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Go Solar with Velux and Save Big!

Did you know that when you Go Solar by purchasing VELUX solar-powered products for your home, you are eligible for a 30% federal solar tax credit on the entire cost of your products and installation?

 Just ask for the Go Solar option with your skylight to save big! 

The Sun provides us with more energy in a single hour than the entire world uses in a year. So, why depend on energy from anywhere else? 

Velux offers a complete line of skylight products and complementary accessories from installation to the finishing touches. Choose from a wide variety of skylight models to find the bets skylight for your home.

You can now download the Velux Active app now for a smarter, healthier home!

Whether you’re at home or away, Velux Active is your home’s climate control and monitoring system. Trusted to create a healthier home environment, Velux Active’s sensor-based controls pair with your smartphone and automatically adjust your skylights and blinds for ideal temperature and air quality.

Give our trusted team at Goldfinch Bros a call to learn more about Velux today!


Barn Doors Aren’t Just For The Farm Anymore

Whether you’ve taken inspiration from your favorite HGTV show or have seen the way a barn door can completely transform a room, the rustic style of barn doors has quickly become a stylish way to update your home. 

Over the last few years, barn doors have been a popular trend throughout households across the nation; But they aren’t just for barns anymore, farm style interior doors combines both practicality and aesthetic to tie the look and feel of a room together. 

Interior barn doors by Simpson Door Company
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Install Energy Efficient Windows and Receive PUD Rebate!

If you’re considering enhancing your home’s energy efficiency, homeowners in Snohomish County are in luck! If you have an electrically heated home, your family may be eligible to receive instant rebates through the Snohomish County’s Public Utility District (PUD), which is the second largest publicly owned utility in the state of Washington. The PUD offers eligible homeowners the opportunity to help you pay for energy-saving home improvements!

Who is eligible for rebate? If you live in Snohomish County or Camano Island, homeowners with an electrically heated, manufactured home, townhouse or condominium for a single family, with up to 3 stories in height are eligible to participate in the PUD’s rebate.

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Painted Vinyl Windows – A Popular Trend

Premium painted vinyl windows are a popular trend, and for good reason.  Not only are painted vinyl windows affordable and easily installed, they’re also extremely energy efficient and low maintenance.

There was once a time when options were limited and homeowners had to settle for white vinyl windows. Today, limitations are a thing of the past. Due to their increasing popularity, one can choose from a variety of premium colors from top manufacturers such as Milgard and Ply Gem. Find the perfect color to enhance your home’s style at an affordable cost.

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Spring Window Cleaning

Clean Windows: the secret to full visual enjoyment of your windows.  Here are the best tips for window cleaning inside and out.

spring window cleaningOld man winter can leave a murky build-up on your windows. One of the reasons you value your windows is for the clear views to the outdoors.  So, when it comes time for spring cleaning and washing your windows here are some great tips for a quality cleaning experience.

Some people prefer commercially available products for their ease of use or personal preference.  But if you are looking for a completely green conscious approach try these tips using common household products.
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30% Tax Credit with Skylights

Combine 30% in tax savings with the glamorous and healthful benefits of installing Velux® energy performance model skylights for a winning combination in your home improvement endeavors.

Velux SkylightsLet’s face it, living here in the Northwest can often include long periods of dreary weather which can negatively impact emotional health by lowering energy levels.  A sure way to combat this is to install skylights above the most highly occupied living areas of your home.  Adding natural light pathways into your home brightens the interior significantly – even on the grayest of days. With the addition of skylights, you will see the shadows conspicuously diminished, right into the corners.  Watch your overall moods rise as the interior atmosphere of your home comes alive with the sparkle and dazzle of natural light. Guests will be sure to comment about the pleasant feeling of your home.

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When To Replace Your Home’s Windows

A good set of window frames can last 20 years or more with proper care and maintenance, but there comes a time in every window’s cycle when it’s time to replace it with a better, newer model. Here are some of the signs you can look for when deciding whether to upgrade your own.

Window repair being completed by a Goldfinch installer on a window frame.Check your windows for signs of damage. Frames should be inspected for cracks, gaps and other wear. Do they fog up? Do they stick, requiring a bit of elbow grease to open them? Minor problems can be repaired without replacing the entire window. “A window restoration specialist like Coviello—or even a good handyman or carpenter—can free up painted-shut upper sash; replace broken panes, sash cords, hardware, and glazing … and add weather-stripping,” Josh Garskof writes for Time.  That sort of fix is likely to run you $100 to $350 per window. However, warped, cracked or otherwise badly damaged frames should be replaced instead of applying a band-aid to the problem. “Even if the windows are still operable, they can develop problems,” Kris Hanson, Senior Group Manager in Product Management at Marvin Windows and Doors, tells Forbes.

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Historic Home Window Replacement Seattle, WA

If you own a historic home here in the Seattle area, you want to keep your original window frames for as long as possible to preserve your home’s warm aesthetic and potential resale value. But when the old ones become too weather damaged and drafty, you have no choice but to invest in a set of replacements.

windows in historic homeFinding the right match is no easy task, though. It requires a bit of research beginning with a careful assessment of the windows being replaced. Homeowners get about 73 percent of their replacement window investment back when they resell their house, according to Time magazine,  but choosing the wrong set can actually detract from the value of your home. “Like mantelpieces and built-in cabinets, original wood windows are important architectural features,” Realtor Bill Golden tells Time. “Replace them with a downscale product, and you downscale the house.”

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Windows for the Northwest Contemporary Home

Few improvements can transform the appearance of your Northwest contemporary home quite like installing a new set of windows. You can boost your home’s curb appeal, improve its views of the surrounding area and flood your living space with fresh air and natural light with just one simple upgrade. You’re also likely to save yourself loads of cash in the long run with today’s energy efficient designs. Here are a few considerations.

CURRENT NORTHWEST MODERN DESIGN TRENDS

fi-marvin-landingJust about anything goes when it comes to modern window design. “Every window in your home is another opportunity to be creative,” columnist Dave Cook writes “That being said, what was considered extraordinary yesterday may seem pedestrian today. Having knowledge of current window trends will help you improve your home both inside and out.”

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Energy Audit Checklist

It’s never a bad idea to do an energy audit on your home, whether your motivation is shaving a few bucks from your energy bill or reducing your carbon footprint and helping fight global climate change. Here is a quick check list to get you started.

Reduce Air Leaks

Energy Audit

Reducing air leaks can help you save up to 30 percent in energy costs each year. Make a list of places where you find noticeable drafts. Check baseboards, flooring edges, wall junctures, electrical outlets, window frames, doors, attic hatches, fireplaces and wall/window-mounted air conditioners. Caulking and weatherstripping are two simple and effective remedies for leaks that you find. Caulk is generally used for cracks and openings between stationary house components, such as around door and window frames, and weatherstripping is used to seal components that move, such as doors and operable windows.

Learn more about stopping drafts here.
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