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Improve Your Home’s Look with New Interior Doors

It may be easy to overlook interior doors, but they’re part of your home’s overall look and greatly impact its appeal. If your interior doors are all different, or if they’re different colors, you should consider replacing them. If doors don’t match, the entire home loses cohesion. Also, consider replacing interior doors if they’ve become damaged or no longer sit properly in their frames. Minor damage to solid wood doors can be more easily corrected by sanding and then staining or painting again, but these heavier doors are also more prone to moving out of alignment with their frame. A wood door that won’t close properly and has significant damage may be better used elsewhere in a home.

Remember, each type of interior door offers its own benefits and there are a number of interior door types to choose from, including:

  • solid wood doors
  • faux wood doors
  • engineered wood doors
  • bi-fold doors
  • fire-resistant doors
  • pocket doors
  • accordion doors
  • French doors

If you choose to replace some or all of your existing interior doors, you’ll discover they come in two varieties: pre-hung and blank, or slab. Pre-hung doors have their jambs pre-attached, and space in the wall was made to accommodate door and jamb together. Blank, or slab, doors are crafted to fit into a jamb already set in the wall. Once you’ve purchased a new blank door, the next step is to remove the old one, lay it on top of the new door, take measurements and cut them to match. Replacing a pre-hung door means removing the door and jamb, but you won’t have to worry about cutting a new door to the proper size. It does have to fit perfectly in the wall opening, however, which means using wooden shims and a great deal of patience to get it just right.

One simple way to update the look of an interior door without replacing the entire door is to change the door trim. Removing and replacing door trim can typically be done in the space of an afternoon. You’ll need a pry bar to remove the old trim, and new trim to replace what you’re removing. There are many trim types available including flat, easy-paint options to larger, flared crown molding. You can also find decorative corner blocks or lintels to match your tastes.

If you have questions, or if you’re ready to replace some or all of your interior doors, give Liberty Builders a call to see how we can help.

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8 Home Maintenance Tips to Follow Before Winter Comes

You’re never really done with exterior home maintenance and the start of another season means different things for your home. For fall, the weather will be cooler and the leaves are sure to fall everywhere, meaning it’s time to plan your fall home exterior maintenance checklist before winter arrives.

  1. Clean gutters.Gutters require constant upkeep, especially in autumn. Leaves and other debris can clog your rain gutters, causing leaks and other problems. After the leaves have fallen, clean out the gutters and downspouts, flush them with water, inspect joints, and tighten brackets if necessary. Replace old or damaged gutters with new ones that have built-in leaf guards.
  2. Wash windows. Also, have your windows and screens washed if you did not do so in the spring or if they now appear dirty after the summer months.
  3. Inspect and maintain your heating system.Have your heating system checked by a licensed heating contractor to be sure that the system is clean and in good shape. Replace and clean your furnace and humidifier filters at least every 30 days during the heating season. When properly serviced, heating systems will use fuel more efficiently, last longer and have fewer problems.
  4. Repair your roof and siding. Have a Liberty Builders professional inspect your roof and siding for any missing and loose shingles. It’s better to find and repair the damaged areas in the fall than to discover a leaky roof during the winter. Also, trim any tree branches that interfere with your roof and siding.
  5. Shut off outdoor water systems.Freezing temperatures can cause damage to hoses, pipes and your sprinkler system so make sure to shut off all exterior faucets, and winterize your sprinkler systems before a potential freeze. Drain all hoses and store them inside your home.
  6. Check safety devices.Take a minute to change the batteries to your carbon monoxide detectors and smoke detectors to ensure they are in working order.
  7. Apply weather stripping and caulk to doors and windows. Inspect weather stripping around doors and windows. Caulk exterior joints around windows and doors. Caulking helps keep your house weather tight and lowers your heating bills. Proper sealing and insulation can save up to 20% on winter heating costs.
  8. Inspect and clean your fireplaces and chimneys. Have your chimneys cleaned by a licensed professional.

 

Good luck with your winter preparations, and if you need any exterior home repairs done, be sure to call Liberty Builders – we’re here to help!