Did you know that there are products and ideas that can both cool in summer and add warmth to your home in winter? It is really about heat transfer. If you can stop the heat from intruding in the summer and escaping in the winter you can save hundreds, even thousands of dollars off your heating and cooling bills. With any budget you can make some beautiful changes that will save you cash every day. Things like insulated window coverings, and exteriors awnings are two of the most noticeable. Awnings can be set to protect your home from the direct rays of the sun in summer and allow the sunlight to come in during the winter to help heat your home with FREE passive solar energy. Fabrics now come in as many colors and patterns as there are stars in the sky or so it seems. Awnings can also add a decorative element to your home. It's sort of curtains for the outside, if you will. With new marine grade nylon and synthetic thread, awnings can easily last your lifetime. If you get tired of looking at the same old style, the covers can be changed and the hardware reused saving you even more the second time around. What you probably don't realize is that you can have a beautiful custom made window awning for as little as $250. Like awnings insulated curtains help keep the sun out in the summer, but can be opened in the winter to let the sun help heat your home for FREEEEE! One simple act can also save you those hundreds of dollars you need for yourself. In summer close your insulated curtains during the day and in winter close them at night. That simple and you will save a lot of money. Now not to diss big box stores but I am talking about real lined and interlined custom draperies that blanket your windows. Not the cheap rubber lined production stuff you can get at your local big W. ARM Interiors has the skill and experience to measure and create custom insulated draperies for you. A third way insulated heavy drapes help is to close them during the day and then just look around for any source of light coming through gaps and cracks around windows, doors, dryer vents etc. Sealing those cracks will also save you a lot of money and some caulk and a caulk gun is about ten dollars at any hardware or box store. Here are some facts. Most of a home’s heat loss is through windows and doors. Most of a home’s passive heat gain is through windows and doors. Contact us for a free printout of some of the active ways you can control the climate in your home at no additional cost. DON'T believe the power company to help you use less of their product!
It is warming up outside and many of you are pulling out your boats, antique cars and motorcycles and shining them up for a spin. Are you in need of some professional help with an upholstery problem or thinking of updating some things yourself? There are a few things to consider before you get started. I am going to help you organize your needs and plan your project with some important information. One of the first things to consider may be your budget. Is money a little tight for this project or is this going to be a dream project and money is no object? If you're like most people the answer lies somewhere in the middle. You want your job to turn out great, but you don't want to waste money either. That's where I come in. You're about to pick my professional brain without even trying! I must advise you not to skimp on fabric. Get the best you can afford and get plenty of it. Always factor in extra fabric for mistakes or unexpected parts. It is better you have a yard left over than try match fabric that has already been cut and delivered. If you aren't exactly sure go online and look for estimating calculators. If the fabric arrives and you still aren't sure make sure you do one piece at a time and keep all the parts of a section together. For example if you're doing a car do all the seats first, then start on the door panels. If you're doing a boat do all the cushions first and then start on the gunwales or back rests. That way your biggest pieces are done before you run out. As to quality, you cannot underestimate the value of a good quality four way stretch vinyl for upholstery. Get the best you can afford in a vinyl suited to your your project. Morbern and Spradling are some names that come to mind. Check out their own manufacturers website for detailed information on their products. Leathers also come in a variety of quality, colors and finishes. Make sure you know the properties of your leather before you order and measure thrice cut once. You cannot uncut a hide! If you hire a professional be reasonable. You cannot expect someone to calculate your order, order it for you, receive your order, validate that everything was delivered correctly and store it until the project begins and get nothing for their time and effort. Expect some mark up and don't expect it for the same price as cheap crap off the internet. If you want cheap internet goods don't expect a very good result. Cheap vinyl doesn't stretch, cheap leather doesn't last and I have actually had some customers bring hides that smelled like the dead animals they are. Do you want that smelled closed up in your car indefinitely? Nope! You're throwing good money after bad, as they say, when you have to pay a professional to remake those horrible smelly seats. You will NOT get a good result from cheap materials. Call ARM Interiors for more information on resources or upholsterers for your area. 681-242-3554