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DANGERS OF IMPROPER INSTALLATIONS

There’s a lot more to putting new windows and doors in your home than picking the best models on the market.  More important than the model is the installation and whether that was done properly.  Its akin to having a Mercedes with the engine installed backwards...it looks great but won't do what you were hoping it would do.  Improper installations can lead to a variety of problems, including:   Structural Damage To Your Home From Poor Installation Windows and doors basically are attacked by extreme weather, temperature changes, humidity levels and more.  The extremes of the Gulf Coast will wreck havoc on your home, its just a matter of time.  When products are installed improperly, you run the risk of cracked joints, water damage, resulting mold issues, rot, insect intrusion and a whole lot of other potential issues.  Also imagine what hurricane force winds and rain would do to an improperly installed window or door.   Improperly Installed Products Can [...]

SAVE WITH NEW WINDOWS AND DOORS

The Department of Energy studies indicate that new windows and doors can save the average homeowner between 10% and 40% on their power bill.  More savings (or waste) is related to insulation in attics and walls, HVAC inefficiencies and other related products.  So if you have a great HVAC system and good insulation, energy savings will be toward the higher end of the scale with new windows and doors.  Conversely, the opposite will leave you toward the lower end of the savings scale. Get this - we had a customer actually track their energy savings over an 8 month period after purchasing Folkers' replacement windows.  You know what they found? A 32% savings on their power bill each month for 8 months.   Click on the link below http://www.facebook.com/folkerswindows/photos/a.157884844229465.36046.147776985240251/1339681579383113/?type=3&theater Add the federal tax credit for installing energy efficient improvements to the above savings and any power company rebates (Gulf Power, for example), and you can see new windows and doors [...]

MYTHS ABOUT HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS

"If I tape my windows, they won't shatter." Incorrect.  Taping windows can actually cause a larger problem.  When untaped windows get hit with flying debris, they will shatter into a million tiny pieces.  That's horrible, right?  When taped windows are hit with debris, they still break, but into larger and more dangerous pieces.  These are the shards that could cause really damage to you.  The tape will not keep the windows in one piece nor will it stop foreign objects from penetrating into your living room.  So forget the tape; it's just a pain to clean up afterwards anyway. "If I crack the windows, that will stabilize pressure." This is one we've heard for years for not only hurricanes but also tornadoes.  Think about it this way, when a storm hits and you open the window to let vicious, violent air into the home, it's going to look for a way to escape.  Your windows will be broken from the [...]

DOES IMPACT GLASS BREAK?

Impact glass is designed to resist impact based damage which is why it first became popular as a car windshield. Since impact glass is designed to sustain heavy wind gusts of up to 200 mph and its miscellaneous debris, it’s becoming highly favorable for homeowners in hurricane zones. Impact glass is designed with three layers. The outer layers are made up of glass while the inner layer is made up of polyvinyl butyral (PVB). When all three of these layers are fused together via heat and pressure, or lamination, these layers become stronger and more durable which creates an impact window. Though the question still remains, does impact glass break? In plain terms, yes, impact glass can break. However, as these glass structures receive impact, the inner layer of PVB keeps the structure from breaking down—it keeps the window standing even though the glass shatters.much like a car windshield.   There are varying types of impact glass. Depending on where you live, housing code compliance may have different requirements, such as thickness and window [...]

WHY CHOOSE FOLKERS?

What makes Folkers Window and Home Improvement Company different than the other guys?  Why should you consider using Folkers instead of other contractors? Its really pretty simple...we're the best at what we do. Folkers has been in business for over 44 years. Folkers does not use sub contractors which means our installers are employees and their work standards and practices are controlled by us.  Legally, sub contractors cannot be told how to do the work or when to show up to work.  In addition, many sub contractors are here today and gone tomorrow. Folkers is veteran owned and we instill that military discipline into the organization. Our staff of 25 has over 350 years of combined experience.  Our installers have an average of 15 years experience.  Our sales staff has over 20 years experience each meaning they know the code, know the products, know the installation issues that may arise and can answer all of your questions. We play by [...]

WINDOW AND DOOR INSTALLATION

Have you had the "sales person" out to provide the free estimate?  Have you done your homework on the internet and now have more questions than you started with?  Do you have a fist full of brochures and they all look the same?  You are not alone.  In many cases, a white window is a white window is a white window and they all look relatively the same.  In many cases, they are relatively the same with minor differences in the locks or the frames, etc. What really sets window and door companies apart is the installation process.  Folkers has a documented 9 step process that is followed every time.  We do not use sub contractors but rather employees who are highly trained in that process.  We use only the highest grade of installation materials (caulk, screws, etc.).  During the installation, we follow the manufacturer's recommended installation processes and specifications in order to ensure that the product is installed properly. [...]

LIFE TIME WARRANTY

So most folks these days hear the words "Life Time Warranty" and think "that's great but it's not really a life time warranty" due to all of the exclusions typically found in a life time warranty.  There's always the "except in this case" or the "doesn't cover that situation" type of exclusions.  With Folkers' life time warranty that is not the case, with one exception....acts of God, which is what the insurance is for.  Folkers' life time warranty covers windows and sliding glass doors.  In addition, we have a dedicated service department that handles issues and problems that might occur after the initial installation.  Thus, we do not have to farm out the repairs and we never use subcontractors so we don't have to chase down the installer(s) who might or might not still be in business. Here's an example, if Johnny Baseball next door throws a ball through your window, we'll replace the glass.  If Allstate's Mayhem is mowing [...]

DO YOU KNOW THE CODE?

Let's discuss the first question that pops into many folks heads....do I have to follow the building code?  Quite simply, YES!!!  the building code is law first of all.  Secondly, the code is designed to protect you and your property from unscrupulous contractors who prey on folks.  Yes, there is a fee for a building permit and yes "Big Brother" is dictating to all of us what we can and cannot do with our property, so to speak.  With that said, the cost is minimal and the code does provide protection by dictating, to us contractors, what we can and cannot sell and install in your home.  Alabama is not quite as stringent as Florida but the coastal counties do have a variety of storm related regulations depending the municipality and county in which you reside.  If you have questions about the building code in Alabama and/or Florida, call us and we'll be happy to walk you through it.   [...]

8 WARNING SIGNS THAT YOU NEED A NEW FRONT DOOR

1. What is the age of your doors? This really is the first question to ask yourself when considering new doors.  If your home has the original builder grade doors and your home is over 8 years old, then you are a candidate for replacements. Builder grade doors is an industry term that refers to a grade of doors used by builders during new construction of homes.  Builder grade doors are actually low quality stripped down products. The term comes from the fact that many builders and developers purchase a low end door product to put into new developments as a way to save themselves thousands of dollars.  Most people don’t inspect the door quality when buying and/or building a new home but rather folks will view the aesthetics of the home…the look of the door, the counter tops, the bathroom, the kitchen, the exterior, molding and other eye catching characteristics. The big loser, of course, is the homeowner who [...]