Agoura Sash and Door http://www.agourasash.com Windows, Doors, Hardware, Molding Design Showroom in the Conejo Valley Sat, 28 Mar 2015 14:41:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 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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Finding the Right Cabinet Knobshttp://www.agourasash.com/hardware-westlake-village-ca/ http://www.agourasash.com/hardware-westlake-village-ca/#comments Sat, 07 Mar 2015 01:00:15 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=2966 Cabinet Knob Choices You probably do not give a lot of thought to your cabinet knobs on a daily basis. However, your knobs are more important that you probably think. Cabinet knobs are one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to change up the look of a room. From your kitchen to your bathroom, swapping […]

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Cabinet Knob Choices

SchrankknopfYou probably do not give a lot of thought to your cabinet knobs on a daily basis. However, your knobs are more important that you probably think. Cabinet knobs are one of the easiest and inexpensive ways to change up the look of a room. From your kitchen to your bathroom, swapping out your cabinet knobs can help to give your home an instant update.

Cabinet knobs can be made out of almost any type of material, including brass, aluminum, chrome, bronze, iron, copper, silver, pewter, stainless steel and glass. Even though glass knobs are mostly used for bedroom dresser drawers, they can be used to add an elegant touch to any room in your house. Glass knobs are very durable and scratch resistant, and have a finish that will not wear off easily. Knobs that are made out of wood are also a great option, since they can blend in with the cabinets and can be easily painted.

When looking for the right knobs for your house, you should also consider the shape and size of the knob. If you do not want the same boring options at your house, there are many unique shapes that you can choose from. Seashell knobs will match perfectly with beach themed rooms, or look for apple knobs that will go well in a country style kitchen. Make sure to choose a knob that is a size and shape that is comfortable to touch.

Keep in mind that knobs need to be cleaned, since they are handled regularly, to keep them looking their best. Mild dish soap and water should be enough to keep them clean. Just make sure to wipe them dry right away to prevent any damage.

Contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California for all of your cabinet hardware needs.

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Benefits Of Replacing Your Old, Outdated Windowshttp://www.agourasash.com/benefits-of-replacing-your-old-outdated-windows/ http://www.agourasash.com/benefits-of-replacing-your-old-outdated-windows/#comments Fri, 27 Feb 2015 22:00:52 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=2927 New Window Benefits Replacing the windows in your home can be a big project to take on. Depending on how many windows you are replacing, it can also get a little pricey. However, there are many benefits that are associated with replacing windows in your house, including: Curb appeal – new windows can help to make the […]

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New Window Benefits

Replacing the windows in your home can be a big project to take on. Depending on how many windows you are replacing, it can also get a little pricey. However, there are many benefits that are associated with replacing windows in your house, including:

  • Curb appeal – new windows can help to make the exterior of your home look its best. There are plenty of windows that can complement both contemporary and traditional homes. The different styles of windows that are available can also help to accent the interior and exterior of your home.
  • Low maintenance – new windows are created to be very low maintenance. Vinyl framed windows never have to be repainted, and fiberglass frames come painted with special paint that will last the life of the window. The hardware that comes on new windows can last through even the harshest weather conditions, ensuring that they continue to look and work their best.
  • Security – new windows will add an extra level of security to your home. Most new windows come with different lock options and have been tested for forced entry. Replacing old windows with new models can help to give you the peace of mind needed to ensure that your whole family stays safe.
  • Quieter house – new windows work better to reduce the amount of outside noise that gets in and out of your house. This means that you can blast your radio without bothering your neighbors, or fall soundly asleep if you live by a busy street.
  • Environmentally friendly – new windows work better to prevent the outside weather from coming into your home, which means you do not have to run your air conditioner or heater as often.

Make sure to visit the window showroom at Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California for all of your Ventura County window needs.

 

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Outdoor Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Homehttp://www.agourasash.com/outdoor-spring-cleaning-tips-for-your-home/ http://www.agourasash.com/outdoor-spring-cleaning-tips-for-your-home/#comments Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:00:30 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=2932 Spring Cleaning Tips Spring is just around the corner, which means it is time for some spring-cleaning. While most people focus on the inside of their home when spring-cleaning, there are also many tasks to take care of outside. Keep these outdoor spring-cleaning tips in mind to make sure that your home is looking its […]

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Spring Cleaning Tips

Spring is just around the corner, which means it is time for some spring-cleaning. While most people focus on the inside of their home when spring-cleaning, there are also many tasks to take care of outside. Keep these outdoor spring-cleaning tips in mind to make sure that your home is looking its best.

  • Clean your garage door – you probably never think about your garage door until it will not open. However, it is probably much dirtier than you think. Cleaning your garage can be fast and easy. If you have a pressure washer, simply spray down your door. If you do not, all you have to do is wipe down the door with a mild dish soap and water.
  • Get rid of cob webs – you probably do not spend very much time looking under your eves when it is cold out, which means spiders have plenty of time to spin some webs. Use a cobweb duster or broom to get rid of all the cobwebs that you can see. Simply rub the duster or broom in the grass or on a bush to get rid of the webs.
  • Wash your windows – clean windows will help you better see the beautiful spring flowers. A mix of water and vinegar may not smell very nice, but it will get your windows crystal clear.
  • Clean your trashcans – while trashcans are bound to smell come trash day, they do not always have to smell. Use a long brush or pressure washer to clean out all of your trashcans to ensure that they do not smell in the warm, spring weather.

If you are thinking of replacing any of your doors or windows this spring, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California. Make sure to come in and visit our door and window showroom!

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Can You Benefit From Clad Wood Windows?http://www.agourasash.com/can-you-benefit-from-clad-wood-windows/ http://www.agourasash.com/can-you-benefit-from-clad-wood-windows/#comments Tue, 17 Feb 2015 22:00:46 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=2936 Clad Wood Replacement Windows Even though clad wood windows are not traditional wood windows, there are many advantages of opting for clad wood windows in your house. Clad wood replacement windows will offer the look of wood windows on the inside, while requiring less exterior maintenance. Clad wood windows are made out of wood, but […]

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Clad Wood Replacement Windows

Even though clad wood windows are not traditional wood windows, there are many advantages of opting for clad wood windows in your house. Clad wood replacement windows will offer the look of wood windows on the inside, while requiring less exterior maintenance. Clad wood windows are made out of wood, but have a small layer of vinyl or aluminum on the exterior, meaning that they do not have to be sealed or painted. The interior of the windows are wood, which can be stained or painted in order to match the décor of your home’s interior.

Clad wood windows are some of the least expensive windows available, starting at just $200 per window. They also require very low maintenance costs, and time, making them perfect for homeowners who do not have the know-how or the desire to maintain windows.

When choosing the right clad wood window option for your home, there are many factors to take into consideration. The first is if you want vinyl or aluminum clad wood windows. Vinyl can come in many different colors, and has outstanding insulating properties. Aluminum clad wood windows are much stronger than vinyl, but are best suited for areas with mild temperatures.

You will also have to choose between the different types of woods that are available for the interior of the window. You can choose from basic pine, to exotic species for your windows. Looking at your décor, and any other wood trim in your home can help you determine which wood will work best. There are also many pane glass styles that are available with clad wood windows, as well as different hardware finishes.

Visit the window showroom at Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California to find the perfect window style for your home. Contact us today for all of your window and door needs.

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Choosing The Right Patio Doorhttp://www.agourasash.com/choosing-the-right-patio-door/ http://www.agourasash.com/choosing-the-right-patio-door/#comments Fri, 13 Feb 2015 22:00:30 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=2939 Patio Door Choices Having the proper doors that lead out to your patio is the best way to bring the outside in and the inside out. However, between French doors, sliders, and patio doors, it can be difficult to choose the right door for your house. Knowing the benefits of each door and how they […]

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Having the proper doors that lead out to your patio is the best way to bring the outside in and the inside out. However, between French doors, sliders, and patio doors, it can be difficult to choose the right door for your house. Knowing the benefits of each door and how they can add to your home can help to ensure that you choose the right door to best fit with your home.

The biggest difference between patio doors and sliding doors is that sliders glide on a track and patio doors swing open. Sliding doors typically have one fixed panel and a matching panel that slides on bottom and top tracks. Patio doors typically refer to a pair of doors that have at least one hinged panel and one fixed panel. Patio doors will either swing outward or inward, depending on the type that you buy.

Patio doors are also known as French doors, which usually refers to doors that hinge at opposite sides and meet in the middle. When both doors are opened, they create a very large entryway. Patio doors and sliders are sold as a complete system, including the threshold, jambs, and all the necessary weather stripping. The doors will interlock to help with energy efficiency, and the hardware is designed as part of the complete system.

It is important to keep in mind that not all French doors are made for exterior use. Interior French doors are made specifically to adjoin one interior room to another, while offering either separation when closed or a large opening when open.

To ensure that you choose the right door for your patio, make sure to visit the door showroom at Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California. Contact us today for all of your sliding and patio door needs.

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How Windows, Doors, and Skylights Can Affect Your Energy Costshttp://www.agourasash.com/how-windows-doors-and-skylights-can-affect-your-energy-costs/ http://www.agourasash.com/how-windows-doors-and-skylights-can-affect-your-energy-costs/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 22:00:12 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=2906 Window Energy Performance Doors, windows, and skylights can all add beauty and light to your home. However, they can also add hundreds of dollars to your energy bill if they are not sealed property or do not have a high-energy performance rating. Knowing the energy performance ratings for all of your windows, doors, and skylights […]

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Doors, windows, and skylights can all add beauty and light to your home. However, they can also add hundreds of dollars to your energy bill if they are not sealed property or do not have a high-energy performance rating. Knowing the energy performance ratings for all of your windows, doors, and skylights can help to ensure that your energy bill is not affected.

There are many ways that your skylights, windows, and doors can lose heat, including direct conduction through the frame or glass. Air leakage from improper seals can also cause the cold air to get into your home, which can lead to an expensive energy bill. The amount of heat that is lost through doors, skylights, and windows can be measured in two ways – by the u-factor and air leakage.  The higher either the u-factor or air leakage is, the more energy you will have to use to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

The glazing that coats windows, doors, and skylights can also have an impact on the energy performance of your home. There are two ways to measure how well the glazing is transmitting sunlight – light to solar gain and visible transmittance. While windows, doors, and skylights are meant to let light in, they are not meant to let in the outside temperature. The visible transmittance and light to solar gain ratings can let you know how much light is being let into your home compared to how much of the outside temperature is being allowed in.

For more information on your window energy performance at your Ventura County home, contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California. We can help to ensure that you have the perfect windows, doors, and skylights to best compliment the style of your home.

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What Type Of Window Do You Need?http://www.agourasash.com/what-type-of-window-do-you-need/ http://www.agourasash.com/what-type-of-window-do-you-need/#comments Mon, 19 Jan 2015 22:00:20 +0000 http://www.agourasash.com/?p=2909 Window Types Windows are the best way to bring the inside into your home, but not all windows are the same. Choosing the right windows for your house can help to create a better look for your home overall. Consider these common types of windows for your home to help make it feel more open […]

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Windows are the best way to bring the inside into your home, but not all windows are the same. Choosing the right windows for your house can help to create a better look for your home overall. Consider these common types of windows for your home to help make it feel more open and inviting.

  • Wood framed – most wood framed windows are made of solid wood, but some are made of composite materials. New wood framed windows are covered in vinyl, aluminum, or fiberglass to help protect the wood from the elements. Even though wood windows tend to more expensive than other types of windows, they are much more attractive.
  • Vinyl framed – if you are looking for inexpensive windows that require very little upkeep, look no further than vinyl windows. Keep in mind that most vinyl windows come in white and cannot be painted or stained and typically come with very few hardware options.
  • Fiberglass framed – fiberglass framed windows are one of the newest window options available. They do not need to be painted, but you do have the option to paint them a different color if you want. Fiberglass that is embedded in the plastic help to make it stiffer and stronger overall, but there are not very many options when it comes to companies that sell them.
  • Double hung – double hung windows are very common, and include a lower, inside sash that can slide up and an upper, outside sash that can slide down, helping to improve air circulation. Since the sash can be tilted, the windows are very easy to clean.

Contact Agoura Sash & Door in Westlake Village, California for all of your window needs for your Ventura County home. We can help to ensure that you choose the right windows that will work best in your home.

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