Markham Improving Front Doors
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Markham Improving Front Doors team has few tricks under the sleeve to show you how to keep the heat from leaking through your doors. Our Markham Improving Front Doors mobile teams are always around, always ready to help. For those handy home-owners who know how to use tools, here are some tips on how to keep your house warm.
A door sweep is an excellent way to prevent drafts and cold air from seeping in from underneath an exterior door. Door sweeps can be as simple as a piece of rubber that is attached to the bottom of a door or as elaborate as an actual brush that not only prevents air from coming in from under the door, but also sweeps the area in front of the door as the door opens and closes. Here are the steps needed to be followed in order to install one. Purchase a door sweep that is the appropriate width for your door. Generally, door sweeps are the same width as the door. If you do not know the width of your door, then measure the door across. Using a power drill, attach the sweep to the bottom of the door. If you have a steel door, you will need to use a pre-drill holes with a bit designed for cutting into metal. Most door sweeps come with screws and holes already drilled into the sweep. Close the door and check to see that the sweep is preventing drafts and air from coming in under the door and that the door easily opens and closes. This is it.
Another method to keep your heat inside, is to tighten loose hinges. Ever had the frustration of your front or back door not closing properly, lock set bolt not lining up, or a door that cannot close at all? Maybe the exterior door hinges need tightening. However, sometimes this is easier said than done. Most exterior door frames are about one inch thick, mounted against two by four, or six-inch studs, which should allow a significant depth of wood for the hinge screws to penetrate, and hold to. Unfortunately, most hinge screws are not greater than 1-inch in length, so you do not get the benefit of all that lumber to attach to. Hinge screws loosen over time, either by corrosion, or wear on the attachment wood. When this happens, it is usually best to consider an upgrade in the size of the replacement screw. Consider a replacement screw which is a little wider, and longer than the previous screw which failed. Often, a screw long enough to penetrate the door jamb’s backing stud is a quick and long-lasting repair. Be sure to examine the attachment wood itself. If it has become fragmented, broken, cracked or weakened in any way, you may need to replace the wood, either by inserting new wood (often called a scarf insert, or joint) or by utilizing an epoxy filler. Often, if the wood is not damaged badly, and the aperture which held the old screw is just worn out, inserting a sliver of wood, or filling with an epoxy putty narrowing the aperture will make a simple repair. Remember, when inserting any new screws not to over tighten and cause the door to become un-plumb with the door jamb. Often, a carpenter may insert a small shim (a thin slice of wood, or even cardboard may be used) between the door edge and the hinge to help position the door correctly and prevent the hinge from binding. If you encounter this, be sure to replace the shim when you reattach the loose hinge. Doing so will maintain consistency with the doors operating functions.
If you are on the look-out for a storm door to protect your front door, you will most likely have to make a choice between vinyl, wood and aluminium storm doors. A storm door is similar in concept to a storm window. It is installed over an existing exterior door in a building. This protects the original door from weather conditions and also reduces heat loss in winter months. Most storm doors have screens and panes that can be opened to improve air circulation during the warmer months. Vinyl storm doors are the most inexpensive option among all 3. Most are available for low prices, which makes them a popular choice among many buyers. For this price, many people do not mind replacing a vinyl storm door when it is damaged. Vinyl storm doors also have an advantage in the fact that they do not show scratches and holes very clearly. This is because the material is the same colour throughout. Vinyl storm doors do not rust and are quite good at insulation. This is beneficial in lowering energy bills in the winter and summer. These storm doors are available in a wide variety of colours and designs as well. As far as draw-backs are concerned, the biggest one for vinyl storm doors is that they are not long-lasting. They do stand up to wear and tear and can disintegrate faster than aluminium or wood windows. These storm doors are also not as impressive looking as the aluminium and wood versions. Wood storm doors are sophisticated and highly appealing. With the proper treatment and sealing, these storm doors can last for many years and provide good insulation. Wooden storm doors are highly sturdy and durable. They can enhance security significantly. One of the biggest drawbacks of wood storm doors is their susceptibility to weather damage. Excessive moisture and humidity can cause warping and swelling. As a result, regular treatment and maintenance of wooden storm doors is a requirement. There is also the possibility of expansion and contraction of the material because of changes in temperature. Wood storm doors also tend to be very expensive. Aluminium storm doors are also known for their visual appeal. These storm doors are very strong, durable and longer lasting than most other materials. Aluminium storm doors are heavy and offer a great degree of security. They are impervious to most weather conditions and are not damaged by excessive heat or cold. They resist moisture and are impervious to problems caused by humidity. Aluminium storm doors are quite expensive. This makes them unsuitable for people with budget restrictions. Aluminium is a highly conductive material and absorbs a lot of heat in the summer months. They are therefore not the most energy efficient choice among storm doors. However, adding foam strips or vinyl to the frame can help in achieving better energy efficiency.
Improve your storm door functionality by installing a storm door sweep. A storm door sweep is a panel located at the base of your door that is used to keep air flow from entering or escaping the building, and to keep out unwanted bugs and pests. This unit is pretty standard on all types of doors, and the doors thickness will determine what size of replacement you are going to need. The bottom of most modern doors has slots built into them, so that the old sweep can simply be pulled off and the new one slipped on in its place. Some alterations may need to be done for older doors, such as having to take the door off the hinges, and removing the old sweep with a hammer or pry bar, before nailing a new one into place. We are about to go into detail about how to change a door sweep on a modern slotted door that is ready for sweep maintenance from wear and tear.
The first thing to do is open the door to reveal its edge, here on the side on the base of the door, you should see a plastic or rubber cap at its base, this is your storm door sweep. Start the removal process by placing your right hand on the door near the door latch or lock, and then reaching down to the end of the door sweep with your left hand. Grab the base of the door sweep, and gently pull toward you, and the plastic or rubber lining will start to come free from the door, sliding outward from the doors base. At this angle, it will be easier to do the work that is needed, without having to remove the door from the hinges. The next section to your storm door sweep is the actual channel that hooks to the door, that the rubber connects to. Take your pair of pliers and grab the outside edge of the sweep gently by the tip and slowly pull it out as well. Once you have this out, you will notice the slotted notches on the bottom of the door that held the old sweep into place, you will be using this to mount the new one. Look at your new storm door sweep, and you will see two lips or edges on the tips of it, that run down the length or the material. You will want to line these up with the slots on the base of your door and begin to push the new part on. Slowly feed the sweep onto the door until you cannot slide it on my hand any longer. Then take a rubber mallet and gently tap it onto the door the rest of the way until it lines up flush on the edges. Do not be alarmed that you only have 1 piece to your new sweep and removed 2 from the original, this is because of manufacturers changes in the material to provide more cost- efficient replacements for doors and windows.
Our team gave you all these steps to follow in case you want to do it yourself, but we are always ready to come to your help. We have the proper tools and supplies, we have experience and we are on call 24/7 for all your door needs.