Driftwood is beautiful to look at but often it’s soft and falls apart easily due to its exposure to water. One of the most common wood rot problems faced by homeowners is found at the front door. The door threshold, the kick plate below the door and the door jambs wrapping an exterior door. That’s … Read More
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 frequently, you'll want to recaulk around exterior doors and add weatherstripping to prevent the conditioned air from inside your home leaking out.
- House doors occasionally need repairs. The most important door problems are those dealing with water damage or when you can't close or lock your door easily. 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.
How Many Types of Doors are There?
- Front doors styles make a first impression for friends and neighbors.
- Garage doors also influence your home's curb appeal.
- Patio doors help bring the outdoor in, with many new styles.
- Interior doors are more functional. Barn doors are gaining popularity as well as secret doors that you don't know are doors by looking at them.
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.
Front doors play an important role in a home’s curb appeal. Whether plain or elegant, every exterior door begins with a basic door at the center. From there you can upgrade a door’s style by adding features like sidelights and curved transom glass above the door. Regardless of which features you add (or don’t),
You’ve been thinking about a new entry door since you bought your home and yikes, that was a few years ago. Maybe you found a door you like, but have no idea where to find one like it?
Front door handles rarely (maybe never) get discussed when talking about curb appeal or front doors. But the right front door handle can truly change the personality of your home’s appearance, like wearing the right necklace with that little black dress.
Sliding patio doors are your gateway to barbecues, the family swimming pool and other outdoor activities. As building technology advances, these patio doors are becoming glass walls that open out to rooms that extend your total living space. Patio doors traditionally let in a shower of light, and visually bridge the space between inside your home … Read More
French doors were originally used in the 17th century as windows, not doors. They were brought to America by early settlers of Louisiana, and remain popular in places like New Orleans. These doors provide maximum light to the interior of your home. The glass and visual space makes rooms appear larger. Often French doors are decorative, although they may … Read More
Do you have a hard time locking your front door? Or find yourself placing a door draft stopper under your door when it gets cold? Most of these problems are due to a bad door installation, something you’re not likely to notice when you buy your house or have a new door installed. The installer needs … Read More
The future of home security is not as clear-cut as some would think, but there are a few indicators that it will be a promising one. Chief among these benchmarks are smart lock technology. Smart locks seek to revolutionize the way home security is viewed. Home security casts a wide net, and there are many things that … Read More
When dealing with an emergency like getting locked out of your home, you simply don’t have time to search for the best locksmith. While I’ve used this argument for building a team of contractors so you’re prepared for emergencies, my list has never included a locksmith. After reading Top Tips to Avoid Locksmith Scams, I knew … Read More