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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal


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In Pursuit of Curb Appeal

Most people spend their time dreaming up ways to improve the insides of their home. They renovate their kitchens, install new flooring, and paint the walls in vibrant colors. As far as I am concerned, however, the outside of the home is just as vital. After working for years as a landscape architect, I'm passionate about the form and function of yards, porches, decks, gardens, and other outdoor spaces. An inviting exterior welcomes guests to my home and encourages them to enjoy themselves. I decided to create a blog that would extol the virtues of curb appeal—and maybe inspire you to take your homemaking efforts outside.

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4 Tips For Making Your Front Door More Secure

A beautiful, decorative front door can be a welcoming and attractive entrance for your home, but you have to worry about your family's safety and security first. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to make your front door more secure. Follow these tips so that you can enjoy your beautiful front door while keeping your home secure.

1. Replace the Glass

If your front door is like many, it probably has some form of decorative glass to make an impression. If you aren't careful, however, you may end up with a glass window that is extremely easy to break. Plus, with some front doors, the glass can actually be slid out quietly and easily by an experienced thief. Consider hiring a window glass replacement company to replace the glass with something that is shatter-proof. Not only will this help protect your front door from potential security issues, but it can also help protect it during major storms.

2. Install New Hinges

The hinges and other hardware that come with many front doors are often cheaply made. It seems as if door manufacturers spend most of the money designing fancy front doors without thinking about the importance of high-quality hardware. Take a look at the hardware that came with your door, and consider buying new hardware if it seems flimsy and cheaply-made; otherwise, it might be surprisingly easy for your door to be kicked in or for the hardware to be removed. Luckily, most hardware stores and home improvement stores sell this hardware for low prices.

3. Put in a New Deadbolt

There's a strong chance that your front door didn't come with a very strong deadbolt, but your deadbolt is one of your first and most important forms of home security. Luckily, a locksmith can swap out your existing deadbolt with one that is stronger and much more difficult to break or infiltrate. If you're handy with hand tools and have a bit of time to spend, you can even replace the deadbolt yourself.

4. Install Added Locks

If your front door doesn't have them already, consider adding a chain lock, sliding lock or other secondary lock to help add an extra layer of protection. It only takes a few minutes to install one of these locks if you have a drill, and doing so can provide just a little bit of extra security for your family and your home.

Ensuring that your front door is secure is a great first step to keeping you, your home and your loved ones safe. Luckily, following these tips can help. (For information on a window glass replacement company, contact Terry's Discount Windows & More LLC)