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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 Home2018-06-18T14:05:14+00:00

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+00:00

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 [...]

5 Energy-Efficient Features Every Home Should Have2017-11-09T13:46:11+00:00

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.  

Folkers Receives BBB Torch Award for High Ethical Standards2017-10-11T17:37:09+00:00

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 [...]

Dangers of Improper Installations2017-10-11T18:28:28+00:00

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. [...]

Why Choose Folkers?2018-06-05T13:33:29+00:00

Window and Door Installation

Have you had the "sales person" out to provide a free estimate for window and door installation? 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're 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. Folkers Window and Door Installation What really sets a home improvement company apart from the rest is the window and door installation process. Folkers has a documented 9-step process that is followed every time. We do not outsource to subcontractors, like many window and door installers. Instead, we have a team of full-time employees who are highly trained in our window and door installation process. We use only the highest [...]

Window and Door Installation2018-06-05T13:33:39+00:00

Lifetime Warranty

Most folks these days hear the words "Lifetime Warranty" and think, "That's great but it's not really a lifetime warranty," due to all of the exclusions typically found in a lifetime warranty. There's always the except in this case or the doesn't cover that situation type of exclusions. With Folkers' lifetime warranty, this is not the case, with one exception. . . acts of God, which is what the insurance is for.   Folkers' Lifetime 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 the yard [...]

Lifetime Warranty2017-10-13T15:43:48+00:00

Do You Know The Code?

Do I have to follow the building code? This should be first question that pops into your head when you're considering new home windows or doors. The answer is 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 what we can and cannot do with our property, so to speak. With that said, the cost is minimal. The code provides 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. However, 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 [...]

Do You Know The Code?2018-06-05T13:33:50+00:00

8 Warning Signs That You Need a New Front Door

8 Warning Signs That You Need a New Front Door Here are eight questions you should ask when considering a new front door for your home. 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. They use these in 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 [...]

8 Warning Signs That You Need a New Front Door2018-06-05T13:33:58+00:00
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