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I like Pinterest Users

I am humbled and grateful that we are well over 1000 when repins and likes are added together. We are also flattered that our followers are edging close to 100.  I know that in the grand scheme of the Pinterest world these are very modest numbers, but it’s a real milestone for us. 

Our most popular boards have been Decks with Pergolas Trellis, Screened Rooms, Wood Decks, Composite Decks, Patio Rooms Sunrooms, Windows and Doors, and Awnings.  In addition to those boards we have Deck Blogs, Patio Rooms Sunrooms Blogs, Awning Blogs, and Window Blogs.

We would like to give a sincere “thank you” to those of you who have deemed our projects and photos worthy of liking, repining and following. 

To any future visitors, we hope you will find our photos and blogs worthy of your time.

 

 

Keywords: awnings  patio rooms  decks  windows  deck 
Posted by Jim Brown on February 28th, 2014    0 comments
What Can You Expect When an Arch Home Improvements Representative Visits Your Home?

When we visit your home our goal is to determine if we can do what you want done. 

 

In order to do that, we will ask you a number of questions to analyze your needs. We are there to answer any questions you have. 

 

When we started our business back in 1991 we decided to specialize in a few things.  We don’t do everything. If we can do what you need done, you will have the option of moving forward.  If it’s something we don’t do, we will let you know.  Sometimes we are able to refer you to someone who can do the job.

 

If you decide to move ahead, we will give you an exact no hassle price.


 

Here’s what we leave out.

 

  • Long drawn out sales meetings
  • High Pressure
  • Crazy buy it now discounts
  • Foreign technical talk
  • Confusing Pricing Games

If you would benefit from a visit, please let us know.


Related:

TEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK A REMODELER BEFORE HE TOUCHES YOUR HOME

How to Choose a Home Improvement Company

 

Posted by Jim Brown on November 28th, 2012    0 comments
What are the benefits of retractable awnings?

 

Have the sun when you want it or the shade when you need it.  That’s an outstanding advantage of a retractable awning.  In only seconds you can turn your hot patio or deck into a cool shaded retreat.  This “outdoor room” can be 20 degrees cooler than before you pushed the button.  Awnings extend and retract at the push of a button if you choose a motorized model.

Awnings will protect you from the sun, light showers and harmful UV rays.  They protect homes from heat and discoloration of carpet and furniture.

Compared to many home improvements, a retractable awning is very affordable.  There is a variety of styles and sizes available, so homeowners can choose from many price points. 

Options abound!  One of the most popular options is a hood which both protects the awning and gives a ”finished look” to the home.  Another option many homeowners choose is a wireless wind sensor.  The wind sensor automatically retracts the awning when the wind velocity exceeds a preset speed.  The obvious advantage of this feature is protection from wind damage. 

A very popular option is a built-in panel that drops down from the front of the awning.  This see-thru panel blocks the sun when it is low in the sky plus gives protection from the wind.  The many color choices allow homeowners to choose one that perfectly blends with their home.

Awnings have been popular in Europe for years.  Now more and more homeowners in the USA are availing themselves of the opportunity to enjoy their own retractable awning.

Related:

TEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK A REMODELER BEFORE HE TOUCHES YOUR HOME

Posted by Jim Brown on January 30th, 2012    0 comments
TEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK A REMODELER BEFORE HE TOUCHES YOUR HOME

“Ten Crucial Questions to Ask a Remodeler Before He Touches Your Home” is for general informational purposes only.  All rights are reserved by Arch Home Improvements.  Any duplicating is strictly prohibited without the written consent of  Arch Home Improvements.  


1. DO THEY HAVE A SHOWROOM?

Even though you may never even visit their showroom, the fact that a company has invested tens of thousands or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in a showroom shows stability.

http://www.archhomeimprovements.com/photos/welcome-to-the-largest-showroom-in-the-area/page-1

2. DO THEY HAVE UNSOLICITED TESTEMONIALS FROM REAL CUSTOMERS that describe their results with words such as great, beautiful, excellent, wonderful experience, conscientious, special interest, fantastic, fulfilled my dream, very happy and superb. Legitimate companies create happy customers.

http://www.archhomeimprovements.com/testimonials

 3. HOW LONG HAVE THEY BEEN IN BUSINESS?

80% of home improvements companies are out of business in five years.

4. ARE THEY A MEMBER OF THE BBB?

http://www.archhomeimprovements.com/pages/affliations-and-certificates

The BBB has a listing of most companies. Check to see if they are a member and how many complaints they've had.

 5. ARE THEY A MEMBER OF THE LOCAL CHAMBER OF COMMERCE?

In general, members of Chambers of Commerce are trustworthy.

http://www.archhomeimprovements.com/pages/affliations-and-certificates

 6. HOW EXPERIENCED ARE THE INSTALLERS?

No matter how great a product is, if it is not installed properly it can't perform properly.

 7. DO THEY INSTALL EVERYTHING?

A specialist that does a few things well will be more of an expert than someone who tries to be all things to all people.

 8. WILL THEY GIVE YOU AN EXACT PRICE OR ONLY AN ESTIMATE?

In almost every case a competent contractor can give you an exact price.

 9. WILL YOU GET A WRITTEN AGREEMENT OUTLINING WHAT WORK WILL BE DONE?

If it's not in writing you have no protection.

10. WILL THEY CAREFULLY EXPLAIN THE QUALITY OF MATERIAL TO BE USED AND WHY ONE PRODUCT IS RECOMMENDED OVER ANOTHER?

Depending on the type of job being done, the quality of the material could make a huge difference in performance, longevity, maintenance, and ascetics.

To contact us for more information CLICK HERE or call 800-800-9343

 

Related:

What Can You Expect When an Arch Home Improvements Representative Visits Your Home?


How to Choose a Home Improvement Company


Keywords: product  awnings  patio rooms  decks  windows 
Posted by Jim Brown on March 4th, 2010    0 comments
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No other awning gives you all the features, benefits and value of a SunSetter home awning. A SunSetter Awning lets you outsmart the weather, save energy, and cut energy costs. It transforms your deck or patio into a beautiful semi-permanent "outdoor room", a shady retreat where you'll love to spend time. It keeps your family and patio furniture cool and protected from hot sun, passing showers, and harmful UV rays far better than a tippy umbrella or other shade device. It can be as much as 20 degrees cooler under your awning. Yet every SunSetter awning retracts back against your house easily when you want to enjoy the sun. Our electric powered motorized awnings open and close smoothly, quietly, and effortlessly in seconds at the touch of a button on our Remote Control. SunSetter Retractable awnings can be installed over any kind of siding, and even under low eaves and overhangs. Your awning can stay on your home all year long. No need to take it down in winter, just retract it. And if your entertaining area is further away from the house or near your pool, the SunSetter Freestanding Oasis is your perfect solution.

So don't settle for an ordinary awning, or a cheap knock-off. You don't have to compromise on beauty, features, protection, or simple reliable operation. Compare our awnings with any others for durability, ease of use, convenience, and cost. You just can't find a better made, higher quality awning, at a better value anywhere, especially with our great discount prices.

We will be happy to install your awning if you wish.

For more information visit http://www.sunsetteronline.com.

 To contact us for more information CLICK HERE or call 800-800-9343

Related:

TEN CRUCIAL QUESTIONS TO ASK A REMODELER BEFORE HE TOUCHES YOUR HOME

 

 

Keywords: awnings  shade  sunsetter  retractable  awning 
Posted by Jim Brown on December 20th, 2009    0 comments
What About Price?

Get the Best Price

David Weiss, president of the Cleveland Better Business Bureau, tells us “For the uninitiated, choosing a remodeler can be a daunting task.”  We agree. One reason the choice is so daunting is the different prices you may receive on the “same” project.  We all want to get the best deal, so how can we justify paying the right price?

We’ve heard it all our lives, “You get what you pay for.”  As much as we might wish it otherwise, this statement is generally true.  More than 100 years ago English writer John Ruskin stated, “It’s unwise to pay too much, but it is worse to pay too little.  When you pay too much, you lose a little-that is all.  When you pay too little, you sometimes lose everything, because the thing you bought was incapable of doing the thing it was bought to do.  The common law of business balance prohibits paying a little and getting a lot-it can’t be done!

If you deal with the lowest bidder, it is well to add something for the risk you run.  And if you do that, you will have enough to pay for something better.”

Weiss, mentioned at the beginning of this blog, further indicates that a remarkably lower price means that the company’s performance will likely be lower as well.

Why is this the case? 

The two main factors in determining the price of home improvements are material and labor.

A low price could be an indication that the materials are cheap or the labor is cheap or both.  Cheap materials are an indicator of inferior quality.  Cheap labor probably means that the person is not a skilled professional.  The results of this can range from unsatisfactory to disastrous. 

Another reason for a low price is that a contractor may never have done a job like yours   and doesn’t fully understand what the job entails.

A low price could also mean that the contractor does not have appropriate insurance or worker compensation.  This omission can expose an unwary homeowner to significant legal risk.  Further, a low price can mean that the contractor has not built service requirements into his pricing.   We get calls from homeowners that can’t get their remodeler to come out to look at their problem.  Sadly, this shows the wisdom of John Ruskin’s advice.

Even worse, there are unscrupulous contractors that intentionally underestimate a price and draft a contract that is “fuzzy”, then up charge at every opportunity.  Weiss said these situations often end up on the desks at the Better Business Bureau.

A good remodeling job is one that can be enjoyed for decades.

So, how can you protect yourself?

Please take advantage of “Seven Little Known Secrets for Successfully and Beautifully Remodeling Your Home!”  Get your FREE download on this website.

To contact us for more information CLICK HERE or call 800-800-9343

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Posted by Anonymous on September 1st, 2009    0 comments
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