106, 2015

Safeguard your home before hurricane season arrives

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106, 2015

Clear Choice Windows and More Earns Esteemed 2014 Angie’s List Super Service Award

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912, 2014

Florida Weather and the Farmer’s Almanac

Have you ever read the Farmer’s Almanac? This is a book that predicts weather patterns for the whole upcoming year. This book is published annually and has served as a guide to planting and harvesting […]

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212, 2014

When You Say “Clear as Glass,” What Does that Mean?

When we think of window glass, we think of something that is invisible. But invisible is not always the best solution for windows. In fact, many people want or need glass that is anything but […]

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2411, 2014

Weatherwise, My Favorite Times of Year is Coming Up

When my friends from out of state say they are coming to Florida, very often they want to come during the summer. After all, that’s when the kids are out of school and they are […]

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1711, 2014

The Brands We are Proud to Offer for the Protection of Your Home

In these blog posts, I’ve mostly talked about PGT Industries and their PremierVue and WinGuard hurricane replacement windows. The fact is, we have relationships with many manufacturers with fine products that add to the security […]

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711, 2014

Angie's List is Our Friend for Multiple Reasons

If you’ve been reading these blogs, then you may have seen me mention Angie’s List before. Angie’s List goes to great lengths to be impartial but they have wound up being one of our best […]

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311, 2014

The 2014 Hurricane Season – Review

Well, Florida has dodged the hurricane bullet one more time. Not one hurricane made landfall in Florida this season.

It’s been nine years since we had severe hurricanes hit us, but of course, some areas have […]

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2210, 2014

More about the Glass in our Hurricane Replacement Windows

Last week, I told you a little about the glass in the windows we install for those who want the best in hurricane and storm protection. Of course, once you get storm protection, you also […]

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1310, 2014

The Glass – A Critical Component in Your New Hurricane Replacement Windows

When you decide to get new windows to protect your home from the fury of Florida’s storms, you probably already realize that the glass is an essential component of your protection. Every part of these […]

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710, 2014

Upgrading Your Home Should Not be a Nightmare

I’ve worked in the home improvement industry for many years. One of things I like least about this industry is that home renovations can practically tear the heart out of the homeowner. It really should […]

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610, 2014

Our Hurricane Replacement Windows Strengthen Your Home's Envelope

I’ve talked about your home’s envelope before but it bears a little more comment. After all, the envelope is what keeps the elements out and your comfort in. Just like it sounds, a home’s envelope […]

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2209, 2014

The Tricky Part of Installing Hurricane Replacement Windows and Doors

Do you ever watch home improvement television shows? If you have, you are aware of one of the guiding principles of home improvement: Anything can happen and usually does.I was watching a show where contractors […]

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1509, 2014

Our Hard Work to Make Clear Choice and More Your Best Choice

When we started this business, it was our dream to make our company your best choice for hurricane replacement windows and doors. We knew what this would mean. It means we have to choose our […]

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809, 2014

The Nice Thing About Our Windows, Doors and Storm Coverings: The Possibilities are Just About Endless

I am quite proud of our product offering. We’ve got such a range of hurricane and storm protection windows, doors and coverings that we can help a wide range of clientele.For a person who wants […]

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409, 2014

It's That Time of Year Again – the Peak Hurricane Period for Florida

It seems like just a few months ago I was writing about this peak hurricane season but in fact, it’s been a year. Yes, technically speaking, hurricane season started three months ago. But the bulk […]

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2708, 2014

The Last in the Series: We Sell our Superior Installation for Hurricane Replacement Windows, Too

In the last two posts to this blog, I talked about the different aspects of what we sell. Sure, we sell windows, doors and window coverings. But we also sell our superior service. Many times, […]

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2008, 2014

What We're Selling When We Install Our Hurricane Replacement Windows

Last week, I wrote a blog post about our service philosophy when we work with customers to install these windows. This week, I thought I would talk about the windows themselves.The alternate title for this […]

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2008, 2014

We Could JUST Sell and Install Hurricane Replacement Windows – But We Choose to Do More

When we started this business, we made some decisions about what kind of business we wanted to be. In the construction/home improvement industry, there are some practices that we just didn’t want to be part […]

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508, 2014

Hurricane Replacement Windows Protect Against More than Just Storms!

If you’re reading this, I assume you are a Florida resident. Then you know exactly what we are up against in the summertime! Sure, a lot of people, especially in the Southwest and West have […]

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2107, 2014

What Does Sand in Africa Have to do With Your Need for Hurricane Windows?

I was looking at some weather reports about weather across the Atlantic. You might know that most of the really bad storms in Florida originate across the Atlantic, off the coast of Africa. Those storms […]

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1407, 2014

If You Install Hurricane Replacement Windows, You're Not Alone Any More

The hurricane replacement window and door industry is not all that old. Our primary provider, PGT Industries in Venice, Florida, was founded in 1980. After Hurricane Andrew in 1992, there was a lot more interest […]

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707, 2014

Arthur is Our First Hurricane this Season

Yes, I like to bring your attention to our hurricane season because this is when your home and your possessions are at the greatest risk. Right now, the first hurricane of the season is pushing […]

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2706, 2014

You're Getting More than Just Hurricane Windows

When you ask us to come out to your home to show you our hurricane replacement windows and then you place an order with us, you’re going to get more than just a new set […]

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1806, 2014

The Many Reasons to Replace Windows

There are many reasons that homeowners start thinking about replacement windows. Behind some of these reasons lie financial considerations. There may be current financial losses, potential losses or future financial advantages to getting replacement windows.The […]

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1806, 2014

Myths about the Best Way to Protect Your Windows during Hurricanes

Some people still have the idea that if a hurricane (or near-hurricane) is going by your house, you should have the windows open to reduce pressure inside your home.Other people think that if a storm […]

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906, 2014

Keeping Your New Replacement Windows Beautiful, Sparkling and Spot-Free

When you get those new hurricane replacement windows in your home, you may be dazzled by how clear, clean and sparkling they are! Well, that sparkle may not last forever unless they get the right […]

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906, 2014

Centrally Located for the Whole Florida Suncoast (and some of Central Florida as Well)

I was just looking at a map of the Tampa Bay area and noted how we are perfectly situated to serve all the counties that surround St. Petersburg where our showroom is. There are more […]

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906, 2014

Teaching People About Windows

When I go out to a customer’s home, I don’t expect them to know much about windows. They probably have an idea that their existing windows could be better and they are concerned about storms […]

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906, 2014

When Investing in Hurricane Windows, Don't Overlook the Architectural Windows Up High

When you’re looking at replacing your existing windows with hurricane-resistant windows, don’t overlook the ones that are up high. Many houses have an atrium or a great room which will normally have many of these […]

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104, 2014

New Choices in Window Coverings from Clear Choice Windows and More

I wanted to let you know about some exciting new products we are offering for the protection of your home and family. While your best protection comes from the PGT PremierVue windows we recommend, these […]

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2703, 2014

Buying an Older Home? Consider the Windows

There are some people who like everything new. They get a new car every few years, and whenever they move, it’s always into some brand new building or home. That’s fine for them – but […]

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1703, 2014

Success is About Integrity

Different people take all kinds of different roads to success. For us, there has ever only been one road and that’s the one traveled with integrity. If you’ve been a homeowner for awhile, you’ve needed […]

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703, 2014

When You Need to Replace Windows

I admit, the topic of this blog post may not really apply to everyone. After all, many people who are in the market for hurricane replacement windows aren’t doing so because their old windows are […]

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503, 2014

The Many Reasons to Replace Windows

There are many reasons that homeowners start thinking about replacement windows. Behind some of these reasons lie financial considerations. There may be current financial losses, potential losses or future financial advantages to getting replacement windows.The […]

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502, 2014

I Tell My Staff: “It’s the Little Things.”

I’m a pretty hands-on manager as is my brother. It’s the way we agreed to run this business when we first started out. So we are both in contact with our installers, office staff, warehouse […]

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3101, 2014

You’ve Got to be Willing to Spend the Time

I would be willing to bet that people who have never bought hurricane windows from us have no idea how much care we put in before a sale ever takes place. And I am sure […]

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2401, 2014

We Work Hard to Keep Our Customers Happy – VERY Happy

From time to time, I take a look around the internet to see what people might be saying about us. From what I hear and read, it’s a smart thing to do to know if […]

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2312, 2013

Common Misconceptions about Storm Protection

When it comes to protecting one’s home against storm damage, I find that there are many misconceptions surrounding this subject. So when I’m talking to someone about replacement windows or even when I’m talking to […]

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1812, 2013

It’s Winter in Florida – Was it Really Useful to Get those Replacement Windows?

So we got through the hurricane season pretty unscathed this year. Despite the weeks of rain, we didn’t have much in the way of tropical storm activity. So you got replacement windows and now it’s […]

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912, 2013

The Wrong Way to Save Money on Replacement Windows

I was browsing around tonight, looking at what is being offered to save people money on replacement windows. What I see makes my hair curl. With as many windows as I have installed or had my employees install, I know where you can save money and where you are just much better off making the investment. […]

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212, 2013

So You Say You Want a Wood-Grain Finish?

So you want to add hurricane replacement windows to your home but you want the natural look of wood. Do you think you can’t have what you want? Actually, you can. […]

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212, 2013

Exploding Myths about Protecting Against Hurricanes

Myth Number One: Duct Tape on WindowsI can remember traveling through Florida a few decades ago, right after a big hurricane threatened the Tampa Bay area. It seemed like every building either had tape making a big X across the windows or you could see the residue left behind after the tape had been ripped off. That was the thinking at that time, that you could prevent danger and disaster from flying broken glass by running duct tape in an X across the window.  […]

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1311, 2013

Especially Important for our Seasonal Residents – PGT Windows Offer Protection Against “Bad Guys” as Well as Weather

When you leave your home for months at a time, as many of our Tampa Bay Area residents do, it’s nice to be confident in the security of your home while you are gone. Security not only from storms, but also from intruders. […]

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411, 2013

Other Things You Can Do to Protect your Home Besides Hurricane Windows

I’ve talked plenty in this blog about all the ways that replacement windows will help protect your home. But that is not the only thing you should do to protect your lives and possessions. Here’s a list that you should keep on hand when you are contemplating improvements to your home. […]

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2910, 2013

The Glass in Our Hurricane Replacement Windows

We’ve talked plenty about the windows and doors we sell and how much protection they give you from rain and wind in the event of a hurricane or severe storm. But I have not said too much about the glass in those windows and doors. […]

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2310, 2013

About Doors that Provide Hurricane Protection

I have not focused on doors yet in these articles I have been writing for you. We have a selection of high-quality doors you can choose from when you are deciding on protection for your home. […]

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2110, 2013

Hurricane Windows on Public Buildings

I was just in downtown Clearwater this morning, where there is a major upgrade of an historic theater going on. The Capitol Theater is more than 90 years old and started out as a venue for vaudeville acts. In the last few years, major artists have been appearing at this venue, as the very well known Ruth Eckerd Hall has purchased the theater and taken over management. […]

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1010, 2013

Replacement Windows and Children

It may not seem like the work we do has much to do with children, but there are some important ways that it does. We wanted to share some of these ways and some window-related […]

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1010, 2013

Additional Advantages of Hurricane Replacement Windows

I would imagine you are already familiar with the primary advantages of hurricane windows – the protection from the wind, rain and wind-borne debris of a severe storm or hurricane. But I wonder if you have thought through the other advantages. One of the most significant is not having to get protective coverings over your window on short notice. […]

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2309, 2013

Answers to Questions

Some Questions You Might Have about Clear Choice Windows and More:Do you think we just do waterfront homes?If we have given you this impression, then you have the wrong idea about us. You could say it is our most challenging installation because of the immediate threat of water infiltration if the weather gets heavy. This person might have the most to lose in a heavy storm. […]

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1309, 2013

September’s Hurricane Pattern

I’ve heard some people saying that Florida is being spared from severe stores or hurricanes this year but these folks must be new to the state. It is typical for the most severe weather patterns […]

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1309, 2013

Integrity in Business

Integrity is very important to me. I constantly monitor my business operations to make sure that every job reflects my standard of integrity. It takes more time and costs more money to operate this way. […]

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1309, 2013

Are Those Windows Really Hurricane-Resistant?

Sometimes I come across a situation where a person thought they were installing hurricane-resistant windows and they paid really good money for them. But later, they found out that the windows didn’t meet the Florida […]

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1309, 2013

Hurricane History

Andrea, Barry and Chantal – These are Not Friends of OursNo, those are hurricane names. Well, hurricanes or tropical storms.We’re right in the middle of this year’s hurricane season and as of this writing, we […]

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1309, 2013

How Replacement Windows Help Maintain the Integrity of Your Building Envelope

What is a building envelope? It is all the parts of your home that seal out the elements and seal in the indoor environment. Here is a diagram of the typical building envelope of a […]

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2907, 2013

Three Vital Factors in Being Happy with Your Replacement Windows

There are plenty of complaints on the internet about replacement windows. I feel sorry for some of these folks because in most cases, the problems are not their fault. Well, they may not be their […]

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1607, 2013

The Devil is in the Details

Replacement Window Installation Sagas: “The Devil is in the Details.”

This little saying really has significance when you are talking about replacement windows. You can have a great window and unprofessional installation and it’s about the […]

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107, 2013

Windows or Boards? Remembering the 2004 Hurricane Season.

In 2004, Florida suffered the onslaught of multiple hurricanes. Something I was reading just reminded me what that summer was like. In just six weeks between August and late September, Hurricanes Charley, Frances, Ivan and […]

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2506, 2013

Will Your Windows Stop a 2 x 4 Launched at High Speed?

I was looking at the specifications that must be met for windows to be called “hurricane resistant.” The official Florida specifications from the Building Code call for a 2 x 4 of Southern Pine, seven […]

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706, 2013

More on Hurricane Preparedness

In my last blog post, I was talking about how hurricane windows and doors protect your whole structure in the case of hurricane or similar extreme high wind situation. I then started listing the supplies […]

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2805, 2013

Being Thankful

In the business I do in Florida, I help people protect not only their homes and their furnishings, but more importantly, the lives of their families. If a hurricane makes a direct hit on a […]

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2005, 2013

So Many Reasons for Replacement Windows

I thought I would talk about WHY replacement windows can be such a good investment. I find that people usually have one or two specific reasons for replacing their windows and they are delighted when […]

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1505, 2013

About Glass

I doubt that very many people think about the glass that is installed in their windows. Most people ask about the frames, how weatherproof are they, how many years will they provide smooth opening and […]

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605, 2013

The 2013 Hurricane Season is Almost Upon Us

As it heats up in Florida, this means that conditions are becoming more ideal for the development of hurricanes. Just about everyone has watched weather coverage on television, so you’ve probably seen how hurricanes get […]

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2904, 2013

Making New Windows a Positive Experience in the Tampa Bay Area

I was just reading some people’s reports on the terrible time they had getting windows properly installed. All they wanted was windows that would open and close and keep the weather out. Not a lot […]

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2204, 2013

The Logic Behind Hurricane Windows for your Home

If you’ve been in Florida for a decade, you’ll remember that hurricane season of 2004. That was the year we were pretty much ravaged by four hurricanes in succession – Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne. […]

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1504, 2013

The Legacy of Hurricane Andrew: Better Codes, More Hurricane Resistant Windows and Doors

In 1992, Hurricane Andrew roared ashore in South Florida and really changed the window and door industry along with the rest of the construction industry. That hurricane provided a seriously-needed wake up call. You may […]

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