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How To Hurricane Proof Your Pre-Engineered Steel Building

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If you are looking to construct a building that will save you money during construction, be faster to build, be fire safe, and be virtually maintenance free, you will want to look no further than a pre-engineered steel building. A pre-engineered building is built to your specifications,. Along with all of the existing safety features, you can add additional specifications to make your building even safer. When you make the right choices, your building may even be able to withstand hurricane level winds. Why Hurricane Proof Your Pre-Engineered Structure Over the last fifteen years, there has been an increase in the number of tropical cyclones and tropical storms. A number of these have become major hurricanes, and some, such as Hurricane Sandy, have produced billions of dollars of damages. Many of those who were less affected were the homeowners or commercial building owners who had taken extra precautions during the construction of their property. Even if you do not live in an area that is in the direct path of a Hurricane, reinforcing your pre-engineered steel building will allow it to withstand whatever it is exposed to. Start With Your Roof And Work Your Way Down As with all components of your pre-engineered steel building, you will have several roofing styles to choose from. Studies have shown multiple slope roofs, with a 30 degree slope, hold up better under strong winds, than those with only two slopes. While all of them have been designed to withstand all types of weather, your contractor may recommend one over the other. Some of the most common one are: Standing Seam Roof  Vertical Rib Roof  Classic Roof The roofing materials you choose are not as important as how your roof is installed, or tied down to your building. The wind will attempt to get under your roof and lift it off of your building. This can be minimized by ensuring your roof is properly affixed to your building, as well as eliminating the amount of overhang your roof has.  Many states which are in hurricane prone areas, have specific building codes that dictate the type of fastening system that must be used. Even if you do not have specific building codes in your area, request extra precautions be taken when installing your roof.  Protect Your Windows When your window glass breaks, or items are able to penetrate the windows of your structure, the wind will try to destroy your building from within. If you are in a high wind area, consider installing impact resistant windows. These windows consist of shatter resistant glass, which are installed in heavy duty frames.  Although they are worth it, you will find these windows can be quite pricey. If you do not want to make this type of investment, consider installing shatter-resistant window film. Once this film is installed on your windows, if the window is ever broken, the shards of glass will hold together. This will help to give your windows a higher level of protection from being penetrated by flying debris or releasing shards of glass into your space. The film will also make your building safer, by making your windows more difficult to break into. Make Sure Water Has Somewhere To Go During storms such as hurricanes, there is often a lot of water that goes along with the winds. Take preventive steps...

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How To Repair A Depression In Your Asphalt Driveway

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An asphalt driveway is a low-cost and attractive alternative to poured concrete. However, asphalt can subside over time, especially if the underlying base is weak, and depressions form in the driveway as a result. If you have an asphalt driveway with a low spot, then repairing it is important; over time, the stresses placed on an uneven driveway by your car can literally tear it apart. Fortunately, repair is simple and can be accomplished by almost any homeowner. Below is how you can patch a low spot in your asphalt driveway: Tools and materials needed Pavement repair mix – this pre-mixed material consists of an aggregate and asphalt binder. It is available in bags or buckets and is ready-to-use out of the container. Asphalt filler – available in tubes for use in caulk guns, this material is used for sealing cracks and edges. Grease-cutting liquid dish soap Trowel Broom Caulk gun Garden hose with spray nozzle Plywood sheet Circular saw Aerosol spray lubricant Car or light truck Step-by-step procedure 1. Clean the surface of the damaged area – for best results, the surface of the asphalt should be thoroughly cleaned to remove as much debris and petroleum-based products as possible. Squirt a generous amount of dish soap into the depression and surrounding area; it’s impossible to add too much, but keep in mind that the more you add, the longer it will take to remove the suds. After adding dish soap, spray the depression with a high-pressure setting on your garden hose nozzle. Be sure to focus the water spray into any cracks or holes in order to wash out bits of tree leaves, dirt and other debris. Keep spraying until there are no more soap bubbles or suds visible. Once the soap is washed away, vigorously sweep the depression and surrounding area with a broom. Remove as much standing water as possible, and allow the site to drain for about half an hour before proceeding to the next step. Don’t worry if the site remains somewhat wet; as long as the pavement isn’t underwater, the repair mix will still adhere if the pavement is merely damp. 2. Apply pavement repair mix to the depression – after cleaning the pavement and allowing the excess water to drain, scoop out repair mix into the depression with your trowel. Push the material down into the depression, until it is level with the surrounding surface of the driveway. Blend the edges of the repair mix with the driveway. 3. Compress the repair mix – after filling the depression with repair mix, it will need to be thoroughly compressed to form a lasting repair. Cut a piece of plywood into a shape approximately two feet larger than the size of the depression on all sides; the shape itself doesn’t need to be circular or any other particular geometric figure as long as it is sufficiently large to cover the repair. Spray one side of the plywood with an aerosol lubricant until it is lightly coated, and place the plywood over the repair with the lubricated side facing down. This will prevent the plywood from sticking to the repair mix. Next, slowly drive your car over the plywood several times; use a back-and-forth motion and be sure to cover all areas of the plywood....

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2 Reasons To Choose An Asphalt Driveway Instead Of A Cement One

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When you are in the middle of building a home, you might be inundated with choices involving counter materials, lighting fixtures, and outdoor landscaping. When it comes to some of the more mundane decisions, such as your choice of driveway material, you might make the mistake of choosing whatever most of your neighbors have. Unfortunately, installing the wrong road surface might cause trouble later. Here are two reasons to choose an asphalt driveway instead of a cement one, and why you won’t regret your decision: 1: Asphalt Is Less Expensive You might have had big dreams for the outside of your house, but after paying for all that interior crown molding, that stamped concrete driveway might be out of reach. Fortunately, asphalt is much cheaper to install, so that you don’t break the bank. In fact, asphalt driveways cost about 30 to 40 percent less than their concrete counterparts. To put those numbers into perspective, if you were going to spend $5,000 on a concrete driveway, an asphalt version would run you between $3,000 and $3,500. In addition to the materials being less expensive, asphalt driveways are also faster to install—saving you money on labor. When contractors install concrete driveways, they are faced with a litany of tasks including compacting the ground, creating wooden forms, and smoothing the surface with float tools. However, to install an asphalt driveway, all contractors need to do is pour the hot mix and then tamper down the aggregates. Also, since asphalt doesn’t need days to cure like traditional concrete, your construction team might be able to use the surface faster so that they can focus on other aspects of your home. 2: DIY Repairs Are Easy Over time, your driveway can take a beating from the elements. Wind can push weed seeds into microscopic cracks, where they can grow into full-fledged plants and crack apart the surface. Sunlight can make road surfaces brittle, creating unsightly spalling and an uneven road surface. Unfortunately, if you have a concrete driveway, you might have to call in a professional to fix any issues. After all, unless you have the tools to break out damaged concrete and pour new material, how would you take care of problems on your own? One of the best things about asphalt driveways is that they are easy to repair. Here are a few issues you might come across, and how you can resolve problems in a weekend: Cracks: Your driveway can crack for any number of reasons, including ground movement, underground tree roots, or stark weather changes. However, cracks can be filled in a few minutes by using canned crack filler—available in most hardware stores. Crack filler comes in cans reminiscent of spray cheese containers, so that you can seal tiny crevices in an instant.    Potholes: Believe it or not, you can even buy entire bags of loose asphalt that you can use to fill larger cracks or potholes. After moistening the asphalt mixture, you can tamper it into place to create an even surface. If you don’t have a tamper tool, you can even use a piece of wood to press aggregates into place.  Loose Rocks: Over time, the binding agent present in asphalt can deteriorate, letting aggregates roll free. However, by purchasing a bucket of driveway sealant and...

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5 Advantages Of Wood Burning Stoves

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Wood burning stoves have largely been replaced by gas, oil, and electric furnaces as the primary method of heating modern homes. However, wood stoves have several advantages over more modern heating methods that still makes them a viable option to consider. Here are five of the biggest benefits of wood burning stoves. Lower Environmental Impact While it is true that both wood and fossil fuels release carbon when they are burned, the impact on the environment is significantly lower when you are using a renewable fuel such as wood. Wood is considered a carbon-neutral fuel, because a single tree in nature consumes as much carbon dioxide over its lifetime as a tree produces when it is burned. Modern wood stoves are designed to burn much cleaner than traditional stoves. The Environmental Protection Agency has enforced new standards on wood stove manufacturers that are predicted to reduce the emission of fine particles and volatile organic compounds by 70 percent. More Comfortable Heating The level of satisfaction that you get from your home heating solution is just as important as the cost. Wood burning stoves heat homes through radiant heat, while duct-based heating systems use air convection. While air convection heats rooms more evenly, it takes longer for the room to become warm. Lighting a wood stove provides immediate, comfortable heat in the space around the heater. Warmth During Power Outages A power outage in the winter is one of the times that you will need your heating system the most. Wood stoves have a significant advantage over gas, oil, and electric furnaces by being the only form of home heating that will continue to work in the event of a power outage. Even if it is not the primary source of heat, it is always a good idea to have a wood stove in your home if you live in an area that is prone to strong winter storms. This way, you will always be prepared for unforeseen outages. Cost Efficiency The prices of gas, oil, and electricity have been rising steadily each year, and this is not a trend that looks to change any time soon. Wood is one of the most affordable heating methods available. Because wood is renewable, it does not suffer from increased costs that occur when other fuel sources are in low supply. Wood stoves are even more cost-effective if you live in a location where you are able to cut, split, and store your own wood. While this will require an investment of time and physical labor on your part, this is a fair trade for eliminating your monthly heating bill. Lower Maintenance Costs Like any other appliance with moving parts, a forced-air furnace will require occasional repairs. While the expense of these repairs is a problem on its own, an even greater problem to consider is sudden breakdowns that prevent the use of your furnace in the winter. Unlike furnaces, wood stoves will never be rendered unusable by technical problems. As long as you have wood to fuel your stove, your family will have reliable heat in any situation. This convenience far outweighs the minor inconvenience of tasks such as tending the flame and removing ash buildup that you will have to do while the stove is in use. While wood burning stoves...

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You Flushed What? Tips To Remove Flushed Toys From Your Toilet

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As a homeowner, you are most likely familiar with the various problems that can occur in your house. From a leaky roof or dripping faucet to squeaking door or electrical issue, it is easy to see the overwhelming nature of home ownership. Unfortunately, you may not be placing enough importance on protecting your toilets, considering your child will probably flush toys for fun. While some toilet models are able to swallow golf bowls without difficulty, flushing a toy car, ball, or doll down your standard model can become a problem. Using this guide, you can remove a toy from your porcelain throne. Perfect Plunging In most cases, you will not notice the toy until you see a clog after flushing. Your plunger will not remove the toy, but it will unclog your toilet and prevent the toy from moving further into your plumbing and septic system. Use the following steps to plunge your toilet perfectly: Use a plunger that will seal completely over the toilet bowl opening. A funnel-cup plunger is a great option because it offers an extended rubber flange, which fits into the bowl for a better seal. Your plunger will harden while not in use, so loosen the rubber using hot water. Run the plunger under your sink faucet. The hot water will soften the rubber, making it easier to work into the toilet. Place the plunger directly over the opening of your toilet bowl drain. Be sure it seals over the opening before plunging. Push and pull the plunger up and down. Complete multiple plunging motions before flushing the toilet. The plunging motion should remove the clog and release the toy back into the bowl. Awesome Augering If you were not successful removing the clog and toy with your plunger, consider using a plumbing auger, or snake. While augers are available in lengths up to 100 feet, a 25-foot snake is sufficient for general use at home. Place the steel cable directly into your toilet bowl. The curved section of your auger’s handle should face the direction of the toilet drain. Turn the hand crank clockwise until you feel the snake reach the toy. The auger will force through the clog, releasing the toy back into the bowl. After removing the toy, flush your toilet to refill the bowl. Chemical Conclusions Visit your local home improvement store and you will see a large selection of chemicals to clean your drains. While these are effective options for removing residue from your toilet and sink drains, they may also help force through the clogs caused from your child’s toy. Chemical de-cloggers will dissolve through waste, toilet paper, and tissue in hopes of releasing the clog. After the items causing the clog have dissolved, the toy may release back into the bowl. Ugly Uninstallation Unfortunately, plungers, snakes, and drain cleaning chemicals may not remove the clog. However, you must get the toy out of the drain before it works deeper into your septic system. While it seems complicated, you can uninstall the toilet to remove the toy. Before you get started, line your bathroom floor with old towels and blankets. These will protect your flooring from toilet water that may leak across your bathroom. Place a bucket underneath your toilet tank. Remove the small nut located under the tank,...

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How A Plastic Composite Roof Makes Your House Safer And More Comfortable At The Same Time

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When confronted with all your options for eco-friendly roofing, the sheer volume of information is enough to make your head spin. Many homeowners end up overlooking the humble plastic composite shingles that recently entered the residential roofing market. Before you choose a material and call the roof installers, check out the safety and comfort benefits of recycled plastic on the roof. Fire Resistance If you’re in an area that has wildfires even rarely, it’s likely worth the expense to choose a plastic composite roof. Many plastic composite tile or shingle products earn a Class A rating, which is the highest rank given to roofing based on their fire resistance. The manufacturers mix fire-retardant chemicals into the blend, boosting the natural heat resistance of polymers. You can add more protection from falling sparks and embers by installing a second plastic barrier designed for fireproofing under the shingles. Natural Lighting Are you dreaming of skylights but wincing at the price? Some manufacturers offer clear roofing tiles you can mix into your design to let light shine in. You’ll need to adjust your interior to expose the section of the roof featuring the tiles, but it’s the same work needed when skylights are added to an existing structure. Extra natural light might seem like just an aesthetic improvement. However, sunlight offers a range of comfort benefits like: Improved energy levels and sleeping patterns More stable moods and increased productivity Reduced eye strain, especially in rooms with insufficient artificial lighting Solar Panels A small solar panel and battery system can provide you with backup power during an emergency without the fumes and noise of a gas-powered generator. Even if you don’t plan to go fully off-grid, it’s a worthwhile investment in areas where power is regularly down due to storms. Plastic roofing shingles are resilient enough to support the weight of the panels and are easily penetrated with fasteners for a stable installation. Insulation Value These plastic shingles don’t rank as the most insulating materials for topping a roof, but they’re still better than many other options. For example, tiles made from recycled plastic offer 2.5 times the insulation value as basic asphalt shingles. Better insulating properties mean a cooler home in the summer and a warmer house in the winter. It’s also easy to find light-colored and reflective plastic products that keep out even more heat in hot climates. This reduces your energy bills while providing a more comfortable interior all year long. Wind Resistance Don’t forget about the dangers of tornadoes and hurricanes when planning your roof. Even homes outside of the danger zones can still get damaged by high storm winds, and a roof that gets ripped open in a storm leaves your family in danger inside. Protect your home and your family with shingles rated to withstand up to 110 miles per hour or more. Despite being lightweight like asphalt shingles, these products won’t rip off of their fasteners and stay flat due to their interlocking shapes. Sound Blocking Whether you’re located under a busy air lane or next to an interstate, plastic shingles give you greater peace of mind all day and all night long. That’s because this roofing material is particularly good at blocking sound transmission through the roof. You’ll need to pair them with windows that keep sound...

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Look Outside Before Opening The Door: An Overview Of Peephole Door Scopes

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Don’t fall for the oldest trick in the book: opening the door without taking a look outside to see who rung the bell or knocked. Many intruders are able to hide out of sight in order to ambush you if you still have traditional peepholes due to their restricted viewing angles. That’s precisely what happened to a Houston family in 2013. Modern peephole door scopes, also known as peephole door viewers, are taking the market by a storm, and many homeowners are requesting locksmiths to install these new additions. Here’s why. Images Are Projected on a Horizontal Screen Modern peephole door scopes have a viewing lens that looks similar to a mini LCD screen that protrude out from the door. They are generally installed in place of traditional fisheye peepholes. This new type of peephole relies on a prism and two optic lenses to project the outside image onto a horizontal screen at the side of the door facing inside.  The angle of the view that you can get will depend on the type of viewer that you purchase; however, you can generally expect a 132-degree viewing area at the very least, which is quite a bit larger than what traditional peepholes have to offer. The large panoramic screen coupled with the larger viewing angle will make sure that there are no areas out of your sight for intruders to hide in.   Get a Good View from a Fair Distance Away  So, why else should you upgrade from a traditional fisheye peephole to a more advanced version? With a traditional fisheye peephole, you will literally have to stand right in front of the door to get a view of what’s outside; however, with a peephole door scope, you can get a good look of what’s outside from 7 to 8 feet away from the door. This makes the peephole door scope a lot easier to use for children, seniors and those with disabilities, who can then make the decision of whether it is safe to open the door or not.  Since the peephole door scope can be viewed from a good distance away, those outside are not quickly made aware of the fact that there is someone inside the home.  Privacy Within the Home Is Maintained With some traditional fisheye peepholes, those outside of the home can peep inside just as easily, and can get a good view of the layout of the home, or who may be inside. With how peephole door scopes are set up, this problem is resolved, as those outside will not be able to get even a small glimpse into your home.  A Sturdier Design  Last but not least, peephole door scopes are much more secure in comparison to fisheye peephole alternatives. Older peephole designs are not made from solid materials. As a result, it is not difficult for an intruder to poke something through the peephole to break it. Although peephole door scopes require a larger installation hole to be drilled, they are much more secure, sturdy and also more difficult to damage, as they are made from sturdier metals and also have a more secure design. Conclusion Modern peephole door scopes are much more secure in comparison to traditional alternatives, and definitely a worthwhile investment for any household, as they provide an extra level of security to...

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4 Tips For Making The Cleanest, Straightest Cuts On Plywood Using Your Circular Saw

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If you are building a structure using plywood, cutting a clean, straight edge is important for a good fit. Use the following four tips for preparing the plywood for the best cuts possible using a circular saw. Place The Plywood Face Down Pieces of plywood have a good, veneered side that is smooth, making it suitable for facing outward on your structure. Although this side is more attractive, the veneer splinters easily when you try to cut it straight on. To keep the edges from splintering or chipping off, position the plywood so that the good side is facing down. When you cut the plywood, the blade on the circular saw will cut the veneer from the back. This pushes the surface upwards, creating a cleaner cut. Make Sure The Board Is Fully Supported While positioning the plywood board for cutting, make sure it is fully supported. If you try to cut it with one end hanging freely, the weight of it will pull it down while you are using the saw. If this happens, the remaining uncut wood could break off unevenly. For the best results, use four sawhorses to position the board. Place one on both ends about six inches from the edge. Then, use the other two sawhorses on both sides of your intended cut line. This ensures that both pieces are fully stable and will not flip over from the tension caused by the sudden release of tension on the wood.  Tape The Cut Line With Blue Painter’s Tape Once you have positioned the board and marked your cut line, cover the line with blue painter’s tape. You can find this at any hardware store or home improvement center. The tape is strong enough to hold the surface of the wood together so that it does not break or splinter while you are using the saw. When taping the line, start the tape six inches from the edge on the underside of the plywood. Then, pull it up and over the edge. This gives you a strong starting point, since the sudden impact of the saw could make the end break. Once you have secured the tape on the end, cover the line so the marking is centered to ensure full coverage of both sides. Once you reach the other end, pull the tape underneath and secure it six inches from the edge. Change The Blade On Your Saw Once you have your plywood ready for cutting, it is time to prepare your circular saw. If you do not already have one attached, replace your current blade with a carbide tip blade. These blades are extremely sharp and designed to cut through delicate pieces of wood that splinter easily, such as plywood. Grease And Oil Your Saw Blade When you have the blade in place, grease the center bolt. Also, drizzle machine oil over the blades. Do not apply it with your hands, as this could result in a serious cut. Ensuring the blade is properly greased and oiled serves two purposes. First, it prevents the saw from binding up and stopping unexpectedly while you are making your cut. This could break the wood as well as injure you when the saw kicks backward. Second, oiling the blade adds a layer of lubrication. This allows...

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Are You Ready For A Water Feature In Your Yard?

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A water feature may be the perfect accent piece for any garden. They add an element of tranquility and sophistication to the area that nothing else can match. However, owning your own pond, regardless of the size, is a serious investment you need to consider carefully. This article will tell you some of the things you’ll want to keep in mind.  Take the Time For Proper Panning You should start by thinking of your pond as a living thing, instead of just a pool of water. Even the tiniest pool of water is an entire ecosystem all on its own, and you need to ensure that it stays in balance at all times. One of the best ways to to this is to do your research before you start. Proper planning at the beginning of the project will help reduce the amount of time and money you have to spend maintaining the pond throughout its life cycle. Rather than constantly battling a pool of sludge, you can make small adjustments and spend the rest of the afternoon enjoying the fruits of your labor. When planning your pond, there are several things you need to account for– How are you going to keep the pond aerated? Are you planning on stocking the pond with fish? Do you want to have a waterfall? What will happen to the pond in the winter? The answers to these questions will guide your research and determine many of the variables that go into building a water feature. Set A Reasonable Budget You probably had an idea of what you wanted to spend before you started the planning phase of the project, but now it is time to set it in stone. Since the quality of the materials you use will directly effect both the longevity of the pond and the amount of maintenance you need to do, it is best to go with high quality materials for every aspect of your water feature. This may cause the budget to go up much higher than you were expecting. Fortunately, many items in your pond can be adjusted later, so you can easily reduce your budget by leaving out optional extras temporarily. Over the years, you can continue to add on to the project until you have the pond you always wanted. Create a Maintenance Schedule and Use It There are a lot of little things that need to be done regularly to keep your pond in top condition, and it can be difficult to keep track of them all. If you have live fish, they need to be fed once or twice a day. The rest of the work will depend on the type of pond you put in, but expect to spend quite a bit of time cleaning and maintaining the area in order to keep it healthy. If this is something that seems overwhelming to do on your own, talk to your landscaper. They probably have the names and numbers of some reliable people (or may offer a maintenance contract themselves.)  You can hire a service to assist you with the pond maintenance, leaving you more time for relaxing and enjoying your new garden. A water feature can be an amazing addition to any backyard, but only if you do it correctly. If...

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Replacement Window Frames For Your Home: Which Material Should You Choose?

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If you’re looking to replace your residential window frames, you have several materials to choose from. While you will most likely want your window frames to be aesthetically appealing and complement your home decor, other aspects may influence your final decision. Deciding factors may include cost, ease of installation, maintenance and energy efficiency. Before you make your decision from options such as wood, fiberglass, vinyl, composite or aluminum, it’s a good idea to consider the pros and cons of each. Wood Frames: A Timeless Choice This is probably the most popular choice, particularly for traditional and Victorian style homes. Wood window frames are readily available from local home improvement stores or through manufacturers. Here are the advantages of wood window frames: Environmentally friendly: If you’re seeking a “green” choice, wood is a good option. Wood is a renewable resource and its production requires less waste. You can also avoid the carbon emissions created from manufacturing materials such as steel. Versatility: You’re not limited to one particular species of wood or only one color. Many prefer the ability to paint or stain wood window frames in the color of their choice. Options include natural, red and white oak. Maple and hickory are other popular choices. Durability: If you maintain wood frames properly, you can expect them to last a long time. Wood frames should uphold under various weather conditions. Insulation: If you live in a cold region, wood window frames will provide good insulation. The cold air cannot easily penetrate them. Natural sound absorption: Wood window frames act as natural barriers against sound. If you want to reduce noise pollution at home, wood window frames might be the way to go. Wood window frames may absorb sound from loud music and television sets, lawn mowers and other outside distractions. On the other hand, the following drawbacks should be considered: Wood is prone to decay or warping: This may be a particular issue if your area tends to receive much rain or snow. Conversely, living in an arid region may deteriorate the wood as well. You can offset this through proper care. Maintenance requirements: You’ll need to stain or refinish your wood window frames periodically to preserve the natural finish and protect it from rotting. Is Fiberglass Right For You? Fiberglass is another option for your window frames. Here are the main advantages of installing fiberglass frames: Not susceptible to warping: Unlike wood, fiberglass window frames will not bend by contracting or expanding under certain weather conditions. Easy installation: You won’t require the use of metal support when installing fiberglass frames. If you enjoy do-it-yourself home projects, you may find the task of installing this type of frame relatively easy and not very time consuming. Energy efficient: Much like wood frames, fiberglass provides good insulation. This should help keep energy costs down. Ease of maintenance: You won’t need to repaint or stain fiberglass window frames at any time. However, if you decide to change the color, you can paint the material easily. Are there any “cons” to installing fiberglass window frames? You might consider that fiberglass frame costs tend to be somewhat higher than some species of wood or other materials. Choosing Vinyl Window Frames Have you considered solid vinyl for your home window frames? If you haven’t given vinyl much...

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