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Choosing The Right Front Door

Steel VS Wood VS Fiberglass

The front door to your house or your office is the very first thing anyone sees. It is what makes up for majority of the first impression one gets about you your property, when they visit you. It can be the usual plain wooden door or something more interesting and unique. You can show the world a little bit of your personality through your front door.

Options

The major options one can go for are the steel door, wooden door or fiberglass door. Each of these doors has its own share of pros and cons. They can look ordinary or can be designed to look extra ordinary.

Steel Door

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Steel door can be a good choice for those who value safety over design and uniqueness. Canadian Choice offers some sturdy and beautifully designed steel front doors. If you live around Ottawa, we highly recommend their products.

The Good

  • Steel doors are the strongest doors available in the market.
  • They won’t shrink or crack like the wooden doors
  • Easy to clean and dents can be repaired in no time

The Bad

  • If scratched through galvanization, it can rust and the door will have to be fully replaced in sometime
  • Cannot have any carvings or details like in wooden doors
  • Cannot be broken down in case of emergencies

Fiberglass Door

These are affordable choice for those who want something different and fancy.

The Good

  • Very versatile as they come in multiple textures like that mimic wooden door grains. You can also fit in decorative glass
  • Very easy to clean as all you need is some soap and a sponge
  • Durable as it does not crack or shrink like wooden doors. It does not get scratched or rusted like steel doors either
  • Maintains the temperature within the house, keeps the excess cold or heat away

The Bad

  • Security wise, these doors are not sufficient as a door fitted with glass can be broken down easily
  • These doors are on the expensive side, when compared to wood and steel
  • If the glass fitted in the door gets chipped or damaged, the entire panel will have to be changed.

Wooden Door

These are the classic front door choice for eons. Need ideas about your wood door? Check out this Pinterest post.

The Good

  • Can be beautifully carved with minute details to look unique and classy
  • Comes in different grains, and can be matched with rest of the house
  • The color of the door can be changed easily at any time and does not require much time
  • Is sturdy and cannot be broken down easily, thus offering very good security
  • Maintains the temperature within the room, effectively

The Bad

  • Will expand and contract with change in weather
  • Can crack or get damaged over a period of time
  • Requires high maintenance like regular dusting and polishing to maintain the shine and

The front door to your house is more than just a door.  It is also the protective barrier erected between your family and the outside world. Hence, choosing the right front door is very important and one should pay attention to various aspects before finalizing on a door.

Prevent Ice And Frost From Damaging Your Windows

Living a healthy life is not always about diets and physical exercise. There are a lot of factors, big and small that affect us throughout our day that can have a positive or negative affect on our health. Especially when it comes to mental health.

I was shopping for some windows replacement for my home recently. As I was researching about different products, different U-values, and other stuff I know very little about, I came across some interesting articles. Namely, articles that explained the health values of certain home renovations.

My windows have condensation, and they are drafty. In general, they are old windows, 30+ years, I think. It was not until I started looking for replacement options that I realized how miserable these windows made me feel.

Every morning I would wake up, turn up the thermostat (because of the draft), and wipe some water off the floors (because of the condensation and the fact that the sealed units have failed). In addition to that, new windows have the ability to let in more light, but also less ultraviolet rays. Something that is directly associated with your mental health.

Windows and Doors Replacement Could Save You From The Ruins Of Condensation

With the cheer and celebration that this festive season brings along, there are a few other factors that could potentially damage parts of your house and ruin your celebratory mode. Ice and frost on window panes are better known as window condensation. Window condensation could be of two types; interior and exterior.

If you have older windows, excess moisture could lead to expensive and at times irreparable damages to your home. How could you possibly prevent ice and frost from ruining your beautiful home? Read a few effective tips listed below:

Preventing interior condensation

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Interior condensation can be caused by excessive moisture inside the house. Replaceing your windows and doors in Winnipeg can often be a good solution to this problem. However, the installation of new vinyl windows does not always solve the problem. Often times, you might have to lower down the thermostat.

  • Eliminate the moisture

If you feel that excess moisture is causing the buildup of frost and ice outside your window panes, you can purchase a moisture eliminating product. These products can be used in your bathroom, kitchen or closets to remove excess moisture from inside the home.

  • Switch off the humidifier

A lot of parents use humidifiers in their baby’s nursery. It can release moisture and cause window condensation. If switching it off is not an option, you can at least turn it down so that it releases lesser moisture and reduce condensation.

  • Raising home temperature

When you raise the temperature of your house, you are also heating up the window pane that in turn reduces condensation. You can also use curtains, blinds, drapes etc to heat up the window panes.

  • Air circulation

When you allow proper air circulation through your windows, it will significantly reduce the condensation on the window panes. The fans inside the house should be ideally rotating in the clockwise direction so that warm air is pushed back from the ceiling to the floor.

  • Weather stripping

When you add weather stripping to the window panes, you are not only reducing the chances of condensation but also making your home more energy efficient. Warm air is trapped inside your home and your window panes are relieved of interior condensation.

Buying window insulation kits

Window insulation kits could be quite effective when it comes to dealing with interior as well as exterior condensation. They will also help reduce energy costs when you install them outside the window panes by cutting down your heating and cooling bills.

Replacing windows and window panes

When condensation takes place between window panes and ice and frost are making life difficult for you, the healthiest option you could avail is windows and doors replacement. The first thing you can begin with is by replacing the glass units. However, the possibility of replacement depends on the age, type and manufacturer of the original window pane.

In a few cases where the glass units cannot be replaced, an entire replacement of the windows might be required. This will be more effective for old windows.

Why is it required?

For people who wonder why windows and doors replacement is considered quintessential to home improvement need to understand how a rotten window sill not only looks ugly but also weakens the structure of your house. If the problem can be fixed in the initial days, it will neither stretch your budget nor cause your window panes to fall out.