May

23

Make a Statement with Elegant Entry Doors from Waudena Millwork™

An entry door makes a bold statement about your style and is one of the first things your guests notice about your home. The high-quality materials and superior craftsmanship used to create exterior door systems from Waudena Millwork™ render “making a statement” easy!

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Exterior door systems from Waudena Millwork have a wealth of wonderful features. The products are made in America, and can be factory-finished so you don’t have to mess with painting or staining the door yourself. Five different decorative glass collections allow you to match the glass to your architectural style, quickly increasing curb appeal and making your door the focal point of your home. Adding transoms or sidelites in the same design will further increase the elegance of your entryway and make you the envy of the neighborhood.

Quality Construction

Energy efficiency is an important aspect of entry doors from Waudena Millwork. Sturdy weatherstripping creates a weather- and watertight seal between the doorframe and the threshold to keep out wind and rain, and a multi-point locking system keeps your home safe and secure. There is also an optional jamb cladding made from aluminum, which helps protect and preserve the wood by preventing rot and decay. Ball bearing hinges in eight different color options are standard, with Schlage and Fusion hardware optional.

Available Products

Waudena Millwork has so many available options, it can be hard to know where to start. You can check out an exterior door catalog for detailed pictures and information, but in the meantime, here is a list of the products that Callen Construction, the leader in exterior remodeling in Muskego, WI, can install for you.

  • Single or Double Doors, Transom and Sidelite Units
  • Timbergrain Fiberglass Doors
  • Taylorwood Exterior Doors
  • Smooth Steel or Stainable Steel Exterior Doors
  • Smooth or Textured Fiberglass Exterior Doors
  • Patio Doors

Is your porch or entryway ready for an update? Choose one of these beautiful doors from Waudena Millwork and your home will be the talk of the town. Call Callen, the best remodeling company in Milwaukee, at 414-529-5509 to find out more!

Nov

04

When a Door is More Than a Door

When a Door is More Than a Door

Entry doors are often the focal point of your home, plus they offer an excellent return on investment.  When visitors approach, it’s typically what draws their eye, and you want the first impression to be distinctive.  As a homeowner, you want it to say your home is welcoming and well cared for.

There are many design elements that allow your front door to make a personal statement. For example, there are many different glass packages and door styles, plus multiple staining options and paint colors, all of which can be mixed and matched.

There are the three types of entry door materials to consider: wood, fiberglass, and steel.

Wood doors offer a very traditional look and provide a sense of warmth and richness.  Homeowners can choose from a variety of styles and most wood species you can imagine.  Wood doors, which can be custom made, need to be carefully finished (stained or painted) according to manufacturer specifications and periodic maintenance is required.

Fiberglass doors come with an environmentally friendly polyurethane core that provides insulation properties that are at least four times greater than wood doors.  Low maintenance fiberglass doors come factory painted or stained for years of lasting beauty.  Fiberglass entry doors come with a high-impact compression molded skin that will not splinter, warp, or rot.  Wood grains that replicate the look of cherry, fir, mahogany, and oak are available.

Steel doors provide performance, safety, and beauty.  They come prepainted or prestained in a smooth or textured finish.  Steel doors also are durable, resist splitting and cracking, and are energy efficient.

Doors can be flat panel or have high definition panel profiles.  Glass options include clear double insulated glass or a variety of triple glazed designer glass styles.  Homeowners have the option of choosing privacy ratings as well as choosing options in any size, shape, texture, pattern, or designer glass.  The glass can be etched, patterned, textured, beveled, and designed with simulated divided lite and grilles between the glass.  Homeowners can also choose from brass or lead caning.  These decorative glass designs are sealed between two panes of tempered “safety” glass, providing the energy efficiency of triple glazing.

Just like glass packages, door hardware comes in many colors and shapes.  Handles and hinges can be ornate or simple and finishes run the gamut: nickel, satin nickel, bright brass, antique brass, oil-rubbed bronze, matte black, and satin stainless steel.

Other door options to take into consideration are whether you want to have a kick panel, peep hole, mail slot, and depending on the size of your opening, sidelights and transoms.

With all the customization options available, homeowners may become overwhelmed.  That is where a trained product specialist from Callen with an eye for design can help by explaining and offering ideas of what will look and work best with the architecture and performance standards required.

Jul

01

When a Door is More Than a Door

 by Tim Liegler

Entry doors are often the focal point of your home, plus they offer an excellent return on investment.  When visitors approach, it’s typically what draws their eye, and you want the first impression to be distinctive.  As a homeowner, you want it to say your home is welcoming and well cared for.

One of the things I like to tell my customers is to put a little of themselves in the entry door.  There are many design elements that allow your front door to make a personal statement.  For example, there are 40 different glass packages, more than a dozen different door styles, multiple staining options, and 60 paint colors, all of which can be mixed and matched.  If you’re spunky and outgoing, choose a vibrant door color.  If you’re more low-key, a traditional wood grain or neutral colored door may be your choice.

I have received many calls from homeowners who say, “I just need a door.”  But there are so many other things to consider, depending on your personal preference, architectural style, color, and performance requirements.

First of all, there are the three types of entry door materials to consider: wood, fiberglass, and steel.

Wood doors offer a very traditional look and provide a sense of warmth and richness.  Homeowners can choose from a variety of styles and most wood species you can imagine.  Wood doors, which can be custom made, need to be carefully finished (stained or painted) according to manufacturer specifications and periodic maintenance is required.

Fiberglass doors come with an environmentally friendly polyurethane core that provides insulation properties that are at least four times greater than wood doors.  Low maintenance fiberglass doors come factory painted or stained for years of lasting beauty.  Fiberglass entry doors come with a high-impact compression molded skin that will not splinter, warp, or rot.  Architecturally correct, full-length composite stiles and top and bottom rails are standard.  Wood grains that replicate the look of cherry, fir, mahogany, and oak are available.

I like to recommend steel doors for their incredible performance, safety, and beauty.  Be careful of “insulated door” labels that you find at big box stores.  Those doors have fiberglass batts of insulation panels inside the door that can create an air pocket where condensation occurs, eventually resulting in rot.  With a 100 percent foam filled door, that doesn’t happen.  Steel doors also are durable, resist splitting and cracking, and are energy efficient.  They come prepainted or prestained in a smooth or textured finish.

Doors can be flat panel or have high definition panel profiles.  Glass
options include clear double insulated glass or a variety of triple
glazed designer glass styles.  Homeowners have the option of choosing
privacy ratings as well as choosing options in any size, shape, texture,
pattern, or designer glass.  The glass can be etched, patterned,
textured, beveled, and designed with simulated divided lite and grilles
between the glass.  Homeowners can also choose from brass or lead
caning.  These decorative glass designs are sealed between two panes of
tempered “safety” glass, providing the energy efficiency of triple
glazing.

Just like glass packages, door hardware comes in many
colors and shapes.  Handles and hinges can be ornate or simple and
finishes run the gamut: nickel, satin nickel, bright brass, antique
brass, oil-rubbed bronze, matte black, and satin stainless steel.

Other
door options to take into consideration are whether you want to have a
kick panel, peep hole, mail slot, and depending on the size of your
opening, sidelights and transoms.

Many homeowners prefer to add a
storm door to their entry system for added security, insulation,
ventilation, and light.  One caution is that if you choose a full-view
glass storm door, and the door is facing west or south and getting
direct sunlight, you want to make sure it’s vented.  That’s because the
glass will create a thermal pocket, trapping the heat, which can cause
damage to the entry door.

With all the customization options
available, my experience is that homeowners either become very excited
or very overwhelmed.  That is where a trained product specialist with an
eye for design can help by explaining and offering ideas of what will
look and work best with the architecture and performance standards
required.