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Are Sliding Glass Doors the Right Choice?

1)   Is a sliding glass door a good investment for my Florida Home?

The answer is yes, upgrading your home with a home improvement project will add equity to your home. So when you consider a sliding glass door, there is no different – According to the Market, allowing natural light and glass accent into your home is a great way to increase your home’s overall value.

2) My door space is unique. Do sliding glass doors come in custom sizes?

All doors are made to order.  There are many standard sizes and custom sizes.  Sliding glass doors do not have the restriction as a swing door.

3) I’d like to keep my utility bill cost down. Is a sliding glass door right way to go?

Here in Florida, most homeowners choose double pane glass as a sliding glass door option. Consisting of two thick panes of glass with argon gas in the middle, double pane sliding glass entry doors reflect roughly 90% of energy while admitting only 10%. This means that when your air conditioner is cooling your house all summer, 90% of that cool air will stay inside and only 10% will leak out.

The opposite is true during Florida winter months – Your heat will stay inside. There is also a low-E glass option. Low-E stands for “Low Emissivity” which means the glass transmits a low level of radiant heat thanks to a microscopically thin transparent coating on the glass. What does low-E glass mean for you? A low-E glass door option will increase your thermal

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Why Vinyl Replacement Windows?

Vinyl Replacement windows are the best, and her is why. When it comes time to replace old defective windows, most homeowners look for new windows that aren’t only attractive, but also energy efficient. And that’s a very smart way to go. The top two reasons for installing vinyl replacement windows are to enhance the appeal of your home and to reduce cooling and heating cost.

It’s just as important that replacement windows be very well built, easy to clean, very low-maintenance, and reasonably priced. They must be readily available in a wide range of sizes and styles to complement your home and easily fit within the existing rough openings. And don’t even consider a replacement window if it doesn’t have a long history of reliable, weather-tight performance for all types of weather.

There are many kinds of replacement windows available, including those made from wood, aluminum and composite materials. However, an overwhelming number of homeowners and remodeling contractors choose vinyl replacement windows over all other types. And when you compare the features and benefits of vinyl, it’s easy to understand why.

Vinyl Replacement Windows: Simply Better

The first thing you need to know about vinyl replacement windows is that they’re not new-fangled or unproven. Vinyl windows have been available for nearly 50 years, and an astonishing 70 percent of all windows now manufactured in the U.S. are made of vinyl.

Vinyl replacement windows are often called all-vinyl windows to differentiate them from vinyl-clad windows, which are wood windows that have a thin layer of vinyl applied to the exterior surfaces. All-vinyl replacement windows have window frames and sash frames are made of extruded polyvinyl chloride (PVC).  The same durable plastic polymer used to manufacture countless building products, including plumbing pipes, electrical wire insulation, exterior house trim, siding, and doors. The resilient nature of PVC makes vinyl windows particularly effective in climates that experience a large temperature swing between the summer and winter months.

Set within each sash frame is an insulated glass panel comprised of two glass panes that are separated by an air space. Better-quality windows have thick vinyl extrusions with welded corners that create a super-strong, rigid frame. And the space between the glass panes is filled with argon gas or has a Low-E film that helps to block out solar heat in the summer. For even greater energy efficiency — and noise reduction — consider windows with triple glazing, which is three panes of glass with two insulating air spaces.

And when it comes to low-maintenance materials, few products can compete with vinyl. Unlike wood windows, vinyl never needs painting, scraping or sanding. It’s also impervious to rot, water damage, and wood-boring bugs and birds. Vinyl can be restored to like-new condition with an occasional scrubbing with warm, soapy water. And vinyl windows don’t transfer heat and cold through the frame and sash, as is common with aluminum windows.

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French Doors for a Brighter Home

Is it time to say good-bye to the solid door blocking your view and introduce some more light into your life? Consider French doors as an option. These combination windows and doors create a sense of space as they flood rooms with sunlight.

And new glass technologies mean that security and insulation concerns of the past are in many cases outdated. Read on to find out whether French doors are right for you.

What are the benefits of French doors?

In addition to adding a certain feng shui, the advantages of French doors include:

  • Bringing natural light into an interior room or hall that doesn’t have windows.
  • Providing a visual between indoors and out, or between two rooms.
  • Expanding your warm-weather living space by opening out to a patio, balcony, or garden area.
  • Letting the sun light in without letting warmth escape as well as in the summer by not letting cool air out.
  • Expanding the sense of space in a room.
  • Filling wide openings–and creating a flow–between rooms. And conversely, enabling adjoining rooms to be closed off from each other as needed, such as for noise or heating reasons.
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