Tint Revival: Considerations Before Installing Residential Window Tinting

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog, Business

If you’re a homeowner who’s fed up with high utility bills and faded furniture, you might be looking into window tinting to try to control the amount of light that gets into your home. Window tinting has been around for a while, but newer technologies have really improved its ability to cut out glare and heat. However, there are a few considerations that you need to think about first: Night Vision Window-tinting technology has improved daytime visibility through the tinting — you aren’t blackening your windows completely — but many types still prevent you from being able to see out when it’s dark. If you like to look at stars or see the city lights stretching out into the distance, the wrong type of window tint can block those out almost completely. A few manufacturers have created tints that still allow for nighttime visibility; look for those if you still want to see outside the house after dark. Rules and Regulations Homeowners’ associations sometimes have issues with window tint, particularly the very shiny, reflective type. Tints that are less visually intrusive are a little easier to get approved, but the types of tint you can use will still vary from HOA to HOA. Always double-check the brand and style of window tint you want to use with the HOA before arranging to install it. Your HOA might also have a list of suggested contractors who are familiar with the HOA’s requirements. Not-So-Subtle Changes One other issue to consider is the fact that the darker the tint, the less light will get into your house — meaning that if you open your windows for natural light, you’ll get less of it than you would if you didn’t have tint on the windows. On one hand, that’s an advantage during summer, when the sunlight is bright and hot. But come wintertime, that reduction in natural light may become quite evident. Window tint does have obvious advantages, and as long as you’re aware of the disadvantages and considerations, using the tint could be very beneficial. Good tinting will cut down on excess heat getting into your home, and UV-protective coatings should reduce the amount of fading you see on furniture and carpeting. If you want to find out more about the window-tint types that would work well in your home, contact a company like Reflec Tech or that installs several different types and brands. They’ll have a better idea of how each type will affect what you see inside and outside your house, and which type will give you the best efficiency and...

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Keep Your Rugs Looking Like New

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog, Business

Area rugs can help to make a room feel warmer.  They can also add texture and color to an otherwise boring room.  Rugs also help to define space within a room.  Furniture placement in a large room is easier when an area rug is used.  To keep rugs looking like new, you must take good care of them.  Here are some tips on helping your rugs stay looking great.  Regular care A light cleaning with a vacuum can remove the dirt that has not yet embedded within the rug’s pile.  Although a rug should be deep cleaned or steam cleaned annually, you can simply vacuum the dirt out every few days.  Going against the pile will raise the nap, remove dirt and will help keep it looking fresh. Living with animals Rugs can be damaged by pet urine, feces and vomit.  Damage doesn’t have to be permanent if you can deal with it immediately.  If a professional rug cleaning is out of the question because of time, start by absorbing the urine with a cloth.  Lightly spray the area without flooding it with a mixture of vinegar and water and continue to blot.  Spot removers or chemicals on the stain will do more damage to the rug.  Simply dampen and blot until the spot is removed.  As for feces and vomit, try to blot up whatever you can, and have the rug professionally cleaned as soon as possible. This will eliminate odor and bacteria as well. Storing your rug Rugs should always be stored clean.  Wrapping a dirty rug will do permanent damage to it.  It is best to have it professionally cleaned before you store it.  Wrap it in a material that is both water and puncture resistant.  If moisture is trapped inside the rug, it will cause mold, which could lead to dry rot and eventually ruin your rug.  Wrapping with puncture resistant paper will keep mice from nibbling at your rug over time.  This will keep insects out as well.  Keep the wrapped rug off the floor of your storage area.  This will ensure that it will not come in contact with water if there is a flood or leaked water on the floor, and it will circulate more air.  If you are storing your rug for a longer period of time, it is beneficial to unwrap the rug every 12 months or so, just to make sure that it is still in good condition, and to give it a quick cleaning with the vacuum, too. Properly vacuum the rug There is a certain vacuuming procedure that will help to keep your rugs in great condition.  Start by vacuuming the backside of the rug by laying it facing down.  Go side to side, then up and down the entire length of the rug.  This will help to jar the dirt out of the base and allow...

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Maintaining Your Home’s Locks

Posted by on Nov 6, 2014 in Blog, Business

A deadbolt lock can increase the safety of your home, but only if it’s working properly. Take the time to inspect your locks every month or two to make sure they are in perfect working order. Do: Lubricate your locks regularly. Don’t: Use a powdered lubricant. Locks seize up or stick for a variety of reasons, but the most common cause is poor lubrication. A standard deadbolt lock is made up of several moving internal parts. Dirt and residue from constant use can jam the lock, making it difficult or impossible to open. A quick squirt of a spray lubricant formulated for use in locks can free up the mechanism. Don’t use graphite powder or similar lubricants, because the powder can gum up the locks. If your lock is still stuck, don’t force it. Instead, call out a locksmith to perform a proper repair. Do: Inspect the strike plates. Don’t: Force the latch to “fit.” If you are having difficulty turning the lock to secure it, and you know the internal workings aren’t to blame, the problem is likely in the strike plate. This is the plate on the door jamb with the central hole that the deadbolt latch slides into. If it doesn’t line up properly with the latch, or if the hole doesn’t line up properly, the latch won’t slide in smoothly. Don’t keep forcing the lock to bolt. This can damage the lock or the wood inside the door jamb, weakening the entire lock in the process. If you can’t get the striker plate to line up correctly on your own, a locksmith can fix the problem quickly – and without damage to the door. Do: Keep debris out of the keyhole. Don’t: Clean it with water. Dirty keys result in a dirty lock. The more dirt inside the lock, the more likely that it will become jammed. Keep your keys clean and dry to cut down on the amount of dirt that gets into the lock. If moisture gets into an exterior lock during freezing weather, the lock may even freeze up. Don’t force a jet of water into the keyhole to clean it out if you think it’s dirty, this can cause rust damage inside the lock. You can clean out the keyhole with a spray lubricant if necessary. Do: Make sure the hardware is properly installed. Don’t: Ignore broken or loose screws. Finally, inspect the lock monthly to make sure the various screws that holds the lock and striker place are firmly screwed in. These can sometimes work out on their own. Don’t ignore a loose or broken screw, because it could compromise the security and the operation of the lock. When in doubt about a lock problem, take the time to call in a locksmith. He can quickly fix any problems and the fee is a small price to pay for safety...

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