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Entry Door Sidelights with Glass Block can add Security, Privacy, Style & Reduce Costs

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Glass Block

Entry Door Sidelights with Glass Blocks

Entry Door Sidelights with Glass Blocks

To add to the curb appeal and provide light many homes have entry door sidelights– that is the good news. The bad news is these sidelights provide an easy and quick place for a burglar to enter your home. While you could use wire in the glass or wrought iron bars for security they can make the appearance of your home look industrial or just not fit your home’s décor. Fortunately there is another option – a glass block sidelight. Learn below the advantages of using glass blocks, the decorative options, best prefabrication techniques and installation tips.

Project Spotlight: Turning a Storm Door into a Patio Door – Improving Views & Saving Energy Cleveland Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors

Storm door flanked by double hung windows - before

Before - Storm door flanked by double hung windows

Maxine David (who lives in the Richmond Heights suburb of Cleveland) had a problem – a flimsy single pane storm door provided almost no protection from the cold and heat outside. This challenge greatly reduced the amount of time she was able to use the 3 season room in her condominium. Maxine’s goal was to not only make the sun room more energy efficient – but also to improve the views of her backyard.

 

Learn below how Cleveland Window & Door Company solved Maxine’s problems by converting the old storm door and adjacent window into a sliding glass patio door.

How to Select a Steel Security Storm Door for the Front, Back, Side or Garage Entrance

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors

Steel security entry door

Steel security entry door

It’s been reported that 80% of all burglaries come through a single locked door and 67% of burglars enter through some other area than a front door. With alarming statistics like this it could make good economic sense to add an extra layer of protection to a front, side, back or garage area by adding a steel security door. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, and options in various security storm doors and styles to help you in your selection process.

How to Select a Steel Entry Door for the Front, Back or Sides of a Home

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors

Steel Front Entry Door Painted with Decorative Glass

Steel Front Entry Door Painted with Decorative Glass

The best investments according to the 2012 Remodeling Cost to Value survey that can be made in a home is to upgrade the front entry door. A nice looking door will not only improve the curb appeal of the home but it has the dual benefit of saving energy costs as well. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, and options in various steel door styles to help you in your door selection process.

How to Select a Fiberglass Front Entry Door

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors

Fiberglass front entry door and transom with decorative glass

Fiberglass front entry door and transom with decorative glass

Perhaps nothing makes as much of a statement about a home than it’s front entry door. Fiberglass front doors can turn an ordinary home into something special. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, and options in various fiberglass door styles to help you in your door selection process.

Getting the most for your home improvement & remodeling spending – The 2011-2012 Cost to Value Report

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Kitchen Remodeling, Windows

Vinyl replacement windows provide a good return on investment
Vinyl replacement windows provide a good return on investment

Everyone is looking for value these days for their hard earned dollars. There may be no place where this is as true as it is with money spent on residential real estate. With home value still declining (although at a slower rate) when homeowners do decide to spend money they are careful where they are allocating their remodeling budget.

 

If you’re looking for some guidance on the right type of remodeling projects to give you the biggest bang for your buck an excellent reference source is the 2011-2012 Cost to Value report. This report is done through a group of collaborative surveys done by Realtor Magazine (who gets estimated resale value data through sales agents, brokers & appraisers), Specspan (an on line marketing and research company which host the on line survey) and HomeTech Publishing (a developer and publisher of construction estimating books and software).  Here’s a recap of the conclusions, trends and some of the top home improvement & remodeling projects bases on their respective return on investments.

 

 

How to Use Decorative Glass in an Interior or Exterior Door

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors

Decorative door glass in a front door sidelight and transom
Decorative door glass in a front door sidelight and transom

Entry doors and interior doors are not just a functional way to move through rooms – they can make a dramatic architectural statement to add economic value, interest and style to a home. There is not better way to create a one of a kind look than by using decorative door glass. This article will identify (1) where to use decorative glass in doors (2) advantages and disadvantages of decorative glass and (3) various options to choose from.

How to Choose between a Steel, Fiberglass or Wood Front Entry Door

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors

Fiberglass front entry door and sidelight system with decorative glass
Fiberglass front entry door and sidelight system with decorative glass

Let’s face it options in entry door systems can leave most any dazed and confused. There are 3 main types of doors – steel, fiberglass and wood – and countless accessories (hardware, finishes, locksets, knockers, kick plates etc.) which can make the front door selection process daunting. To simplify this decision this article will focus on the advantages and disadvantages of the 3 entry door types to begin your selection process (most door accessories are available across each of the 3 door types).

How to Select a Sliding Patio Door

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Windows

3 Panel Sliding Patio Door with Wood Veneer in a Family Room

3 Panel Sliding Patio Door with Wood Veneer in a Family Room 2 Panel White Sliding Glass Patio Door in a Dining Room

Doors are added to a home to provide entry and exit, while windows are used to provide light and air – but a sliding patio door can be used to combine the best functions of both a door and a window (entry, exit, views & air). This type of door glides (or slides) within a track system and uses large pieces of laminated safety glass to provide expansive views to the outside. In this article you’ll learn the definition, advantages and disadvantages, and options in various sliding glass door styles.

White Sliding Glass Patio Door in a Dining Room
White Sliding Glass Patio Door in a Dining Room

Project Spotlight: How to Use Custom Wooden Awnings for Style & Protection from Sun, Rain & Snow

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Exterior Remodeling

Before - Wood Door Awning Rotting & Pulling Away from House

Before - Wood Door Awning Rotting & Pulling Away from House After - wooden door awning & shade canopy with custom design

 
After - wooden door awning & shade canopy with custom design

After - wooden door awning & shade canopy with custom design

The problem

Jules (a homeowner in Euclid Ohio) had an old wood awning made of pine that was rotting and deteriorating. The structure was pulling away from the house which caused water, sun and rain to be able to seep through. The asphalt shingles on the roof were also failing. The bottom line is the decorative and protective home awning did not look good and was not doing the job.

Jules wanted a wood awning that would not only function well with a minimum amount of maintenance – but also one that would add to the architectural appearance of his cottage home style (and would match up with the wood scallop design used in parts of the home’s woodwork). Jules was turned down by several contractors who did not want to do this type of custom millwork.   

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