Home Improvement Blog: A Toolbox of Ideas

Sunroom Manufacturer, Joyce Mfg.

Posted on Sun, Jul 31, 2011

When considering the purchase of a sunroom, it is important to know where your sunroom is made.  There is a sunroom manufacturer located in Cleveland, OH named Joyce Manufacturing.  Joyce not only serves Northeast Ohio but to over 400 dealers throughout the United States.  To this day Joyce is still family owned (third generation) and operated.

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Tags: Room Addition, manufacturer, Sunrooms, Vinyl Sunroom

Replacement Windows - Window Blinds between the Glass?

Posted on Thu, Jul 28, 2011


The time has come to purchase replacement windows and you are considering all the options and accessories available in the market today.  One option is window blinds between the two panes of glass.  This is available for both windows and for doors.  When considering this option, let’s take a look at the pros and cons of having window blinds inside the glass.




Neat and Streamlined Looking

Window blinds between the glass provides a neat and streamlined look.  The blinds always remain in place, don’t get bent or broken from daily use and there are no annoying dangling cords.   As well, from the outside, your windows have a unified and consistent look.  It is very difficult to achieve this with regular blinds; often they are hanging slightly different or leaning because the “stop” isn’t holding the cording properly. 


Never Get Dusty

Obviously, if the window blind is in between the glass it is not exposed to the everyday dust other things in our home are exposed to.  The window blinds are protected not only from dust, but from air borne grease and grim in our homes.  You can cross off cleaning the blinds as one of your household chores when they are within the panes of glass.


Won’t Interfere with Window Treatments

When the window blinds are neatly tucked away under the glass, there is no interference with any windows treatments.  You won’t have to deal with the bulky header that houses all the mechanics of the blinds or deal with the blinds shifting around every time you open or close your curtains or drapes. 





Limited Colors

The window blind colors available for this option are limited.  So, you will need to choose from what is available from that specific manufacturer.  As well, you can’t change the color of the window blind every so often, so choose wisely the first time.


More Susceptible to Seal Failure

The design of the window unit is alter to accommodate the blinds, because of this alteration or accommodation the window is more susceptible to seal failure.  Seal failure will significantly decrease the windows energy efficiency level.  Also because of the design, it has been known that tiny spiders make their way in but cannot find their way out. 


Limited Warranty

This style of window has a more limited warranty than most windows without window blinds.  Therefore, you need to keep in mind that if a window breaks or something goes wrong you may be looking at buying a whole new window.  Look over the warranty in detail so that you are fully aware of what is covered and what is not as it will vary from manufacturer to manufacturer.



Choosing replacement windows can change the overall look of your home.  Investigate all of your options, know all there is to know about them and make the best decision for you and the look of your home.    





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Tags: Window Treatments, Replacement Windows, Windows

Screened Porch Enclosures – 3 Good Reasons to Have One

Posted on Sun, Jul 24, 2011


Screened porch enclosures are a great way to extend your living space to the outdoors.  Imagine being able to plan a family gathering without having to keep your fingers crossed as to the weather, sitting “outside” enjoying the gentle breezes without those pesky bugs and creating a wonderful space to entertain friends and family.  Screened porch enclosures are a great addition to any home.  There are many reasons to consider adding on a screened porch enclosure – let’s take a look at three.


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Tags: Screened Enclosures, Outdoor Space, Screen Room

Getting a Replacement Windows Estimate

Posted on Sat, Jul 23, 2011

It’s time to replace those worn out drafty windows before the next round of cold weather comes your way.  There are several steps to get from knowing you need to replace them to installation of your new windows.  The first step is getting estimates on the replacing the windows.  It is in your best interest to get a few estimates.  You want to be sure that you are getting exactly the style of windows you want at the level of energy efficiency that suits your needs.  Also, the best price should not always be your barometer of who gets the job but which company can provide you with the best overall value.


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Tags: Replacement Windows, Investment, Cost

Enclosed Patio Rooms, 3 Great Ideas

Posted on Sun, Jul 17, 2011


Creating an outdoor space is popular trend as people expand their living spaces to include the outdoors.  Enclosed patio rooms are a great way to transition from your home to the outdoors.  Having a space that is protected from the rain, scorching sun and pesky bugs allows families and friends to expand the amount of time spent in the outdoors.  There are three great options for enclosed patio rooms:  a year round sunroom, a three room sunroom or a screen room.


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Tags: Sunrooms, Screen Room, Patio Enclosure

3 Popular Designs for Decks in the Cleveland Area

Posted on Thu, Jul 14, 2011

Having a deck on your home provides a great space for entertaining, lounging and grilling out with family and friends.  Decks come in a variety of designs or layouts and can be customized to suit your taste or needs.  As well, decks can be made to any size, allowing you to configure the space with regards to outdoor furniture, deck accessories and your outdoor kitchen.  Your homes architecture will dictate the starting point, but your imagination can fill in the rest.  When considering a new deck or revamping your old deck, one of the following popular deck designs may suit your needs.


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Tags: Decks, Design, Outdoor Space

Trex Decking a Great Option for Decks in Cleveland

Posted on Sun, Jul 10, 2011

What is Trex®

Trex is composite decking, railing and fencing products that are made of a unique combination of wood and plastic fibers. Trex gets its plastic and wood fibers from reclaimed or recycled resources. Including sawdust and used wood pallets from woodworking operations, and recycled plastic grocery bags from all over the country. The company recycles over 1.3 million grocery retail bags annually.


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Tags: Trex, Decks, Outdoor Space

Spa Inspired Décor for Your Sunroom, 10 Design Elements

Posted on Fri, Jul 08, 2011

Creating a spa inspired décor in your sunroom is a fairly simple process.  Your sunroom already by design brings the outdoors inside, which is one of the main components in a spa inspired design.  So adding a few supportive design elements throughout your room will transform your room into a spa that will calm the mind and rejuvenate the body.  Creating an environment that is relaxing is certainly subject to personal tastes so pick and choose the elements that best suit your style.  Here are 10 design elements to consider bringing into your spa inspired sunroom.


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Tags: Design, Sunrooms, Sunroom Uses, Decorating Ideas

What is Involved with the Costs of Building a Sunroom?

Posted on Tue, Jul 05, 2011




Most people, when looking at a sunroom/patio enclosure display, usually ask how much does one like this cost.  Just give me a “ballpark”. Well….. That is a difficult question to answer.  First, what you are looking at is a “sample” sunroom with many different options, features and either built in a showroom or built as a display at a show, not on your home.  Things to consider:  What size sunroom are you interested in? Are you thinking of a three or four season sunroom? What style of sunroom best suits your homes style? At this point, what is really needed is to have a customized estimate based on what you want in your sunroom. Most sunroom builders/manufacturers will come to your home and give you a free no obligation estimate. Once you do this, you will then know exactly how much your sunroom will cost.

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Tags: Sunrooms, Cost, Patio Enclosure