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  • CHOOSING THE RIGHT ENTRY DOOR HINGES

    As one can guess, hinges come in many different types, materials and finishes. A hinge is a bearing that connects two objects and allows them to move. Hinges can be found on everything that has moving parts - from small jewelry boxes to grand entry doors. The type, as well as the material of a hinge, depends on its application. You don't need a rustproof heavy-duty expensive bronze hinge for your kitchen cabinet doors, but it may be exactly what you need for the entry doors of your beach house. So, let's take a closer look at some popular and commonly used entry door hinges. Hinge Types Butt hinges. These come in various sizes from 13 mm to 150 mm and are quite versatile in terms of their applications. This is the most popular type of hing ...

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  • DOOR SPECIALTY GLASS

    As an old proverb suggests, everything new is well-forgotten old. So is specialty glass. Specialty glass, such as stained glass has existed for many centuries with the first examples of it dated as early as 6th century.  In the Middle Ages the increasing number of new churches led to the increasing demand for stained glass. It was becoming more and more popular in Medieval Europe, especially in France, Germany and England. Stained glass windows could be seen in churches, wealthy homes and public buildings. Made by hand, each of them was a unique piece of art, offering astounding details in a wide range of colors. The ancient masters had found the formula for making glass of different colors – from green to pink. Today, specialty glass en ...

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  • Entry Doors in Feng Shui

    One of the main criteria in choosing a front door is security and, understandably, most home owners want to have the strongest and the most secure doors available in the market. Many of them also invest in expensive security systems to protect their homes from potential intruders. However, even the best security system will not protect your home from the negative energy if your front doors have bad Feng Shui. On the contrary, front doors chosen according to Feng Shui rules, will let you enjoy the benefits of Chi (the positive energy) and keep the negative energy at bay. Entry doors in Feng Shui are considered “the mouth” of a house, through which the energy circulates. An entrance door with good Feng Shui will help you maintain a consta ...

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  • DOOR LOCKS: WEISER VS. SCHLAGE

    Door hardware market is constantly expanding as the demand for more security and higher quality grows. Manufacturers are working hard to come up with new solutions to offer products that will satisfy the pickiest customer. The competition between the industry leaders also grows resulting in more innovative and sophisticated products. Despite having a history of more than a century, the two most popular brands of door hardware, Weiser and Schlage, are still growing and evolving as the demand changes. While their well-known door hardware lines have their permanent place in the market, both brands introduce new and more innovative products every few years. When it comes to quality, security and style, both brands go hand in hand.  Their tradi ...

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  • WROUGHT IRON DOOR INSERTS - HISTORY & LATEST TECHNOLOGIES

    With the development of the technological world, new materials emerge so often that what we appreciate today, may become old-fashioned tomorrow. Fibereglass, UPVC, aluminum, various combinations of new and older materials – there is a huge and constantly growing selection in the market today. Then there is wrought iron – an ancient material that has survived through many centuries.   The history of wrought iron dates back to 1200 B.C.  It is the time when our ancestors began to use iron instead of bronze to make weapons and tools. The Iron Age followed the Bronze Age. The word “wrought” is as old as the material itself: it is an old form of the verb to work, meaning “worked”, so, in fact, “wrought iron” means “worked ...

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  • DOOR ENERGY EFFICIENCY: STEEL AND FIBERGLASS

    Whether you have owned your house for many years or you are building a new home, one of the most important investments that you will make in your house is an energy efficient entrance door. Nowadays, with our extreme weather conditions and skyrocketing energy bills, investing not only in energy-efficient appliances, but also in energy efficient windows and doors can be a wise decision that will allow you to significantly cut your energy costs. When it comes to choosing the perfect doors for your entrance, energy efficiency should be one of the major criteria alongside style, design, durability and affordability. Proper insulation is important not only in winter to prevent heat loss, but also in summer so that your cooling device works more ...

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  • DOOR HARDWARE: TUBULAR LOCKS, MORTISE LOCKS, MULTI-POINT LOCKS

      When you think about a door lock, the first word that comes to mind is security. Understanding the differences between various types of door locks will help you determine whether or not it will provide the level of security you want. The two most popular types of door hardware are tubular locks and multi-points locks. The following article will outline the major differences between these locks.     Tubular Locks Standard tubular locks are the most popular door hardware in North America. These locks can be installed on an existing door, as well as a new one. Tubular locks are relatively easy to install and may not even require a professional installer to get the job done. Tubular locks are designed so that they require two ...

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  • FRONT DOORS WITH STAINLESS STEEL PANELS

    Emerging Home Design Trend: Front Doors with Stainless Steel Panels. The front door establishes the theme for the rest of the house. It gives the impression of what it’s like to be inside, especially since anyone coming to visit will have to wait by this area in the house for a few minutes. Over the years, the front door has taken on different styles and design, and stainless steel doors panels have emerged as one of the latest trends. So, why should you consider the door with stainless steel panels or inserts for your house?  There are three main reason to choose it: DESIGN, DESIGN and DESIGN     Doors with stainless steel designs are attractive and unique yet simple and modern The appeal of having stainless ...

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  • UPGRADING YOUR DOOR WITH GLASS INSERTS

    For all you know, the entrance door is not just another fixture to your home; rather, it is the centerpiece of your home from an outside perspective. It adds an architectural zest to your home, and needless to mention, style, grace, and identity. Since your entrance door is the first and last thing that your visitors encounter, it creates a significant impression of your house. This is very important especially if you want your entire residence to be remembered. But as you know, not all the doors are equally attractive. There may have been times when you visited a house that isn't really “ugly” but because its entrance door is unappealing, or does not match the theme, motif, or the overall design of the house, it becomes one. Do you wa ...

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  • FACE OFF: SLIDING PATIO DOORS VS. SWINGING PATIO DOORS

    A popular feature in many houses is a back area with patio doors that either are sliding or swinging. These patio doors are fundamental to the house because they offer additional light in an enclosed place, or help create more spaces by extending the floor area of the house from the inside to the outside. These doors also function to secure the house from leakage, heat loss, or even unwanted intruders.   But between choosing to install a sliding patio door and a swing patio door, how do you know which to prefer?   Sliding patio doors Also known as gliding patio doors, sliding patio doors are built with individual panels and rollers at the bottom of the frame so that it would open and close easily. The most common construction mat ...

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