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Why energy efficiency matters for your home

It has often been said that windows are the eyes of the house, we rely on windows  natural lighting and fresh air.  Windows allow natural light and fresh air into our homes and windows can also be responsible for heat loss , energy consumption as well as cold drafts. As homeowners we expect our windows to be inexpensive , easy to manage and maintain and most important they must be energy efficient.

 

Here are some benefits of having Energy Efficient windows :

 

It can increase your comfort by reducing cold drafts making your home a lot warmer during the winter season.

It will save you money- by  minimizing air leakage .

It will improve indoor air quality and contribute to a much healthier environment.

It will reduce the penetration of dust dirt and loud sound in your home. 

It will help control condensation – by reducing condensation this will help prevent mold growth. 

 

Moreover owning an energy – efficient home, will benefit you and your entire family .  You will savor a more comfortable living environment that can also benefit your health. It will lower your energy costs that can result in noticeable savings. An energy-efficient home can also increase the value of your house in the future. Did you know?  That at Certified we offer a wide arrangement of energy star windows and doors. Give us a call or request a free in-home quote.

 

Doors

Top 4 – Best Halloween Door Decorations for 2016

What’s not to love about the holidays? With Halloween right around the corner, the spirit of the season is upon us.  So dust off those decorations out of your garage and set the mood. Get your front door ready this Halloween season and really make a statement.

This Halloween, delight your trick or treaters by decorating your front door with these easy to make yet spooky ideas. Give your front door a festive makeover by adding a couple of bats and spiders or turning it into a mummy or a monster- these decor ideas can be both easy and fun for the whole family,  you just have to let your imagination go wild.

This holiday season get spookier than ever  and frighten your trick or treaters with these wicked door decorations.

 

The Mummy

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How adorable is this idea? This mummy door decoration will be a delight to all your visitors this Halloween. The entire project is fairly easy to do but it does take a while to finish. Start by covering your whole door with a black posted board. Bandages of white paper tape can be used in order to create an opaque while the black construction paper can be cut and shaped as a mouth and the eyes. The best part about this fun and easy Halloween door project is that the bandages can be as thick or thin as you wish them to be. You will be able to design your own unique scary mummy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit and DIY project details: loveoffamilyandhome.net

 

Scary Bats

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What is Halloween without bats?  Welcome, your guests by turning your front door into a dark bat cave.  If  you’re unsure about attaching bats onto your front door,  you can always try hanging them. Also by doing that, it will look as if the bats are really flying and trying to attack your home. No one will want to mess with your paper bats. For this frightening project you can use black construction paper , bats can be traced and cut out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit and DIY project details: onegoodthingbyjillee.com

 

Nightmare before Christmas

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Are you a Tim Burton fan, have you memorized every song from his movie Nightmare before Christmas – If you answered Yes then this front door decoration is definitely a must have . In order to create this spooky look your front door, you must first purchase either vinyl or construction paper can be used in order to prepare the face – the eyes, nose and the mouth of the popular skeleton. This look works best on white doors – however, if your door is another color you could always use a white construction paper to create the background and then add the face.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Credit and DIY project details: twindragonflydesigns.com

 

The candy Pumpkin

52-halloween-door-decorations-homebncPlanning on not being home this year for Halloween. No worries this funky pumpkin has got you covered.  This project is pretty easy to craft-  first cut the pumpkin in half , give it a smiley face and paint it (you can paint it whatever color you wish ) then attach the happy pumpkin to a chalkboard , you may also leave a friendly message for all the visitors. Your next step is to fill the pumpkins mouth with yummy candy and let the kids do the rest.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Source: cherishedbliss.com

 

Windows

Pick the Right Window Treatment Styles for Your Windows

Window treatments come and many different shapes and sizes much like your house windows.  Each window in your home requires an average size some windows lift, some slide, and some windows won’t open at all. Window treatments can really add a fresh modern and updated look to your space as well as give your room a boost of colors. Although there are many factors that you must consider when shopping for new window treatments the good news is that there is a perfect treatment for every room in your home to ensure they work properly while keeping your house stylish and fabulous .

 

Awning Windows

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Awning Windows are known to be difficult to dress up because they open from the top but vertical blinds are known to be the best window treatments for awning windows giving you more versatility, letting the light in and allowing you to open your awning windows easily.

 

 

 

(photo by blindsblindsblinds.com)

 

 

 

Casement Windows

arashi-ombre-embroidery-curtain-panel-e124aa68-db26-404e-9ac3-71bfeae1b43c_600Most casement windows, either hang on the side are deep-set or open in or out. For your casement windows, we recommend the picturesque drapes/curtains. Decorative curtain when opened they frame the shape of your windows letting in natural light. If your casement windows are deep-set make sure your curtains are mounted inside the frame.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(photo by www.homeportfolio.com)

 

 

Sliding Windows

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Slider windows are known to open horizontally. Slider windows are one of our most popular type of windows and many homes that have had recent renovations have a slider as the new replacement windows. Many homes that have had recent renovations feature these as the new replacement windows. Slider windows are easy to operate and easy to cover. For these type of windows, we recommend mostly blinds and shades. Wood blinds are the perfect cover up for your windows if they are facing the front of the house. Bedrooms and living rooms can benefit from a Roman shade ( like the picture) taking your rooms from modest to chick and fabulous.

 

 

 

 

 

(photo by blindsblindsblinds.ca)

 

Bay Windows

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Bay windows or bow windows are typically three window panels built out from the exterior of the house.  Whether that is a breakfast nook or a bedroom, bay windows are known to make any room feel larger and luxurious. While many different types of shades and blinds would work well,curtains/drapes are the perfect covers for bay windows. Curtains will bring the best out of these architectural shapes, giving your room a soft yet sticking touch.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(photo by www.decorpad.com)

Doors

Top 5 Bold colors for your front door this fall

With the chill of autumn in the air, it is a great time to create some simple yet fascinating fall renovations that will make your nest all cozy and welcoming.

Fall is a great time to repaint your exterior door between all the trick or treats or your family and friends coming over for the holidays your front door is going to see a lot of faces this season. So give your entry door a color boost lift that will lift your spirits all season long. Here are 5 of our favorite fall front door colors.

SHADES OF GREY

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This fall make your front doors look fabulous dressed in this contemporary shade of gray. Grey can be such a sophisticated shade that will turn your entry door into pure elegance .Complete this look and give your door a color boost, with Behr’s Supernova shade.

 

 

 

 

 

FIRE RED

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Red forever known as a bold and passionate colors but also very cheerful and welcoming , there is something about red front doors  that says ” Greetings and come on in. Also if you are a fan of bright colors then this colors is the one for you. Moreover, red doors have always had the association good fortune, and strong energy and confident aesthetic.

 

 

 

 

 

SAY YES TO ORANGE

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Get into those fall vibes with this pumpkin bright shade, make your front door transition into fall with a splash of orange that is both cheerful and bold. Orange is the right color that can liven up your entry door while turn heads in your neighborhood

 

 

 

 

 

PITCH BLACK

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Go back to the classics with this shade of black guaranteed to make your front door pop. This classic black will turn your front door into a glossy and elegant entry.  Like the little black dress a satin black front door will never go out of style.

 

 

 

 

 

 

BROWN ROOTS

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Let’s go back to the roots with this rich brown shade. Like the color black, this color is safer yet will leave your front door fresh guaranteeing to make your entry door to pop.

 

Windows

Replacement Windows and Doors

A Comprehensive Guide To Buying The Best Replacement Windows and Doors

Windows in your house define its thrill, energy efficiency, and level of satisfaction personal satisfaction. To give your home that lovely appeal, make it look new, and raise its value the best point to start is replacing the windows. Despite this fact, picking the best replacement windows and doors has never been an easy thing for many people. This post is a comprehensive guide to help you choose the best replacement windows.

What is the right time to replace your house windows?

  • Your house is old and windows are equally dilapidated.
  • Bought a house and windows do not match your sense of style.
  • Embarking on an interior home décor to rhyme with your theme and fashion.
  • Changed the status of your lifestyle (moved to a higher income level) and want a more appealing and sophisticated outlook.
  • Learning about new types of windows on your holiday or visit to friends and want to do something different from others.

A guide to selecting the right replacement windows and doors

  • Make a decision on your house theme and style

The most important step in replacing your windows is refining the personal sense of style and theme you want the house to have after installing new windows. For instance, do you want the house to have rich vintage outlook, natural theme, or sense of sophistication? Some of the top designs to enhance your theme include hung style (single or double), casement, awning, hopper, clerestory, rotating, or arched. Remember that the theme of a house might require you to consult some stakeholders such as other family members to pick what is appealing to all.

  • Select windows made from the right materials for extra strength and durability

replacement windows and doorsWhen homeowners replace windows, they want to get strong and durable installations. In fact, the goal for most of them is for the replacement windows to last as long as the house. Make sure to review the thickness and weight of available options. Many people often link strength with a sense of security especially if the windows are fitted adjacent to the corridors or next to footpaths. Some of the most durable replacement models include wood, fiberglass composite, vinyl, and aluminum.

The windows you buy and install should help you maintain the house at the right temperatures in summer and winter. For example wood and wood clad are perfect insulators and, therefore, a good option for energy-conscious homeowners. Fiberglass composite is another great option for energy efficiency because it does not sag in hot days or shrink in freezing winter.  By selecting an energy efficient window, you are sure of keeping the power bills lower.

  • Identify windows that are easy to maintain

The best replacement windows should be easy to maintain. Because windows are exposed to dirt from inside the house and on the outer parts, they should be easy to wipe, clean, and even repaint when necessary. For example, after a couple of years, a new coat of color will make the windows look as good as new.

Vinyl and fiberglass replacement windows are shiny, smooth, and do not attract a lot of dirt. You only wipe with a damp cloth to get the lovely appearance it had when new. However, these replacement windows cannot be painted. On the other hand, wooden windows can be repainted easily and as regularly as you want. However, they attract dirt more and regular cleaning can cause rotting. They are also prone to wood borers over time. If you go for wooden replacement windows, it is important to treat the wood with appropriate finishes to keep borers away and avoid scrubbing with sharp materials.

  • Buy from top replacement windows and doors companies

Because of a large number of companies making and selling replacement windows, you can only be sure of top quality by selecting top rated manufacturers. Go through replacement window reviews to know manufacturers who are committed to the quality of their products. In the reviews, check for replacement windows prices, company support for clients, and installation services.

 

 

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