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Fiberglass Doors

More on the Strengths of Fiberglass Doors

Front door of modern house

Choosing a new door for your home is an important decision – and one that will give you plenty to consider. You need a door that provides security and lasting use, but you’ll also want options that boost curb appeal and complement the home’s exterior. Thanks to their durability, beauty, and other positive attributes, fiberglass doors provide the ideal choice for all of these considerations and more. If you’re interested in replacing your current door with a high-quality fiberglass option, Simple Home Improvements covers everything you need to know about the many benefits of fiberglass doors.

A Low-Maintenance Choice

One of the reasons fiberglass doors are so popular with homeowners is because of their low-maintenance design. Unlike wood and steel doors, which are sensitive to moisture and extreme temperatures, fiberglass doors won’t chip, crack, splinter or rot. This rugged material can withstand rain, snow, and high winds, as well as impacts that could leave behind dents and scuffs. There’s also no need to repaint or re-stain a fiberglass door, as its finish will remain fresh and vibrant year after year. The most you’ll need to do is wipe away any mud or dirt with a damp cloth and clean any glass panes in the door, eliminating the need for additional items on your home maintenance to-do list.

Energy Efficiency

While your home’s insulation and windows play a large role in energy efficiency, your door can contribute as well. When compared to materials such as wood and steel, fiberglass outperforms as an insulator, keeping hot and cold air outside your home and heated or cooled air inside. Additionally, the material’s added durability prevents damage that can allow outside air to enter the home. Many fiberglass doors also include built-in insulation designed to provide an added barrier between your home and the outdoors. Fiberglass doors from Simple Home Improvements, for example, include built-in polyurethane insulation that guards against heat transfer to help maintain a consistent temperature inside the home. By installing one of these doors, you’ll adjust the thermostat less frequently and may even see your energy bills drop.

Stylish Options, Versatile Customization

Fiberglass doors are extremely versatile, making it easy to match your home’s exterior and your sense of style. If you love the warm finishes and natural grain of real wood doors, fiberglass options can provide the same look without the added risk of damage and deterioration. Prefer a clean white finish or a bold, eye-catching color? Fiberglass doors are available in a number of colors and textures to help every homeowner find just the right choice for his or her home’s entry.

You’ll also have the option to customize your door with glass panels that add character and allow natural light into the home. Decorative patterns range from baroque designs to fresh, modern looks, with decorative caming in a variety of finishes to help create a look you’ll love. You can also choose from clear glass to let plenty of natural light inside, or privacy glass to shield the home’s interior from passers-by on busier streets.

Create the Perfect Entryway

Whether you’re hoping to refresh your home’s appearance or cut down on drafts this winter, a fiberglass door provides the style and function needed to meet all your expectations. If you’re ready to update your home with a new fiberglass door, contact Simple Home Improvements today. We’ll explain all your options and provide a free estimate to help you get started. For more information, call [company-phone id=1] or visit us at 999 Riverview Dr, Ste 201-244 in Totowa, NJ.

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Types of Window

Matching Our Window Types to the Rooms in Your Home

windows in a living room

You know your home is ready for new windows, but figuring out which type of windows to purchase can be tricky to navigate. With many variations available, how can you be sure that you’re installing the right window in the right place? At Simple Home Improvements, we offer eight different configurations and assist our clients daily in figuring out the best rooms for them to go in. Here’s a breakdown of our window types and the rooms for which they’re ideal.

Double Hung Windows

Arguably the most common of window types, double-hung windows come standard in the majority of newly constructed homes. Both the top and bottom sashes open, allowing for superior ventilation and easy cleaning. Whether you choose our Essentials Series or V-Class Series, there’s not a room in your home that can’t benefit from double-hung windows. They are especially useful for rooms on the ground floor, as they feature secure latches and solid coextruded lift rails for added security.

Slider Windows

Horizontal in design, slider windows are similar to double-hung windows, yet they open with sashes that slide from side to side. Featuring multi-chambered construction that promotes thermally efficient air pockets, this durable option offers a contemporary upgrade to any room of your home, whether you opt for our 4800 Series or 8000 Series. However, they tend to work best in rooms with shorter walls that have horizontal space to spare.

Picture Windows

Ideal for living rooms, dining areas, and master bedrooms, picture windows offer clear sight to the outside world without any sashes to obstruct the view. They are square and get their name from the illusion that your view is framed by the window as if it were a photograph. Though they are stationary and don’t open, our 4800 Series and 8000 Series picture windows provide an abundance of natural light, meaning they could make a viable option for any of the darker rooms in your home – as long as you have ample wall space to install one.

Casement Windows

Similarly to picture windows, casement windows also offer an unobstructed view of outside but crank open to allow fresh air into your home. Rectangular in shape, casement windows are great solutions for rooms where you may have limited wall space but still want the open feel of picture windows. Bedrooms, the kitchen, and the office are just a few places you could consider installing our 6000 Series casement windows.

Hopper Windows

Anytime you see hopper windows, you’re probably in an attic, basement or bathroom, though they can also be installed in hallways and stairwells for a touch of natural light and fresh air. Our 4800 Series hopper windows are small and rectangular and open both downward and upward with a crank or hinge.

Bay Windows

Our bay windows consist of three individual windows that are placed together, with two slender windows that can open and close sandwiching a larger stationary window in the middle. They add dimension to the outside of your home, as well as endless interior design opportunities. While they are typically installed in living spaces, they can also be added to small rooms to open up space and provide more functionality with their accompanying shelving and place for additional seating.

Garden Windows

With our garden windows, you can add dimension to your home that you never knew was possible. Considered as a smaller version of a bay window, they are built to open outward and protrude to the exterior of your home, forming a display space on the interior that’s perfect for the master bathroom, porch, or the area above your kitchen sink.

Bow Windows

Often confused with bay windows, bow windows protrude out from the home’s exterior and feature a large, curved design. They are typically a set of four or more windows that can be installed in the style of any of our window types discussed above. Our clients commonly install bow windows in dining rooms, formal living rooms, and master bedrooms – or whichever room of their home has the best view.

New Jersey’s Choice for Window Replacements

No matter which window types you choose for any of your rooms, you can find a range of styles and colors to complement any space in your home at Simple Home Improvements. Our windows are maintenance-free, will not stick or swell due to moisture, and can also be custom-built to your exact specifications. For more information or to receive a complimentary estimate, contact us today.

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Window Replacement

What to Do If Your Window Is Cracked or Shattered

Broken Window

Broken windows are never fun. But look on the bright side – this gives you an excuse to update your old window and replace it with a better, more energy-efficient one. While it is possible to simply replace the cracked or shattered glass part, it’s best to replace the whole window. This ensures maximum security and durability to help prevent more breaks in the future. Here’s Simple Home Improvement’s step-by-step guide for what to do in the event your window breaks.

Who to Call

First, if you get home and discover a broken window, it might be because someone has tried to break into your house. If you think that’s the case, call 9-1-1 immediately. Windows are one of the primary entry points into a home and vandals won’t hesitate to break the glass to get inside. You can usually tell if an intruder did it because the broken section will be big enough for a person to fit through. Tampered locks are another sign that it was an intruder.

Even if the break was simply an accident and not caused by an intruder, you might want to file a claim with your homeowner’s insurance policy or call to at least see if the damage is covered. Make your phone calls first and take photos of the window before anything gets cleaned up.

Clean Up Any Loose Shards

Are there broken pieces on the ground or window sill? If so, pick them up and dispose of them very carefully. Wear boots, thick leather gloves, and safety goggles while you work. If you have pets or young kids at home, try to keep them out of the room until the glass is gone. Unless you feel like you have to, leave any remaining pieces in the window as they are so you don’t risk injuring yourself.

Seal Off the Hole

There’s probably a gaping hole left in the window now. Not only is this a security problem, but it can also cause trouble with insects, pests, and birds. Plus, it’ll be difficult to regulate the temperature of your home with air escaping and coming through the gap. And if it starts to rain or snow, things could get messy quickly. So, you’ll want to block off the hole the best you can. You can do this by taping a plastic bag or piece of mesh over the window. Depending on the weather and the size of the hole, you might also want to consider boarding it up with a piece of wood.

If the window just has a stress crack or pressure crack, you may be able to temporarily seal it off using super glue or nail varnish. You can also use heavy-duty tape. Sealing the cracks is important because it’ll help with climate control and also prevent more cracks from forming.

Schedule a Replacement

As soon as you get a chance, call up a professional to come and replace the window for you. Since it’s broken, they’ll fast-track the process to make sure your home stays safe and secure. If all the windows in your house are older, it might be a good idea to have them all replaced at the same time. This way, they’ll all match, too.

Get Replacement Windows Today

Are your windows old and cracked? Is the glass broken because of a rogue baseball or rock? Did a tree branch break it during a storm? If so, just call up Simple Home Improvements and we’ll be happy to give you a free quote. We make window replacement simple, quick, and affordable for every customer. Call us at [company-phone id=1] now to get started.

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Entry Doors

Choosing a Door Glass Pattern That Reflects Your Personal Aesthetic

House With Glass Front Door.

When you select a fiberglass entry door from Simple Home Improvements, you have the option of adding custom features, like glass inserts. Glass inserts can boost your curb appeal, giving your home that wow factor, and they can let lots of extra sunlight into the foyer. Because the glass is thick and usually textured, you can still maintain the privacy your family needs. But which style glass should you choose? There are many different options to pick from and each offers its own unique look and feel. Use this handy guide to narrow down the selection and find one that fits your personal aesthetic perfectly.

Classic Patterns for Any Home

Most homes, especially older ones, tend to feature the classic glass door patterns. These are patterns that look very elegant, sophisticated, and almost regal in some cases. While they can look great on any house, you most commonly see them on colonial-style and traditional ranch-style homes. Their ornate designs offer the perfect preview as guests make their way inside. If you’re interested in this style and how it can enhance your exterior, check out these options:

  • Windsor Collection: Elegant design prominently displayed in the middle with a combination of clear bevels, clear soft waves and gray soft waves
  • Majestic Collection: Simple, yet sophisticated, this glass comes in brass, satin nickel or patina caming finishes matching the outside of your home
  • Laurel Collection: This style is a beautiful blend of Windsor’s ornate design and the Majestic’s simplicity
  • Fairmont Collection: Create a dynamic entryway with this bold design offset by a clear baroque background
    Old World Styles

Old world-style glass door patterns typically feature some type of scrollwork. The Camilia Collection, for example, embodies this perfectly. It boasts a beautiful, scrolled wrought-iron design between the glass panes that’s reminiscent of metal fences, railings, and gates. This pattern complements rustic-themed homes and country-style homes perfectly.

Craftsman Collections

Do you live in a craftsman or bungalow? Then this style would be a natural choice. Craftsman glass usually features a more geometric design that plays with the use of squares and rectangles. You see this at work in the Monterey and Oak Park Collections. It’s a great choice if you want something that makes a statement while still representing modern-day tastes.

Contemporary Glass Patterns

In suburban neighborhoods around New Jersey, it’s common to see glass inserts with contemporary patterns. These designs, like the Prestige Collection and the Richmond Collection, help draw the eye and leave a lasting impression as people walk up to the porch. They’re simple but offer just enough character and personality to make you’re exterior stand out.

Sleek Clear Glass

Finally, we have the clear glass inserts. Though they don’t feature any decorative patterns, they’re still stylish in their own right. Plus, they provide an uninterrupted view of the outside. This option is ideal if you want something sleek and clean looking. For example, if you love modern design, then clear glass inserts are the way to go.

Browse the Collections Online

Have you settled on a style that’s right for you? Whether you pick something that matches the house or something that you personally love, the addition will surely boost your home both inside and out. If you’re interested in replacing your entry door, contact Simple Home Improvements today by calling [company-phone id=1]. We’ll go over all the customizable options to ensure you get an entryway you’ll be proud to show off.

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Siding

Does Your Siding Need to Be Replaced?

Contractor Inspects Siding

Your home’s siding should provide lasting performance and maintain its good looks for years. Yet over time, you can expect that the elements, impacts, and other issues may create damage that will eventually require replacement of your siding. Not sure how to tell when replacement is needed? Simple Home Improvements suggests a few key signs that it’s the right time to invest in siding replacement.

What to Look For

Your home’s siding is meant to protect against moisture, strong winds, and extreme temperatures. It should also stand up to average wear and tear, like stray baseballs and bumps from your gardening equipment. Still, it’s important to inspect your siding for signs damage that shouldn’t be ignored. If you notice any of the following, contact a reputable siding contractor immediately:

  • Visible holes that allow moisture and insects to get inside
  • Peeling, cracks or chipping
  • Severe fading
  • Increased energy bills due to insufficient insulation
  • Bubbling
  • Warped, rotted, loose or cracked siding
  • Dry rot
  • The growth of mildew, fungus or mold
  • Missing siding

While some of these may appear to be minor flaws, they can quickly worsen and cause serious issues, including interior water damage and overall structural weakening. Even if you suspect a problem is simply cosmetic, it’s a wise idea to get it checked out.

Benefits of Siding Replacement

Too many homeowners put off siding replacement due to concerns about cost and other issues. However, there are many benefits to new vinyl siding that make your investment worthwhile. For instance, the most recent siding products offer improved weather protection, a larger selection of styles and colors, better energy efficiency, and less maintenance in the future. And while you might get by with minimal repairs, doing so can lead to further expenses down the road. In many cases, full replacement is more attractive and economical as well.

Trust Certified Installers

Is it time to replace your siding? If so, the certified installers at Simple Home Improvements offer the quality products and expertise needed to update your home with beautiful, durable vinyl siding. Contact us today to learn more and receive a free quote.

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Casement Windows Types of Window

Making a Case for Casement Windows

Casement Window With Flowers

Casement windows are a great way to add beauty and value to your home and enhance its security. But with so many different options for windows on the market, how can you be sure these windows are truly for you? Here, Simple Home Improvements breaks down some of the top benefits of casement windows to help you make a more informed decision. And with advantages in convenience, efficiency, and more, there’s a good chance you’ll opt for casement windows for your next home update.

1. Casement windows are easy to use.

We’ve all struggled with a window that won’t open due to swelling, warping, rust, corrosion, or rot. No matter the reason, choosing casement windows eliminates this hassle. Our 6000 Series casement windows, for example, come standard with easy-to-turn cranks built with an extra-tough design that withstands use and the elements. When you’re ready to let in a little fresh air, simply turn the crank.

2. Casement windows offer better ventilation.

Who doesn’t love a refreshing breeze? With casement windows, you’ll be able to make the most of every sunny day and avoid relying on air conditioning. Unlike most windows that leave half their length or width covered when open, casement windows open outward. This allows you to let in as much or as little ventilation as you’d like. The open glass pane can even help direct more air into your home, keeping you cooler. As a bonus, you’ll also enjoy an unobstructed view.

3. Casement windows are energy efficient.

While windows vary based on construction and available insulation features, casement windows, in general, are highly efficient and can help maintain a comfortable home without raising utility bills. This is because when closed, casement windows press firmly against their sash. In fact, strong gusts of wind only hold the window tighter against the sash, ensuring cold air stays out. Additionally, our 6000 Series casement windows utilize a multichambered design for thermal efficiency and are available with foam insulation for extra defense against the cold.

Casement Window Replacement in Totowa, NJ

If you’ve always dreamed of adding beautiful casement windows to your kitchen, bedroom, or living room, call Simple Home Improvements today at [company-phone id=1]. Our helpful representatives can explain available options and customization choices to help you find the replacement windows best suited to your needs. Contact us today for more information and a free quote.

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Entry Doors

Is Your Front Door Doing Its Duty?

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An entry door is the home’s first line of defense against the elements and intruders, as well as an important part of curb appeal. However, with age and damage, your front door may become less secure than it once was. How can you tell if your door is still up to the task of protecting your home? The Simple Home Improvement team offers a few easy ways to determine whether your door needs replacement.

1. The Door Is Dented, Cracked, Rotted, or Warped.

It’s easy for wood and steel entry doors to accumulate dents, cracks, and other damage. Excessive moisture can also cause rot or rust. And in addition to being unsightly, this damage can weaken the door. If your door shows any of these problems, it’s a good time to consider a fiberglass entry door that resists water, warping, impacts, and more.

2. The Door Jamb or Frame Is Damaged.

The door jamb and frame are essential for keeping your entry door in place and ensuring it opens and closes properly. When damaged, these components make it easier for intruders to strong-arm their way inside. Every entry door provided by Simple Home Improvements includes primed wood jambs and steel frames, so you can rest assured that your door will work properly for years to come.

3. Locks No Longer Function Properly.

If you’re struggling with sticky locks, it’s a good sign your front door should be replaced. Not only are malfunctioning locks a hassle, but you may find it difficult to tell when the door is locked. In some cases, you can simply replace the locks. However, if the door shows other signs of damage, it’s a good time to opt for front door replacement.

4. You Feel a Draft or Cold Spots.

Feeling drafts or cold spots? This can indicate your door doesn’t fit properly or that its insulation isn’t up to par. Far from a minor annoyance, a door that lets in cold air can contribute to higher utility bills each month. When your door no longer keeps out the winter chill, it’s time to replace it with a model that features an energy-efficient core to help maintain your home’s temperature.

Front Door Replacement in Totowa, NJ

If any of the signs above apply to your entry door, it’s time to seek a high-quality replacement from Simple Home Improvements. Contact us today to learn more about our door replacement services, and be sure to check out our customer reviews to learn more about our dedication to your satisfaction. For more information, call [company-phone id=1].

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Siding

What a Certification From the Vinyl Siding Institute Means

Home With Vinyl Siding

You know that vinyl siding would look great on your home and add value to your property, but it’s tough to know who is qualified enough to trust with your installation. Without a certified contractor, you run the risk of improper installation, which can lead to diminished appearance, poor product performance, and even void manufacturer warranties. That’s why we require each of our installers to be certified with the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI), ensuring that your project is completed by experts and installed with the utmost care. For a free estimate on vinyl siding for your New Jersey home, contact us today.

What Is the Vinyl Siding Institute?

The trade association for vinyl and other polymeric siding manufacturers and suppliers, the Vinyl Siding Institute (VSI), provides vinyl siding certifications with a goal to help further develop the industry in which we work. It assists in determining material, product, and performance standards in compliance with governmental regulations and codes, and serves as a resource on the facts about vinyl siding installation and products. Thus, a certification from the VSI carries weight in the industry and should be taken into consideration when choosing a vinyl siding contractor for your project.

A Team of Experienced Professionals

To qualify for a vinyl siding certification class, your contractor must have a minimum of two years of installation experience prior to taking the course. Once enrolled, vinyl siding professionals seeking certification must then take a class taught by a VSI-certified trainer and pass an exam on vinyl siding installation and industry-recognized standards (adhering to ASTM D4756). Upon receiving their certification, contractors must also apply for recertification every three years, ensuring our Simple Home Improvement team is up-to-date on the latest vinyl siding regulations and application techniques.

Trust Our Certified Team

When it comes to hiring siding contractors, you’ll be glad you chose installers with up-to-date vinyl siding certifications. If you’re ready to replace your siding, contact Simple Home Improvements by calling [company-phone id=1]. Our certified team can help you select the right vinyl siding and provide the best customer service available to ensure your complete satisfaction from start to finish.

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Types of Window

A Closer Look at Simplex™ Windows

Home After Simplex Window Installation

When it comes to choosing replacement windows, there’s no doubt you’ve done your research. There are a number of brands, styles, and options to choose from, but which is best for your home? At Simple Home Improvements, we’re proud to provide New Jersey homeowners with high-quality Simplex windows that offer durability, efficiency, and effortless style. Here, we’ll provide a brief overview to help you learn more about all these quality vinyl windows have to offer.

A Better Window Begins With a Better Frame

In many cases, homeowners assume that window glass is the most important consideration when choosing new windows. This isn’t necessarily the case, as the window’s frame has a serious impact on its performance.

Simplex windows are crafted with rugged vinyl frames to withstand cold winter temperatures and hot, sunny summers without shrinking, cracking, or warping. And thanks to an impact-resistant design, there’s no need to worry about dings and dents. Unlike wood frames, vinyl guards against rot and moisture damage, and it provides an excellent barrier against outside noise. Best of all, Simplex windows are available at an affordable price point, giving them a clear advantage over more expensive fiberglass options.

An Energy-Efficient Design

Simplex windows utilize embedded chambers to promote energy efficiency. These chambers help guard against thermal transmittance, the rate at which heat enters and leaves your home. When windows allow a high level of thermal transmittance, warm air can easily escape, resulting in reduced comfort and higher heating costs. In comparison, Simplex windows offer extremely low thermal transmittance, and each window provides more insulation than a foot of solid concrete, keeping HVAC costs low when the mercury drops.

A Beautiful Choice for Your Home

In addition to their functional benefits, Simplex windows are designed to improve your home’s appearance inside and out. Their low-profile design features smaller frames and a large glass area. This maximizes the amount of natural light that can pass through each window, brightening every room of your home.

You’ll also have a wide variety of style options to consider. Simple Home Improvements installs Simplex Windows in a number of styles, and homeowners can choose from eight attractive colors and a number of distinctive grid patterns to suit the look and feel of almost any house.

Simplex Window Installation in Totowa, NJ

To learn more about the benefits of Simplex windows, contact Simple Home Improvements today. We make home updates easy with high-quality windows, siding and doors, free in-home estimates, and professional service you can trust.

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Patio Door

The Most Important Features of a Patio Door

Locked patio door

When shopping for new patio doors, you’ll have many options to choose from. Not sure what’s most important or how to make the final decision? At Simple Home Improvements, we suggest homeowners consider four main patio door features when making their selection. Here, we’ll break it down so you can choose with confidence.

Durability

No matter which patio doors you select, make sure they have a good DP (design pressure) rating. This is what tells you how durable the doors are and if they’re able to resist the force of impact from heavy rains and wind. The frames, structural components, and glass should all be built for maximum strength, so you don’t have to worry the next time a storm comes around.

Security

It’s extremely important for a patio door to have the right security features. Otherwise, an intruder could easily break the glass or push the door off its tracks. At Simple Home Improvements, we utilize a host of advanced security measures to provide ultimate peace of mind for you and your family, including:

  • Two- or four-point locking systems
  • Obscure glass to reduce visibility inside
  • Heavy-duty screens that sit securely in an integral exterior screen track
  • Strong, welded frames
  • Aluminum reinforcement for superior durability
Style

For many homeowners, style is a top consideration. While standard sliding glass doors always look beautiful, many models can be customized to better suit your home. Simple Home Improvements provides a large selection of custom interior/exterior colors, designer hardware, beveling options, sidelights, transoms, and more to add a personal touch. You can even customize the glass with glazes and grids.

Energy Efficiency

Did you know that glass doors have a major effect on your heating and cooling costs? If you’re planning on getting new patio doors installed, choose an energy-efficient style. They’re made with insulated glass with either Low-E or Argon gas filled options. This helps prevent the outside air from affecting inside air, and vice versa. Airtight seals, thermal-efficient, multi-chambered frames, and heavy weather-stripping can also help. The more efficient your patio doors are, the more comfortable your home will feel.

Find the Best Patio Door Features for You

Now that you know more about the most important patio door features, it’s time to find one that’s right for your home. Browse the selection of heavy-duty sliding doors and French sliding doors available at Simple Home Improvements now, or contact us at [company-phone id=1] for additional information.