Written by John Rocco

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If you live inrepparttar west, you have a second option. You can get a retrofit frame with a 2" lip onrepparttar 143980 outside. The purpose ofrepparttar 143981 lip is to stop againstrepparttar 143982 exterior ofrepparttar 143983 house as you insertrepparttar 143984 window intorepparttar 143985 opening. If you have a stucco exterior with wood trim aroundrepparttar 143986 opening,repparttar 143987 retrofit lip will coverrepparttar 143988 wood and rest onrepparttar 143989 stucco. However, you have to make surerepparttar 143990 new window frame goes further intorepparttar 143991 room thanrepparttar 143992 lip ofrepparttar 143993 old frame. Ifrepparttar 143994 new frame does not go beyondrepparttar 143995 old frame, you won't be able to trim outrepparttar 143996 interior to hiderepparttar 143997 old frame. A quality retrofit window frame measures 3" deep fromrepparttar 143998 back ofrepparttar 143999 retrofit lip. The distance fromrepparttar 144000 stucco surface torepparttar 144001 old frame lip must be less than 3", otherwise you have to userepparttar 144002 replacement style frame as I described above. If you are able to userepparttar 144003 retrofit style frame, you eliminaterepparttar 144004 step of trimming outrepparttar 144005 exterior. You still must trim outrepparttar 144006 interior. If you have any questions about anything in this article, you can send me an email.

John Rocco has been installing replacement windows since 1978. To learn more, visit How To Install Windows

Classical Venetian Blinds

Written by Garry John

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Those patterns are a function ofrepparttar way thatrepparttar 143979 Venetian blind slats are tilted. Typically, we think of Venetian blinds as being open – withrepparttar 143980 slats fully horizontal to allow inrepparttar 143981 most light – or closed, withrepparttar 143982 slats tightly overlapping to block outrepparttar 143983 light. But various angles of tilt serve different purposes, many of which have been lost inrepparttar 143984 years since Venetian blinds were a means of heat control as well as light and privacy control. Tilt your Venetian blinds up to reflect light towardrepparttar 143985 ceilings in summer, for instance, and you’ll find your rooms are up to ten degrees cooler than if you hadrepparttar 143986 blinds completely closed. Tilt them down toward to conserve heat by aimingrepparttar 143987 light towardrepparttar 143988 floor andrepparttar 143989 heat will warmrepparttar 143990 room as it rises.

Venetian blinds are available today in a wide variety of colors and materials. You can choose vinyl or PVC blinds to accent or contrast with your walls and furnishings, plain white aluminum Venetian blinds for a classic ‘office’ look, or faux wood Venetian blinds to warm any room withrepparttar 143991 natural ambience of wood grains and patterns.

Whatever patterns and styles you choose, though, when you choose Venetian blinds (which are traditionally less expensive than many other window blinds), you are choosing a window covering with a long and varied history. Enjoy adding that subtle touch of drama to your home.

Garry John has written many pieces on blinds and other home improvement themes such as awnings.

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