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Green Home Improvements .info is written by Charles Faust. Charles has been in the home improvement industry since the early 1990's and has owned his own company for a little over 10 years. This blog was created to show Charles' efforts in making his lifestyle more "Green" and how his product selections for his clients are becoming "Greener".

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Greening Up My Replacement Window Company

Written by green1 on May 25th, 2008 | Filed under: General Information, Replacement Windows

Over the past year or so I’ve looked into several ways of “greening up” my company. Most of our changes so far have been in the office area and now we our focusing on the production side. As I find more ways to make my own company green I will share them so others can learn from our experiences.

Since we install doors and windows, we use a ton of caulking each year. With exterior caulking comes the need for a place to wipe off the extra caulking and rags to clean up any mess that we make. In the past we have tried the heavy duty paper towels and they tend to rip. We have also tried the cheap hand towels and shop rags that they sell at the home centers without any luck. Last year we switched over to recycled tee-shirts which we purchased from The Paint Store.

Recycled Tee Shirts

Another major change for us was switching over to an environmentally safe, low VOC caulking. Each replacement window that we install requires between 1/3-1/2 of a tube of caulking so over the course of a year it adds up. Now our challenge is to find a way to recycle all of our empty caulking tubes. One of the major rewards of switching over our caulking came from a price reduction, our cost went from $4.33 a tube down to $2.98 a tube! Going green and saving green ($$$) is real bonus. Our new caulking vendor is www.windowcomponent.com

Caulking Specs:

  • AAMA Certified
  • Non-Yellowing
  • Environmentally friendly
  • No Solvents, Very Low VOCs
  • Can Be Painted in 2 hours
  • Fast Cure at a wide range of temperatures
  • Aggressive Adhesion to common construction substrates
  • Compatible with SBS Flashing
  • Available in over 60 colors

Garden Window Season

Written by green1 on Apr 3rd, 2008 | Filed under: Gardens, Inside and Outside, Replacement Windows

Many of you might not know it, but today marks the start of the garden window season. If you want to get a head start on your flower gardens and vegetable garden you can safely start your seedlings indoors. Imagine being able to start your plants without the risk of a cold night and a heavy frost killing them! Most kitchen windows or bathroom windows can be replaced with a garden window in less than one day. Once you transfer your plants outdoors you can continue to use your new garden window year round to grow herbs and regular house plants. Think of the benefits of nice fresh herbs year round only inches from your sink!
Garden Window

Their are several options when you order a new garden window, some of the most popular ones are;

1. Shelves if you want to grow 2 or more layers of small plants.

2. Custom art work on the glass like beveled glass, stained glass, and glass with lead or zinc patterns.

3. Knee braces that support your garden window so it does not sag and cause glass failure.

Your local replacement window professional can guide you through all of the options and help you determine your project cost. Feel free to post any comments and Charles from Green Home Improvements can answer your questions.

If you would like to discuss replacing your garden window with window professionals and other homeowners, please visit the REPLACEMENT WINDOW FORUM.

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