Sometimes you love them.Sometimes you hate them.They’re like a lot of things in life – context matters. Take owning a home. “Surprise!” isn’t usually an announcement you embrace with open arms.
As replacement window and patio door installers, one thing that makes our work rewarding is surprises. Seriously. We love them. “We never really know what we’re going to find when we take out the old window or door,” commented Luis Flores, the 15-year installation veteran and crew foreman for Save Energy Co.“The surprises are fun. They’re the challenges to be solved. They make the job interesting.”
One such surprise happened during a recent installation project in East Petaluma.The crew removed the original sliding patio door. When they cleaned the work area and measured to assess the fitment of the new door, they noticed an extra layer of concrete protruding beyond the edge of the hardwood flooring creating an uneven, narrow sill.
Save Energy Windows & Doors of Petaluma is back up and running! For over 35 years, we’ve been the premier, locally-owned and family-operated entry door and replacement window contractor of choice in San Francisco, Marin, and Sonoma counties.
We have implemented a number of COVID-19 mitigation measures to help safeguard the health and well-being of our clientele and team members. From initial consult to installation, our product and installation experts will continue to exceed your expectations with health safety as the #1 Priority.
Save Energy is more than just a name to us – it’s also our mission. We truly want to help homeowners make their homes more energy efficient. That desire is part of the DNA of our company.
With that in mind, here’s a tip that will help increase the comfort of your home and help you save on your heating bill during these last few weeks of winter: hunt down pesky drafts.
Have you ever noticed one room or a section of a room in your house always seem colder? The likely cause is a draft – a flow of cold, outside air that enters your home through cracks around doors, windows and/or vents. If you can find the source of the draft, you can take steps to alleviate it. So, how do you find the pesky thing without taking a magnifying glass to every door and window? Here’s a quicker, easier way:
On a windy day (and we get plenty of them), light a candle, tea light, incense stick or pluck a strand of hair (ouch!)
Slowly move the candle, incense or hair strand around door jams, window sills and vents
Look for flame flickers/smoke or any wavering of the hair strand not caused by your movement – BINGO! You’ve found the source of the draft.
With the cold damp weather now upon us, it’s not unusual for many homeowners to start noticing more condensation and even mold on the inside of their windows. Needless to say, this is not a good thing for either one’s home or health, so let’s look at the causes and some possible solutions to these problems.
Condensation forms on the inside of windows when moist interior air hits the cold surface of the glass or window frame. Moisture builds up in your home from many sources including breathing, showering, cooking, cleaning dishes, plants, to name the most common. In some cases, things like fish tanks and other water sources inside the home can make a bad situation even worse.
Once the moist air from these sources hits the cool surface on the inside of windows, condensation starts to build up and, if untreated, that moisture can drip down onto the window sash and window sill and start rotting them out.
Extended periods of moisture can also allow mold to grow. Mold is both unsightly and unhealthy, particularly for those with a weakened immune system.
What’s the best solution to prevent mold from growing?
When you are finally ready to remodel your kitchen, put on a deck, replace your windows, or whatever your home improvement needs might be, the hard part is always finding the right contractor to do the job.
Of course, personal referrals are still the best, but not always. The person that supplied you with the referral may have loved working with their contractor but they may have different personalities than you and you might find that while the contractor’s work is great, you just don’t get along with them personally. This may not be a big concern if you are doing a job that takes only a few days or a week, but you may not want to hire him or her if you are doing something longer like a kitchen remodel or an addition. Continue reading…
Five months ago in November I finally made it over to West Side Stories (WSS) here in Petaluma for their third anniversary show.
According to their website “WSS believes that everyone has a story” and their goal is “to give those stories a forum.” It’s basically a room full of people and as many of those people who would like to tell a story that evening put their names in a hat and the master of ceremonies, Dave Pokony, pulls ten names out of the hat and those ten people get to tell their story on whatever the theme is that evening.
Last night the theme was “Unforgiven” and whatever that means to the storyteller their story will reflect that theme somehow. Needless to say some people can stretch the boundaries of each theme on any given night but the general feeling I witnessed so far is the audience is pretty forgiving themselves as long as the story is a good one. For basically just a local open mic night I have been pleasantly surprised by the level of storytelling to date. Last night was my fifth visit, third month in a row I have presented a story and I have to say I am hooked on the whole experience. Continue reading…