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How to Clean Your Door Handles (Depending On Material Type)

How to Clean Your Door Handles (Depending On Material Type)

Should you clean your exterior door handles?

Short answer: Yes! Interior and exterior door handles both need a little love regularly for a few reasons.

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5 Telltale Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Doors

5 Telltale Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Doors

As a homeowner, the honey-do list of improvements seems endless. With so much on your home project plate, it can be hard to see the line between what is mildly irritating and what truly needs to be replaced. As with many house maintenance tasks, small issues generally lead to bigger, more detrimental ones.

When it comes to your doors, knowing when to update can be especially confusing because there is no exact lifespan. The material, age, and installation of the door all play a role in how long it will last. To help determine when it’s time to take the plunge and replace your door, read through these five telltale signs.

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Front Door Color Ideas: 6 Favorite Colors (And What They Say About You)

Front Door Color Ideas: 6 Favorite Colors (And What They Say About You)

You know what they say about first impressions: You only get one! Your home’s front door plays a big part in its first impression and overall curb appeal — and so it’s important to choose a color that accurately reflects you and your style. From time-tested classics to more modern hues, the options for front door color are seemingly endless. Ahead, we’re diving into a few favorites.
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How, When, and What to Use to Clean Your Exterior Doors

How, When, and What to Use to Clean Your Exterior Doors

Looking for ways to keep up your curb appeal? Giving the house a good scrub from top to bottom is a sure way to enhance its overall attractiveness. But beware: pressure washing your exterior doors and windows is a no-go. Before you fill up your bleach bucket, read our top tips for keeping your doors clean without doing damage.

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Home Exterior Maintenance Checklist: 5 Tasks to Accomplish This Spring

Home Exterior Maintenance Checklist: 5 Tasks to Accomplish This Spring

As we wave goodbye to winter, it’s time to do some spring cleaning and home prep. Use this season as an excuse to give your home a fresh start! By spending just a few mornings doing household maintenance, you’ll face warmer temps feeling renewed. Plus, spring weather is the ideal time to get outside — fresh air and blooming flowers certainly make chores more enjoyable.

Here are the tasks that should top your spring maintenance to-do list:

1. Clean your gutters.

Ideally, gutters should be cleaned out once a quarter, but that may be a bit of a reach for many homeowners. After the final frost is a great time to clear out the gutters and check for any damage or clogs. Clogged gutters and backed-up downspouts can result in rotted wood trim, and nobody wants to deal with that.

cleaning leaves in gutters

2. Wash mold and mildew off of your exterior.

Give your curb appeal a boost without painting the whole home! Washing your house is a time consuming and messy process, but it’s a key step in keeping your home looking presentable. Whether you rent a power-washer or use an extension mop and a bleach mixture, it’s satisfying to remove all the dirt, stains, mildew, mold, and bird droppings that wind up on a house.

3. Rid your roof of leaves.

Twigs, leaves, dirt, and other debris tend to pile up in the fall, and it’s important to periodically clear them off your roof. Besides looking messy, leaving it all on your roof too long can actually shorten the life of shingles. Use a leaf blower if you’re comfortable (but be careful!) or hire a professional if heights aren’t your forte.

professional cleaning dirt and leaves off roof

4. Dust off your door.

If you didn’t hit it with the house wash, don’t forget to give your front door a good scrub with soap and water. Looking a little shabby after the winter? Give your home a fresh coat of paint for a front door that is crisp, clean and welcoming. If your door is worn-out or inadequately keeping in heat/air conditioning, browse our lineup of exterior doors to find the perfect replacement.

5. Update your hardware.

If your front door is still looking a little worse for the wear after washing, breathe new life into it by updating your hardware. Front door hardware is often overlooked in older homes, and can be irritating to use — not to mention unsightly! Choose a sleek, modern style leverset or go for a keypad. Check out our range of hardware options here to find the best fit for your home.

rusty old doorknobs

Maintaining your home’s exterior can be overwhelming if it’s all left to accomplish right before a backyard BBQ, or before you list your home for sale. A little seasonal maintenance goes a long way toward upkeep, so tackle your list bit by bit when the weather is pleasant. There’s no better time than now!

UPDATE YOUR EXTERIOR

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How to Prioritize Door Upgrades in Your Home

How to Prioritize Door Upgrades in Your Home

Take it from us: Updated doors offer a number of benefits, ranging from better insulation to stylish home design. However, replacing all the doors in your house can feel like a huge undertaking — and not to mention a significant investment. But which should take precedence: form or function? The good news is that you don’t have to do it all at once!
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