The vinyl siding on your home should be cleaned on a yearly basis. Fall is a great time to clean your vinyl siding and make sure that your house is looking great for wintertime. Here is some information on how to make your own cleaner for cleaning your vinyl siding.
Making the Bleach Vinyl-Siding Cleaner
If you have white vinyl siding or vinyl siding in another light color, you can use a bleach vinyl-siding cleaner to clean your house. You are going to want to use a five-gallon bucket to mix up the bleach cleaning solution.
You are going to want to combine one part bleach and four parts water. That means if you put two gallons of water in the bucket, you are going to want to put in half a gallon of bleach.
You are also going to want to add some powdered laundry detergent or household cleaner …Read More
One of the more annoying aspects of having a cat or dog is trying to keep them from destroying your window coverings in their eagerness to look outside or sit in the sun. Listed below are three window coverings that are ideal for people with pets.
Plantation shutters are one of the best window coverings that you can purchase, mostly due to their durability and aesthetic appeal. Unlike normal blinds, plantation shutters tend to not only have blinds that you can open and close but are also able to be opened into your home entirely to give you a completely unobstructed view out of your window.
The primary reason that plantation shutters make such a good option when you have pets in your home is that they are typically made out of wood, which means that the slats in the plantation shutters are not easily moved or bent by …Read More
If you want to increase energy efficiency in your old stucco home, replace the windows. Vinyl windows make good replacements, since they are inexpensive and insulate better than aluminum. It is possible for a beginning DIY person to replace them, but you must be comfortable working with power tools. Here are some tips for installing replacement windows in stucco.
Prepare to Work
For this project, you need:
- work gloves
- safety glasses
- flat pry bar
- utility knife
- wood shims
- finishing nailer
- finishing nails
- exterior caulk and caulk gun
- foam insulation
- power drill and long screw bit, plus a 3/8 inch masonry drill bit
- replacement window
Measure the height of the old window from the highest point of the sill to the top in the middle, left, and right. Note the smallest measurement when you order. Measure the width at the right, left, and center from the interior of the frame …Read More
Windows’ greatest strength is also their biggest weakness. Windows are designed to allow natural light into a home and to provide a view of the outside world. On the other hand, the same light that eliminates the need for artificial lighting can also cause problems for a home. Window tinting can help to protect your home from several money-comsuming dangers.
UV rays can fade furniture, carpet, and artwork. Thus, if you have expensive furniture or art in your home, you should take steps to eliminate UV damage. One option is to keep your blinds or curtains shut to reduce the amount of light that leaks into your home. While this option can be somewhat effective, your home may be darker than you would like it to be, and you will have no view of the outside world. Some window film will filter out up to 99% of UV …Read More
The windows in your house play a very important role in keeping the house safe and regulating the temperature. Good windows will insulate the house while old and ineffective windows will cause air to seep through and cost you more money in utilities. This is why it is important that you know the signs that your windows need replacing so that you can take care of the problem before it becomes severe. Here are some signs to look for.
1. Your Windows Reflect The Temperature Outside and Not Inside
As a general rule, your windows should reflect the temperature that is inside the house, not the temperature that is outside. For example, if it is the summer, when you touch the window it should feel a little cool, not hot. If it feels very hot, then you know that it is not insulating properly. A double pain window should hold the temperature …Read More
Installing new windows in your home is sure to improve energy efficiency overall, especially if they’re Energy Star rated. They’ll also improve
Install New Shades
When installed properly, shades are one of the most effective window treatment options when it comes to energy efficiency. Mount your shades as close to the glass as possible and make sure that the sides rest comfortably against the wall on either side of your windows to create an air seal. South side facing windows should be raised during winter days and closed at night, while sunlit window shades should remain open during the day. Dual shades are your best …Read More