26 02, 2019

Practical Benefits of Updating Your Front Door


  The front door of your home is the centerpiece of its facade. As this is the first thing anyone who visits first lays eyes on, they tend to subconsciously form an impression about you or your style. This is why many homeowners feel the need to make their front door warm and appealing to the eyes. If you plan to replace your door entirely, it is a good idea. But you can also achieve the desired effects by adding little embellishments to it. For instance, a coat of paint in vibrant colors and a great polish to the hardware can add oomph to your plain-looking door. However, consider affordable and budget-friendly options that offer both functionality and beauty. Practical Benefits of Updating Your Front Door Investing in an elegant and brand new entrance door must not make you compromise on its longevity. Make sure your selection offers practical benefits and keeps up with the rest of your home. It [...]

Practical Benefits of Updating Your Front Door2019-02-26T08:50:49-06:00
23 01, 2019

Folkers Window Company Earns 2018 Angie’s List Super Service Award


Folkers Window Company is proud to announce that it has earned the home service industry’s coveted Angie’s List Super Service Award (SSA). This award honors service professionals who have maintained exceptional service ratings and reviews on Angie’s List in 2018. “Service pros that receive our Angie’s List Super Service Award represent the best in our network, who are consistently making great customer service their mission,” said Angie’s List Founder Angie Hicks. “These pros have provided exceptional service to our members and absolutely deserve recognition for the exemplary customer service they exhibited in the past year.” Angie’s List Super Service Award 2018 winners have met strict eligibility requirements, which include maintaining an “A” rating in overall grade, recent grade and review period grade. The SSA winners must be in good standing with Angie’s List and undergo additional screening. “Another year and another Super Service Award. Folkers has won this award every year since 2012, which is a testament to our employees [...]

Folkers Window Company Earns 2018 Angie’s List Super Service Award2019-01-23T12:34:32-06:00
12 12, 2018

Choose Fiberglass Doors to Increase Your Home’s Appeal


Choose Fiberglass Doors to Increase Your Home’s Appeal When choosing the doors of your home, invest in something which can be functional, yet highly pleasing to the eye. The curb appeal of your home can immensely increase with fiberglass doors. There are many advantages which fiberglass doors offer. Fiberglass doors are tougher than regular wood and steel ones. They can be made to resemble wood, making it difficult for even experts to differentiate them. In the challenge among traditional vs. fiberglass doors, there is no doubt as to which one wins. Fiberglass vs Metal Doors Steel is the most commonly used metal for entry doors. It offers great durability, is economical and energy efficient. It is also crack resistant and offers high R-value. However, here is where steel doors lag behind in comparison to fiberglass doors: Steel doors can acquire dents Extreme weather conditions cause damage to the doors They rust easily and pose a problem in the long run [...]

Choose Fiberglass Doors to Increase Your Home’s Appeal2019-01-15T12:06:16-06:00
11 11, 2018

What to Consider When Adding Sunrooms or Patio Enclosures


What to Consider When Adding Sunrooms or Patio Enclosures While renovating a home, most property owners overlook one aspect which can immensely increase its aesthetic. It is a sunroom or patio enclosure, which yields a higher resale value and increases its usability. You might be looking for sunrooms or patio enclosures that can create a tremendous difference to the looks of your home. But, do you know which suits your home, your needs, and your style? How to pick the right kind of upgrade depends on whether you want to construct a sunroom or convert your existing patio into an enclosed and permanent one. Let us first see how sunrooms and patio enclosures are installed, how much they cost and which purpose they serve. Cost of Installing Patio Enclosures Budget is the most crucial factor in deciding how your renovation goes forward. The first thing to decide for your room addition is whether you will be using it in only [...]

What to Consider When Adding Sunrooms or Patio Enclosures2019-01-15T11:53:29-06:00
10 10, 2018

Blinds or Shades? Which Offers More Privacy for Your Home


Blinds or Shades? Which Offers More Privacy for Your Home When you start shopping for window coverings, there are a plethora of choices. Adding to your dilemma, you might think that blinds and shades are the same, but differ in looks. However, these are the two completely distinct categories which you need to be aware of if considering window treatments. Choosing which product to use for your new windows can decrease 50% of your dilemma. Learning their differences can help you choose. Blinds and Shades - The Major Differences On the surface, these two window covering styles offer good privacy, depending on each style. Accordingly, price, the material used, operation technique and other features are different. Blinds These are horizontal slats of aluminum, wood, or PVC and other hard materials. They are highly durable and can be closed or opened frequently. In high traffic areas and where pets or kids can cause damage to the window covering, it is best [...]

Blinds or Shades? Which Offers More Privacy for Your Home2019-01-15T11:39:28-06:00
9 09, 2018

The Proper Insulation for Each Part of Your Home


The Proper Insulation for Each Part of Your Home Every homeowner knows how important insulation is in protecting them from harsh environmental conditions – the unbearable summer heat and the icy winter cold. Insulation moderates the temperatures in the home and keeps you comfortable. A well-insulated home will be covered completely, from the foundation to the roof. As a smart homeowner, you should know which types of insulation goes in which part and why. For Your Basement and Foundation There are many types of insulation, some which also offer termite resistance. Fiberglass blanket and roll type, foam board, loose-fill insulation is used for both old homes and new constructions. These are budget-friendly options. Concrete forms and blocks are used in new constructions, whereas sprayed foam insulation is the best for a finished basement. Insulating slabs on grade are installed around the perimeter with foam boards. For a new home, install the foam boards on the exterior or under the footing. [...]

The Proper Insulation for Each Part of Your Home2019-01-15T11:35:33-06:00
13 08, 2018

4 Cleaning Tips to Maintain Your Home’s Windows


You might be washing your windows twice a year, or at least you ought to. Even though it's not something you like, you do it promptly. Yet you're not happy with the way they look and don’t know where you went wrong. Not to worry. We're here to share a few hacks on how to clean your windows (and make them look clean). After all, we're a window company and have decades of experience in installing, replacing and maintaining windows. 4 Tips to Clean Your Windows Effectively Before you start cleaning your windows, don’t forget your sills. Firstly, vacuum the sills and brush off the dust and dirt. Use a towel to avoid drips while you clean the window. Remove excess water on the sill edges using a dry cloth. This prevents the formation of streaks. Stay Away From Heat Whether it's the weather or the water temperature, you must keep things cool. Use cold water and start cleaning only in [...]

4 Cleaning Tips to Maintain Your Home’s Windows2019-01-09T12:28:03-06:00
3 07, 2018

Do You Really Have to Spend Money on Replacement Windows?


Your house will always let you know when something is not right. This is especially true for windows because they are notably communicative. Do your windows refuse to close? Do they fog up? Or are they drafty? Do they get stuck when opened or shut down? If you see any or all of these symptoms, it's time to get them replaced. Well-maintained and high-quality windows generally last for more than 20 years. There are many factors that play a part in keeping the windows intact. If your windows have already crossed a decade, keep an eye open for the replacement signs. Here's a list of signs that should be on the lookout to know it's high time you changed your windows. 1. Repairs instead of replacement   Repairing is always an option if you do not want to replace windows uniquely designed to suit the framework of your house. Besides, repairs are cheaper than a replacement. Minor problems like worn-out [...]

Do You Really Have to Spend Money on Replacement Windows?2018-09-03T09:24:02-06:00
18 06, 2018

Peace and Quiet in the Home


The outside world can offer a lot of noisy interference sometimes. Some people live near busy interstates listening to the drone of highway traffic. Others, live in crowded suburban areas filled with the neighborhood kids running amok at all hours of the day. Maybe you're just not a fan of excessive bird song or bugs buzzing outside your window. We Don't Live in a Vacuum Whether we want it to or not, sound travels. Your neighbors will always need to mow their lawns, and somewhere there will always be an aspiring garage band practicing. But what if you don't want to have to hear about it? Is it possible to make yourself a impenetrable fortress of silence and zen-like solitude? Well, maybe not exactly, but you can certainly tame the outside world's noise if not conquer it completely. Luckily, there are a few easy to find and apply home improvements that can get you started. First and foremost, you probably [...]

Peace and Quiet in the Home2019-01-03T15:42:48-06:00
23 02, 2018

Must-Have Energy Efficient Home Improvements


Top Energy Efficient Home Improvements Your home is meant to be a place of comfort, but sometimes comfort can be costly. Thanks to recent improvements in technology, homeowners can add his or her personal touch to homes while saving money. Home improvement is the process of altering settings or features in the home, or adding or removing components as well. There are many improvements that can be added to improve the comfort, beauty, safety of your home, but here are the top energy efficient home improvements every homeowner should consider. Insulation Insulation is arguably one of the most significant energy efficient home improvements, as it enables reduction in the amount of heat loss or gain for the entire building. Thermal insulations are done to protect home in many ways. In the winter months, proper insulation saves a large amount of energy as heat is not lost so easily and the use of heaters can be reduced. Similarly, good insulation [...]

Must-Have Energy Efficient Home Improvements2018-03-07T10:00:53-06:00
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