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Hiring and Communicating with a Home Cleaning Service

Thanks for stopping by my website. My name is Annabelle Collins. My husband and I live in a large house with our two teenage children. We’re fortunate in that we’re able to have a cleaning service come and clean on a weekly basis. In the past, I found that it was difficult for me to exert myself when it came to hiring and communicating with our cleaning service. I’ve never been very authoritative, and that shone through in a not good way. I wanted things to be done in a certain way, but found it difficult to ask for what I wanted. I have come to realize that in order for the service to do the job I want to be done, I have to ask for it to happen. I doubt that I’m alone in the fact that this is difficult, and want to share my experience and growth.


Hiring and Communicating with a Home Cleaning Service

Why Are Vinyl Replacement Windows So Popular?

by Vicki Burns

If you mention the term "replacement windows" to a contractor or to someone who works in a home improvement store, most often, they will just assume you're talking about vinyl replacement windows. Sure, there are some replacement windows made from composite, aluminum, and other materials. But more often than not, homeowners go with good, old vinyl. Why? Well, as it turns out, vinyl offers an array of benefits and tops the charts in just about everything most people are looking for in a window.

They are essentially maintenance-free

Lots of windows are advertised as low-maintenance. Aluminum windows don't require a ton of maintenance; they just need painting every 10 years or so. Composite windows, similarly, are low-maintenance, but you may have to patch a few leaks if the composite starts to chip down the road. Vinyl windows stand out because they require even less maintenance than these other options. You will want to clean them if you want your home to look nice, but that's it. You don't have to paint, stain, scrape, or patch — and even cleaning is easy since the vinyl is smooth!

They open and close smoothly

If you currently have older wooden windows, then you know the inconvenience of having to heave the window upward in the frame as the wood creates friction between the frame and the sash. Metal windows may be almost as hard to operate when it gets hot outside and the metal expands a little. Vinyl windows open and close more easily. The vinyl is very temperature-stable and smooth, so you never get that sticking or friction, regardless of the season.

They're good insulators

Energy efficiency is a primary consideration when choosing new windows. You don't want windows that let your warm air escape during the winter or let hot air into your home in the summer. Vinyl is a great insulator — not only when it is new, but also as it ages. This makes vinyl windows as good of a choice in the summer as in the winter and as good of a choice in a warm climate as in a cold, snowy area.

If you are shopping for replacement windows, you absolutely need to consider vinyl. Yes, you will be jumping on a bandwagon, but this is a great bandwagon to be on. It's a wagon where the windows are easy to operate, require little maintenance, and keep your home comfortable.