6/14/2013 8:36:00 AM Ask the contractor Window shields reduce noise, provide extra security
Sandy Griffis Yavapai County Contractors Association
Q: We are part-time residents in Prescott, leaving our home in Montana during the winter. We want to "button up" our home when we leave to return to Montana and are thinking about installing some short of window covering or shield. We have only been able to find window screens/sun shades. Do you know of any window shields for more security?-Pauline and Ed, Prescott
A: There is a product available in our market called Roll-A-Shield, which is a rolling shutter. This is a very unique product consisting of aluminum slats that look like window blinds. These slats are hinged together and they roll up and down on tracks/guides. The window shield or shutter is used to enclose patios and cover outside windows and doors, and they can also be installed on the inside of homes to cover and close off a pass-through, or even shut off closets.
The Roll-A-Shield can be manual, electric or remote-control operated, all controlled from within the home. The shutters have proven to reduce dust and outside noise, ensures privacy and offers security. There are small vents built into each individual slat, allowing a moderate amount of ventilation and filtered light into the area when the shutter is down, but not in the total closed or lock position. Roll-A-Shield can be raised or lowered and stopped at any point, offering a variety of light control. The shutter can be rolled up out of sight into a shutter box that is mounted above the opening when not in use. These shields are great insulators from winter cold and summer heat, offering energy savings year-around.
Neumann High County Doors, a local family-owned company, fabricates this item, which comes in a variety of colors. The shutters are made from material from the Heroal Company in Germany. Heroal Co. is the inventor of the aluminum slat and is known worldwide as the foremost manufacturer of rolling shutter components. You can reach June Hawkins and the Neumann team at 772-9738.
Q: We are remodeling our kitchen and my husband and I are in the middle of a "discussion." My husband says granite is out and I say it is in. My husband said to contact YCCA for the answer. - Polly and Tom, Prescott Lakes
A: Granite has been around for decades and is timeless. It will be with us as countertop material for years to come. Granite is durable and resists stains (with care). There is a variety of color blends, from the relatively plain to exciting and bold. So granite is in and will always be in.
However, there are many other solid-surface countertop materials on the market that have personality and can make a statement in the kitchen. From CesarStone to Quartz to Vertrazzo recycled glass, there are many products on the market that can turn your kitchen into something visually stunning, exciting and durable. Our local Arizona Tile has extraordinary surfaces and a vast selection of countertop materials just waiting to be explored. You can transform your kitchen counter with material that has intricate patterns and dynamic color. Unless you are selling your home soon, be bold and add a dash of creativity and flair. Worry less about what is in and select the material that you really love.
As a reminder, Yavapai County's free slash drop-off program runs through June 30. Only brush, branches, grass, leaves, yard trimmings will be accepted. No lumber, stumps, roots, cactus, metal or garbage will be allowed. Call 771-3183 for additional information.
Call YCCA for information on hiring a contractor at 778-0040. Submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or through www.ycca.org.