TOLL FREE (877) 983-2899 info@majorshomeimprovement.com June 2010

In this Issue:

Hurricane Shutters
Buyers Guide

Enjoy Your Own Garden

Green Tip of the Month

Ask Mike

Monthly Trivia Challenge

Majors Home Improvement

6433 Old Hwy 90
Milton, FL 32570
(850) 983-2899

We Welcome Our New Friends into the Majors Home Improvement Family

We believe in treating all of our customers like family, just ask any of our longtime customers.

We are excited to welcome each of our first time Majors Home Improvement customers. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and hope to see you again very soon.

Here are just a few of the new members of the family:

-Teddy & Gale Varnum of Navarre
- Clyde & Syble Lewis of Milton
- Bobby & Yvonna Ward of Milton
Mark & Maggie Boyd of Niceville    - Roger & Genie Milhouse of Pensacola

Thank you and welcome to everyone who recently joined our Majors Home Improvement family… we couldn't do it without YOU!

Would You like to Have the Nicest Home in the Neighborhood?

Your family deserves to live in a beautiful home. Let us help you upgrade your home to the home of your dreams. Here are just a few ways we can help:

- Replacement Windows
- Hurricane Shutters
- Sunrooms & Enclosures
- Screenrooms & Patio Covers
- Awnings
Entry Doors

Click here to request an appointment!


Famous Quote

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished by how much he'd learned in seven years.”

— Mark Twain


Many of our customers “find” us as a result of word of mouth. This simple, yet gracious, act by our customers has allowed us to be successful. For this generosity, we offer our gratitude and a token of our appreciation through our Referral Reward Program!

Click here to email a referral to us : )

Major's Trivia Challenge

Since Canadian Dr. James Naismith’s invention of the sport in 1891, basketball has been a worldwide phenomenon. The idea of having an established league came from an unlikely source. Name it.

A: Organized Labor Unions
B: Ice Hockey Arena Owners
C: Urban Police Organizations
D: Minor League Baseball Players

The first correct answer emailed in will be this month's winner of 2 Movie Passes!

Click here to email your trivia answer

Last Issue's Trivia Answer

Congratulations to Carolyn Sims, the winner of the last issue's Trivia Challenge… She correctly answered this question:

Several stories are passed around to show how the month of May was named. The most widely accepted explanation is that it was named for Maia, the Roman goddess of spring. Her name related to a Latin word that means what?

Answer: Growth

How to Enjoy Vegetables from Your Own Garden Now!

6-10-01.jpgMany people think that they are not capable of growing their own vegetables; or they believe that they lack the space to make the endeavor. Don’t let either of these notions stop you from enjoying fresh organic vegetables grown with the help your own two hands. In fact, it is nearly the ideal time of the year for preparing and planting some of the easiest to grow veggies that can be enjoyed in the late summer, fall and even winter!

Many vegetables, such as cabbage and spinach, have varieties that have been specifically developed for planting in the summer months. To find these special verities simply check the seed catalog carefully or ask a specialist to point you towards seeds that are intended for fall harvest. You can then, use this article to help guide you to gardening success.

Start your seedlings in a shaded house or flats protected from the heat of the sun. Allow the young veggies to develop numerous leaves and then transplant them to your soil.

July is the ideal time to plant seeds of many of the most popular garden fair, such as potatoes, fall and winter cabbage beets, globe onions, broccoli, carrots, kale, brussells sprouts, and cauliflower. Hold off until late July to plant perennial herbs, kohlrabi, swiss chard, mustard and collard greens, spinach and turnips.

These plants thrive in cooler fall weather, so planting during this time should provide you with a successful autumn harvest.

Continue to plant chives, bunching onions, collard and mustard greens, spinach and broccoli in August and early September and you’ll extend your harvesting time well into late fall.

Leaf lettuces will also thrive when planted in August through mid September. These enjoyable salad greens call for mild fall conditions to grow.

In the last days of August or early September, you can plant carrots for harvest through the winter and into following spring. This is also an ideal time for planting peas which can be eaten in just a few short weeks.

August is also the time to prepare for harvesting next summer. This practice, called “overwintering,” allows you to enjoy specific veggies in late spring and summer of the following year.

In late August or early September sow salad greens that will be ready early the following spring. Plant spinach, leaf lettuce, arugula, and greens to enjoy next year. As these plants germinate, thin them and cover them with a heavy layer of mulch or fall leaves before the first heavy frost. Then in the early spring, simply push aside the mulch and the plants will spring to life.

Late September is the right time to plant garlic and shallot bulbs. Plant them in deep, rich soil and they’ll have time to set down strong roots before the first frosts. You’ll see your garlic and shallots mature and come up healthy next spring for summer harvest next year. When weather permits, you can continue planting garlic into October.

Don’t let this golden opportunity pass you by. Follow these simple steps and you’re family will be enjoying fresh plants and vegetables right from your own garden!


Recycle Your Old Golf Clubs, Bowling Ball, Lamp, etc. Hold a garage sale to give your old belongings new life. If you are not up to a garage sale to recycle your old stuff, ask around at a few not-for-profits to see if they do yard sales and take donations.


Q – Hi Mike, I'd like to replace my sliding glass door with french doors. However, I need to add a doggie door. I feel as if I've asked everyone (except you) to no avail. Am I the only person with this type of need?

- John Polish

A – John, in order to install a doggie door into french doors, you must choose a half-light model. The lower portion of the door must be something other than glass - a solid surface. The doggie door cannot be attached simply to glass; it must have a solid backing such as wood, fiberglass, etc. in order for a proper installation.

If you desire a conventional, full-light french door design, then you must find another solution for your doggie door. One option would be to cut out an opening through your wall allwing doggie door access. Cutting a hole in your wall is no simple task, and I would highly recommend hiring a licensed contractor for the job. in addition to plumbing and electrical concerns, the new opening will require proper flashing and trim in order to maintain proper home insulation.

Good luck with your project!

Got a Question? Ask Mike! Simply click here "Ask Mike." Please be sure to include your name and phone number in case additional information is required to answer your question.

Hurricane Shutters Buyers Guide

edge-of-the-hurricane.jpgThere are a host qualified hurricane protection products for your home. Each of the listed options below meets current Florida Building Code (FBC) standards, and can also satisfy insurance requirements. FBC is in most aspects similar to the International Building Code (IBC) with respect to the testing and approval of hurricane shutters.

Furthermore, the Miami-Dade County norms, often considered the most stringent requirements for hurricane shutters, rely on self-developed testing methods referred to as TAS.

Passing the tests prescribed by the TAS norms is required only for shutters approved for use in the Florida HVHZ (High Velocity Hurricane Zone). FBC will accept testing performed by TAS methods for inclusion in the FBC Database of approved building products. Both Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida maintain web-searchable databases of products approved for use as hurricane protection.

Aluminum Hurricane Panels

Hurricane panels secure to the outside of a house using bolts or tracks. They deliver excellent protection for doors and windows without changing the look of your house.

The panels are measured and cut to cover the opening, and can be affixed to the house with a track or secured directly to the structure. The window will be completely covered when installed, and you can't see out of the window once they are in place.

This is generally the least expensive type of shutter protection. The panels are lightweight, making them easy to carry, but can be awkward when installing over large openings. When not in use, storm panels should be stored in an easy to reach location.

• Inexpensive
• Removable
• Simple to Store
• Easy to Install


Thank You for Your Kind Words...

"Corey and Forrest are accomplished craftsmen."

Their competence could only be achieved through hard work and a desire for excellence. All of Majors Home Improvement is worthy of high praise! - William & Brenda Harley

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