Agoura Sash and Door http://www.agourasash.com Windows, Doors, Hardware, Molding Design Showroom in the Conejo Valley Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:00:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Is A Wood Entry Door Right For Your House?http://www.agourasash.com/wood-entry-doors-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/wood-entry-doors-westlake-village-ca/#comments Thu, 03 Sep 2015 21:00:53 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5199 Wood Entry Doors Your front door is one of the first impressions someone makes about your house. Choosing the right color and material can help to pull the entire look of your house together. Wood doors offer unlimited design options to help ensure that your door looks its best. Keep these considerations in mind when […]

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Your front door is one of the first impressions someone makes about your house. Choosing the right color and material can help to pull the entire look of your house together. Wood doors offer unlimited design options to help ensure that your door looks its best. Keep these considerations in mind when deciding if a wood entry door is right for you.

Wood doors will last longer, and require less maintenance if they are protected by a covered entryway. The roof should project at least half the height of the door to properly protect it from rain. The roof over your door will also help to keep it protected against the sun’s harmful rays, which can cause your doors to lose their look.

Many people think that wood doors are much easier to break into than fiberglass or steel options. However, it is actually the latch side jamb that makes a door weak and vulnerable. Keep these safety factors in mind to ensure that your wood entry door stays strong.

  • Thickness – choosing a 1 3/4-inch thick door over a 1 3/8-inch door will offer extra protection without having to buy special locksets. If you choose any other thickness, you will have to make sure to get a special lock and larger hinges.
  • Hinges – all three hinges should be installed with 3-inch-long screws into a stud to make sure that they are secure.
  • Glass – standard glass that comes with an entry door will not keep any burglars out of your house. Instead, opt for hurricane rated glass, which comes with an inner layer of plastic that is unbreakable.
  • Lockset – look for Mortise locks, which are built with higher grade steel and are stronger than average locksets that you get from a hardware store.

For help choosing the right wood entry door for your Ventura County house, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Choosing The Right Type of Garage Doorhttp://www.agourasash.com/garage-doors-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/garage-doors-westlake-village-ca/#comments Wed, 26 Aug 2015 21:00:21 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5193 Garage Door Styles Garage doors are becoming much more than just a way to keep your garage closed off, they are quickly changing into the most common entrance into your house. To help keep up with the trend, garage door manufacturers are offering more styles of garage doors to help fit in with the look […]

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napa county, ca custom homeGarage Door Styles

Garage doors are becoming much more than just a way to keep your garage closed off, they are quickly changing into the most common entrance into your house. To help keep up with the trend, garage door manufacturers are offering more styles of garage doors to help fit in with the look of your house. Consider these types of garage doors to ensure that your new front door looks its best.

  • Sectional – these garage doors are the most common, and have horizontal hinged sections that roll up and then back along the ceiling of your garage. Built in weather-stripping around the sides of the door helps to seal out the elements.
  • Swing out – these doors hang from hinges on either side of the garage opening, and must be 1 foot taller than it is wide. They can be opened with a remote control or manually depending on how much money you are willing to spend.
  • Sliding – like barn doors, sliding garage doors hang from rollers that ride along a track that is at the top of the garage opening. Even with their size, these doors are easy to operate, both manually and with a remote. The track size will have to be about twice the size of the width of the door.
  • Bifold – much like closet doors, bifold doors are hinged in vertical sections that fold back against the sides of the opening. They must be opened manually and do not offer a seal as tight as swing out or sectional options.

When looking for the perfect garage door for your Ventura County house, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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How to Clean Your Home Windowshttp://www.agourasash.com/how-to-clean-your-home-windows-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/how-to-clean-your-home-windows-westlake-village-ca/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:00:44 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5190 Window Washing Tips Washing windows may not be your favorite household chore, but it is one of the most important. Keeping your windows clean can make your entire house look well maintained and allow you to fully enjoy your view. The outside of your windows should be washed at least twice a year. Most people […]

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Window Washing Tips

Washing windows may not be your favorite household chore, but it is one of the most important. Keeping your windows clean can make your entire house look well maintained and allow you to fully enjoy your view.

The outside of your windows should be washed at least twice a year. Most people dread washing their windows because they use a store bought spray cleaner and tons of wadded up paper towels, which makes the job much more difficult.

Trying to rub your windows clean does more harm than good. It simply moves the dirt around the window while creating a static charge on the glass which will attract even more dirt and dust.

The most effective way to get your windows looking like new is to use a squeegee and a homemade window cleaner. Mixing together water, white vinegar, and a little rubbing alcohol will get your windows as clean as possible. You can also add a couple drops of lemon juice if you are bothered by the smell.

For more tips on how to clean your home windows, and for help choosing the perfect windows that will work in your house, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Ooo La La! French Doors!http://www.agourasash.com/french-doors-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/french-doors-westlake-village-ca/#comments Wed, 12 Aug 2015 21:00:47 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5163 French Door Benefits Doors serve a purpose. No matter if it is your front door that keeps your house private or partition doors that are used to close off an area, you have tons of doors throughout you house. However, just because you doors are a necessity, it does not mean that you have to […]

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French Door Benefits

Doors serve a purpose. No matter if it is your front door that keeps your house private or partition doors that are used to close off an area, you have tons of doors throughout you house. However, just because you doors are a necessity, it does not mean that you have to sacrifice style. Installing French doors throughout your house can help create a sense of a larger space while still doing their job.

French doors, sometimes called French windows, are doors that are composed of glass panels. While they traditionally come in pairs and are hinged and either swing in or out, there are other designs as well. French doors can be used both inside and outside, and are often used to link two different rooms.

There are many benefits of installing French doors in your home, including:

  • Providing a visible bridge between the inside and outside of your house, as well as between adjoining rooms.
  • Expanding a warm weather living space by opening out onto a balcony, patio, or garden.
  • Letting the sunlight into your home without letting the warmth escape in the winter or the coolness escape in the summer.
  • Making rooms feel larger and more open.
  • Brining natural light into an interior hall or room in your home that does not have any windows.
  • Creating flow while also filling wide openings between rooms in your home.
  • Allowing adjoining rooms to be closed off from each other as needed, such as for heating or noise reasons.

When looking for the perfect French doors that will match perfectly with your Ventura County home décor, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California. We will help you pick out the best doors for any location in your house.

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Don’t Miss Out on This Exciting Local Event!http://www.agourasash.com/13th-annual-summer-jazz-concert-series-at-gardens-of-the-world-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/13th-annual-summer-jazz-concert-series-at-gardens-of-the-world-westlake-village-ca/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 21:00:27 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5166 13th Annual Summer Jazz Concert Series at Gardens of the World Westlake Village CA The 13th Annual Summer Jazz Concert Series at Gardens of the World is one of the most looked forward to events of the season! Each week through August 23rd, you have the chance to enjoy great music in a fun atmosphere. […]

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13th Annual Summer Jazz Concert Series at Gardens of the World Westlake Village CA

The 13th Annual Summer Jazz Concert Series at Gardens of the World is one of the most looked forward to events of the season! Each week through August 23rd, you have the chance to enjoy great music in a fun atmosphere. Mark your calendar for these concert series throughout the rest of the season.

  • Sunday, August 9th – Susie Hansen Latin Jazz Orchestra
  • Sunday, August 16th – Gregg Karukas
  • Sunday, August 23rd – Joe Gray and His Latin Night Big Band

Parking for the Sunday night shows that start at 5:00 p.m. is available on Thousands Oaks Blvd.

Feel free to bring a picnic with you to enjoy the show, including these delicious and easy lemon squares!

Ingredients for the crust:

  • 3 tablespoon butter, softened
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup all purpose flour

Ingredients for the topping:

  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons powdered sugar

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. To prepare the crust, beat ¼ cup of the sugar and the butter at medium speed with a mixer until creamy. Lightly spoon 1 cup of the flour into a dry measuring cup, level with a knife. Gradually add the flour to the sugar mixture, beating at a low speed until the mixture resembles fine crumbs. Gently press the mixture into the bottom of an 8 inch square baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes, and then cool on a wire rack.
  3. To prepare the topping, beat the eggs at medium speed until foamy. Add ¾ cup granulated sugar, lemon juice, flour, baking powder, and salt, and beat until well blended. Pour the mixture over partially naked crust. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes or until set. Cool on a wire rack. Sift the powdered sugar evenly over the top. Enjoy!

All of us at Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California would like to encourage you to check out this exciting Ventura County event!

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Choosing the Right Kitchen Applianceshttp://www.agourasash.com/kitchen-appliances-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/kitchen-appliances-westlake-village-ca/#comments Wed, 29 Jul 2015 21:00:59 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5160 Kitchen Appliances Kitchens are the heart of the home. They can also use the most energy out of another room in your house. From your refrigerator to coffee maker, chances are your kitchen is full of appliances. Consider swapping out your old kitchen appliances with newer energy efficient models and watch your energy bill dwindle. Refrigerator – […]

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Kitchen Appliances

Kitchens are the heart of the home. They can also use the most energy out of another room in your house. From your refrigerator to coffee maker, chances are your kitchen is full of appliances. Consider swapping out your old kitchen appliances with newer energy efficient models and watch your energy bill dwindle.

  • Refrigerator – your fridge can use up to 15 percent of your total energy in your home. Look for a model that has an Energy Start label, which will guarantee that it meets government energy standards. Keep in mind that not all Energy Star models are created equal, so make sure to go online to see which option is best.
  • Oven – there are three size options when it comes to choosing an oven, and the smaller the size, the more energy you can save. If you only have the need for a lot of oven space on rare occasions, consider investing in two smaller ovens instead of one larger one. Self-cleaning ovens will not only make it easier to keep them clean, but they also tend to be better insulated.
  • Dishwashers – just like your fridge, look for a dishwasher that is Energy Star Rated, which will use at least 10 percent less energy than other options. Also look for a dishwasher that has multiple options, including “no heat drying” and “energy saver” to cut down on even more energy.
  • Microwave – using your microwave for small meals can use much less energy than heating up food in your oven. Choosing a microwave that does not have a glass window can help to reduce the microwave emission when you use the appliance.

For more tips on creating the perfect kitchen in your Ventura County home, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Keeping Summer Pests Out of Your Househttp://www.agourasash.com/summer-bug-tips-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/summer-bug-tips-westlake-village-ca/#comments Fri, 10 Jul 2015 21:00:40 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5157 Pest Control Tips As the weather continues heating up for the summer, you may be finding more pests in your house. While bugs that stay outside any not be bothersome, the bugs that make their way into your house can be very problematic. Keep these summer bug tips in mind to keep pests away this […]

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Pest Control Tips

As the weather continues heating up for the summer, you may be finding more pests in your house. While bugs that stay outside any not be bothersome, the bugs that make their way into your house can be very problematic. Keep these summer bug tips in mind to keep pests away this summer.

  • Tidy up – the less you have in your house to attract pests, the less likely they are to come inside. Keep your food in sealing bins, regularly throw away your trash, and sweep up any crumbs. If you have any moisture issues in your house, take the time to properly repair the issue to keep moisture seeking bugs out of your hose.
  • Buy some borax – mix 1/3 cup borax, 1/3 cup sugar, and 1 cup of water in a jar, add a wad of toilet paper, and poke holes in the lid before closing. Ants will be attracted to the jar, but will not be able to escape. You can also sprinkle borax along the ants path where they will pick it up and bring it back to their nest. Just make sure that your pets and children stay away from the borax.
  • Plant the right plants – both mosquitoes and houseflies do not like certain plants, including lavender, basil, lemon grass, mint, and rosemary. Either plant these in your yard, or keep a couple of pots on your porch to keep the flying pests out of your home.
  • Turn on a fan – mosquitoes are not great fliers, and are easily blown away from a fan. Turn on your ceiling fans or a desk fan to avoid any mosquito bites.

Having the proper doors and window will also work to keep all the bugs outside. To help find the perfect doors for your Ventura County home, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Consider Adding These Backyard Trends to Your House This Summerhttp://www.agourasash.com/backyard-home-trends-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/backyard-home-trends-westlake-village-ca/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 21:00:36 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5121 Backyard Trends for 2015 As the weather continues to warm up for the summer, you are probably spending more and more time in your backyard with all your friends and family. Adding a few new features can help to make the outdoor space more comfortable, and cause your yard to be the envy of the […]

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Exterior covered patio with fireplace and furniture.Backyard Trends for 2015

As the weather continues to warm up for the summer, you are probably spending more and more time in your backyard with all your friends and family. Adding a few new features can help to make the outdoor space more comfortable, and cause your yard to be the envy of the neighborhood. Consider these backyard home trends for 2015 that will help to take your yard to the next level.

  • Outdoor entertainment areas – setting up your own outdoor entertainment system can help take you back to the days of drive in movies without ever having to leave your house. Look for an electric powered flat screen, speakers, HD projector, and more to create your own theater.
  • Edible gardens – growing your own fresh fruits, herbs, and vegetables is the best way to ensure that you always have the perfect ingredients for any meal. Many backyard gardens are very low maintenance, and can help you lower your grocery bill.
  • Outdoor shower – after a long day playing in the yard, an outdoor shower can be very refreshing without having to get your inside bathroom dirty. Outdoor showers require less maintenance than backyard pools, while still letting you cool down in the hot summer sun.
  • Fire pits – even though the daytime temperatures can reach into the high 90s, the nighttime temperatures can easily drop to much cooler numbers. An outdoor fire pit allows you to enjoy your backyard all year long while also creating a focal point for the entire outdoor space.
  • Bring the indoors out – creating a comfortable outdoor living area will ensure that the majority of your time is spent in your backyard. Look for plush outdoor furniture and unique lighting options to make the space feel comfortable.

For more ideas on how to incorporate the backyard home trends into your Ventura County home, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California.

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Celebrating The 4th of July In Westlake Villagehttp://www.agourasash.com/4th-of-july-in-westlake-village/ http://www.agourasash.com/4th-of-july-in-westlake-village/#comments Wed, 01 Jul 2015 21:00:54 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5151 The Best  4th Of July Festivities The 4th of July is just around the corner! How are you planning to celebrate? If your day is not already filled with backyard barbecues and pool parties, you should take advantage of some of the great patriotic celebrations in the local area. To celebrate America’s 239th birthday, check out some of […]

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The Best  4th Of July Festivities

The 4th of July is just around the corner! How are you planning to celebrate? If your day is not already filled with backyard barbecues and pool parties, you should take advantage of some of the great patriotic celebrations in the local area.

To celebrate America’s 239th birthday, check out some of these 4th of July events.

  • Enjoy America’s Pastime: Head to Borchard Community Center to to watch the the home run derby. Each batter gets ten outs, and those who get the most home runs will get plaques and bragging rights. Come down to watch hitters smash it out of the park.
  • Go For A Dip: Want to beat the summer heat? We have good news! The Conejo Creek Recreation and Park District and City of Thousand Oaks have teamed up to arrange free swimming at several of our local high schools.
  • Party With Your Community: Beginning at 5:00 p.m., Janss Marketplace will come alive from music with a live DJ and lots of family friendly games. If you are still enjoying the fun at Janss at 9:00 p.m., do not worry! This is a great place to catch the fireworks.
  • Enjoy The Music: At Conejo Community Park, the Conejo Pops Orchestra will be offering a free concert from 5:00-7:00 p.m.
  • Marvel At The Fireworks: Of course, no 4th of July would be complete without fireworks. At 9:00 p.m., the Conejo Recreation and Park District and City of Thousand Oaks 4th of July Annual Fireworks Spectacular will be launch from the hill behind the Hillcrest Center of the Arts.

Happy 4th of July! From all of us at Agoura Sash & Door, we wish you a safe and fun weekend!

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What To Consider When Looking for New Kitchen Window Treatmentshttp://www.agourasash.com/kitchen-window-treatments-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/kitchen-window-treatments-westlake-village-ca/#comments Thu, 25 Jun 2015 21:00:48 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=5113 Kitchen Window Treatments Finding the perfect kitchen window treatment for your house does not mean spending thousands of dollars. There are many window treatment options that can work with your home design at various price points. Two of the most important factors that you need to consider when deciding on a window treatment are the […]

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Spacious kitchen with windowKitchen Window Treatments

Finding the perfect kitchen window treatment for your house does not mean spending thousands of dollars. There are many window treatment options that can work with your home design at various price points. Two of the most important factors that you need to consider when deciding on a window treatment are the price and style of your window. Keep these tips in mind to help you find the right kitchen window treatment for your needs.

  • Privacy – turn the lights on in your kitchen, and then walk outside to see how much you can see into your house. If you are looking for more private options consider screening materials that will allow you to see out and let the sunlight in while partially blocking the view into your home. Roller shades and Roman shades are great options for privacy.
  • Sunlight exposure – not only can the sun’s UVB and UVA rays damage your skin, but they can also damage your furniture. Having the sun stream directly into your house will also raise the temperature in your kitchen, which can be extremely uncomfortable during the summer. Look for window coverings that will help to protect your home, such as solar and cellular shades. Applying a static cling or adhesive UV film directly onto your windows can also help to cut down on the amount of sun in your house.
  • Decoration – any shared spaces in your kitchen, such as a large bay window or breakfast nook are the perfect place for floor length curtain panels that will give you the opportunity to add patterns and color into your kitchen. Choose textures, material, and designs that will work well with the design of the rest of your house to create a cohesive look.

Contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California for all your window treatment needs for your Ventura County home.

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