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Valentine’s Day Facebook Giveaway!

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Valentine’s Day Facebook Giveaway!

Official Rules

No Purchase Necessary. A Purchase Will Not Increase Your Chances of Winning.

  1. Eligibility: The Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of the United States who are at least eighteen (18) years old. Employees of Vinyl-Lite, as well as the immediate family (spouse, parents, siblings, and children) of employees are not eligible to enter.
  2. Sponsor: The Sweepstakes is sponsored by Vinyl-Lite Window Factory, 8815 Telegraph RD, Lorton, VA 22079 (“Sponsor”).
  3. Agreement to Official Rules: By entering the Sweepstakes, you indicate your full and unconditional agreement to, and acceptance of, (a) these Official Rules and (b) Sponsor’s decisions, which are final and binding. Winning a prize is contingent upon fulfilling all requirements set forth herein.
  4. Entry Period: The Sweepstakes begins at 12:00 PM PST on 2/1/16 and ends at 4:00 PM PST on 2/11/16 (the “Entry Period”). Entries submitted before or after the Entry Period will not be eligible. Sponsor’s computer is the official time-keeping device for the Sweepstakes.
  5. How to Enter: To enter, visit Vinyl-Lite Window Factory’s Facebook page, “Like” Vinyl-Lite, if you do not already, and leave a comment on the contest announcement post. There is a limit of one (1) entry per person, and you may not use multiple Facebook accounts to enter. Repeat entries will not be acknowledged. The use of an agency or any automated system to enter is strictly prohibited and Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify any entries received through such methods, as determined by Sponsor, in its sole discretion.
  6. Drawing: After the Entry Period, Sponsor will select one (1) potential winner in a random drawing of all entries received. The odds of being selected depend on the number of entries received.
  7. Notification and Requirements of Potential Winner: Sponsor will attempt to notify potential winner within 2 business days after the drawing. A potential winner may be required to complete and return an affidavit of eligibility and liability/publicity release. If a potential winner is a minor, his/her parent or legal guardian will be required to sign the documents on his/her behalf. If a potential winner fails to sign and return these documents within the required time period, an alternate potential winner may be selected in his/her place in a random drawing of all remaining entries received. Only three (3) alternate potential winners may be contacted.
  8. Prize: One (1) winner will receive a gift card for $75 gift card for the restaurant specified by the winner in the comment section of the original Facebook contest post, for the winner is responsible for paying any applicable income taxes and any expenses not listed above. Any prize details not specified above will be determined by Sponsor in its sole discretion. A prize may not be transferred and must be accepted as awarded. You may not request cash or a substitute prize; however, Sponsor reserves the right to substitute a prize with another prize of equal or greater value if the prize is not available for any reason.
  9. General Conditions: In the event that the operation, security, or administration of the Sweepstakes is impaired in any way, Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, either: (a) suspend the Sweepstakes to address the impairment and then resume the Sweepstakes; or (b) award the prize at random from among the eligible entries received up to the time of the impairment. Sponsor reserves the right to disqualify and seek damages from any individual who tampers with the operation of the Sweepstakes, violates these Official Rules, or acts in a disruptive or unsportsmanlike manner. Sponsor’s failure to enforce any term of these Official Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision. Proof of sending any communication to Sponsor by mail shall not be deemed proof of receipt of that communication by Sponsor. In the event of a dispute as to the owner of an online entry, the authorized account holder of the e-mail address used to enter will be deemed to be the owner. The Sweepstakes is subject to federal, state, and local laws and regulations and is void where prohibited.
  10. Release and Limitations of Liability: By participating in the Sweepstakes, you agree to release and hold harmless Sponsor, Facebook, their respective subsidiaries, affiliates, and each of their respective officers, directors, employees, and agents (the “Released Parties”) from and against any claim or cause of action arising out of participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize, including, but not limited to: (a) unauthorized human intervention in the Sweepstakes; (b) technical errors; (c) printing errors; (d) lost, late, postage-due, misdirected, or undeliverable mail; (e) errors in the administration of the Sweepstakes or the processing of entries; or (f) injury or damage to persons or property which may be caused, directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, from your participation in the Sweepstakes or receipt or use of any prize. You further agree that in any cause of action, the Released Parties’ liability will be limited to the cost of entering and participating in the Sweepstakes, and in no event shall the Released Parties be liable for attorney’s fees. You waive the right to claim any damages whatsoever, including, but not limited to, punitive, consequential, direct, or indirect damages.
  11. Privacy and Publicity: Any information you submit as part of the Sweepstakes will be used for purposes of this Sweepstakes and treated in accordance with Sponsor’s Privacy Policy. The information you provide when you enter is provided to Sponsor, not to Facebook. Except where prohibited, participation in the Sweepstakes constitutes your consent to Sponsor’s use of your name, likeness, voice, opinions, biographical information, and state of residence for promotional purposes in any media without further payment or consideration.
  12. Disputes: You agree that any and all disputes, claims and causes of action arising out of, or connected with, the Sweepstakes or any prize awarded shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, and exclusively by the appropriate court located in Virginia. All issues and questions concerning the construction, validity, interpretation and ability to enforce these Official Rules, your rights and obligations, or the rights and obligations of Sponsor in connection with the Sweepstakes, shall be governed by, and construed in accordance with, the laws of Virginia, without giving effect to any choice of law or conflict of law rules (whether of Virginia or any other jurisdiction), which would cause the application of the laws of any jurisdiction other than Virginia.
  13. Results: To request a winners list, send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to Vinyl-Lite Window Factory, 8815 Telegraph RD, Lorton, VA 22079. Requests must be received within four (4) weeks of the end of the Entry Period.

 

Yes, You Can & Should Replace Your Windows During the Winter Months

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BSD14-1121---VL-Blog-3_GardenWindow2Hmm. It seems you’ve noticed your electricity bill is rising. This is common during the winter months, but it’s been so warm in northern Virginia, you’ve only just barely turned your heat on, so something doesn’t seem quite right. You’re thinking it may be time to replace your windows. You might be right.

In addition to the rising electricity costs, have you noticed…

  • Air flow entering your home where it shouldn’t?
  • Condensation gathering between your double pane in the morning?
  • That you’re having trouble opening and closing the windows?
  • Outside noises seem louder than they used to be?
  • Troubling leaks or wet window sills after a rainstorm?

Then it’s time to replace your windows.

 “Now? In the winter? Shouldn’t I wait until spring?”

While some people advise against window replacement during the winter months, there are a few important reasons why we, northern Virginia’s window replacement experts, suggest calling us today.

Winter window replacement means easy and convenient scheduling.

Call Vinyl-Lite Window Factory and Showroom today, and we’ll replace your windows as soon as you can say, “Happy New Year!” Many people think exactly as you did, that spring is a better season for window replacement, and so we’re able, and happy to schedule your installation at any time convenient for you.

Winter window replacement means (nearly) immediate results.

 As much as we’d like to hope it would be true, the unseasonable warmth won’t last. Choose to replace your windows now, and you’re making the choice for a nearly immediate return on investment. The winter chill will set in, and when it does, your energy costs will be reduced, your thermostat will be lower and your house will be warmer.

Window replacement can make your home more comfortable and energy efficient — two things all northern Virginians can appreciate during these (usually) cold winter months.

Contact Vinyl Lite Window Factory to schedule your appointment today!

El Niño: What Is It, and How Will it Affect Northern Virginia This Winter?

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The El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) cycle — better known simply as El Niño — is quantified by the presence of unusually warm water in the Pacific Ocean, and was first identified by fishermen off the coast of South America as long ago as the 1600s; named after the Christ Child (translated from the Spanish to this, or The Little Boy) as it was, these warm water events tend to occur most frequently in December, and often last for a period of nine to 12 months.

Many climate scientists and meteorologists are already likening the expected 2015 El Niño to that which occurred in the late 1990s, and while Californians are hopeful that his arrival will bring an end to their blistering drought, we here at Vinyl Lite Window Factory are wondering:

How will El Niño affect northern Virginia this winter? 

Well, the truth is… no one’s sure. Jason Samenow of the Washington Post’s Capital Weather Gang wrote of the last five El Niño events since 1950, “[the subsequent] winters either featured among the most paralyzing snowstorms in Washington, DC’s history or hardly any snow at all.”

Such extreme variation in the forecast can be, say area meteorologists, linked to the two primary, divergent, often complicated weather patterns linked to El Niño’s presence in the mid-Atlantic. That cranky little boy pushes the average position of the polar jet stream to the north, thus causing warmer winter air to fall over the region, while also amping up the moisture present along the southern jet stream, leading to increased volatility and an increased chance of a major winter storm.

With this unique combination of warmer air and tons more moisture, an untrained weather observer might read the words “an increased chance of a major winter storm” and see but one possible scenario play out. Could it happen? Sure. But Samenow and his Gang aren’t betting the [potentially snow covered] farm on it just yet.

“The combination of these two El Niño effects sometimes means [northern Virginia] gets flooded with mild air throughout the winter, favoring rain rather than snow when moisture-laden storms come along,” wrote Samenow. “But, at other times, just enough cold air hangs around for it to get hammered by a crippling snowstorm. (Whether there is sufficient cold air is often dependent on the state of the Arctic Oscillation).”

Will northern Virginia be in for a snow day of epic proportions this winter?

Only time will tell.

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Window Treatments For Your Front Porch Made Easy Here

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HAVE YOU FOUND THE WAY TO MAKE THE WINDOW TREATMENTS PROCESS EASIER?

Front porches create first impressions on your visitors. Screened porches are a great place to unwind and watch the world go by – they are indeed a sanctuary without actually traveling. Also, porches allow us to see and eventually meet our neighbors.

Window treatments involve hard work only if one is not aware of how to make things easier. This spring season, it’s time to get out there and feel the bloomy breeze. But since the winter arctic might have leave a gloomy vibe, it’s time to get your muscles and creativity ready to recreate your front porch.

 

Window Screens

Time to screen your front porch windows. If you feel like screens lessen the attractiveness of your front porch, you may want to look around online stores to check out for up-to-date screen styles. Not only will you keep insects from entering your home, but you will also add new style to your front porch.

 

Curtains and Drapes

Who says curtains can only be used during the cold season? Curtains play a major role of blocking direct sunlight that penetrates your home. It also adds beauty on your front porch view. Choose vibrant colors such as orange and lime green for a touch of the spring season.

 

Sun Shades

Although front porches may give benefits to a homeowner like you, they also have some disadvantages such as the extremely high temperature during summer. To keep your porch cool for the entire season, try to use solar shades. Solar shades serve as a window covering that controls heat from penetrating without blocking the view.

 

Bamboo Blinds and Shades

Nature is a good theme for a spring home atmosphere. It’s a theme to use for your home’s window treatments. Bamboo blinds are natural wood window coverings carefully woven with bright yarns and fibers to add natural beauty to your windows.

 

Whatever window treatments you want your home to have for your front porch, always look for the best quality.

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WIN IT FOR A PERFECT VALENTINE’S GIFT!

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The Heart’s Day of 2015 knows no boundaries. So whether you’re young or young at heart, single, married or “it’s complicated”, as long as you have an FB account – THIS IS FOR YOU!

SINGLE? You can give this as a gift to your parents and/or granny’s; savor s perfect date with your BFF or to someone you just met a few minutes ago. Celebrate your Feb. 14th with a bang!

 

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HERE’S HOW TO WIN AS EASY AS 1, 2.. 3!

1.) Like our PAGE.
2.) Tag your friends in the comment section below.
3.) Like AND Share the POST.
-Winners will be chosen randomly on February 10, 2014.

-Winners will be notified via private message and shall be announced at a public social media post

-To claim the prize, WE will contact you ASAP.

ENJOY AND GOOD LUCK!

 

Window Boxes: Creative Ways to Accentuate Them in Winter

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Celebrating winter doesn’t have to be all that dull and white. Through the help of window boxes, you can bring a little vibrancy to your home, eliminating a hint of paleness. Placed on the outer side of your windows, window boxes can do amazing things to your home to give it an impressive curb appeal that matches the season. You don’t have to leave them blank and empty during the remaining months of winter. You have lots of options below!

Go Merry!

Christmas wreaths, as commonly perceive, are not only for doors. Moreover, not only for the interiors. Holiday decorations, with fashion and style, might as well extend to the outside through the use of winter window boxes.

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Using a stack of hay as a foundation, or another alternative, place in some hollies and evergreen branches for your temporary planter. You may also add artificial grapevines for effect. Make sure you match your exterior Christmas decoration to the interior for consistency. A wire-framed window box would suit best for this creative peg.

Go Green!

Add some green to your exterior by putting plants in your window boxes. Select those that are made to withstand the extreme cold. Some of these are pinecones, evergreens, winter berries and others.

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It would also be nice if you can ask word-of-mouth recommendations from friends and family who are inclined to the art of gardening. Paint it green by growing more plants!

Go Healthy!

Who says edible plants can only grow indoors? Well, that applies to most plants, but there’s actually one that’s capable of enduring the cold and actually surviving one of the most critical seasons. Winter cabbage can thrive in the cold for a few months, germinating in temperatures as low as 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Grow some winter cabbages in your window boxes for your own consumption.

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Carefully choose a cabbage variety that’s thicker, harder and have smaller heads. They have more chances of survival compared to softer varieties. Winter cabbages will likely turn your season a tastier one. Indulge your craving for cabbages and eat healthy.

Go Dramatic!

Leafless trees are a common sight in winter. But these become rather unique and creative if they are meticulously selected and displayed on window boxes with full-on artistry.

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What to do? Gather a number of leafless branches – just enough to display on your window boxes. Paint them in silver and gold, or in the color combination of your choice. You may also prefer having unpainted sticks. These make-up for a dramatic holiday ambiance as you look outside your windows.

Winter window boxes should serve its purpose all-year round. It’s up to you how to make it alive and attractive.

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Top 4 Lies of Window Salesmen You Need to Ignore

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The window industry is as chaotic as any industry there is. With tough competitions going about in the market, window salesmen strategize to their hearts’ content in persuading their customers to say yes to their offers. No one’s to blame. Unmatched efforts to gather more sales amidst a tough clash of marketing skills would only leave one crumbling on one corner. That’s why other window salesmen cross the line of ethical marketing and execute bait and switch advertising and others of that sort to their target customers. The common ones are listed below.

“Windows come cheap for as low as $200 or less.”

Have you ever heard window salesmen talk to you into purchasing a window in a very low price? Well, they usually do and they don’t fail to mention a particular combination of digits to keep your attention on the product they are dealing with you. The problem comes when it is later on revealed that the said “cheap” product is unavailable and that you need to switch to another product with almost the same features as the first, but this time, in a much higher price. Sleek, isn’t it? Window salesmen have mastered the art of persuading customers as smoothly and subtly as they can.

“Get a deal at $1000 – $1500 per window.”

Other circumstances, however, demand you to spend as much as $1000 – $1500 per window, when in fact, you may have a window installation or replacement for just $300 – $600. Remember, the bait from the preceding paragraph? The bait is when window salesmen tell you to get products for an affordable price; the switch comes when you are left with no choice but to pay a bigger amount, almost giving your savings a major overhaul. Always ask before signing an agreement. Be one step ahead than those unethical and overly pushy salesmen.

“Replace your windows to save energy.”

Some windows that are made of specific materials are indeed proven to be energy-efficient. But “how much” you will be able to save is yet to be defined. Some salesmen define it in a much exaggerated manner. Window replacement does not necessarily ensure energy-saving and that it isn’t necessarily an option for everyone. Take note that saving energy shouldn’t be the primary reason why you opt to undergo such home improvement change. Treat it as a necessity (because of your house’s maturity or because you want to increase its value) rather than a luxury (for paying less for electricity). The latter is just an added bonus!

“Replace rather than refinish.”

If you don’t have time to be a little creative and adventurous, then you might as well let those pushy window salesmen lead you on to the dark side. But you may also leave the door open for them, too. Be a little bit wiser, and instead of doing the window reglazing and refinishing yourself, you can hire the services of those who know the process better. Remember that before replacement, you still have other options to choose from.

It’s not a dead-end. There are other ways you need to find. You just have to know your options better. You can’t let these window salesmen fool you ever again. It might just be business for them, but it’s a lifetime investment on your side.

Where to Install Your Awning Windows

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Awning windows come from the family of casement windows. They have unique features that other windows do not. Because of that same factor, some people hesitate on buying them because of their uniqueness. Are you one of them? Well, you just have to figure out where these windows have to be installed. Take your pick from our suggestions below.

Bathroom

Awning windows are perfect for your bathroom. Do you usually have early morning hot baths? Do you like taking a hot bath on a tub? Awning windows allow steaminess that crowd in your bathroom to easily alleviate. You do not necessarily need to have all your bathroom windows in awning form. You can just have at least one to give it a breather.

Attic

Another good spot for awning windows is the attic. Since the attic is the closest part of the roof, it is most susceptible to changing temperatures – from hot to cold – brought by the direct contact of sunshine and rain to the roof. Awning windows will maintain good air circulation and ventilation in the attic.

Bedroom

Worried about your child not reaching his or her windows in his or her own bedroom? Worry no more. Awning windows are the perfect solution to the problem. They are designed to close and open from the bottom instead of having them at the top or in the middle. It is a truly child-friendly feat. With regards to security, it’s too small for a burglar to enter and for children to go out.

Living Room

Lastly, put them in your living room. It’s difficult to imagine, right? But trust us, it has been tested and proven by many homes. Awning windows are best placed at the bottom or middle level of a living room. For the purpose of bringing in some breeze in your home, awning windows are very effective.

 

How To Winterize Your Windows

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The ever-changing temperature affects house windows as seen by unwanted drafts especially during winter. Air during regular seasons may remain unseen, but they establish their presence upon the occurrences of temperature change. They create gusty marks on the surface of window panes that’s necessarily not good to look at. But more importantly, these breezy imprints tell us that cold air has its way of leaking into a home, causing impractical release of warm air from heaters. Your home needs to be winterized.

Homeowners, in order to minimize their expenditures spent on increasing electricity bills, need to take preventive methods to lessen the severity of the scenario. Here’s our say on the matter! Two things must be done to winterize a home.

Exterior

Fall is the best time to schedule caulking the sides of your windows from the outside. By ensuring all leaks and openings are sealed and closed and by making definite that cold air has no means of entering the interior, you also ensure yourself paying regular amount of electricity bills.

To make this method work, you need to clean the outer surface of sidings and window panes before applying a new layer of caulking paste. Remove old molds of caulking solutions used in the past years. Eliminate dusts and rusts. Adherence of the main material to the above-mentioned surfaces needs to be prioritized to achieve having a winterized home!

Interior

For the interior, on the other hand, homeowners are mostly encouraged to use weather strips. Also a form of sealing, the installation of weather strips done through weatherstripping protects a home’s interior from rain or water to enter. Made of rubber and plastic, weather strips winterize your doors and windows by blocking and rerouting incoming liquid. Also, these strips allow interior air to stay in place, not permitting warm water to escape.

Weather strips can be installed on windows and doors. It is applied in the interior, making sure that both the exterior and interior aspects are well-protected.