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Which Material is Best for Exterior Door Replacement in Utah?

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we understand that every homeowners’ needs are different. Whether your priority when shopping for exterior doors in Utah is looks, durability, security, or energy efficiency, we have the right door for you. Today we’ll be going over the five different materials we offer for our selection of doors in Utah: wood, fiberglass, aluminum clad, steel, and composite. Each material has something different to offer to Utah homeowners, and we’re here to help you find the right one.

Which Material is Best for Exterior Door Replacement in Utah?

Best For Natural Beauty

Wood doors are known for their richness and beauty above all. They look gorgeous in any exterior entryway from the inside and out.

With so many different styles and species to choose from, it’s easy to integrate a wood door into the architecture of your house. You can go with the natural color of the wood — which varies depending on whether you choose maple, mahogany, oak, walnut, maple, or any of our other luxurious materials — or you can paint it to match the look of your home. Even after we leave you with your new door, you can always paint over it if you want a fresh look but don’t want the expense and hassle of getting a whole new door.

Not only are wooden doors pleasing to the eye of the homeowner, but they also increase curb appeal, and therefore the value of your home. If you’re doing some renovations before you sell your home, a new wooden door is a relatively easy way to give your house’s exterior a makeover.

Best For Looks and Durability

If you want the classic look of a wooden door but are concerned about durability, fiberglass is the way to go. Fiberglass can be manufactured to mimic the look of wood grain so closely that the difference is almost imperceptible. These hyper-realistic textures can even be stained or painted as wood might be, and you can find fiberglass doors in a wide variety of styles and price points.

At the same time, your fiberglass door will be much sturdier than a wooden door. It can withstand very harsh weather conditions, all while being very low-maintenance and energy efficient. However, you should note that more expensive fiberglass doors tend to be the more durable ones. If you know your area has a more extreme climate, you should be prepared to choose from the more high-end fiberglass doors in Utah.

Best For Value and Affordability

For Utah homeowners on a tight budget and a tight schedule, aluminum clad doors are the perfect solution. These budget-friendly doors are wood on the inside with a coating of strong, high-quality aluminum on the outside. The aluminum coating is only on the exterior-facing side of the door, however, so you can still enjoy the look and feel of natural wood from the inside of your home.

From the outside, the aluminum coating protects your door from Utah’s harsh weather conditions. This means that you’ll never have to worry about the door’s wood rotting from moisture, and you’ll never have to paint. Our aluminum clad doors are perfect for homeowners who want to save time and money without sacrificing quality or style.

Best For Security and Safety

When it comes to keeping your household safe and secure, steel doors are by far your best option. These doors are strong and durable in the face of extreme weather or other threats, and you can count on them to last for decades. With almost no maintenance needed, these doors will not crack or warp, and they insulate better than almost any other doors. Most of all, however, steel doors are known for their security. These doors are dent resistant because they are made from 18-gauge steel, and you can add on reinforced locks and jambs as well.

In terms of aesthetics, you can get your steel door with a pre-finished option, or you can paint it on your own. Even if you want your door to have glass panels, steel doors’ raised mouldings mean that you won’t be sacrificing safety for looks.

Best For Versatility

What we love about composite doors is that you can choose models with certain materials based on your needs as a homeowner. Composite doors combine a few different materials to create doors with a wide variety of functions. They are often made using wood as the inner frame, PVC as the subframe, and glass reinforced plastic cladding on the outside. Composite doors are made to be highly durable and can offer high levels of security as well.

With a lifespan of 20 to 30 years, composite doors are built to last, so you want to be sure the composite door you select is right for you. Composite doors with certain materials may offer more durability in the face of extreme weather, while other models might be made with materials that maximize safety and security. Composite doors are also energy efficient and come in a variety of different finishes. No matter what you’re looking for in an exterior door in Utah, there is a composite door for you.

Who to Call for Door Replacement in Utah

Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors has been serving Utah homeowners for over 25 years, so we understand the importance of connecting clients to the right products and providing top-quality service.

When you choose us for door replacement in Utah, our contractors will measure and inspect your doorway before placing an order for any new products. Once we have all the correct measurements and your new door is ready, our friendly and professional installation team will take care of the rest. With Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, you won’t have to worry about a thing. We have an unconditional satisfaction guarantee because we want to ensure that you are happy with the results of our work. Call today to get started on your next door replacement project in Utah.

What You Need to Know About Window Replacement in Utah

The process of determining when to get new windows, which windows to get, and what the window installation process in Utah will look like can be complicated. But at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’ve spent decades perfecting the process to make it as stress-free as possible for our valued customers. Whether you’re looking for the most energy efficient option, the most affordable option, or the option that will do the most to boost curb appeal, we have products just for you. Here is your guide to window replacement in Utah.

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How Do You Know If You Need New Windows?

There are a number of telltale signs that your house needs new windows, and one of the best indicators is being able to feel a draft through your closed windows. When a window is letting in a draft, that makes it much more difficult to regulate the temperature of your home. Not only does this mean you might be too hot or too cold, but it also means you’re spending way more on your energy bill than you need to because the heated or cooled air is going right out the window. A drafty window can be caused by failing seals, improper installation, and more.

Another sign that your old windows need to go is if you can hear a lot of noise from the outside. From barking dogs to garbage trucks to the constant drone of lawnmowers on Saturday mornings, outside noise coming through your closed windows is more than annoying — it’s an indicator that your windows were not made or sealed properly.

Rotting and water damaged window frames are another reason to get new windows installed. If you’re finding it increasingly difficult to open, close, and lock your windows, the frames may be suffering from rot and/or rust. You also may notice that your window frames are chipped and soft to the touch, which means that water has infiltrated your window frames and damaged them beyond repair. Your windows may begin to sag, or you may be unable to lock your windows, leaving you vulnerable at night, and leaving your belongings vulnerable when you’re not home.

But intact window frames do not necessarily mean that your windows are safe from water damage. If you notice moisture building up between the panes of glass in your window, that means the seals are faulty. Any gas that the manufacturers put between the window panes to make them more soundproof or energy efficient has leaked out. The same goes for cracks in your window — they leave room for gas to escape.

You may also want to replace your windows for aesthetic reasons. Whether you plan on selling your house one day and want to increase curb appeal, or you just no longer like the look of your windows, today’s selection of window products is much more advanced and has a wider variety of materials.

How to Choose New Windows For Your Home

When choosing products for your window replacement project in Utah, it’s important to choose windows that are compatible with the climate you live in. If you live in a rainy and humid climate, windows with wooden frames might not be the best choice, as the weather leaves the wood vulnerable to rot and water damage.

Aluminum window frames, on the other hand, are great for coastal areas that are prone to hurricanes and tropical storms. The strength of the material ensures that your windows will be able to weather almost any storm.

If you live in a hot and sunny climate, windows with low emissivity glazing might be for you. These window panes, also known as low-e, are able to filter out much of the infrared and ultraviolet light that makes sun coming through the window feel so hot. This will help you stay cool in the summer without running up the energy bill.

In your search for the perfect new windows, you’ll also want to think about your budget. If you’re looking for something more affordable, vinyl window frames are your best bet. Not only are they nearly half the price of wooden window frames, but they are excellent at keeping your home insulated. Vinyl windows in Utah are also highly durable, and thus require very little maintenance over the years.

If money is no consideration, however, and you’re more interested in improving the look of your home, wood-clad window frames will look striking for years to come. Improvements in wood-clad window frame technology means that you get the look and insulation of wooden frames with the durability of aluminum or fiberglass frames.

Window style is another consideration to keep in mind. Single hung or double hung panes? Corner windows or casement windows? Arched windows or radius windows? Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors offers a wide variety of window shapes and styles, and even makes custom designs.

What To Expect on the Day of Your Window Replacement in Utah

For many of us, our home is our sanctuary, which is exactly why we at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors want your window installation process in Utah to go smoothly. Have the installation professionals go over the plan with you before they get started. Your window replacement experts in Utah will use drop cloths to cover the floor, ensuring that they don’t leave a mess behind. And if you have questions about the installation process as the day goes on, don’t hesitate to ask.

For the safety of your household and our technicians, be sure to keep any pets and/or children away from the construction zone.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we understand what makes a house a home — safety, comfort, and a sense of your own personal style. We carry only the highest quality windows that will provide you with that sense of home. Call us today to get one step closer to completing your next window replacement project in Utah.

Everything You Need to Know About Getting Skylights in Utah

Are you thinking about getting skylights for your Utah home? At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re experts on all things windows, and that includes skylights. With so many types of skylights serving different purposes, it can be hard to tell which one is right for you and your home. That’s why we put this guide together to help you find your perfect skylight solution.

Everything You Need to Know About Getting Skylights

Using Skylights for Natural Light

Skylights are a great way to let a little bit of extra natural light into your home, so you can turn off some of those headache-inducing fluorescent lights and save on your electricity bill along the way. We install skylights made by Velux USA, and their fixed skylight models are perfect for those who want more natural light. In addition to the classic fixed skylight, we also offer a model that features solar powered blinds. Customers who purchase solar models may be eligible for a federal tax credit.

Velux USA’s Sun Tunnels are great for adding natural light in rooms where a skylight on its own wouldn’t work because the other side of the ceiling leads to an attic rather than directly to the outdoors. Sun Tunnels look like a normal skylight in your roof, but they have a hidden prefabricated tunnel that carries natural light through the attic and into the room below.

Depending on the placement of the window relative to the place where you want light to come in, we can install either rigid or flexible Sun Tunnels. If there’s nothing obstructing the window on the roof, a rigid Sun Tunnel will provide the best, brightest light to the room below. If there are obstacles, however, a flexible Sun Tunnel can maneuver around the obstacles to deliver natural light to your home.

When you get a Sun Tunnel in your home, an installer will start by taking measurements in the attic for where the roof and ceiling holes will go. From there, your installer will head to the roof, where they will cut a hole and install the upper portion of the Sun Tunnel. Finally, the installer will finish up inside the room where the Sun Tunnel will lead to, cutting a hole in the ceiling and installing the remaining portion of the tunnel before connecting the two holes, sealing the seams, and adding the trim ring and diffuser. From there on out, anytime the sun is out you’ll be able to light up the room without using electricity.

For our customers who can’t get enough natural light, we offer SkyMax. This model of fixed skylight is larger than any of our other models at up to 10 feet in length or 32 square feet. To get all of this natural light, you don’t even need to sacrifice energy efficiency — our skylights are specially designed to prevent air leakage.

Using Skylights for Ventilation

We all know that hot air rises, but how can you use this natural phenomenon to your advantage with a skylight?

First, it’s important to understand the stack effect. The stack effect is an airflow phenomenon in which warm air rises to the top of the house, creating positive pressure in the upper floors. The warm air at the top  of the house will leak out of whatever openings it can find, whether that be through attic vents, chimneys, or skylights. As air rushes out of the top of your house, this creates negative pressure at the bottom of the house. This negative pressure pulls cool air from outside through any openings, creating a cooling effect throughout the house.

On a summer night, the air in your house may be hotter than the air outside. Opening the windows certainly helps, but with skylights you can use the stack effect to cool down your home much more efficiently. When you have a skylight open at the same time that you have first floor windows open, the hot air quickly rushes out of the skylight, pulling cool air in through the open first floor windows. This also allows the whole house to fill with fresh air, rather than the stale air that’s been trapped in the house all day.

Skylights will help you save money on cooling and ventilation because the use of the stack effect eliminates the need to run the air conditioner or fans at night or on a mild day.

When you select a skylight for the purpose of ventilation and cooling, you should make sure that the skylight is able to seal properly during the winter. While the stack effect helps you save on air conditioning in the summer, in the winter that same effect can pump the hot air you paid for right out through the top of your house. If this is a concern for you, ask us about Energy Star-certified and No Leak Velux USA skylights.

The Best Skylights in Utah for Airflow and Cooling

Now that you know how to cool your home using airflow, all you need to do is get a skylight installed and open it up. In addition to traditional, manual skylights, we can install Velux USA’s high-tech choices as well. If you qualify for a federal tax credit for solar, you may want us to install Velux USA’s solar powered skylights. During daylight hours, the solar panel will collect energy for the battery that provides power to open and close the skylight. This model also features a rain sensor that will close the window automatically. You can also get add-ons like a pre-installed solar shade, smart home automation, voice control, and automatic control.

If you’re not interested in solar power, we can install a model that has all the same features but runs on electricity from an outlet rather than on energy from the sun. Both models can be controlled through a remote.

For ultra energy efficiency, Velux USA’s E-Class model might be for you. It’s made with Energy Star-certified glass and runs on solar power as well.

When you choose Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors to install skylights in your home in Utah, you know you’re getting the best services and products. Whether you want more natural light, better home ventilation, or both, Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors has something for you.

Save Money on Your Energy Bill with Window Replacement in Utah

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25% to 30% of residential cooling and heating energy use comes from heat gain and loss through windows. That means that if your windows are old or in poor condition, you might be paying for air conditioning that is leaking through the windows rather than optimizing the temperature of your home. Luckily, Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors wants to help you with window replacement in Utah so you can stay cool in the summer, keep warm in the winter, and save on your energy bill.

How Do You Know When It’s Time for New Window Installation in Utah?

Save Money on Your Energy Bill with Window Replacement

If you want to cut back on your energy bill by getting your windows replaced, first you’ll want to check to see if the windows are the problem. If you have the heat on at home, approach a window and see if the air feels colder there than in other places in the room. You can also put your hand on the glass to see if it feels cold. These are good ways to tell if your windows are cooling down the warm air that is supposed to be circulating throughout your home.

Drafts are another tip-off that it’s time for new windows. But just because you can’t feel a draft with just your hand doesn’t mean there isn’t one. You can double check for a draft by lighting a candle and holding it along each edge of the window. Even the slightest draft will cause the smoke and flame to move and flicker. If you feel or see a draft, that means cold air is blowing into your house, and you are overpaying for heating. It also means that in the summer, you’re losing precious cool air to the outdoors.

You may also be able to tell visually if your windows are in rough shape. Wooden window frames are a classic look, but they also begin to decay when exposed to too much moisture. This creates the perfect environment for mold, which is unsightly at best and dangerous at worst.

Speaking of moisture, keep an eye out for condensation if you have double- or multi-paned windows. Condensation that forms between two or more window panes means that your windows’ seals are not working properly and your windows could soon become leaky. At this point, if your windows contained insulating gas for energy efficiency, it has now leaked out.

Finally, if your windows aren’t providing much noise protection, they probably aren’t sealed correctly. Whether the noise bothers you or not, this is a sign that your air conditioning is probably leaking out.

What Types of Windows Are the Most Energy Efficient?

Windows with the ENERGY STAR label will most likely have the highest energy efficiency. ENERGY STAR is the U.S. government certification for energy efficient products. ENERGY STAR windows lower residential energy bills by an average of 12%. With Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, however, your new ENERGY STAR certified, expertly installed windows with high-tech coating will save you at least 15% on your energy bill.

While the industry standard today in the residential window installation industry is double-paned windows, you can take energy efficiency to the next level with triple-paned windows. Triple-paned windows have two chambers in which to insert energy-saving gases, while a double-paned window has only one. Argon and krypton are two slow-moving gases with higher density than the air we breathe. Because of these properties, the addition of argon and krypton gas between window panes helps to mitigate heat transfer from the outside of the window to the inside, helping you save on your air conditioning bill in the summer.

Low emissivity glazing can also help you save money on air conditioning. This window treatment, also known as low-e, filters out much of the ultraviolet and infrared light that makes sunlight feel hot. And the best part is that low-e is completely transparent, so you won’t be sacrificing any sunlight. With low-e-treated windows, you can enjoy a sunny summer day without spending extra on air conditioning. Low-e also helps reduce heat loss from the inside in the winter.

Regarding window frame material, the option that’s best for your home’s energy efficiency depends on your climate and budget. Vinyl windows are perhaps the most budget-friendly energy efficient option. The material itself is less expensive, and when installed properly using insulated glass, vinyl windows will help reduce your energy bill.

Aluminum window frames are not the best insulators, but for coastal homeowners, these are the strongest and most practical in the face of hurricanes and tropical storms. If you live in a hurricane-prone area, you may want to reassess whether energy efficiency is worth the risk of installing windows that can’t handle the weather.

Wooden window frames, on the other hand, while known for their ability to insulate well, have a shorter lifespan than vinyl window frames. Wood is vulnerable to decay and mold growth, so if you live in a humid or rainy climate and want wooden window frames, be prepared to shell out additional cash for upkeep.

Wood-clad windows combine the features of a few different types of window frames. On the outside of the house, the material is made of aluminum or vinyl, which are largely weather-resistant materials. The inside of the window is made from wood, so you get maximum insulation with minimal upkeep. However, it should be noted that without certain waterproofing precautions, wood-clad windows are still susceptible to rot, especially in wetter climates.

How Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors Can Help

If after reading this article you are ready to embark on saving on your energy bills by making your windows more energy efficient, Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors can help. We offer today’s most energy efficient products, ENERGY STAR certified. Our windows come in a wide variety of materials, shapes, and colors, so you can ensure that your new energy efficient windows have the look you want. Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors is your go-to window installation in Utah.

Should You Replace Your Front Door Before Selling Your Home?

When getting a home ready to sell, experts say to focus on projects that improve the exterior – and front door replacement is definitely a worthwhile endeavor.

Few projects offer as big a boost in curb appeal, and a new entryway could help ensure your northern Utah home doesn’t sit on the market for long. Plus, replacing your front door can help put more money in your hands at the time of closing.

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First Impressions Matter to Home Buyers

Home buyers scroll through property listings, and they’ll pass by yours if it doesn’t pass muster. An outdated front door isn’t going to attract much interest, let alone strong offers.

You only have a few seconds to grab someone’s attention. A new entryway, one that coordinates with the architectural style and color scheme of your home, can make a great impression. The property will appear more welcoming, more secure and more worthy of purchase. Price it right, and you can look forward to a quick sale.

A New Front Door is a Good Investment

Front door replacement isn’t the cheapest home improvement project, which may lead you to wonder about the return on investment. The truth is, a new entryway outpaces most other projects in terms of resale value.

According to research from the National Association of the Remodeling Industry and the National Association of REALTORS® Research Group, homeowners recoup 74 percent of the cost of fiberglass door installation at the time of sale. For a steel door, the return on investment is 75 percent. However, some Utah home sellers who opt for front door replacement see higher returns – and with the right entryway, you could recoup more than your initial investment costs.

Shop with a Local Door Supplier

If you’re thinking about installing a new entryway – regardless of whether you’re selling your northern Utah home – you’d be wise to work with a local door supplier.

Shopping locally makes it easy to get expert answers and advice on entryway replacement. Go online or to a national chain, and you won’t get much help when it comes to figuring out which exterior door is the right choice for your home. And if you want the project to really pay off in curb appeal and home value, you’ll want guidance.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, a locally-owned door supplier, we’re happy to provide the assistance you need. We’ve been helping homeowners in Salt Lake City, along the Wasatch Front and throughout northern Utah for more than 25 years, and we offer an unconditional customer satisfaction guarantee. Contact our Orem office to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss front door replacement today.

Save Space & Add Style with Barn Doors

Barn doors, made extra popular by their frequent exhibition on Tiny House Nation, are so versatile and stylish that they’re turning up in homes all over Utah. At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we sell a wide selection of barn doors appropriate for all types of décor, and we even install them for you!

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What Are Barn Doors For?

Barn doors are a fun way to add style anywhere in your home, but they are often chosen for their space-saving properties.

The hallmark of this type of door is how it’s installed in your home. Barn doors can be put on hinges and swing open and closed like French doors, but they more often are mounted on rods on the wall above the door’s opening. Homeowners slide the doors back and forth over the rods to close a room off or open it back up again. These rods are often made of wrought iron, brass or another type of metal. They can be made to be a predominant part of the design, or they can blend into the background.

This method of mounting saves precious space that you will no longer need to leave clear for a door to swing out or in. Common usages for barn doors include for closets in small bedrooms; in a laundry room, pantry or another small space like a linen closet; on a shed; for windows instead of shades or even to cloak a large-screen TV. They block out light better and may even help you save energy if your windows are old.

Rustic Barn Doors

You may think a barn door is inherently rustic, but that’s not always true. Many barn doors in Utah are made of barnboard, or at least they’re made to look like barnboard. That means fairly wide planks held together by z-bars and stained to look rough and weathered. A similar look is achieved by painting the barn doors and then wiping the paint off about a half-hour later for a weathered, antique look.

Here in Utah, rustic barn doors are all the rage, as many homeowners enjoy decorating in a Western style. Rustic barn doors are perfect in homes with lots of wood, exposed beams and maybe even a cowhide rug. Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors offers a range of real wood barn doors that show off a natural, knotty grain.

Modern Barn Doors

But just because barn doors have the word “barn” in them doesn’t mean you have to have a barn-style décor to use this versatile room diving solution.

You can get citified barn doors made of smooth, painted wood and frosted glass windows suitable for a bathroom door, reminiscent of the transoms in hotels in the 1950s. The purpose of a transom is to allow light in, and since they were placed over doors (the transom is actually the beam over the door) it’s the perfect way to preserve privacy while allowing in some natural light. Thus, these doors are perfect for bathrooms and even bathroom windows.

A metal barn door fits perfectly into a modern décor as well — with or without windows. As the years pass, if you get tired of the metal, simply paint it a fun color to give it a fresh, new look. The windows in your barn doors, whether you opt for clear glass, translucent or opaque, help deliver on the modern feel — and they provide a healthy dose of light, which can be especially important in an apartment.

Contemporary Barn Doors

You might be surprised by the fun styles you can find among contemporary barn doors. We offer more than a dozen design patterns for your barn doors, including x, z and chevron.

Imagine high ceilings with tall, dark wood doors, translucent window inserts and shiny, nickel-plated door handles. Another striking contemporary barn door style is a set of doors made of four glass panels each, surrounded by stainless steel frames.

Glass is a great feature in barn doors for both light and style, and Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors uses a supplier that offers many different types of glass for your barn doors. Depending on the door you select, your texture options may include clear glass, water (a blurry effect), reeds (a striped effect), rain (looks like droplets running down the glass) and cloud (opaque). Choose the privacy level you’re most comfortable with.

Mirrors are also an option for your barn doors — it’s the perfect spot to add a square, rectangle or full-length mirror. Another option on some doors is a blackboard panel. Use it to make grocery lists, or let your kids go to town with a box of chalk.

Barn Door Care in Utah

Most of our modern and contemporary-looking doors are made with MDF, which is a fairly heavy material that works well to keep out sound. If you opt for glass in your MDF doors, they will be a bit lighter.

MDF is easy to care for — simply wipe clean with a damp cloth. Clean the glass and mirrors as you ordinarily wood, being careful not to overspray if you’re using a bottled commercial cleaner.

Real natural wood doors should simply be wiped with a soft cloth to remove dust — no cleaning products are necessary. While commercially sold furniture “polishes” may not do any harm to your doors, they are unnecessary and may build up over time, affecting the look of your barn doors.

Barn Doors at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors

Installing barn doors might be a fun DIY project, but it can also be frustrating if you don’t have the right tools and experience. Rely on Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors to install your barn doors, and get a warranty on the work and craftsmanship.

Contact us today to find out more about getting barn doors installed in your Utah home.

How to Choose a Utah Door Supplier

Are you remodeling your Utah home? A quick search for door suppliers will provide you with a seemingly endless list of sources for new entryways. Since so many companies supply interior and exterior doors, deciding where to get yours may not be easy.

You need a reliable door supplier who can meet your needs. To narrow down the list and choose a company to assist with your remodeling project, take the following factors into account.

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Available Services

First of all, think about what services you require from your Utah door contractor. Some companies only sell interior and exterior doors – and if you want a professional to handle the installation, you’ll need to turn elsewhere. In addition, not every supplier offers delivery and repair services. Therefore, before browsing a company’s selection of doors, you’d be wise to look at the services they provide.

Variety of Brands

Whether you know what type of entryway you want or not, you’ll want to choose a Utah door supplier who offers many different brands. The greater the diversity of products, the better, as that makes finding interior and exterior doors that perfectly meet your needs much easier. With a contractor that promotes a single manufacturer, you may have to settle for less-than-ideal options.

Company Reputation

Reading what former customers have said about a door supplier is to your benefit, as reviews can help you determine whether or not a company is a suitable choice. A good reputation is like a warranty, assuring you of the quality of the products and services offered. To make sure a contractor is worthy of consideration, go the extra mile by asking for references and taking the time to contact the customers.

Why Choose a Local Door Supplier?

You could get new interior or exterior doors from a national chain operator, but you may want to consider local door suppliers. With a locally-owned company – like Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors in Orem, Utah – you can count on having a superior customer experience. Small businesses have more at stake than big-box stores, so they make a greater effort to make sure their customers are satisfied.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we have a vast array of high-quality interior and exterior doors from many of the world’s finest manufacturers. We offer sales, installation and repair services, and our team handles every remodeling project with extreme care. We’re dedicated to providing exceptional customer service – and we even offer an unconditional satisfaction guarantee.

The Rocky Mountain team works with homeowners in the greater Salt Lake City area, along the Wasatch Front and throughout northern Utah. For more information on our affordably priced entryway products, or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with the region’s leading local door supplier, contact us today.

Your Guide to Choosing a Back Door Replacement in Utah

Dedicated backyard spaces or a patio provide a convenient venue for friends, family and neighbors to gather and celebrate life’s little moments and milestones. No matter how careful you are, however, regular use can wear out your back door. When you need back door replacement, that’s the time to call Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors.

Our team not only supplies top-of-the-line windows and doors from the best brands, but we also have skilled professionals who can install your purchase for you. But you might be wondering, how do you select a suitable replacement? No matter what your priorities are, whether it be style or function, we have some tips for you that can help you narrow down your choices.

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What Are the Types of Patio Doors?

In general, patio doors come in three major classifications: French (otherwise known as swinging), sliding and folding. The most suitable one for you will depend on the layout of your home and yard and the area’s design.

French — These are your typical entry doors that swing open and closed. Usually, they come with total view glass panels, but other configurations are also available.

Sliding — A crowd favorite, this is a common choice for back doors. Many homeowners are drawn to sliding doors’ simplicity and cost-effectiveness. Like the swinging door, it comes in various configurations as well, but it is commonly paired with a screen for more flexibility.

Folding — Usually reserved for exits to larger patios, folding doors add flair to any space. Their standard design is usually two to eight panels that fold like an accordion. The panels can be made of different materials such as composite, wood, aluminum or glass.

Things to Consider When Picking Replacement Back Doors

If you’re wondering how to pick a replacement, here are some things you should factor in when shopping around for new back doors in Utah.

Materials

When choosing a replacement door, selecting the material most suitable for your purpose is more important than aesthetics. The most common of these are vinyl, wood, metal, fiberglass and glass.

Vinyl is weatherproof and comes in different shades and finishes, making it one of the most popular and versatile materials from which to make doors. Wood is undoubtedly appealing and elegant, with mahogany, pine and alder as the most popular types used.

Metal is the most affordable and is quite durable too. Some metals have a protective coating to help withstand rust and corrosion. Similarly, fiberglass has the same qualities but is also lightweight.

As for glass, there are many ways to use it in a door’s structure and there are many types to choose from as well. For example, there is a special glass that is treated with UV protective material. Another type has a coating that allows it to disperse light better and help you conserve energy. Some are mainly for decorative purposes, while others are a functional addition to the entire assembly.

Locking Mechanism

Because patio doors double as entry points from the outside, durable and secure locks are a must. Ideally, if you use both a door and a screen, they should have a multiple-locking system to deter burglars from entering your home.

Some of the most common locking mechanisms are:

  • Central rail key-operated lock, a multi-point apparatus attached to the middle part of the track where the doors meet
  • Key-operated multi-point lock, which uses the rim locking system
  • Key-operated lock, a simple top and bottom lock
  • Deadbolt lock, typically found on exterior French doors

Visibility

If you’d like to see out into your yard while lounging around inside your home, you might want to consider a design that has a broader glass panel.

More Tips for Selecting a Back Door Replacement in Utah

Now that you know your options in terms of type, materials and security mechanisms, here are some other considerations that you should keep in mind when shopping for your door replacement.

  • Dimensions — When purchasing ready-made assemblies, it is essential to measure the place you intend to install them to ensure a snug fit and smooth operation. Getting the correct measurements will also help you get the most out of the assembly’s life.
  • Maintenance — Think of how much time and resources you are willing to spend on the upkeep of your doors. For some materials like aluminum, all it takes is some wiping to keep them looking pristine. But for others like wood, you may have to do more than that.
  • Source — Naturally, you want to consider where you’ll be getting your products. Choose door companies that have established themselves in the business. They tend to be more particular with quality control and wouldn’t dare carry products that could tarnish their reputation.
  • Cost — Your budget should be a consideration when looking for a back door. You wouldn’t want to spend more than you can afford, so having a set budget beforehand allows you to narrow down your choices and shop more efficiently.

Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors is well known for selling and installing high-end windows and doors in Utah sourced from the best brands from all over the globe. Each piece is handpicked and curated with the needs of the design-savvy homeowner in mind. From those who are willing to splurge to those who are budget-conscious, there are options available for everyone.

For your patio or back yard, we offer movable glass wall systems, different types of sliding and hybrid folding doors and French and exterior sash doors. Some of the brands we carry include Masonite, Simpson, WinDor Systems, GlassCraft, JELD-WEN, TermaTru and Lemieux.

secure locks now and let us help you bring your dream project to life. Once you see our premium selection and talk to our trained professionals, you’ll never look at door and window replacement in Utah the same way again.

Are High-Quality Windows Worth the Cost?

High-quality windows can be affordable, but they do fall toward the higher end of the price scale. And if you’re in the market for new windows, you may wonder if the cost is worthy of paying.

The simple answer is yes – investing in top-of-the-line windows pays off in several ways. Here, the Rocky Mountain team explains why windows of the highest quality from industry-leading manufacturers are well worth the cost.

Choosing the best windows for your home

Energy Savings

High-quality windows are incredibly energy efficient, much more so than cheaper models. After installation, you won’t need your furnace or air conditioner to run nearly as often – and that translates to big savings in the form of lower monthly energy bills.

Boost in Property Value

Install top-quality windows, and you can look forward to a higher property value – and that means you can recoup a great deal of the cost when you sell your home. If you’re not planning to move anytime soon, you’ll benefit by building equity.

UV Ray Protection

Another way premium windows pay off has to do with the textiles in your home. Ultraviolet light degrades upholstered furniture, carpeting and curtains – and premium brands offer exceptional UV ray protection, keeping your belongings from fading.

Improved Home Comfort

When you install windows of the highest quality in your home, you’ll notice that your living spaces are much more comfortable. They’ll be toasty warm in the winter and refreshingly cool in the summer – and you won’t have to worry about drafts.

Increased Safety

Top-quality windows have impressive safety features. The latest models have highly secure locks that block intruders from entering your home, but are simple enough for your family to operate from the inside should you need to make an emergency exit.

High-Quality Windows for Utah Homes

When it comes to new windows, quality matters a great deal – and like other products, the better the quality, the higher the cost. However, you can find affordable models right here at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors.

We offer a range of top-quality windows at every price point, and we’ll help you find an option that meets your budget. With products from many of the world’s finest manufacturers – including Milgard, GlassCraft, JELD-WEN, Hy-Lite and AMSCO – we’re sure to have windows to suit your Utah home.

Our professional team has more than 25 years of industry experience, and we work hard to maintain our reputation for outstanding workmanship and superior customer service. Plus, every product we install comes at a fair, competitive price and with an unconditional satisfaction guarantee.

To schedule a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss high-quality new or replacement windows for your northern Utah home, contact us online or reach out to our Orem office today.

Hardware Options for High-Quality Doors

High-quality doors come in many different styles, with unique features that can boost both the beauty and the value of your northern Utah home.

Today’s residential doors offer flexibility in design, and you’ll have the choice of material, finish and decorative elements, such as glass panels and dentil shelves. Hardware for high-quality doors is also customizable, allowing you to create secure, functional and aesthetically pleasing entryways. Here, the Rocky Mountain team explains the various hardware options.

Which door hardware should you choose

Knobs and Levers

Round doorknobs are a classic choice for both interior and exterior doors, and because they twist to open, knobs make it easy to childproof.

Lever handles are easier to operate, with no grabbing or twisting. As such, levers can be a better option for those with arthritis or compromised hand strength.

For the exterior, entrance handle sets offer an impressive touch. Full-plate and two-piece sets are available, with models featuring either round doorknobs or lever handles.

Locksets

Keyed entry knobs and levers are typically used with exterior doors. Entering from the outside requires a key, and the inside has a turn- or push-button lock.

High-quality doors can also be outfitted with electronic locks that open after inputting a numeric code or reading a thumbprint. Most include backup keys, and some electronic locksets unlock in the presence of a key fob or registered smartphone.

Hinges

Residential butt hinges are popular for exterior and interior doors. When closed, only the pin and joints remain visible. For heavier doors, however, lubricated ball bearing hinges allow for smoother and easier operation.

Spring hinges can be ideal for a back door or one leading to a garage, as they automatically come to a close once opened. In kitchens and dining rooms, doors featuring double-action spring hinges provide effortless access by swinging open from both directions.

Door Hardware Finishes

Homeowners have the choice of an array of hardware finishes. From polished chrome and satin nickel to matte black and more, the finish of the handles, hinges and locksets can easily compliment or even help define the look of any home.

Some finishes – including oil-rubbed bronze, antique bronze and polished brass — can change over time. Be aware, too, that while different manufacturers may use the same finish name, that doesn’t guarantee an exact match.

The professional team at Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors supplies, installs and replaces doors for homes and businesses throughout northern Utah. We offer top-quality products from Simpson, Masonite, Lemieux, Krosswood and several other fine manufacturers. And we’d be happy to help you explore your hardware options.

For more information on our high-quality doors, or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation, contact us today.