If you are hiring out to have your home alarm installed, always use a licensed vendor to install, repair, or service an alarm system. While licenses do not guarantee honesty, it does indicate that the vendor has registered with the state, and has met the specified minimum criteria for your locale. In most cases, a license is predicated upon proof of adequate insurance and/or bonding, so you have that protection as well. Local alarm systems (those which sound only on the protected premises) are much less effective, especially when local ordinances limit the time for which the signal can sound to avoid nuisance disturbance of neighbors. If you invest in such an alarm, you are counting on conscientious neighbors to call the police to respond. Having the signals from your alarm system monitored by a licensed vendor better assures that you get the protection you pay for when you install an alarm system.


How To Make The Difficult Decision Between Vinyl And Wood Blinds

Homeowners now have many more choices for window blinds than just the old standby blinds of the past that could easily bend and break. Many homeowners and home improvement experts are choosing to go with wood or vinyl blinds with a width of two inches to really make the room look more elegant. The custom blinds are considerably less expensive than wood shutters and not only that but they also allow for more natural light which makes nearly any room look better.

It wasn't too long ago that buying wide blinds like this wouldn't be a cost effective way of dealing with a window treatment situation but now there are varied choices that almost anyone can afford. So, how does one choose between wood blinds or vinyl blinds? For starters you need to know that there positives and negatives on both, and the major difference is price and color. Wood blinds will be quite a bit more expensive than vinyl but they are also available in a much wider assortment of colors. You should endeavor to match the wood that is already in you home if you have wood trim and molding.

With the variety of color choices it should be relatively easy to match the stain. Wood blinds can add a look of elegance and sophistication and make any room go from blah to wow! Believe it or not wood blinds are also lighter than vinyl in most cases and could be the perfect choice for those extra wide double or triple windows. Because the wood blinds are lighter this can prevent the bowing that is prevalent in the middle of blinds on large windows. Wood blinds may also be made custom fit the same way as vinyl to give a uniform look. When it comes to money the vinyl blinds will definitely be a good bit less expensive than their wood counterpart.

If your color choices are white, off white, or ivory then vinyl blinds can a good choice for you, especially if you are watching your money. As a rule vinyl is simpler to keep clean because wood is so susceptible to water damage. These days your choices and selection are so varied that you can have plenty to choose from and save you money the same time.

Check with your local supply store like Lowe's or Home Depot. You can also find incredible choices online as the internet is a vast resource for any and all things and the home improvement arena is no different.

Gregg Hall is an author and internet marketing consultant living in Navarre Florida. Find more about vertical blinds and wood blinds at

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