Choosing the right window treatments can help to improve the appearance of your rooms and give you more control over the amount of light and privacy you get. Blinds are considered a “hard” window treatment in that they feature tilting slats or vanes that allow partial opening/closing using an attached, adjustable rod so you can control the view of the outside. “> Blinds generally cover your windows in a neat and uncluttered way, but there are different options that are…

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Weatherstripping involves sealing any air leaks in an old or drafty house. If done properly, it can cut down on your utility bills – heating and cooling – by more than 20 percent. Weatherstripping your doors and windows not only reduces your energy costs, but also reduces unnecessary wear and…


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When it comes to improving the energy efficiency of your home, one of the most common upgrades is installing new windows. Replacement windows come in a wide range of styles, materials, glazing options, and efficiency levels, plus many manufacturers offer the option for customized windows to maximize the returns on…


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Harsh weather and extreme variations in temperature can adversely affect your doors and windows, causing them to wear down faster than they should. From the scorching summer heat to gusty winds to pelting sleet and rain, any structures exposed to the elements can lose their appeal and even structural functionality…


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Your local climate zone plays a vital role in many aspects of building or renovating your home, including your choice of doors and windows. You want to make your living space as comfortable as possible without having to spend too much money on energy bills – heating and cooling. Today,…


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Many homes in the northern hemisphere are designed to maximize winter solar heat by increasing south-facing window area. But for this design element to be useful, the solar heat admitted must be stored within the house so it can keep the rooms warm later in the afternoon and at night.…


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With the cold winter months approaching, you will be relying on your furnace, space heaters, pellet stove, or some other device to keep your house warm. This translates to high energy bills that could be even higher if you let the heat escape through spaces in your doors and windows.…


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