Keep furniture like beds or dressers away from windows. Furniture placed directly under a window can create an enticement for a child to climb and the potential to fall.
Keep children’s play safely away from windows, doors and balconies to help prevent an accidental fall or injury.
Remember, insect screens are designed to provide ventilationand to keep insects out, NOT to prevent falls. For added safety in children’s bedrooms, consider installing window guards or window fall prevention devices that meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards.
Window treatments with traditional cords can contribute to childhood injuries. For added protection, choose blinds and shades with no room-side cords like Pella Designer Series® windows and patio doors, which feature between-the-glass blinds, shades and decorative panels. Pella® 350 Series patio doors also offer between-the-glass window fashions with no roomside cords.
Plant soft shrubs, like boxwood, or yews, under exterior windows that might be used as an emergency escape route to help soften a fall.
While spring cleaning, do a “clutter sweep” and remove tripping hazardsnear exit routes from windows, doors or balconies.
Do not allow children to jump on beds or other furniture, especially near windows.
Talk to older children about the dangers of playing near windows.
Thermal Industries offers a wide variety of picture windows and specialty-shaped vinyl replacement windows. Our picture windows and specialty-shaped windows look unique as a stand-alone window. Or, they can be combined with other window styles in multi-window configurations to add a decorative accent or to enhance your home’s architecture. Select from full-circle windows, quarter arch windows, and parallelogram-shaped windows, just to name a few.
Choose from 25 standard paint finishes.Albany Door Company uses paint with the same scratch resistance as baked on enamel and ultra-violet blockers as the finest latex. If none of our standard colors are a perfect fit for your home you also have the option of having your door custom painted.
For a majority of its replacement and new construction work, the team at Ratzlaff Homes recommends fiberglass entry doors from Therma-Tru. “The durability and quality of these doors is easy to sell to homeowners,” says Hassenfritz. “The solid doors are up to four times more energy efficient than solid wood doors. And, when adding in decorative glass or privacy doorlites and sidelites, they come with triple-paned glass to protect the decorative elements.”
For one recent door replacement project in Lakeville, Hassenfritz met with a family that had a long list of needs for a replacement entryway. “Their original steel door was cumbersome with its storm door and small decorative glass sidelites,” says Hassenfritz. “They wanted to add more light flow into the home, gain a new style for their door and get rid of the storm door. At the same time, they wanted to increase the energy efficiency in the home.
“Fiberglass was an easy sell for them because they’d endured the heartache of steel doors and they were ready to upgrade to a product that would be more long-lasting. After reviewing all the options, they selected an elegant prefinished Therma-Tru® Classic-Craft® Mahogany Collection™ door with the look of high-grade wood, but made of fiberglass, which resists denting, scratching and rusting. For the doorlites and sidelites they chose the Longford™ glass that replicates a design from Gaelic heritage with granite field glass and seeded glass. This combination gave them an impressive new look for their entryway and met their low-maintenance needs.”
Marvin’s sophisticated, contemporary Sliding Patio doors are created for smooth operation and dependable performance. From their super-tough Ultrex® sill to their energy efficient design, Marvin Sliding Patio doors are a perfect addition to any space.
3″ stiles and rails provide a modern look that maximizes your view
Elegant harp-shaped handle and two-point lock system provide security
Ultrex sill withstands traffic and seasonal changes, so the door slides smoothly and easily.
Design options such as four-panel patio doors are available
The Ultimate Glider window brings quality craftsmanship, contemporary styling and a modern, streamlined look to any home. Featuring an ergonomic handle and sleek hardware for easy operation with just one hand, the Ultimate Glider’s slim profile is a great space-saving alternative with all the energy efficiency benefits of a traditional window.
Posted on August 22nd, 2012 by John Kirchner
So, you think you have difficulty making design decisions? Imagine being an actual designer planning a project for your own home.
Such was the obstacle for Brandi Hagen of Eminent Interior Design, whose 1960s-style kitchen painfully featured outdated design aspects that had long fallen out of favor. The lighting was poor. Flooring and countertops were cheaply fabricated and falling apart. Hers looked nothing like the kitchen of an upscale interior designer.
That’s no longer the case. Hagen’s kitchen makeover was recently featured on TrendsIdeas.com. Part of her renovation — as seen in the pictures in this blog post — included the addition of windows and doors from Marvin:
“Hagen introduced more light with a much larger window in the living room, and the size of the kitchen window was doubled. The interior was then gutted, and the oak floors were stripped of their dark stain. The floors were wire brushed and treated with a white glaze to lighten the overall look of the kitchen.”
Isn’t it amazing what just a few of the right touches can do to add life to your home?
To clean vinyl siding, simply hose it down or add a cup of bleach to every gallon of water used with a power washer to break down heavy soiling. Keep vinyl siding clean, remembering to scrub from the bottom and rinse from the top, with instructions from a licensed home repair specialist in this free video on home maintenance.