Spring is one of the best seasons to be productive. After a long cold winter, the upcoming warmth all around allows people to be revitalised and renewed with energy. That is why people tend to do general cleaning around their homes during springtime. Front doors are the first thing guests see when they enter your home and there is simply no reason not to include them in your annual spring cleaning. There are many ways you can do to improve the current condition of your front door. Here are some of the easiest and most effective ways to improve your front doors during spring maintenance.
1. Some good, old-fashioned cleaning
Cleaning your front door can go a long way in making it beautiful. For simple dust and stains, you can use an old sponge you have and soak it in warm soapy water to remove it easier. For chipping paint, you can use a chemical stripper to remove any old layers of paint. You can choose to sand it off further for a smoother surface. Afterwards, you can apply paint or varnish to make it look fresh and new.
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2. Accessorising your door
You do not have to focus on the door itself but can also consider its surroundings. You can change or add up some accessories to make your door look more homely. Try changing your old house numbers plastered on your door. This can easily be acquired in most shops and can come in a variety of styles that can best suit your style. Do not just simply place it in the middle, try experimenting with where it could go.
You can also buy a new doormat that matches your door. This is especially recommended if your doormat is already old and worn out. Have your doormat match the fresh and new look of your door.
Other accessories can be quite modern, you can put on some LED strip lights to give more emphasis to the entrance, or just improve the lighting in the area. Smart lights can even turn on from your phone or through motion sensors that can detect when a person is about to come inside. This can surely impress your guest as they visit your home.
3. Improving the security of your entry points
This is one of the most important aspects to check up on when doing general maintenance within your home. If you have just recently moved in, always check if the lock works properly, or if they are enough to keep you safe. You can install additional locks not just in your doors but also in your windows to make sure that it is secured and can effectively keep people from breaking into your home.
4. Making your door energy-efficient
This can be as simple as weatherstripping. This makes sure that no unwanted slits or openings are present in the sides of your door, where unwanted draught or heat could enter. This is also not limited to your doors but can be applied to windows as well.
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Wooden Window and Door Specialist
This article was written on behalf of Fortis & Hooke by Pieter Boyce. Pieter has an intense passion for English Architectural history and has been specialising in the conservation of original wooden windows and doors for decades. His exceptional knowledge of timber windows and doors, both listed or non-listed, is attributed to his hands-on approach to learning all aspects of the complete restoration of original features as well as having personally surveyed thousands of items throughout his long tenure as a head surveyor for one of the largest window and door restoration companies in the UK. He now runs a boutique wooden window and door consultancy and fervently champions the retention of original windows and doors. To learn more of Pieter’s services, visit his website at www.boultonboyce.co.uk.