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Posted by on August 3, 2015 in Remodeling

 

New Statewide Financing Program Available to Homeowners

CaliforniaFIRSTHave you heard about CaliforniaFIRST Energy Saving Financing?

This program recently became available to California homeowners who complete approved energy efficiency, water efficiency, and renewable energy projects to their homes through participating contractors. Local heating, a/c, and refrigeration contractors, Wighton’s Inc. are participating in this program on the Central Coast. You can ask them any questions you have about the program and find out if you are eligible.

About CaliforniaFIRST

  • You can apply by phone or online
  • Eligibility is not based on your FICO score
  • You can finance 100% of the project cost
  • The balance can transfer to the new owners upon sale
  • Terms of 5, 10, 15, 20, or 25 years are available
  • Payments are rolled into your property taxes
  • Interest is usually tax deductible
  • You can add to the value of your property

Learn more about the program and eligibility at http://www.egia.org/californiafirst/splashpage/ or call the local experts at Wighton’s Inc. to get your questions answered at (805) 543-4881.

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Posted by on May 10, 2015 in Remodeling

 

Changing Your Shower Door

showerdoorIs it time to replace your glass shower door?

If you’re a handy person around the house and are looking to do it yourself, here are some tips:

First and foremost, don’t rush the job. You want to make sure not to damage any of the surrounding areas in the bathroom or injure yourself.

While the door is shut, either use wood shims under the edge of the door to unscrew the hinges or have a friend help you hold the weight.  When the screws from the hinges are removed, lift the door carefully to avoid breaking the glass and remove the door.

Shower tracks or frames are usually custom designed for the shower door. If you need to replace a frame or trim to match the new door, this task is best left to glass experts to ensure the new door is secure and properly installed.

A new shower door will need new caulking around the entire door frame. This will include the track/frame running up the walls, across the curb and against the ceiling if your shower goes all the way up. Changing to a new door can create cracks and holes for water to seep through so don’t skip this step! The caulking is also good for keeping your door in place.

If you’re not comfortable with replacing your own glass shower doors, look to the experts at Atascadero Glass, Inc. for help and excellent service on the Central Coast! They’ve been serving the Central Coast for over 50 years. Call the office at (805) 466-2644 or visit http://atascaderoglass.com/.

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Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Remodeling

 

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Window Shopping

16-ultimate-casement-window-awning-window-ultimate-swinging-french-door-eric-gartner-690x540Is it time for new windows? Let us give you some great tips for shopping and answer some of your questions before you get started!

Window Shopping Tips:

  • Look for the ENERGY STAR® label.
  • Check what rebates or other incentives are available for window replacement with your local utilities.
  • Choose high-performance windows (have at least two panes of glass and a low-e coating.)
  • Choose a low U-factor for better insulation in colder climates; the U-factor is the rate at which a window, door, or skylight conducts non-solar heat flow.
  • Have your windows installed by trained professionals according to manufacturer’s instructions; otherwise, your warranty may be void.

And when you’re looking for window installation and/or replacement on the Central Coast, we highly recommend the best around, Atascadero Glass, Inc.

Visit their website at http://atascaderoglass.com/ or give them a call at (805) 466-2644 to get started with your brand new windows!

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Posted by on April 23, 2015 in Remodeling

 

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Cooling Down Air Conditioning Costs

Heating and air conditioning can take up to 40 or more percent of your utility bill. In the warmer months we make sure we’re comfortable at home but also don’t want the hefty costs of the bills.

airconditioningHere are some great tips to keep that A/C bill down:

  • Plant more trees to keep sunlight from directly hitting your windows. Also, shading your A/C unit from the sun could improve its efficiency by up to 10%!
  • Cover your windows with solar screens, mesh-like screens, or window films that reflect heat.
  • Circulate air in your home with fans. You don’t need anything fancy or expensive.
  • Try to avoid cooking or baking with the stove or oven, limit those activities to the evening.
  • Maintain or replace your A/C ; you’re A/C bill may sometimes be cut in half just by replacing an outdated A/C unit!

Contact the local experts at Wighton’s Inc. for an inspection, tune-up, or replacement! Replacing an old unit could cut your A/C costs in half. Definitely a worthwhile investment.

Visit their website today at www.wightons.com or call them at (800) 549-4881.

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Posted by on April 17, 2015 in Heating and Air

 

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Self-Cleaning Gutters to the Rescue!

Cleaning the rain gutters, as we all know, is always such a grueling chore around the house. If you’ve been looking for a way to protect your gutters in the Monterey County Area that actually works and will make your chores easier, look no further. Local roofing contractor Noble Pride Roofing Company offers Leaf Solution, the first gutter guard to utilize stainless steel mesh.

This gutter guard can take the heaviest of rainfalls and still keep out all of that unwanted debris. Doesn’t that sound amazing? Finally, an easy solution to make maintaining our gutters simple!

Get yours today, contact the experts at Noble Pride Roofing Company by phone at (831) 384-3131 or visit their website at http://www.nobleprideroofing.com/.

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Posted by on March 7, 2015 in Remodeling

 

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Types of Retaining Walls

Types of Retaining WallsRetaining walls are great architectural elements to keep the sloping landscape of your yard in place. At first glance these walls can look like simple, easy-to-build structures, but they require careful engineering to remain strong and continue to restrict loose sand or soil from damaging a beautiful landscape. If you’re thinking about adding a retaining wall to your landscape and aren’t comfortable doing it on your own, you should get in touch with construction experts like the ones at Graniterock.

You’ll also need to consider what type of retaining wall will fit your needs. Here are some of the main types:

  1. Gravity Wall: this type of wall holds the earth mainly through its own weight. It can pivot and topple relatively easy because the internal leverage of the earth pressure is pretty high.
  2. Piling Wall: this type of wall is good for high loads. It is good in areas with soft soil or tight space. Piling walls are usually made out of steel, vinyl, or wood planks driven into the ground.
  3. Cantilevered walls: this type of wall is made from an internal stem of steel-reinforced, cast-in-place concrete or mortared masonry. It can be buttressed on the front or include a counterfort on the back to make it stronger to hold heavier loads. It will use a lot less material than a gravity wall.
  4. Anchored wall: this type of wall can include a lot of the elements of the previously mentioned however it is made stronger with additional cables. Anchored walls are great for high loads.

For more information and to get your retaining walls questions answered, contact the experts at Graniterock by visiting their website or call them at 888.ROCK.100 today to get started on your next project!

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