Patio Cover in Brampton

Here’s a product we don’t feature as much, but which is one of our absolute favourite installations: our Lifestyle rigid patio cover!

Our patio cover roofs are insulated, providing year-round protection from the heat and the sun, with enough shade and protection to provide up to ten degrees of additional shade outside. They’re also durable, giving you a great covered patio even in the winter, allowing you to maximize the enjoyment of your outdoor living space while enjoying the open air in all directions. See for yourself:

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To find out more about Lifestyle Home Products patio and deck covers, CONTACT US or give us a call today at 1-800-465-0593. We’ll be happy to come see you and discuss which of our great outdoor living products; sunrooms, patio covers, or retractable fabric awnings; is right for you.

3 Simple Home Improvements For Under $100

It seems everyone is applying for loans so that they can make improvements to their home. Some individuals will burn through thousands of dollars to improve the look if their home. Major improvements such as new flooring or a deck can require a significant amount of money. However, you don’t have to go to those measures to make improvements to your home. There are three key areas of your home that can make the most difference in the appearance of your home – the entrance, kitchen and bathroom. Just doing one of the ideas listed below can make a huge difference in your home. But why not do all three when it can be done for less than $100?

Entrance

The old saying that, “First impressions are usually the last”, can easily apply to the way people react when they enter your home. Has your welcome mat lost its welcome appeal? It’s time to spice up your entrance so what you hear are “oohs” and “ahhs” when people cross your threshold. If you have a spacious porch, a potted plant in a metal planter can create a pleasant atmosphere. Contemporary planters are about $10.

If you’re really adventurous, a coat of brightly-colored paint on your front door can create a splash. If you take on this challenge, it’s a good idea to make sure that the paint complements your home. For example, if your home is mostly red brick, a red door would make a dynamic look. A gallon of interior/exterior gloss enamel in red or any other bright color will set you back no more than $30-40.

Kitchen

When you look in your kitchen, what catches your eye first? Probably all those nifty cabinets that discreetly tuck away your dishes, right? After a number of years you might crave a different look. For starters, you might want to give them a good cleaning. This one step alone can make a difference. You would be surprised the amount of dust and grease that can accumulate on cabinets. Depending on the material that your cabinets are made of, simply removing the cabinets from their hinges and wiping them down with the damp cloth is sufficient. There are chemicals on the market, but you need to make sure that the chemicals are made for your cabinet material.

Once your cabinets are shining again, you can then add or replace knobs. Knobs range from simple unfinished versions that cost as little as $.50 to decorative insert pulls that costs around $3. With the average kitchen containing about 12 cabinets, your cost won’t go over $36.

Bathroom

Guest bathrooms are usually confined to a small space. Why not give this room a lift? You undoubtedly have a nice set of guest towels and matching accessories. These items are not necessarily cheap so unless you want to go over your $100 spending limit, you can leave those items as they are. What you can add are wallpaper trim, artwork, and color. There are numerous styles of wallpaper trim that you can choose a new look for your bathroom. You can go as conservative and as creative as you want. To complement the wallpaper trim, you can add artwork. You don’t have to go out and purchase expensive artwork. You can use your imagination to come up with some ideas. For example, a few seashells, colorful fabric, and an empty picture frame are all you need to become your own favorite artist.

If you have any leftover paint from your door, you can use this to paint a wall in your bathroom, as long as the color doesn’t clash with the other elements of your bathroom.

 

Want to make an even bigger impact with that entrance? Find out just how attractive and affordable a Lifestyle Lifetime Door System can be, and how ordering right now can save you money on the best hardware in the industry, CLICK HERE to book an appointment with our design experts today!

Beautiful Window Installation in Uxbridge

There aren’t many companies that can do a fully custom gothic-style transom window that matches up so seamlessly with the existing brick facade of a house. But check out this stunning window installation in Uxbridge, Ontario:

 

 

It’s not possible to purchase a pre-fabricated peaked gothic arch like this from a big box retailer or home centre. This kind of upgrade needs a custom manufacture, and Lifestyle Home Products has over 25 years of experience in this kind of high-efficiency, highly customized work. If you’re looking to improve the energy efficiency and comfort of your home, call the experts today at 1-800-465-0593 to book a free inspection and consultation.

Energy Conservation – Simple Tips That Will Reduce Your Energy Bills

There are many good reasons to conserve energy. If we use less gas, oil and electricity we will save money, and the pollution associated with extracting and using fossil fuels will decrease. Reducing greenhouse gas production may help to reverse global warming. In a nutshell – conservation of energy has both personal and societal benefits.

Most people are concerned with making their money last longer and energy conservation can help by reducing our energy costs. Homeowners can do many things to cut down on their energy needs. Perhaps the best thing they can do to is to install better insulation to retain warm and cool air.

Heating and air conditioning are the biggest energy consumers of the average household. Much of the heat and cool air escapes because of poorly insulated roofs, walls, doors, and windows. In fact in a lot of cases heating and cooling is responsible for around 50% of your energy costs. Improving insulation will result in greater conservation of energy and lesser energy costs. Small changes in this area can result in dramatic reduction in your monthly payment to your utility company.

Old cooling and heating appliances should be replaced with newer models which are more energy efficient. Other large appliances like refrigerators can also be replaced with newer models that are designed to conserve energy. Always make sure you read the energy label, if you do, you will often find that a cheap product in fact can be expensive in its everyday use because of its energy consumption.

Traditional light bulbs are inefficient because much of the energy they consume is converted to heat. Replacing all your incandescent bulbs with compact florescent bulbs will provide the same level at light with less energy consumption. Even though the cost of these bulbs is greater than traditional bulbs, they last up to 20 times longer, resulting in significant overall savings.

Using alternative energy sources such as solar panels or wind turbines can greatly reduce the amount of energy needed from traditional sources. The electricity produced by these devices can be fed back into the local power grid if it is not immediately used by the household. This reduces the power bill even further (the power meter runs backwards) while supplying clean power to your community.

Conservation of energy is something that everyone can contribute to. By being careful in how we use our resources we are building a society for our children and grandchildren.

New Metal Roofing Installation on Georgina Island

Here is an absolutely beautiful installation of new Lifetime Metal Roofing on a stunning home on Georgina Island:

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7 Window Cleaning Tips For That Special Sparkle

A sparkling window is the desire of everyone. Clean, bright shiny windows add a new look to every house. Like furniture, windows require their own cleaning methodology to keep them looking new and tidy. Here are 7 simple ideas to give your windows a marvelous shine.

1) Ensure that you dry your windows in one direction – leftwards or rightwards. Mixing the direction will leave unpleasant streaks on the glass and make it look untidy.

2) Before you wipe the window glass, remove all dust from the windows so that in applying a wet cloth, you do not leave mud on the window. Water and dust will form mud.

3) If you are cleaning window sills, rub the whole surface with a damp cloth sprayed with alcohol so that all the spots will clear off for a beautiful shine.

4) Windows are very sensitive to dirt. You should therefore apply only clean water in cleaning windows and in cases where you use damp cloth, use only clean cloths.

5) If the glass is greasy or smoky, apply some vinegar to the water before you clean the window. Vinegar removes grease without leaving streaks or stains.

6) When cleaning windows which are beyond the reach of your hand, use a step ladder if the height is medium or use a regular ladder if quite high. Always ensure that the safety clip is on and if possible, get someone to hold the base of the ladder for safety reasons.

7) Sprays are convenient to use than buckets of water. In cleaning windows of considerable heights, try to use sprays instead of buckets of water as they can spill and you will have to do everything again. The sheer weight and burden will get you tired easily.

Getting a window to shine is an easy task. All you need is the above window cleaning tips.

Sometimes, though, just having clean windows isn’t enough. If your windows are drafty and don’t keep the weather outside where it belongs, it may be time to call us. CLICK HERE to get a free copy of our Windows Information Kit, and see how Lifestyle Lifetime Replacement Windows can improve the look, comfort, and efficiency of your home.

New Windows and Patio Door in Courtice

Nobody knows windows and doors like Lifestyle!

Check out these shots of a recent window and patio door installation in Courtice. The design is classic, but the energy efficiency is as modern as it gets!

By the way, our sliding patio doors are made with the same Enviro technology as our windows, so you never have to worry about leaks, drafts, UV light, or cold spots!

To find out more about our high-efficiency window products, visit HERE, or contact us today at 1-800-465-0593. Our experts will be glad to help you, and show you first-hand how outstanding our products really are. Call today!

Energy-Efficient Windows: It’s About Home Comfort

Energy-efficient windows are one of the most important investments you can make in the long-term value of your home. If any of the windows in your home are leaking air and you are thinking about replacing them, a little bit of planning will cut your energy bill and guarantee you a more comfortable, draft-free home for years to come.

When buying new windows, it’s worthwhile to select the best high-performance models available. They’ll pay you back in increased comfort, better draft and moisture control, improved health and lower heating and cooling costs. The difference is because of the use of insulated spacers, low-E film on the glass and an inert gas, such as argon or krypton, to fill the space between the two panes of glass. Because the inert gas stops heat transfer between the two panes, the inside pane stays much warmer and comfortable to the touch. Energy-efficient windows will increase the resale value of your home by making it more comfortable, and they also help block outside noise.

Energy-efficient windows should be installed properly by a qualified contractor. That’s why Lifestyle Home Products trains and certifies our own team in the proper manufacture and installation of every custom window we build.

To find out just how efficient our Canadian climate windows are, talk to one of our product specialists today. Getting your windows up to the highest standard now, before the weather gets colder, can save you a lot of money on your energy costs over the winter while greatly enhancing the indoor comfort of your home year-round. Call 1-800-465-0593 for more information, and book your free consultation today!

 

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Photo: Fabric Awning Installation in Scarborough

Here’s a beautiful retractable fabric awning, just recently installed in Scarborough, Ontario.

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This awning makes an amazing shaded outdoor retreat over the client’s back deck…a perfect spot to sit outside, protected from the weather rain or shine.

Our awnings come with a full warranty, and are guaranteed never to fade. The unique welded seams of our fabric awnings lay flatter in the roll and don’t separate like traditional stitched awnings. And, unlike prefabricated awnings, ours are completely customized to your deck or patio application, so you’re guaranteed a great fit every time!

To find out more about our custom retractable fabric awnings, CONTACT US today and make an appointment. Our experienced design professionals will be glad to give you all the details, and work with your budget to create an amazing outdoor living space like this for your Ontario home.

Drafty House? Six Home Energy Saving Tips

Want to put more money in your pocket? A drafty house may be standing in your way. You can save up to 10% or more on your energy bill by eliminating as many the air leaks in your home as possible. During the summer warm air leaks into your home and during the winter leaks out of your home, wasting a good portion of your energy dollars. One of the fastest and highest payback dollar-saving jobs you can do around the house is to caulk, seal, and weather-strip all seams, cracks, and openings to the outside air.

Here are a few tips to help you get started:

1. Check your drafty house for air tightness.

On a windy day, hold a lit incense stick next to locations of potential air paths to the outside, like windows, doors, electrical boxes, plumbing fixtures, electrical outlets, and ceiling fixtures. If the smoke blows horizontally, you have found an air leak that can use weatherstripping, sealing, or caulking.

2. Caulk and seal gaps

Sealing gaps where plumbing, ducting, or electrical wiring penetrate through exterior walls, floors and ceilings can save you a bunch on heat loss.

3. Don’t forget the outlets

Electrical outlets and switches are literally holes in your wall. Install rubber gaskets in back of exterior wall outlets and switch plates.

4. Look for visible signs

Dirty, grimy spots on your insulation can indicate holes where air leaks into and out of your house. Look underneath the insulation batting for holes and gaps and seal them by stapling sheets of plastic over the holes, then caulk the edges of the plastic.

5. Check the fireplace

In winter, when the fireplace is not being used, keep the flue damper closed tightly. Chimneys are created to allow smoky air to escape, so unless the flue is closed, warm air escapes, and with it, your heating budget.

6. Storm windows

Installing storm windows over single-pane windows or replacing them with double-pane windows is a major savings not to be overlooked. Windows can make up 10% to 25% of your heating bill. Adding storm windows can cut the heat loss in half.

While all of these tips will help you save money, nothing solves a drafty house like the energy efficiency of new windows. For a free window inspection, along with our suggestions on cost-saving options to help you reduce those drafts, give us a call at 1-800-465-0593. We’ll be glad to stop by and let you know how your windows are doing, what you need to do to get them sealed up before winter, and how we can save you money over the long term with our high-efficiency custom window systems.