How to Fix a Screen Door

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By: Karli
April 20, 2015

As summertime approaches, a few spring repairs may help you to better enjoy the nice weather. One thing you may consider is repairing your screen door. A screen door helps to keep bugs, birds and other outside critters and debris from getting in your house. When you want to open your door and windows to cool off your house, it’s important to have a screen that works. If you have a small or large screen hole to repair, or maybe an entire screen replacement, there are a few things you can do depending on the size of the hole. From small sewing repairs, to household concrete fixes, screen patches, and complete screen door replacement, we can help you in your home do it yourself projects.

Small Screen Hole Repair

If you have a small hole in your screen about a quarter of an inch, these are no sweat and pretty easy to fix. Since the hole is small you can stitch up the hole with a thread and needle, or you can find some household concrete to put to work.

Equipment List

  • Heavy-Duty, Thick Thread
  • Needle
  • Household Concrete

Option 1: Fix the small hole by a small sewing repair. If the hole is about a quarter of an inch or smaller, a simple sewing repair will do. Gather thread and a small needle and carefully sew up the small hole with a few stitches.

Option 2: Use household cement to fix the hole

  1. Clean the Dirt, Dust from the Area surface.
  2. Use clean, household cement to patch the hole

 

Large Screen Holes

For holes larger than 3 inches, your screen window or door will need a screen patch. When going to the store to buy a screen patch, be aware you will need to match the colors, mesh sizes and the material the screen is made from, whether it be aluminum, nylon, fiberglass, or something else. Idaho Falls Screen Door Replacement, CK's Windows and Doors

Equipment List

  • Screen Patch
  • Tape Measure
  • Scissors
  • Thread, Needle (optional)
  1. Measure the area needed for the screen patch.
  2. With your scissors cut a screen patch so the edges of the perimeter are about 1-2 inches bigger than the hole.
  3. Fold the patch edges at a 90 degree angle all the way around.
  4. Pull out a horizontal strand from the patch up to the folded edges.
  5. Align the screen patch as best you can both vertically and horizontally over the damaged area on the screen patch.
  6. Slip through and interlock the screen patch edges with the screen.
  7. Press Flat.

Optional Steps:

  1. Take thread and weave through double layer of screen and patch to better secure the patch on the screen.

 

Screen Replacement

There may be a need for a complete screen replacement for your door or window, because of an accident or age deterioration. Let’s face it, someone at one time or another has accidentally walked through a screen door. Listed below is an equipment list of things you might need. When going to the store, be aware you will need to know the length/width dimensions of the screen.

Equipment List

  • Screen
  • Spline
  • Screwdriver
  • Spline Roller
  • Utility Knife
  • Scissors
  1. Temporarily remove door handle to clear work space to replace the screen and spline.
  2. Remove old screen and spline with a screwdriver from the window or door frame and throw away. Be careful not to bend the frame out of shape.
  3. Lay window or door frame on a flat surface; sawhorses work great.
  4. Clamp the sides down, so there is a slight bow (this helps with the tightness of the screen later).
  5. Take roll of screen and lay across the door frame.
  6. With a splining tool, roll the screen into the grooves of the top part of the door, and then on the opposite end at the bottom of the door.
  7. Next roll the screen in the sides.
  8. Cut screen at least an extra inch or two over door frame.
  9. Use a spline roller and insert spline into groves. Follow the same order above, doing the top and bottom first, and then the sides one at a time. Make sure the spline is firmly in place.
  10. Cut away excess screen sticking out of the door frame.
  11. Place the door handle back on and done!

 

How to Clean/Maintain Screens

Keeping your screen doors and windows clean is important to help maintain its good condition. Clean screen doors and windows also help to minimize allergies affected by the dirt and dust caught in the screens.

  • Vacuum screen doors and windows: Simply vacuuming your screens every few months can help cut down on the dust and dirt particles that wind up in your house from your screens. Dust and dirt naturally compound on window screens, which is why is important to make sure they are cleaned every few months.
  • Wash screen and windows: Occasionally washing screens is a great habit to maintain the window screens and doors. Carefully remove the screens for the windows and door and give them a good wash with the hose and let them dry.
  • Don’t Paint Screens and Windows: For whatever reason people paint their screen windows and doors, it is not a good idea and wastes your time and money.

 

Let in the light this summer and keep the bugs out by fixing your screen door with the help of CK’s Windows and Doors. Give us a call today for more help with screen repair Idaho Falls residents need at (208) 528-8070.

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How to Replace Broken Glass Panes

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Idaho Falls Window Replacement

If you have a defective or broken glass window pane on your hands, good news is coming your way! Glass window panes are easy to replace yourself and don’t require you to replace your whole window.

The signs below offer suggestions to know when glass panes may need replacement. Read on to learn how to replace the glass window panes yourself.

Signs Window Pane Glass Needs Replacement:

  1. Discoloring
  2. Moisture in between Glass panes
  3. Cracks or Blemishes

If you find that your window planes need to be replaced, don’t wait to replace the broken glass. Putting the task off may cause further damage to the window and if the pane has cracks in it, may break and cause injury.

To replace the window pane, you’ll only need a few supplies and follow a few easy steps.

Supplies:

  • Protective Gloves
  • Utility Knife
  • Putty Knife
  • Pliers
  • Window Nail Fasteners
  • Outdoor Caulking
  • Window Glaze
  • Weather Strip
  • Paint

Steps to Replace Broken Glass Pane

  1. Gather Supplies, Protective Clothing: Gather together the necessary supplies needed for the job. With broken glass panes, it is important to make sure you keep safe while replacing the window pane. Wear protective clothing, including protective gloves, a long sleeve shirt, pants, closed-toe shoes, and protective eyewear.
  2. Remove Glass from the Window: If broken, remove broken glass shards from the window frame. Be cautious and careful when removing the glass; make sure not to cut yourself or drop glass on the ground. A floor covering is a good safety precaution to prevent small glass particles from falling where you may step.
  3. Remove Old Putty or Caulking: This step is one of the most time-consuming steps of the whole process. With a utility knife, carefully lift the old putty or caulking from every side of the window pane. Some putty may be easier to remove than others. Be sure all putty is removed and there are no bumps in the window pane. As you remove the old putty, be careful not to damage the paint or the pane itself.
  4. Remove Triangular Nail Fasteners: In addition to removing the putty, use pliers to remove old nail fasteners along the window pane. The fasteners hold the window in place, so it is important old ones are replaced with the new ones. Each window may have different amounts of nail fasteners, depending on who installed it, but there are generally about two or three on each side of the window pane.
  5. Measure Window Opening & Order Glass: Once the window pane is prepped, measure the size of the window opening to know the glass dimensions. Each side of the glass should be an eighth of an inch less than the opening, to easily fit into the pane. Make sure the glass is also the right thickness to fit within the frame.
  6. Dry Fit Glass to Frame: Once you have the glass for the window, dry fit the piece of glass to the window pane to be sure it will fit properly. Then put the new piece of glass aside for the moment.
  7. Add New Glazing & Place Glass: With the prepped window pane, free from bumps or other debris, add a thin new layer of glaze or putty around the entire window pane. The glazing helps to keep the window weather-tight. Place the glass in the window pane.
  8. Replace Nail Fasteners: Nail fasteners hold the window in place, old nail fasteners need to be replaced. Gently bend the tip of the new fasteners to hold the glass snug in place. If there is too much pressure or force, there is a chance you could break the new piece of glass; so be gentle. Glass shops will not replace the glass for free.
  9. Add More Putty: Once the glass has been set in the new glaze and new nail fasteners have been replaced, add another layer of putty against the window pane. To do this, put a little putty on your putty knife, and place a little section of putty at a time. Don’t worry about making it aesthetically perfect at first; you can smooth it up in the next step.
  10. Straighten Up & Paint: Time for the finish work. Take the painter’s tool at an angle and smooth the outer caulking. Then align the top of the caulking or putty so it is the same width and height all the way around the window. Apply at least two layers of paint to the putty to finish. Do not worry about getting a little extra paint on the glass, because it can easily be scratched off.

For questions or more information on how to replace your glass window panes, feel free to call CK’s Windows and Doors at 208-528-8070. If you would like to place an order for glass window panes today, contact CK’s and we can also help with the installation, if needed. For more glass or window solutions, check out our website today.

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New Colors Available for Window Wells

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Searching for the right window wells and window well components to match your house can make a big difference in the overall attractiveness of your home and yard. Imagine for a second, a house with a beautiful yard and exterior. Then imagine a window well which doesn’t quite match the scene or the style of the house; this can and will be avoided with CK’s window well systems. We know customers want a product which is durable and adds to the exterior appeal of the house. The good news is CK’s offers quality basement window well systems and decor, which will fit well with your expectations for functionality and appeal.

CK’s offers New Colors

There are now three basement window well colors available to choose when you are searching for the perfect window well system. These include White, NatraStone and Stacked Stone. The decor and appeal of a quality window well system can help with the overall aesthetics of the house. It’s nice to know these color options and styles available will match nearly every house. Stacked Stone, the newest option available, , looks good aesthetically and also acts to retain dirt and earth in all weather conditions. With the window wells looking sharp, more customers are opening the basement blinds. There is no longer a need to detract attention from this area of your house, because the window well looks classy inside and out. Window well systems are a great addition for homes to allow more light and warmth in the basement.

Safe and Appealing

Safety is a major priority with basement window well systems, which is why CKs offers quality window well systems which are safe for the whole neighborhood. Families with small children and pets no longer need to worry about their window wells, because we have got it covered, literally. CK’s meets building and installation codes, and has sought to provide these safety options to ensure your small children or pets are kept safe. The new window wells systems available have the stability and durability to better withstand the elements and last through time. Whether it is basement windows or window well covers, escape ladders or window well grates, basement window decor or a basement window buck, we meet the needs for safe and appealing window well systems. Contact CK’s today to explore more options for window well decor and safety at (208)-528-8070.

By: Karli

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5 Signs You Need To Replace Your Deck

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Idaho Falls Decks & Replacement

Unfortunately, decks do not last forever, and with time will eventually wear out. With regular maintenance and repair, the deck’s life warranty can be doubled. Decks should be self-inspected to check for signs of deterioration that signify the need for deck replacement. The following are the top 5 signs that your deck should be replaced. If you are unsure what to look for with any of these issues, contact CK’s professionals to ensure that your deck is safe and secure. CK’s has the professional experience to meet all your deck repair and replacement needs. We have seen it all and have been there for our customers to keep them out of harm’s way. Contact CK’s at (208) 528-8070 to receive a professional opinion.

Deck LeWhen to Replace your deck, CK's Windows and Doorsdger Board: The most common causes for deck collapses are issues involving the ledger board. A ledger board is the horizontal wood framing that attaches the deck to the building. If there is space between where your deck connects to the house, at the ledger board, then immediate attention should be given; this is a major red flag. Issues with the deck ledger board are the most dangerous, as they can cause total deck collapse.

Sagging of Structure: Decks sometimes become curved or warped due to exposure to the elements. Other times, a hot tub may cause the deck to sag. If your deck looks as though it is sunken in the middle, beam improvements could be needed. Sometimes the sagging can be repaired; however, other times these solutions do not correct the slump, which means the deck needs to be replaced.

Decay or Idaho Falls DecksRotting of Wood: Water has harsh effects on wood and can cause decay and rotting if it collects and sits for long periods of time in one spot. Areas where the deck receives a lot of water are more prone to decay or rotting of wood. When a deck begins to decay, it loses its holding power and the deck begins to give and fall apart. Also inspect for signs of decay in areas of the deck where water pools. If a sprinkler system hits an area of the deck, and does not dry quickly, this could lead to premature decay or rotting. Signs that your deck may be rotted or decayed may include a change in the color of the wood or a change in its texture; some describe it to feel more “spongy.”

Idaho Falls DecksTermites: Termites can do a lot of damage to your deck if no immediate action is taken; they can eat through wood and weaken its structure to become more susceptible to danger or harm. Although termites are more likely to found in warmer climates, they are present in most states throughout the US. It is important to keep an eye out and pay special attention to signs of termites, because the damage done from termites is not always noticeable, and can take years for any major damage to be seen. Distinguished from other insects, termites look as if they are white ants. Wood that has been infested with termites should be replaced immediately. It is important for the termite problem to be solved to prevent future recurrences. Signs of termites include: Tunnels in the wood, Wings on the deck, Wood damage―soft, springy floors, hollow sounding, Fecal pellets―looks like a pile of sand.

Idaho Falls DecksCorrosion: When rust and corrosion begin to eat away at the metal connectors or fasteners, it’s time to do something about it; some fasteners may have insufficient corrosion resistance. As corrosion gradually eats away at your deck, it will weaken its capacity to hold weight. Connectors that are affected by corrosion should be replaced immediately, unless the corrosion has spread throughout the deck, then deck replacement is an option. Before you purchase a new home, it is important to make sure that the deck is safe and secure so that you can rest your mind at ease. If your deck is over ten years old, it is recommended that the deck is inspected for safety reasons.Special attention should be given to the maintenance of your deck to prevent fatal incidents from happening. Deck collapses occur every year, leaving individuals with the effects of injury, or even death. Regular maintenance should be given to extend the life expectancy of the deck.

By: Karli

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Why Your Home Needs Crown Moulding

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Aesthetic Appeal

Sometimes after years of living in your home, your home may become a little outdated, or even a little bit boring to you, aesthetically. Maybe even inclinations to move have already set in. But wait! Before you begin looking up the local listings, consider a few simple things which might transform your home completely and change your mind.

Many homeowners have found crown moulding to be the perfect remedy to satisfy and put off the urge to move. These few, simple changes, will transform your home’s interior from a plain and simple home, into an exquisite and admirable sight.

Say “it’s history” to your flat, boring walls, and welcome a new level of charm with crown moulding! Believe it when people say you will not recognize your own home, because crown moulding can make that astonishing difference, to spruce up your home into an appealing and modern living space. Moulding adds another dimension of beauty and class. to your home.

Ceiling crown molding styles in Idaho Falls

Style

Some people who are interested in crown moulding, may sometimes worry the crown moulding may not fit the style of their home. The good news is, there are so many options available to choose from, as far as wood or moulding types, which will meet a wide variety of needs and home styles.

Ask anyone with a vintage home,  even with a lot of different types of wood cabinets or walls. Moulding only adds to the style of the home and improves its value.

Moulding may be added along the ceilings, around the fireplace, along the floors, and wherever else you can dream up. The moulding often adds accents or contrast to plain and simple walls or ceilings, and changes the depth perception of any room, to make it feel less boxy.

Installation

CK’s can help you with the proper installation needed for crown moulding. Our professionals pay close attention to detail and will ensure immaculate work on the job.

If any questions or concerns arise with your crown moulding, or about crown moulding installation, contact CK’s and our representatives will be glad to assist you. To learn more about moulding, or what types are available, contact us today.

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Window Replacements for Older Homes

Old Window Standards

Older homes were not built like they are built today; big surprise! The quality of materials used in construction, such as windows, have changed as knowledge and technology has improved. Some materials used in the past have even been found to be harmful. Older homes built before 1978, have windows or doors with lead paint that can be dangerous to your health. Older homes were built with single-pane glass windows, which caused homes to be drafty. Single pane windows are not sufficient to insulate a house and to control house temperatures. Modern windows have at least two to three layers of glass.

Many older home appliances, such as windows, are inefficient because they use more energy and money. Older windows that have condensation or leakage could cause mold, so it is best to prevent health risks now through window replacements. Whether a new window replacement is needed or simply an added weather strip, each can help to improve window efficiency. To determine if your home may need window replacements call CK Windows to learn more about window replacement indicators.

Windows to Consider

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There are many types of windows to choose from for window replacement. Each has its own individual characteristics that are unique to different needs. While many older home window replacements are commonly wood windows, there are several other choices that may also be ideal for you and your budget. It is recommended that customers consider windows that have the Energy Star labels for government incentives. The chart above shows the different types of windows available and the life expectancy of each window that you can install.

Wood

Many prefer wood windows because of its long life expectancy and unique versatility. Wood windows are light and durable, and have great insulation capabilities to hold in heat. Wood windows are flexible for design and custom tastes to create the look you’ve always wanted for your house. While wood windows do require regular maintenance, they do last the longest, 30+ years, and often look the best. Wood windows can be painted or left in its original state. Wood windows usually fit with any style of house and look visually pleasing.

Vinyl

Vinyl windows are a great choice because its both affordable and durable. Vinyl windows can last up to 20-40 years upon proper installment, and are nearly maintenance-free. Vinyl windows have great insulation qualities to block noise, heat and condensation. Though you cannot paint vinyl windows, you won’t need to because it will look “new” for years.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass is an environmentally friendly window, because of how it is made. It has excellent insulation capabilities and is energy efficient. Fiberglass resists expansion and bending. Fiberglass has the ability to be painted and has a highly aesthetic appearance. Fiberglass requires occasional maintenance, just as wood requires.

Aluminum

Aluminum windows are best for unique window shapes. Aluminum is thin and allows lots of natural light to filter throughout the house or building. Aluminum is light, durable and requires little maintenance. Aluminum does not hold heat well, however, so it is not the best choice for all areas, especially cold climates. Aluminum does well to block out noise, and is a common choice used for many commercial buildings because of its more reasonable price.

Benefits of Window Replacement

Window replacements can add to the visual appeal of your home and help to better insulate your home against fluctuating temperatures in different climates. Newer windows are easier to clean and are built from quality, durable materials. Newer windows add to the value of your home and help to keep its temperature more comfortable. The government rewards individuals who seek to make their home energy efficient, by replacing their windows with Energy Star windows. Windows and doors with the Energy Star label could save you 7 to 15 percent on your next energy bill.

To learn more about window replacements in older homes, contact CK Windows at (208) 528-8070.

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Driggs, ID
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Why You Will Need a Screen Door this Summer

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Screen Doors Idaho Falls Needs

Opening your sliding screen door in the summer is a privilege often taken for granted. With the summer heat trapped in the house, it can feel miserable. Relief can be found by ventilating the house and opening up the windows and the sliding screen door.

Benefits of Screen Door

A screen door is a great solution to naturally control house temperatures. Air conditioning costs in the summertime can be expensive. With natural ventilation through screen doors, air can circulate, energy can be saved, and you can keep your money!

Keep Bugs Out

Other perks to screen doors are that bugs are kept out. Those pesky mosquitoes could ruin your enjoyment of the cool night, if it wasn’t for screen doors. With the screen door, the air can flow through and the bugs can take a ‘screening!’

Visibility Outside

A screen door also makes it easier to monitor your children playing in the yard or your household pet that may be up to trouble. Greater visibility, awareness and observance is made possible by screen doors. When you have worked a hard day and you want to have a clear view of the beautifully worked landscape, the screen door can keep your view unobstructed.

Screen Mishaps

Easy access and exits are also taken for granted. When the screen door gets knocked off its track or an innocent child accidentally walks through the screen, the slider door becomes an irritant. These slider problems are not hard to fix and screen door replacements shouldn’t be too much of a hassle.

Screen Repair Idaho Falls

Don’t let these irritants be prolonged. CK’s can help! Screen replacements can be made easily, and the convenience of a screen door can be restored. If you are detained indoors working on home projects, open up that screen door. Summer is enjoyed when you can feel the fresh summer air. Contact CK’s for a free screen door consultation at (208) 528-8070.

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Requirements of Basement Egress Windows

What makes an egress window different than other normal windows?

A basement egress window is designed to act dually as a fire or safety escape route in a basement where escape routes are severely limited to windows. These cutouts are required when you are converting a room in your basement into a bedroom.

Since this requirement for basement egress windows in basement bedrooms is relatively new, old houses don’t have the required windows and need to be modified to make it legal. On a positive note, by adding an egress window in your basement you will be adding plenty of light to brighten the place up.

Basement Egress Systems

Egress Window Requirements

While these may vary slightly depending on where you live, there are a few requirements you will have to take into account regarding your basement egress windows: 

Requirements:

  • Not all basement rooms need Egress windows, only bedroom-sized rooms with a closet require a window that meets Egress code.
  • The average size requirement is an opening of 5.7 sq ft.
  • The typical height expectation of your window is 44” off the floor.
  • A window well is also a part of the necessary steps to a legal basement bedroom egress window (typically 48” x 48” with a depth of approximately 44” however this depends on how far underground the basement is).

Adding bedroom to your basement and to your house overall, also adds to your home’s value. When selling, the added improvements of the extra bedroom with egress cutouts could cover your window installation costs at least 10 times.

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Why You Need Window Well Covers

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Window wells are a great way to bring natural light, safety, and beauty to your basement. They may be amazing for the interior, but what effect do they have on the outside of your home? Window wells have more purpose than you may think – they effectively protect your home, family, and your home’s curb appeal with window well covers.

Safety Precautions

Safety is the top priority when it comes to understanding why you should have window well covers. While it seems that the inconspicuous holes nestled in the shadows of your home don’t need something covering them if no one will notice them. However, this isn’t always the case when kids or pets are around. If there is a hole in the ground they are going to find it, whether by accident or on purpose.

Window wells can cause a variety of problems including injuries from the fall itself, the possibility they might not be able to climb back out on their own, and breaking the window when they fall. Broken glass can cause a minor accident to become very serious.

Why You need Window Well Covers in Idaho

Beyond Safety

The lack of window well covers also brings up concerns beyond safety and practicality. An open window well is almost an invitation for all sorts of trash and leaves to collect in the well, nests and access for rodents and other pests, as well as hard water stains. A simple window well cover can help minimize and even eliminate hard water stains that have a bad habit of finding their way to your windows. Your windows will stay nice, clean, covered, and protected.

So, whether it is to stop kids, adults and pets from falling down it, keeping leaves and pests out, or just to make sure that your yard is safe for anyone, take the time to purchase window well covers. There are several different styles so you don’t have to compromise your style or taste for safety. Also, in the interest of safety, window well covers are designed to be easily popped off from the inside so that those below ground windows can be used as fire escapes.

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