Baby (or puppy) gates work but they’re a hassle – storing them when not in use, putting them up, taking them down and what I like least, climbing over them as you move from room to room. In fact these gates cause you to change how you navigate around your house.
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.
We hope you find the information you're looking for. If you don't, let us know and we'll try to answer your questions about house doors.
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