Agoura Sash and Door http://www.agourasash.com Windows, Doors, Hardware, Molding Design Showroom in the Conejo Valley Tue, 19 May 2015 21:00:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Choosing The Right Door Hardwarehttp://www.agourasash.com/choosing-the-right-door-hardware/ http://www.agourasash.com/choosing-the-right-door-hardware/#comments Tue, 19 May 2015 21:00:21 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5090 Door Handle Options Door handles are something that you use every day but probably do not think about much. However, choosing the right door handle can create a whole new look at your house. Consider these different types of door handles to use throughout your home. Round door knobs – children and pets have a […]

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Old HandleDoor Handle Options

Door handles are something that you use every day but probably do not think about much. However, choosing the right door handle can create a whole new look at your house. Consider these different types of door handles to use throughout your home.

  • Round door knobs – children and pets have a hard time opening these types of door handles, which makes it a great choice if that sounds like your family. However, if you or someone in your house suffers from arthritis, they can also have a hard time. Keep in mind that when installing round door knobs, you will need to take the entire knob apart.
  • Decorative door levers – these door handle options are much easier for us than typical door knobs while also adding a bit of class to your house. They are reversible if you have both left and right side doors. If you are installing them on French doors, make sure to pay close attention to which way they are facing. Think twice before installing them in high traffic areas, such as hallways, since they can easily snag on clothes when you walk by.
  • Door handle sets – the most popular handle choice for manors, estates, and mansions, door handle sets can create a dignified look and bring a sense of quality into your house. Along with their pleasing look, they are also some of the most long lasting options because they simply operate with a thumb lever so they are not exposed to as much wear and tear. Keep in mind that if you are planning on installing a door handle set at your house, you will need to drill a hole where the bottom of the handle will attach.

For all of your door hardware needs and to ensure that your Ventura County home looks its best, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Transform Your Home With These Decor Tipshttp://www.agourasash.com/transform-your-home-with-these-decor-tips/ http://www.agourasash.com/transform-your-home-with-these-decor-tips/#comments Thu, 14 May 2015 21:00:16 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5087 Front Door Decor Tips Your front door is the first impression that people get when they walk up to your home. While it may not seem like a big deal, giving your front door a new look can completely transform your curb appeal. Keep these front door home décor ideas in mind to refresh the look […]

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Female Hands Framing Beautiful House Drawing and House Above GrassFront Door Decor Tips

Your front door is the first impression that people get when they walk up to your home. While it may not seem like a big deal, giving your front door a new look can completely transform your curb appeal. Keep these front door home décor ideas in mind to refresh the look of your entrance.

  • Choose the right color – when choosing a color for your front door, look for one that fits your personality more than it fits with the rest of your home’s color scheme. Treat your door like a focal point that is separate from everything else so that it does not have to fit in. The color of your front door can evoke more thoughts and feelings than you think.
  • Add some trim – adding trim around your front door can add a touch of class to your whole house. Make sure that you prime and paint the trim before you put them up to save tons of time and energy, as well as avoiding drips on your porch.
  • Consider a highlight – if your front door has a peephole, it is just like millions of other doors in the world. Kick it up a notch and add a stainless steel door knocker that will catch the sun and add more elegance to your house.
  • Upgrade your handles – think of your door handles as jewelry to your door. Keep in mind that your front door handles do not have to fit in with the norm. Consider large, ornate handles that will be a conversation starter, or a simple, unique design that will add something special to your house.

For help choosing the right door to make a statement at your Ventura County house, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Window Issues That Can Be a Sign of a More Serious Issuehttp://www.agourasash.com/window-issues-that-can-be-a-sign-of-a-more-serious-issue/ http://www.agourasash.com/window-issues-that-can-be-a-sign-of-a-more-serious-issue/#comments Tue, 05 May 2015 21:00:23 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5068 Problems With Windows As long as you can see out of your windows, you probably do not think very much about them. However, small issues with your windows can be a sign of a more serious problem in your house. Make sure to watch out for these common signs of bigger issues at your house […]

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Morning WindowProblems With Windows

As long as you can see out of your windows, you probably do not think very much about them. However, small issues with your windows can be a sign of a more serious problem in your house. Make sure to watch out for these common signs of bigger issues at your house next time you look out your windows.

  • Condensation along the bottom of the glass – any condensation that forms in your window can be a sign that your home is not properly ventilated or that your house has a high moisture level. Built up moisture can lead to mildew, mold, or rotting wood, which can be time consuming and expensive to fix.
  • Condensation between the panes of glass – if moisture makes its way in between the panes of glass in your window, it means that the seals around your window are deteriorating, which means it is time to replace it.
  • Condensation in the center of the glass, inside your house – if you have gas filled, double pane windows, condensation in the middle of the window can mean a gas leak. When the gas is pushed out of the window, the glass can blow inwards, which may even cause the two panes to touch.
  • Water leaking around your window – in most cases, if water is able to make its way into your house, it means that your window is not able to close tightly. If your window is shut as tightly as possible, but water is still getting in, especially from the top, it can mean that the real problem is due to the siding or roof of your house, not your window.

When looking to replace your windows with new, tightly fitting windows, and to help avoid any of these serious issues, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Benefits of Aluminum Windowshttp://www.agourasash.com/benefits-of-aluminum-windows/ http://www.agourasash.com/benefits-of-aluminum-windows/#comments Wed, 29 Apr 2015 21:00:27 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5062 Installing Aluminum Windows in Your House Aluminum windows hit the market as a lower cost alternative to vinyl and wood windows. Along with the lower price tag, there are also many other benefits of choosing aluminum windows for your house, including their resistance to shrinking, cracking, and splitting. There are 3 main reasons you should […]

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Interior multi purpose roomInstalling Aluminum Windows in Your House

Aluminum windows hit the market as a lower cost alternative to vinyl and wood windows. Along with the lower price tag, there are also many other benefits of choosing aluminum windows for your house, including their resistance to shrinking, cracking, and splitting. There are 3 main reasons you should consider aluminum windows for your house, including:

  1. Curb appeal – most people think of a shiny metallic color when they think of aluminum windows. However, aluminum windows can be made any color to match the color of your house, which will help to increase the curb appeal. The strength of the aluminum also allows it to be made into any shape, which means that regular square windows and arched windows can be made with aluminum frames.
  2. Noise abatement – when it comes to blocking out noise from your house, aluminum works better than both wood and aluminum windows. Since windows are the easiest way for noise to get into your house, investing in the right windows can help to ensure that your house stays quiet and relaxing.
  3. Aluminum clad wood – if you cannot decide between aluminum windows and wood windows, you can have the best of both worlds with aluminum clad wood windows. These windows allow for a beautiful look from the outside of your home, while still making the inside of your house look as elegant as possible. Since the wood is wrapped in aluminum, it will not warp or blister from the changing weather conditions.

When looking for the right aluminum windows to install at your Ventura County house, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California. We will work with you to ensure that your house looks stunning both inside and out, while also helping to be more energy efficient.

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Dangers of Your Garage Doorhttp://www.agourasash.com/dangers-of-your-garage-door/ http://www.agourasash.com/dangers-of-your-garage-door/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 21:00:10 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5065 Garage Door Safety Tips Your garage door is one of the heaviest and largest moving objects in your home, which means that it can cause serious injury if it is misused. To help ensure that your garage door does not become a serious safety hazard to your family, keep these garage door safety tips in […]

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Automatic garage door insideGarage Door Safety Tips

Your garage door is one of the heaviest and largest moving objects in your home, which means that it can cause serious injury if it is misused. To help ensure that your garage door does not become a serious safety hazard to your family, keep these garage door safety tips in mind.

  • Keep in mind that your garage door and garage door opener is not a toy. If they are misused and damaged, it can cause them to malfunction, which may lead to injury.
  • Do not allow your children to play with the garage door or the operating system. Children should not be allowed to run, stand, or play under your garage door, especially when the door is open.
  • Do not give your child access to the controls for your garage door, either the remote or the wall button. Keep the wall button at least five feet off the floor, and keep your remote in a safe place in your vehicle.
  • Never walk or stand under a garage door that is moving. Do not try to get out of your garage by racing the door while it is closing.
  • When you are closing or opening your garage door, watch the door to ensure that it completely opens or closes so that you can watch for any other people or animals who are trying to squeeze by.
  • Properly maintain your garage door and the operating system by hiring a professional since they will be able to tell you if there are any serious issues with your garage door that you need to fix.
  • Garage door openers use electricity, which means that they can shock you if they are not properly handled.

If you are looking to replace your garage door with a new, safer model, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Benefits of Installing Skylights At Your Househttp://www.agourasash.com/benefits-of-installing-skylights-at-your-house/ http://www.agourasash.com/benefits-of-installing-skylights-at-your-house/#comments Wed, 15 Apr 2015 21:00:53 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5059 Skylight Basics Skylights have long been seen as a luxury item in homes. However, they are becoming more and more common as people realize how they can help to make them go green. Since skylights are pretty much the same as windows, they come with all the same benefits of installing energy efficient windows in […]

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445e900b-bee2-49a9-8410-0b7c61193c2aSkylight Basics

Skylights have long been seen as a luxury item in homes. However, they are becoming more and more common as people realize how they can help to make them go green. Since skylights are pretty much the same as windows, they come with all the same benefits of installing energy efficient windows in your home.

To help make your skylight work best for you, keep these simple tips in mind.

  • Panes – splurging for a skylight that has multiple panes instead of just one can help to cut down on the amount of heat that is lost from your home by up to 15 percent. Simply choosing a double paned skylight can help to save up to $2,000 over the life of the skylight.
  • Orientation – the placement of your skylight will help to decide just how much energy efficiency you can benefit from. If you install your skylight facing south, it will help to keep your house warmer in the winter, while a west facing skylight will help to cut down on your cooling costs in the summer.
  • Look for low e coatings – a skylight that has a low e coating will help to reduce the amount of heat that is lost during the winter, and will help to keep heat out during the summer. Make sure to find the right e coating that will work best for the climate in your area.
  • Low conductivity frames – look for vinyl, wood, or fiberglass frames instead of steel or aluminum to help make your skylight more energy efficient.
  • Limit the need for artificial lighting – the more natural light that you can bring into your house, the less you will have to turn on lights, which will help to keep your energy costs low.

For help finding the right skylight to install at your Ventura County house, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Keep Your Children Safe For National Window Safety Weekhttp://www.agourasash.com/keep-your-children-safe-for-national-window-safety-week/ http://www.agourasash.com/keep-your-children-safe-for-national-window-safety-week/#comments Mon, 06 Apr 2015 21:00:20 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5074 National Window Safety Week National Window Safety Week started yesterday, and will continue through April 11th. While most people do not consider the safety risks that are associated with windows, there are plenty to think about. Each year, over 3,300 children are sent to the hospital from falling out of a window, which can be […]

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Little girl and her dog looking out the window.National Window Safety Week

National Window Safety Week started yesterday, and will continue through April 11th. While most people do not consider the safety risks that are associated with windows, there are plenty to think about. Each year, over 3,300 children are sent to the hospital from falling out of a window, which can be easily prevented. Keep these tips in mind to help ensure that the smallest members of your family stay safe at your home.

  • There is no substitute for supervision when it comes to keeping your children safe. Always keep an eye on your children, and make sure that they stay a safe distance away from windows when they are playing.
  • Keep all of your windows closed and locked when children are around.
  • If you open a window for ventilation in your house, make sure to only open a window that is too high for your child to reach.
  • If you have a double hung window on a second story of your house, open the top sash of the window while keeping the bottom sash closed for ventilation.
  • Never rely on a screen to help prevent a fall since they are not designed to hold the weight of a person, no matter how small they are.
  • Keep all furniture away from windows, since children could climb up the furniture and fall out of the window.
  • Do not let your child jump on beds or any other furniture, since it could provide enough spring to cause them to fall out the window.
  • If you have children in your home, equip all of your windows with an ASTM approved fall prevention device, such as limited opening hardware which will only allow a window to open a few inches.

When looking for the right windows to keep your family safe, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Tips to Keep Dirt Where It Belongs – Outsidehttp://www.agourasash.com/front-door-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/front-door-westlake-village-ca/#comments Wed, 25 Mar 2015 21:00:55 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=2957 Keeping Dirt From Getting Inside Dirt is meant to be outside, not in your house. Keeping the dirt outside will help to make sure that your home always looks its best, and will cut down on the amount of housework you have to do. Knowing how to prevent dirt from ever making its way indoors […]

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Keeping Dirt From Getting Inside

Front door of an upscale homeDirt is meant to be outside, not in your house. Keeping the dirt outside will help to make sure that your home always looks its best, and will cut down on the amount of housework you have to do. Knowing how to prevent dirt from ever making its way indoors can help keep your home clean and your allergies at bay. Keep these tips in mind to help keep your house dirt free.

  • Invest in doormats – door mats should be placed both inside and outside of each entryway into your house, especially your front door. Most of the dirt that comes into your house comes from the first couple of steps that you take into your house.
  • Choose the right doormat – using the right doormat will help to cut down on the amount of time that you spend cleaning. Your mat should be longer than the typical stride so that everyone will step on it when entering your house. Look for an acrylic mat that has a rubber or vinyl backing so that you can shake it out or vacuum it.
  • Limit the number of entrances – the less doors that are used to get in and out of your house, the less entrances dirt can come through. Limit the number of doors used to the front and back door, and a side door if necessary.
  • No shoes allowed – have everyone take their shoes off before they head into your house. Set a decorative basket outside where people can put their shoes so they do not sit on the ground.
  • Close your doors – open doors allow dirt to simply blow into your house. Keep all doors closed when you are not using a room so that you can keep any floating dirt out.

For help choosing the right door to stop dirt at the door at your Ventura County home, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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How to Deal With Spring Allergies in Your Homehttp://www.agourasash.com/home-allergy-tips-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/home-allergy-tips-westlake-village-ca/#comments Thu, 19 Mar 2015 21:00:29 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=2963 Home Allergy Defense Tips Although the spring season brings beautiful flowers, it also brings spring allergies. Not only can your allergies flare up while you are outside, but they can also be an issue in your house. Keep these home allergy tips in mind to create a sanctuary away from the spring allergens. Figure out […]

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Home Allergy Defense Tips

Woman with allergy over flowersAlthough the spring season brings beautiful flowers, it also brings spring allergies. Not only can your allergies flare up while you are outside, but they can also be an issue in your house. Keep these home allergy tips in mind to create a sanctuary away from the spring allergens.

  • Figure out what you are allergic to – visit an allergist to find out what you are allergic to. Some of the most common allergy offenders that you can find in your house include mold, dust mites, pollen, and pet dander. If you do not know what you are allergic to, you cannot make any changes.
  • Start in your bedroom – cover your mattress and pillows with a zip-on dust mite cover. You will never be able to get a good night’s sleep if your bed is the center of your allergy issues.
  • Get rid of carpets – if you have wall to wall carpeting, it is time to update your house to tile or wood floors. Not only are they much easier to clean, but they will not accumulate allergens as easily.
  • Avoid tracking in issues – put doormats on the inside and outside of each entryway into your house. Ask your friends and family to take their shoes off when they come into your house to prevent allergens from making it deep into your house.
  • Invest in a new vacuum – choose a vacuum that has a HEPA filter, since they are specially made to pick up particles that are as small as 0.3 microns, which means they can suck up most allergens.
  • Change your air filters – dirty air filters will just push more allergens into your air, not take them out. Change your air filters as often as necessary to keep your home clean.

For the right windows and doors to keep the spring allergens out of your house, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Tips to Clean Your Doorshttp://www.agourasash.com/how-to-clean-your-doors-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/how-to-clean-your-doors-westlake-village-ca/#comments Tue, 10 Mar 2015 21:00:26 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=2960 Door Cleaning Tips You use doors every day, and no matter what type of doors you have in your house, they can get very dirty, very fast. Taking the time to clean them can help to ensure that your home looks its best. Keep these simple tips on how to clean your doors in mind […]

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Door Cleaning Tips

cleaning outer doorYou use doors every day, and no matter what type of doors you have in your house, they can get very dirty, very fast. Taking the time to clean them can help to ensure that your home looks its best. Keep these simple tips on how to clean your doors in mind to help all of your doors look like they are fresh out of the store.

For cleaning wood doors:

  • Wipe the top of the door and the frame to remove any dust. Using a soft rag will work much better than a feather duster.
  • Wipe the entire surface of the door with oil soap and a soft rag to clean a varnished wood door. Make sure to wipe in the direction of the grain. Buff the door to dry the surface.
  • For a painted wood door, use a sponge with a small amount of all-purpose cleaner. Wipe the door dry with a soft, dry rad.
  • If your door has a window or glass inset, use a window cleaner both inside and out to clean it properly.

For cleaning sliding glass doors:

  • Clean out the slider tracks. If there is any dry dirt that will not come off, use a sponge or a dry toothbrush to loosen the dirt.
  • Clean the door frame using an all-purpose cleaner. Loosen any built up dirt with a rag, one section at a time, and then wipe it off. Clean the glass, both inside and out, with a glass cleaner.
  • Having a couple of rags to use to clean your sliding glass door will help make the process much easier and smoother, since you will be able to use one to wipe up dirt, and another to do the final detailing cleaning.

If you are looking for the right door to install in your house to match your style, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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