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Sunview Windows and Sunview Solariums Celebrate 5 Years as Trusted Saskatoon's Window, Door & Sunroom Pro's

Sunview Windows and Doors manufacture windows in their Saskatoon factory. They install new and replacement windows to home woenrs and busineses to Saskatoon and across Saskatchewan. They also sell high quality doors, security shutters and blinds. In addition, they also manufacture solariums (also called sunrooms), screen rooms, conservatories and patio covers via their sister company, Sunview Solariums Ltd.


Sunview Windows and Sunview Solariums Trusted Saskatoon Partners for 5 Years






Sunview's great reputation is built on the foundation of trust, integrity and doing business the right way.

Owners Rod Buell and Michael McLachlan are committed to providing 100% customer satisfaction. They invest time and energy ensuring Sunview Windows and Doors and Sunview Solariums offer consistently high standards of quality and workmanship. The Sunview team are always looking at new and innovative products and they are willing and capable of taking on any project, including custom manufacture. 

The Trusted Saskatoon team enjoys working with Sunview, we have always found them to be very knowledgeable, friendly and responsive. They stand by their products and have an excellent warranty. 

Not only does this company manufacture windows in Saskatoon, made to withstand our harsh climate,  but they also manufacture Sunview sunroom's (also known as conservatories or solariums).  

Conservatories are a fast-growing trend in Saskatchewan. Conservatories have been popular in Europe for many years and Sunview solariums supply customers across North America. These stunning products are a great addition to any home as they extend the comfort and living space, as well as protecting homeowners and their guests from pesky insects and the elements. 



The Sunview team are skilled professionals and their goal is to provide the best possible experience from start to finish. They provide financing and have many happy clients who are thrilled with the work Sunview has done for them.  Contact them today to start the home update of your dreams! 

As their tagline clearly explains... 

We build them – We install them – We stand behind them

 


Rod and his team did a fantastic job for us. From the initial walk-through consultation, providing us with some great options, remeasuring things at the time of order to confirm to final installation, it was a great experience. We would not hesitate to use their services again or refer them to friends or family.  Dean York 

 

  Sunview are Trusted Saskatoon Window, Door & Sunroom Experts

  


Hounjet Tastad Harpham Trusted Saskatoon accountant answer questions about the new Climate Action Incentive in Saskatchewan

 

Hounjet Tastad Harpham has decades of accounting experience working with clients across Saskatchewan. Their expert accounting advice is valued by clients ranging from individuals to businesses small and large. Hounjet Tastad Harpham are Trusted Saskatoon Accountants and in their latest accounting tip, they answer a client question about how the new Climate Action Incentive ( CAI) (commonly referred to as the carbon tax rebate) program works. 



Climate Action Incentive (CAI) 

Recently a client emailed us to ask a few questions before they dropped off their 2019 personal tax information. This particular client has been in a common law relationship for 7 years and has 3 children from a previous relationship.  


The CAI Question: 


Greetings Roseline, I'm going to drop off my information tomorrow, but I just wanted to ask about the new Federal ECO/Carbon Tax rebate program/ incentive - how is it decided , how is it calculated and who receives it? 

The Answer 


Individuals in Saskatchewan will receive a tax-free Climate Action Incentive payment after filing their 2018 tax return starting in 2019. Climate Action Incentive payments in Saskatchewan will be calculated as follows for 2019:

The carbon tax rebate can be claimed by either spouse, so it’s up to you to decide which one.  
You can’t split it – it has to go to one or the other.  In this case, we suggested that the client put it on her return because it includes the children.  The rebate gives $305 for the individual, $152 for the spouse, and $76 per child, for a total of $685.00.  

Depending on financial arrangements,  the client who receives the rebate may then split half of the adult CAI  (305 +152= ) and give their partner/spouse $228.50, keeping the 3 children's rebate for their expenses. 

What About Other Family Circumstances? 



The amount for a single parent's qualified dependant:


To claim the CAI payment for a single parent’s qualified dependant, on December 31, 2018, you must:

  • not be married or in a common-law partnership, and
  • have a child (or dependant) who meets all the conditions of a qualified dependant.

Shared custody

Only one claim for a CAI payment can be made per child. The payment cannot be split between parents.


Supplement for residents of small and rural communities

To claim the supplement for residents of small and rural communities, you must have resided outside of a census metropolitan area (CMA) on December 31, 2018.


Find out if you qualify for the 10% supplement for residents of small and rural communities. 

 

ProvinceBasic AmountSpouse or common-law
partner amount
Qualified dependant
amount
Single parent's 
qualified dependant
amount
Saskatchewan$305$152$76$152

Claim the CAI payment

To claim the CAI payment, you must:

  1. complete your 2018 income tax and benefit return
  2. complete Schedule 14 included with your return
  3. send (file) your return to the Canada Revenue Agency

The CAI payment will be automatically applied to your balance owing for the year, if applicable, or may increase the amount of any refund you may be entitled to.


Contact Hounjet Tastad Harpham today if you have any further questions related to CAI. 




Hounjet Tastad Harpham Services:

If you are looking for a Saskatoon chartered professional accountant for your personal taxes or business accounting needs, contact the team at Hounjet Tastad Harpham today.

Hounjet Tastad Harpham are Trusted Saskatoon Accountants



Trusted Saskatoon Roofers 3'n 1 Construction Answer Is Your Roof Leaking or Is It Condensation?

FRIENDLY, SINCERE AND HONEST...DONE BY THE BOOK ..that's what it says on the card of Ken Eade the owner of 3'n 1 Construction and this truly is the philosophy he lives and does business by. They value great relationships with their clients and believe that this is fostered by truly listening to them. They strive to understand your needs and work with you to achieve your goals. They work hard to add a personal touch to each and every job, treating your home as though it was theirs.  3'n 1 Construction are Trusted Saskatoon Roofers!

 Is Your Roof Leaking or Is It Condensation?

There are basically 3 types of roof “leaks” which are detailed below. The solution to your roof moisture issues depends on what type of “leak” it is. If you notice excessive moisture during extreme temperature changes, and not when it rains, then the moisture probably isn’t a roof leak. The following information should help determine what issues you might be experiencing and what you can do to alleviate condensation.


  • The first type is where water is leaking through the roof system while it is raining. This could include leaks due to damaged or deteriorated shingles, improper installation of the shingles or poor/failed flashing details at penetrations and walls. It may even be due to damaged window sills, improper siding installations or severe wind driven rain. These are external leaks which can usually be inspected and repaired by a roofer

  • The second type of “leak” is caused by ice dams. This is not workmanship related. The best way to prevent or reduce ice dams is to eliminate or reduce the amount of warm air that is escaping into the attic and melting snow on the roof to the point where it creates glacier-like ice build up. Another temporary solution is to remove the snow from the roof before it can turn into ice and penetrate the roof system.

  • The third type of “leak” is caused by condensation or frost buildup in the attic. This is not workmanship related or an actual roof leak. To prevent frost & condensation from developing in your attic you must eliminate or reduce the amount of air leakage into the attic as well as improve insulation & ventilation to allow moist air to escape the roof.

What is Condensation?

Condensation comes from the moisture in the air and is caused by too much moisture in the air for a certain temperature. Condensation forms when warm, moist air touches a surface that is colder than the dew point of the warm air. As that air becomes colder and its temperature drops below its dew point, it must release excess moisture to reach its new, lower dew point. It releases moisture in the form of water, which appears on the colder surface.

There are many things in our homes that put moisture into the air. Normal breathing and perspiration add 3 pints of water to the air every day for each person in your home. In fact, every activity that uses water adds more moisture to the air including cooking, taking showers, dishwashing, and doing laundry. Condensation is more apt to occur in climates where the average temperature is 35º F or colder. Condensation is a common sign of inadequate insulation and/or ventilation.

Condensation in the Home - A Warning Sign

Condensation is usually first noticed on your windows and skylights because they are the most visible areas of your house. While it’s natural to blame the windows, you shouldn’t always. Window and skylight condensation is the result of excess humidity in your home. And the glass only provides a visible cold surface on which humidity can condense. This could be a sign that your excessive indoor humidity is causing damage elsewhere in places you cannot see, such as: your walls, ceilings, floors, and your attic roof. Excessive indoor humidity can cause blistering and peeling paint, warping and rotting wood, as well as the formation of mildew & mold.

During extremely cold temperatures, frost can build up on the underside of the roof sheeting (attic roof). Once the outdoor temperature rises, that frost melts and can mimic a leak. This “leak” can be excessive when the temperatures dramatically change, as is common during our Alaskan winters. Frost build up is most common above heat sources such as light fixtures, kitchen stoves, fireplaces, bathrooms, fans, and improperly vented exhaust fans. When the frost melts, this “leak” is most commonly found dripping out of those heat sources.

High ceiling beams and cathedral ceilings with water spots can be confused with an active leak, when in fact it is a result of condensation.

If you have ever noticed a lot of icicles hanging from the edge of your roof, chances are your house is leaking significant (and expensive) amounts of air and heat into the attic.

Controlling Indoor Humidity

Most new homes are now made tighter than ever. They are well insulated and no longer "breath" on their own. Both insulation and ventilation should be addressed to control condensation. Steps must be taken to ventilate the house, allowing moisture and humidity to escape. 

STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO CONTROL THE HUMIDITY IN YOUR HOME INCLUDE:

  • Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans, as well as dryer vents, should never be discharged into the attic space, always discharge outside. You may have an
    adequately ventilated attic, but this won’t matter if the bathroom exhaust fan dumps warm moist air directly into the attic space. This will result in condensed water vapour freezing onto cold attic materials, which will eventually thaw creating wet attic materials resulting in damage in the attic and inside the home.

  • Installing exhaust fans in the kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.

  • Controlling or covering other sources of humidity (radiator water pans, fish tanks, large numbers of plants, etc.)

  • Installing a dehumidifier. Dehumidifiers are an inexpensive way to reduce the moisture in your home. Highly recommended in vaulted roofs with a loft.

  • Opening fireplace damper.

  • Ventilating the crawl space or basement: Install foundation vents or leave a basement window cracked in the fall or early winter to ventilate your basement or crawl space.

  • Research shows keeping the attic air temperature below freezing when the outside air temperature is in the low 20s can reduce the occurrence of ice dams. Proper attic ventilation is key to keeping the attic cool, while adequate and properly installed insulation is key to keeping your house warm. It is critical to keep soffit vents free from obstructions to allow the natural flow of cool outside air into the attic space to replace the warmer attic air that rises and flows outside ridge and/or roof vents. This flow of air will keep the attic cool and free of moisture build-up.

  • Adding additional roof vents, such as box vents, turbine vents and ridge vents will also allow the warm air to escape the attic space and reduce condensation issues.

Trusted Saskatoon Water Experts Culligan Saskatoon Tip On How Hard Water Affects Us

From simple bottled water to Reverse Osmosis Systems and Water Softeners, Culligan Saskatoon has water solutions for you –The Culligan team are hard-working, honest and understand the value of relationships and excellent customer service. Culligan Water Saskatoon are your Trusted Saskatoon Water Experts!


How Hard Water Affects Us. 

As your go-to water filtration experts Culligan Saskatoon get asked the question “what is hard water?” on a regular basis. 

In short, water hardness is defined by the amount of dissolved calcium and magnesium in water.

The water that runs through your house and in public buildings in Ssakatoon has varying levels of hardness based on calcium carbonate concentration. According to the Canadian Water Quality Association, water containing 0-1 grains per gallon (gpg), slightly hard water contains 1.1-3.5 gpg, moderately hard water is 3.6-7 gpg, hard water is 7.1-10.5 gpg and very hard water contains over 10.5 gpg. The numbers may not mean much if you don’t know what the effects of hard water are. So Culligan Saskatoon water experts are available to fill you in on the impact that hard water has on your health and your daily living situation in Saskatoon, SK, and how soft water may be the better way to go.

Is Hard Water Safe To Drink?

Drinking hard water is generally safe. In fact, it may actually be beneficial for your health. The benefits of hard water include fulfilling your dietary needs of essential minerals, such as calcium and magnesium. Some other possible hard water health effects have been linked to lower cardiovascular disease mortality. Although there may be a few benefits to drinking hard water, you might actually be better off switching to soft water. It has far more benefits, not just when it comes to consumption, but soft water also benefits the pipes it runs through, your hair and even your skin.



How Else Does Hard Water Affect The Body?

While hard water may be safe to ingest, the effect of hard water on hair, skin and outside of the body is a different story. Taking a hard water shower can cause “hard water skin” and “hard water hair”—where the water can reduce moisture and leave behind a film, making both feel less clean to the touch. This may cause dandruff in your hair and irritate and instigate dry skin problems such as eczema.

How Does A House Hold Up On Hard Water?

Hard water does have a more negatively viewed impact on items within the household. While doing laundry, washing clothes with hard water can cause the clothing fabric to break down more quickly over time—hard water laundry syndrome tends to happen when hard water runs through the household appliances. Additionally, dishwasher hard water can leave spots on dishes, and cleaning with hard water can leave residue on your surfaces. As for your actual water piping, hard water can cause mineral build-up in your pipes and eventually clog them. You may also see rust or build up on your sink faucets and showerhead.

Finding A Solution Through Culligan Saskatoon

Now that you know the pros and the cons, you can decide what kind of water you want more of in your life. Culligan can help you find the appropriate balance by testing your water and providing a fitting solution. A whole home water softening system from Culligan Saskatoon can help to correct the negative effects of hard water. And although you may be getting your daily dose of calcium and magnesium in hard water, it may potentially contain contaminants that a water softening system could get rid of. You can go about treating hard water in a more holistic way with a whole home water softening system, leading to better water for your house and your health.


Trusted Saskatoon Flooring Store End of the Roll Shares Installation Designs: Patterns & Ideas

The moment you enter the doors at End Of The Roll, you know you have found the perfect place to help with all your flooring needs. As small as a hallway to a large commercial space – their flooring experts will guide you through the selection process, making sure you end up standing on solid ground. It has always been the goal at End Of The Roll to provide customers with the highest quality flooring and the best purchasing experience. They are your SASKATOON FLOORING  Expert on the SASKATOON DIRECTORY of experts!  

So you have decided to purchase some beautiful tile, hardwood, laminate, or luxury vinyl. Maybe you already have a vision in mind for how you want it to look. There are some very common layouts for planks and tile that look great. But there are also so many other options that may just spark your love of your floor even more! Here is a short list of just a few of the patterns you could lay your floor with.

Artboard_1_copy_5.pngArtboard_1_copy_6.pngHERRINGBONE AND CHEVRON

These two are very close to each other, but end with a completely different look. Chevron patterns have cut some corners in a sense. To have each board line up flush with each other in a diagonal pattern. While herringbone overlap over each end. These are simple patterns but if you were looking for something unique while staying within a comfort zone. These are the choices for you.


Artboard_1_copy_2.pngBASKET WEAVE

This is similar to the herringbone pattern but with larger groups of planks to mimic the look of it’s name, a basket weave. There are a few variations of this pattern that range from a simple look, up to a complicated pattern involving more cuts.


Artboard_1_copy_3.pngWINDMILL

This is specifically a tile layout, though nothing is stopping you from trying this with luxury vinyl, laminate, or hardwood! This pattern arranges 4 wider tiles around a smaller square one. Like the blades on a windmill.


Artboard_1_copy_4.pngHOPSCOTCH TILE

Again another tile layout. This is a rather common one as well but with so much potential. This requires only two sizes of tile. Whether you simply cut and use the same tile across the room or use two different colours to add a little of your personality to it is up to you!


With how many options you have with tile, hardwood, laminate, and luxury vinyl, the possibilities are endless. Size and colour plays a large role in what you will be doing and affects the look of each pattern. It can be a daunting task to settle on something so here is a tip. Get inspired! Look around for examples either online or in buildings you visit. It’s always much easier to fall in love with something you can see and then bring that to your home.


END OF THE ROLL are End of the Roll are Trusted Saskatoon FLOORING EXPERTS THE SASKATOON DIRECTORY of excellence! 


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