Replacing and/or Decorating Your Front Door

2 Major Tips to Ensure Your Garage Door Doesn’t Leave You in the Cold This Winter

Posted by on Dec 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Major Tips to Ensure Your Garage Door Doesn’t Leave You in the Cold This Winter

A common problem with garage doors this time of the year is that they can become difficult, if not impossible to open and close properly. The dreaded combination of cold temperatures and ice formation can have a wide range of effects on your garage door—for example, lubricants can harden, seals can stick, and garage door openers can run sluggishly. The following shows how you can take care of these issues and ensure your garage door works flawlessly throughout the winter months. Break the Ice At temperatures below freezing, moisture that collects on your garage door can be frozen in place, creating a sheet of ice that could seal your garage shut. If you’re dealing with just a thin sheet of ice, you can break winter’s icy bonds simply by letting your garage door opener open and close as normal. If you don’t have a garage door opener installed, a light tap around the door with an ice scraper can help break up light ice buildup. If you’re dealing with heavy ice buildup, you can use a hair dryer or heat gun to melt the ice away from the door edges. Just be sure to avoid letting the hair dryer or heat gun linger on any particular section of the garage door, otherwise you could end up damaging the paint or leave burn marks on the door itself. You can also spray a small amount of deicing solution on the garage door and wait until the solution unthaws the ice. You’ll also want to be careful when dealing with frozen weatherstripping. For instance, using an ice scraper or a flat shovel to bust up ice buildup could also damage the now-brittle weatherstripping. Using a heat gun or hairdryer could also put the weatherstripping at risk of melting or warping. Instead, use the deicing solution to free your garage door and then spread a small amount of table salt along the area where the bottom weatherstripping meets the ground. The table salt should prevent the seal from sticking under freezing temperatures. When you’re done, be sure to sweep away any remaining bits of ice and clean up any leftover water from the garage floor. Leaving any ice or water behind could create a slip-and-fall hazard for you and your loved ones. Handle Frozen Lubricant Your garage door relies on its lubricant to provide smooth and consistent garage door operation. However, constant exposure to freezing temperatures can cause this lubricant to harden, making it nearly impossible for your garage door to operate properly. Frozen lubricant can also expose metal garage door components to rust and corrosion, especially in areas where road salt is commonly used. In order to take care of this problem, you’ll need to get rid of the old lubricant. Depending on how hardened it is, you may end up chipping chunks of lubricant off of the tracks and other parts of your garage door. In most cases, however, you’ll just need some paint thinner, a toothbrush and a few rags you don’t mind throwing away afterwards. Use the toothbrush to scrub the paint thinner into those nooks and crannies and use the rags to wipe away the lubricant. After making sure your garage door’s moving parts have been properly cleaned, you can set about reapplying the lubricant. It’s a...

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5 Ways To Upgrade Your Tiny House Windows When It’s Time For Replacements

Posted by on Apr 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Many tiny house enthusiasts buy the smallest, most affordable windows they can find when first constructing their house to save money and time on installation. If you’ve been living in your new structure for a few years now, you’re likely ready to upgrade for more natural light and a better looking home. Spend a little extra to try at least one of these five tricks for dressing up a tiny house with new windows. Re-Roof to Accommodate a Dome Window Is your roof on your tiny house ready for repairs too? Consider changing the shape to a gambrel or barrel vaulted design, which leaves rounded gables at both ends that can fit big dome windows. The half-circle shape lets in a lot of natural light while remaining high enough on the wall to give you plenty of privacy. Changing the roof can be outrageously expensive on a full-sized house, but tiny homes are small enough to stay affordable even for big changes. Experiment with Colored Glass Stained glass is a costly investment, but you can mimic the look with inexpensive colored window film. The plastic sticks to the glass with an adhesive you can easily clean away when you decide to go back to clear. If your budget can handle it, splurge for genuine colored glass panes to liven up your small space, at least for small casement windows. Few things add as much cheer as a bright green or red window. Grab the Breeze with Awning Windows If you skimped a little on the roof overhang size when building your tiny house, you might find that leaving your windows open for ventilation during a rain storm results in a wet sill or floor. Get better breezes in all types of weather by installing awning windows. These windows angle out as they open to direct rain away from the screen and capture even the lightest gusts of air to refresh your interior air. Improve Your Efficiency Tiny homes are all about energy efficiency, but it’s hard to afford the very best triple paned and double glazed windows when you’re already spending plenty on other building materials. Take the opportunity to upgrade to trim your heating, cooling, and lighting bills even further, especially if you made the move to a tiny home to save money in the first place. Look for useful energy saving features like: Glass coated with a finish that slows the transfer of heat through the glass or reflects it back out Light reactive films that darken during the brightest parts of the day to block heat Insulated frames with built-in seals to prevent air from leaking out or in around the frame Gas pumped into the gaps between double or triple layers of glass to further buffer the transfer of heat Soft and durable weather stripping around the edges and sill to create a tight seal when the window is closed Tough glazing sealing the glass to the frame to prevent cracking that lets air flow through Consider Easier Opening Options Are your windows mounted high in the wall to let in more light and a better cross breeze? If you find it difficult to reach to open those windows, you won’t get to enjoy a fresh breeze very often. Try swapping in windows fitted with cranks...

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