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Simple Guide to Windows and Doors

In Mesa, AZ, replacement windows and doors are important, and we mean more important than curb appeal and letting in the afternoon sun. We’re talking about the harsh desert climate, where selecting the right windows and doors can mean the difference between living in comfort or misery. It’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices involved in this decision. Where do you start? We created this guide to free you from some of the hassle of choosing windows and doors that meet—and even exceed your expectations.

Your front door is the first thing your guests see when they come to visit. It’s the threshold you cross to come home. It’s also a potential break-in point for intruders. Your front door is so much more than just an entrance, so let’s take a closer look.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is essential, especially in the desert climate of Mesa, AZ where the heat can become a real concern, not only from a comfort standpoint, but also from your wallet’s perspective. Want to cut energy costs? A new, energy efficient door could be the answer, significantly reducing your cooling bills as well as enhancing the look of your home.


Fiberglass and vinyl hinged doors match the elegance of traditional French doors, minus the vigorous maintenance demands. They are incredibly durable, and withstand harsh weather year after year. They will never peel, expand, crack or swell or warp. What’s more, they are impervious to heat. For those who prefer the real deal, wood French doors are available clad with weather-proof aluminum. Make sure to get details about the available warranties and how long they last.


Last but certainly not least, buyers can choose handle locks, deadbolts, or both, as well as extra-thick glass to ensure extra security. Steel security doors treated with a durable finish, which guards against potential intruders. Many of these doors also come with home protection policies, which pay your insurance deductible in the case of intruder entry through a locked door, as well as replace your damaged door at no cost. Doors can also be installed with sensors that incorporate with your home security systems.


Window insulation is crucial in hot climates like Mesa, AZ, so you will want to get your windows with two or even three panes of glass to keep the desert elements at bay. Pillowed between the glass is a layer of air, or argon gas, if you want even better insulation. Look for a film on the surface of the glass-this reflects the hot desert sun and keeps the heat outside your window, while allowing the light in.

According to Windows Collaborative, a site sponsored by the US department of Energy, replacing windows with Low E vinyl, fiberglass or wood windows, saves 30% on a home-owner’s utility bills.

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