9 11, 2017

5 Energy-Efficient Features Every Home Should Have

5 Energy-Efficient Features Every Home Should Have The Home is beautiful when the overhead cost is not burdensome. This is one of the vital reasons for sticking to plans on installing energy-efficient features in your home. When you do not plan to save energy, then you have simply planned to pay heavy costs on your utility bills. Most indoor activity, in regards to the use of energy in homes across the globe, is basically premised on heating and ventilating. Heating and Ventilating Heating simply implies changing the temperature from being cool to being warmer. Most especially in the wee hours of the day and during the winter, heating is often required in homes across the globe so as to normalize the temperature. Besides regulating temperatures, heating is also required for cooking food, boiling water and other kitchen activities. Ventilation ensures that there’s enough air in the indoor environment. In addition to cooling, proper ventilation avoids contracting diseases associated with poor [...]

26 10, 2017

Pros of Having a Patio Enclosure

Patio enclosures are beneficial in so many ways that it is difficult to decide where to start from. If you are trying to decide whether getting your patio closed up is a well-spent investment, you have come to the right place. Sit back and read why patio enclosures are totally cool and worth investing in. Closing up your patio space will give you more room and the perfect spot to host parties in. It sort of combines indoor and outdoor space, allowing you to enjoy the view around you while still being indoors. With a patio enclosures, you will be able to enjoy the outdoors and fresh air without having to deal withthe weather or insects. An enclosed patio is the perfect space to relax in, read a book or have a cup of tea, without having to worry about the wind or rain while you're doing so. If you work from home, you will have a brand new office space [...]

13 10, 2017

How to Know When You Need Replacement Windows

Windows are an important aspect of a house, as they affect the aesthetics of both the interior and exterior design. Besides the aesthetics, the windows also affect safety, comfort and the functionality of a house and, therefore, they need to be properly measured and installed. Windows, just like anything else, don't last forever, which is why home improvement is a thing. However, you have to know when it is time to get replacement windows and if that is really necessary. So, let's get into it! One of the obvious signs that you need to replace your windows is if they are warped, broken or damaged in any way. Some minor issues can be fixed but if they keep occurring, it is a sign that the windows have reached their final stage and should be replaced. Failing Functionality If the functionality of the windows changes to the extent that it creates an issue, you should consider getting a proper replacement. Are [...]

20 07, 2017

Folkers Receives BBB Torch Award for High Ethical Standards

Folkers Receives BBB Torch Award for High Ethical Standards This week, representatives from the Better Business Bureau presented Folkers Window Company with an honorable mention Torch Award for a heightened level of ethical standards. Quality, honest service and high ethical standards go hand-in-hand and are essential to the level of work we strive to provide every day. The BBB Torch Awards program highlights businesses and nonprofits that exemplify outstanding ethics. The program has recognized trustworthy businesses since 1999 and launched the nonprofit category in 2016.  

9 01, 2017

Dangers of Improper Installations

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 [...]

23 12, 2016

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.   Save on Engery Costs with New Windows and Doors Get this. We had a customer actually track their energy savings. And 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. We shared their results on our Facebook page, check it out. Add the federal tax credit for installing energy efficient improvements to the above savings and any power [...]

9 09, 2016

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 [...]

29 07, 2016

Impact Window Care Tips

Get the most of your impact windows. Proper upkeep of your windows will extend their useful lifespan. Follow these impact window care tips and they'll be protecting you for years to come. Impact Window Care The Do's After washing your windows and doors, apply a clear polymer coating to the exterior glass pane to protect again mineral stains, such as salt. Dust often - keep your windows and doors cobweb-free. Combat condensation with a squeegee instead of a towel so you're not swirling the dirty condensation around on the windows or doors. Wash regularly with a microfiber cloth and gentle soap. Rinse your windows with water before washing with soap to remove solid dirt that can scratch your windows. The Don'ts Don't use solvent or petroleum-based products on your windows. Don't use abrasive towels or cloth when wiping or cleaning your windows. Don't use scraping tools to clean your windows or doors. Don't paint your vinyl or aluminum windows or [...]

28 07, 2016

Does Impact Glass Break?

Impact glass is designed to resist impact-based damage, which is why it first became popular as a car windshield. Such impact glass is constructed to sustain heavy wind gusts of up to 200 mph and its miscellaneous debris. For this reason it's becoming highly favorable for homeowners in hurricane zones. Impact windows are designed with three layers. The outer layers are constructed of glass while the inner layer consists 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. The result is an impact window. Does impact glass break? So, does impact glass break? The short answer is yes, impact glass can break. However, as these glass panes receive and impact, the inner layer of PVB keeps the structure from breaking down. The inner later keeps the window standing even though the glass shatters, much like a car windshield. There are varying types of impact window [...]

8 07, 2016

Why Choose Folkers?

What makes Folkers Window and Home Improvement different than the other guys? Why should you consider using Folkers instead of other contractors? It's really pretty simple... we're the best at what we do. Folkers has been in business for over 44 years. Folkers does not use subcontractors, which means our installers are employees and their work standards and practices are controlled by us. Legally, subcontractors cannot be told how to do the work or when to show up to work. In addition, many subcontractors are here today and gone tomorrow. Folkers is a veteran-owned business and we instill the same military discipline into the organization. Our staff of 25 has over 350 years of combined experience. Folkers 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 the book. [...]

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