How Heat Mirror Helps with Climate Control

Comfort is what makes a house a home. Your home should be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. There are many factors that go into making your home cozy and warm. Energy efficient windows are one of the factors. The HR40 window system is one of the best windows on the market. Its heat mirror technology is one of the few things that differentiate it from the rest.

How does heat mirror help with your home’s comfort?

Heat Reflection

Heat Mirror film technology utilizes Nano-scale coatings of metal which reflects heat back to its source. This comes in handy in the winter because reflects heat back into your home and it helps in the summer because it reflects the heat from the sun out, helping keep a cool home.

UV protection

Heat mirror blocks up to 99.5% of the sun’s UV rays. The UV protection helps protect your furniture and plants from harmful UV rays. The clear glazing transmits photo-synthetically active radiation and controls temperature swings. This helps your plants flourish and avoids growth stunts.

Additionally, heat mirror keeps you and your family safe from UV radiation while you relax near your windows.

Energy Efficiency

HR40 Windows provide year round comfort for your home. By reflecting the sun’s heat in the summer and reflecting heat back in your house in the winter, it helps control your home’s internal temperature. As a result, you experience less heat loss in the winter.

Please note that for ultimate home comfort, your home should be probably insulated. Heat mirror and the HR40 windows are great for managing and reducing heat loss.

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Knowing You Have the Right Company

A MUST READ

At Peoples Products, we understand that your peace of mind is the only real focus.

We know that satisfaction is the main objective for anyone considering trusting any company to do work for them.

In the days of old, you might simply ask a friend or a neighbor for a good referral. Even in the modern era, that is a practice that still brings many customers to our doorstep today. There is really no warmer way to meet a potential company than to be personally introduced by a friend.

Today’s world offers exciting products and services that are made more readily available through the internet.

 

Finding the right company now involves the internet. Social media, blog posts, direct mail, canvassers who knock on your door, show and event workers who introduce you to new ideas and new concepts are all good ways in which customers and companies could meet. At times, it can also seem like an assault of the senses when we see the many ways products are brought to our attention. A company could make a great product, but suffer from poorly written literature to properly represent it. The same is true in reverse; some less than stellar products come with some of the most professional-looking literature that makes it appear far better than what it should.

For you, the consumer, we know how confusing it all must be.

In our estimation, the best recommendation would come from either someone you know, or by hearing about the experience some of the company’s customers have had.

WHAT TO TRUST

Who is better to listen to about an experience with a company than its customers?

MEET OUR CUSTOMERS!

*Please see what our customers say*

The next step is to look into the company you are considering. Are they properly registered for business? Do they have the necessary insurances to protect you? Do they take care of their customers?

THE BETTER BUSINESS BUREAU

The Better Business Bureau is a serious, and official organization whose purpose is to rate a company, based on consumer experience. It cannot be unfairly abused by competitors or disgruntled ex-employees since they check out each claim for validity. That’s why it’s such a credible resource.

This information is available for your benefit.

THE NUMBER 1 MOST TRUSTED RESOURCE AVAILABLE TO ANY CONSUMER.

*Please see our BBB report*

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The Better Business Bureau is the number 1 credible resource available to consumers today.

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ANGIE’S LIST

Angie’s List is another very credible resource. They are especially so because they actually listen to what a customer and a company have to say. If a company was bad, they would never hold a top rating.

Check out our Angie’s List rating:

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Not all companies are good, and not all consumers are easily pleased. Keep in mind, all companies have inquiries and complaints or they aren’t really doing business. Both companies and consumers can at times be unreasonable. But a formal organization like the BBB deals in the big numbers.

So, let’s do the math. If a company had 30 inquiries/complaints in their backlog, however, they were tested by writing 12,000 agreements to do work, the math works like this:

30 / 12000 = a 99.75% satisfaction rating. While on the surface, 30 inquiries may sound like a lot, it would actually be quite small in the grand picture of experience. And not all inquiries or complaints are of high magnitude either. A 99.75% satisfaction rating would reflect a company who is both tried, and successful in their efforts to satisfy their customers, thus a good signal that they may be worthy of your business. We are proud of our longstanding business record.

 

WHAT TO AVOID

HOW COMPETITORS AND AN OCCASIONAL DISGRUNTLED EX-EMPLOYEE CAN DELIBERATELY MISUSE THE INTERNET TO HURT A COMPANY

It happens to nearly every company. If you google any company name with the words ripoff, problem, or anything else that sounds bad, you’ll usually find something. But is it true?

Unfortunately, there is a notorious side to the internet as well. There are websites, such as ripoff report, Yelp and others that allow anyone to post anything about anyone whether it’s true or not. They refuse to remove anything from their site, regardless of any facts to the contrary, that is, for some, unless money is exchanged.

The vetting process is further complicated by not knowing who to trust online.

It is quite controversial, as the video links below demonstrate.

Learn about RIPOFF REPORT

Ripoff Report Extorts Businesses That Don’t Pony-Up

What is Ripoff Report?

Learn about YELP!

Is Yelp Fair?

How Yelp really works

Yelp hurts businesses who don’t pay to advertise

Yelp is best known as a source for rating restaurants, however today it’s been weaponized by competitors as a tool to take down a company they have trouble competing with. A simple search forYelp Scam” is all it takes to learn how their practices are disingenuous to properly vetting a company.

We knew something was off when we received 5 poor reviews from people living in states we do not operate in. Obviously, something was off. We can only assume that someone made these reviews for less than honorable reasons. Yelp’s business model tries to decide if a review is real or fake, or so they say. So, they only let in reviews from people who are regular “Yelpers” and call all other reviews suspicious.

Take Peoples Products, we send out a Brand Ambassador to visit with each customer we’ve done business with at the 1 year, 5 years, and 10-year marks after installation. My guess is you would be hard-pressed to find another company who goes that far to ensure long-term customer satisfaction.

When we come out, we ask our customers about their level of satisfaction and if they wouldn’t mind reviewing us honesty online. We help to facilitate that review through the use of an iPad when it makes it easier for a customer. Yelp then states, many reviews come from the same I.P. address (the iPad) and calls it suspicious. Yelp discounts the customer’s review, yet they are real customers. Many of those same customers they call suspicious can be found on our website giving full video testimonials. Does that matter to Yelp? Apparently not. I would also add that Yelp has called our office and asked us to advertise with them; the undertone seems to be that they recognize their algorithm is hurting businesses and advertising with them might help. In our view, that’s morally reprehensible.

Competitors disguised as disgruntled customers aren’t serving your purpose of understanding the true merits of a company you may decide to entrust with your business either.

Our advice is to watch customer testimonials to see what people just like you had as an experience with our company.  Visit CREDIBLE websites like BBB and Angie’s List. Listen to a good presentation of product facts, and hear about how some products may differentiate themselves from others in the marketplace.

Hear about exclusive features and product lines you have available to you. Ask many questions to cut through to what you think is important. The right company will respect what you think is important, and I believe you’ll know when you are in their presence.

We hope we are your choice and we’ll work very hard to satisfy your trust in us!

Sincerely,

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Bill Wilson,

CEO/President,

Peoples Products, Inc.,

Evolutionary Home Energy Solutions, LLC,

Business 2 Consumer Network, LLC

Questions to Ask your Roofing Contractor

There’s a lot that goes into getting your roof replaced. How well things go relies on the contractor you pick for the job. Whether you’re going by referral or research there are some questions you should always ask. Here is a list of questions to definitely ask your roofing contractor before signing anything.

  • How long have you been in business?

    • It is good to know if your contractor has been in business for a while or if they are new and starting out. It isn’t necessarily a negative if they business is young, but if they have been around for a while it is safer to assume they know what they are doing.
  • How many projects like mine have you completed?

    • If your roof or home is unique, you want to make sure they’ve done similar projects before.
  • Are there any completed roofing projects I can see?

    • If they have done similar projects, it is a good idea to get referrals and some pictures of past jobs. This will help build your confidence in your roofing contractor. And you can also confirm that they know what they’re doing.
  • Is the whole crew insured?

    • Your roofing contractor should have liability insurance as well as workman’s compensation. Working on a roof can be dangerous, making sure they are insured protects you from any damages during your roof replacement. It will also give you peace of mind to know the workers are covered in case of injuries during the project.
  • How much experience does your crew have?

    • Experience is important. Sure everyone needs to do their first roof to get experience. But you want to make sure at least 90% of the crew working on your roof including your main contractor has a good amount of experience working on roofs.
  • What licenses do you have?

    • Make sure your contractor is properly licensed by your state to actually work on your roof. Each state is different so it’s important to make sure your roofing contractor has all the right paperwork.
  • Can I have a written estimate?

    • Having a written copy of the agreed estimate and cost of the roof will help avoid possible price hikes during or after the job is done.
  • Can I see the warranty before you start the job? How long is your warranty?

    • Find out how long the job is guaranteed. Are you covered for repairs up to a year or longer? Is the quality of the job guaranteed at all? Every roofing contractor is different so make sure to find out before you sign anything.
  • Does the warranty cover the job or the materials or both?

    • Does the warranty cover the materials or is the manufacture taking care of that? Finding out if your warranty covers the labor or the materials will give you an idea of who to contact if you start having problems with your roof.
  • How long will the job take?

    • This essentially gives you an idea of how long to expect a crew at your home working on your roof. It’ll help you plan your schedule better. Asking about rain dates is important as well. It is good to find out what the plan is when the weather changes.
  • How is the payment going to be handled?

    • Are you paying half upfront or 25% up front? What happens if the job is not done as agreed or on time? If they are using subcontractors are you paying the sub-contractors separate? Are you paying for material and labor or just labor and purchasing the materials on your own? Make sure all parties are clear on how the payment is going to work and what percentage is due up front.

These are some great questions to keep in mind when you’re looking for a company to replace your roof. Feeling comfortable with the process is always important when you are having a big project done on your house.

10 Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

  1. Paint

    – Improve your home’s value by painting the rooms in your house. It is cost efficient and a great DIY project for the whole family. Fresh paint helps your home look fresh and updated. Remember, neutral colors are typically more appealing.

  2. Make your home energy efficient

    – An energy efficient home is desirable to potential buyers. Improving your home’s energy efficiency also helps you save money.  It also helps make your home more comfortable for you and your family no matter what the weather is like outside.

  3. Plant a Tree

    – It might take a while to reach maturity but once fully grown a tree can help cut down your cooling costs in the summer[1]. When planted in the right place, a tree can also add to your home’s curb appeal.

  4. Improve air quality

    – Quality air in your home is great for your family’s health. You should update old carpets and other items that may be home to allergens and air contaminants. Not sure of your home’s air quality? Hire an inspector to test your home’s air quality and give you tips on how to improve it. Proper ventilation is also important for improving air quality.

  5. Landscape your yard

    – Adding shrubs and plants can improve your home’s curb appeal significantly. Green plants that require very little water and maintenance add more value. Keeping bushes trimmed and filing in patchy lawns are a good way to give your home a maintained look.

  6. Clean or replace siding

    – If you’re siding is looking old and dingy it’s time to clean them up. If your siding is broken or dented it might be time to replace. Give your home an updated look by cleaning or replacing your siding.

  7. Update kitchen appliances

    – Updated kitchen appliances add value to your home in the long run. Simple things like swapping out old microwaves and fridge for newer more efficient ones add big value to a home.

  8. Improve entrance

    – Your home’s entrance plays a big role in its curb appeal. It is one of the first things visitors see which is more the reason to give it a makeover. Update your front door to compliment your home’s exterior colors and architecture. Invest in an energy efficient front door to help with your energy savings.

  9. Replace windows

    – Replacing windows in your home increases your home’s comfort and value[2]. Getting rid of old windows will help reduce drafts in your house. It certainly contributes to your home’s curb appeal.

  10. Bathroom remodel

    – Simple to complete overhaul bathroom remodeling is a great investment for your home’s value. A refreshed look in the bathroom adds to the overall feel of your home. Simple things like updating wallpaper and old lighting fixtures can help brighten up your bathroom.

[1] https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/repairing/30-tips-for-increasing-your-homes-value

[2] https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/maintenance-and-repair/repairing/30-tips-for-increasing-your-homes-value

Vinyl Siding Benefits

Vinyl siding has become a popular choice for many homes in recent years. This is due to the many benefits and advantages it has over other siding types.  Here are a few of the benefits of a vinyl siding.

Energy Efficient

Vinyl siding is generally an insulated siding. Your home usually comes with insulation in the walls but vinyl siding provides an extra layer of insulation. This extra layer of insulation helps keep your home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer.  It helps make your home be more energy efficient because you lose less energy through the walls.

Durable


Unlike wood and metal siding, vinyl sidings can withstand harsh elements. They are made to be durable and last a long time. Vinyl siding doesn’t rot or corrode and can endure heavy winds and even hail[1]! Depending on who you buy from, you can usually get a lifetime warranty on your vinyl siding. The average vinyl siding on the market can last between 25 – 40 years or more depending on the gauge size[2].

Versatile

In addition to their energy efficiency and durability, vinyl siding comes in a wide range of colors. Love the idea of wood but prefer the quality of vinyl? No worries! You can find vinyl siding designed to look like wood. Some designs are so good, you have to be touching it to realize it’s not wood. There are vinyl siding options for all the different styles and house profiles.

Low Maintenance

Besides a simple cleaning once or twice a year, vinyl siding requires very little maintenance. It doesn’t need to be painted unless you choose to do so. Because it doesn’t rot or corrode, you don’t have to worry about constantly repairing various sections of it. You can go between 30 to 40 years with very little maintenance. Check out these tips on how to take care of your vinyl siding.

Cost Effective

In addition to being low maintenance and durable, vinyl siding is also a low cost product. It’s one of the least expensive siding materials on the market. Depending on your contractor, installation can be fast and inexpensive[3]. Due to its energy efficient insulation, you also save money on your energy bill.

Do you currently have vinyl siding? Are you interested in switching to vinyl siding? Get a FREE estimate and consultation today!

[1] https://www.vinylsiding.org/vsi-resources/why-vinyl-siding/

[2] https://unitedhomeexperts.com/the-pros-and-cons-of-vinyl-siding/

[3] https://www.builddirect.com/learning-center/building-materials/5-advantages-of-vinyl-siding/

5 Home Prep Tips for the Fall

Chilly days and falling leaves are right around the corner. The last few weeks of summer are the perfect time to get your home ready for fall.

Here are some ways to get your home ready for the fall.

Furnace and Boiler Prep

Colder days means a need for warmer temps indoors. The weeks leading up to fall are a perfect time to make sure your furnace or boiler are ready to go. To be on the safe side, have your furnace inspected professionally for peace of mind. Replace the filters so your furnace runs efficiently. An efficient furnace during the fall and winter save you money on heating costs.

Fireplace & Chimney Prep

If you have a fireplace now is the time to clean it out. A clean and prepped fireplace and chimney helps to avoid chimney fires. Preparing your fireplace ensures that it runs effectively and works well throughout the fall and winter. There are professionals available for chimney cleaning. Get a professional so you can ensure it is done right. Enjoy family time around the fireplace with peace of mind.

Clean Gutters

Before the leaves start falling, clean out what debris you currently have in your gutters. This will help minimize gutter clogging. Be sure to keep up a regular gutter cleaning schedule during the fall. Don’t feel like cleaning your gutter all the time during the fall? Invest in a gutter guard. This will keep debris and leaves out of your gutter, reducing how much cleaning you actually have to do.

Rearrange tool-shed

Put away the lawn mower, hedge trimmers, and other summer tools. Set out the necessary tools and equipment for fall. Set out your leaf blower, rake, broom, etc. Having these things out and arranged for easy access makes your life easier in the fall. You won’t have to go digging and searching when it’s time to rake the leaves or sweep the yard.

Get a Home Energy Inspection

Finally, get a home energy inspection to make sure you’re not losing energy. Leaks and drafts make it hard to efficiently heat your home. To keep your home comfortable without draining your wallet, get an inspection. A home energy inspector usually checks the attic insulation, windows, doors and more to make sure your home is as efficient as possible.

Check these off your list and you’re closer to having your home ready for the fall season. Are there other things you do to get your home ready each fall? Let us know in the comments.

Signs it is Time for a New Front Door

Your front door is not only there to look good but to also provide safety for your family. Unfortunately, doors don’t last forever. After a while, they need to be replaced in order to keep providing security and curb appeal. How can you tell when it’s time to replace your main entry door?

Here are some indications that it’s time for a new door.

Hard to close and open

If you have to apply elbow grease in order to open or close your front door, it’s time for a replacement. Your home’s main entry door should open easily and close just as easily. Difficulty opening or closing might result in the expansion of the door material. This is more likely to happen if the door is made of wood or metal. With humidity, wood absorbs moisture and then expands. Difficulty opening might also be because of a problem with the hinges or the door frame.

Worse for Wear

Has your door lost its curb appeal? Doors play an important role in adding to your home’s curb appeal. Dents, scratches, rotting frames and chipped edges lose that curb appeal. An ugly door affects your home’s look. Chips and scratches also leave room for the door to absorb moisture which can lead to rotting.

Drafts

A good door is properly sealed to avoid drafts and leaks that can cost you in energy savings. Do you have to stuff a rag or towel under your door to keep the cold out in the winter? Then it’s time for a new door. If sunlight is streaming in under, over or on the sides of your front door, it might be time for a replacement. Bad seals cause drafts. Drafty doors make it harder to keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Does your front door check all three of the boxes? We can help with a quality and elegant door. Get a free estimate on our Stylelite Main Entry Doors. Secure, beautiful and quality doors.

Different Window Styles for your Home

When putting in new windows it is important to take style into consideration. Are you going to go with double hung? Bay or picture windows?  Do you want round or square glass? Single or multi-panel windows? The possibilities are endless to find the right fit for our home. One thing to consider is space, do you want to make your home look roomier and bigger? You have to also consider that the style of your house, some window styles look better on a colonial vs a ranch style home.

There are an estimated 7 styles of windows to choose from. Each with its benefits. The styles to choose from are double hung, slider, casement, awning/hopper, picture, bay/bow, and garden windows.

Double Hung Windows

The double hung window is one of the most common styles of the window for traditional homes in the United States. Double hung windows are made of two sashes that slide up and down. Newer versions of the double hung window like those found in the HR40 windows, tilt in for easier cleaning. Because of how the sashes move, the window screen is located on the outside. The style compatibility with different types of homes contributes to the popularity of double hung windows.

Slider Windows

A slider window, like the double hung, is made up of two sashes. But instead of sliding up and down, they slide side to side. The bottom tracks require routine use for continued ease of open.

Casement Windows

Casement windows have one sash which is hinged to swing like a door. When open it leaves the entire window completely open for maximum airflow. The screen in mounted on the inside since the sash swings outward. Casements have been noted to work and look best on prairie and contemporary style homes[1]. It is generally operated with a crank. Casement windows are usually found on Tudor style homes as well craftsman, Prairie, and French country.

Awning/Hopper Windows

Take a casement window and install it on the side and you’ve got an awning window. Unlike the casement, an awning window is hinged on the top instead of on the side. This comes in handy when it rains and you still want some fresh air. Since it opens out and up, the rain will land on top of it instead of flowing inside. Don’t leave it open if it’s windy and rainy because the wind might blow the rain right into your home. A hopper window is also like casement on its side. It is hinged on the bottom and opens in not out. The screen for a hopper is mounted on the inside. Hoppers are generally used as basement windows.  Both types of windows look great in both traditional and modern style homes.

Bay/Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are three or more windows combined in an angle that protrudes out of the house wall. They can be a combination of double-hung, picture or casement windows. It all depends on what the homeowner wants.  Bay and bow windows give your home a dramatic look and open up a room. They also let it a lot of natural light.

Garden Windows

The best way to describe the garden window is like a box window. Its boxlike nature allows the perfect amount of light to filter through for growing plants and herbs. It is also called a kitchen window, as it is typically mounted in the kitchen. Garden windows look great on all types of houses as long as it fits.

Picture Windows

Picture windows like, bay and bow, are great for letting in a lot of natural light. These windows don’t open at all. They work great in sunrooms and living rooms. Picture windows look great on both traditional and modern style homes.

You can always do a combination of 2-3 of these window styles in your home. The energy efficient HR40 window comes in all of these styles as well as any custom styles you might want like half circles. Get a free estimate on HR40 windows to learn more.

 

[1] https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/choose-right-window-style-your-home

4 Ways You’re Killing Your Home

There are many things a homeowner can do to keep their home healthy and looking good. However, sometimes going overboard with too many changes can hurt rather than improve a home. A healthy home is a happy home.  Here are some things that hurt rather than help your home.

Over sealing & Insulating

In order to avoid drafts and improve energy efficiency, sealing is usually recommended.  However, there is such a thing as over sealing. Too much air sealing and insulation make it hard for your house to breathe properly. There needs to be proper air circulation and ventilation for a healthy home. Better air circulation increases the quality of air in your home and prevents condensation behind planks[1].

Double Shingling

It might seem like a great idea to put new shingles over old ones to save money, but this can be bad for your house. Two layers of shingles weigh down on your rafters and decrease your roof’s lifespan. Doubling your shingles also make it harder to inspect the roof for leaks and also traps more heat. The new roof may also not be laid smoothly and flat if it’s layered on top of old shingles. Save money in the long run and avoid problems by completely removing old shingles before putting on new ones.

Oversized Air conditioner

On the hot summer days, it makes sense to want a bigger AC to cool your home faster. A high power AC uses up a lot of energy while leaving the room feeling clammy. To be sure you’re buying the right sized AC for your home or for a specific room, check the label for the capacity. Clammy rooms put your home at risk of mold. Healthy air circulation can be promoted by airing out your home or room early in the morning or late at night when the air is cooler outside. This allows you to let out clammy stale air and circulate in the fresh air.

Cutting grass too short

Cutting your lawn regularly is needed to get and keep a manicured look but you could be killing your grass if you’re cutting it too low. It makes your grass weaker and makes it easier for weeds and crabgrass to take over your lawn. Cutting grass too low especially on hotter days makes the lawn brown and burn out easily. For a healthier lawn, manicure frequently but change your mower setting to cut a little higher.

[1] https://www.thisoldhouse.com/ideas/youre-killing-your-home-kindness

Home Improvement for Renters

Home improvement projects for a rental home can be tricky. Especially if you want your security deposit back. However homeowners aren’t just the only ones who can enjoy home improvement projects. Renters can get in on the fun too! These DIY home improvement projects are perfect for the renter looking to personalize their space.

Utilize furniture

Furniture and décor can give character to any space. Take a day or even a weekend to reorganize or replace your furniture. Use furniture that represents your personal style to add color to your space. The right furniture placed properly can give your apartment a professional interior design look on a DIY budget.  If your space is limited you can also use furniture for multiple uses. For example, some ottomans provide great storage space while at the same time being comfortable seating.

Short term wall design

For most renters that can’t paint on the walls, this limits how much you can do to personalize your space. You can overcome this with renter friendly wallpaper. They come in many different colors and styles to decorate your walls to reflect your style. They’re a great way to not have to live with 4 bare walls. When you decide to move, you can just peel it all off and get your deposit back.

Stylish Separators

Need to divide a room for privacy but can’t really build a wall? Invest in a stylish divider. You can separate the living room from the kitchen or even split a bedroom it two. Create two bedrooms from one. Dividers come in various colors and patterns or you can buy a plain black or white one and decorate it yourself.

Mirror Trick

Need a little bit more room but can’t knock down any walls?  Adding a large mirror to a room can help make a room feel bigger. It’s a neat visual trick that helps brighten up a room and make it feel more spacious.

These are just a few of many ways you can make your rented space your own. No nails and hammers needed to revamp your space.