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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 is the best time of year to install my project?

 

Do you wish you would have installed it last spring? The home improvement industry has done a horrible job of letting people know when projects can be installed. Many of our customers have enjoyed having their projects installed in the winter.

Some projects, such as a wooden deck, actually benefit from winter installation. How? In the winter the wood will dry out more slowly. The experts tell us this will result in less splitting and cracking of the wood. When you have your deck built in the winter you have the added benefit of enjoying it on that first warm spring day.

Most home improvement companies work 'year round. It's true there are days in the winter that we can't work outside, but there are more days that we can.

The answer to our question is "When would you like it installed?" We can install it anytime you're ready!

 

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Posted by Jim Brown on February 14th, 2013    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.


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How to Choose a Home Improvement Company

 

Posted by Jim Brown on November 28th, 2012    0 comments
How to Choose a Home Improvement Company

I know this sounds like the stupidest statement ever, “Choose one that will improve your home.”  Why do I say that?  It is because home improvement companies are notorious for having bad reputations according to the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Start your search by checking out their rating on the BBB.  The BBB rates companies from A+ to F.  Companies that are proud of their rating often display it on their home page. 

Next, check to see if there are any customer reviews.   Read these over carefully to gain insights on how things worked out for others.  Companies should have several reviews for you to consider.  Some companies are beginning to put video reviews on their website.  You may find them helpful.

Depending on the project you are considering, photos of past projects may be helpful.  This shows you that the company has done other projects.  One caution, be sure that the photos you are looking at are actually pictures of that company’s work.  I was shocked to find a photo that another company was using to promote their work, was actually our project.  Not only was it our project, but it was our photo!

Another consideration is the showroom.  Do they even have one?  The fact that a company has invested hundreds of thousands of dollars in a showroom testifies to the fact that the company is stable.  That means that if you need a service call, you won’t get the dreaded, “the number you have dialed is no longer in service.”

A good showroom would include some displays that you may find helpful in making your selection.

Not to be overlooked is the way you feel about the person that is representing the company.  All of us have been fooled from time to time, but in general, our “gut instinct” is usually accurate.

Has this person carefully explained what your completed project will look like?  Do you have a clear vision in your mind of what your completed project will look like?  If you feel uncomfortable don’t proceed.

When you invest thousands of dollars in a project, take the time to consider these points. Your experience should be an enjoyable one.  The results of the project should meet your expectations.  Your home should actually be improved!

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Keywords: product  patio rooms  decks 
Posted by Jim Brown on September 4th, 2012    0 comments
What is a Sunroom?

 

Sunrooms are known by many names.  Some folks call them patio rooms, patio enclosures, sunscape sunrooms, sun rooms or Florida rooms.

 

No matter what you call them, sunrooms can be an escape from the ordinary.  Many people make their daily escape to their own sunroom and let the stress of the day melt away. 

 

A lot of  people use them to enjoy their morning coffee.   For some it’s their TV room, for others a place to relax in their hot tub.  You may prefer to just look at the great outdoors while you enjoy being warm and cozy in your own sunroom, no matter what the season. 

 

Your own sun room will keep you bug-free in the summer time as you take your daily vacation in your own home.

 

Sun rooms have many options.  Some folks will choose one of the 3-season sun rooms.  A 3-season sun room will allow you to enjoy it in most months.

 

4-season sun rooms are also available.   4-season sun rooms can be enjoyed year ‘round.

 

You can choose from many other options.

 

We have photographed a few of these sun rooms for your viewing enjoyment.

 

If you have any questions about these projects, call 800-800-9343 or click here.

 

We are happy to come by your home and take a look at your site.

 

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Posted by Jim Brown on December 2nd, 2011    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

 

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Keywords: product  awnings  patio rooms  decks  windows 
Posted by Jim Brown on March 4th, 2010    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
Should I Add a Patio Room or a Deck?

For more and more people the simple answer to that question is both.  In our climate you can enjoy a patio room for many more days a year than a deck.  However for grilling, sunning, or just enjoying the fresh air nothing can beat a deck.

We recently completed a patio room project that included a small deck.

The patio room above will add many hours of "outdoor living" when the elements are harsh.  Even in relatively mild weather many folks enjoy being "bug-free" in their "outdoor living room."

What would you enjoy doing in your patio room?  Some people like it for watching T.V., enjoying their morning coffee, or just relaxing.  A patio room is also a great place for young ones.  As you can see from the picture gallery, patio rooms can range from basic to stunning.

I have been asked, "What is the difference between a patio room, a sun room and a Florida room?"   There is none.  You can call your room whatever you want.

 

This maintaince free composite deck will be enjoyed for years to come.

The above deck blends in with the new patio room.  The bench not only adds seating area, but it also creates a great perimeter border.  This composite deck comes with a twenty-five year warranty on the material.  It will be enjoyed for many years.

For some folks the answer to the question in our title is both.  We are always delighted to visit your home and discuss the solutions that best fit your situation.

Posted by Jim Brown on August 25th, 2008    0 comments
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