Estate Millwork Knowledge Base


Lumber Buying Tips: What to Look for When Buying Hardwood Lumber

Published: August 17, 2022

Buying hardwood lumber for your home is a great way to add value to your property and make it feel more like an upscale apartment rather than a rental. But buying quality wood can be overwhelming if you’ve never done it before. After all, there are so many different types of lumber, and most of them have specific properties that make them better suited for certain uses than others. Fortunately, much of the confusion over the properties of different types of lumber has been eliminated through standardization and testing requirements. Nowadays, virtually all residential hardwood lum...


Are Louvered Doors Outdated

Published: August 15, 2022

Even if you don’t use natural light as an advantage, louvered doors can help reduce your energy costs. They direct incoming sunlight to where it does least damage to your curtains and walls. What’s more, by partially opening their shades during the summer, they increase air flow without reducing heat coverage. They also improve quality of life issues like noise and sleep disruption. At night, closing them off from the rest of the room reduces noise and cools down the space. During the day, they allow fresh air into the room and block out some of the noise traffic outside. When...


Are PVC Shutters the Same as Vinyl

Published: August 11, 2022

When it comes to adding decorative accents and new fixtures to your home, selecting a material is the first and most important step as it will be what makes your house stand out from the others. In choosing which material you are going to use you will need to consider things like how well this material will hold up over time but also look good on your home. Are They the Same? The short answer is no. While PVC is short for polyvinyl chloride which is a type of vinyl but not the same as those flimsy vinyl shutters you are thinking of. PVC or Azek shutters will far outlast and outper...


How To Find the Right Wooden Door For Your Home

Published: August 04, 2022

Everyone loves a good wooden door. Not only do they add warmth, character, and charm to any home, but they can also help you express your personal style. Whether you’re looking for a rustic feel in your country home or something a little more modern in your loft apartment, there’s a door that will suit your home perfectly. If you’re on the hunt for the perfect wooden door for your home, we have all the insider tips you need to know. From designing the layout of your space to choosing the right material for your needs, our guide will help you choose wisely next time you’re brow...


Exterior Wood Shutters and Doors Crafted with Minimal Environmental Impact

Published: July 29, 2022

The Estate Millwork factory is situated in the Allegheny Mountains of western Pennsylvania, a timber rich area which allows us ready access to sustainable forestland. Our employees and management grew up on the land and in the forests of our area, many of us have been farmers, sawyers and lumberjacks before coming "inside" to Estate Millwork to specilize in handcrafted, custom millwork like our wooden shutters . Environmentally Friendly Green Construction Sustainable Forestry. We manage a portion of the timberland that produces domestic hardwoods for our products, and buy all ...