How Windows and Doors Help With Aging-in-Place?

How Windows and Doors Help With Aging-in-Place?

January 03, 2020

Various principles of universal design have allowed us to build our “forever homes” that aim to make living conditions more suitable for people of all ages. According to the AARP®, 87% of adults over 65 years old want to stay in their homes and communities as they age.

You may not be aware of it, but windows and doors are home components that are integral in making the home as age-friendly as possible. Here’s why?

Ease of Operation

Sliding windows, for instance, open by pushing the sashes to either side, which may be easier for those with difficulty in fine motor skills. Casement windows, meanwhile, open by turning a crank, which can be easier for those with mobility or postural issues.

Glass Surface Area

Lighting is essential for anyone within the household, which is why your windows and doors should have enough glass surface for natural light to enter your home. The Fibrex® composite material found in our replacement windows are durable enough for the sashes and frames to be made narrower to accommodate more glass. Not only does this let more sunlight in, but it also provides panoramic outdoor views.

Wider Doors

For people to move around with ease, having wider doorways is necessary. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance states that a minimum doorway width for designing an aging-in-place home is 36 inches. Our two patio door types – French and sliding doors – can be custom-made to benefit individuals with mobility issues.

Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee® is the leading window contractor for home improvement needs. Our replacement windows and patio doors are manufactured according to your home’s specific measurements to ensure a perfect fit during installation. Call us at (262) 522-3034, or fill out our contact form to request a quote. Our Wisconsin service areas include Milwaukee and the surrounding communities.

Hear From Our Customers

This was a great crew to work with. Both the original install manager we worked with (Jay) and the install team (Daniel, Mason, Tony, Ethan, and Jose). Everyone was very professional and knowledgable. They answered all my questions and the end result on the house is great. In 3 days they replaced an old bay window with a new bay window, a set of french doors on the patio with a sliding patio door, and our old front door with a new front door and storm door.

I cant express how happy we are with choosing Andersen for our window installation. Our sales representative was knowledgeable with product and answered any questions we had without hesitation. I did also fill out a survey that was sent in an email, but sadly I failed to personally name the two gentlemen that performed the actual installation. Barrett and Francisco were our guys, and let me tell you, they were outstanding!!! They did Excellent work and were professional as well as efficient and made this a smooth, none evasive process for us. I strongly recommend this company and these installers to anyone in need of windows!!! My husband and I could not be more pleased we chose Andersen for replacing our windows!!!

Jason and Brett did an awesome job installing our doors. We had separate installers a month earlier for our windows who also did a fantastic job. They were all very professional and cleaned up almost better than the area looked before the installation! Since these were both jobs that took more than one day the installers were great at keeping us informed on the status of where the project was at along the way.

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