gray is very versatile — it can easily be mixed and matched with just about any accent color and trim selection.

* Brave, confident = Bold: If you want to stand out and make a statement, dramatic siding colors are the way to go. Fifty-five percent of Americans say homes with bold colors belong to people with bold personalities. Recent advances in vinyl siding technology, such as the SolarDefense reflective technology from Ply Gem Mastic, have made it possible to choose daring colors such as deep reds, greens and browns.

Are you still unsure about which siding color best suits you? Take the risk out of choosing colors by using an online visualizer tool like the one available from Ply Gem Mastic. The visualizer lets you preview what your color choices will look like on your home before you make a commitment.

Colors are important, but don’t forget maintenance

While colors can send a message, that statement can be undermined by a lack of upkeep. Seventy-eight percent of Americans say the maintenance of a home also impacts their first impression of a homeowner. Consider low-maintenance products like vinyl siding, which come in endless color options, but do not require upkeep such as painting or staining.

Is it time to make a change?

Thirty-seven percent of homeowners say they did not get to choose the exterior siding on their home. If you’re part of that group, what better time than the present to update the look of your house (before the holiday season kicks in)? Doing so could also add significant value to your home. According to the latest cost versus value survey by Remodeling Magazine, upgrading to vinyl siding recoups 76 percent of the project cost on average. For more information read our Siding FAQ

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Lower temps at a lower price: How to improve the energy-efficiency of your home today

Bring your windows into focus:

The role your windows have in dictating the temperature in your home can be considerable. Older windows allow cool air to escape outside and that makes your air conditioner work harder to control the interior temperature. Replacing them eliminates this problem and sets you up to more easily retain heat during the winter. This helps keep the temperature of your home cooler and reduces stress on your HVAC unit.

Are your doors helping to cool the neighborhood:

Your home isn’t brand new, the cold air inside it is probably seeping out into the neighborhood through worn door seals.

To see how well your home is holding in the cold, sign up for a home energy audit with Deluxe Windows will check your home for leaks and recommend the best way to make your home more energy efficient.

Deluxe Windows offers brands like Pella Windows, Silverline By Anderson, Fleetwood, Marvin and much more at great prices.

 

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Get Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors

If your home currently has clear, single-pane, or old windows and doors, it may cost more to heat your home in winter and cool it during the summer. Replace these old windows with energy-efficient double-pane glass units with insulation, or install a fiberglass door for year-round.

Signs of Leaky, Drafty Windows

In many cases, the best way to deal with draft windows is to replace them. Below are some of the most typical signs of windows that are beyond repair.

  • Excessive draftiness: When closed, your windows shouldn’t let so much air in that it’s noticeable. Many people simply add more sealant or weatherstripping, but noticeable drafts signify a serious leak.
  • Condensation: If there’s condensation built up in double- or triple-pane windows, it may be worthwhile to replace the entire unit due to seal degradation.
  • Broken windows: This sign is one of the most obvious. If your home’s windows are visibly cracked, broken, or difficult to close and open, you should consider a full replacement.
  • Excessive noise: If the windows are allowing in too much noise, they may be outdated and in need of replacement. New, more energy-efficient windows keep out cold air and heat, and they’re also meant to keep noise out. If your home’s occupants can hear foot traffic and conversations outside the walls, it may be time to upgrade your home’s windows.
  • A rising energy bill: How high was last year’s energy bill? If they seemed out of the norm, it may be because the windows need replacing. Most windows last between 20 and 40 years, and if yours are past that age or getting close, it may make financial sense to replace them.

Do a Smoke Test

An easy way to find a draft in a door or window is to perform a smoke test. This simple step determines which areas of your home may need attention because of tiny air leaks. To do the smoke test, shut all the doors and windows in your home and turn off gas appliances. Turn on kitchen and bathroom ventilation systems to create negative pressure inside the home. Light an incense stick and put it near a door or window to determine which areas are drafty.

Hiring the Right Window Contractor

When you follow these tips for seasonal preparation for windows and doors and you determine that it’s time for an upgrade, you’ll want to call a professional to install your replacement windows. You may be tempted to install new windows yourself, but after over 16 years of installing windows in New Jersey And New York, we know that good window and doors products and proper installation are crucial to getting the most durability and energy efficiency during both the hot and cold extremes we can experience here in New Jersey And New York.

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Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 3

Welcome to Part 3 on our series on “Signs that your windows need to be replaced”

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

Your home needs a makeover

Windows are one of the most prominent features of a home, and if they look worn, your house will too. Look to see whether the color is fading or the window material is warping, or whether old screens or storm windows detract from the curb appeal of your home. “Architects and builders know that good design is critical for the longevity of a structure. Design considerations are a close second to quality when selecting new windows, and the overall vision or design theme of a home or space should be a driving force in the window selection process,” he adds.

While you’re upgrading your home’s appearance, you might also wish to change the type of window from a fixed sash to a window that opens. This way, “you can create a more comfortable interior and improve airflow through your home. Another option? Install larger windows to increase a room’s natural light, which has aesthetic and health benefits: According to the Lighting Research Center, daylit environments increase productivity and comfort, plus help regulate your circadian rhythms for better general wellness.

Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 on our series on “Signs that your windows need to be replaced”

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

You want to reduce your energy bill

Windows provide some heat in the winter by letting in sunlight. But drafty windows can cause your energy bills to be about 10% to 25% higher, according to Energy.gov. Replacing your windows with energy-efficient ones can reduce your heating and cooling bills. Bonus: If you’re considering listing your home for sale, those new windows — and the resulting energy cost savings — can be a big selling point.

But don’t assume all windows are the same; it’s important to consider your specific needs. One factor? Your location. Deluxe offers a wide range of energy-efficient options and can tailor your windows to best suit your climate,  Insulating glass is standard in all Deluxe windows, along with thousands of options that meet the Energy Star Most Efficient designation, the highest standard for efficiency for the program.”

Signs that your windows need to be replaced, Part 1

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. A home’s windows are particularly communicative. Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play. (Windows in a coastal city like Charleston, SC, might age faster than they would in Los Angeles, CA, for example.) If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced.

Here’s what to be on the lookout for.

1. They’re damaged, warped, or broken

It’s sometimes possible to repair a window instead of replacing it. If your window’s problem is minor, such as needing new weatherstripping or hardware, a repair might be the best option. But replacing a damaged, warped, or broken window sash or frame is almost always preferred to attempting a repair. “Even if the windows are still operable, they can develop problems,” says Viny Guida, Senior  Manager  at Deluxe Windows. Do your windows fog up? Are they drafty? Do they stick when you try to open or close them? Do they refuse to stay open? If your windows are communicating in those ways, they’re telling you to replace them.