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6 More Weeks of Winter… Are You Insulated?

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015

Trusted Northern Virginia Window & Door Replacement Contractors

With six more weeks of winter, it’s the perfect time of year for replacement window installation in your Northern Virginia home. Both cold and warm seasons can cost you money if your insulation isn’t effective. In the winter, our heat escapes, and in the summer it’s our air conditioning. For over 30 years D&D has delivered superior craftsmanship and service to our neighbors and community- from McLean to Loudoun. As a leader in design/build and renovations, we use only the best quality building materials from the most trusted names in the industry. Talk to our satisfied customers and you’ll hear the same story - they selected D&D based on an experience that their family, neighbors, colleagues, or friends had. Why? They heard that D&D delivers on our contracts, takes care of our clients and their homes, and earns their loyalty, trust and respect.

In the winter of 2015, D&D turns your attention to our top-quality replacement windows and home construction services. In our fourth decade of operation, we continue to share our knowledge and expertise with anyone who has a need or passion for quality home improvement. There is no more significant way to improve the insulation properties of your home than by replacing older windows and doors. If you are concerned about the insulation integrity of your Northern Virginia home give D&D a call today. We offer a complimentary window inspection, recommended window replacement options, and provide a no-cost project estimate for your convenience. When properly installed, today’s energy-efficient windows and doors provide greatly improved protection against weather, heat, cold, and ultraviolet rays. Many offer lifetime warranties and require little maintenance.

In order to realize the full benefit of your new replacement windows they do have to be properly installed by experienced technicians. The  highly trained,  experienced D&D crews will install your windows  correctly the first time, with no hidden fees or surprise add-ons along the way. In the end, you’ll get beautiful new replacement windows to complete the look and energy-efficiency envelope of your Northern Virginia home.

  • Choose replacement windows manufactured of premium-grade vinyl. Technological advancements have made itl the best construction material for energy efficiency, durability, low maintenance and beauty in replacement windows.
  • Purchase custom windows. Though the initial price may be higher than standard windows, custom-made windows are the best value in the long run because installation is faster and they require little to no cosmetic construction work. Besides, a precise fit means maximum thermal performance and less energy costs.
  • Buy ENERGY STAR® windows and doors from a participating manufacturer. With unpredictable energy costs, high-performance products keep heating and cooling bills low—while providing an optimal comfort level for your family.
  • Purchase windows from a specialty window dealer or home-improvement company with products from reputable manufacturers. Research manufacturers, explore  positive feedback, and product lifespan. Consider testimonials about the company’s products and services,  while paying special attention to warranties.

Remember: when choosing a Northern Virginia window & door replacement contractor, it’s important to look for reputation, material quality, and experience. if you’re looking for top of the line craftsmanship and priority customer service, give us a call today.

How Professional Trim-Wrapping Techniques Boost Home Energy Savings

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Northern Virginia Siding Replacement Professionals

Anyone familiar with eco-friendly construction will tell you that energy efficiency begins with the “building envelope.” This term refers to the materials and techniques used to create optimal air flow and energy exchange between the interior and exterior of your home. While most people think of their heating, ventilation and air conditioning system when the hear “air flow,” you may be surprised to learn that roofing, doors, windows, and siding play an integral role in maintaining the health and comfort of your home’s interior.

At D&D, we educate homeowners and clients alike about the many benefits of upgrading roofing, windows, and siding in order to take advantage of significant savings resulting from the incredible advances in building science technology. Replacement windows, roof replacement and the installation of quality modern siding are guaranteed to improve your home efficiency while delivering greater protection, health and comfort.  The knowledgeable construction professionals at D&D can help you learn about and achieve many home improvement benefits. We deliver quality, education and outstanding service all while helping you save money and improve your home. Now let’s take a look at how it’s done.

If you’re still relying on low-tech siding, you’re provably tired of the time, expense, and labor of sanding, scraping, caulking, priming, painting or replacing rotten, damaged wooden trim work on the outside of your home. The good news is that a modern technique called trim cladding can release you from the drudgery of exterior trim maintenance, and nobody does it better than D&D.

In fact, one of the best ways to tell the difference in the quality of workmanship between one home improvement contractor and the next is to look at how they wrap their trim. Using a variety of materials and techniques, D&D’s master siding technicians repair and then custom-form each and every trim piece to conform to all of the contours of your original siding. All normally painted wooden trim work on your home can be covered, making it virtually maintenance free and practically impervious to external forces. Imagine… for not much more than the cost of a professional paint job -  no more siding repairs or exterior trim painting, at all. Time and money saved- in just a paragraph.

Coil wrap and wood trim may be less expensive, but when you account for the time, labor, noticeably inferior performance, and extensive moisture damage that occurs with traditional trim products, vinyl and other modern exterior trim materials pay for themselves in no time. With remarkably improved long-term performance and durability, these trim products are well worth the upfront costs.

Once you take into consideration cost, appearance, and durability in your search for a low-maintenance trim solution, wood may be an afterthought given the reliability, durability and long-term maintenance-free performance of modern materials such as vinyl and fiber-cement. If you need your soffits, fascia and corner boards trimmed and wrapped properly, there is no substitute for the skill and experience of a veteran siding installer.

The siding and trim experts at D&D have repaired, replaced, installed and trim-wrapped thousands of homes in Northern Virginia over the past 30 years. We have acquired the knowledge, professional accreditation and reputation that only excellence in siding installation and home improvement construction can earn.

Call today to schedule an appointment for the D&D siding specialists show you the wide variety of materials, trim, finishes and colors available to you, and provide you with a no-hassle estimate. We will ensure your home exterior is properly installed with adequate weatherproofing, while custom-wrapping your exterior trim for the perfectly optimized building envelope. Your siding and trim investment will give you a direct payback in lower monthly energy bills, less wear and tear on your heating, ventilation and cooling equipment, and a beautiful, healthy, comfortable home.

Contact D&D now to schedule window replacements, roof repairs or replacement, siding replacement or the home improvement projects you desire, and take advantage of serious savings to keep your home comfortable, safe and operating at maximum energy efficiency. Don’t forget to check out our specials!

Energy Efficiency In Winter 2015

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Tips from D&D: The Northern Virginia Siding & Roofing Experts

We’re here to provide you with some excellent money-saving information during this snowy weather. Roofing, Siding, Windows, and Doors are the key insulation that keeps your home warm by trapping the heat that you pay to generate. If that heat is escaping, then your system is working overtime and costing you money- but that’s not all. The most basic function of these key features is to protect you from the weather. If not maintained properly or replaced when needed, leaks and even disastrous cave-ins can happen. These disasters can be extremely expensive, and simple preventive measures can save your family money and time.

The Northern Virginia roofing and siding professionals at D&D have over 30 years of experience helping local homeowners save on energy and construction costs, so here are some helpful hints that we’ve collected over time.


  • Be Proactive in your energy efficiency plan. The longer you put things off, the greater the chance of inclement weather and compounded energy costs negatively impacting your home or family.
  • Check Your Drafts: Windows and doors are often culprits: if you can feel cold air getting through around your windows or doors, it’s time to consider energy efficient replacements or other preventive measures.
  • Insulation in your attic and walls is the primary defense mechanism protecting your home. Most heat escapes through the roof, so make sure you’re using top quality insulation- if you have questions, just give us a call.
  • Alternate heating sources can save you tons! Fireplaces, stoves, and inserts can boost the comfort of your home without being too costly.
  • Watch Out for hidden energy costs. Hot water and all things electric will run up your bills- keep showers short and unplug electronics that you’re not using!
  • Consider home improvements that will save you thousands in the long run like roof replacements, new insulation, energy efficient windows, and siding. Remember that the value of your home is a constantly fluctuating number, so take control of it before it’s too late.


Our most important tip is to be safe. The winter months are fraught with dangers, from freezing temperatures to black ice on the roads. Be careful in your day-to-day activities, and remember to be careful when choosing a contractor. We’ve been members of this community for years, and our relationships are our highest priority. Contact us today if you’d like to get started on any projects with us- we look forward to working with you.




Exterior Siding - Vinyl, Fiber Cement, Aluminum, and More for Herndon, VA Homeowners

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Investing in new siding can be a daunting challenge to many Herndon, VA homeowners. At D&D, we’ve worked with every type of exterior siding for Herndon, VA clients for over 25 years. Before you even pick up your phone, we recommend you look at some of the basic facts and information about the four common types of exterior siding Herndon, VA homeowners want to consider in their overall home improvement and energy management plan.

Here is a basic look at the major types of exterior siding with commonly associated advantages.

Vinyl (PVC) Siding

Vinyl siding is completely waterproof and resistant to damage from insects, wind, mold and impact. Competitive priced, it is the preferred choice of homeowners, builders and home improvement contractors. As a matter of fact, vinyl siding makes up nearly one-third of all of the exterior siding installed in Herndon, VA today.

Natural Wood Siding

Natural wood siding is still the gold standard of exterior cladding materials.  Known to last for up to 30 years with proper care, wood is renewable, organic, cost-effective, more durable than many vinyl products, and holds up well against cracking and breaking.

Brick and Stone

With beautiful, durable results and minimal maintenance, brick, natural stone veneers, and today’s high-quality man-made siding alternatives you truly have unlimited siding, trim, and finish options. With typically higher installation costs, these siding products give incomparable durability, timeless beauty and minimal required maintenance.

Fiber Cement

Fiber cement siding offers many advantages. Totally resistant to rot, insects and any kind of weather you throw at it, this exterior siding can even withstand corrosive salt water spray near the oceanfront. Most fiber cement siding comes with a 30-year transferable warranty, far beyond the standard terms of other exterior siding products. Fiber cement siding offers the highest return on your investment due to its unparalleled longevity, incomparable durability, low maintenance and incredible eye-popping curb appeal.

Aluminum Siding

Aluminum siding is rot proof, waterproof, corrosion-resistant and able to withstand years of exposure to the elements. Lightweight, rust- and fireproof, aluminum siding in Herndon, VA will last from 40 years to the end of the life of your home if simply left alone.

As an experienced, licensed home improvement contractor, the D&D professionals have inspected, repaired, replaced, expertly trimmed and satisfactorily installed all types of exterior siding on Herndon, VA homes and those throughout Northern Virginia. Call us today to get started improving your home protection and energy efficiency with new exterior siding in Herndon, VA.

Save With Replacement Vinyl Windows in Sterling, VA

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

There is no more significant way to improve the insulation properties of your home than by installing replacement vinyl windows in Sterling, VA. If your home is over 15 years old, your existing windows don’t have the benefits of advanced materials technologies used to manufacture today’s improved replacement vinyl windows. Sterling, VA, homeowners can recognize significant savings on monthly utility costs after installing energy-efficient ENERGY STAR rated replacement vinyl windows.

To earn the ENERGY STAR label replacement vinyl windows in Sterling, VA must be certified based on third-party based testing in EPA-certified laboratories. Major manufacturers such as Anderson, Simonton, Marvin and Pella offer complete lines of replacement vinyl windows that often feature money-saving rebates or tax-credit savings. In fact, Pella Corporation is a volunteer partner in the Department of Energy’s ENERGY STAR program to promote the use of high-efficiency products to save energy and lower greenhouse gas emissions.

But even triple-paned Pella windows won’t save energy if not properly installed, trimmed and insulated.  Make sure the existing trim work is secure and big enough to fit the replacement vinyl windows you select. Once the windows are installed, your home improvement contractor should fill every visible crevice with fiberglass or expanding foam insulation. Check for drafts by holding a candle up to the window to see if the flame flickers.

The home improvement professionals at D&D have the knowledge, training and experience to help you select and install the most energy-efficient, low-maintenance replacement vinyl windows in Sterling, VA. With over a quarter century of quality home improvement projects, our craftsmen employ their expertise installing siding, trim, doors, roofs and replacement vinyl windows for Sterling, VA, clients and quality home improvement projects throughout Northern Virginia.

When you’re ready to consider replacement vinyl windows in Sterling, VA, contact the window installation experts at D&D.

Selecting a Qualified Roofing Contractor in Chantilly, VA

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Finding the right roofing contractor in Chantilly, VA is the most important step you can take to make sure you get exactly what you pay for when it comes to one of the biggest investments you may ever make in the appearance, comfort, and security of your home.

According to The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) working with a professional roofing contractor ensures you get the quality results you expect in a solid roof system at a fair price. Roofing contractors are not all alike, which is why the NRCA recommends you pre-qualify a roofing contractor in Chantilly, VA to get your roofing repair or replacement  done right.

The following NCRA guidelines will help you select a qualified, professional roofing contractor in Chantilly, VA, to properly complete your roofing project:

  • Verify a permanent business address, valid telephone number, tax identification number and Virginia state business license.
  • Confirm the roofing contractor’s proof of insurance. Insist on copies of both liability coverage and workers’ compensation certificates. Double-check the coverage is effective beyond the duration of your roof job.
  • Check to see if the roofing contractor in Chantilly, VA is properly licensed and bonded.
  • A professional roofing contractor will provide current financial information to validate the financially stability of their company.
  • Look for a roofing contractor with a proven track record offering client references and a list of completed projects. Make the calls and ask about past client experiences.
  • Insist on a detailed, written proposal. Examine the scope of work and specifications, including approximate starting and completion dates and payment procedures.
  • Roof systems often require special application expertise to achieve lasting performance quality. Ask for a list of  roofing manufacturers  that have certified or authorized the roofing contractor to install their products.
  • Ask about project supervision and quality-control protocols. Know who will be in charge, how many workers will be on-site and approximate completion time.
  • Membership in regional or national industry associations demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and cutting-edge industry changes.
  • Check for complaints filed against any contractor with your local Better Business Bureau or Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation.
  • Carefully read and understand any roofing warranties and avoid circumstances that would cause it to be invalid.
  • Choose a roofing contractor committed to worker safety and education. Ask about safety training  for workers and industry education programs.
  • Price is only one of the criteria necessary for selecting a qualified roofing contractor.  If the lowest bid sounds too good to be true, it probably is.  Professionalism, experience and quality workmanship should factor  into your decision.

These guidelines should help you find the right roofing contractor in Chantilly, VA, for a quality roof repair or installation.

Vinyl Siding Installations Save Sterling, VA Homeowners Money

Monday, July 14th, 2014

Vinyl siding in Sterling, VA is a smart choice for any homeowner looking to increase their home’s energy efficiency. EPA studies show vinyl siding, when installed properly, can reduce your home energy bills by 30 to 60 percent.

Advances in material sciences have led to improved vinyl siding for Herndon, VA homes that delivers superior energy performance and comfort over other siding alternatives. Vinyl siding is completely waterproof  and resistant to damage from insects, wind, mold and impact.

Vinyl siding in Herndon, VA requires little maintenance. Available at competitive prices, it is the preferred choice of homeowners, builders and home improvement contractors. As a matter of fact, vinyl siding makes up nearly one-third of all of the exterior siding installed in Herndon today.

One of the best ways to tell the difference in the quality of workmanship between siding installation contractors is to examine how they wrap their trim. One of the more popular exterior remodeling projects is called trim cladding. Using a variety of techniques, the master builders at D&D custom-form every piece of vinyl trim to conform to all of the contours of your home exterior.  All the trim you would normally scrape, prime, and paint on your home can be covered, making your vinyl siding in Herndon, VA virtually maintenance free.

If  your home exterior is over 15 years old and ready to be replaced, or you strive to save money every month by improving your home’s energy efficiency, vinyl siding is perfect for your needs. Critical to your long-term energy performance is finding a home improvement contractor with plenty of experience installing vinyl siding for Herndon, VA homeowners. The vinyl siding experts at D&D have installed vinyl siding for thousands of satisfied clients throughout Northern Virginia for over 25 years. Call us today and put our expertise to work installing your vinyl siding in Herndon, VA.

Replacement Vinyl Windows Restore Ashburn, VA Homes

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Some people never purchase vinyl windows in Ashburn, VA much less think about window replacement for their home. But, most Ashburn homeowners know they may encounter a need to upgrade the look or performance of their windows depending on the age of their home and the quality of their original window installation.

Why Window Replacement in Ashburn, VA Matters

With home heating and energy costs increasingly on the rise, Ashburn homeowners may decide the time is right to replace their weather-beaten, drafty and inefficient older windows with new, energy-efficient, vinyl replacement windows in Ashburn, VA.

Before starting plans for window replacement in Ashburn, VA consider these important features when choosing energy-efficient vinyl replacement windows. Your Ashburn, VA, window investment will pay for itself through lower heating, cooling costs and lighting costs, leaving you more comfortable in a home with a higher resale value that looks better than ever.

Consumer Reports recommends you shop major window replacement lines manufactured using wood, clad, vinyl, aluminum and composite construction. Vinyl windows are available from most reputable manufacturers including  Alside, Andersen, CertainTeed,  JELD-WEN and  Pella,  in multiple window replacement and new-construction window lines in popular double-hung and casement styles with features such as Low-E and argon-filled glass for high efficiency. Special-order and custom options are available.

The days of a thin individual sheet of clear glass divided by wood muntins are over.  They offer poor performance against increasingly icy winters, broiling summers, and damaging from sunlight.  Today’s vinyl windows in Ashburn, VA can include double or triple glazing,  low-E coating,  inert gas filling for spectacular insulation,  cladding for improved weatherproofing,  tilt-in sashes that make cleaning a snap, and sleek, deterioration-resistant fiberglass window frames.
Before you explore vinyl windows in Ashburn, VA, or if you’re considering the many important features to include when choosing window replacement,  contact the vinyl window experts at D&D. For over twenty-five years the window replacement  and home improvement experts have provided exceptional advice, care and home improvement services for our Northern Virginia community.  When you decide the time is right to begin the window replacement process at your Ashburn, VA home, give us a call. Let D&D put our window and home improvement expertise  to work for you. Our construction professionals will deliver a worry-free experience and new vinyl windows in Ashburn, VA for your ultimate satisfaction.

Post-Storm Roof Repair in Herndon, VA? Hire an Experienced Roofing Contractor

Monday, June 16th, 2014

How ironic that I find myself writing about roof repair and roofing contractors in Herndon, VA. Overhead more thunder rumbles, and I brace myself for the next storm, knowing it could be anyone, anywhere that receives the next interruption from Mother Nature.

Is it me, or have there been quite a few busy weather seasons over the past few years?

If you find yourself after one of these storms, as I did, with a tree through your roof and one planted firmly atop your car, just follow these first steps to make sure you are capturing imperative details and verifying the status and progress of  your home restoration and roof repair in Herndon, VA to ensure you  receive the home improvement services and insurance settlement assistance you deserve.

  1. Note the date and time of the event.
  2. Take a survey of the damage and secure the area.
  3. Once everyone and everything is safe, take photographs of the damages for insurance purposes.
  4. From the photos, make a written list of damages and locations, and mark any you feel are high priority.
  5. After contacting your homeowner’s insurance company and beginning the claims process, find a reputable home improvement contractor with remodeling experience and solid credentials, such as roofing contractor D&D. Herndon, VA homeowners can trust the exceptional workmanship, high standards, and quality materials used in any D&D home restoration, including any roof replacement or roof repair in Herndon, VA.
  6. Follow the recommendations of your insurance company, and keep notes on who you speak with, about what subject matter, and other critical pieces of information for reference until the project is completed in accordance to the contract agreement.

If you receive the next interruption from Mother Nature in all Her fury, and need immediate home improvements or roof repair from a highly-qualified, experienced roofing contractor in Herndon, VA, call D&D. We can restore your home, remodel and upgrade, or perform whatever home improvement services you require.

Window Replacement and Casement Windows in Reston, VA

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

Is it time for you to consider home window replacement or new casement windows in Reston, VA?

Making the decision to replace your home windows is not simple. If your windows have been effective for over 15 years, it’s a good time to check and make sure they still operate correctly and perform efficiently.

If you have trouble opening or closing your windows, consistently find interior window moisture , or have reason to believe your windows just don’t provide your home with the most energy efficiency, contact the window experts at D&D.

The professional, licensed home improvement contractors at D&D have been working with window replacement and casement windows in Reston VA for nearly 30 years. Our experience and expertise makes us a logical choice for your professional window replacement in Reston, VA.

Replacement Window Coupon Northern Virginia

D&D, a family owned and highly respected Northern Virginia-based full service home improvement contractor, provides you with a free consultation to explore the vast array of available replacement window and casement window options . We proudly carry reputable window brands including Simonton, Jeld-Wen, Andersen, Pella, Marvin, Alside, Provia and Paradigm. We’ve installed all types of windows, including vinyl windows, aluminum windows, double hung windows, bay windows, casement windows and more, and can customize an affordable replacement window package for your home.

When properly installed, today’s energy efficient replacement windows offer dramatically improved performance to keep you safe and comfortable while saving you money on energy costs.  Replacement windows eliminate difficult storm windows, reduce exterior noise, and simplify cleaning and maintenance while ensuring complete protection from water, heat, cold, and ultraviolet rays.

When the time comes to upgrade or replace your older home windows, contact the factory-trained and certified replacement window installers at D&D.  Our highly experienced crews will install your windows correctly with no hidden fees or add-ons.

So call D&D now to have confidence that your  window replacement in Reston, VA is properly competed by accomplished window specialists. Properly installed replacement and casement windows at your Reston, VA home and your complete satisfaction is our number one priority.