Why Are Blinds The Preferred Window Covering? Blinds are a popular window covering options due to their relatively inexpensive cost, ability to control light, improve insulation from direct sunlight, and match the existing decor. Installation is fairly simple and they aren’t permanent. Why Are Blinds The Preferred Window Covering? In simple terms, windows are a big hole with glass separating you from the outside world. Without a window covering, anyone can see into your home or office when they pass by (that could be embarrassing). Window coverings provide protection from those inadvertent (or snooping) eyes. They help to provide instant protection when desired, yet give you the ability to see what’s happening outside. There are several types of window coverings to choose from, each with their own benefit. But, which covering is the best? For most homeowners, blinds are the preferred option. As we alluded to earlier, they are relatively inexpensive, control light, improve insulation from direct sunlight, and match [...]
We would like to thank everyone who helped us raise the donation funds for the injured deputies. We would like to send out a special thanks to our vendors and friends who provided gifts for the raffle which made it possible to generate the funds that were donated. Vendors Who Helped Custom Window Systems Eastern Shore Ace Hardware Shwinco Viwinco WEAR WALA WKRG Croci Shutters Yolee Solutions Boise Cascade Again, the Folkers family cannot begin to say thank you enough for the generosity shown this year.
Folkers Christmas Party 2019 Leading up to our company Christmas party, we always hold an employee raffle. We take the money raised by our employees for the raffle and the company then matches that amount. The money raised is then donated to a local charity. In 2017, we donated $3,000 to Toys for Tots in Pensacola. In 2018, we donated $4,000 to our neighbors in Panama City Beach who were devasted by Hurricane Michael and for 2019, we are donating $2,500 to the two Escambia County Sheriff Deputies shot and injured in the line of duty at NAS Pensacola while defending our fine sailors. We took a vote at the Christmas party and the results were unanimous that the money we raised should go to these two local heroes. This is small token of appreciation from the Folkers family to those who stand on the wall to protect us all.
Why Are Double Doors Called French Doors? French doors first appeared between the 16th and 17th centuries. And surprise, they originated in France. However, they weren’t labeled French Doors until many years later. Designed with glass panes that covered the doors, they provided a pleasing look that matched their existing window style while providing ample light. Why Are Double Doors Called French Doors? Have you ever wondered why double doors are called French doors? You aren’t alone? This is a very common search phrase, and there’s no definitive answer as to why we call them French doors except for their origin. Double doors first appeared in France between the 16th and 17th centuries. Primarily made from wood, wrought iron, and glass, these doors matched their home’s exterior while providing ample light during the day. Today, these same doors are made from other materials, including aluminum and vinyl. The Benefits of Double Doors Double doors are beautiful, but they [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]