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Why Honeycomb Blinds Could Be a Great Choice for You

Posted by on Jun 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Honeycomb Blinds Could Be a Great Choice for You

Sometimes it can get a little chilly in the middle of July as those nights are at their longest. If you live in one of these areas it might be a good idea to fit honeycomb roller blinds. What exactly are they and why would they make a difference in your life? Specifically Designed for a Purpose Manufacturers designed honeycomb blinds with insulation in mind. They have a very unusual appearance and are also known as “cellular shades.” If you look at them from the side angle they look a little bit like the construction of a bee’s nest with long open channels, and this is where they get their name. Not only are they good at insulation, they are excellent for controlling light. They Can Help Save You Money through Insulation These blinds work by trapping air within the channels, which might otherwise pass through to the room, and thus help with insulation efficiency. In fact, these blinds are so efficient that double-spaced versions have an “R-value” of 5.0. This value refers to the resistance to heat transfer and in this case, these blinds could be much more effective than a standard double glazed window, which typically has a value between 2 and 4. Light Control and Privacy If privacy is very important to you, then these blinds could be an excellent choice. Due once again to their peculiar construction, these blinds are very difficult to see through. There are a number of different types of fabric available, which allow you to be even more specific when it comes to the amount of light that you let into the room. You can choose from “semi-opaque” on the one hand or whole “light blocking” on the other. If you really want to block that light out when those long summer days roll around again, then consider mounting honeycomb blinds outside the window frame, as opposed to inside. In this way, if you are a shift worker it will allow you to catch up on your much-needed sleep. How to Configure Your Blinds for Visual Appeal It’s true to say that honeycomb blinds are not built for their aesthetic appeal, first and foremost. They are designed for the specific purposes already listed, and may not be the best option if you’re only looking to make a fashion statement. However, you can always fit some decorative window treatments to augment the appearance. Also, you can choose your honeycomb blinds with two entirely separate types of fabric. Some people place an opaque fabric underneath a sheer fabric. This may give you the opportunity to enjoy the view outside while still getting that privacy at...

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The Most Common Reasons Your Garage Door Doesn’t Work

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Most Common Reasons Your Garage Door Doesn’t Work

A garage door is very heavy and works with a series of springs, chains, gears and the like and it also has a number of electronic parts that keep it operational or tell it to shut off as needed. Because of this, it’s not unusual for something to eventually break so that the door doesn’t work at all or acts in a very unusual and confusing way. When you’re having problems with your home’s garage door, note a few troubleshooting tips so you can address the issues or talk to a contractor about the work that might need to be done. 1. Motor runs for a few minutes, but door doesn’t move If your automatic garage door opener hums and you know it’s running but the door doesn’t move and the motor shuts off after a few seconds or a few minutes, usually this is a problem with the springs or the chains that move the door. The motor may attempt to operate those springs or chains and when they don’t actually move the door, the motor will then switch off to keep itself from being overworked. Rather than checking the motor, check the springs or chains to see if one is broken or if there is no tension. Be careful doing this as garage door springs hold a lot of weight and are very dangerous; call a contractor to replace these for you if needed. 2. Door closes with a bang Garage doors usually have a tension spring to provide a counterbalance to their weight when they close, and if this spring is broken or the cable attaching the spring to the door is stretched or broken, there is nothing keeping the weight of the garage door balanced. In turn, it closes quickly and may hit the ground with a bang. This too is best left to a contractor as those springs and cables hold a lot of weight that can be dangerous. 3. Closes and then opens A garage door will usually have a sensor that controls the close limit, or how far the garage door needs to travel to close. If this sensor is damaged, the garage door may reach the ground but assume it’s actually hitting something in its path; in turn, it may then reverse course and open. Have a repairperson check these close limit settings or the sensor to which it’s attached and see if they need adjusting. If you need any garage door repairs that you don’t know how to handle, don’t hesitate to call a...

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The Home Advantage: 4 Ways to Secure Your Property

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Home Advantage: 4 Ways to Secure Your Property

Few things are more terrifying than the idea of a home break in. Not only could your valuable property be put at risk but also your loved ones. There were 335,700 recorded break ins across Australia in 2009-10, and with 36% of Australian households believing they are likely to be a victim of burglary – isn’t it time you took a look at the follow 4 ways to secure your property? Install an Alarm System (and use it) If you don’t already have one, the first step you should take towards securing your home is to install an alarm system. Seeing that a home has an alarm system will often prevent an intruder from even attempting to break in and if they do, it will quickly alert you or your neighbours that someone has entered your house. However, alarm systems only work if they are activated. A large number of homeowners install expensive alarm systems but fail to arm them when leaving the house. Security Doors and Windows Strengthening entry points will make it much tougher for a burglar to enter your home. Security doors and windows have a strong frame, normally made from wrought iron or steel, making them more secure than traditional doors and windows made of wood or plastic. Security doors and windows will generally have heavy-duty locks and a deadbolt to help keep your home secure. For more information, visit or a similar website. Lights and Motion Sensors When darkness falls, your home becomes more vulnerable to break-in. Therefore, having adequate illumination is vital if you wish to deter criminals who wish to gain entry to your property. Install multi-directional lights on the front and back of your property with infer-red motion sensors so they will be triggered if anyone approaches your home. This should help to scare off the burglar and act as an early warning to you that your property might be a risk. Automatic Timers Thieves will often look for homes that are not lit after dark, as they know there is a good chance no one is home. If you are going to be away overnight or back late during the dark winter months, investing in timers for your lights could be a great way to defend your property. Automatic timers can be set to switch on your lights for set periods, making your home look occupied, helping to deter would be...

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DIY tips for installing sliding wardrobe doors

Posted by on Jan 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on DIY tips for installing sliding wardrobe doors

Sliding wardrobe doors are a useful way of improving the general appearance of your home. You could use them to turn odd spaces into convenient storage facilities. Installing the doors could take you a short time or even up to a whole day depending on your expertise and the complexity of the doors you have chosen. The following could prove useful if you want to get a professional finish. Measure and cut out the tracks The tracks included in your package may be made of steel or aluminium. Measure the width of the top opening and mark the same on the top track. You can use masking tape to make it more visible. Likewise, measure and mark the width of the base of your opening and mark it on the base track. Use a hacksaw or an electrical saw to cut out the required measurements. Ensure you have safety gear on during the process to reduce the chances of injuring yourself. Install the door tracks Before laying out the tracks, ensure that the ground is level. To properly screw in the tracks in place, you might need assistance from another person. Do not over-tighten the screws as this could cause misalignment. Put the doors in place Doors are heavy, and you might need help from another person to put them in place. Since they overlap, first put the rear door in the opening. Angle it and put it on the top track first, then carefully lower the bottom wheels on the floor track. The rollers should properly align with the tracks. After ensuring it is securely in place, insert the other door in the same way. Test and adjust the doors if necessary You can try to open and close the doors and see if they work correctly. If not, push each door to the end of the wall, and try adjusting the rollers using a screw to raise the height of the door. Increasing the height will give the rollers more space and prevent them from binding with the carpet. If this does not work, remove the doors and install again. Engage anti-jump clips After ensuring the door is in the correct position, snap the clips so that the door does not leave the tracks. Additional tips When opening the packaging, check the contents against what is indicated and do not dispose anything before ensuring all parts are available. Small contents such as screws may get lost easily. The packaging material should be disposed of in environmentally friendly ways. If you feel you cannot accomplish this on your own, contact door specialists, such as those at Mitchell...

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Various Signs Indicating You Require Window Repair or Replacement

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Various Signs Indicating You Require Window Repair or Replacement

Although windows are an integral part of any home, most homeowners do not pay much attention to them, as they require little maintenance. As long as they are kept clean, you home will be flooded with natural lighting. Nevertheless, windows are susceptible to succumbing to wear and tear just as any other aspect of your home. This is especially true if they are old and nearing the end of their time. Here are some of the various signs that would indicate you require window repairs or may have to replace them altogether. Your windows are becoming difficult to open and close. If you are experiencing trouble when you try to either open or shut your windows, chances are they have become imbalanced. This is especially common in both the double hung and single hung varieties. As they get older, the windows will gradually become misaligned from their frame, and this makes it harder to operate them. Additionally, if they have a metallic frame, issues with rust could end up exacerbating the problem. A window contractor would be best suited to changing the framing and correcting the balance as part of your window repairs. Your windows begin accumulating condensation between their panes. Another sign that would indicate you require window repairs is if the panes continually become foggy or misty. This means that there is condensation becoming trapped between the windowpanes. Generally, this will occur when the seals on the windows have become old and start deteriorating. This makes it easier for moisture to seep in between the windows. During the winter months, the moisture can freeze, and this could affect the overall integrity of your window panes by making them crack. If the problem solely lies with the seals of the windows, professional contractors can engage in window repairs to remedy the problem. However, in the event that the insulating capacity of your windows has become compromised, it would be time to seek professional window replacement. Your window frames have started deteriorating. Window frames are what work toward keeping the glass panes in place. If your window frames are compromised, then it is best to seek professional window repairs post haste before they are unable to fully support the glass panes. Some of the signs of deterioration that you can look out for include rotting window frames or chips and cracks in the frames. You should also feel the frames to establish if they are soft and spongy, as this could be a sign of water damage, and they would need to be replaced. For more information about window repairs and replacement, contact a local window installation...

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Missing or Damaged Garage Door? Take a Look at These Temporary Fixes

Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Missing or Damaged Garage Door? Take a Look at These Temporary Fixes

A severely damaged garage door allows the elements into your garage, and it leaves everything in your garage on display for your neighbours to see. Luckily, if you aren’t ready to invest in a new garage door yet, there are other alternatives. Here are some temporary garage door solutions for you to try: Plastic sheeting If you need an instant solution to the gaping hole in the front of your garage, consider plastic sheeting. You can buy large rolls of it relatively inexpensively at most hardware stores, and securing it in place is as simple as stapling it around your garage door frame. Make sure to leave a bit of excess sheeting along the floor. This gives you a bit of extra protection and prevents air from sweeping into the garage underneath your plastic. Particle board For a slightly more permanent situation, consider covering your garage door area with particle board. Gently place it in the opening of your garage door. Then, grab some small pieces of wood. Use nails to attach these small pieces in even intervals running along the edges of the garage door opening — the pieces of wood should sit half along the inside of the garage door frame with their other halves over the particle board, holding it into place. This technique provides security to your garage in that no one can access it through the main door. However, it also doesn’t allow you to easily park your car in the garage. If you want to use your garage for more than a tool storage place, you need a temporary door that can open. Temporary carriage style garage door If you love carriage style doors, you can use them permanently, but in a pinch, they work as temporary doors until you are ready to put in actual, automatic roller doors. To install a carriage style door, you need to install tracks and brackets along the top of the door. Then, you need to fit in sturdy wooden doors that are the same height as your garage door opening. If you find old interior or exterior doors that are roughly the same height as your garage door opening, you can use them — simply bind them together with metal brackets to create the width you need. Alternatively, you can make your own carriage style doors. Check out the fence and gate section at the local hardware store. There, you will likely find all the handles, pickets, hinges and everything else you need to create your own carriage style design. These temporary measures can be useful, but you should contact a local garage door installation company as soon as possible to have new garage doors installed to protect your...

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Guide to Buying Roller Shutter Doors

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Guide to Buying Roller Shutter Doors

Are roller shutter doors a good investment in your home, business premises or industrial buildings? Most undoubtedly, the answer is yes thanks to their adaptable specifications when used for different structures. You may settle for a roller shutter door that is operated either manually or electrically. Manually-operated roller shutter doors are opened and closed by being pushed up and being pulled down respectively. Those operated vial electrical means, on the other hand, are driven by motorized systems. Before opting for any type of roller shutter doors, here are some essential guidelines for you: Inquire about the door manufacturer Find out about the company that manufactured the roller shutter doors. A manufacturing company that has a good, long-standing reputation for professional service should be preferred to those which just entered the market and are yet to show consistency in their business track records. For example, go for manufacturers who have been making the doors for at least the minimum number of years required for an efficient motor drive unit to work properly. This way, you can check customer reviews of how well the doors are and you can possibly anticipate any problems in the future, if any. Ask for guarantees or warranties Roller garage doors generally consist of many moving components, most of which are enclosed and this can make it rather hard to pick a quality door. Hence, you should look for a door manufacturer who provides guaranties and warranties since they’ll serve as protection of the shutter door in case the product sold does not match the promised performance level due to unforeseen damage. If you’re not dealing with the manufacturer directly, the dealer who is selling the roller shutter door to you should guarantee to do repairs or make replacements for any faulty products. Aside from offering a warranty on the roller shutter door itself, the dealer should also offer a warranty on parts and materials going with the door. If your dealer is unable to provide any such guarantees or warranties, it would be wise to look for another dealer. Consider extras Look for roller shutter doors that have been integrated with extra functional and safety features. For instance, while doors built using metal slats will exude great strength and durability, extras like having polycarbonate glazing inserts fitted on the cut-out sections of the door can invite plenty of natural light into your buildings without compromising on security of your...

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The History and Future of Motion Sensor Automatic Doors

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The History and Future of Motion Sensor Automatic Doors

It’s rather amusing that automatic doors were once seen as futuristic technology. TV viewers in the 1960’s were suitably impressed watching Star Trek when crew members on board the Starship Enterprise simply needed to approach a door for it to slide open. This was actually achieved by having a production assistant just out of camera range, manually pushing the door open or closed as needed. Nowadays you probably don’t look twice as a door automatically opens for you. Automatic doors with motion sensors are no longer remarkable, but the technology behind them certainly is. And is there any way for the technology to be improved? The Birth of the Motion Sensor Have you heard of Samuel Bagno? If it wasn’t for his efforts, the motion sensor triggered automatic door would not exist. The sophistication of radar technology significantly improved during WW2, and once the war was over Bagno began to work on different applications for the technology. He developed a method of dispersing ultrasonic waves throughout an enclosed space, which was patented in 1947. The waves registered inanimate objects, but if one of these objects began to move, the distance the waves had to travel would be reduced, triggering an alarm. This was one of the earliest types of motion sensor, and while it was intended as a burglar alarm, the technology became the basis for motion sensor triggered automatic doors. The Echo Bagno’s idea is still used, although it has been refined over the years and was still seen as futuristic in the early days of Star Trek. A sensor is trained on a certain area, and when motion is detected within this readable area, the door is triggered. The ultrasonic waves utilised by the sensor are remarkably similar to the natural sonar found in dolphins and bats. The ultrasonic waves are sent out and then bounce back when they hit an object, creating an echo. When the frequency of this echo changes, the sensor registers that the object is in motion and the door opens. Selective Opening Can automatic door technology be refined any further? If anything, current technology is too effective in detecting motion. A person wandering within the readable area will trigger the door, since only a small amount of motion is needed. Businesses with automatic doors expend a lot of electricity each year by allowing the door to open when it’s not necessary. There are new sensors in development which aim to detect the direction and velocity of a moving object within the readable area. This allows the door to differentiate between someone moving towards the door, and someone merely moving. So while the general idea of the automatic door is unlikely to change in the foreseeable future, they are likely to be more aware of whether or not you actually plan to walk through them. If you need some automatic doors for your business, get in touch with a local company, such as Platinum Auto...

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3 Tips for Choosing Security Doors for Your Home

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips for Choosing Security Doors for Your Home

Security doors, whether that’s a screen door or an inside storm door, can be a great choice for easily adding to the security of your home. Unless you upgrade the locks, you don’t need to worry about codes as you would for an alarm system, and security doors don’t detract from the look of your home as multiple security cameras and motion detectors might. Companies like Stan Bond Security offer a number of door styles with varied levels of decoration to better suit the look of your home. When choosing a security door, you want to ensure you take your time to shop for the right style and for all the additional features it may offer. Note the following. 1. Frame A door is only as secure as its frame, which is why many security doors come with their own frame. When someone kicks in a door, they are often kicking the frame away from the wall, so installing a security door onto an old doorframe may not be effective at all. While choosing a security door with its own frame can be the best choice, note if you might need a builder or contractor to install it. A frame needs to be level to be secure, and improper installation of any frame can mean compromising its strength. For true security from your security storm door, choose one with a frame and have it installed by a professional. 2. Screen versus storm door You have the option of installing a security screen door outside your standard door, installing a security storm door inside or both. Screen doors are often cheaper, so if you’re on a budget, you might consider that installation alone. They are very strong with heavy-duty locks, so they do provide security even at a more affordable price. They also allow you to keep the inside door open while keeping your entryway secure. They may also be easier for you to install on your own, which can also save you some cost. 3. Material Steel security doors are typically stronger than wood storm doors, but they can be very unattractive. Thieves might also see a steel door and assume you have a lot of valuable things inside, and your home might become a new target for them. When choosing a wood security storm door, opt for a very strong type of wood such as oak or maple. As a compromise, you might choose a steel door with a wood overlay. This will give you the strength of steel but the more attractive and subtle look of...

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Why Add Security Doors to Your Home?

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Add Security Doors to Your Home?

As a homeowner, no doubt you’re concerned about the level of security you have on your property, but may hesitate when it comes to adding security doors. In times past, security doors often looked prison-like, with heavy iron bars across their fronts, and may have made the house seem more like a compound than a real home. However, if you haven’t shopped for security doors lately, you may be surprised at their appearance, and the security they offer for your home’s front and back doorways: 1. Security doors protect the home during the day You may only think of how to secure your property at night, but in truth, securing your home during the day and even when you’re at home is very important. Many robberies and break-ins actually occur during daylight hours, and some are a crime of opportunity. A person may be walking by your home, note that your inside door is open, and see that you aren’t anywhere near the front door. They can easily force open your thin screen door, step inside, grab your computer or even a television, and be out of your home within seconds. When you install a security screen door, this offers more protection than a standard, lightweight aluminum door. You can open the inside door and allow for light and air during the day, but the heavy-duty lock on the security door will keep anyone from just forcing it open.  2. Security doors can feature electronic or upgraded locks While the heavy-duty locks on security doors can often offer enough protection for your home, you can also upgrade these locks as you see fit. This might include an electronic lock that requires a code, or a set of deadbolts that is virtually impossible to kick in. These types of locks can mean one more layer of security that a thief or intruder would need to get past to access your home, and they may get discouraged and move on to another target when you have such a secure doorway. 3. Security doors can be permanently shut If your home has a side door, a door to the basement, or another entryway that you never use, you may want to have it shut up permanently. However, having a contractor remove the door and add brick or siding to this area can be expensive. A good alternative is to have a security door placed over this entryway that is permanently shut; it can be screwed into the home without hinges so it acts as more of a gate than a door. This too can protect this vulnerable spot in your home and keep it more secure. Contact a company like Bayside Security Doors & Showers Screens with any questions you...

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