When is the last time you put up a gate to control where toddlers or dogs could walk? While visiting friends recently, I put up two baby gates and had to redo one I’d installed backwards. These gates might work but they’re not much fun. So when I saw this unique gate from HideaGate
House Doors: How Many Do You Have?
We rarely think about the doors in our homes, except to lock them or they give us a hard time. Door problems occur when they aren't plumb, often because they weren't installed correctly. So let's explore when and why you need to think about one/more of the doors in your house.
The Lifecycle of House Doors
As homeowners we don't buy many doors so it's no surprise we're not experts. What do you need to understand about your doors? You want to pay more attention to exterior doors for safety and comfort, as they keep the elements out and your conditioned (heated/cooled) air where you want it.
- Most doors are bought and installed by builders. When you're buying a new house, you'll pick the door style for the front door. You also want to focus on the door locks, door handle and door bell.
- Door maintenance isn't difficult. Besides cleaning, you need to paint (all six sides) exterior doors regularly to protect the wood. Less often, you'll need to recaulk around exterior doors and add weatherstripping.
- House doors occasionally need repairs. The most important problems are those dealing with water or when you can't close/lock the door. We've also got tips on other common door problems.
- Updating or replacing house doors happens for lots of reasons. There's new technology like digital doorbells and smart locks. My favorite are the new sliding patio doors integrating indoor and outdoor living spaces.
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