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Virginia contractor licensing

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Registration - DPORThe Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation Board for Contractors “licenses businesses engaged in the construction, removal, repair, or improvement of facilities on property owned by others.”

The license has two parts: the class and the classification/speciality. The class of license – A, B, or C – determines the maximum monetary value of a project that can be performed. The classification/specialty determines the type(s) of work the contractor is licensed to perform.

Through the Virginia DPOR website license lookup at, you can view any contractor’s license, including class, specialties, and any open and/or closed complaints. This is a useful tool for researching not just contractors, but any service provider engaging in a state-licensed occupation.

Windows and Home Renovations Direct is licensed under the corporate name SML Incorporated, license #2705063477. We are a Class A contractor, indicating that there is no monetary limit on work that can be performed, and our classifications/specialties are Building (BLD) and Home Improvement (HIC). Click here to view our license.

If you’re interested in hiring any type of contractor, be sure to do your research. And if you’d like to find out more about our licensure and the types of projects we’ve completed, please contact us.

Clean your screened porch easily

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014
Get your screen porch ready for spring

It’s spring! Time to get your screened porch¬†ready!

It’s finally spring and time to get your screened porch ready to use. Here are some tips to make the preparation easier and more efficient.

Check for needed repairs

Check your lights and electrical outlets. Inspect the paint, trim, and screens. If you see anything that needs to be fixed, do that first so you don’t have to clean up twice.

Gather your cleaning supplies

You’ll need a long-handled duster or mop, a bucket, a large soft-bristled brush, a sponge, cleaning solution, and a broom or mop.

A wet/dry vacuum cleaner is optional, but it’s the fastest and cleanest way to remove dirty water once you’ve finished cleaning.

Choose a cleaning solution that won’t damage your screen, the porch trim, or the floor surface and prepare a bucket of it mixed according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Clean from the top down

Use an extension mop or duster to wipe down the ceilings, lights, and ceiling fan blades.

Then hose down the screens from inside, top to bottom. After wetting the screen. Use a soft-bristled brush dipped into the bucket of cleaning solution to clean the screen and remove the dust and pollen that has accumulated over the winter. Remember, clean from the top down. Hose down the screen from the inside to rinse.

Use the same cleaning solution and a sponge to wipe off the porch trim, then rinse with the hose or the sponge and a bucket of clean water.

Now you can scrub the floor with a broom or mop and your cleaning solution. If you have indoor/outdoor carpet, use the manufacturer’s recommended method. Dry by sweeping the residual moisture out the door (if possible) or vacuum with a wet/dry vacuum cleaner.

Now your porch is clean and ready to use!

Contact us

If you don’t have one yet but would like to increase your home’s living space by adding a screened porch, contact us for a free, no obligation, on-site estimate.

Home additions and retaining walls

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013
Natural Stone Retaining Wall

A natural brown stone retaining wall, still under construction. This wall will be holding a three story addition. It is truly massive and beautiful.

Sometimes the ability of a homeowner to add a home addition is limited by the grading of the property. This problem can be solved by building a retaining wall. The retaining wall supports the addition of soil, providing graded land suitable for the foundation of a home addition.

Retaining walls can be built of brick, block or stone to complement your home’s style and the surrounding land. In this case, natural brown stone was used.

Contact us for more information about home additions and stone work.

Screen porch adds outdoor living space

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Screened PorchIt’s a great time of year to consider adding some outdoor living space to your home.

There was nothing on the back of this house when we added the covered screen porch, complimented by the large rough sawn timbers wrapped with stone bases.

Notice how we were able to tie in the new stone with the original stone wall on the house. Retaining walls were added as well.

Click to learn more about our home addition services »

Get a No-Cost, No-Obligation Estimate

Contact us by phone at (540) 537-2876 or complete our online request form to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation estimate for creating the screened porch of your dreams!