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What are INTERIOR FINISHINGS?

Have you ever walked into a space, admired the interior finishing so much; you wanted to duplicate the details in your own home? And did you then go online to do a search on all the lovely details, only to find out you didn’t know what that “thing above the door” was called? Here’s a handy guide to interior finishes – the terms and the descriptions so that when you are ready to buy – you know what to look for.

Crown Moulding

A moulding designed to sit at an angle between the wall and ceiling. They are sometimes referred to as a cornice. Crown moulding has many uses – it can be integrated into the architrave or header over a door or window, as part of the mantel on a fireplace surround, or to encase the top of a column.

Architrave

A form of trim used to accent the top of a doorway, window or opening. May also be referred to as a header or pediment.

Return

A term used to indicate the method of carrying a moulding’s detail from the front of the moulding back to the wall. Generally a 45-degree cut is made to the front of the long moulding and an opposite 45-degree cut is made on a small piece to carry the detail to the wall.

Build-up

Combining or layered two or more mouldings to create a new or custom look is called a build-up. Also called stacking, build-ups make it easy to create a custom look.

Panel Mould

A variety of moulding profiles most often used to create or embellish panels on either flat or recessed surfaces. These mouldings are commonly used on doors, architectural paneling, mantels and cornice assemblies.Casings are used generously in spaces and are often the most visible in a room. They are primarily used to go around a door or window, covering the gap between drywall and the door or window frame. Casings are generally thicker than base mouldings.

Handrail

Handrails provide safety and support – often used in furniture construction.

Tongue & Groove Paneling

A type of lumber with a machine tongue on one side and a groove on the other, so that when pushed together, the groove of one board fits snugly over the tongue of the adjacent board. Tongue & groove paneling can be used to cover walls or ceilings.

Chair Rail

Chair rails are practical, as well as decorative and are applied to a wall, anywhere from 24 to 72 inches up from the floor. They were typically specified to protect the wall from scuffs and dents from the backs of chairs, but are now used as beautiful room accents.

Wainscot

This is trimwork installed in the area below a chair rail. Numerous options are available including raised panel, shadow box and beaded. Combined with a chair rail and baseboard, wainscoting adds a dramatic look to any room.

Finish Boards

Finish boards come in either S4S (Surfaced 4 Sides) or S3S (Surfaced 3 Sides) and are used for a multitude of purposes including shelving, window liners, bases, casing, and DIY creative projects.

Window Stool

Also called windowsill, a window stool is the surface installed below the sash of a window. Trim installed under a window stool creates a distinctive look and adds a decorative touch.

Apron

A piece of horizontal window trim applied against the wall below the window stool.

Column

A supporting or decorative pillar used in building that can be circular or rectangular. A decorative half column that is attached to the wall is referred to as a pilaster.

If you are “finishing” up a new space and would like to learn more about the various options, give our friendly Tree Court customer service team members a call at 636-225-7717.

Photo Credit: Metrie Interior Mouldings – one of our premier partners and suppliers.

Replacing Your Front Door? 5 EASY STEPS to a beautiful entry way!

Back by popular demand – reposting this blog so that you can be ready for spring time!

So you want to replace your FRONT DOOR, but you don’t know where to start.

Below are 5 EASY STEPS that will help you get an accurate quote for your replacement door!  

STEP 1. Determine your budget

The first step to any project is determining a budget. Ask yourself – what are you comfortable spending? It’s easy for home improvement projects to go over budget, sometimes dollars rack up because of delays or because not all costs were confirmed prior to beginning. Like all home improvement projects, replacing your front door is an investment and your budget should reflect thoughtful planning. Consider the following:

  • Upfront costs vs. long-term benefits
  • Estimated useful life
  • Maintenance requirements
  • Energy efficiency
  • Weather protection and performance
  • Features included
  • Pre-finishing costs or additional staining or painting required
  • Hardware and accessories
  • Remodeling additional entry features like stairs, lighting or doorbell

Take the time to research what you like and what’s available before finalizing a budget. Below, you will find information that will help you get an accurate quote from your supplier!

STEP 2. Determine door size 

When measuring the door size, the term “door size” refers to the width of your front entry door. The most common entry door is a 36-inch entry door. A wide 42-inch entry door or 5-foot double entry doors (two 30 x 80 exterior doors paired up to provide a larger opening) are also popular. Larger openings offer easier wheelchair access and furniture moving and can also make a statement in your entry way. Most doors come in a standard height of 80 inches (6 feet, 8 inches).

STEP 3. Choose your configuration

When builder supply companies ask, “What configuration do you want?” they are asking if you want a single front door or double front door, and whether you want decorative sidelights or an overhead transom.

Sidelights are the panels that flank and accentuate a front door. Sidelights can be glass, wood or fiberglass, and can be opaque for privacy or not. Entry doors with sidelights can transform an ordinary entry into an entry way that looks unique. A transom is made from decorative glass inserts that are installed above the door to fill your entryway with natural light.

STEP 4. Choose material and style

Front entry doors can be constructed of many different materials, from the wood to newer UPVC and fiber glass models. Choosing the right material, especially on exterior facing doors / front entryway, is critical for the longevity and appearance of the door.

Entry Door Material

  • Solid Core Wooden Doors – Solid core wooden doors are heavily constructed doors made from whole bits of timber. These doors are most commonly used as front entrance doors or where soundproofing, insulation or security are a priority. Wood species such as Pine, Fir, Knotty Alder, Poplar, Mahogany, Cherry, Knotty Pine, Maple, Oak (White and Red), Bamboo, Birch, Wire-Brushed Clear Pine, Wire-Brushed Douglas Fir, Hickory, Red Oak, Wire-Brushed Red Oak, Select Alder, Walnut, Wire-Brushed White Oak and more allow for a broad range of choices.
  • Aluminum Doors – Aluminum is a lightweight, strong, durable and affordable material. Aluminum is used to construct security doors and garage doors. Note: aluminum is a poor insulator and conducts heat easily.
  • Steel Doors – Steel is the toughest material on the market and offers excellent security. Steel is commonly used in the construction of front and exterior doors, screen doors and grilles.
  • Fiberglass Doors – Fiberglass doors offer excellent strength, waterproofing, soundproofing and insulation.
  •  Glass Doors – Glass doors are beautiful to look at and offer natural light to enhance a home’s interior. Commonly used as an entry to an outdoor living space, a patio or enclosed sun room, glass doors are making their way into kitchens, recreational rooms, offices and more to give off a larger and more spacious interior area.
  •  Leadlight Doors / Stained Glass Doors – Lead lighting and stained glass can be expensive, but they can add a tremendous amount to a home in terms of character visual appeal.
  •  UPC or Vinyl Doors – UPVC can be used to construct solid, lightweight doors, but it’s more commonly used as a strong, cost effective framing material for things like glass doors.
  • Mirrored Doors – Appearing almost exclusively as sliding wardrobe doors, mirrored doors help create the illusion of more space in bedrooms.
  •  Hollow Core Doors – Cheaper and more lightweight than solid core doors, hollow core doors are often used for interior doors including closets and pantry doors to keep costs down.

Flush or Paneled?

A “flush” front entry door’s surface is flat from top to bottom. A “paneled” door is one that has molded patterns that can take the shape of squares, rectangles or arches. These molded patterns are usually removed when glass is inserted into the door. The enhancements can give the paneled door–and your entire entryway–a more elegant, refined and sophisticated look.

Surface Type

Front entry doors typically come in two surface types: smooth and textured. This is true for wooden doors as well as the more durable fiberglass models. The guideline for both is simple: if you want to paint the entry door, choose one with a smooth surface. Painting lets you accent or highlight the door with bright bold colors or the softer, more subdued tones that are currently in vogue. If you want a more natural look that brings out the grain or lines, choose a textured entry door that you can stain.

Entry Door Style

Door manufacturers have identified five main front door “styles,” all of which are available at Tree Court Builders Supply.

Choose a style for your front door that complements the design of your home and adds curb appeal. Your front entry door can represent you or your family’s personality. If you are more traditional, you may opt for a classic wood paneled door. Or if you are more artistic, you may include decorative glass elements. Because every house and homeowner is different, picking a front door that suits you and your home is important.

Traditional / Classic Warm, welcoming and familiar, classic style entry doors are a huge favorite of homeowners in older, more well-established neighborhoods, and anyone who wants to refresh (but not drastically change) their entryway’s aesthetic.

Craftsman Usually one piece and characterized by square edges, sharp lines and a fine vertical grain, Craftsman Style Front Doors often feature an elegant ornamental shelf called a “dentil” that’s missing from most other door styles.

Contemporary / Modern With their smooth, flush surface and simple unpretentious design, Contemporary Entry Doors are stylish, trendy and expressive. Contemporary Entry Doors don’t have panels and are typically painted in an eye-catching color or hue.

Decorative What makes an entry door “decorative” is the addition of ornamental metal grilles, beautiful glass panels–or both–which combine to give your door an alluring, sophisticated look and an extra measure of security.

Rustic With their distinctive, handcrafted-by-artisans look, rustic style front doors give your entryway an air of old-world charm that best complements Tuscan, Southwestern or European-country architecture.

 

STEP 5. Choose front door glass inserts, door color and hardware

When choosing a detailed decorative glass door style, there are many options that you can choose from. Aside from iron inserts and the frame that holds it, you will have to determine what type of glass you would like to use. After choosing glass inserts, you will want to choose a door color. Natural wood grains, paint on a smoother surface and texture are all considerations when choosing your door color. Lastly, selecting the type of hardware for your front entry door can be one of the best experiences because there are so many options to choose from.

Check back soon for other blog posts that detail types of door glass inserts, how to choose a door color and selecting hardware for your new front door!

Call us at 636-225-7717 with questions or a FREE quote today!

BUILD. CONNECT. TRANSFER.

16 days in. Already we can feel the momentum of a new year. Our office and showroom build continues and the hum of progress fills the air. We can smell the accomplishment much like the smell of freshly cut wood. It smells good and it feels good. There seems to be a skip in everyone’s step as they receive and fulfill orders.

Like many during this time of year, we paused and we reflected. If you have been following us on Instagram, Facebook and our treecourt.com moving page, you already know that we’ve had an amazing three year journey – working title — FLOOD, FLOOD, MOVE. No need to rehash here, but those adventures and experiences lead us to a significant landing place as a business, as a family and a member of our community. To put it simply, our 2019 will be centered on what we do best. Using the “three word” methodology of owning and acting on a new year’s promise – our three words are:

BUILD. CONNECT. TRANSFER.

Build. We create and distribute windows, doors, millwork, and we build custom wood projects — all things that help make a home a home. We provide beauty and comfort. We offer security and safety. We instill pride and joy simply through the exceptional home products we sell. By doing exceptional work, we actually build (literally and figuratively) up our customer and in turn, his customer is built up too. And in our physical office and showroom remodel, we are building a space that showcases what we do best – serve our customer. Serve you. In providing attentive customer care, detailed sales follow-up; add in a laugh plus a cup of coffee, we know you’ll come back or you’ll tell someone about us and our business will grow. Built on the promise of stewarding our customer’s money and time in the best way we know — we build here and yes, we do it right.

Connect. This year, we hope to deepen relations by connecting with our customers on another level. We get you Mr. Homebuilder, Mr. Contractor and Ms. Installer. We know you want the best price and you want that price fast. We know you want solid delivery times. We have samples and soon a new and improved showroom with product displays that will generate ideas and inspiration beyond your wildest dreams. We will offer a collaborative meeting space for your use just arm’s length away from the wood, the stain, the hardware and customer service experts who can guide you through the process from start to finish – all of which helps you serve your customer better. We want to connect the dots and better understand your customer’s needs as well as yours when you are building a home for your customer. Connecting means stronger relationships and by focusing on collaborative partnerships and projects, we know we can do better business. We don’t want to be a one and done supplier – we want your trust and your relationship to be something we are both proud of. Let’s connect this year in a way that we can all feel fantastic about what we do for the greater good.

Transfer. What does this mean? We want to transfer the goodness to others – to our customers and our community. When we give, we know the gift of receiving is ten fold. So this year, we will do more for our customers and more for our community. In our new location we offer increased accessibility, expanded distribution and stronger delivery. We offer an environment of creativity in our showroom and a space for collaboration in our new meeting spaces. We transfer these benefits to our customers because it is good business and it makes all of us feel good when we give.  We will continue to improve and share in hopes of exceeding expectations of our loyal and long-time customers and establishing ties with new ones. And we will continue to give back to our communities – through personal volunteerism and community involvement. What good things we build – they in turn build us.

Sounds like a great 2019 to us… building each other up increases the connection. Sharing and transferring the good helps better our business, our industry and our communities. And ultimately, betters ourselves.

HAPPY 2019 everyone!

Tree Court Builders Supply

 

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

Christmas. Family. Home. Blessed.

Feeling all this and more at our new location at 10750 Baur Boulevard in Creve Coeur. 

In thinking about the past three years, it is quite fitting to reflect on all the GOOD things we have experienced as new owners of Tree Court Builders Supply. Even after experiencing two historic floods, a double renovation of administrative offices and showroom, and a move from a 50,000 square foot building to a 78,000 square foot distribution center, our hearts are increasingly grateful for the opportunities and blessings that come each day.

We are most grateful for you, our loyal customers and suppliers who support us day in and day out. We appreciate the opportunity to serve our industry and community and we are thankful for our Tree Court family, who without all, we would be nothing.

To kick of 2019, we are excited about unveiling an expanded showroom – 3 x the size of the previous – with visual representation of all product lines and increased displays and an added meeting space for client collaboration! Our efforts to build upon a great business continues to focus on the mission of serving employees and customers to the best of our ability. We look forward to partnerships with you.

Our business is our passion. Our relationships are gifts. What GOOD things we build, end up building us. We truly thank you for being the GOOD in our lives.

Wishing you a blessed holiday season with your loved ones!

 

Our best,

 

Tree Court Builders Supply

 

LET’S TALK ABOUT CLOSETS

To some homeowners, storage can be considered invaluable, especially when it comes to closet space. All that “stuff” we as homeowners collect needs a place and not out in the open for everyone to see. That brings us to the closet door, an item that can be overlooked when developing an interior décor plan.

Why Style Your Closet Door?

Closet doors offer an opportunity to add a unique look to your bedroom. Keep in mind that closet doors are typically a large feature in your room. In looking at the closet door as “wall art,” you can easily create a statement and add to both the aesthetic and functionality of the room’s decor’.

If you’re considering a complete overhaul, this may require more than just a coat of paint and a little bit of time. Enlisting the help from a professional who can install your new door, especially if it’s a sliding closet door where work will need to be done on the existing wall or a change in door structure is one approach. There are many options when it comes to updating your closet and bedroom. Additionally, there are many DIY options when it comes to decorating your closet door that will give you a new style in no time at all.

        

1. Sliding, Barn, and Pocket Doors

Closet sliding doors are a great way to save space in your room. Sliding doors do not fold out like a traditional accordion door, creating more usable space especially in smaller bedrooms. For larger rooms, the barn door look makes a statement on the wall. While the traditional barn door is rustic in nature, today’s “barn door” can be sleek, contemporary and modern to compliment the existing theme in your room.

When it comes to sliding closet doors, there are typically two options. One option is a “pocket door” when the door slides into the wall. These doors disappear into the wall so it’s completely out of the way when needed. This option does involve some restructuring of the wall itself, so it’s best to contact a professional.

The second option is to hang the door with a closet door roller kit, where the door slides outside of the wall. Either way, both options are attractive space savers.

    

2. Closet French Doors

If you are looking for a room update that never goes out of style, consider French Doors. French doors open outward into the room leaving a large space for you to enter or look into your closet. Add molding to the door to frame it further or paint it a sleek white to keep your French closet doors looking clean and timeless. This creates a simple yet sophisticated look.

  

3. Modern Glass Doors

Contemporary rooms will benefit from a modern glass closet door. Frosted glass sliding doors are a popular option for homeowners who want to hide their storage space while giving a new look to their room. Another option is layered glass. Layered glass can often be framed as a traditional door with wood.

 

  

5. The Bifold Closet Door

Fall in love again with bi-fold closet doors with their classic style and space-saving functionality. The doors are fitted to runners, and when opened they slide and fold at the same time for seamless operation. This means that you don’t have to make as much space for the door to swing open like normal hinged doors or French doors. Depending on the configuration chosen, many bifold doors feature what is known as a “traffic” door. Essentially, this is a conventional door built into the bifold system, which sits on a normal hinge and has a standard lever handle. This allows for quick and easy access through the entrance way when you don’t want to fold and slide open every single leaf in the bifold. This is particularly useful for busy entrance ways which you tend to use regularly.

 

6. Pop of Color

Is there a color you really love but are too hesitant in painting an entire room? A closet door is a great way to accent a room with a bright color without risking it all. You can repurpose any style of closet door with a fresh coat of paint. Bold colors like red, yellow or purple work well in contemporary rooms as accents to black and white. Light pastels can be soothing and will work well in rooms with neutral tones. If you’re feeling creative, try incorporating a horizontal stripe design to really give your doors a unique look.

7. Mirror Door

For those who desire a mirror to see an outfit from head to toe, a closet mirror door is the solution. Not only does a mirrored closet door help you walk out the door looking great, but it also adds light and décor to your bedroom.

Summary

Changing out closet doors is an effective way to update a room. There are plenty of ways your closet can make a statement and enhance decor without sacrificing space. Upgrade your closet door today and see what a difference it can make in your room.

Call Tree Court Builders Supply at 636-225-7717 for your closet door and hardware needs. 

REPLACE YOUR HARDWARE (door knobs, pulls, locks and hinges)

Sometimes home improvement can get overwhelming. One project leads to another and suddenly you find yourself with DIY overload. One way to  upgrade your decor without having to commit to the big jobs, is to install new door knobs, pulls and locks and hinges on your interior doors. For minimal cost and effort, replacing hardware can make a significant difference in your home. If you plan to stay in your home for a while, installing door levers is a great option for long-term ease of use. Replacing door hardware is also a good idea if your house has basic door hardware. Through replacement hardware, you can personalize your doors to compliment your desired style and home decor.

Let’s talk about STYLE.  
Finding hardware that is consistent with the architecture or decor of your home is a plus. Traditional homes tend to include brass and bronze hardware to suit traditional architecture; while crystal knobs can be more specific to Victorian designs. Sleek metallics compliment a contemporary or modern structure and artistic pulls offer eclectic homes an added touch of whimsy. One tip to note: it is good to be consistent with your hinge material and the material of the knobs on your cabinets as a basic guide.

CONSISTENCY throughout your home.
A suite of knobs, levers, locks and cabinet pulls can coordinate your entire house. High-quality hardware is typically purchased through your builders supply company or a design professional. Search the Internet for ideas and photos – creating an inspiration board for your supplier.

7 WINDOW TRENDS for 2018

It’s fall and the weather is still warm. Although leaves will soon begin to turn, there is still plenty of time to order replacement windows and get them installed in time for  cold weather the holidays.

So to help you with your window options, we thought we would share the current window trends…

It’s no secret that homeowners are veering more toward the modern and contemporary in their style choices. And that minimalism includes the window market, where it’s manifesting itself in the form of clean lines, simple shapes, dark colors, and more glass. Beyond looks, homeowners expect high performance, in the form of efficiency, functionality, and durability.

Here are seven window trends consumers are clamoring for:

  1. Black hues: Nothing says contemporary and clean like the simplicity of black and white. “The biggest trend you can’t get away from is black windows,” says Jennifer Matson, product line manager for JELD-WEN. “Everyone wants a black-on-black window.” The color is gracing both the exterior and the interior, including the special order of black sashes. The trend can veer dramatic or, when combined with white or natural trim, be more subtle and create a modern farmhouse look.
  2. Clean lines: Consumers are seeking squared-off edges and crisp lines. In many cases, they’re desiring the look of aluminum/steel-framed storefront windows, but at a more palatable price point. Matson notes this is also driving more use of fixed, direct-set windows, as well as opting for casement units over double-hungs.
  3. Squares over arches: Likewise, while shapes remain popular, they’re decidedly rectilinear. Arched-top and similar curved shapes may appear dated for some of today’s more popular home styles.
  4. Expansive glass: The growth in outdoor living has driven demand for opening glass walls and lift-and-slide doors, as well as larger windows mulled together. From dramatic views to increased daylight, the benefits are appealing to both buyer and builder alike. And what was once a custom, luxury option out of reach to most homeowners is now available in mainstream models from a handful of manufacturers. JELD-WEN’s recently introduced vinyl multi-panel units are available with up to six panels and 24 feet wide.
  5. Pass-through windows: Even for homes without large sliding or accordion-style doors, slider, awning, or folding windows can create pass-throughs to the exterior. One popular application is from the kitchen to the deck.
  6. Energy efficiency: Energy-efficient windows are so popular now it’s hard to even consider them a trend. In fact, Matson says, ENERGY STAR® certification has become an expectation and a requirement for many consumers.
  7. High-end woods: Wood windows are traditionally pine. The desire for a modern, clean appearance, as well as for something a little different, is driving demand for higher-end species. This includes species like white oak and mahogany, which boast a more subtle grain and a fine-furniture feel.

As homeowners continue to seek out simplicity, efficiency, and beauty throughout their homes, expect windows and doors to be no exception.

Let Tree Court Builders Supply help you with your window needs by calling one of our friendly customer service or sales reps at 636-225-7717. Click Learn More for more window and patio options by JELD-WEN.

DECIPHERING WARRANTIES

Replacing your windows or doors requires a plan that includes developing a budget with a specific dollar amount for unforseen emergencies. Although we all hope that every project goes smoothly, there are times when unexpected structural damage impacts the natural flow of a project, resulting in delays, and subsequently and increase in labor costs. When this happens, no one is happy. A good warranty can help alleviate frustration and this post can help you understand the ins and outs of warranties.

  1. Do an assessment – during an initial visit, a product representative or installer should inspect your current windows and patio doors and identify potential challenges that you as a purchaser may face on installation day. This assessment helps to determine the scope of the project and in turn, the product rep or installer can estimate an accurate price.
  2. Permits – when replacing your exterior doors and windows, the city of St. Louis actually has guidelines in place for building permits to protect your home against harsh elements. Work with your installer to get the proper paperwork up front so that you don’t find yourself experiencing delays on the back end of your project.
  3. Use Visuals – when describing the vision for your new windows or patio doors, it pays to use pictures to send your message across properly. Visuals would help you express your ideas and ensure you’re on the same page with your contractor. Tree Court Builders Supply offers an Idea Center showcasing images of windows and doors for this very purpose. And once you pick out something you like, simply call our customer service representatives to help you identify brand, product number and size.
  4. Think Outside of the Box – one of the most common mistakes of homeowners when buying replacement products, is choosing the same thing. New technologies can enhance your home’s comfort and energy levels. If you replace your units with the same materials, then you won’t be making any improvements. This is why you should plan for replacement units with remarkable energy-efficient features and minimal upkeep requirements to truly save money.

What You Need to Know When COMPARING Warranties 

  • WHO the warranty is designed to protect
  • The WORDS used to describe the warranty, especially in the title.
  • The physical LENGTH of the warranty
  • The amount of FINE PRINT used in the typical window warranty

WHO Does the Warranty Protect?

One of the biggest misconceptions about window warranties, and warranties for any product for that matter, is they are designed to protect the purchaser of the product. The reality is that most warranties for every product made is ultimately written to protect the company that makes the product. Think about it, who writes the warranties? The manufacturer. However, this doesn’t mean a warranty isn’t useful or beneficial to the customer when a product arrives damaged or faulty.

Window Warranty Descriptive WORDS

Most people think about a general replacement window warranty in three broad strokes; how long does it last, what is covered for how long, and, the ability to transfer the window warranty in the event the home is sold.

Lifetime or Limited – most window warranties describe length of time one of two ways; lifetime or limited lifetime. Either doesn’t necessarily mean “forever,” but the word “limited” should definitely set the alarm bells off and encourage research. Be mindful that what is “limited” in a warranty can often be the very thing a warranty might be needed for.

The Concept of Proration – have you seen a warranty that reads “to the effect of X being covered for the first 20 years, Y for the next 10 years, and Z for the next 5 years?” This is called a prorated warranty. Prorated replacement window warranties define how long the manufacturer thinks each part of the window will last. In short, the warranty itself expires after X, Y and Z years.

Warranty Transferability – warranty transferability becomes important at the sale of a home. Conferring the benefits of the warranty to the next homeowner has a value. Similarly to proration, a manufacturer changing the original time period of the warranty after transfer, or even worse not allowing a transfer at all, communicates their concern about the performance longevity of their product.

Words – how many times have you fully read through the “terms and conditions” on a website before you clicked “I understand?” The main reason you probably haven’t is because you don’t have the time, nor the knowledge of all the legalese, to go through the whole thing. Same idea with window warranties. The best replacement window warranties are the shortest, and the ones easiest for you to understand.

The Fine Print – the way to quickly review the typical replacement window warranty for these types of things is to look for the fine print. Often times one finds out about the restrictions of a “limited” warranty when they get to the fine print. Prorated time definitions? The fine print. More text and harder to understand? The fine print. Fine print is the easiest way to hide the most negative things about the warranty because the authors assume you’ll never really read the whole thing until you need it.

SO WHAT DOES A GREAT REPLACEMENT WINDOW WARRANTY LOOK LIKE? 

  • A warranty that covers the product for the life of your home, and does the same for the next homeowner if you were to sell, or even leave your home to a family member.
  • A warranty that provides the same coverage 20,30,40 even 50 years from now that it does today, and, yes, for the next homeowner as well.
  • short, concise warranty with little or no fine print.

When you work with Tree Court Builders Supply, ask our friendly customers sales representatives or sales team members about the warranties and they will walk you through them step by step so that you feel confident in your replacement window purchase. 636-225-7717

 

 

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY

“… I thank God for my life

And for the stars and stripes

May freedom forever fly, let it ring.

Salute the ones who died

The ones that give their lives so we don’t

have to sacrifice

All the things we love

Like our chicken fried…”

Happy Fourth of July from our Tree Court Family to Yours!

 

NOTE: Tree Court will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 to celebrate Independence Day. We will reopen on Thursday, July 5.

REPLACE YOUR PATIO DOOR

It’s SUMMER and everyone wants to be OUTSIDE.

We admit, we have been a little lax on our blog writing during the month of May due to graduation season and the arrival of summer! But we are back and thinking about all the entertaining we want to do this summer. Of course that brought to mind, all of our outdoor projects starting with our PATIO DOOR.

Replacing sliding glass doors is a home improvement project that we hear about often, especially when it comes to older homes. Before energy efficiency became a priority, and before technology improved building materials, sliding glass doors were some of the most inefficient aspects of a home. Patio doors that face the wrong direction to hard to open doors – replacing sliding glass doors can beautify your home and improve your home’s energy efficiency resulting in great savings all year.

What are my options?

Patio doors, French doors, gliding doors – there are several very attractive, and efficient, patio door options to choose from. However, sliding glass door replacement is not a slam dunk process. Installing doors is tricky business, and you may want to consider hiring a professional.

  • French Doors—Double French doors are beautiful and can be a wonderful addition when replacing sliding glass doors. Do consider the space restrictions. When you want to leave the French doors open, they take up valuable living space. They can also restrict areas where you might otherwise place furniture or even limit a walkthrough area. Also, French doors do not generally have screens, which can be an issue if you like to leave your doors open in the spring, summer or fall months. The cost of French doors can vary depending on size and style.
  • Patio Doors—A great alternative to double French doors are center swing patio doors. They look exactly like two French doors sitting side by side, but one side is fixed and does not open saving valuable wall space. Ask your supplier about screens. Depending upon size and material, center swing patio doors can be less expensive than French doors.
  • Sliding Patio Doors—You may want to consider newer sliding glass doors, or sliding patio doors, for your replacement patio door. New sliding glass doors are made with the same energy efficient standards and options that are available with the most cutting-edge windows. And if you like sliding doors, but don’t like the cheaper appearance of sliding glass doors, think about replacing your sliding glass doors with sliding “patio doors”, instead. Sliding patio doors, with wood frames, craftsmanship and design possibilities of French and swinging doors, are some of the most beautiful, head turning door designs currently on the market.

          

How much will this cost me?

Vinyl or aluminum gliding patio doors can be a very cost efficient option. This option is typically recommended for a small starter home with a lower price point, or it can also be a quick fix for homeowners who need to sell their home right away and aren’t looking to invest a lot of money into upgrades. Some things to keep in mind with the less-expensive gliding patio door options are the lower quality look and feel, the expansion and contraction from the summer heat, and the tendency to stop working properly after a few years.

If you are looking for a more permanent solution because you plan to be in your home for many years and are looking for a beautiful side or back point of entry, a gliding patio door by JELD-WEN offers a premium product for your investment. These doors have much better insulation properties, look gorgeous and will operate smoothly not just for a couple years, but for as long as you own the house. You get what you pay for when it comes to patio doors. More expensive doors last longer and function better.

French patio doors are generally a bit more expensive than gliding patio doors. These hinged patio doors have a more traditional, classic look as opposed to the sleek contemporary appearance of the sliding doors.

It is best to work with your supplier to get a free quote for your specific needs. Gathering photos, researching brands, knowing what material you want and providing size details will help your supplier provide an accurate quote.

A Word of Caution

Homeowners doing research on replacement patio doors: don’t be fooled by the seemingly low shelf prices on most patio doors that don’t include hardware or installation. The big box stores consider essential items like energy-efficient glass packages, hardware, installation and warranty to be upgrades, and the actual price tag will be much higher than you thought.

Also, we highly recommend having a professional contractor or installer put in the patio door, as it is an extremely complicated process with a lot of opportunity for error but little room for it.

What’s your preferred style of patio door? Share in comments below! We would love to hear from you. 

And if you are ready to replace your patio door, please don’t hesitate to call our friendly customer representatives at 636-225-7717 who will help you order your new patio door with ease!