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Door Maintenance Tips

Keep the cold out and the Heat in.

Posted on February 14, 2014 at 11:50 AM

To keep the heat in and cold weather out inspect your door and follow the tips below:

A 1/32” gap around the edge of an entry door can let in as much cold air as a two-inch hole smack in the center. Imagine how that would feel on a wintry day.

The good news is you can eliminate drafty leaks around exterior doors with this simple-to-apply weatherstripping that installs in minutes and lasts for years. The integrated vinyl tubing makes an excellent seal against moisture and air.

With the door closed, measure the length of the doorstop on the hinge side of the door frame. Then, transfer that measurement to a length of weatherstripping.

Next, draw a straight cutting line. Cut the vinyl tubing with a utility knife and the metal with a hacksaw, using a very fine 32-tooth-per-inch blade. Using a self-centering drill bit, drill pilot holes and then install the screws. When the right and left sides are in place, measure and cut the top. Attach the top piece the same way the sides. With the weatherstripping installed, you can tell just by the sound of the closing door that it's well sealed and that drafts are going to stay outside where they belong.

Sealing the Bottom of a Door

One of the easiest to install solutions for the bottom of an entry door is a door sweep. These are available from hardware stores and home improvement centers.

How to Get Rid of Condensation on a Storm Door

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 10:00 AM


Condensation tends to collect on doors during the winter months or in high-humidity areas and storm doors are no exception. This condensation, when left alone, can begin to grow mold and damage paint and wood. A few steps can help protect your investment in your storm door and prevent damage to other areas of your home, as well as increasing air circulation to help the air in your home feel more fresh and less stuffy.

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Install a humidifier with an outdoor sensor near the door. Most advanced humidifiers come with detailed instructions for how to install them, and instructions will vary based on brand and make of the humidifier.

Set up a box fan near the door, which will help circulate air in the area and prevent condensation from forming on the storm door.

Open a window in your laundry room whenever you are drying laundry. Most dryers create condensation in the room while they are drying, so this will help the room to air out and not allow that condensation to collect on walls, doors or windows.

Move any indoor plants as far away from the storm door. Plants generate water vapor in the air around them, so it is best to have the plant near an open window to allow the water vapor to circulate out of the home and not collect on the storm door.

Open a window in the kitchen while you are cooking and turn on a fan if you have one. This will help circulate damp air that is produced by steam from cooking foods.

Storm Doors

Posted on January 31, 2014 at 11:40 AM

Adding a storm door can help maintain your primary entrance door's appearance.

Storm doors are extra outer doors. From a distance, they can resemble a screen door. But instead of merely letting air and light in and keeping insects out, they also protect the primary door and the rest of the home from harsh weather. They block cold drafts and strong breezes and minimize heat energy loss by providing an extra barrier. As part of your home's protective outer layer, storm doors can develop certain problems, usually caused by the weather.

Below is a list of Common Problems With Storm Doors.

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Hinges

If a strong gust of wind blows the door open, it can yank or bang the door violently enough to damage the hinges. To avoid this, install a wind chain between the door frame and the door itself.

Door Closer

Door closers on storm doors are meant to automatically close them upon opening and to soften the way they shut close. But over time, they lose their dampening ability. To remedy this, turn the tension adjustment screw at the end of the closer cylinder. If the tension can no longer be remedied, it's time to replace the closer. You can install either a pneumatic or hydraulic closer.

Door Frames

Many damages to door frames are caused by opening and closing the storm doors with excessive force. Apart from adding a closer, keep hinges oiled and latches properly aligned.

Frozen Locks

Storm door locks sometimes get stuck in one position because of freezing weather or the build-up of dirt and grime. To avoid this problem in the locks and many other moving parts of the door, keep them oiled. If, however, you're already dealing with a stuck lock, you can fix this by gently heating the affected area. After heating one side of the lock, test if the key will turn. If it won't, or if the key becomes stuck, apply additional heat to the other side of the lock before trying again.

Condensation

Water vapor often collects on the inside part of a storm door, especially on its glass window panes, which then condenses into moisture or actual water droplets. In fact, if your storm door is installed properly, sealing your house and main door away from the cold wind and water outside, condensation can form within seconds after closing the door. This is because house interiors are warmer and more humid than outdoors, even more so during cold weather. Too much condensation can damage wooden or metal parts of your storm and even primary door. One way of avoiding damage is to install fans in a spot near the door to help evaporate the liquid water.