Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Fourth of July Safety Tips to Follow!

The Fourth of July is finally here! Let the celebrations begin! Many people have the day off and usually plan a special day out celebrating with family and friends! Some other plans may include going to the beach, attending fireworks, relaxing with friends and family by the pool or firing up the barbecue!

No matter what your plans are for July 4th, The American Red Cross wants everyone to have an enjoyable yet safe Fourth of July! They have issued a few simple steps that can insure you and your family stays safe this festive holiday!

Beach Safety: If you’re planning on attending the beach tomorrow, be sure to check the weather and water conditions before you leave and throughout the day. Also, only swim in designated areas and where lifeguards are present at ALL times. Also, watch the sun! You should limit the amount of time you spend in the direct sunlight between 10-4. Drink a lot of water and avoid caffeine and all alcoholic beverages while being in the sun. Make sure to wear plenty of sunscreen and sunglasses!

Other tips:
Actively supervise children at all times - even if a lifeguard is present. Stay within arm's reach of young children when they are in the water.
Have weak swimmers wear a Coast Guard-approved life jacket. Don't rely on water wings or inflatable toys.
Always enter shallow water feet first. Dive only in areas marked safe for diving.

Rip Currents: Be aware of the danger of rip currents at all times!

Other tips:
If caught in a rip current, swim parallel to the shore until out of the current. Once free, turn and swim toward shore.
If someone can't swim to the shore, they should shout for help, float or tread water until free of the rip current and then head toward shore.
Stay at least 100 feet away from piers and jetties. Permanent rip currents often exist near these structures.

Fireworks Safety: With every 4th of July celebration come fireworks! Here are some tips to follow to stay safe.
Never give fireworks to small children and always follow the instructions on the packaging.
Keep a supply of water close by as a precaution.
Make sure the person lighting fireworks always wears eye protection.
Light only one firework at a time and never attempt to relight "a dud."
Store fireworks in a cool, dry place away from children and pets.
Never throw or point fireworks toward people, animals,

Grilling Safety: If you’re planning on heating up the BBQ tomorrow, be sure to follow these tips!
Always watch the barbecue grill when in use.
Never grill indoors - not in a house, camper, tent or any enclosed area.
Make sure children and pets stay away from the grill.
Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, the deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
Use the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill to keep the chef safe.
Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
Always follow the manufacturer's instructions when using grills.

Have you ever followed any of these tips before? Do you have any additional tips on ways to stay safe this Independence Day? Let us know on our Facebook page linked HERE

Thursday, June 28, 2012

How To Keep Glass Shower Doors Clean!

What are the most effective ways to clean glass shower doors?  If you have glass shower doors, you may have noticed that sometimes water spots develop on the inside of the door. Here are some tips on how to clean your shower doors and have them looking more beautiful than ever before!

First, you should never use bristle brushes, abrasive sponges or scouring powder on either the glass or metal parts of the shower doors. Also, do not use abrasive cleansers or cleaners containing ammonia, bleach, acids, waxes, alcohol or solvents on the metal part of the shower door. Your best bet to remove water spots from the door is using a Mr. Clean “magic eraser”, a dampened fabric-softener sheet or a microfiber cloth with either water or white vinegar.

White vinegar can also be poured onto paper towels or cloths then rung out well and then you can stick them to your glass shower doors and leave them there for 15 minutes. If none of these products work, you may need to use something a little more heavy duty like Kaboom Foam-Tastic.

Another tip to remember is to always wipe down your shower doors after a shower. You can simply use a towel or a squeegee.

Do you have any other tips on how to keep glass shower doors clean? Let us know on our Facebook page linked HERE

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Glass Shower Doors vs. Shower Curtains: Which Do You Prefer?

Many people prefer glass shower doors over shower curtains for many reasons. Glass doors keep water inside the shower more effectively than a shower curtain, they don’t omit the toxic smells that plastic curtains release, they don’t need to be replaced periodically like curtains and liners, and they can be easily cleaned and don’t build up mold like curtains do. Although, there are still many who don’t know who convenient glass shower doors can be!

Shower doors are made of safest type of glass, tempered glass. This is required by federal, state, and local building codes and it is designed to break into small pieces which lower the possibility for a very harmful injury. Tempered glass is resistant to direct impact, but can begin to shatter or fracture if it is hit on the edge or corner.

To ensure that your shower door is tempered glass, check to see if the two pieces of glass are sealed together with a clear piece of resin. Also, look for a label stamped on the glass. Often times, tempered glass is labeled to satisfy specific building codes.

One of the only ways tempered glass can explode is if the glass had a flaw in it and was under stress in the frame. To ensure your safety, periodically check your shower door hardware to make sure fasteners are secure and tighten them if needed. Also, inspect glass regularly for any chips or cracks, especially around the edges and notches. If you see any chips or cracks, replace the glass panel immediately. 

Need help with your glass shower door? Contact Lighthouse Shower Doors for all your installation, repair and shower door needs! For more information, visit LighthouseShowerDoors.com

Thursday, June 21, 2012

What Can Lighthouse Shower Doors Do For You?

Are you looking to update your bathroom? A great way to do so is by getting rid of those outdated shower curtains and adding a beautiful glass shower door!

Lighthouse Shower Doors Inc. is who you should call to make your bathroom more beautiful than ever! Lighthouse was created to provide professional design and installation services for your shower enclosure needs! Every job that the professionals at Lighthouse take on, are measured and template with the utmost precision using only the latest technology in measuring devices to make sure your custom design is absolutely perfect!

With over 20 years in experience combining measuring, fabricating, and installing shower doors, Lighthouse has the skills to provide exactly what you’re looking for.

Call Lighthouse Shower Doors Inc. today for a design consultation at 516-543-8672. Also, visit our Facebook page linked HERE!  

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Tips To Remember When Choosing A New Shower Door!

Are you tired of your shower curtain? Do you think it may be time to install a shower door? Adding a shower door can be the perfect edition to your bathroom to give it that new updated touch that it may need! It can also add some simple beauty and value to the room!

Here are a couple basic tips and steps to adding a shower door to your bathroom!

First, you must decide what kind of door you want. Larger shower stalls usually use sliding-type doors, while standard shower stalls usually use swinging-hinge type doors.  Correct size doors is important as well.  Make sure you not only measure your stall height, but also be aware that you need two width measurements. You’ll need one for the top of the stall width and one for the bottom of the stall width.

Next, make sure the door frame finish matches the rest of your bathroom. Aluminum frame finishes usually come in bronze, nickel, brass and silver. Also, look for a shower door that is easy to install. Some quick-install type doors require no drilling of the shower walls at all!

Have you recently installed a new shower door? Let us know about your experience on our Facebook page linked HERE

Thursday, June 14, 2012

What You Need To Know About Flag Day!

Many Americans look forward to Memorial Day followed by Independence Day in the beginning of July to truly kickoff the summer. However, most people forget about the celebration of the birthday of the stars and stripes, better known as Flag Day! Today, June 14, 2012 is Flag Day! Most Americans aren’t even aware that Flag Day exists let alone what the day represents!

Although Flag Day isn’t a federal holiday, it still has significant meaning behind it. June 14th is a historic date because in 1777, the Continental Congress passed an official resolution that the flag of the United States would be 13 alternating red and white stripes and that the Union would be thirteen white stars I a blue field to represent a new constellation. 

Although the American Flag has been altered over time, the flag still holds the stars and stripes and symbolizes free people!

Did you know it was Flag Day? Have you ever celebrated Flag Day? Let us know on our Facebook page linked HERE

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Homeowners Want Hotel Style Bathrooms!

Every year, there is an increase in the amount of people traveling and staying in many different hotels. Whether it is a family vacation, a business trip or a quick weekend getaway, there are always hotels involved. Individuals want to stay in a hotel that accommodates all of their needs in a clean atmosphere. However, many of us have had those “hit or miss” hotel experiences. One thing many people often say makes or breaks their hotel experience is the bathroom!

Wynn Las Vegas Bathroom VanityA recent survey concluded that the average homeowner wishes their bathroom was like one that is seen in a three to five star hotels. Homeowners are trying to replicate these style bathrooms in their homes. 90% of people wish they had a three to five star hotel bathroom in their home! It’s not because these bathrooms are over luxurious, they are simply made to budget and portray equipment that has great value!

Do you wish you had a hotel style bathroom in your home? Let us know what your dream bathroom would look like on our Facebook page linked HERE

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Installing And Repairing Shower Doors!

Are you thinking about making some installations or repairs in your bathroom? Consider Lighthouse Shower Doors for any of your installing or repair needs! Lighthouse is able to repair most shower doors as well as restore older ones.

Lighthouse Shower Doors is also a certified installer for Kohler, Century and Quality Manufactures!

Some of Lighthouse services include:
  • Measure to within a sixteenth of an inch, with lasers, to custom template your shower opening.
  • Having over 20 years combined experience fabricating and installing shower doors.
  • Install Framed and Frameless Shower Doors.
  • Install any shower door manufacturers stock and custom shower doors.

Contact Lighthouse today for an installation consultation and an estimate to service your shower door! Or, visit our Facebook page linked HERE

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Splash Panel Shower Doors

Are you thinking about changing your shower doors? If you are, consider splash panel shower doors. Splash panel shower doors are simply beautiful, easy to function and durable.

Frame less splash panel shower doors come in a variety of designs. Some of the different designs include rounded radius’ or square corners, single fixed panel,  2 panels – one fixed and second moving, single moving panel and bi-fold where both panels move.

There are also hardware finishes on the splash panel doors. Some types of hardware finishes are polished chrome, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze, polished nickel, satin chrome, polished brass, satin brass, antique brushed copper, brushed bronze, polished copper, gold plated, white, red, and black and other custom colors!

Also, there are custom hinges and handles or towel bars that you can add to customize the look of your shower doors.

If you think splash panel shower doors are something that would suite your bathroom, contact Lighthouse Shower Doors for your installation! For more information, check out Lighthouse Shower Doors Facebook page linked here!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Latest Trends in Bathroom Design...

Say goodbye to the jetted tubs and sliding glass doors! Some of the latest trends in new bathrooms that have been seen include dual-flush toilets, LED lighting and walk-in showers. According to recent survey by the American Institute of Architecture, homeowners nowadays are focusing mainly on affordability and universal design.

Over the past couple of years, “going green” has become increasingly more popular. In both home design and home decor, Eco-friendly features are becoming more mainstream, especially, LED lighting andwater-saving or dual-flush toilets that change water volume depending on the type of waste being flushed.

Another trend being seen in new bathrooms is applying features that improve accessibility. The National Association of Home Builders reports that 20% of home builders expect new construction to embrace aging in place with more universal access. Some of these changes may include grab bars, “curbless” showers, floating vanities that allow wheelchair access and wider doorways.

Have you incorporated any of these changes into your bathroom? Let us know on Lighthouse Shower Doors Facebook page linked here

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

31% of Americans want to Remodel Their Bathrooms and Reduce Utility Costs...

In a survey conducted by Better Homes and Gardens magazine, a third of Americans or 31% reported they want to remodel their bathrooms while 25% reported wanting to remodel their kitchens. Bathroom remodeling has increased by 17% over the past two years and has become the most popular remodeling job.

Many people aren't interested in luxurious master bathrooms anymore. They would rather a bathroom that is practical, classic and basic. Whirlpool tubs are being removed and larger showers with a bench, a ceiling-mounted rain shower head and a hand-held shower is what is most commonly being seen throughout homes. 

Homeowner’s main concerns nowadays is reducing utility costs. Many are doing so by incorporating efficient LED (light emitting diode) fixtures and water-saving toilets seem to be an increasing popular demand as well. Besides conservation, some other popular trends include larger varied tiles and sunlight inviting windows.

Here are some space-saving tips for your next bathroom remodeling project!
  • Enhance space and storage by swinging the door outward. Use hooks or pegs to hang towels, put a storage cabinet or shelves above the toilet and use below-sink cabinetry and mirrored medicine cabinets.
  • In smaller bathrooms, create a larger, spa-like shower bygetting rid of the shower/tub combo. If a dedicated bather, go with a space-saving built-in soaking tub.
  • Install lighting that can dim as well as go off (along with exhaust fans) automatically after a period of time.
  • Separate the toilet from the sink area with a frosted glass wall, or if there's more space, with a toilet room (add venting for noise and odor control).
  •  To enhance counter space, use a single-bowl rather than a double-bowl vanity. If there's enough room, use two sinks and add privacy by separating them with built-in wall storage.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Remodeling Your Beach House

Are you an owner of a beach house? If so, there are probably a couple of remodeling ideas on your to do list. Here are a couple of remodeling tips for you to take into consideration this summer.
First, enhance the spaces where you spend the most time. Kitchens and screened porches seem to be the biggest hangout spots in beach homes. Therefore, consider making the porch bigger and add an extra bat stool to expand your kitchens island.

Second, accommodate technology. To prevent rooms full of power cords and chargers sticking out of every wall outlet, think about adding built-in charging stations in the bedroom closets.
Third, replace dated or flimsy doors or doorknobs. Doors and doorknobs are constantly being used throughout the home and could always use some touchups or repairs!
Fourth,rethink the height of the bathroom vanities. The standard height for bathroom vanities was 30 inches in bathrooms and 36 inches in kitchens. Most people find 36 inches to be more comfortable. Consider making this change to keep your house as up to date as possible.

And lastly, start a construction blog! Starting a blog is a great way to share pictures of your home and poll your family members on project ideas and details. You can then turn all of your before and after photos into an album on the coffee table!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bathroom Remodeling: Often the Hardest & Most Expensive Room to Remodel

When looking to remodel your home, the bathroom in particular, this is often one of the hardest and most expensive rooms of the house to remodel. Plumbing lines are set to certain spots and the sink and toilet are set in a specific space. Also, if your bathroom is on the smaller side, there is very little you can do without spending a huge chunk of change to renovate!
If your bathroom falls into the small space category, here are a few “space-busters” you can try to make your small space appear larger.

  • Swap out the vanity. If your cabinet is a vanity, consider switching or replacing it with a pedestal sink. It will minimize the storage potential in the bathroom and make the bathroom appear to be more spacious.
  • Ditch the shower curtain. Fabric or patterned shower curtains tend to make bathrooms look smaller. Think about installing glass shower doors, they will keep the view open and light. If you are relatively handy, installing glass shower doors yourself is relatively easy.
  • Clear the clutter. Baskets, bins and shelves can help to keep a small space stay tidy. Consider installing wall-mounted or built in storage to keep your bathroom looking neat and clean.
  • Paint it. A simple coat of paint can transform any room. If your bathroom lacks natural day light consider adding lighter and more neutral colors to give your bathroom a new look. Lively colors allow for bathrooms to look more spacious.
  • Let there be light. If your bathroom is on the older side, it is easy to assume you have outdated light fixtures. There are many options out there for new bathroom lighting and a modest investment is certainly worth the cost in the end.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Spring Cleaning "Must-Do's" According to Bob Vila!

Now that spring is in full bloom, it’s time to make sure all your spring cleaning projects are checked off the list. May is a great time of year to fix up the house from damage from the winter, and prepare it in full for the upcoming sunny summer months. 

Here are five “must-dos” for your spring maintenance, provided by Bob Vila, that if you haven’t got to yet, you can now add them to the list!
  • Seal your driveway. Winter has many mysterious ways of taking a toll on the exterior of your home, but don’t let the driveway be an exception. Damage from the sun, oil, gas spills, rain, wind and fluctuation in temperature all contribute to the breakdown of the driveway overtime. Water creates cracks and can then settle into the base. If your driveway hasn’t been sealed in two years, get to it now! This is the perfect DIY (do it yourself) weekend project.
  • Check air conditioning units. Now that the warmer weather has arrived, it’s assumed that you will be putting your air conditioning units to good use. Check the filter, check hose connection for leaks, and make sure the drain pans are draining freely. Also, make sure to vacuum any dust that has settled on the unit and its connections- it can affect its functioning! If you’ve experienced any trouble with the unit in the past, it may be time to call in a professional to check it out. Warm weather is known for elevating humidity, especially in the basement and garage, so be sure to set up a dehumidifier to reduce any issues!
  • Tend to your lawn. The winter months allow for many soil complications, along with chemical changes that alter the soil’s PH levels. Even if you are unable to physically see weeds, they are more than likely waiting for optimum conditions to propagate.  If you want to reduce the chances of them germinating, consider an organic herbicide. Also, reseed on a regular basis!
  • Ready the grill. If your gas grill has any remaining gas from the winter months, check the burner jets for any clogs or obstructions. Also, be sure that all gas hoses and connections are sound and secure. For charcoal grill owners, make sure your grill is ash free and free of grease and residue.
  • Inspect deck and patio. Inspect the deck for any warped or splintered boards. Give the deck a good sweep to remove and excess leaves or debris that may have accumulated over the winter. No matter if your deck is wood, plastic or composite; a deck should be cleaned thoroughly every year to extend its life. If the wood finish on your deck is faded or worn, May is the perfect time to clean, stain and reseal it.