Energy-Efficient Windows in Los Angeles

Stay cool in summer and warm in winter at home without using your air conditioner or heater much and even save on your energy bills! Sound improbable? Not at all! Install high-quality energy-efficient windows.

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Given the increased demand in the market, today, many companies manufacture and sell energy-efficient windows. How do you know which one is best suited to your needs? Read on as we give you some tips.

  1. First and foremost, look for the ENERGY STAR symbol. ENERGY STAR certified windows can save you an average of 8% on your energy bills. These windows are better insulated as they have low e-glass window coatings, insulated frames, sashes and inert gases, commonly called argon, between the panes. These low emissivity windows have a coating which reflects back the sun, thereby not letting heat enter into your home, keeping it cool in summer. During winter, it does not allow the warmth of the home inside to escape.
  2. Secondly, know your climate zone. Look it up on the ENERGY STAR website. For more efficient windows, choose a window certified for a zone higher than your own.
  3. Consult with a supplier about getting the right windows for your home because there are many kinds based on cost, features etc. You have to choose the one best fit according to:
    1. The house you live in. For instance, if you have an old home, you will, in all probability, want windows with medium or high solar gain to transmit the sun’s heat in the cold months.
    2. The location where you want to install it. For instance, if you want it over the kitchen sink, you might want to choose a casement or sliding window instead of a double hung one as the latter will be inconvenient to operate.
    3. The material that will work the best – for instance, many prefer wood while others opt for metals.
    4. Of course, your budget!
  4. Finally, always hire a professional. Do your research and shortlist at least 3 trained installers. They ensure that your windows perform their best.

Regardless of what you choose, remember, a quality product is will make a lot of difference and help you not only save energy and money, but also help you play your role in protecting the planet.

If you are in the Greater Los Angeles area, visit our Tashman Home Center store for quality energy efficient windows. We work with a number of companies that manufacture a wide range of energy efficient windows, in varied styles. We also provide custom, professional window installation done with our own crews (Lic # 298720) – not subcontractors and, when it comes to windows and doors, we are certified Installation Masters. We are known for our attention to detail, so, if we do the installation, we make sure it’s done right the first time – because we guarantee it.

Please visit our showroom to see our energy-efficient window selection or call us today at (323) 475-7940 to set up your free estimate on energy-efficient windows for your home.

Blog is originally published at: http://blog.tashmans.com/windows/energy-efficient-windows-in-los-angeles/

It is republished with permission from author.

Top Reasons to Install Swinging Screen Doors for Your Home

Have you been thinking of installing swinging screen doors in your home? If you’re not sure about it, consider the following reasons to take a decision.

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  1. Swinging screen doors open fully on both sides, without any impediment in the middle of the doors. They enhance the sense of space and give an open feel.
  2. A custom screen door in the color and material of your choice can match the theme of your home. It creates a long lasting impression as the doors add an aesthetic appeal.
  3. A lot of natural light and air streams into your indoor living space through swinging screen doors. As they open wide, you enjoy fresh air. It helps prevent a warm and humid atmosphere inside your home which keeps you and your family healthy!
  4. As ventilation and light increases with screen doors, you end up saving on energy bills!
  5. Pests and bugs are a big nuisance. They compel to keep all doors and windows shut. If you have screen doors installed, you can keep your doors wide open with the screen doors shut, as it allows fresh air to freely come in while keeping all the flies and mosquitoes out!
  6. Swinging screen doors keep your kids safe! How? Sometimes, small kids slip outdoors unnoticed by you. With the screen door shut, you do not need to worry! Hence, these doors add another layer of security to your home – not only keep kids inside, but also, make break-ins a bit more difficult!
  7. You can customize your screen door to include pet door inserts. This will allow your pets to get in and out of your home securely and safely without you having to let them out manually.

Available in a wide variety of sizes, styles, colors and designs, swinging screen doors are a valuable addition to your home. Visit Tashman Home Center if you are in the Greater Los Angeles area. They carry and install high quality swinging screen doors. For detailed product and pricing information, call them today on 323-409-995.

Tashman Home Center

Tashman Home Center, an Ace Hardware home improvement store serving greater Los Angeles, provides contractors, property managers and homeowners with windows, doors, screens, glass and an extensive range of over 20,000 quality, name-brand hardware products including plumbing supplies, electrical supplies, paint and paint supplies.  They specialize in installation and repair of windows and exterior doors, front doors, glass sliding doors, bi-fold doors, patio doors, window screens and security doors, closet interiors, shower doors, commercial glass and much more! If we install it, we guarantee it. For window repair, door installation and hardware materials, contact Tashmans.

Where to Buy Hardware and Building Supplies in Los Angeles

A local home improvement store is one of the best places to buy hardware and building supplies. One might be surprised that a local family-owned hardware store carries more than 20,000 items of tools, hardware, plumbing, and electrical products. 

Are you working on a big project, or are you a do-it-yourself weekend person? A local store can supply and help you solve your home improvement issues.

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Perks of Supporting Local Businesses for Hardware and Building Supplies

#1 Provide jobs for the locals.

When you support or buy from a local or family-owned business, you help the company provide jobs in your local community. You also help in making local economic growth thrive within your neighborhood as the money circulates the area.

#2 Store location convenience.

Buying your hardware and building supplies needs in your local neighborhood offers you convenience due to the store’s location. One can save travel time and save money from parking fees or gas.

#3 Solid experience and top-notch customer service.

When you need help in any home improvement service, no one understands you better than your local hardware service crews. Do you need a new window installation? They can help you choose the ideal window material for increased energy-efficiency. Local hardware service crews live within the same community and are familiar with the harsh climate of Los Angeles. They experience and fully understand customer’s home improvement wants and needs.

Whether you’ve just finished renovating your kitchen, bath, a shower, or the whole house, the finishing touch to any project, you can get your additional hardware and building supplies at your local home improvement store.

Do you live near or in West Hollywood, CA? You can find an extensive selection of all types of hardware, plumbing, electric, and building supplies from the best U.S. manufacturers at Tashman Home Center.

Tashman Home Center

Tashman Home Center, an Ace Hardware home improvement store serving greater Los Angeles, provides contractors, property managers and homeowners with windows, doors, screens, glass and an extensive range of over 20,000 quality, name-brand hardware products including plumbing supplies, electrical supplies, paint and paint supplies.  They specialize in installation and repair of windows and exterior doors, front doors, glass sliding doors, bi-fold doors, patio doors, window screens and security doors, closet interiors, shower doors, commercial glass and much more! If we install it, we guarantee it. For window repair, door installation and hardware materials, contact Tashmans.

Benefits and Limitations of Buying a Home in an HPOZ in Los Angeles

The thought of buying a home in Los Angeles is always very tempting! While the name Los Angeles invokes images of a hustling and bustling city, the tucked-away historic neighborhoods are a real asset. At one point in time, the need to identify and protect such neighborhoods became crucial and in 1979 the Los Angeles’ Historic Preservation Overlay Zone ordinance was passed. This allowed a neighborhood to petition the city for designation as a historic district. In 1983, Angelino Heights became Los Angeles’ first HPOZ. Today there are many designated HPOZs in Los Angeles with many more under consideration. If you are planning to buy a house and it falls under an HPOZ, you need to understand the benefits and limitations of the same. Read on to know more!

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Benefits of HPOZ

  1. Enhanced Property Value – The prices of properties in an HPOZ increase significantly and attract a higher sell value when compared to a similar one in a non-HPOZ neighborhood.
  2. Attractive Neighborhood – An HPOZ neighborhood is a well maintained one, owing to adherence to the HPOZ rules.
  3. Reduced Property Tax – Houses in an HPOZ can avail of property tax relief under the Mills Act.
  4. Flexible Permits – Historic properties can use the more flexible regulations in the California Historical Building Code to obtain building permits.
  5. Enhanced Community Feeling – There is an enhanced sense of belonging in an HPOZ neighborhood. Bound by an HPOZ status, all the homeowners feel a greater sense of pride in being a part of the same community. They work and meet together frequently to apply for getting the status as 75% of the owners within the proposed zone to have to be on board.
  6. Preserving the Look and Feel – Every HPOZ homeowner has to abide by certain rules while making external changes to the property. Protected by such HPOZ laws, the neighborhood’s historic look and feel is preserved, adding to the homeowner’s sense of pride.

HPOZ Limitations

  1. Rules not liked by all – While some homeowners like the restrictions on home improvements, others do not.
  2. Process of Approval – The process of applying and getting approval might seem cumbersome and a hassle for some homeowners.

While every aspect has two sides to it, one always outweighs the other! It is up to you to decide which one does in your case!

Contact Tashman Home Center Today!

We, Tashman Home Center, are an approved HPOZ vendor in Los Angeles and an approved Resource Professional for the Los Angeles Conservancy. We can help

  • you navigate the HPOZ approval process
  • restore and replace windows and doors with historically correct materials and styles
  • you provide the necessary information to get your project approved by your local HPOZ board

Visit our website at https://www.tashmans.com to learn more about the process and service or give us a call at (323) 628-6506.

Blog is originally published at: http://blog.tashmans.com/la-hpoz/buying-a-home-hpoz-la/

It is republished with permission from author.

Be Prepared, Not Scared – Earthquake, Storm, and Fire Prevention Kits

An earthquake strikes, a fire breaks out, a storm ravages and you panic. You feel helpless. A natural disaster is always a nightmare that we never want to go through! Preparing yourself for one, mentally and otherwise, always helps. Keeping storm, fire and earthquake prevention kits ready gives us the confidence of being able to tide over these disasters better.

Natural disasters kill an average of 90,000 people each year, globally and affect 160 million more. According to FEMA, almost 8% of the U.S. population which is around 25 million Americans were affected by natural disasters in 2017. This huge number bears testimony to the power of natural forces to endanger you and your family. Be ready!

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  1. The first step to being prepared is to plan ahead. Plan for your and your family’s safety by thinking about:
    1. your daily activities – your items of necessity on a daily basis that you and your family cannot survive without!
    2. your dependencies – your kids, your parents, your pets and any other person who is dependent on you and need to be guided to safety.
  2. Put together an emergency kit consisting of the following:
    1. Water
    2. Food, non-perishable
    3. First aid kit
    4. Flashlight
    5. Clothes
    6. Essential medication
    7. Trash bags
    8. Toilet paper

Additionally, your important documents and some dollar bills are a must-include in the kit.

  1. Do your research and gather information on what you can do to protect yourself and your family during an emergency situation like an earthquake, a severe storm or a fire. Learn how to use a fire extinguisher. Know where to take shelter during an earthquake or a storm. Learn how to administer first aid.

Over and above all, do not panic in the face of a disaster. Keeping a calm head above your shoulder can help you not only save yourself and your family, but also those around you who might need your assistance.

We, at Tashman Home Center, your local neighborhood Ace Hardware store, carry an exhaustive range of quality and name brand hardware products. Servicing the Greater Los Angeles area, we have extensive knowledge in disaster management and have an experienced staff who can help you choose the products best suited to your needs and budget. We ensure that the earthquake, storm, and fire prevention kits available at our store contain functional items. Visit our store today and collect your kit! Be prepared, not scared!

Blog is originally published at: http://blog.tashmans.com/earthquakes/be-prepared-not-scared/

It is republished with permission from author.

Reduce Outside Noise with Larson Soundproof Windows

If you’re living in downtown Los Angeles, you are aware of the daily noise of busy streets. Getting peaceful sleep is close difficult to find, which puts your health at risk. Installing Larson soundproof windows helps reduce outside noise up to 80%. Here are other effective ways to reduce street noise through your window.

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Tips to Reduce Street Noise

#1 Apply window inserts

If you’re on a tight budget, installing window inserts on your existing windows can help in noise reduction. These clear inserts are specifically designed to cover the interior or exterior side of your windows and also provide thermal insulation which can lower your energy bills.

#2 Tightly close windows and seal any gap

If there’s a tiny gap between the seal and the window frame, noise can pass through. Apply to weatherstrip as means to seal the joint between the sash and frame. Eliminating any space or gaps is critical. Make sure to close all windows and ensure a tight seal when they are closed. 

#3 Add exterior barriers or blockers

Plants and trees can indeed create natural barriers for sound waves. You may plant tall, leafy, full textured shrubs in between the road and your home for noise reduction.

#4 Hang heavy-weight curtains

Hang dual-thick or blackout curtains when you’re about to sleep. Although curtains are not able to entirely block noise from the outside, it can absorb echoes inside your room.

#5 Use soundproof windows

Larson soundproof windows reduce outside noise levels significantly and also increases energy efficiency. It’s a good investment for homeowners who reside beside a busy street, train stations, and airports. Contractors highly recommend Larson soundproof windows because of the brand’s quality and durability.

A homeowner can reduce street noise through your windows by following the tips shown above. If you’re planning to invest in Larson soundproof windows, Tashman Home Center is your go-to window installation contractor in Los Angeles. Contact them today to get in touch with their Larson soundproof windows masters.

Tashman Home Center

Tashman Home Center, an Ace Hardware home improvement store serving greater Los Angeles, provides contractors, property managers and homeowners with windows, doors, screens, glass and an extensive range of over 20,000 quality, name-brand hardware products including plumbing supplies, electrical supplies, paint and paint supplies.  They specialize in installation and repair of windows and exterior doors, front doors, glass sliding doors, bi-fold doors, patio doors, window screens and security doors, closet interiors, shower doors, commercial glass and much more! If we install it, we guarantee it. For window repair, door installation and hardware materials, contact Tashmans.

BBQ Grills at Tashman Ace Hardware Store

Buying a new grill is not as easy as you may think. There is a lot to consider – how will the grill help you make memories with your friends and family while preventing any mishap with the food or a fire to possibly blowing up your backyard!

Don’t worry! We are here to help you choose the best new barbecue grill for your home.

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Tips on How to Choose the Ideal Barbecue Grill

Grill Type – You have a lot of options to choose from – charcoal, gas, portable, smokers and outdoor electric grills.

  1. Charcoal grills give food that smoky flavor, cost less and are ideal for cooking for small groups of people.
  2. Gas grills are easy to cook with and ideal for people looking for more space on the grill grates
  3. If you do not have an outdoor space large enough to accommodate a grill or you live in a condo where gas or charcoal grills are not allowed, we have a solution for you! Get an outdoor electric grill. They are compact and can fit on your balcony.
  4. If you are a barbecue lover and can wait a little longer for that smoky flavored food, a smoker is a great buy.
  5. Love grilling on the road more than in your backyard? Get a portable grill today!

Grill Features – Once you have decided on the type of the new barbecue grill you want, it’s time to consider the features that best suit your requirements.

  1. Cart – Look for a new barbecue grill with a fully enclosed cart as this will mean you have
  2. Finish – The finish on the grill is also important. Most barbecue grills today come in either a porcelain enamel finish or a stainless steel finish. With the former, you will find it easy to maintain as you will not see the watermarks, but with the stainless steel, the fingerprints will always show.
    1. protects the burners from direct droppings of fat, debris, etc.
    2. prevents flare-ups
    3. helps to more evenly distribute the heat
    4. enhances the flavor of the food
  3. Size – The size of the grill will be determined by the number of people you are cooking for, primarily.
  4. Cooking grates – Cooking grates are made of different materials. The basic grate is a porcelain enamel coated steel wire hardly good enough to give you a good sear. The second option, porcelain enamel cast iron cooking grill, retains heat and lasts almost a year without rusting and gives a great sear. However, the best option would be a stainless steel rod cooking grate that never rusts and transfers heat into the food that you are cooking.
  5. Burners – Burners provide heat to your cooking surface. The first question is how many burners do you need? While it does depend on how much food you cook and for how many people, always remember that the more the burners, the more versatility in cooking you are allowed. This means that if you have a nice, wide grill you will have more space, even if you are cooking for fewer people. The next question is what material? Like grates, burners are also made of multiple different materials. The lower end models come with stamp steel burners which are designed to last a year. Stainless steel is what you should be looking for as it lasts longer and ensures even heat distribution throughout your cooking surface. Also, they are the most resistant to corrosion and rust.
  6. Flame Tamers – The flame distribution system within a gas grill which sits between the burner’s flame and the grid is known as a flame tamer. There are two types of flame tamers – metal (perforated sheets or a tent) and those that use ceramics (rod or briquette which holds heat more and better). The perforated ones cover more of the area, thereby protecting your burner a little better, are better with more even heat distribution and better with protecting from flare-ups. A flame tamer,
    1. less chance of the flame getting blown when you have heavy winds
    2. a great storage area
    3. and the grease cup below is not exposed to the elements or the critters which can dirty your deck or patio.
  7. Side burners – When buying a barbecue grill, a side burner is always recommended, preferably at least 10,000 BTU.
  8. Liquid Propane Tanks – If you are buying a new gas barbecue grill, always buy a new LP tank. LP tanks are only good for 5 years.

Tashman Home Center, your local Ace Hardware store sells an extensive range of high-quality products, has a great collection of new barbecue grills belonging to premier brands like Craftsman, Weber, Stihl, Yeti, Big Green Egg, Toro, and Traeger. You can shop and order online and either have your purchases delivered or pick them up at the store at no additional charge. Contact us today!

Blog is originally published at: http://blog.tashmans.com/hardware-store/bbq-grills-at-tashman-ace-hardware-store/

It is republished with author’s permission.