The Importance Of Doors And Locks

It’s a simple thing, and no doubt something we take for granted. “Born in a barn?” and “Don’t slam it!” are phrases often associated with something that occurs at least once, often up to a dozen times, in every house in the world. What is it? A door! We only really notice them if they’re squeaking, locked, expensive to buy, catching little fingers or slamming in the wind. However, there’s a lot more to a door than one may think. There are the door hinges, door locks the handle or knob, and of course the material it’s made of.

Hinges are possibly the most important part of a door, simply because without them the door would not open and close properly. An absolute bare minimum of one hinge is necessary, but to be honest, two is the realistic minimum and three or four are better. You can’t just screw the hinges in and be done with it. The door needs to be balanced when it is ‘hung’ in its frame. A badly hung door will catch on the floor, leave a gap for a draft, not close properly or swing one way or the other without any help.

Door locks are important for security and privacy. Whether you want to keep people out while you’re away, or keep them on the other side of the door while you’re busy doing something personal, door locks are an essential, and relatively complicated piece of most houses, offices, schools, shops and almost any other building one cares to mention. There are lots of different brands of door locks, and a reputable one is vital for the privacy or security required. Brands such as Dexter, Skulthai, Schlage, Chubb and Yale are known to be among the best.

The handle or knob is needed to open, and sometimes close, the door. Handles are long and look like levers. Knobs are round and twist. Generally, handles are easier to use and more practical, although they usually look a bit ‘office-like.’ Knobs usually look more aesthetic, but can be awkward when used with wet hands and, for some reason people frequently turn them the wrong way first.

What a door is made of can help more than just its appearance. A good strong door can insulate sound or heat and therefore offer more privacy, save money or reduce stress from annoyances. Some of the most beautiful doors that are remarkably attractive price-wise, can really be not that much good at all. They are often poorly constructed and made of cheap manufactured wood. A good door that is strong, will last a long time, and not warp needs to be priced accordingly to reflect its quality.

Maybe the next time you walk through a door, you might appreciate that it doesn’t squeak or swing unnecessarily. And the next time you lock your valuables behind one, check that the door lock is a good model from a respected manufacturer.

Maintenance of Vinyl Doors and Windows is Necessary

Vinyl windows increase a person’s home value and home appearance. It can be cleaned very quickly. But, however, proper maintenance of vinyl windows is necessary as it becomes dirty quickly. With the help of heavy rain, the windows can be cleaned very quickly. But if even after that the windows are not cleaned the following instructions can clean them. Always wash the window with the help of a soft cloth or a soft brush. Sometimes it may be difficult to remove stains such as crayon, felt pens, lipstick, bubblegum so cleansers can be used to remove stains very quickly. Do not use cleansers such as nail polish remover, furniture polish as it could damage the surface appearance of the vinyl windows and doors.

Remove all the stickers and labels with the help of a soft cloth. Try to avoid high pressure spray to clean the windows Do not use blades, knife to clean the doors and windows as their might be scratches. Roller can be cleaned once in 6 months. To clean it first use the vacuum cleaner to take out the loose material, then use a cloth and water and a dish wash liquid to finish the cleaning. Proper maintenance of weep system is required to assure proper drainage. Water can be filled up in sill or track. It should be cleaned regularly to avoid dust. A soft bottle brush can be used to clear the openings. Casement window should be cleaned regularly. To clean this use a soft cloth soaked in water with a dish washing liquid. Due to UV rays the doors and windows may be worn out in order to avoid this repaint and re-caulk should be done every year. Try to clean the brass hardware on the window with the help of a soft cotton cloth. Clean the window track regularly otherwise dust will build up and it may become harder to open them. The screens should also be cleaned regularly to avoid bugs to enter. To clean the screen soak them in a tub full of water and then clean it with a garden hose. This may increase the screen life.

Condensation means the fog that can be seen on the glass of the windows. It happens because of high humidity in the house. It generally appears as moisture on the glass of the window. If moisture is seen on the windows it is because of high humidity at home. When the interior temperature of the house is 70 degrees the inside humidity should be according to the outside temperature. When the outside temperature is -20 degrees and below the inside humidity can be 15 percent. When the outside temperature is 10 F to 0 F the inside humidity can be 30 percent. Considering the outside temperature the inside humidity has to be adjusted. Humidity can be reduced by opening the curtains everyday so that the house air can enter the window. Let air circulate in the bathroom, kitchen everyday so that there could be less humidity. Try to keep the humidity level of the house under control with the help of a humidifier. Keep in mind that items such as clothes exhaust fans, gas heaters are vented properly.

Shower Enclosures, Doors, and Partition Options

Frameless Enclosures

Imagine yourself surrounded by an elegant, custom-designed, heavy glass, frameless enclosure with 3/8″ thick glass, tempered for your safety, and polished edges, with hardware selected to match the finish and design of your bath fixtures. Heavy glass (frameless) enclosures first became popular in higher-end homes, hotels, and condos, but are now found in the majority of newly-constructed and newly-remodeled homes. They are not your grandma’s old-time door with obscure glass. These enclosures give you the feel of a luxurious spa right in your own bathroom.

Frameless doors are usually hinged from one wall with a side panel (sometimes notched over a seat or half wall) with a 90° “return” panel resting on top of the half wall. These panels can be secured to the wall with clips (the most popular application), or with a “U-channel” which is a strip of metal, installed on the wall on the side and bottom of the enclosure to place the glass. The “U-channel” will match the finish of the hinges and fixtures. Depending on the configuration of your bathroom, the panels can be full length from floor to your specified height.

Shower enclosures like these let you bathe in the comfort of knowing that you have made an excellent choice.

Trendy hardware finishes come in Silver/chrome, Brushed Nickel, and Oil-rubbed Bronze but other custom finishes are available.

There are several pattern glass options available; however, the most frequent choice is clear glass to show off your newly installed tile.

Semi-Frameless

Another option is a semi-frameless enclosure which offers a frameless door with polished edges, and a custom pull handle that mounts through the glass. The door is attached to the perimeter frame with a continuous hinge – a hinge that runs the full length of the door glass on the hinged side. All other panels are framed with metal that match your fixtures.

You get the look of a frameless enclosure without the higher cost. Also available are high quality, framed shower enclosure or by-pass sliding doors if that is more to your liking.

Framed Enclosures

Framed enclosures are the most economical and water proof. These enclosures offer fully framed, tempered glass. The door is secured with full length magnets at the strike side to ensure proper seal along with a weather strip and drip sweep at the bottom to make sure that all the water runs to the inside of the shower, instead of onto the floor These doors/enclosures may be the most economical and high quality with a custom-look metal finish. These doors stand up to years of use, especially in your children’s bathroom. From a safety perspective, there are no exposed glass edges as you would find with a frameless or semi-frameless shower.

By-pass shower doors have come a long way since Granma had them. With the custom finishes and glass options, you can choose from, such as frameless glass with custom, through the glass towel bars/handles – these doors are beautiful as well as functional in areas where a hinged door is not possible, such as when the toilet or sink and cabinet are too close to the tub/shower.

Glass Options for Enclosures

The glass options for sliding doors are numerous and varied. Rain glass, patterned glass, glue chip and tempered are some of your options. The standard frameless, 3/16″ tempered glass thickness is the most economical in either framed or frameless and have clamp on towel bars; or another frameless version has ¼” thick glass, with through-the-glass towel bars or for a more custom look, 3/8″ thick tempered glass is available for the ultimate custom look in by-pass enclosures.

An additional option that is gaining popularity is the partition which consists of one or more 3/8″ thick, tempered glass panel(s) that is mounted to the wall(s) or half wall(s), allowing easier access. Since there is no door installed, there are no moving parts.

Your enclosures/partitions require expert installation and a keen attention to detail. They should come with a warranty on workmanship/installation, which should also include door adjustments or seal failure.

Building A Barn Door With the Proper Hinges and Hardware

When building a new barn, there are many types of hinges and hardware to choose from for your barn doors. We will explore some of the choices and types of hinges as well as the accessories to construct a safe, effective and proper barn door.

Strap Hinges

Strap hinges are one of the most basic and versatile hinges for a barn door. The come in various lengths and styles. No matter how good a hinge looks it’s very important to make sure you have the correct duty rating. If your door weighs 200 pounds, you must have hinges rated for that weight. If a single hinge is rated for say 100 pounds, than three hinges would more than suffice for your 200 pound door. Most strap hinges are around 20″ in length providing plenty of support for heavier barn doors.

Pinnel hinges are one of the most cost effective strap hinges on the market. There are two main components of a pinnel hinge, the strap portion that attached to the door frame and the pinnel portion that attaches to the jamb of the frame. The end of the pinnel has a pin on it that attaches to the strap portion on the door. This allows you to attach the components on the respective structures and then assemble the door to the frame. The strap portion of the pinnel hinge usually uses lag screws or bolts for assembly. Most often pinnel hinges are black in nature and can be mechanically made or hand forged from a piece of wrought iron.

Long strap hinges are also an effective hinge for barn doors. Unlike pinnel hinges, these are face mounted with several screws or lag bolts. These are often 15″ to 20″ in length and use heavy duty lag screws for installation. They are usually painted or powder coated in black.

Another popular barn door hinge is the colonial strap hinge. These are flat in nature and feature a round over portion on the end, giving a colonial, old-time look.

Double Dutch Hinges

Double Dutch hinges are the ideal hinge for creating that classic over-under door for horse stalls. This allows you to open the top half of the door for feeding your horse while keeping them safe and secure inside. Double Dutch hinges are actually two hinges in one. There are actually two hinges mounted to one frame, thus allowing you to achieve the over-under door combination.

Double Dutch hinges come on various lengths depending on how heavy your door is. The most common length is either 12″ or 17″ long and most of the time they are secured with simple black screws.

Indoor Barn door hinges

There are several options for indoor barn door hinges as well. Most often these are lighter duty in nature and much shorter in length than the exterior barn door hinges.

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