I think we can all agree, this past year allowed us to really see our homes in a new light. Perhaps this light has revealed some areas that need a little TLC. Consider the following areas or ways you can give your home a boost this coming year.
Be a Clutter Buster
Organizing your home is one of the best ways to start fresh. It can also seem the most overwhelming if you have a lot of people and all the stuff that people come with. If you can focus on two principles, this task can be achieved. One-get rid of things you don’t use or don’t like. Two-only bring things into the home that you need. Both of these things will take time to master, but when you do, you will find the task of maintaining clutter much easier. Start with one room, really evaluate it’s contents and make a keep, donate and trash pile. You may find yourself with extra storage as you go from room to room. Utilize that new found space to help organize the items you are keeping. Invest in quality shelving, baskets or caddies for a homey look.
Since our humble beginnings over 40 years ago we appreciate the needs of not only the larger companies, but the small Mom & Pop businesses that require commercial windows or entry and garage doors. Here is a brief overview of our commercial products and how they can enhance your business.
Your front door is the gateway to your business, products and employees. Make sure it gives off a positive first impression, which is so important in today’s business environment. Our doors are constructed with durable steel, provide security and look beautiful. We choose products that are energy efficient and reliable for years to come.
Every year over 500,000 US children are exposed to harmful levels of lead. Because symptoms are hard to recognize, many children go un-diagnosed for long periods of time. Learn to see the signs of possible lead poisoning and respond quickly to maintain the safety and health of our precious little ones.
Lights...Camera...Action! Although we associate this phrase within the movie industry, it can be helpful when thinking of ways to keep your home safe. Consider these tips to protect yourself and your belongings.
One of the biggest deterrents to burglars is a well-lit home. Make sure walkways, entrances and the outside of your garage are illuminated well. Anyone targeting your home wants to stay incognito, placing motion sensitive light bulbs near the garage and doors prevents a person lurking around.
Make a statement with your front door that reflects your personal style and compliments the exterior of your home. Not sure what your style is? Let’s take a look at some common door designs and the features that set them apart.
This look shows clean, straight lines and a smoother door surface. Neutral colors like brown, gray and pewter bring warmth to the design. Frosted or translucent glass would allow light in while maintaining privacy. It has an overall minimalist feel. You may even see wood combined with metals. This style’s door is often over-sized giving it a grand feel.
You may be storing items in your garage that are not only taking up space, but should not be stored there in the first place. Let's help you identify these items and find a better home for them.
No one likes to run out of propane when you are grilling for a picnic, but that spare tank should not be tucked away in your garage. Hot temperatures may cause the tank to expand and start leaking gas. One small spark could lead to a fire. Tanks should be kept in a well-ventilated area outside.
This month we recognize the importance of garage door safety. Every year over 20,000 people suffer injuries from garage door accidents. We want to lessen that number by mentioning the most common accidents and how to avoid them.
Playing with the doors. Children sometimes view garage doors as a cool “ride”. They cling to the door as it travels up & down the tracks or race to see if they can duck under the door before it closes. Prevent this by explaining the dangers & enforcing it is not a toy. You may also want to include that the button to open or close the door is off limits as well and only to be used by an adult.
The past few weeks have allowed us to really focus on some areas of our homes that we may not always get to. Many of us have been spring cleaning and getting our homes ready for warmer weather. While you've probably hit all the familiar areas, let's walk you through some spots you may have missed.
In the Kitchen
Your counters are probably wiped clean at the end of the day, but when was the last time you gave some attention to your back-splashes? No doubt they see their fair share of food, splashed beverages and dish water. Wipe them down with warm water with a few drops of soap.
The trash can see all kinds of goodies thrown in it through-out the week, and even the best liner can't stop a tear here and there. All of a sudden, that old spaghetti sauce you thought was contained is inside the can. About once a month, take a peek in there before you replace the liner. Wipe it down inside and out.
As you go about prepping your windows for the warm breezes of spring & summer, take a few minutes to ensure your windows are safe for kids, adults and pets alike.
You may not think of it when planning for emergencies, but if you have a two story (or more) home, you should have an escape plan from those upper floors. Do you have a window on each floor that can be opened quickly and support a ladder for people to climb down? Look at window air conditioners too, are they blocking a potential exit?
This coming April will mark the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Originally started to bring awareness to air and water pollution, the event is now recognized in over 190 countries. The environmental issues may have changed over the years, but the focus of helping our planet remains the same. Let's take a look at some of the ways that are making a big impact now.
These are items that are usually made from raw materials (think bamboo, hemp & organic cotton) that serve a function now, but will also be easily broken down or recycled in the future.
Recent examples would be people using metal straws instead of plastic or choosing reusable sandwich bags in lieu of the fold-over baggies.
AccuVent is ProVia’s proprietary design for both the venting and locking of their patio doors. It features a two-part mechanism that connects at both the midpoint of the panel and ratchets at the top of the frame for multiple venting options. It also acts as a secondary lock so say goodbye to putting a stick in your door!
There’s nothing better than a pop of color to spice up something, whether it be a drab desk in an office or a bright pillow on a comfortable couch. Color touches our entire world and now, thanks to Provia, color can touch our homes too. Provia offers their patented Inspirations Art Glass to perk up any entrance door, storm door, patio door, or window glass. A design is first laid out by Provia’s computer software and then applied on the glass by a CNC machine. All of the patterns are created by Provia’s employees and you can bring them your own idea to ‘inspire’ a creation especially for you. There are no limits to the colorful options!
Home maintenance can be a tricky thing. You can go for years with no issues, and then one day look around and notice not one, but all of your windows are drafty and in sad shape. If you don't have cash set aside to make the necessary improvements to your home's windows, (or door replacement) there are financing options to help you cover this cost. Let's take a look at some common choices.
Using an Existing Credit Card
A great option to consider if the dollar amount is on the lower side. This also avoids you having to open up another loan, which means no waiting for an approval. If you have a credit card that rewards you with cash back that is a nice perk, just make sure you can pay it off in a timely manner so you don't negate that benefit. You may also want to check your current interest rate. If it on the higher side, another loan-type may be a better option.
Chocolate as we know and love it began in Southern Mexico where it was first enjoyed as a fermented beverage as early as 450 BC. The Aztecs believed that the cacao seeds, from which chocolate is made, were a gift from their God of Wisdom, Quetzalcoatl. The seeds of the cacao had so much value to the ancients that they were even used as currency. [One hundred seeds could buy you one turkey!]