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22 07, 2019

Are Impact Windows Required in Florida?

2019-07-22T11:44:55-06:00

As we all know, Florida is vulnerable to hurricanes. In fact, almost 40% of hurricanes hit Florida. We also know that those who prepare for these storms are typically better off when one hits. Hurricane shutters are good to have, but impact windows add another level of protection and security to your home, and not just for storms. "Impact windows are not only a measure to protect your home and family from hurricanes, they also offer a number of other benefits homeowners may not be aware of," landscaper Austin Medlin says, managing partner at Medscapes, a Tampa-based landscaping company. "What does a landscaper now about impact windows?" you may be wondering. "Believe it or not, clients of ours commonly ask us about hurricane protection because we're technically in the home improvement industry and Tampa is subject to bad storms from time to time," Mr. Medlin states. "We tell them impact windows are a great investment, and not just for storm [...]

Are Impact Windows Required in Florida?2019-07-22T11:44:55-06:00
18 06, 2019

Energy Efficient Home Improvements to Cut Energy Costs

2019-07-18T12:23:45-06:00

Energy efficiency is no longer a fad. It has become a necessary requirement for every modern home. Initially, energy conservation campaigns were run to try and create awareness on the need to conserve our resources. The response to such campaigns was not very inspiring, until home owners did estimations on how much dollars they lose every year from unchecked energy consumption. This is why today, many home owners will readily embrace any initiative intended to ensure sparing use of energy at home. But what are some of these energy-efficient home improvements? This article will highlight a few of them. Energy Efficient Home Improvements Insulation A great deal of heat is lost through the walls and attic, so it only makes sense to insulate them if you wish to preserve this energy. Insulation is especially resourceful during winter where every joule of heat is very significant. The good thing about insulating your walls and attics is that there are so many [...]

Energy Efficient Home Improvements to Cut Energy Costs2019-07-18T12:23:45-06:00
15 05, 2019

Why You Can’t Afford to Not Have Hurricane Shutters

2019-07-15T09:50:56-06:00

Every home or building that is built after 2001 in Florida, especially those near the coast, is required to have storm windows or hurricane shutters. This requirement is stated in the existing Florida Building Codes. Storm windows and hurricane shutters can help protect a home or building against bad storms or hurricanes that carry debris as well as terrifying wind speeds. It's not a matter of if this debris will break windows, it's a question of when. This is why storm windows are prevalent in coastal areas or other places with extreme weather and high winds. Important Facts About Hurricane Shutters There are important facts that you need to know about storm shutters to make them work for you for a long time and make them effective. You can get maximum protection if all windows and openings are covered. If you have an open door or unprotected window during a hurricane, the entire house might be compromised due to extreme pressure. [...]

Why You Can’t Afford to Not Have Hurricane Shutters2019-07-15T09:50:56-06:00
26 02, 2019

Practical Benefits of Updating Your Front Door

2019-02-26T08:50:49-06:00

  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

2019-01-23T12:34:32-06:00

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

2019-01-15T12:06:16-06:00

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

2019-01-15T11:53:29-06:00

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

2019-01-15T11:39:28-06:00

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

2019-07-22T11:31:39-06:00

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 Home2019-07-22T11:31:39-06:00
13 08, 2018

4 Cleaning Tips to Maintain Your Home’s Windows

2019-01-09T12:28:03-06:00

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
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