Monthly Archives: August 2013

Common Problems You Encounter With Your Entry Door

- by to Door Replacement & Door Maintenance.

Of all the doors you have in your house, it is not anymore surprising to see that the one that’s easily worn and torn out is the entry door. You could practically do a rigorous comparison between your entry door and the rest of the doors in your house. Not a day goes by that you notice it gradually changing for the worst, and yet you only realize its present state one summer morning while you are doing a general house cleaning with your family.

The reason behind all these is that the entry door is the mostly used entrance and exit of your house. No one can really name a digit on how many times it is opened and closed each day. Needless to say, the variety of how it is banged by the people who use it also becomes a factor.

At this point, it is safe to say it is advisable that you pay attention to the hinges of your entry door. The daily use of your entry door also takes a toll on the functionality of the movable parts that allow the opening and closing. Have it cleaned every now and then to avoid stickiness and to minimize unnecessary noise it can possibly produce. Spraying some furniture lubricant to the hinges could also ease the whole thing.

Other than that, weather conditions also cause some changes to your door. Considering that the entry door is the one mostly exposed to sunlight, your entry door is prone to color change, specifically the chipping and fading of paints. You can counteract this by doing a DIY door repainting. Also, regular cleaning of doors would help slow down the deterioration of the material it is made from

Water coming from any form of precipitation might attempt to enter your door once liquid finds a leak to get access inside. Door leaks also allow air inside the house to go out. You can imagine what a waste of electrical energy it is, right? To say the least, door leaks are signs of a door’s decline resulting from old age. If worse comes to worst, you have to decide for door replacement.

As a homeowner, it is critical for you to notice what’s still working and what’s not. Once you identify them, you can then take action with the necessary repairs. It applies to everything, most especially to your, often underrated, entry door.

What Curtains Suit Your Windows?

- by to Window Treatment.

Our blogs contain mostly of topics that talk about house windows in terms of design, insulation, and efficiency.  This time, let’s proceed to a different path and talk about window treatment instead. House windows are just 1/64 of the totality of your own home. They do not necessarily come out as brilliant without the other parts of the package. A nicely designed window would not be put to good use without the proper installation of elements that would best enhance its features, thus, called window treatment.

Location

Taking the location of windows into consideration before putting up the curtains would help you assess better what kinds of curtain designs would look great on a specific spot. Bathroom curtains cannot be used as living room curtains. Grandma’s bedroom curtains cannot be used for the baby’s bedroom. It’s all about pointing out the places in your home in which you need to execute window treatment and focusing on a suitable theme.

Lighting

Lighting basically varies in all areas of the house. Some windows are positioned and faced to the East and West making them directly affected by sunrise and sunset. Cases like that would need drapes made of heavy materials, most especially for such windows found in bedrooms. Windows located at the North and South areas, on the other hand, would rather have sheer curtains that have capabilities of inviting light inside.

It is also good to know which parts of the room would need more light and which ones do not.

Material

Combining the earlier listed criteria is the best way to decide what kind of textile should be used for the curtains.  For location, decide on which rooms require more privacy than the others. Naturally, this means that bedrooms and bathrooms would need curtains that are made of thicker and heavier materials. For lighting, those windows that are directly reached by sunlight would need thicker curtains to block away light. However it is unnecessary since it would still depend on the residents’ personal preference of lighting system.

Vinyl-Lite Window Factory Says, “Dream Big!”

- by to Vinyl-Lite & the Youth.

Kids are now preparing to go back to school! As soon as summer ends, kids will once again occupy the classrooms and hallways of their own academes to learn about life in general.

This blog entry is dedicated to every parent out there. Encourage your children to pursue their studies and have big dreams. Teach them to visualize themselves having great futures and support them in any way you can to have them achieve their aspirations. When they fail, be sure you are there by their side to tell them this line from Brooke Shields: “If one window closes, run to the next window- or break down a door.” Tell them to laugh about their failures today because they always have the next day to try them all out again.

To the youth who are still in the phase of molding themselves to have better tomorrows, just keep moving and never give up. It is in every rejection that you learn to strive harder. It is in every challenge that you become stronger, and eventually become a fighter.

We, in Vinyl-Lite Window Factory, are close to the hearts of children and to those who are young at heart. We continue our support to organizations who advocate on helping kids. We definitely see a lot of potential in the beneficiaries of these charities.

Kids, may this school year bring joy, friendship and new knowledge to you! Always remember to dream big.

House Preparations For The Cooler Seasons

- by to Do-It-Yourself Projects.

Autumn starts differently in different poles depending on individual calendars that have been followed traditionally from one country to another. In the United States’ case, it runs on the second week of September. That means to say you only have less than a month to prepare your house for the cooler and more unpredictable seasons – fall and winter, respectively.  Are your working clothes ready? Make sure they are before you begin taking the steps listed below.

1.Test the heating system

It is important to start inside the house. Since you won’t be using air conditioners for the next following months, it’s time to start keeping them in safely in storage boxes or rooms. What you need to start focusing on is your heating system. You can do a test run to check if the system still works properly. Heaters are in need in every household especially during the last and early months of a year.

2. Prepare the chimney

Another thing that needs to be readied is the chimney. There are many kinds of heating system available. Such systems, however, differ according to the source of heat and energy used. It could be from electricity, or manually through the use of chopped logs.  The latter needs an avenue to vent out hot gases – the chimney is the solution.

The least you can do is clear out the fireplace from ashes and leftover woods. Leave the chimney cleaning to a professional, though. That part is quite complicated.

3. Install storm windows

It is expected that the fall and winter seasons are very unpredictable in terms of weather. At one moment, it’s a fine day, and in another, it is very stormy. A good idea to have natural phenomena like this counteracted is through the installation of storm windows. Doing so is a practical thing to do since it can be used not only during fall and winter, but in all seasons to condition the temperature.

4. Clean the gutters

Since we started working on the inside of your house, let’s end it by doing some stuff on the outside. The least thing you want to happen when the weather turns down all your planned outdoor activities is some trouble regarding your gutter system. As early as now, have all dried leaves removed in your house gutters to avoid clogging during the rainy days.

Increase The Resale Value Of Your Old House

- by to House Repairs.

Getting a new house and selling an old one are not easy tasks to do. They cause too much hassle especially for busy working people like you. Aside from the fact that doing the word-of-mouth marketing (and even online) takes time, it is not the only thing that matters. It will always come to a point when a potential buyer personally visits the house you are selling for a thorough inspection and checks whether the price you offer matches the present housing condition.

Naturally, cracked window panes and rotten parts of the entrance door would depreciate the value of your home. Broken shingles and discolored house sidings would give your potential client an excuse to negotiate for a much lesser price than your original offer. As somebody who convinces potential buyers to say yes to a deal, your goal is to give them a reasonable price, and for you to get the much needed approval within the shortest period of time possible.

Before you get yourself in trouble explaining to would-be clients about the discrepancy of the physical aspects of your house in contrast to the price you offer, read first the list provided below as your guideline for preparation.

Doors

How secure are the doors? Are the knobs and hinges still in good working condition? Are the materials in good quality? Doors play a big role in a home as they serve as a core for security. Not only do they represent a family members’ privacy, but hospitality as well for friends and guests.

Windows

Are you noticing some cracked window panes? Are broken sills everywhere? If you aim on getting a good sum of cash from selling your old house, you have to do something with its window fixtures. Especially that windows occupy almost all parts of the house, it is important not to neglect the little details you often miss to notice.

Sidings

House soundings, like the windows, contribute financially to a household by helping keep electricity bills cool down. However, most sidings (especially those that are made of materials that easily rot) are also easily affected by the ever-changing weather conditions. Aside from its aesthetic involvement in the over-all look of your old house, make sure it still serves it purpose.

Roofings & Skylites

A house doesn’t fully function without a decent top. One basically protects you from the heat and rain, while the other provides you with light in a very practical manner. These parts of the house are mostly unnoticed because of their placements, but a meticulous potential buyer still sees the need to check them out.

Make sure to have all these things checked for approval in your checklist. A little repair does no harm.  Besides, the little fixing you do, will gain you more benefit in the financial area in the long run. Take them as investments.