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.

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.

Add to Your Home’s Living and Entertaining Space Without Costly Construction and Renovation

With more and more homeowners trying to maximize their home’s living space, it is no wonder home construction and renovation companies are recording record profits. But by assessing what you have and with a little creativity, new living and entertaining spaces can be had without spending thousands of dollars.

Late winter and early spring are great times to assess how space is used in your home. Often, decks and patios go unused or underused. Places you wouldn’t normally think of for use in entertaining – flat, shady spots in the yard, for example – may also lie empty. Many times, there are ways you can create “backyard retreats” in these underused areas without much trouble or cost, and truly bring the “indoors out.”

One such way of designing your new patio, deck, or garden living space is with a furniture grouping that matches aesthetically. Furniture that looks as if it belongs together can help bring unity to your new “outdoor rooms.”

Another way to expand your outdoor living space is to create a sheltered area that can work in different seasonal conditions. A retractable fabric awning is a great, affordable choice for creating a covered area on your deck or patio, and can keep your outdoor “room” cool in the sun, and dry in the rain. Another great option is a patio cover, which can act like a permanent “gazebo” to keep your outdoor space dry and cooler whether or not the space is directly adjacent to your house.

A third, and very popular, option is to consider a sunroom. Sunrooms come in all shapes and sizes, and Lifestyle is THE expert specialist in creating additional living space to suit your needs.

Whatever option you consider, take some time to give Lifestyle a call and let us know what you’re thinking of. Our design experts will be happy to sit with you and work out a plan that will guarantee you make the most of your outdoor living space and your budget!

How much water does a lawn really need?

Well, while your soil type, the amount of sunshine, and the climate all come into play, a good rule of thumb is 1 to 1 1/2 inches a week.

What is most important is HOW you water. You want to water deeply and infrequently to have a healthy deep rooted grass lawn.

Let’s say you decide on 1 1/2 inches a week. You can do it in 2 doses or one, but don’t do just a little each day. If you do a little each day your grass will have shallow roots and you can have all kinds of drought problems.

Now if you have sandy soil it is best to water your lawn twice a week since sandy soil drains faster and soon the water becomes too far down for your thirsty grass roots to reach it.

By the same token, if you have dry heavy clay soil you may need to water 3 times a week due to it’s water repelling qualities.

If you are unsure how much water your sprinklers put out in an hour, then put out a few plastic tubs to measure how much water your lawn is getting and then adjust your watering time accordingly. Also by putting out several tubs you can see if your sprinklers are watering the whole yard evenly or not.

The best time to water is early in the morning. If you wait till afternoon you lose some of your water to evaporation. If you water at night you could be inviting diseases to your lawn because of the length of time it stays wet.

A couple tips to ensure your lawn looks great when it gets really hot out is to not mow as short and to leave the grass clippings on the yard.

By increasing your mowing height the lawn is less stressed and able to cool itself. Also grass clippings left on the lawn will actually give the grass’s roots more moisture and minerals which will help it to be less stressed. Contrary to popular belief grass clippings will not cause thatch buildup.

So you see it is just as important how you water as how much you water. It is not that difficult to keep your lawn green and lush with a little planning when it comes to watering.

To really enjoy the most your lawn has to offer, why not talk to your Lifestyle representative about our great options for outdoor living, including sunrooms, insulated patio covers, and retractable fabric awnings? Give us a call at 1-800-465-0593, or visit us online to book a consultation, and you could WIN $2,500 towards your upcoming installation!

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9 Tips To Selecting A Good Contractor

 

When it comes to home repairs or improvements, many people find themselves at a loss because they are either unable to complete the needed repairs or they simply do not have the time. In either situation, the best thing to do is to hire a professional contractor. But, what qualities should one look for in a contractor and how can you be sure that he/she will be the best person for the job? These are common questions and should be answered prior to hiring a professional contractor.

Below are 9 tips that will help guide you through the process of selecting the best man, or woman, for the job.

1) Before hiring a contractor, find out how long they have been in business. It’s best to look for an established company and make sure to check out their reputation with the local Better Business Bureau for any outstanding or unresolved complaints.

2) Always make sure that a contractor is licensed to work in the state in which the work is to be done. The best way to find out about your province’s licensing procedure is to contact your local building department and/or consumer protection agency. If your state requires that a contractor be licensed, always ask to see a contractor’s license prior to hiring him/her for the job.

3) When considering potential contractors, ask for a list of recently completed projects that are similar to the one you are in need of help with. Hiring a contractor that is experienced in projects similar to yours will help to ensure that all goes smoothly and that the job will be done correctly.

4) Be sure to ask your contractor, prior to the commencement of work, whether or not the job will require any type of permit. All permits must be obtained before the actual work begins, when required, or the homeowner may face a fine. It is best to discuss who will be responsible for obtaining permits, either you or the contractor, in the beginning.

5) Always ask for the name of the individual who will be in charge of the project, often called a supervisor, and the names of those who will be working on the construction crew.

6) Once you are familiar with the supervisor, ask him/her about their crew. You will need to know whether or not they are trustworthy and make the decision as to whether you want them working on/in your home. Will they need keys? If so, you need to know that they are honest and can be trusted near your family and/or children.

7) Every professional contractor should carry a certain amount of insurance coverage, including personal liability, property damage and worker’s compensation. You will need to request copies of all insurance certificates and confirm that they are current before work begins. Do not do business with a contractor who cannot provide this documentation as this may result in your being held liable for any injuries and/or damages that occur during the project.

8) Always check with the contractor’s references before deciding to hire him/her for your project. This is important for all of the obvious reasons and will give you an idea as to their work ethics and end results.

9) When you and your contractor come to an agreement on payment terms, get everything in writing and have the agreement signed and notarized. All parties involved should have a copy of the agreement for future reference.

Right now, through June 30, you can get 0% financing or cash back on select Lifestyle Home Products installations, as well as a chance to win $2,500 towards your home improvement. Visit our current promotions page to find out more, and talk with one of our certified design consultants. We’ll make sure your home reno project gets done right the first time, guaranteed!

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