Remodeling and design tips
Often times as a homeowner we think of our windows as being the source of air or water leakage. The exterior doors often get forgotten. The way doors are made now could be a great improvement to your comfort level in the house.
One of the biggest challenges are the side jambe start to deteriorate where it meets the sill. In most cases this is due to the jambs running past the sill and it basically sits in water. The fix for this is to take the out and install replacement jambs. This could be doing damage to you r sill on under your door without you knowing it.
Sometimes it is better to replace the door than repair it. The weatherstrips are better, the door materials are better, and there are many options for a nice update.
When looking at a new door, check to see if the door and frame are from the same company. Many doors are made by one vendor and the frames and sill by another vendor, and assembled by another vendor.
Also check to see if you can get the exterior clad. This can be done in the factory or by the installer by custom formed aluminum cladding made on site.
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