One of the newest trends in home design/decor is the inclusion of wine storage. Whether you are building a new home or renovating an older home, all you need to do is carve out a small (or large) space to build a showcase space for your wine collection. To maintain the integrity of your wine collection, wine should be stored in a cool, dark, location and/or be temperature controlled. The addition of beautiful 3/8” glass doors to enclose your new wine storage area will help protect the wine against temperature/humidity fluctuations that can negatively effect the quality/taste of the wine, as well as add a high-end jewelry box effect to a wine collection. [Read more…]
Spring showers are here which means summer heat is near. The sun shining through your windows is sure a welcome sight after winter months, but, the light maybe drawing attention to areas in need of a little spring care. Routine home maintenance can help save you from headaches and costly repairs that could be avoided. It can also help you to prepare and budget for any future repairs or upgrades your home may need. Spring is the perfect time to tend to those home maintenance items we’ve been putting off since the end of fall, undo winter’s damage to our home, and get ready for the long hot summer.
To help you get started we’ve created a list of four simple home maintenance tasks you can tackle this spring that will help you to keep cool this summer:
Inspect Windows and Doors
If you have an air conditioner, make sure all that comfy cool air stays inside (and the summer heat stays out) by getting rid of leaks and drafts. Winter weather can crack and harden caulk and other weather sealers. To thoroughly inspect doors and windows for air leaks, start by trying to rattle them, since movement means possible air leaks. If you can see daylight around a window or door frame, then the window or door leaks. You can usually seal these leaks by weather stripping or caulking them.
Caulking and weather stripping can be an easy to do weekend project. Use Caulk for stationary cracks, joints, or gaps less than one quarter inch wide. On objects that are moveable, such as doors and operable windows, weather stripping should be used. Sealing leaks is among the most cost-effective things you can do to conserve energy, increase comfort, prevent water damage, and reduce your air conditioning bill.
You may also want to consider replacing your old doors and windows with newer, high-performance ones. In a lot of older homes, while replacing windows can be an expensive option, many times it’s actually more cost effective to replace them because eventually they will pay for themselves through lowered heating and cooling costs. If factory-made doors or replacement windows are too over your budget, you can install low-cost plastic sheets over your existing windows to cut down on leaks and drafts.
Welcome every beautiful ray of spring sunshine into your house by washing your window glass. Cleaning your windows is probably not on your favorite things to-do list but, when you throw your windows open for the first time in the spring you can probably tell it’s time. Your windows should be thoroughly cleaned at least once a year, and springtime is the perfect time to do it. Not only will this improve the lifespan and performance of your windows, but it’s a great way to maintain your homes curb appeal. You’ll be pleased with the transformation a good window cleaning can provide to make your home feel new again.
Now that you’ve added washing your windows to your spring maintenance list, don’t forget to clean out the weep holes and get rid of the dirt and debris that’s accumulated throughout the winter. Weep holes are the vented slots at the bottom of a window frame that allow exterior drainage. It’s normal for dirt to build up in these areas, so, make sure the openings are clear.
Check Window and Door Screens
Window and door screens are wonderful because they allow you to let in fresh air and sunlight into your home without inviting in annoying insects or other unwanted visitors. Screens allow you to cool your house the cheap way. In cooler parts of the summer you can reduce your electric bill by opening your windows at night and turning off the air conditioning. Without regular maintenance window screens can become dirty or damaged and will eventually need to be replaced. It’s always less expensive to clean and maintain your screens than it is to replace them, so save yourself some money and take the time to take care of those screens. To clean, gently scrub the screen on a flat surface with soapy water. Patch holes in screen if needed. Make sure screens are totally dry before placing them back into position.
Test Windows and Fresh Air
Open windows and doors when it’s nice out, let some fresh air in. Maybe you can even catch a cross breeze. In addition to testing the operational function of your windows, opening the windows is also an effective way to naturally aerate your home and may freshen up your indoor air quality. Take this opportunity to wipe down the interior of the window sills as they have likely collected dust, dirt, and mold over the winter months. Once you’ve cleaned any dirt so that the windows open and close easily, lubricate the tracks and rollers with a dry silicone spray. (You may have to do this more often if you live in a coastal area)
At Dick’s Rancho Glass we have many years of window installation experience and are happy to serve homeowners throughout the Sacramento Area. To keep your home beautiful and cool, we are proud to offer a large selection of high quality Milgard® windows. To begin exploring your replacement window options, check out our gallery, give us a call, click here to contact us, or visit one of our two glass showrooms in the Sacramento region.
After you have measured your space as discussed in part one, and taken into consideration the construction elements we discussed in part 2, the next thing to consider are style choices and there potential impact on shower construction.
Glass Tiles and Other Substrate
Glass tiles are gorgeous and strong, but not strong enough to hold the weight of a glass wall or shower door. When designing your shower enclosure, avoid any plans that involve mounting door hinges and glass clips onto glass tiles. Breakage is likely to occur during or even after installation. This can result in delays in getting the project finished and additional charges from tile installers for repairs. Recommended substrates for mounting frameless shower doors include: granite, Cambria®, Corian®, and tile (Marble, Travertine, Porcelain, or Ceramic). [Read more…]
We continue our three part series of tips to planning your new glass shower enclosure. If you missed Part 1, check it out here: Spacial Considerations of Custom Glass Shower Design. After measuring and considering the amount of space you have for your new shower, here are some construction elements to think about when designing your new frameless shower enclosure.
Support for Shower Doors and Hardware
Make sure the wall where you plan to install your hinged door has the proper support behind it. Doubled up 2x4s are best, but single will also work. In addition, provide wood studs or blocking where doors hinge or panels are anchored, especially if metal studs were used in original wall construction. [Read more…]
The right shower design can completely transform the look and feel of your bathroom. The best made plans work to maximize the use of space as well as make your bathroom more comfortable and functional. One of the hottest trends in bathroom design is the addition of a frameless glass shower enclosure. A frameless shower conveys a modern clean feel adding both beauty, functionality and value to your home. Any remodeling project can seem a bit daunting, so in this three part series we’ll discuss some handy bits of information for making the planning process easier.
In part one of this series we’ll discuss measuring and spatial considerations for your new shower enclosure. [Read more…]