“Why Should I Buy Your Door?”

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Here are my top reasons buyers should choose Signet Fiberglass Doors.

1. Superior Stiles & Rails
The details of the stile & rail system design make a very compelling case for choosing Signet:

Corners are dovetailed, not tack nailed. Dovetails are what you see in high-end construction or kitchen cabinetry. If you inspect kitchen drawers, when you buy something a little less expensive they’ll be stapled or glued together. Our dovetails give the door stronger construction that helps prevent warping and bowing.

The strength of the stile & rail system. A typical door in the marketplace has a 1-5/8″ rail all the way around the door that’s tack nailed or glued. On our Signet doors the strike side rail is a 4-1/4″, 4-ply hardwood stile. While most fiberglass doors have a multi-piece construction in the rail around the lockbox, the Signet strike side rail runs continuously through the height of the door, eliminating the need for a lockbox. This not only adds to the overall strength of the door, but also enhances security.

Drier wood materials. Many manufacturers use a softer wood. This means that where there are laminated veneers, any sort of moisture or cold/hot fluctuations can cause the materials to expand and contract. Just like quality-grade hardwood for furniture, our hardwood stiles and rails are kiln dried. This pre-stabilizes the wood so you don’t have as much expansion and contraction.

All of these Signet design elements make for a much more structurally-sound door that lasts. They help to resist the dreaded warping and bowing that no homeowner wants.

2. Ability to Customize
Customization is one of our sweet spots at ProVia, and it really does set us apart. We offer customized door and sidelite widths and heights in 1⁄8″ increments.

3. Authentic Wood Grain Appearance
Through the use of nickel vapor deposition technology to create Signet door skins, the Signet achieves the look of a realistic wood species. This provides the look of a real wood door, without the inherent maintenance required with a wood door.

It’s Worth It!

Give the homeowner great peace of mind and value for every dollar spent with the multiple realistic wood species options, the various stain and paint pre-finishing choices, the attention to details some can’t (won’t) apply, the overall construction, and the warranties that go along with the Signet. I think this makes the Signet well worth purchasing, and I bet lots of your customers will feel the same way.

Wes Ley, Door Brand Manager from ProVia

Before & After Photos – Flooring

We like to personally thank all our customers that have allowed us into their homes the last 62 years. Here are some happy customers that wanted to show their floors, before and after Tom Adams       Windows and Carpets entered their home.

Hardwood Flooring – Popularity

This is the first blog in a series about the growing popularity of Hard Surface flooring. We will be going through hardwood flooring, vinyl and laminate trends. Some of the questions will be focusing on is how to choose the right flooring, sales representative, and deciding on which flooring company is good for you.

Popularity of Hardwood Flooring

Hard Surface (or Hardwood flooring) has become more popular than Soft Surface (Carpet) products due to changing fashion trends; whether it be through local designers, home fashion magazines or the HGTV type remodel shows. Most remodels are geared around hard surface products. Carpet has been relegated to smaller sections of today’s homes, bedrooms and family rooms.

Castle Combe Artisans - Byrdcliffe - Hardwood Flooring

Castle Combe Artisans – Byrdcliffe

According to the American Pets Products Association’s National Pet Owners Survey, 65% of U.S. households own a pet. Hard surface products are the preferred choice for pet owners because of the perceived ease of clean ability. Pets shed and sometimes make a mess. Even though carpet can be easy to clean and some carpet companies provide pet cleaning warranties, people believe that hard surfaces are easier to clean up by wiping it down.

Changing Trends in Flooring

Trends in flooring have changed over the years. In the 1960’s if a homeowner owned carpet in their home, they were considered wealthy. If a person had hardwood, they were perceived to be poor. In the 60’s, Hardwood came in a small variety of 3-5 colors and 2 widths for the average homeowner and builder. Carpets came in 10-15 colors with a variety of texture and plush thickness- the thicker carpet were thought as better products.

The availability of hardwood products has changed in the past 50 years. The variety of hardwood type, style, width, color, texture available can make decision making more difficult than ever. Over 100 different combinations are available in today’s flooring store. More than ever the sales representative, from the flooring store, has become the best asset to a homeowner. The sales representative has direct knowledge of each floor and how they perform in different homes. Salesmen can provide testimonials from previous customers on that product as well. Our customers can learn from other home owner’s decisions on the products, installation type and areas that have new hard surface flooring.

Castle Combe Artisans -Prince Ave. - Hardwood Flooring

Castle Combe Artisans – Prince Ave.

The Internet is an excellent tool to learn and visually inspect the floor of your dreams in a home like yours. Don’t believe everything that is on the Internet!  Here are some tips to spot misinformed articles. Often, manufacturers and blogs lead homeowners to believe their floor is 100% impenetrable to all types of scratches, pets, kids and stains. They make it appear as if cleaning is automatic; that robots or little elves come out and clean your floor while you are sleeping. Installation is always shown as that it’s “so easy even a child can install the product.” Again, this is far from the truth. You need all the correct products, the right adhesives, and the proper tools. Most do not have the correct tools and would have to purchase them. This would increase the cost of the floor by $300-$500. Then, the knowledge to work the tools correctly along with the patience and time afforded to install with the right adhesive, moisture tests, expansion joints, correct subfloor and knowing the differences between what is correct and not correct

Why Choose Hardwood Floors over other Hard Surface Flooring?

Hardwood is what people want in their home. Natural beauty, uniqueness, warmth, back to nature, complete neutral decorating (goes with everything) and residual value to your home are some of the few reasons why hardwood is a good choice. On average, hardwood adds an 80% residual value to your home, with every $10,000 that you spend adds $8,000 more to your home value. Real estate agents have also found it easier for people to sell their homes with hardwood floors. Stunning textures, colors and width dominate the home in Oak, Maple, Birch, Walnut, Brazilian Cherry and many other exotic woods. A rustic retreat is accomplished with a hand scraped 7” wide White Oak in a dark color. A modern bright home in a 5” wide natural Maple or Acacia will make any home a showcase. These products are available in solid and engineered with a nail down, glue down or floated installation. An educated sales associate will work with you to review the cost and benefits of each wood and installation.

Before & After Photos of Window Replacement

At Tom Adams Windows and Carpets, our results speak for themselves.

Check out these before and after images of a window replacement done by us.

Best of Bucks County 2016

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We Won The Best of Bucks County 2016 for Windows & Doors! 

This is the 13th year in a row that Tom Adams Windows & Carpets has won The Best of Bucks County. We would like to thank all our customers for voting for us. We appreciate your business and want to continue beautifying your home for many years to come.

Click here to view our article in The Courier Times about Tom Adams Windows and Carpets being in business for a little over 6 decades.

Click here to view a video on our business that was created by The Courier Times.

Luxury Vinyl Tile Maintenance

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Sweep, Swift or vacuum floors regularly to remove any dust or debris. Avoid using a vacuum with a beater bar. Damp-mop as needed with clean water and diluted floor cleaner. Harsh cleaning chemicals shouldn’t be used on luxury vinyl flooring.  Use Bona Hard Surface cleaner along with a micro-mop for best cleaning.

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE 

  • Use blinds or drapes to block sunlight during peak hours or purchase high energy windows for permanent protection. 
  • Use felt pads for frequently moved furniture to prevent scratching. Opt for nonstaining large surface floor protectors for heavy furniture and appliances. 
  • Clean up spills immediately. 

EXTRA PROTECTION 
Invest in high-quality non-rubber floor mats for an extra layer of protection. Place the mats at entrances and exits to collect and trap corrosive substances that can be tracked in, like dirt, sand, oil, grit, asphalt, and even driveway sealer.

Ceramic Tile Maintenance

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Sweep or vacuum floors to remove any dust or debris before using any cleaning products. Damp-mop your tile floor at least once each week (more frequently for heavy traffic areas) to decrease wear and abrasion from grit and soil. 

GLAZED TILE
Clean regularly with an all-purpose, non-oil-based household cleaner that’s compatible with cleaning grout joints. Use an everyday multipurpose spray cleaner to remove soap scum, hard water deposits, and mildew on wall tiles in your bath or shower. Do not use harsh powders or scouring powders on high glaze or shiny wall tiles. This may cause permanent scratching

UNGLAZED TILE
Use concentrated tile cleaners that have a neutral pH for regular cleaning. These will safely remove grease, oils, and normal spills—just check to be sure the cleaner is intended for the application, use, and traffic level. Clean glass tile with any nonabrasive cleaner recommended for either glass or tile. 

TIPS FOR PREVENTING DAMAGE 

  • Test scouring powders and sealants on a small area before cleaning the full area. 
  • Use a sealer on grout joints shortly after installation and use products compatible with cleaning grout joints. 
  • After cleaning, rinse the entire area with clear water to remove any cleaning solution residue. 
  • Have any damaged or broken tile removed and replaced only by Tom Adams Service Department.
  • Never Flood Floors under any circumstance

Hardwood Maintenance

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  • Keep pets’ nails trimmed and their paws clean. Pets can track in substances that cause scratching and stains. 
  • Use a humidifier during the winter when you heater is in use to help reduce wood shrinkage and humidity between 35% and 55%. 
  • Use a dihumidifier during summer to reduce moisture caused by air conditioner. Humidity should be 35% to 55%.
  • Solid Hardwood have a greater tendency to gap during winter months especially the wider the wood the larger the gap.
  •  Wipe up spills and spots immediately, to stop water wicking into surface.
  • Vacuum or sweep your floor regularly with a soft-bristled attachment or broom, especially in high-traffic areas. This prevents gritty dirt and particle buildup that can scratch the wood’s surface. Don’t use vacuums with a beater bar or power rotary brush head. 
  • Use protective window coverings to block fade-causing UV rays and excessive heat from direct sunlight. Most wood types will gradually age when not covered, so it’s a good idea to rearrange rugs and furniture periodically to help it age evenly.
  • Tom Adams recommends Bona Hardwood Cleaner or Hardsurface Cleaner along with a micro mop or a dry swifter.
  • Always protect your hardwood floor with leg protectors and replace at least once a year, or as needed in heavy traffic areas such as foyer and kitchen
A Tip From Our Service Manager

Do NOT use any steam cleaners for your hardwood floor or rubber mats that may swell or discolor your floor permanently.

Carpet Maintenance

carpet-color-trends-card-1Follow these simple tips to keep your carpet’s color and texture looking fresh.

  • Vacuum your carpet regularly to prevent soil from embedding itself in the pile. You can never over vacuum carpet.
  • Many Carpets now have a soft fiber which can prohibit certain makes of vacuums unable to be moved about your new carpet. Dyson, is just an example of such a vacuum because of his high powered suction and lack of adjustable height for different surfaces.
  • Tom Adams has an exclusive 1 year Spot and Spill Warranty. Please contact your sales person for details and a bottle of FREE Spot Carpet Cleaning bottle with your purchase.
  • Depending on the type of carpet you have, you’ll want to use a vacuum with a rotating brush, a beater bar, or suction only.  Berber, commercial or pattern should not have a beater bar.
  • Keeping traffic and other use factors in mind, you must have professional cleaning every 12 to 18 months, per the manufacturers warranty. 
  • Use scissors to clip sprouts and snags. Don’t pull on them—you might damage the carpet, call Tom Adams Service Department if you would need us to come out.
  • If your carpet is burned, simply remove the tops of the dark, burnt fibers with curved fingernail scissors. If the burn is extensive, you may need to patch or replace it. 
  • Remove heavy furniture dents by stroking the dented area with the edge of a coin. You can also use a hair dryer or a steam iron, but be very careful not to touch the carpet with the iron. 
  • If your carpet has wrinkles, and you ( the homeowner) purchased your carpet from Tom Adams for your home,  please call our Service Department and ask for your FREE Carpet restretch. This is part of your Lifetime Warranty from Tom Adams . (rentals, builder standard grade and commercial carpet excluded)
  • For extensive water damage, consult professional cleaners to dry your carpet from the front and back.

Vinyl Windows Maintenance

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Maintenance of your window is important to keep it operating at its full potential. Here are some important steps to take throughout the year to keep your windows and doors looking beautiful. 

  1. Keep sill track clean of dirt and debris so water can flow freely to outside.
  2. Keep all weep holes free of obstructions so water can flow freely to outside.
  3. Inspect exterior caulking regularly and replace when necessary.
  4. Clean and check operation of hardware and weather-stripping regularly and repair if necessary. 
  5. Keep weatherstrip clean of dirt and grit for proper seal. Wash with mild soap and water, rinse with water and wipe dry. Apply a light coat of wax (Lemon Pledge ®) and wipe off excess. 
  6. Determine the source of any moisture that you see around your windows or doors and stop its entry and accumulation or call Tom Adams Service Department. 
  7. Immediately dry out any areas around your windows or doors that you observe are wet (immediate action is necessary to mitigate any damage to your home). The use of a dehumidifier, fan, or any warm air source will help dry out affected area.
  8. Maintain relative humidity at moderate levels. 

Vinyl Finish:

  1. To clean, wash with mild soap and water. Heavy dirt and stains may require stronger cleaning compounds such as a vinyl siding cleaner. The surface can be wiped down with solvents such as goof off, naphtha, nail polish remover (acetone) and alcohol.
    CAUTION: as some cleaners can leave marks or scratch vinyl.
  2. Abrasive cleaners will scratch the surface and are not recommended.

Hardware:

  1. Much like sterling silver even the finest brass will react naturally to the elements surrounding it. To maintain, polish with a nonabrasive automotive or furniture wax. By keeping your hardware cleaned and maintained you will be rewarded with a long-lasting finish.
  2. Tighten screws when necessary.
  3. Lightly oil as needed. Wipe off excess.

Caution: DO NOT USE paint thinners, lacquer thinner, gasoline, kerosene or any other harsh chemical to clean surfaces or hardware.

A Tip From Our Service Manager

Do Not Powerwash Windows or directly close spray hoses on windows, weep holes or meeting rails

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