Monday, December 30, 2013

Happy New Year!


 “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” – C.S. Lewis


Monday, December 9, 2013

What color you choose for your windows say about your personality.

Our homes sometimes are the key to our personalities.  Picking colors for your home can represent they type of personality that you may be.  Find out what your color choice may say about you.

White
You like to be logical and like organization.  White is a symbol for purity and simplicity.  Your home and home life may not have a great deal of clutter.

Black
Artistic and like to give the appearance of mystery.  Like to be dignified with out being to flashy. Your home is and home life you do not like to share easily with others.

Red
Love life and live it to the fullest. Red is the color of strength, health , and vitality.  Quick to judge others, and want everything out of life.  You can be optimistic and do not do well with monotony. Your home and home life is open with a zest for life.

Blue
Harmony and reliability are in your nature. Caring ,compassionate, and patient. Your home and home life are faithful, charming, clean and tidy.  

Green
Green is a symbol for hope and peace.  You tend to be frank, social able, and worry about what others think of you.  Your home and home life is modest, refined, and always try to keep up with your next door neighbors.

Brown
Your a great friend and patience.  You love with all your heart and are reliable and dependable.  You home and home life are not flashy and but stable, always have a open door for family and friends.

Gray
The color of compromise. You love to work with out reward and have great business sense.  Your home and home life are stable but do not share to much, but withdrawal within yourself.

Yellow
Your colorful and have a great imagination. Good in business and have a great sense of humor.  Your home and home life is adventurous, open, and every detail has been selected with a meaning or story to your life.











DIY Ceiling for your basement










   
  • The Styleline Zip-Up System Is a great way to update the look to your basement ceiling.  The System is easy to install and easy to clean.  It is made of Poly(vinyl chloride), commonly abbreviated PVC,  It has panels that interlock with rails that attach to the ceiling. No glue needed. It sits higher that a drop ceiling giving you more head room on your basement ceiling.  Easy access to Plumbing and wiring with the pull "zip" panels. They are water and moisture resistant that will not mildew.  It cleans with a damp cloth and has a fire rating of Class-A.
  •  The Zip-Up UnderDeck System is the best way to finish off your under deck living space.  Installation is simple with only a few common tools and only has five components. This is a water tight system that effectively channels water to a gutter system and provides a flat, clean finish under the deck.  No other system offers this much functionality and beauty at such an affordable price.

Call for a free quote or a dealer near you at 1-888-323-0594. Visit us at Styleline.biz




Monday, December 2, 2013

Building Your Own Sunroom. Are you ready to DIY?


DIY is trending in the home improvement industry. Television and the Internet instructs us how easy home improvement can be.  It is really so simple?  Can DIY really save you money?  These are some good questions you should be asking yourself when you take on your home improvement projects.  Investing in your home improvement is a important decision that can be rewarding or a money pit if you are not prepared or have the proper skills to do it yourself.

Here is a couple of quick questions you should ask yourself to see if you are ready to tackle a big project as home improvement.

1. Are you a hard worker that is patient and enjoys physical labor?

2. Do you have the skills and tools to complete the project?

3. Are you familiar with the city codes and building permits that are required?

4. Will you be able to get all the materials you need?  If not will your supplier deliver?

5. How long will your project take to complete?  Do you have the spare time?

6. What happens if you have a mistake, do you have the extra funds to get it fixed?

If you could answer "yes" to all these questions, you might be ready to take on you home improvement project. If  "no" was your more common answer you should consider hiring a contractor.

You have looked at your home improvement project and decided it is time to hire a contractor.  Hiring the right contractor for you can save you money, time and stress. Here is some crucial questions to ask a contractor before you hire them for your home project.

1. Do they have creditable references?

2. How long have they been in business?

3. Do they pictures of the work they have completed?

4. Do they have the proper licences for their business?

5. Will they give you a written agreement outlining what work will be done?

6. Will they give you an exact price or just an estimate?

7. Will they take care of the permits and inspections?

8. Is the work they do guaranteed?

Weather you decide do it yourself or hire a contractor, do your homework.  Be prepared, do a budget, and know the project you are going to tackle.


Here at Styleline we offer a DIY window the Styleline Riviera V4 Panel Sliding Window.  Visit our page to learn more at Styleline.biz and Kaufmann Window and Doors.  Quotes are free and if living in the Midwest let us help you find a dealer near you. 1-888-323-0594. #DIY

Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday, November 18, 2013

Storm Safety




Every change of season we can experience a variety of extreme weather. One day it will be an ice storm or a thunderstorm, the next, extreme wind (possible tornadoes and hurricanes).

Severe storms can cause large destruction to our electric systems.  It takes a while to clear away debris and repair damage.  People could be without power for a few days. Take the necessary steps ahead of time to be prepared.

Another reason is flying objects and high winds. These conditions can be havoc on your home. Taking action now to protect your home and your family can save lives and reduce damage.


How to Prepare for Power Outage and Strong Storms

1. If power goes out you need to report it right away.  If you smell gas call your gas company immediately.  Have your power and gas company phone number available.

2. If someone in your household has to depend on a life support device have your special 24 hour hotline number ready.  Have an evacuation plan for all locations. Consider home, work, and school/daycare. Check in your area and see if you have any neighbors with special needs that may benefit from your assistance.

3. Learn how to manually open your garage door, security doors, or any electronically operated devices.

4. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged.

5. Keeping the refrigerator and freezer door closed helps keep your food cold. Turn off stoves. Unplug any devices.

6. Make sure your gas is filled in your car, in case you need to travel to a safer location.

7. Fill your bathtub with water and any other buckets or containers you can find.  You will need this to flush your toilets and have spare water for cleaning.

8. Get cash.  It is always good to have emergency cash available unexpected expenses.  And with the power out you might not have access to buy items with your debit card.

9. Plan your family food and lodging needs.  If you are unable to use you electric stove have a gas or charcoal grill with matches available. Plan an alternative destination if you need to evacuate your home.

10. Put together a disaster supply kit, include garbage bags, duct tape, put matches and important papers in plastic bags, disposable wipes, batteries, flashlights, battery operated radio, candles, tools, first aid kit, pet supplies, manual can opener.

11. Find a safe room in your home,  pick a room with no windows preferably a in basement.  If evacuated  because of a hurricane find a alternative location away from the storm.

12. Plan one week of  meals. In your safe room put canned food, water, paper plates, cups and silverware, and a garbage can. Put these items in totes for easy travel if evacuated.

13. Conduct a safety check of your home.  Fix any torn roof shingles.  Keep gutters clear of debris. Consider replacing windows or protecting them with storm windows to protect against flying objects. Windows should be weather tight and trimmed. Put away any lawn furniture or loose objects outside your home, like potted plants and shovels. Repair any broken fences.

Stay calm, be alert and stay up to date on weather conditions. Taking these steps helps you get peace of mind that you and your family are ready when the extreme weather hits.





Monday, November 11, 2013

Honoring All Who Served - Veterans Day 2013

November 11, 2013

DIY Energy Audits


1. Checking your insulation for heat loss through the ceiling and walls in your home might be lacking.  Making sure that every corner including the space above the attic door helps decrease the heat you may lose.  Pipes, duck work and chimneys have gaps that may need sealing as well.

2.  Gaps in flooring, faucets, electric outlets, door and windows will need attention.  Filling them with caulk and sealing them with the appropriate materials with ensure that less leakage of air.  Replacing your lighting with a more efficient CFL or LED will greatly reduce energy your home may be producing.

3.  Your heating and cooling systems will need to inspected yearly.  Any unit over 15 years old might need replacing to  a newer, energy efficient unit.  New filters will help the unit run more efficient, otherwise it is working harder to get the dust and dirt out of your home.

Once you complete your own DIY energy audit and you are not seeing a change you might want to consider contacting a professional to better analyze the areas of your home that you might be losing the energy.



Monday, November 4, 2013

Put Some Holiday Fun into your Windows and Doors






 Get inspired this holiday season.  You do not have to spend a lot to dress up your home for the holiday's.  You can find ribbon and plain wreaths at your local dollar store to create a look like this on your 3 or 4 season room.




Find some plain Santa's hat sew together the span of your window and cover with a festive holy pattern on top for a fun window valance.






For a eye popping effect get some party decorations from the store and layer them with different sizes and hues to create a holiday effect.






For a cute craft this season use an old window and bulbs with some spray snow to achieve a great wall decoration.  Can even grab some ribbon and pine from outside to finish the look.












Have fun and safe holiday season from all of here at Styleline.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Finding Your Homes Original Color Scheme


With trends going toward remodeling and restoring older homes these days.  Most are asking, what was the original color scheme to my historic home?

Commercial colors were not available until the 1800's.  Many colors found around this time were made from local materials. Browns, reds, yellows and oranges. Colors coming from the earth, rocks, flowers and any organic materials in the local area.

 When researching the age of your home to the color era, you can search by the architectural trends of the american history.  Typically there are 5 eras you can reference.  We have broken down these for you below.

Colonial (mid-1600's to late 1700's)

Organic colors from the local area were used.  Colors like Burnt umber, earthy reds, and indigo were used because they were able to transfer into oil based paints.  Many new colonists arrived from Europe bringing with them styles and techniques to the east coast and gulf coast with some in the southwest, and this is where you will find the color schemes for your home if you live in these areas.

Federal (Early 1800's)

The new republic in port cities brought cream, sage, light blues, and pumpkin colors.  you will find in areas mostly in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Savannah.

Greek Revival (Mid 1800's)

30 year time period int he middle of the 1800's began and ended with public building constructions.  The color of choice was white with accents of black, gold, and sometimes dark greens.

Victorian ( Late 1800's to Early 1900's)

This is the era where wild colors became the fad.  Standardized colors have now become available thanks to the technology of adding chemicals to the earth elements to create  poly chromatic colors.  Home owners would now be able to choose the color and paint their home by themselves.  Popular colors included brick red, mulberry, mossy greens, and gingers.



Colonial Revival ( Early 1900's to Mid 1900's)

Front door ways, and multiple pane windows would be colored with taupes, grays, and medium blues. 











Thursday, October 3, 2013

Protect yourself from the elements with a Patio Cover


Styleline Patio Covers are a beautiful addition to any home and will provide a comfortable place for families and friends to relax. Patio covers also help reduce cooling costs by protecting the house from the sun's heat. Make any patio or deck area more enjoyable to use with an economical and long-lasting cover from Styleline.  




It is also a great addition to your hometown park building. Protecting yourself and patrons from the sun and rain during parties and outdoor events. 

We are here to help give us a call at 1-888-323-0594
contact us at styleline.biz

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

How to Measure Storm Doors and Warranty


Welcome to Autumn!

 
Smell the fresh crisp air.  Marvel the beautiful new colors forming in front of you.  The cool autumn temps can bring out the weekend warrior in you.  Here are some inspirations to help you tackle that project that you put off because of the hot heat of summer.


Add extra space in your home

Enclose your deck


Car Port
Add a door to you screen room


Zip Up System in your Basemrnt









How to Measure Storm Windows:

Measuring and Ordering Storm Windows

- To determine storm window size, first measure the Width at the top, center,
and bottom.

- Then measure the Height at left, center, and right.


**Note: Sloped sills require measuring to the point where the window frame will meet
the sill, not to the outside edge of the sill. Measuring to the outside edge of the sill will
result in too large of a window. Also, for the same reason, do not use the
measurements of a wood storm window that is being replaced.

- Order the narrowest Width and Height from the above measurements.

- Specify order size (Width x Height) after rounding down to the nearest 1/8".

- When ordering uneven glass insert heights (Oriel), specify the measurement
from the top of the window to the center of the meeting rail (TCMR).

 Order one of the following manufacturing specifications:

EXACT (Tip To Tip): We will manufacture the storm window to your
exact measurements. Tip to Tip includes the fin.

BLINDSTOP (BS): If you give us an exact size of the existing window
opening, we will deduct 1/8" in Width and 1/8" in Height. This will
allow an inside mount to rest against the blindstops and on the sill.

OVERLAP: If you give us an exact size of the existing window opening, we
will add 1" to the Width and 1" to the Height. This will allow for an
outside overlap mount that mounts against the casing and on the sill.

 Indicate the type of bottom expander. Expanders provide approximately 1/2"
of adjustment. 

**The 1" expander is provided unless you specify otherwise.

No Expander: The window will be made to the size ordered above with
no expander.

1" Expander (standard): One inch will be subtracted from the window frame
height; the size of the window including the expander will match the
measurements ordered above. This will give you about 1/2" addition on height.

2" Expander: One and one-half inches will be subtracted from the window
frame height; the size of the window including the expander will
match the measurements ordered above. This will give you about 1" addition to height.





Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jazz up your Store Front with a Awning by Styleline


Styleline aluminum awnings project your best image - right out front! Made in the USA, these colorful, custom-fabricated marquees have been popular with architects and store-front designers in Europe for decades.
The glossy enameled exterior and all-white, reflective interior of a Styleline aluminum awning provide dramatic lighting opportunities- with spotlights above, illumination beneath.
Designed especially for use with 3M Scotchcal® and Controltac® self-adhesive graphics, signage is not only easily applied, but easy to change if a business should change hands.
Styleline's all-aluminum construction and baked-gloss-enamel surface finishes eliminate the time-consuming cleaning, repair and frequent, costly replacement usually associated with fabric awnings.
Comparable in cost to fabric, Styleline aluminum awnings last up to three times longer-without fading, fraying or showing signs of wear and tear- and, cleaning is as easy as washing a car.

Call today for a quote 1-888-323-0594

Friday, September 6, 2013

Window and Door Crafts



You have left over windows and are trying to figure out what to do with them. How about some fun crafts projects for your home? Below are some great ideas and the websites that could get you inspired this weekend to spice up your home.

Here at http://www.robomargo.com You can make this cute towel holder for the bathroom.  Or, even a plate display for your living room.


Simple and creative ideas here at: 
20 Simple and Creative Ideas Of How To Reuse Old Doors

Put some fun into your windows: 
 

Make a Fireplace Screen: 
DIY fireplace screen

Fun Bathroom Shower Door:
Old french pocket door used instead of an expensive glass shower enclosure. Shower curtain looks like curtains.

How about a Pot Rack:


Hope this give you some great inspiration for your home this weekend.  Enjoy crafting with your old windows and doors.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Tip on getting your home ready for fall

The leaves are changing, the cooler temps are moving in, and the scent of fall fills the air.  You know that winter will be here soon and you want to protect your home from the weather.  Here are a few tips on what you can do to help prevent damage during the fall and winter.

1. Darkness comes earlier in the fall and winter, make sure your flood lights and outside lighting is working properly.

2.  Maintain outside faucets, to help prevent water damage of frozen pipes.  take hose off and put in storage and winterize any water ground systems.

3.  Check your doors for cracks and air leaks.  Seal as need to prevent drafts.  Maintain storm doors and handles to make sure they are working properly for colder temperatures.

4.  Check windows and storm windows for leaks.  Caulk where needed.  This might be a time you look into getting storms for your windows.

5.  Check your heating systems and have them maintained if needed.  Winterize your air conditioners.

6.  Clean you gutters make sure clear of debris.

7.  Make a roof and chimney and repair as needed.

8.  Fill in cracks in your siding.

A quick overview of your home will make a big difference in the life of your home.
If you are of need of a storm door or storm windows please visit our website styleline.biz  for more information.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Types of Glass Used in Windows

We offer a variety of styles of glass for our windows.  Many often have questions on the difference between what we offer. Below is the most common glass types we offer.


Double Strength Glass

The difference between double strength glass (1/8")  than a single pane of glass (1/16") is a thicker pane of glass that will help with noise and be a stronger glass to help with less breakage.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is a type of safety glass that is toughened by a controlled chemical or thermal treatment that increases the strength of the glass.  This process allows the glass to crumble in to small pieces instead of big shards of glass. This glass is safer than single or double strength glass.

Low "E" Glass

To protect against heat and the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays, Adding a layer of metallic to the glass.  This layer is called “Low E”, acts like a mirror and blocks the damaging heat from the sun and blocks the harmful ultraviolet rays that can damage curtains, furniture and carpets. 

Argon Gas Glass

Twenty plus years ago they started offering the option of putting Argon gas between the two panes of glass to block the cold. The Argon Gas insulates better than air because it is heavier than air.  This option is not available in storm windows.


Monday, July 29, 2013

Installing Styleline Riviera 4 Track Vinyl Sliding Windows

                  
     All Riviera V4 windows have a 7/8” flange and are designed to be fastened through this flange into a post/structure. (Self-drilling screws are supplied).

Step 1:  Remove sashes from main frame by compressing springs to the left and lift out the right side from the shallow depth frame liner. (See Photo A)

Photo A
Step 2:  Check for correct fit of window into opening. Gap should be 1/8” on each side and 1/8” at top and bottom.

Step 3:  Center and square-up window frame in opening. Fasten a screw into each top corner. (See Fig. 1)

Step 4:  Fasten a screw into each bottom corner.

Step 5:  Use shims to maintain the same window width in the middle of the vertical 
sides as the top and bottom. An hour-glass shape will make the window operate poorly.

Step 6:  Fasten the sides with screws at each meeting rail. (See Fig. 2)

Step 7:  Fasten the header & sill with a screw in the middle.


Step 8:  Insert sashes. (See Photo B) Top sash is closest to screen.

Photo B

Figure 1                                      Figure 2

Entertaining in your new space

So you got your dream new room in your home.  Now you wan to show it off.  Here is some great tips on how to entertain in you new space and make your friends enjoy it as much as you do.

First lets put some nice seating in your space. Let us now add a great flow to get every one to enjoy the space with out feeling crowded.  Put the drinks in a fun cooler in on corner of the room and the foods on the opposite corner and finger foods on side tables.  This will help keep your company from getting stuck in one spot.  Great foods to serve at home parties are finger foods like dips and chips, meatballs in barbecue, vegetable tray, cheese tray, and cupcakes.

We have got the seating and the food, now let talk music.  Have a low key music playing in the background to create the welcoming feel.  Add some fresh flowers and plants to your space to bring the outside in.  If it is a nice day open your windows and let fresh air in.

Home Parties do not have to cost a lot and be overwhelming.  When you are enjoying yourself so is your company.  Happy Entertaining!

Styleline Storm Doors

After manufacturing the same high-quality aluminum storm door for over 20 years, Styleline introduced its new line of premium storm doors in 2003. We've retained the quality standard features of our previous door, such as heavy extrusions, tempered glass, full weather stripping, and availability of custom sizes. In addition, we've added several new features:
  • Insulated Frame
  • Stylish Lines
  • Solid Core Kick Panel
  • Designer Glass Options
  • Brass Expander
  • Custom Colors
  • Premium Door Hardware
  • Heavy Duty Closers
This door is available as Self-Storing, Full-View, Mid-View and French Type Double Doors. These doors are available in standard sizes: 32 x  80, 34 x 80 and 36 x 80, in addition, custom sizes are available in all styles and color.  All doors come pre-hung for easy installation. If you want a high quality, durable storm door that's made right here in the USA, you can't go wrong with Styleline's Therma-Vue Storm Door. All doors come with the villa basic hardware kit and a closure.  We will let you know where a dealer is close to you.  If you do not have a dealer in your area we will help you with a quote with freight to your door. Visit us at http://www.styleline.biz/index.cfm/productline/storm-doors for more information on the style of our doors. Call us at 1-888-323-0594.
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