Monthly Archives: June 2015

Windows with Blinds Between the Glass: Pros and Cons

Windows and doorwalls with blinds between the glass are a fairly recent invention, one that we at Kopke Remodeling have fully embraced. However, while researching them online, I found some negative opinions on such products (articles arguing that the cons outweigh the pros). Here at Kopke, we LOVE blinds between the glass, and would recommend them to everyone! Not only do we think they are nice in theory, we have employees who have lived with them for 6+ years. Therefore, this article serves to dispel any and all such negative opinions.

The window/door brands we carry that offer blinds in between the glass are Pella, Jeldwen and Sunrise. I’m sure others exist, but these are the few we will concentrate on today. The most common brand we sell is Pella.

When you are dealing with double-pane windows, the blinds exist between the two panes, which negates the possibility of filling this cavity with argon gas, which helps with insulation. This is one of the main reasons people shy away from blinds between the glass. However, when you opt for triple-pane windows, which are most common nowadays, the blinds are nestled in between two of the panes, leaving room for argon gas between the other two. This is very common, and although the insulative properties might be slightly inferior to windows with argon gas in both cavities, it is extremely adequate, especially for Michigan climates.

Another supposed negative is that the blinds are inaccessible, if anything ever needs to be cleaned, un-kinked, or replaced, which simply is not true. With Pella windows, for example, the outside pane of glass is removable, which allows access to the blinds for repairs/replacements. All aforementioned companies also offer 10 year warranties on their blinds. If anything were to go wrong within 10 years, it could be easily fixed.

The price is another negative factor. However, we feel the blinds upgrade is extremely affordable. At approximately $200 a window, the cost is comparable to any other window treatments you might buy for your windows.

Here is a personal example: In my childhood home, I remember when my parents had a beautiful bay window installed facing the backyard. They went in search of window treatments and found some stylish, wooden, expensive blinds that they loved and some cheaper, vinyl, bearable blinds that they ultimately decided on (using price as the main deciding factor). These blinds were so noisy, hard to operate, and unattractive that my parents soon went back to the store and bought the more expensive wooden blinds. These were beautiful at first, but keeping them dust-free became part of our monthly home maintenance (much to the distaste of their teenage daughters). ???? Also, the cords were perpetually becoming tangled, having energetic cats at play.

In their next home, blinds between the glass was a no-brainer for my parents. With these blinds, there is no dusting, no tangled cords, and you are actually able to SEE the windows you just bought! With most traditional window treatments, your new windows are all covered up, and you are not able to enjoy looking at your new investment.

In all three window examples above, the blinds featured are raise & tilt metal mini blinds. These are our favourite, because they can be raised all the way up for a clear view out of the window. Tilt-only blinds work the same way, but they cannot be raised out of the way. Also available are cloth pleated shades. These come in 22 colors, some of which are billed as “room-darkening”. With these cloth shades, you can create a romantic atmosphere.

Okay, so now that you are convinced that blinds between the glass are the greatest thing since sliced bread, here is the offer I have for you! For the month of July, we are offering free blind upgrades for every other window! This will come out to about $100 off each window. (Offer includes: blinds between the glass/pleated shades/muttons, but excludes I.L.T.)

If you have any additional questions about windows and your available upgrades, call us at (586) 777-6633 or email me at kkopke@kopkehome.com

Why Can’t My Remodeling Project Be Done Sooner?

On 90% of our jobs, the customer makes changes to the scope during the install. This causes major problems with timing of manpower, scheduling of subcontractors, and ordering of materials. Every time an additional cabinet piece is needed, it adds 4 weeks to the job. Every time 1 or more pieces of tile are needed, it adds 3 – 30 days to the job. Granite and quartz tops take 10 days to make and install (after the cabinets are set).

If customers could make up their mind early, and make no changes, the jobs would go fast and efficiently. But that isn’t reality. And that’s okay! We want the finished project to be exactly right, so we don’t mind taking extra time to order the accent tile piece that came to you in your dream last night.

Additionally, there are inspections that cause delays. Almost all municipalities have gone to part time inspectors, so there will be gaps in the work while we wait for the inspections to take place. For example, we may call for an electrical inspection on Tuesday, but not get it until Friday or Monday, depending on the inspector’s backlog and or vacations / training / government holidays, etc. Unfortunately, virtually none of the municipalities are interested in making it easier for contractors to speed things up for the homeowners.

So, if you want things to go fast, then no changes and no permits – BAM… DONE.

Sink Options for Your Kitchen or Bathroom

Earlier this month, an article was published in the C&G Newspapers about everyone’s favourite basin, the sink! Several contractors were interviewed for the article, including our own Alan Seeley. Read the article here:

An undermount sink commonly is found in the kitchen and helps with food preparation, as everything may be wiped from the counter directly into the sink without getting caught in the sink lip. (Photo by Patricia O’Blenes)

METRO DETROIT — It may not be the sexiest topic when discussing a kitchen or bathroom remodel, but sinks have come a long way from function to fabulous.

Gone are the days when a divided sink was necessary. Multiple local experts agree that bigger is better when choosing a kitchen basin.

“It was primarily you would wash your dishes in one side and rinse them in the other,” said Alan Seeley, general manager of Kopke Remodeling & Design. “But because everybody has a dishwasher and garbage disposal underneath it now, they are getting away from the double bowl and going towards the bigger bowl now.”

Seeley said the biggest trend in the kitchen is a farmhouse-style sink…

Read the entire article on the C&G News Website