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Light Air and the Surrounding

Written by Mike Irvine

If you have a home near the shore, you are part of a unique crowd. You can find some of nature’s most glorious displays literally in your backyard: sunrises that explode with color, coastal storms that take your breath away, and crisp blue skies that kiss the edge of the Atlantic Ocean.

Whether you live at the shore year-round, or enjoy summers here, you’re fortunate to have a home surrounded by such majestic beauty, and naturally you’ll want to make the most of those priceless views. That’s why it’s important to choose the right windows and patio doors for your shore home.

Windows are one of the few elements seen from the inside and outside of your home, and with that, comes many responsibilities. Windows not only let in light, air, and the surrounding natural beauty; they also aid in energy efficiency, help define interior spaces, and are a key component of a building’s overall architectural style. And don’t forget; your windows also need to stand up to Old Man Winter!

While windows provide many benefits, they can also be a major investment. For that reason, it’s important to choose a supplier you trust. Woodhaven Lumber and Millwork

Woodhaven Lumber and Millwork (family-owned and operated since 1977) are experts in helping families create the perfect shore home experience. With three full service lumberyards and four kitchen and design centers, Woodhaven has everything you need for your window project, and much more.

A visit to Woodhaven’s modern and extensive showrooms in Manahawkin, Lakewood, or Point Pleasant Beach will immerse you in the latest window displays, and provide you with countless design ideas for your home. With so many frame designs, materials, glass and color options available, choosing the right window can be an overwhelming experience. Fortunately, a Woodhaven window specialist can help you sort through the many window options, and guide you in the right direction.

Equally important is the brand of window you choose. Woodhaven deals exclusively with Andersen® for windows. Andersen is trusted by more builders than any other brand* because of their long-standing commitment to innovation, quality products. and exceptional customer service. That’s the Andersen Difference.

Coastal homes require special attention, and Woodhaven and Andersen take that responsibility seriously. When purchasing windows for your shore home, it’s important to consider options like impact resistant glass, protection from the sun’s heat and harmful UV rays, corrosion resistant hardware, interior and exterior color schemes, grille options, and screens that allow for a less obstructed view. Keep in mind, even if you live several miles from the ocean or bay, you are still subject to the unique conditions of the coast, and should choose your windows accordingly.

Summers at the shore are for play, not work. So why not save yourself the hassle of trying to install your own windows? Instead, let Woodhaven’s certified Andersen window installers do the job for you. If you are installing new windows, simply bring in your plans. For replacement windows, Woodhaven can work with the measurements of your existing windows. Based on the plans or measurements, Woodhaven will provide a quote for the window and installation. When the quote is approved, they’ll send their installation experts to your home for actual measurements and to discuss fit and finish.

After the measurement and window choice have been confirmed, they’ll order the windows and schedule the installation. Woodhaven understands your home is likely your biggest investment and goes above and beyond preparing for the install. Tarps and plastic sheathing are used to cover up furniture, landscaping, and flooring to ensure that there is no damage. After the windows have been installed, they insulate and caulk to maximize energy efficiencies. And of course, a job isn’t done until the jobsite is cleaned up and the old windows are hauled away. Apart from the new window, you won’t even know they were there!

With the busy summer season here, why not rely on Woodhaven’s experienced professionals for your window purchase and installation? That way, you’ll have more time to enjoy all the natural beauty on the outside of your new window. To get your project started, visit one of Woodhaven’s four convenient locations, or learn more at

*2014 Hanley Wood Brand Perception Study

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