Home Improvement Blog: A Toolbox of Ideas

Better Living with a Vinyl Sunroom

Posted on Thu, Apr 28, 2011


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Tags: Better Living, Sunrooms, Vinyl Sunroom

Create a Unique Outdoor Space with a Patio Roof

Posted on Wed, Apr 27, 2011

A patio or deck is a gathering place of friends and family for outdoor activities and events. A roof on your patio or deck helps to make it multi-seasonal so that you can enjoy the outdoors without too much sun or watch a rainstorm without getting wet. What will make you decide on one type of patio roof over another is mostly related to the style of your home and patio space.


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Tags: Patio Roof, Gable, Studio, Outdoor Space

Windows Play a Key Role in Home Safety

Posted on Sun, Apr 24, 2011

Two of the main points of window safety are to provide an escape for fires and to help prevent falls. The Window Safety Task Force of the National Safety Council reminds parents that windows play an important role in both of these areas.


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Tags: Building Codes, Windows, Double Hung Window

6 Spring Maintenance Tips for Your Home Including Windows and Doors

Posted on Wed, Apr 20, 2011

Spring has arrived and it feels good to get outside without battling the elements of winter.  Now is the time to think about doing some simple Spring maintenance around your home.  Taking a look at your windows, doors, gutters, siding, deck and sunroom is a great place to start.  Getting into the routine of inspecting and making small repairs on a regular basis will help increase the life of your home and help avoid those large costly home repairs. 

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Tags: Decks, Sunrooms, Doors, Windows, Gutters, Siding

6 Tips for Selecting the Best Sunroom or Window Company

Posted on Fri, Apr 15, 2011

You have come to the conclusion that you want a sunroom on your home or replacement windows, now you need to find someone to properly complete these home improvement projects.   This is a big decision; after all, it is work on your home.  One of the best approaches is to educate yourself, get multiple in-home estimates and visit the showrooms of the companies you like.  Here are 6 tips to help you select the best sunroom/window contractor for your job.


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Tags: Sunrooms, Replacement Windows

Sunroom vs. Room Addition: What’s the Difference?

Posted on Wed, Apr 13, 2011

 You may be ready to add on to your home. You need extra space, another room i.e. a family room, den, or just a place to relax. What needs to be thought about is what do you want to use it for, what will be its primary use?  There are a couple of options to consider that will achieve the extra room needed.  In some cases, like the expanding of a kitchen or an additional bedroom, a construction style room addition would work better.  Looking for additional room to relax and enjoy life, you may want to add a year round sunroom.


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Tags: Room Addition, Sunrooms

Best Sunroom Glass Available Today

Posted on Mon, Apr 11, 2011

There are different options in selecting which type of glass will be best for your sunroom project.  There are different levels of LoE glass, some with better insulating factors and others that are tinted for UV protection.  Glass is rated by the solar heat gain ratings and the insulating qualities, obviously the better the ratings the better the glass.  As well, it is highly recommended to use tempered glass in any sunroom project for strength and safety.  Let’s look at what options are available to create the best sunroom glass available today. 

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Tags: Glass Coating, Glass, Sunrooms, Energy Efficiency

Can I put a Screen Room on my Deck?

Posted on Fri, Apr 08, 2011

  You already have a deck which you enjoy, but there are those days which the bugs and sun are just too unbearable.  So now you are pondering putting a screen room on your deck to increase the time you will be able spend with friends with family in your outdoor space.  There are few details to consider as you are contemplating this option.  


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Tags: Decks, Deck Enclosure, Screen Room

Can I Put A Hot Tub In My Sunroom?

Posted on Tue, Apr 05, 2011

Many people would like to have a hot tub in their sunroom. Having a hot tub in your sunroom is a very popular amenity; however, make sure that you keep in mind that there will be large amounts of moisture inside of the room. Also, make sure that your new hot tub will be able to be physically placed inside your sunroom. If you have an existing sunroom, make sure to measure your openings to make sure your hot tub will fit through.


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Tags: Hot Tub, Sunrooms, Sunroom Uses, Patio Enclosure