We recently took an extended shopping trip to the window dressing store, and spent most of the day trying to decide what we were going to buy to put into our new windows. We completed an addition to our home, and it opens up the kitchen and adds a whole new family room.

So there are a lot more windows that need to be covered and we want to get it right the first time so we don’t have to revisit this decision in the near future. In the end, I just insisted that we go with the best quality, the highest quality is always the best option and they are going to last longer than anything else.

For us and for our window sizes, that means Hunter Douglas blinds. There are many different versions of blinds, and many different brands and quality levels, but the Hunter Douglas ones are the best on the market, and they perfectly fit our requirements and needs for the new space.

It was apparent when we first walked in that not all of the blinds on sale or on offer were going to meet our needs. We wanted a specific style of blinds, one that would be really easy to use, very functional, and would also match the blinds in the rest of the house.

We didn’t need a perfect match, but we didn’t want something that was obviously different or that would clash in some way. We have Hunter Douglas blinds in other rooms in the house, and we love the easy way that they function, and we have never had a problem with them not working correctly for any reason.

We knew that this room would get a lot more use than our other rooms, especially since it is a part of the extended kitchen, and it really just flows from the kitchen into the new living room. There is a new deck outside the back doors, and so in going in and out of the house onto the deck, the doors will be opened and closed a lot, and the blinds are going to be raised and lowered quite a bit more than in other rooms where we already have the Hunter Douglas blinds.

So we needed to be sure we were getting really high quality so that it would last through all the increased wear and tear that is sure to happen in this space. After we looked through everything they had, and we tried out all the materials and all the samples, we decided to go with the updated version of the Hunter Douglas blinds that we already have in our home.

They are going to match, and they are more durable so they will handle all the additional use that we know is coming. And of course, they are going to match the rest of the room perfectly, and the rest of the house will almost match perfectly. The color is neutral, so it won’t be noticeable if they are off a bit.

The Roofing Workmanship Practices for Your House


Given that a new roof, or roofing repair in Calgary, can be an expensive investment in your home, it makes sense to want to work with a roofing company that’s following the best practices in the industry. The tough part for Calgary homeowners, however, is figuring out what those best practices might be.

One of the reasons for this confusion has to do with the fact that, in Canada, there are no certifications for roofers who work on sloped roofs. There are certifications for roofers in general, but these mostly apply to larger, commercial buildings with flat roofs. What’s the difference? Flat roof projects tend to be on larger, multi-million-dollar commercial buildings. That means more money, more attention to safety, and more government and industry oversight.

Similarly, there are certifications for sloped roofers who work in the United States, but again, the roofing industry is different south of the border. For one thing, there are more people, and homes, in general; and for another, the U.S. typically experiences a wide variety of weather – like tornadoes and hurricanes – that are virtually unheard of here in Canada. Although Calgary homeowners are familiar with the odd hail storm, the residential roofing business here is quite a bit different.

And so, with no Canadian sloped roofing certifications available, 99% of the roofing companies you talk to aren’t going to be certified… which brings us back to our original question: How can you tell if your Calgary residential roofing company is following best practices?

One thing you can do is make sure that they are following the guidelines that are in place. The Alberta Roofing Contractors Association has created a manual titled “good roofing practices,” which touches on some areas that are important – such as the right way to deal with metal flashing, for example, or what type of repairs to make on a heavily pitched roof. It isn’t a government guideline, but it is a strong starting point, and something you could ask a prospective roofing company about.

A better way to go about things, and one that doesn’t require you to learn a lot about roofing, is to simply check on your roofer’s reputation and ask a lot of questions. The great thing about doing quality work is that past customers will always be willing to stand up for you. And so, if your Calgary roofer has lots of positive feedback and a good track record, then it’s a good chance they are following the best roofing practices – even if they aren’t set out by Canadian law.

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