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26 September 2019
Go Green!
Go Green!


It’s that time of year again—every kid’s nightmare and every parent’s dream. It’s Back to School Season! It seems like everywhere you go this time of year, you’re bombarded with colored folders, giant binders and notebooks, divider and tabs, pens and pencils, markers and crayons in every color, glue sticks and staplers. It looks like our office supply closet multiplied by about a thousand.

As our manager, Shannon, was doing all her back to school preparations for her family, she brought up something that I hadn’t really thought about. Though we endeavor to recycle the obvious things in our office such as paper, water bottles, and shipping materials, I didn’t even realize that markers and crayons could be recycled! There is a frankly terrifying number of markers and crayons going into the landfills every year as parents and teachers alike dispose of last year’s dried-out or broken supplies and purchase brand new ones.

The National Crayon Recycling Program was started in 1993 and has recycled over 120,000 pounds of crayons to date. Since crayons are made with a petroleum base, they take many years to break down in the trash. Instead, used and broken crayons arrive at the Crazy Crayon workshop, are sorted by color, sterilized, melted down, and hand-poured into beautiful shapes. Crazy Crayon’s idea is to get kids involved in recycling with their slogan, “Color a Clean Earth.”

ColorCycle was started by Crayola in 2013 to help schools find an innovative solution to their surplus of used markers. All you must do is box up a minimum of 100 markers and ColorCycle will send a prepaid label so you can ship it to them. Crayola recycles not only their own markers, but any brand of plastic markers including high lighters, Sharpies, and dry erase markers. Unfortunately, the program is only available to schools, but the fact that it’s out there is still great.

So, let’s all do what we can to go green!

23 September 2019
Prepping Your Garage for the Winter Months
Prepping Your Garage for the Winter Months


Summer has officially moved on. Schools in session, Halloween decor is everywhere and a few trees are starting to show their fall colors. Although we hate to say goodbye to the warm weather, many of us look forward to cooler temps, football games and cozy sweaters. What we don't look forward to is putting away all that summer gear that has crept up all over the yard and house.....and the eventual sleet and snow that will make its way to our area. If you follow these tips to get your garage space ready for winter, you'll be back to sipping that pumpkin spice latte in no time!


Start with a Clean Slate


Start by giving your garage floor a good sweeping. Look for any oil or gas spills that may have happened. If you find one, treat them right away by covering the area with cat litter, cornstarch or baking powder. Let this sit on the stain for a few hours and then collect it with a brush and pan. Scrub the area with a small amount of dish soap and water, then rinse and let dry.


Use a damp cloth to wipe down around window and door frames. Now is a perfect time to examine any weather stripping and replace it. Examine caulked areas too. If you notice cracking, scrap away the affected area and apply a new strip of caulk. Clean seals will ensure a tight closure so moisture and cold air don't creep in over winter.


Replace any light bulbs that may have burned out over the summer so your area is well lit when we turn those clocks back.


Store Items the Right Way


As you gather your summer gear together for storage, check items for breakage and general wear and tear. Clear up space by donating items you no longer use or throw them it away. As you put items away, make sure they are secure, especially if they are hanging or being stored on a shelf. Make sure they do not interfere with the opening and closing of your garage door. Use a peg board or employ various holders to hang smaller items.


Don't bury your shovels and winter items under your patio furniture! You may not be thinking of snow just yet, but you'll be thankful the shovel is not buried under a mountain of pool noodles come that first dusting. Put all your snow gear, shovels and ice melting products in an accessible area. Make a note if you need to buy any products or finally replace that shovel with the broken handle.


Make sure your cars are equipped with ice scrapers and brushes for snow removal. Store an extra pair of gloves with these items too.


Garage Door Check-Up


Examine all areas of your garage door opener and track. Make sure the tracks are clear of objects and debris. Open and close the door and look for any hesitation or unevenness when it is in motion. If the springs or any other part of the track seem to be faltering, call a professional to look things over and make any repairs. Many homeowners suffer unnecessary injuries because they try and tackle these repairs on their own.


We hope that you are ready for cooler temps and the beauty that fall brings. Please call us with any garage door concerns or repairs.









17 September 2019
Obscured Glass: Waterfall
Obscured Glass: Waterfall


As September begins, we close the door on summer, but open it up to my favorite season—fall. While it’s not quite time yet for pumpkin cream cheese, spiced lattes, and scented candles, we can talk about another of my favorite fall things. Our entrance door manufacturer, Provia, has some of the coolest glass on the market. You can choose a design from the colorful Inspirations Art Glass collection, their countless decorative glasses, and even simpler beveled glass for exactly the look you want. Provia is leading the charge with several different and beautiful obscured glasses for any room in your home.

Now, if you’re like me, you hear the words ‘obscured glass’ and think of that pebbled texture that was in every bathroom in the 90s. [That glass is still available, of course.] However, Provia has one obscured glass in particular that could go a long way towards updating a bathroom or entrance door. It’s called Waterfall and it looks quite like its namesake. It gives the appearance of water falling down the glass and clocks in with a privacy rating of nine out of ten. Waterfall glass would spice up any bathroom window and also look cheerful in any entrance door.

Provia has two specialty designs that have availability to obscure the glass behind a beautiful metal latticework. They are respectively called Carmen, which is more of a graphite look, and Barcelona, which is a callback to the wrought iron gate. Both can have any obscured glass placed behind them, but the Waterfall looks especially lovely in my opinion. If you don’t believe me, come take a look for yourself at the door we have on display in our showroom. 

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