The Weather is Getting Colder — Are Your Doors Sealed?
With colder weather just around the corner, we have one very important question for you: Are your doors sealed?
Maybe you’ve been meaning to get around to it. Maybe you’ve never considered doing it. Maybe you haven’t lived in your home very long and you aren’t even sure. Either way, we’re here to make our case.
So, why should you consider sealing your doors this winter? Sealing your doors secures the vulnerable openings of your home against drafts. A drafty doorway not only throws off temperature regulation within your home, but it can also cause an unnecessary spike in your energy bills.
Think of it this way: If heat is escaping your home through the cracks in your doorway, your heating system will have to work extra hard to maintain the warm temperature in your home. This means you’ll be essentially paying to heat the outdoors … which is basically throwing money down the drain.
Luckily, sealing your doors isn’t as challenging as it sounds. In fact, there are several simple DIY hacks you can do to secure the cracks around your doors. Follow these steps:
- Make sure your door fits your doorframe as tightly as possible. If your door has warped or weathered over time, you may need to consider replacing your doors before attempting sealing measures.
- Use pieces of weather stripping to seal any gaps along the side of the door.
- Attach a door sweep to the bottom of your door to block drafts from coming underneath.
With these small tweaks, your home will stay more comfortable this winter and your heating bills will stay more manageable. Plus, the same logic works in the summertime, so be prepared to see lower cooling bills as well!
First thing’s first: Let’s make sure your doors fit properly.
Let’s Talk About Gutters
At best, gutters are unappreciated. At worst, they’re mocked. Think about it — when you describe something as going, “down the gutter”...well... it’s never a good thing.
However, we’re here to set the record straight: gutters are awesome and deserve to be celebrated. Sure, they may all but blend into your siding, but the benefits gutters provide to your home are worthy of acclaim.
For starters, gutters take on the crucial role of diverting water away from your home. Here are a few reasons why that’s so beneficial — and why you’ll never regret taking time to maintain your gutters.
- Gutters reduce the chance of basement flooding.
- Gutters protect your siding from water stains, mold and mildew.
- Gutters protect your landscaping and prevent erosion.
- Gutters protect your foundation from water seepage.
- Gutters help preserve the health of your exterior doors and garage doors.
That’s why, even though your gutters are meant to be used and not seen, it’s still important to ensure they’re properly maintained so they can do their job. At minimum, make sure you clean out your gutters twice per year — more frequently if you live in a heavily wooded area.
If it’s been awhile since your last gutter cleaning, now’s the perfect time to start with a clean slate before autumn leaves start falling with a vengeance. And don’t worry — if gutter maintenance isn’t your thing, you can always outsource this very important home upkeep task.
Above all, don’t wait until there’s a problem with your gutters to make sure they are properly maintained. By that point, you may be dealing with water damage that is much more costly to fix.
The exterior of your home deserves to shine. While maintaining your gutters is up to you, we know a thing or two about quality exterior doors — and we’re happy to share our wisdom.
Need a Refresh? Here's What Color to Paint Your Front Door
Is the facade of your home looking a little...dull?
Don't worry — you don't have to spring for all new siding to get a refreshed exterior look. In fact, simply putting a fresh coat of paint on your front door can create a whole new look and feel for your exterior.
But now comes the tough part: figuring out what color to paint it. Let's go over the options to help you decide:
Option #1: Your current shade
If you really like the current color of your front door — but think it looks worn and dated — then there's no need for a completely new color! A fresh coat of the same color might just be what you need to feel refreshed.
Option #2: Same color, different shade
If you want to lighten or darken things up, this choice can be a subtle shift that makes a big difference. Look for a shade or two darker or lighter for a new look that's still inside your comfort zone.
Option #3: Go neutral
There's a lot to be said for neutral colors that give your home a timeless look. Consider choosing black, brown or grey (depending on the colors of your siding and shutters) for a classic, understated feel.
Option #4: Go bold
If subtle isn't your thing, maybe it's time to repaint your door in a bold, eye-catching way. Think a bright red or a deep blue. Just be sure to think through how a bold door will look with the other exterior colors on your house.
Option #5: Go bright
A brightly-colored front door ensures that your curb appeal is all about happy vibes. Paint your door a bright teal, yellow or other color that can't be ignored and you won't have to worry about the facade of your home feeling dull ever again.
What option feels right for you?
Or, if paint isn't your problem, maybe it's time for a whole new door. Shop now.
Use This Checklist to Tackle Fall Exterior Maintenance
Winter weather can wreak havoc on your home — that's why it's important to use the fall to prepare. With this checklist, you can get your home in tip-top shape before the weather turns colder.
Here are some home projects to tackle this fall:
- Check your exterior for cracks or holes, and use caulk to fill in any problem areas. Double-check around windows and door frames, as well as along your siding and where wires or pipes enter your home. This quick fix can help your home stay more insulated once cold weather hits.
- Add weather stripping to your windows and doors. This is another quick way to potentially save big on your heating bill this winter. If your doors are too old and warped for weather stripping to help, it may be time to upgrade.
- Clean out your gutters. Wait until most of the leaves have fallen so you won't have to worry about doing this chore more than once!
- Turn off outdoor faucets and store your garden hose in a garage or shed.
- Seal any gaps or holes. Even small holes can become entrances for critters looking for warmth!
- Rake up and remove all leaves. Even though they look pretty when they first fall, failing to dispose of leaves — and then potentially letting them become blanketed by snow — can cause problems for grass growth in the spring.
- Get your heating system serviced by a professional. This can help optimize your home's heating abilities before they're put to the test.
- Stock up on winter supplies like fire wood and driveway salt.
Checking off the items on this list will make you feel more prepared for winter weather and avoid potential problems that could be a big blow to your budget come spring.
Have doors that need replacing? You've come to the right place.
How Long Should Your Front Door Last?
If you’ve never needed to replace your front door before, you might be wondering: just how long should it last, anyway?
Unfortunately, the answer to this question is far from straightforward — and it depends on a lot of contributing factors. For instance:
- What materials are your door made of?
- Is your door protected by an overhang or covered porch?
- Has your door been well maintained?
You may not even know the answers to some of these questions, especially if you aren’t your door’s original owner. And while most wood doors should last between 20 and 60 years — and most fiberglass doors should last even longer — age isn’t always the best indicator that it’s time to replace your door.
If you’re unsure how old your door is, here are some other telltale signs you can look for that will let you know it’s time to replace it:
- The wood of your door has started to show signs of rot, likely beginning along the door jamb.
- The wood of your door has started to get soft in areas.
- You start to notice drafts or light coming in around the seams of your door.
- The shape of the door has warped and no longer closes easily or firmly.
If any of the above are true for your doors, it might be time to consider replacements. When it comes to the entry points of your home, you need doors that are safe, secure and can stand up to the elements.
Of course, we’re forgetting one very important reason that it may be time to replace your doors…you want a new look! Regardless of how long your front door is supposed to last, you should always feel comfortable trading in and trading up when you want to.
Whatever your reasoning, we can help you find the best door for your home.
How to Prep for Hurricane Season
Hurricane season can be a nerve-wracking time for homeowners, especially if you live near the coast. Luckily, thanks to advanced warning from forecasters, you can take steps to prepare your home and minimize damage.
Here’s how you can keep your home — and family! — as safe as possible this hurricane season:
- Pay attention. Make sure you’re following the forecast and listening to recommendations, so you’ll have as much notice as possible if a hurricane is predicted to hit.
- Get your outdoor property ready. You may have furniture or plants that need to be brought into the garage or otherwise stabilized.
- Stock your storm kit. Gather a good supply of first-aid supplies, batteries, canned foods, bottled water, flashlights and anything else you might need if you lose power for a considerable amount of time.
- Check your foundation for cracks. This can help you avoid a potential flooding disaster.
- Secure your windows. Depending on where you live and your risk factors, this may mean boarding up your windows temporarily, or you may just need to take additional security measures.
- Check your doors. Your doors will need a tight seal to stay strong against high winds, so consider replacing for a better fit if your current doors have warped over time.
- Clean your gutters. Having leaves and other debris already built up in your gutters increases the chances of water backflowing into your house, so start with a clean slate.
- Buy surge protectors. They can help protect your electronics in the event of a power surge.
However you choose to prepare for hurricane season, make sure you give yourself plenty of time to assess the stability of your house and make your plans for in the event of an emergency. Develop a preparedness strategy and evacuation plan with your family early so you’ll be prepared no matter what happens.
Need a high quality door to weather the storm? We got you.