Tuesday, September 29, 2020

6 Reasons Why You Need to Get Your Windows Winter Ready


As cooler temperatures settle in, it’s a good time to go over your winter prep checklist. Many homeowners inspect their gutters, drain their water pipes, and so on. Be sure to include maintenance of your Denver Windows while you’re preparing for the frigid months ahead. Here’s why it’s important to do so.

Reason #1: The Window Trim Won’t Rot Away

Exterior wood on roofs and siding is treated for wood rot, but not so much for the wood on window trim. Excess moisture from rain and wet snow can perpetuate trim wood rot, leading to damaged windows and moldy siding. Paint and repair the wood on your window trim as needed to prevent further headaches in the coming winter. Exterior wood stains are an attractive and durable protective option. 

Reason #2: Fewer Bugs and Critters Can Get in

As windows age, the gaps and cracks can get bigger with each year. Critters look for warm sheltered nooks and crannies when cold weather strikes, and that includes your windows. If the thought of spiders and mice in your house creeps you out, that alone should motivate you to get insulation strips for your windows!

Reason #3: You’ll Save More on Your Heating Bill

At some point, you have probably heard this phrase before: “windows that perform better help you save more on your heating bill.” But how much energy can you really save with regular upkeep on your windows? Well, it turns out to be a lot… 25 to 30 percent! 

Reason #4: It’s Cheaper Than Replacing the Whole Window

Regular maintenance on your windows helps them to last longer, and it’s simple too. A fresh caulk or weatherstrip job is much cheaper than a window replacement. If you do end up replacing your window, use the opportunity to purchase an energy-efficient model to save money on maintenance in the future.

Reason #5: You’re Better Prepared for Winter Storms

Think of your windows as a shield. They’re the only barrier that keeps your home safe from the elements during a storm. Do you want to take your chances with a window that’s in iffy condition? Check the storm rating on your windows, and plan accordingly. 

Reason #6: They Simply Look Better

Let’s face it, well-kept windows have better curb appeal. You also get a better view from the inside when you’re cooped up indoors. Regular cleaning of your windows and siding helps control the growth of mildew, particularly in shady spots. Window sills are sometimes overlooked, but important to wash too. Clean window sills help improve indoor air quality.

These reasons alone provide good motivation for the regular maintenance of your windows. Doing most of the work yourself is simple and doesn’t cost much. By taking action now, your windows will last longer and you won’t have to handle emergency repairs out in the cold. You can relax by the fireplace knowing that your windows are already taken care of for next year.

Monday, September 21, 2020

5 Creative Vacation Ideas for Families

 Every family needs a break from work and school now and again. Family vacations are a great opportunity to relax, let off steam and enjoy making new memories with those you love. It also gives you and your family members a chance to branch out and see new and exciting parts of the world. The best part is that you do not even have to go too far to have a good time! If you are looking to plan a family vacation, consider these unique ideas.

Whitewater Rafting

For those looking for an exciting and engaging adventure, consider whitewater rafting. This thrilling getaway can last one day or one week, depending on where you go and what your family wants to explore. These rafting tours are led by professionals who will help you learn the tools of the trade and lead you on a trip down some of the country’s most beautiful waterways.

Camping on the Beach

When most people think of camping, they picture thickly wooded areas. But have you considered camping on a sandy beach right next to the ocean? There are several campground destinations along the coast that let you and your family combine the joy of camping with the fun of the beach. These camping areas are often suitable for tents and RVs alike.

Historic Sites and Towns

Visiting a place that is important to your state or country’s history can be a rewarding experience for all ages! Many historic sites included guided tours and attractions that are fun and educational. Consider asking your children what historic topics they are studying in school or ask your partner about their favorite moment in history. This may give you some excellent ideas for locations.

Your next vacation could be one for the record books. Consider using one of the ideas presented in this guide when organizing the next big trip for you and your family!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Home Renovations Under Quarantine

 Why is it that so many of my blog posts recently have been about doing things in quarantine? It seems like our way of doing things has changed in so many aspects since the beginning of this year, from shopping, to eating, to visiting with friends, to attending Church...not much is the same simple, everyday life we had just six months ago! Thankfully, we are slowly returning to a semblance of normality, but "everyday life" still looks so different in 2020 than it did in 2019. One bonus that did come out of the lockdown period for our family was having the time to actually get some of those home repairs done. You know, the kind that have been on a to-do list for  forever, but we never have the time to get around to them? We did hours and hours of cleaning, clearing out, redecorating, and repairing the home during quarantine and the house looks much better for it!

One of my ongoing pet projects is the kitchen. We had new wooden cabinets put in several years ago, but to be honest, they already need some repair. Knobs have come off, a couple have been damaged, and they definitely need a new paint job. We were able to get the bigger work taken care of a couple months ago, but we still need to do the paint and knobs. I recently found an incredible deal online for beautiful bronze knobs that I just love and they match our kitchen color perfectly! I also looked at some lovely backsplash tile for the kitchen that I will be keeping an eye on. I hate how messy the sink area gets, and backsplash makes it so much easier to keep clean. Plus, backsplash just looks so bright and cheery!

Another room we've been doing work on is the guest bathroom. Repainting, hanging new mirrors and medicine cabinets; we even put a new bathroom vanity and shelf in. All of these are items we could have gotten some great savings on if I had known about Build.com a few months ago!

One biggie in the home that we just have not found the time to do yet is replacing the bi-fold door to our entertainment room. Our house is an older farmhouse, and trying to find just the right door has been difficult in the area we live. The closest home improvement store is 45 minutes away, so online shopping is a huge plus, especially when it comes to something like this. I have been able to find so many beautiful doors, just the right size, and we can match it to the room colors and decor. I am especially loving the barn-door look of this one pictured below. I can not wait until we find the time (and hopefully a coupon or sale) to get this door replaced!

As I mentioned earlier, unfortunately I didn't know about Build.com and the deals you can get online for home repair. Now that I do, I think it's time we tackle the rest of our to-do list, starting with the aforementioned bi-fold door. Not having to drive 45 minutes to shop, plus adding in the home repair discounts you can find at Slickdeals means we can get the rest of our house in tip-top shape much easier and at less cost. Let's do this!