Monday, April 22, 2013

Things to consider when replacing a garage door.

Has your old tired garage door finally broken down? Maybe just want something new or different. So what should you consider while looking for that new door? There are a variety of factors to consider:

Style: You can go with the same type of door you had before or you could change things up a little. There are a variety of options like going with faux wood or a carriage style door. (It appears to open like a set of double doors swinging outward)

Windows: Windows in your door will add a nice decorative touch to the doors and they let in light during the day. If privacy is a concern you can change which panel the windows appear in or have the glass tinted.

Insulation: Many people are using their garage for something more than just storage. Some are using them as an extra social gathering space or a work area. An insulated door will help in keeping the area a more pleasant space.

Safety: Most doors are including safety features like pinch and tamper resistant elements. This is especially important when you have children so make sure they are included.

Material: Materials can affect the longevity and maintenance of your door. Wood is a fairly standard and versatile door material but needs regular maintenance and is subject to rot. Metal doors offer strength, longevity, and easy maintenance. They might have once lacked character and style but they now come in a surprising amount of styles and options.

Warranty: Most doors come with some sort of warranty. Make sure you understand what is covered, who it’s covered by (manufacturer vs installer) and how long it’s for. Some warranties offer variable coverage. (In other words the windows and hardware are covered for 10yrs but the paint for 20)

Cost: People tend to guess the cost of doors as higher than they are. When considering what you want to spend on a door. Consider that your garage door makes up a significant portion of the exterior of your home and will greatly impact your homes curb appeal. It’s not likely that you will replace it again soon, if ever. Spending a little more can make a huge impact on your home.

If it’s time for that new garage door let K-Designers guide you through choosing your new door. We can help with a new door or a variety of other remodeling projects. Call K-Designers at 800-728-3902 or visit us at

Monday, April 15, 2013

Customer Testiomonial: Don and Joyce Martensen

“I am writing in regard to the installation of your product on our 26 year old home. We have a modified split foyer with a two story exposure on east and north sides of the house and a 1-1/2 story exposure on the west.

When we built our home, the use of vertical 4 x 8 siding was used in many of the houses that were built during that time frame and with the full two story exposure on the two sides, it did not do very much for the appearance of the house.

I am really pleased with the way that the new siding has enhanced the appearance and it seems to have really updated our house to compliment the newer houses in the area.

I am pleased with the pleasant and efficient manner in which the siding applicators accomplished their installation job and maintained a neat and clean jobsite. They were very courteous and accomplished the hob within a short period of time.

I have not had the siding on for very long, so I cannot really comment about whether it has affected my heating or cooling efficiency, but I am sure that it will be a positive effect in the long run.
Thank you very much for your assistance in our exterior renovation. It really looks nice.”

Don & Joyce Martensen
Hinton, Iowa

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Customer Testimonial: Brock and Jan Furstenau Tilden Nebraska

“We wish to express our satisfaction with the siding that your company installed for us. Our country home is a little over 100 years old, and the siding has given our house a very nice face-lift. It looks so beautifully white again. We have noticed that it is quiet in our home and drafts seem to have disappeared. We are very pleased with the siding.

We were very pleased with the approach assumed by K-Designers from the very beginning. We had absolutely no pressure of any type, which we genuinely appreciated. Dan Steinspring introduced us to the product, costs, and expectations. He was very courteous and informative, no pressure.

Within a week after Dan Steinspring had been at our home, James Pratt was ready to begin siding. James did a wonderful job. He took extra time making trim fittings to go over old electrical wires which were on the outside of our old home. James worked diligently in spite of rain, cold, and dark. The job was done professionally with regards to trees, shrubs and flowers around our home. James was finished with our 2 story home within a week.

We are very happy with K-Designers and have expressed this to many people, as I am a teacher and my husband owns a New Holland implement dealership. Thanks again, K-Designers, for our new face-lift.”

Brock & Jan Furstenau
Tilden, Nebraska