French Door Basics

January 24th, 2011

French doors add a touch of class and openness to just about any room where they are installed.  For many years they have been a popular alternative to the basic sliding glass doors that we grew up with. Replacement of sliding glass doors with french doors is a fairly affordable upgrade. Read the rest of this entry »

Interior Bifold Doors

January 3rd, 2011

A bifold door unit  consists of two doors hinged together that fold to one side. These two doors usually hang on pivots and  have spring loaded rollers that  slide in a track that is attached across the top of the opening.

Bifold doors are frequently used on wide closet openings because when opened they offer access to the full width of the closet.  Sliding bypass doors, in contrast, only allow access to about half or even less of the closet when slid into the open position. Read the rest of this entry »

Magnetic Door Stops

December 12th, 2010

I recently did some door tuneup work at a nice hotel in Avila Beach, California.  They had a variety of problems: Read the rest of this entry »

Interesting Doors!

November 14th, 2010

I was chasing doors across the internet and ran across a page with 12 unique doors on it…They call them the 12 coolest doors.  There are some pretty cool doors there….I think my favorite is the shattered door. Check out the  page for yourself.  If you have seen great doors online or in person please send pics to me or at least send a link so that we can spread door happiness around the world!!

I like old doors and buildings.  Here is a shot of the soulful entry doors at the Cayucos Tavern in Cayucos, CA

Why Fiberglass Doors Are Better-Part 3

October 16th, 2010

Most of these companies offer a stainable fiberglass door.  ThermaTru’s  ClassicCraft is their top of the line door.  They have doors that can be finished to look like real wood. Oak, mahogany, rustic styles are just a few that they offer.  The rustic doors even have knots and distressing built in to give them a very realistic appearance.  When you are standing there looking at a prefinished door you will be hard pressed to know that it is fiberglass. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Fiberglass Doors Are Better – Part 2

October 10th, 2010

As far a security goes I believe that the durable fiberglass surfaces of these doors combined with solid wood blocks in the lock installation area will make these doors just as secure as a wood panel or solid core door.  I am looking for testing to back up this belief up or prove me wrong…Have not found it yet but I will let you know results as soon as I find them.

One of the most important features of fiberglass doors is their warranty.  Read the rest of this entry »

Seal The Bottom of Your Exterior Door – Part 1

October 3rd, 2010

One of the most vulnerable spots on your exterior door is one that you generally don’t think about until there is a problem.  Whether the door is wood, fiberglass or aluminum clad there is usually at least some wood in it’s frame work. Read the rest of this entry »

Why Fiberglass doors are better – Part 1

September 27th, 2010

I frequently get the question:  Why should I get a fiberglass door?  The most important reason is durability.  Now, I’m an old wood guy but you just can’t beat fiberglass doors for holding up. Read the rest of this entry »

Weather strip sticks to paint on door

September 17th, 2010

Does the weatherstripping stick to the paint on your door?

Weatherstripping is certainly not glamorous like fancy doors or hardware but it’s a very important part of a quality door installation. Most of the time in new construction we use a product called kerf style or kerf applied weatherstripping. It seals very well and does not stick to paint but it can only be used in new construction because the door jambs have to be modified to accept the product. Read the rest of this entry »

Do your doors swing open or close by themselves?

August 31st, 2010

Ghost doors, self closing or self opening doors are a fairly common problem in homes and sometimes offices. They are caused by the door jamb being out of plumb one way or the other.  It may be  that the house has shifted  over time or perhaps the door was installed incorrectly in the first place. Read the rest of this entry »