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Replacement Windows: Five Facts To Find The Most Energy Efficient

The energy efficiency of a house can be dramatically increased by the installation of replacement windows. Homeowners must be aware of these five facts to find the options that will give them the most energy savings.

1. Shatterproof glass is becoming increasingly popular as it provides additional security against break-ins and severe weather. The glass is shatterproof because of a layer of plastic that is sandwiched between two glass panes. These are two to four times stronger than standard glass and are as energy efficient as low-E panes and help reduce noise levels. In some hurricane-prone areas, shatterproof glass is now required.

2. The R-value of replacement windows measures the resistance to heat flow. Homeowners will want to look for the highest number when it comes to the R-value because the higher the number, the more energy efficient the window.

3. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer from the inside of a house to the outside. Homeowners will want the lowest number possible for the U-factor because the lower the number, the more energy efficient the window.

4. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) rating displays how much heat a house gains from the sun. The lower the SHGC, the less heat will be gained. Homeowners will need to decide what options would be best for their climate.

5. Light colored shades can reduce the solar heat gained through a window by up to 43% and awnings can reduce this by as much as 77%. These options should be considered for any home, but especially those looking at picture window replacement as these larger options will have a greater impact on the energy efficiency of a home.

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Kitchen Remodeling To Increase Home Resale

Statistically, there are two areas that can can be redesigned or renovated in order to increase the sale value of home. These are bathroom and kitchen remodeling projects. Even on a small budget and simple remodeling projects, there are investments that can be made to increase the return on house sale. The latest results from the National Association of Realtors estimated that over 72% of kitchen renovations can be recouped after a sale.

Unless working on a strict budget, the kitchen can be extremely expensive. Homeowners will want to redesign with a broad spectrum of buyers in mind within their price point and their locality. There are a couple ways to find out the current trends. A homeowner can visit a local home supply store and inquire about the most popular brands and sales in the area. They can also browse through design magazines to see what current trends are in cabinets, wall color, styles and accents.

When researching, homeowners should focus on kitchen remodeling ideas that fit well into the current community, rather than upgrading beyond the personality or value of the neighborhood. For instance, if the majority of the community is started homes, homeowners should not invest in granite counter tops, especially when there are many other more affordable options.

New appliances are generally the most expensive items when redesigning this area of the house. By putting in a little let work, homeowners can find appliances in excellent condition for a discounted price. They should look at “scratch and dent” stores and online.

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Closets & Kitchens Van Go Teams With The Sliding Door Company To Open A Joint Showroom In San Francisco, California

Founder David Feinstein of Closets & Kitchens Van Go announced today that his company will be partnering with The Sliding Door Company to open a new joint showroom at 680 8th St, Suite 163, in San Francisco. Closets & Kitchens Van Go ( is an innovative kitchen and closet design/remodel company that offers a host of cabinetry for home and kitchen, countertops, and closet organizing solutions. Its mobile showroom services the entire Bay Area, offering consumers the convenience of finding high quality Bay Area kitchen and closet services locally. CK VANGO’s main office and manufacturing facility is in San Rafael, with affiliate locations throughout the Bay Area.

Closets & Kitchens Van Go Teams With The Sliding Door Company To Open A Joint Showroom In San Francisco, California

Closets & Kitchens Van Go offers complimentary in-home consultations via their mobile showrooms. With the help of one of CK VANGO’s knowledgeable designers, clients can create their own kitchen or closet design, and fill it with all the right accessories to address their individual needs. Closets & Kitchens Van Go offers locally made cabinetry with quality craftsmanship, along with building & construction services for almost any type of home improvement project, all very competitively priced.

David Feinstein, President of Closets Van Go & Kitchen Van Go, was asked “Why Partner with The Sliding Door Company?” Feinstein explained “It’s a very organic fit. The Sliding Door Company offers products that work so well with what we do. We both believe in using environmentally friendly materials. Their line of unique door options and room dividers complement our cabinetry and organizing systems. The showroom really highlights how beautifully we work together!”

Consumers will now have access to a wide variety of creative solutions for up-and-coming home improvement projects. The new joint showroom in San Francisco will allow potential customers to set private appointments with the showroom’s representative – Closets & Kitchens Van Go’s senior designer, Manon Demers. The official grand opening for the showroom is slated for May 5th, 2010. San Francisco kitchen design and Bay Area kitchen remodeling enthusiasts are encouraged to attend.

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Ken’s Yard, New Nationwide Building Supplies Site, Goes Live

Ken’s Yard, a new nationwide building supplies website selling over 30,000 well known branded products on-line has now gone live.

Ken's Yard, New Nationwide Building Supplies Site, Goes Live

Behind Ken’s Yard are three experienced and respected traders in timber and building products, Charles McLeish, Joe McConville – previous owners of MGM Timber, and Ken McLelland – former Regional Director of Buildbase (see notes to editors). The board has been strengthened further by the addition of Charles Shaw, Chairman of the hugely successful and former Chief Executive of Invergordon Distillers plc and Andrew Sutherland former UK Financial Controller and Company Secretary of Keyline Builders Merchants.

Aimed at the ‘serial’ project builder, self-builder and small building contractor in the UK and beyond, Ken’s Yard now provides the most comprehensive and competitive range of building supplies currently available on-line. These are supported by easily accessible advice from some of the supply industry’s most experienced, knowledgeable and professional experts.

Ken’s Yard is now part of the vanguard of suppliers changing the way building supplies are purchased and brings several ‘firsts’ to the market:

– Ken’s Yard currently sells 30,000 products which will rise to an estimated 45,000 in Phase 2.

– Ken’s Yard sells the full HOPPE door furniture range from Germany, one of only a few suppliers to do so, and is the first to sell the complete Carron Phoenix range of kitchen sinks, taps and accessories. It also supplies the complete range of Kahrs hardwood flooring products. Other well-known brand names are already in the pipeline and will be added in Phase 2. This includes the full JELD-WEN joinery products catalogue and the full Velux catalogue.

A unique building estimates service for extensions, refurbishments and new-build projects. This provides a massive timesaving for building professionals and enables them to get jobs costed quickly and accurately. This will initially be offered free as a launch ‘special’ to customers who spend £500 or more.

– Ken’s Yard is the only UK based website where customers can upload a drawing, or enter measurements to obtain a quote. Ken’s Yard handles the entire ordering process and items like roof trusses will be delivered direct to site within 14 days.

About Ken’s Yard:
Ken’s Yard is an independent on-line building products company founded after extensive research by an experienced team who care about service.

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