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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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 to Replace Your Windows

8 Warning Signs That You Need to Replace Your Windows Windows should be viewed as a system within your house. The "window systems" transport air of various temperatures, light and people rather than transporting gas or electricity. Like other areas of your home, windows show warning signs when something is wrong. Such as a leaky roof or chipping exterior paint, your windows show signs of age, damage and inefficiency, too. However, window warning signs are often times hidden and less obvious. They're not as alarming as water spots on the ceiling or termite-infested siding. If you have been wondering whether it’s time to replace your windows, read on to see if replacement makes sense. What is the age of your windows? This really is the first question to ask yourself when considering new windows. If your home has the original builder grade windows and your home is over eight years old, then you are a candidate for replacements. Builder grade [...]