Breaking Ground in Eldon, MO | Quaker Windows & Doors

Breaking Ground in Eldon, MO | Quaker Windows & Doors

It may have been a cold and rainy morning, but that didn’t stop more than 100 people from gathering in a open field in Eldon, MO to break ground on Quaker Windows & Doors newest plant location.

Quaker CEO  Kevin Blansett & QWP board members Judy Stone, Carlotta Kaesik, Mary Knoll, and Pam Knoll were joined by Missouri Governor Mike Parson, MO Dept. of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon, Eldon Mayor Larry Henderson, and Ameren Missouri President Mike Moehn as they turned over the official first shovels of dirt.

They were joined by  Quaker employees, 3rd generation members of the Knoll Family (QWP’s owners), and many members of the Eldon Community as excitement filled the air about the future of Quaker as part of the Eldon community.

“It is such an honor to be here and be part of this community. We look forward to the growth, not only today, but over the next ten years,” Quaker CEO, Kevin Blansett.

After the official ground breaking ceremony, a reception and press conference were held at a local venue in Eldon, Warehouse 55. During this event more details and acknowledgments of the project and future ahead were given.  Matt Davis, Superintendent of Eldon Public Schools spoke in depth about the future job training and educational opportunities this would bring to their community.

Through Quaker and the Eldon School district, students of today would be taught and mentored to have successful careers right  in their hometown after graduation. Davis also told a heart wrenching story of a local student,  sharing with the audience how Quaker coming to Eldon was not only going to change the physical landscape of the community, but the financial stability of their students and population for generations to come.

“We could tell this was a company that values it’s employees. We knew Quaker was the company that could change the direction of our community for a generation. ” Superintendent Matt Davis.

Missouri Governor Parson continued the discussion with a strong push for workforce development and infrastructure in Missouri. As the founder of the BuyMissouri program, the Governor noted that more than 80% of the new jobs in Missouri come from the existing businesses in Missouri. He spoke in depth about how this project was really the best combination of various entities coming together to provide a better future for the students and future workers in Missouri.

“When I think of Quaker and workforce development, and the superintendent that is here today to give our kids the opportunity to work for a company like this in Miller County, and in Eldon, Missouri, is a huge opportunity for those next generations, and that for me is what it is all about,” Governor Mike Parson.

Rounding out the conference was Quaker CEO Kevin Blansett, who described the excitement that Quaker felt with this new opportunity to grow and continue serving the needs of Quaker’s customers, in Eldon, stating, “We are excited about where we are going, not only in Freeburg, but also in Eldon.”

Quaker is considered the fastest growing window and door manufacturers in the country and in 2019 will celebrate their 70th year in business. With that said, this new location will give Quaker plenty of space to grow for the future, as well as, providing workforce development and financial boosts for Eldon and surrounding communities.


Renewal by Andersen Countdown to Black Friday Sale

Image result for your windows or doors need to be replaced, you could sit around for weeks waiting for a company or contractor to get back to you with an estimate. Or, you can call Renewal by Andersen and they`ll be out to your house within 48 hours of your call and they`ll provide you with a down-to-the-penny price quote – not an estimate.

This is a great time to call because Ted Kuenz of Renewal by Andersen is here with their biggest window and door sale of the year. It`s their countdown to Black Friday sale and it ends in just 8 days!

Now through November 23rd get $349 off every window get $949 off every door and, receive an extra 3% discount when you pay for your whole project with cash or check. Or, if you prefer to finance your project, get $0 down, 0 payments and 0% interest for 2 full years! There are only 8 days left in this sale, so call 720-943-9200 now to schedule your appointment and lock in this great deal.


DIY Window and Door Weatherproofing

DIY  Window and Door Weatherproofing

According to the Department of Energy, drafts can waste 5% to 30% of your heated or cooled interior air; that’s energy and money down the drain. A little weatherproofing goes a long way, and the good news is there are some super easy and inexpensive ways to reduce drafts around windows and doors.

Weather stripping

With a variety of easy-to-apply options to choose from, weather stripping is one of the easiest ways to cut drafts around windows.

Pressure-sensitive, adhesive-backed foam tape is probably the most common, affordable, and simplest weather stripping to apply. Pick a warmer day to apply it as the adhesive forms a stronger bond at a temperature of at least 60°. Clean and dry the top and bottom of the window sashes. Then simply cut the tape to the lengths needed and apply.

It usually lasts up to five years. If older weatherstripping is falling off, deteriorating, or if the foam has lost its resilience and no longer springing up to fill the gap, it’s time to replace. And don’t forget to lock your windows for a tight seal!

Vinyl V strips are effective for sealing any gaps between window sashes and frames, on both the top and sides of a wood window frame. One side attaches to the window frame and the other side folds in when the window is closed. They are also simple to install with their adhesive backing.

Similar to adhesive-backed foam tape, felt strips are another weatherstipping option that come in rolls of varying lengths, widths and color. It is usually nailed in place, but there are also adhesive-backed versions. EPDM rubber weatherseal tape is a slightly more expensive option but more durable than foam weather stripping.


Adhesive-backed foam tape and felt strips are an easy option for doors too, but the better way to go is a metal flange with a vinyl bulb that is screwed inside the door frame. It takes a little more effort but is much more durable on a door that is open and shut many times a day, and the seal is better.

Complete your door weather stripping with a door sweep. Sweeps go on the bottom of the interior side of an in-swinging exterior door to seal the air gap between the door and the threshold. There are two main types, u-shaped sweeps that slide under aluminum or steel doors and metal strips that screw, nail or staple to the door bottom.

Spray foam and caulk

Foam and caulk may be more intimidating for a beginner DIYer but with a little prep and a steady hand, they are both good options for cracks and gaps around (not inside) window and door frames. For cracks 1/4 inch wide or less, use paintable water-based latex caulk for most surfaces and silicone-based caulk for metal and glass surfaces. Silicone caulking cannot be painted. All caulking periodically needs to be reapplied, especially if the window area is subject to expanding and contracting.

Expanding foam is good for large, accessible gaps because with the long nozzle the foam can expand to fill areas you can’t reach by hand. The key of course, is to not overfill as the foam hardens quickly and is very hard to remove, so take it slow and steady.

Thermal curtains and blinds

Thermal curtains are much thicker than ordinary ones and some have tie-backs to hold them against the wall, further blocking air infiltration. Curtains should reach to the window sill or floor, be hung close to the window, and cover the entire window. When drawn during cold weather, the Department of Energy estimates they can reduce heat loss from a warm room up to 25%.

In winter, close all draperies at night, but open them during the day if the window receives direct sunlight. Additionally, make sure any drapes or curtains (and furniture, too) are not blocking air registers to allow for free circulation of heated or cooled air from your HVAC system.

Pleated, or honeycomb, blinds are another energy-saving window treatment option. Single honeycomb shades add an insulation value around R-2. Double-layer honeycomb shades can reach R-5, blocking up to 62% of heat transfer through windows. More translucent colors that allow some natural light to enter can be used with thermal curtains for even more energy savings.

Draft stoppers

This decidedly low-tech option is also the most flexible. Plenty of cute draft stoppers can be found online for $10 or less, or you can make your own by filling a long sock with quilt batting or polyester fiberfill, and adding some popcorn or dried beans for weight. Simply put your draft stopper at whichever door or window sill that needs a draft blocked.

Whether you do it yourself or hire someone, taking a little time to weatherproof your windows and doors before the really cold weather sets in will pay off big time in comfort and savings.


Tesla Model 3 Owners Report Frozen Door Handles That Keep Them Locked Out [News]

Tesla Model 3

Winter is hardly kind on any car, but the Tesla Model 3 is reportedly experiencing a major problem in cold weather. 

Electrek reports that Canadian owners in Quebec, specifically, are having issues with the door handles, windows and charge ports as a cold wave sweeps the region. Currently, Winter Storm Avery is rolling through the area, dipping temperatures down into the 20 degree (Fahrenheit) range.

Here’s the problem: the Tesla Model 3 has door handles that sit flush inside the door. Normally, you press one end of the door handle, and the other pops out. Then, you can pull on the exposed door handle to actually open the door. The windows are supposed to roll down slightly as you open the door as well.

However, in freezing whether, the handles are difficult to actually pop out. In the video below, Electrek Editor-in-Chief Fred Lambert has the same problems with his own Tesla Model 3. He filmed his issues after letting the car sit outside on a brisk, 20-degree day.

Lambert notes that owners in the Northeast also have the same issue in cold temperatures. Despite preheating the car before trying to unlock it, the door handles didn’t budge without tremendous effort. He did manage to get the front driver window down enough to open the door. However, it reportedly won’t go up and down properly anymore.

Happily, Tesla did tell Electrek that they’re looking into the issue. In the meantime, one workaround for those who are having issues getting into their Tesla Model 3 is to preheat the cabin for a longer period of time. We’ll see how the issue progresses as the Model 3 heads through its first winter with owners.


UPVC Doors and Windows Market Report 2023 Manufacturers, Countries, Type And Application and Forecast

UPVC Doors and Windows Consumption Market report offers a complete guide to the size and share of the market at an international level. The report makes available the latest market size data, letting you to identify the regions driving growth. It provides detailed analysis of the UPVC Doors and Windows which researched industry situations, growth and demands, UPVC Doors and Windows market outlook, business strategies utilized, competitive analysis by UPVC Doors and Windows Market Players, Deployment Models, Opportunities, Forecast, Value Chain, Major Player Profiles.

UPVC windows are un-plasticized, as no additive is added to make the material flexible.
Several years of R&D has made UPVC the most sophisticated substance available as a building material for doors, windows, shutters, automobile body parts, and even credit cards.

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Over the next five years, UPVC Doors and Windows will register a xx% CAGR in terms of revenue, reach US$ xx million by 2023, from US$ xx million in 2017.

This report presents a comprehensive overview, market shares, and growth opportunities of UPVC Doors and Windows market by product type, application, key manufacturers and key regions.

To calculate the market size, value and volume generated from the sales of the following segments:

Segmentation by product type:
UPVC Doors
UPVC Windows

Segmentation by application:
Residential Construction
For Non-Residential Buildings

This report also splits the market by region:
United States
Southeast Asia
Middle East & Africa
South Africa
GCC Countries

The report also presents the market competition landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendor/manufacturers in the market. The key manufacturers covered in this report:
Ply Gem
BF Rich Windows & Doors
CGI Windows & Doors
Chelsea Building Products
Crystal Pacific Window & Door
Ellison Doors & Windows
ENERGI Fenestration Solutions

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In addition, this report discusses the key drivers influencing market growth, opportunities, the challenges and the risks faced by key manufacturers and the market as a whole. It also analyzes key emerging trends and their impact on present and future development.

Research objectives

  • To study and analyze the global UPVC Doors and Windows consumption (value & volume) by key regions/countries, product type and application, history data from 2013 to 2017, and forecast to 2023.
  • To understand the structure of UPVC Doors and Windows market by identifying its various subsegments.
  • Focuses on the key global UPVC Doors and Windows manufacturers, to define, describe and analyze the sales volume, value, market share, market competition landscape, SWOT analysis and development plans in next few years.
  • To analyze the UPVC Doors and Windows with respect to individual growth trends, future prospects, and their contribution to the total market.
  • To share detailed information about the key factors influencing the growth of the market (growth potential, opportunities, drivers, industry-specific challenges and risks).
  • To project the consumption of UPVC Doors and Windows submarkets, with respect to key regions (along with their respective key countries).
  • To analyze competitive developments such as expansions, agreements, new product launches, and acquisitions in the market.
  • To strategically profile the key players and comprehensively analyze their growth strategies.

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1 Scope of the Report
2 Executive Summary
3 Global UPVC Doors and Windows by Players
4 UPVC Doors and Windows by Regions
5 Americas
7 Europe
8 Middle East & Africa
9 Market Drivers, Challenges and Trends
10 Marketing, Distributors and Customer
11 Global UPVC Doors and Windows Market Forecast
12 Key Players Analysis
13 Research Findings and Conclusion


Simple ways to secure your new home

Decorating your new home is definitely more fun than setting up security measures. But burglars strike every twenty-one seconds, so home security should be a top priority. To help you get back to the fun stuff, here are ten simple things you should do right away to secure your new home.

1. Secure the doors

Don’t help a burglar stroll in through the front door. Inspect all of your exterior doors to make sure the door frames are strong, the hinges are protected, and—if your door has a mail slot—that someone can’t reach through it to unlock the door.

2. Lock the windows

Doors and windows are the most common entry points for burglars. Unfortunately, manufacturer latches on windows aren’t always effective—and sometimes they’re downright flimsy. If you don’t like the looks of your window latches, beef up security with locks or key-operated levers.

3. Light up the Landscape

Vandals, burglars, and other criminals don’t like to be in the spotlight. Keep bad folks at bay with ample outdoor lighting. Place lights around your front and back yards, along pathways, and near the garage and other outdoor structures. Not only will you make intruders skittish, you’ll also cut down your risk of a stumble on your way up the front steps.

4. Eliminate hiding places

Trees and shrubs may give your house curb appeal, but they also give burglars a handy place to hide. Trim down trees and plants close to your home that could be used for cover. Opt for smaller flowers and bushes instead. If you have trees near windows, either remove them or reinforce those windows with extra security.


Dea Jolly’s tips to help you choose an interior design style for your home

The ultimate goal for most renovations is to produce an end result that seamlessly merges the new with the old. But if you aren’t even sure what your style is, or what would be the best style for your home, how do you decide on one?

It’s very easy to fall in love with a particular look, here are my tips to help you choose an interior design style perfect for your home.

Do your research

Figure out your favourite style by reading interior design blogs, magazines and searching websites such as Pinterest, Instagram and Houzz. Make a note of what you do and don’t like, what colours and design aesthetic appeals to you, what furniture you like, what feel you want to achieve in your space.

Figure out your favourite style by reading interior design blogs and magazines. Photo: iStock

A common theme should start to emerge and that will help you to narrow down your approach.

Consider the context

Think about the style of the existing home and about the style of the other homes in the area. Period homes, for example, can be approached either by building an extension that is sympathetic to the existing style and features of the home, or by building a more contemporary extension that celebrates the contrast between old and new.

  • Related: The renovation of a period pub
  • Related: A piece of history polished and revived
  • Related: The house that balances on a pole

The goal is to choose a design style that works in harmony with a home’s structure while ensuring that the taste preferences of its owner are met at the same time.

The goal is to choose a design style that works in harmony with a home’s structure. Photo: Stocksy

Unify the spaces in your home to create flow. Creating a consistent theme should be a priority rather than implementing a mish-mash of different styles that don’t honour the architecture, or your personal style.

Focus on a style and stick to it. Create a mood-board that can be referred to and that will keep you on track. As always, the little details are important – matching light switches, doors, handles, skirtings and architraves will create a feeling of cohesion throughout the home.

Overall, ignoring the elements of your home’s architecture when selecting an interior design style can be risky, so be thoughtful and decisive about the look you are ultimately going for.

Allow your style to shine with elements that unify your chosen look, such as the colour palette, decor items and lighting.

The possibilities are endless with interior design, so taking the time to map out a plan will help create a house that is where you can feel most at home.


Flower BOMB with Light Heart Designs










So you’re having an event but you want something to make your décor or the backdrop of your pictures pop, right? You could get an average step and repeat or you can take your event to the next level with a “flower backdrop” designed by LaShandra Harris of Light Heart Designs. Harris, stop by City.Life.Style to give us the 411 on making your event stand out:

City.Life.Style: What is Light Heart Designs?

LaShandra Harris: Light Heart Designs is a paper floral company offering a variety of paper flower walls and other backdrop solutions, available for rent as decor at weddings, bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, corporate and vendor events, and much more. Light Heart Designs also offers individual sales of paper flowers and paper flower sets for personal, home and office decor.

CLS: How did you decide on this business?

Harris: My husband is given all credit for pushing me to find my passion and use my creative mind and attention to detail. I have always been a person who loves arts and crafts, and loved creating pretty and unique things. After a few weeks of playing with paper and a glue gun, I began creating paper flowers of all styles and colors.

CLS: What makes your product different from others on the market?

Harris: Each of our paper flowers are hand cut and handcrafted using premium, quality cardstock paper. Our paper flowers are custom made and designed specifically to tailor to our clients needs.

CLS: What’s next for your business and where can people reach/follow you?

Harris: Light Heart Designs will continue to focus on paper flower art, creating more custom items such as paper flower centerpieces and other paper flower event decor


Elevate Your Home With These Holiday Decor Trends

Dreaming of a chic Christmas.

Dreaming of a chic Christmas.Brittany Avila

The holiday season isn’t just a time for gifts. It’s also a time for re-decorating. In recent years, traditional holiday decor has stayed in storage and been replaced with more contemporary styles. While social media has influenced this trend, it’s not the only reason. Laurence Carr who is the CEO and Founder of Laurence Carr Design explains why. “The traditional holiday style has not kept pace with modern lives and families living far away from each other. People are looking for a feeling of comfort and warmth with personalized holiday decor, such as unique, simple touches or small takeaways like candles. They are also embracing simplicity as a way of distressing from this hectic time of the year.”

It’s time to say goodbye to green and white and consider these holiday decorating ideas instead.

Santa Claus Isn’t Real And Your Tree Doesn’t Have To Be Either

A faux tree is a real gift to yourself.Getty

To end the debate once and for all, creating the perfect holiday ambiance does not require a real Christmas tree. The holiday season is stressful enough, so why create additional hassle? Would it make sense to transport any other large, cumbersome item by tying it down to the roof of a car? Does anyone have time to constantly clean an endless mess of falling needles? Real trees can also create safety concerns for pets and trigger allergies. Artificial trees are less problematic, more cost-efficient and eco-friendly. They also look full year after year.

Miss the real tree smell? A Nest Holiday or Birchwood Pine reed diffuser on your mantle is the next best thing.


Everything You Need To Know About Rustic Design

“Rustic” is thrown out there to describe everything from farmhouse decor to a Tuscan-style estate, so what does it actually mean? Do you need to live in a legit log cabin to be considered rustic, or can one word apply so liberally to so many different design styles? It’s definitely the latter, but there are several components you need to have for something to accurately be rustic. Here’s what’s

Rustic Is An All-Encompassing Term For Many Different Design Styles.

The term rustic is pretty broad, but many different design styles can actually fall into it. In it’s most basic definition, rustic describes a design that’s natural, rough, aged, and casual, so there are many styles—each drastically different from the other—that can be rustic. Some include Tuscan, coastal, cottage, or what you might traditionally think of as rustic—lodge.

“Side tables, accent chairs, and logs are my go-to’s for a dash of rustic.”

It Emphasizes The Natural.

One of the defining characteristics of a rustic home, whether it’s cottage or coastal, is the use of natural materials. That means lots of wood and stone (both in furniture and on ceilings/walls), and fabrics like burlap and canvas. “Rustic design, at its core, is the use of organic elements in their most natural state,” says interior designer Katie Hodges. Design is simple, natural, and has an earthy feel about it. Raw materials are also common, so rather than finding a sleek, glossy burl wood, you’ll find more reclaimed and unfinished woods and stones.

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Modern Is Totally Out.

Like, totally totally out. You won’t find modern furnishings or flashy, geometric lighting (obvi), but you’ll also find a lack of modern materials, like metal, plastic, or synthetic fibers. Again—natural is key.

Contemporary rustic, however, is having a moment right now, where earthy elements of the rustic style are combined with a clean-lined modern design for a fresh, light, and grounded aesthetic. Rustic decor in and of itself tends to be heavier, darker, and less sparse, so the amalgamation of the two styles produces something light and open, but still very natural. Think the Cullen’s house in Twilight and you’re there. “Side tables, accent chairs, and logs are my go-to’s for a dash of rustic without going full on in that design direction,” Hodges says.