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How to Choose a Window Color

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 26, 2015 2:07:00 PM / by RBA Michigan posted in Windows, RBA Michigan, Replacement Windows, Decorating

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You’ve found the perfect replacement windows for your home and you can’t wait till they’re installed — but, oh wait, you have to choose a color first! You completely forgot to even thinking about color options, and now you’re in a pinch. Here are some tips to help you feel confident about your quick decision.

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The Three Types of Patio Doors

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 18, 2015 2:30:00 PM / by RBA Michigan posted in RBA Michigan, Decorating, Patio Doors, French Patio Doors, Replacement Patio Doors, Energy Efficient Patio Doors

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So you've decided to spend that tax return money on  patio doors. Congratulations! It's a great investment, and your home value will increase just as much as your monthly heating/cooling bill will decrease. Not to mention the comments you'll get from your guests this summer! 

But now, the choice looms. Just what type of patio doors do you want to feature in your home? We're happy to help you decide. Here are the three types you should know:

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Reasons to Consider Replacing Old Sliding Patio Doors

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 26, 2014 3:11:00 PM / by RBA Michigan posted in RBA Michigan, Decorating, Patio Doors, Replacement Patio Doors, Energy Efficient Patio Doors

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For many homeowners, having a sliding patio door is essential as it helps to bring outside views and light into their home. However, just like any window in your home, a sliding patio door will begin to break down over time and will need to be replaced. If you are unsure whether it is time to have new  patio doors installed in your home, here are a few of the signs you can look out for that can indicate that it is time to have them replaced.
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Expressing Your Style with Replacement Windows: Contemporary vs. Traditional

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 20, 2014 2:22:00 PM / by RBA Michigan posted in Windows, RBA Michigan, Replacement Windows, Decorating

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When completing a home renovation project, you need the right architectural details to complement your Michigan home style. Stylish windows and doors can make the greatest design impact. A home is often a reflection of an individual’s personality. Some designers believe traditional styles appeal to people who value history and nostalgia, while a contemporary style with its clean lines may resonate with people who value order. When choosing replacement windows, you will want to decide if your home’s design falls more in the “contemporary” or “traditional” category.

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Patio Doors and Interior French Doors as Part of a Home Renovation

[fa icon="calendar'] Dec 4, 2014 11:37:00 AM / by RBA Michigan posted in RBA Michigan, Remodel, Decorating, Patio Doors, French Patio Doors, Replacement Patio Doors, Energy Efficient Patio Doors

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While the open space concept is still popular in many new construction homes in Michigan, some homeowners are realizing the need for greater privacy and sound control within a home. Having French doors installed between an open dining room or other room can instantly create separation and privacy. Using interior French doors that match your other patio doors and windows brings uniformity to a home. Updating your house can prove beneficial in terms of resale value in the future. You will likely reduce your utility bill with energy-efficient windows and patio doors.

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Patio Doors and Other Features for Improving Outdoor Living

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 14, 2014 11:42:00 AM / by RBA Michigan posted in RBA Michigan, Remodel, Decorating, Patio Doors, French Patio Doors, Replacement Patio Doors, Energy Efficient Patio Doors

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Installing the right patio doors, lighting, patio plants, decor and drapery can improve your outdoor living space. With people in the family coming in and out to get to your outdoor kitchen, gazebo or fire pit, it’s important to have patio doors that are energy-efficient. According to an article by Industry Edge, consumers are enlarging their living area by expanding to the outdoors. Your Michigan backyard can be transformed into a private vacation spot, which brings a new meaning to the “staycation.”

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Blinds or Drapes? Dressing Up Your Windows

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 14, 2014 10:42:00 AM / by RBA Michigan posted in Windows, RBA Michigan, Interior Windows, Draperies, Cleaning Windows, Decorating, Blinds

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You’ve had those brand-new windows installed. Or maybe you’ve restored older windows to give a room a new look. Now you have to decide: Blinds or drapes? The answer can depend on what you want from your room and your home.

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Making a Design Statement with Patio Doors

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 2, 2014 10:12:00 AM / by RBA Michigan posted in RBA Michigan, Remodel, Decorating, Patio Doors, Replacement Patio Doors, Energy Efficient Patio Doors

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Whether you plan to sell your home or want to upgrade your home for your own enjoyment, replacing your patio doors can make a powerful design statement. If you live in a midcentury or other type of home with a lot of windows and outdoor spaces in western Michigan, you may be ready for an update. Patio doors bring the outdoors into your living room or Great Room by letting in natural light. The indoor/outdoor living trend is about all about breaking down the barriers between the indoor and outdoor areas so you can have more space to entertain and relax. According to a recent Home Crush survey by Realtor.com, women and men both ranked outdoor living spaces high on their wish lists. Forty-six percent of men and 54 percent of women said outdoor living spaces could make them fall in love with a home. By replacing old patio doors, you open the door to many possibilities. Your home will likely be more attractive to prospective homebuyers as well as your family and guests.

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Choosing New Patio Doors and Windows for Your Fixer-Upper

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 30, 2014 11:30:00 AM / by RBA Michigan posted in Windows, Foreclosure, RBA Michigan, Replacement Windows, Remodel, Decorating, Patio Doors, Kitchen Windows, Picture Window

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Whether you are a real estate investor interested in a “fix-and-flip” or an everyday person who wants to renovate a foreclosure or deal they found in Michigan, new patio doors and windows can bring life back to a home. As part of a total home renovation or home flip, replacement doors and windows make the home more appealing by reducing the use of energy to heat or cool the space. They can also define the style of the home. According to an article by Active Rain, one of the best ways to fix up foreclosures for sale in Michigan is to make cosmetic repairs. Also, focus on key rooms such as the bathrooms and kitchens.

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Dressing up Your New, Replacement Patio Doors

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 15, 2014 1:49:00 PM / by RBA Michigan posted in RBA Michigan, Energy Efficiency, Decorating, Patio Doors

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Patio doors in contemporary and traditional designs look beautiful without any special window treatments or shutters. Many homeowners choose to dress them up as a way to complement their interior design or provide added privacy. It used to be heavy drapery was needed for the practical purpose of guarding the home from sunlight in the summer and holding in heat in the winter. With energy-efficient patio doors with secure seals and weather stripping, you can keep your home comfortable without any additional window dressings. Adding window treatments, cornice boards, blinds and roller shades are still popular for many Michigan homeowners.

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