If you’ve started building a home and shopping for windows, you’ve probably run into an overwhelming amount of questions. Which Pella® window style is more important for my home - casement, double hung, or something else? How important is energy efficiency, and how much of a difference will it make in heating and cooling costs? Everybody goes through this whirlwind of questions, but we’re about to make this a bit easier for you.
One of the most important questions you will ask is this: Which window material will work best for my home? You'll probably choose between the most common options: wood, fiberglass, or vinyl. All three of these options meet ENERGY STAR® guidelines in all 50 states, so what are the unique qualities and distinctive styles that set each option apart?
First, consider the features and benefits of each. Once you've done so, choose the option that works best with your budget, lifestyle, and climate.
Make sure you see the materials in person before making a final choice. You might find that you actually like or dislike the style, appearance, or construction of one more than the other.
We hope this article helped make your decision on window material much easier. If you still have questions or need additional guidance, don't hesitate to contact an expert from Michael's Homes. As the Upper Peninsula’s only Pella Certified Contractor, our staff is fully trained to offer our expertise and guidance on the best window choice for your home, lifestyle, and budget.
Michael’s Homes, winner of the 2016 UPHBA Builder of the Year Award, is proud to be selected as the UP’s only Pella® Certified Contractor. The Pella Certified Contractor Program is a program in which Pella Windows and Doors Corporation selects only the most qualified remodeling companies to be Pella-endorsed contractors. Such a designation requires extensive training and product knowledge, as well as the ability to provide in-depth customer support, installations and appropriate warranty work. As a Pella Windows and Doors Certified Contractor, the staff at Michael’s Homes will be trained and certified in all aspects of the Pella line. This will enable them to expertly advise their customers on the perfect replacement window, door or garage door solution for their unique needs.
Joe Dost, Pella’s Upper Peninsula Territory Manager says, “In our search for a Pella Certified Contractor in the Upper Peninsula, we sought out a customer-focused organization that would represent Pella Windows and Doors in the highest way possible. We found that in Michael’s Homes. They can offer multiple window and door replacement solutions to meet each customer's unique needs.”
Michael’s Homes is the Upper Peninsula’s premier home builder and remodeling specialist, and they have been proudly serving the area since 2004. Besides having recently earned a Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist certification, this latest designation will allow them to better serve their clients in the remodeling market. As a Pella Windows and Doors Certified Contractor, the staff at Michael’s Homes will be trained and certified in Pella replacement windows, doors, and garage doors. The knowledge and training required to have earned this designation will ensure that their clients will have confidence knowing that Michael’s Homes will do the job right the first time, and their products will be backed by over 90 years of history behind the Pella name.
“We’re excited to be selected by Pella as a partner in their Certified Contractor Program,” said Michael Hill, owner of Michael’s Homes. “Pella’s commitment to quality, large product selection, stellar reputation, and outstanding product warranty go hand-in-hand with the culture and values we have here at Michael's Homes. Our ability to fully consult our clients on the Pella line, as well as install Pella products as part of our remodeling services is a win-win for us and our clients.”
For additional information about Pella replacement windows and doors now available from Michael’s Homes or the Pella Certified Contractor Program, visit http://www.mikebuilds.com/pella.html or call 906-401-0575.
Don’t let one of the most beloved seasons slip away without giving it a proper send-off! Hosting a gathering of your closest friends and family is a great way to slow down and top off all the great memories made over the summer. Choose a setting that most appeals to you: a beach party to savor the delights of the seaside one more time, a harvest party to celebrate local food, or a best-of-summer party to share memories and reminisce on everyone’s travels. Here are some ideas that will help you put the perfect crown on a beautiful summer.
Go to the beach for one last hurrah and do all of your favorite summer beach activities in one afternoon. Collect shells or rocks, build a sand castle, take a dip in the water, and go for a walk. You could also bring a football, frisbee, or volleyball to toss or bump around! When the hunger pains strike close to dinnertime, head home for a savory seafood feast. Fresh grilled fish, shrimp pasta, carmelized scallops.. enjoy a meal with your favorite seafood as the main focus. Crusty bread, grilled veggies, or roasted potatoes are great sides that complement seafood.
Meet up after your local farmer’s market for some canning fun! Ask each person to come to the party with a bag of their produce of choice, and a mouthwatering recipe they’d like to use to preserve it. Find out ahead of time which recipe everyone is using so you can make sure you have all the necessary ingredients. Jam, salsa, and pickles are always a win! Once the last can has been sealed, settle in for a simple dinner outdoors. Keep it fresh and simple with ingredients found at the farmer’s market that can be made quickly. Serve a simple fruit and cheese tray for an appetizer, and then fire up the grill for dinner. Grilled peaches topped with ice cream or honey for dessert sounds amazing!
Gather friends and family together so all can share their travels, funny stories, and favorite events of the summer. Ask each person to bring photos so they can take a turn to share where they’ve been. They may also want to bring mementos and an album to put everything in. After sharing favorite places and memories, you can use the photos to make scrapbooks or albums of that favorite summer trip. As host, provide a workspace with a selection of pens, glue, photo corners, and scrapbook paper.
Your guests may want to help set up the party - delegate party tasks to each guests. Email a sign-up sheet to your guests in advance and ask your guests if they’d like to pick food, drinks, or party decor to bring. Some people don’t like to cook, but might love to bring decor like a mason jar of garden blooms or a string of outdoor lights to hang over the table. It’s a fun way to involve your guests and at the same time makes hosting the party a bit easier for you!
Do you have a bash planned for the end-of-summer? If you were to use one of these ideas, how would you add to it?
Remodeling is not just a weekend project..so how do you know when you’re ready to take it on? These 5 signs tell you loud and clear that you’re ready to renovate.
If there are one or more signs telling you it's time for a remodel, then the next step is choosing the right partner for your project - someone who will work with you every step of the way. At Michael's Homes, our entire team are experts at combining design with function so that your new renovation project or addition will never look like an afterthought. Contact us today!
Whether it’s starting the plans for a remodeling project you haven’t had time for or swinging in the summer breeze in a hammock with an iced drink in hand, these 5 weekend activities will help you live intentionally and make the most of your summer weekend.
3. Get your home ready for vacation. Planning a trip this August? Put aside a bit of time this weekend to prepare for your trip by doing things like lining up a pet-sitter, arranging for someone to water your plants, and generally ensuring your house will be safe while you’re gone. Upgrade your home’s safety features by installing motion-activated lighting, or making sure trees and shrubs around the house are neatly trimmed. These relatively simple precautions will help make your home less of a target for thieves!
4. Turn that unused garage or shed into usable space. Why let that spare space in your garage or shed go to waste when you can transform it into something usable like an art studio, workshop, or game room? Once you decide what you want to transform the space into, your plans will help motivate you to get the space cleaned up before summer is over!
5. Slow down. Time flies when you’re having fun. Summer always feels like it flies by too quickly. Go through your schedule for the upcoming week and find out what you can cancel, delegate, or postpone. Once you’ve reclaimed some of your time, don’t fill it with anything. Practice the art of slow living so you can savor each moment of these summer days.
For any upcoming remodeling projects that you’re planning, let Michael’s Homes take the stress off of your hands. We’re your go-to for remodeling projects - big and small! Contact us today for your free, no-obligation consultation.
If you’re not even sure where to start when it comes to buying new windows or doors, you’ve come to the right place! It’s not something you do on a daily basis, so it stands to reason that you might feel a little unsure how to go about finding them. We’ll help guide you through the process of window and door buying so you can feel confident in your end decision.
Whether you’re building your dream home from the ground up, building an addition, remodeling your home, or looking for replacement windows and doors, here is a 5 step process that will guide you towards making the best possible choice for your upcoming home project.
Concrete flooring has become one of the hottest new homebuilding trends, and it's easy to understand why! Concrete is incredibly strong and durable, which is why it's used for streets and driveways. Your floors are also a highway of sorts, and concrete flooring is the perfect solution to those numerous scratches and dents in your floor!
Besides the durability factor, it's also quite beautiful. Simply add dyes or etching techniques to that boring grey color, and you've just turned your floor into a stunning masterpiece.
One objection most people might think of right away is the weight. Concrete is heavy of course, but weight won't be a problem if you're putting new concrete floors on grade. The only time you might run into issues is if you want to install concrete on a subfloor supported by joists. In this case, you'll have to consult a structural engineer to find out if your floor can support that kind of weight. Lightweight concrete is a possible solution.
pros of concrete floors
cons of concrete floors
It's easy to see why concrete flooring has become such a huge trend! The up-side to concrete floors is fantastic, while the cons can be avoided or fixed with minimal hassle and proper planning. All-in-all, concrete floors are the perfect low-maintenance floor that come with the bonus of being incredibly beautiful as well. If you're interested in installing beautiful concrete floors in your home, contact the professionals at Michael's Homes today for a free estimate!
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