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Is it Time to Replace Those Old Basement Windows?

Posted by Lee Lumber on Feb 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Basement windows are often overlooked and neglected, even when we replace all the windows in our home!  Keeping the bottom of our home insulated and sealed up is important for the overall energy efficiency of your entire home.  

If you need to replace your old basement windows, there are a few things that you should first consider.  First of all, is your basement finished, or unfinished?  This will make a big difference in the type of window you choose.

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Topics: Windows

Looking to Add French Doors Between Your Living Room and Deck?

Posted by Lee Lumber on Feb 3, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Add beauty and elegance by installing French Doors in between your living space and your deck, or for a fashionable distinction between any two rooms.  French doors are hinged, open in or out, and come in many different stylish and exquisite designs. 

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Topics: Doors

Installing a New Front Door Will Yield Great Benefits!

Posted by Lee Lumber on Jan 30, 2017 8:00:00 AM


If you are updating your home, please do not forget about the impact a new front door has on your curb appeal. Your front door plays a major role in the visual appeal of your home in addition to providing the necessary function of security and separating indoors from outdoors. Replacing your old front door with a new one is one of the biggest things that you can do to improve energy efficiency, visual appeal, and the overall value of your home. Studies show that investing in a front door is well worth the money, in utility cost savings and resale value, typically adding more value to your home than the door replacement cost. 

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Does Your Home Makeover Include New Windows?

Posted by Lee Lumber on Jan 27, 2017 8:00:00 AM


If you are considering a home makeover project, you may be wondering where you can find beautiful and quality crafted new windows, at the best value. There are several reasons why you want to replace your windows, perhaps they are old and no longer open and close smoothly. If this is the case they could also be drafty or have broken seals allowing winter air into your home, skyrocketing your utility bill. Or maybe you are wanting to freshen up the look of your home and you are just tired of painting those old window frames!

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Topics: Windows

Wooden Exterior Doors Provide Style with Durability

Posted by Lee Lumber on Jan 23, 2017 6:00:00 PM

When installing or replacing your front door, consider a wooden exterior door to provide a warm and inviting welcome to all visitors.  Your front door is the centerpiece of your home, and should give a remarkable first impression by accentuating your home’s architectural design.  A stylish, durable wooden door gives the delightful invitation that your guests deserve.

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Topics: Doors

Install Fire Rated Interior Doors Without Sacrificing Style

Posted by Lee Lumber on Jan 20, 2017 2:47:00 PM

When installing or replacing interior doors, you may not realize that fire-rated doors come in beautiful decorative designs for use in interior settings.   Fire rated doors are not only an important investment in your home, they can be a priceless investment when protecting your family. 

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Topics: Doors

Understanding Energy Efficient Windows

Posted by Lee Lumber on Jan 16, 2017 10:00:00 PM

If you’re looking for energy efficient replacement windows, consider these factors for maximum energy efficiency.  Replacing single pane windows with double or triple pane windows, along with the proper glazing choice will provide cost savings, comfort, and long lasting value to your home.   Consulting with window experts on the following factors will ensure that your new purchase pays you back in energy savings in a very short time.

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Topics: Windows

Install Sliding Closet Doors When Conserving Space

Posted by Lee Lumber on Jan 13, 2017 2:00:00 PM

interior_sliding_doors_2.jpegIf you are considering replacing your outdated closet doors, you should think about installing sliding closet doors.   Installing these types of closet doors has many advantages over other types of doors, especially when conserving space is a priority.

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Topics: Doors

December 2016 Newsletter Fire Rated Door

Posted by Rick Baumgarten on Jan 6, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Did you know?

Lee Lumber has a licensed, fire-rated door machining shop:

Lee Lumber is licensed to machine both wood and metal fire doors. This means that Lee Lumber can machine fire doors for hinges and locks as well as modify sizes andinstall door lites (within code tolerances) and can certify with metal fire-rating labels on the doors. The question is, what does this mean for your project?

  • Lee Lumber keeps more fire doors in stock. Because fire-rated doors are one of our specialties, we sell more of them and we keep a wider range of sizes and types in stock.
  • Custom abilities - because we can machine on site, custom hinge and lock locations are not a problem. Putting a new door into your old existing frame will not be a problem because we will match that door to your frame.
  • Speed - whereas most suppliers have to order a custom door that will take many weeks, we may be able to take a door from our stock and machine and label it in house cutting weeks off your lead time.

Please read our latest blog on the 90 minute fire rated door.

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The Appeal of Laminated Glass Windows

Posted by Lee Lumber on Dec 27, 2016 7:00:00 PM

Laminated glass windows are highly specialized types of glass panes which can provide additional safety for your home or business. Unlike most glass, when one of these specialized windows is broken, it will stay in place. This means that it will not shatter into pieces inside or outside of the area around it. Its special construction also makes it a reliable security measure against forced entries.  Due to the significant increase in cost, laminated glass is only of value in appropriate locations and installations.

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Topics: Windows

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