Which JELD-WEN Window is Right for You?

Image credit: JELD-WEN

Image credit: JELD-WEN

JELD-WEN is one of the world's leading manufacturers of reliable windows and doors. They offer a wide variety of style and product lines. Customers are even able create their own custom designs. JELD-WEN has 10 styles available; double-hung, single-hung, awning, fixed, sliding, casement, bay, bow, garden, and tilt and turn. The most popular product line in Hawaii are the premium and builders vinyl, usually seen in double-hung, casement, and awning styles. 

Image credit: JELD-WEN

Image credit: JELD-WEN

Vinyl windows are constructed of a strong plastic material that are used for its durability, energy efficiency and ability to stand up to the elements. Plus this material will never fade in color, flake, peel or rot. 

On Oahu, JELD-WEN can be found at one of your local stores: Home Depot, One Stop Windows & Doors, and Jiffy Set.  

Tips on Purchasing a New Refrigerator

It's time to purchase a new refrigerator, whether the reason is because your remodeling and would like to upgrade or your current one stopped working. Take into consideration these tips on what to look for when purchasing a refrigerator today.


Tip 1: To ensure it's energy efficient look for an Energy Star model.

Tip 2: Look for the yellow EnergyGuide label. This label can be used to determine the model's energy use and you can create an annual estimate of operating costs.  Comparing the energy use to similar models will help determine which model is best for your needs. 

Tip 3: Top-mounted freezers use 10-25% less energy than bottom-mounted or side-by-side models.

Tip 4: Choose the right size refrigerator for your space. Generally, the larger the appliance, the greater the energy consumption. 

Tip 5: Besides being a higher cost, automatic ice-makers and through-the-door ice dispensers can increase energy use by 14-20%.

Image credit: GE Appliances

Image credit: GE Appliances

The Benefits of Switching to LED Lighting

LED Lighting is energy efficient, durable, long lasting and very versatile. Switching to LEDs can help lower your utility bills and withstand any hard and rough conditions. 

What does LED stand for? 

LED stands for "light-emitting diode." A diode is an electrical element with two terminals which conduct the electricity only in one direction. Previously diodes were used in many technologies such as televisions, radios and computers.

According to LEDLuxour, there are 10 benefits of using LED Lighting.

  1. Long Life - the operational life time expectation is up to 11 years of continuous operation
  2. Energy Efficiency - LEDs help to lower your utility bills
  3. Ecologically Friendly - LEDs contain no toxic materials and are 100% recyclable
  4. Durable Quality - LED lights are resistant to shock, vibrations and external impacts therefore making them a great option for outdoor lighting
  5. Zero UV Emissions
  6. Designs Flexibility - LEDs can easily be formed to fit any shape
  7. Operational in Extremely Cold or Hot Temperatures
  8. Light Dispersement
  9. Instant Lighting and Frequent Switching
  10. Low-Voltage - LEDs power source requires low voltage to operate

LEDs are the most efficient lights available on the market.  For more information on LEDs check out EnergyStar.gov.

Hydro-Stop is the Perfect Product for Waterproofing

Hydro-Stop is a well used product in Commercial Construction. This product is one of the best used for roofing and waterproofing projects. We recently used Hydro-Stop at one of our job sites. Our project was to waterproof concrete pads on an existing roof with a coating and fabric, Hydro-Stop was our choice!  

Hydro-Stop offers a variety of different products:

  • PremiumCost System - Leak-Proof Roof System
  • BarrierGuard - Leak-Proof Wall System
  • FlexCoat - Premium Grade Elastomeric Wall Coating
  • Kymax - Highly Durable Colorfast Premium Roof Finish Coat
  • StableRust Primer - Acrylic Direct to Metal Anti-corrosion Primer, to Stabilize & Protect Metal Surfaces
  • SureBond Primer - Acrylic Primer to Prepare Masonry & Chalky Surfaces
  • TrafficCoat - Slip-Resistant Deck & Walkway