Home Improvement Blog: A Toolbox of Ideas

2010 Home Improvement Giveaway Winner

Posted on Sat, Feb 26, 2011

The 2010 55th Anniversary $10,550 Giveaway Winner

 

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Tags: Giveaway, Replacement Windows

Solarium vs Sunroom

Posted on Tue, Feb 22, 2011

A sunroom is a structure constructed onto a home that allows for the enjoyment of the surrounding scenery while being protected from inclement weather.  This sunroom structure is also often referred to as a solarium, patio room, patio enclosure, conservatory, or Florida room.  While many of these terms can be used interchangeably to describe a glassed in home addition that provides an open, light and relaxing space, the words Sunroom and Solarium do define different structures. But what is the difference between the two? Which one will be best for your home? The key differences between a sunroom vs a solarium is its intended use, the pros & cons of each, the required maintenance, and the resale value on your investment. 

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Tags: Sunrooms, Solariums

3 Season Sunroom vs a 4 Season Sunroom

Posted on Sat, Feb 19, 2011

What is the difference between a 3 season sunroom vs a 4 season sunroom?  The obvious answer - one season!  A 3 season is built to be used in the warmer months of the year, which can vary from a span of 5 to 8 months (if we’re lucky!).  A 4 season sunroom is constructed to allow the sunroom to be used comfortably  year round.  There are three primary differences in the construction of these rooms:  glass, insulation and a HVAC unit.

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Tags: Sunrooms, Three Season Porch, Four Season Sunroom

Many Ways to Save Money with Replacement Windows in Cleveland, Ohio

Posted on Thu, Feb 17, 2011

Everyone is always looking for ways to save money. One of the best ways to save money on your home is by replacing your windows. For most homeowners, your home is your largest investment. It’s very easy to trade in those old, drafty inefficient windows for new, state-of-the-art energy efficient replacement windows. 

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Tags: Replacement Windows, Save Money, Investment

Bay Window vs Bow Window: What’s the Difference?

Posted on Wed, Feb 16, 2011

Just what is it that makes one different from the other?

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Tags: Bay Window, Bow Window, Replacement Windows

The Top 6 Most Popular Sunroom Floors

Posted on Tue, Feb 15, 2011

When selecting a floor for your sunroom, you should first consider the main purpose of the sunroom?  The function of the sunroom will affect what types of floors will work best.  Will you use the sunroom for dining and entertaining?  Or perhaps you want to use the room to just relax in comfort.  The floor should also complement the design of the room.  Ultimately the choice is yours. 

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Tags: Flooring, Sunrooms

Energy Efficient Windows - What Are They Made Of?

Posted on Sun, Feb 13, 2011

So you are in the market for energy efficient replacement windows because the ones you have might be old aluminum, warped wood or just down right drafty. In recent years the craze has been about the energy efficient window with the Energy Star Rating. But you ask yourself, “What exactly is an energy efficient window and what are the components that make it up?”

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Tags: Energy Efficiency, Replacement Windows

Top 5 Reasons to Enclose a Deck & Create a Sunroom

Posted on Fri, Feb 04, 2011

Living in Northern Ohio there are several reasons to have your deck enclosed to transform your existing deck to a full screen room or sunroom. Many decks get upgraded every year.  An enclosed deck will keep you dry and insect-free. When a screen room is built on a deck, one can enjoy the outdoors and the refreshing breezes all summer long and into the fall without concern for rain or extreme temperatures. 

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Tags: Deck Enclosure, Patio Enclosure