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When you move into a new home, one of the first things you’re supposed to do is change the locks. But what about when you’ve lived there for years?
Often, the door handles and deadbolts remain untouched for years because nobody notices them anymore. The finish starts to chip and flake and the handle looks worn, but it all fades into the door.
If you suspect your doors are long overdue for a refresh, we think you’ll be surprised by the beautiful hardware available today. It’s easy to add style to your entrance way without sacrificing function and security.
Here are a few things to keep in mind when you’re shopping for new door knobs, deadbolts and locks for your exterior doors…
First and foremost, how do you want your home to be locked and unlocked? Do you like the classic look of a door handle and deadbolt? Or are you interested in a flashier, high-tech solution that doesn’t even require a key?
Weiser has Smartcode systems with electronic backlit touchpads that can be locked and unlocked by punching in a PIN. For added security, the Powerbolt system incorporates an extra-strong deadbolt. Their Kevo and Premis locks work with an app on your smartphone to digitally lock or unlock your home.
Even though these locks have ultra-modern technology, that doesn’t mean they look like something that belongs on a spaceship. They come in different designs and finishes to suit the style of your home.
Once you’ve settled on the function, it’s time to decide on a design. Do you like elegantly swooping handles or classic round knobs? Do you prefer a chunky traditional handleset or a barely-there contempory pull?
Consider the style of your home, of course, but also think about the accesibiliy needs of your family members now, and in the future. Certain handles are easier to use than others, particularly for wheelchair users.
This is decidedly the most fun decision when you’re investing in new hardware and deadbolts. There are a lot of different finishes (“Ooh, shiny brass! Classic black! What about a modern satin nickel?”) so it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the possibilities.
Think about the colour of your front door and how a potential finish will look against it. Antique brass or nickel hardware tend to be pretty timeless, but also not that exciting. Are you wanting to play it safe, or really make a statement?
Light-coloured doors — yellow, mint green, pale blue — look stunning with dark black or venetian bronze finishes. A deep, jewel-toned door — red, navy, purple, emerald green — will look even richer with bright brass hardware.
You might not realize how badly your home needed a new handleset until it’s installed and you stand back to take a look. We’re willing to bet it’s going to look so good, you’ll wonder why it took you so long.
With the help of James Hardie watch as a house with faded, cracked cedar siding transforms with their siding products. To learn more about the products they offer click here.
There’s no better time of year to renovate that deck into your dream outdoor living space.
Trex Composite Decking and Rails provide simple solutions for any combination of colours and construction.
Trex’s colour schemes are only limited by your imagination. Trex Transcend® decking in Spiced Rum and Transcend railing in Classic White and Vintage Lantern
Upgrade your party space! Transcend® decking in Spiced Rum and Gravel Path, with Transcend railing in Tree House creates the perfect back-deck barbeque station.
Any curve is easy to create with Trex, like this family firepit in Transcend® railing in Tree House and Vintage Lantern.
Trex composite decking won’t warp, rot, crack, or split. Mold, mildew, and termite resistant, Trex decks are splinter free and wash easily with soap and water. All the character of a wooden deck, without the work.
There’s nothing like the look and feel of clean. Whether it’s your kitchen tile floor, your car, or your home’s siding and trim. When something is so clean it sparkles, you feel accomplished, and it looks its best.
You can achieve that same sparkle on your home’s siding by cleaning it once or twice a year. It’s recommended to pull out the garden hose and douse your home siding every 6-12 months. Don’t use a high-pressure power washer to get the job done, as it turns out a low-pressure hose and a soft to medium bristle (nonmetal) brush is the best way to remove dirt and debris from James Hardie® siding and trim.
Whether you’re removing dirt, grease or mildew from your James Hardie siding, we’ve gathered the tools, solutions and methods you need to keep your siding clean as a whistle.
Big storms and windy days pick up dust and dirt that can cling to your home siding. To clean the muck from your home’s exterior you’ll want a soft cloth, a soft brush (such as an All Paint poly brush, a chip brush or horsehair bench brush) and a garden hose. Be sure not to use a hard metal brush or abrasive sponge—these can damage the siding’s finish.
If using a brush, brush the siding’s surface dust or dirt, then rinse the area with a garden hose. If using a soft cloth, wet the cloth, then wipe the area in a side to side motion in the direction of the plank, shingle or panel siding until clean. From there, rinse the area with clean water.
Top to bottom: Work a small section at a time, start from the top and work your way down to prevent dripping or streaking onto the cleaned area.
Oil-covered hands and greasy fingers can make their way to your home’s siding, in which case you’ll want to grab a soft cloth and a garden hose.
Mild liquid dishwashing soap and water.
Grab your soft cloth and saturate it with soapy water. Clean the stained siding while rinsing your cloth frequently. Once the siding is completely sudsed up, use a garden hose to rinse the area.
Keep Wet: Do not allow soap or cleaners to dry on the siding. Instead, continually rinse the area until all of the soap has washed off of the siding.
Mildew can resemble dirt at times, so when it comes time to clean your siding, be sure to inspect the planks, panels or shingles. If you land on any mold or mildew, you’ll need a soft cloth (or soft sponge) and a garden hose.
Mildew-specific cleaner and water.
Lightly scrub the area that shows any signs of mildew and be sure to carefully follow the mildew cleaner instructions. From there, use the garden hose to rinse the area.
Take care with chemicals: If you’re opting to use a stronger chemical to clean your siding, be sure to read the instructions and use caution as they can damage the finish on the siding.
Note: The extent and nature of the maintenance required will depend on the geographical location and the exposure of the building. Always follow the instructions and precautions outlined in the James Hardie ColorPlus Technology literature that was supplied with the product and the information that is available on the James Hardie website (www.jameshardie.com), including James Hardie ColorPlus Technology instructions and precautions.