Entry Door Smart Tech

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Smart deadbolts and video doorbells are two of the best ways to keep an eye on your house. Installing smart tech on your front entry door is relatively easy. Connected technology allows you to monitor your children, package deliveries (and thieves), and visitors even when you’re at work or at an exotic resort.

Make your front door smarter with these smart deadbolts and video doorbells.

Smart Tech: Doorbells

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Compatibility: Amazon Echo, Google Home, IFTTT

Field of View: 160 degrees

Motion Detection: Yes

Video Resolution: 1080p

Price: $240 on Amazon; $3/monthly subscription fee per camera.

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro features 1080p video, custom motion zones, and pre-buffering to capture what was going on before the triggered event. It also integrates with Amazon Echo and Google Home as well as a several other smart devices via IFTTT. Uses three infrared LEDs to provide up to 30 feet of night vision. Comes with four interchangeable faceplates (black, bronze, nickel, and white) for customization.

SkyBell Video Doorbell

Compatibility: Amazon Echo and Google Home

Field of View: 180 degrees

Motion Detection: Yes

Video Resolution: 1080p

Price: $165 on Amazon; $0/monthly subscription fee.

Feature-rich, the SkyBell HD Video Doorbell is easy to install, delivers sharp 1080p video and offers free cloud storage at an affordable price. It also integrates with Amazon Echo and Google Home. Additionally, the SkyBell HD uses multi-color LEDs to provide full color night vision video, and captures several seconds of footage prior to a triggered event. Comes in a brushed silver or bronze finish.

Smart Tech: Deadbolts

August Smart Lock Pro

Alarm: No

Compatibility: Amazon Echo, Google Home, Apple HomeKit

Connectivity: Bluetooth

Number Pad: Optional

Price: $230 on Amazon

Go keyless with the August Smart Lock Pro. Features include automatic unlock and remote monitoring. It is easy to install and can be controlled remotely or with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Siri voice commands (requires a hub). Can also be integrated to work with other smart home gadgets, such as lights, thermostats, and garage door openers. Comes in your choice of silver or dark gray.

Schlage Connect Touchscreen Deadbolt

Alarm: Yes

Compatibility: Amazon Echo (hub required)

Connectivity: Z-Wave

Number Pad: Yes

Price: $180 on Amazon

Another option for going keyless, the Schlage Connect features a sleek, modern touchscreen as well as remote capabilities. It is also equipped with a keyed cylinder for backup purposes. An audible built-in alarm notifies you if anyone attempts to tamper with it. The lock is available in a variety of finishes, including satin nickel, satin chrome, bright chrome, and aged bronze. Installation is straightforward.


Prepare Your Home for Winter (and the Holidays)

The holidays are less than four weeks away! While we’re sure there’s a lot to do (gifts to buy, decorations to hang, cookies to bake, etc.), it’s just as important to ready your home for the winter season as well. Having lists, such as this one, is guaranteed to help you prepare your home for both winter and the holidays.

Maximize Useful Space

Home to so much stuff – from sports and recreational equipment to seasonal decorations and garden tools – there’s rarely room to park one car; let alone two in a three-car garage. Let’s change that. Before decorating for the holidays, take a couple hours or if necessary, days to declutter your garage.

Start by donating, selling or trashing anything you no longer use, or have too many of. The idea here is to get items off the floor, into clearly labeled containers, and onto modular storage units. You can easily purchase everything you need – shelves, cabinets, hooks, pegboards, overhead storage racks – at local home improvement stores.

Replace Weatherstripping

After you’ve maximized space in your garage, inspect the weatherstripping around the garage door’s bottom, sides and top for any wear or tear. Replace as needed to keep rodents, debris, and rain from getting in. Weatherstripping can also improve energy-efficiency by keeping cold air out – an especially valuable quality in an attached garage. Don’t forget to improve weatherstripping on side entry doors as well.

Increase Lighting Outdoors

Transform your whole home in both curb appeal and function simply by increasing your use of LED or solar lighting outdoors. Path lights, spot/flood lights, landscape lights, deck lights, in-ground/well lights, and porch lights are all solid choices. Additional benefits include extending your living space and deterring intruders. Motion-activated lighting often provides the greatest benefits.

Decorate Your Front Porch

Deck out your front porch for the holiday season by stringing lights, hanging wreaths and/or garland, or setting up mini pine trees on both sides of the door. Line your walkway with luminaries or pathway trees for a festive touch. Another good idea is to cozy up any outdoor furniture with holiday printed throw pillows. Pinterest offers some excellent ideas for decorating your front porch for the holidays. Tip: Using LEDs will reduce the cost of decorating your home for the holiday season.

Schedule Garage Door Maintenance

By having the garage door periodically inspected and maintained by a professional garage door service company near Tulsa, you can extend the functional life of what is, arguably your home’s largest moving object. A garage door professional can identify excessive wear and tear, and parts in need of repair or replacement, as well as tighten any hardware that may have become loose over time.

Consider a New Garage or Entry Door

If you’re looking for a way to save energy and increase security, while also adding value to your home, consider replacing your existing garage or entry door. Replacing the garage door ranks as one of the top home improvement projects you can do, generating a 76.9% return on investment at resale, according to Remodeling magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value report. A new entry door has a 90.7% return on investment.

Picturesque Fall Porch Ideas

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Celebrate the change of season by decorating your front porch with the colors, elements, and plants that show off fall in all its glory. Create a picturesque fall porch using the following ideas:

Focus on Natural Elements

Add interest to your fall porch by focusing on the differences in texture that happen when you group bales of hay with pumpkins in varying shapes and sizes, and gourds that are both bumpy and smooth, layered with mums in rustic wooden baskets. This display’s contrasting colors also add punch to your porch, especially when viewed from the street. Other natural elements to consider include dried cornstalks and leaves.

Oversized Welcome Signs

Oversized welcome signs, either homemade or Etsy bought, are a great way to decorate your fall porch. These signs look stunning surrounded by pumpkins and colorful mums. You can dress it up for the holidays using strings of white or colored lights. Pinterest offers great advice for creating your own welcome and other versatile signs that can be used inside or out.

Add Lighting

As the days get shorter and the nights longer, a need for lighting is created. If your outside lighting is currently limited to one porch light at the front door, add more lighting such as landscape or motion-detection lighting to your home, ensuring no one trips or falls in the dark. Lighting also allows you to enjoy your fall porch well until the midnight hour.

New Entry Doors

One of the first things people see when they look at a home is the entry door. Look for a door featuring durability, efficiency, and good looks. Remodeling Magazine’s 2017 Cost vs. Value Report revealed that replacing an entry door is one of the best ways to increase home value. Steel entry doors show a 90.7% return on investment. Make sure to choose a door that complements your home’s architectural design.

Join the conservation: What are you most excited for this fall?

Style Your Home’s Front Entry for Autumn

style your home's front entry for autumn

Ahhh, fall – our favorite time of year. From the incredible explosion of vibrant hues, to the brisk morning air that melds with the warmth of an Oklahoma afternoon, no other season can compare. The fact that pumpkin spice everything, football, hayrides, and foliage festivals are back doesn’t hurt either.

Celebrate the beginning of fall by transforming your entry and creating porch envy with seasonal elements. Rustic leaves, pumpkins, mums, gourds, pinecones, dried corn, and tree branches are just some of our favorite seasonal elements. Here are a few ideas for how you can style your home’s front entry for autumn.

#1. Welcome Wreaths

Create a welcoming entry for guests with a fall-themed wreath. Traditional favorites like pinecones, grapevines, leaves, berries, and corn husks create a gorgeous color theme with an emphasis on natural elements. If you have a large entry way, with windows bordering the door, consider hanging matching wreaths in each window.

#2. Dress Up Your Front Porch

When it comes to curb appeal, your front porch is prime real estate. This year, create an eye-catching display by strategically placing pumpkins, bales of hay, and tall corn stalks in varying sizes and shapes, on and around your front porch. Flank your front door with oversized planters or terracotta pots filled with bright colored mums

#3. Nostalgic Comfort

If there are one place rocking chairs belong it’s definitely the front porch. Just picture it: a brisk day, a cozy throw draped across your legs, casually rocking back and forth, as you enjoy the perfectness of fall surrounding you. This peaceful dream, however, cannot exist without a rocking chair.

#4. Light the Way

As the days get shorter, and the nights longer during the fall, one of the keys to enjoying your front porch is to ensure adequate lighting. Outdoor string lights, strung around your home’s pillars or porch railings (if applicable) are an easy way to add some serious ambiance.

#5. Don’t Forget Halloween

With just 27 days until Halloween, now is the perfect time to tie some Halloween themed decorations into styling your home’s front entry. From giant spiders to wicked witch legs, Pinterest provides the best ideas for decorating your home, before trick-or-treaters dressed in Superhero and Princess costumes come knocking.

The Benefits of a New Entry Door

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If your entry door is dented, dinged, and rusted, then it’s probably time for a new one, don’t you think? Exterior doors for your home take a lot of abuse! Abuse that stems from the normal wear and tear it receives from both your family’s coming and goings, and Mother Nature’s rather unpredictable behavior. Here are just some of the benefits you can expect to receive from a new entry door.

1: Express Your Style

You only get one chance to make a good first impression – so make it count! Whether you’re planning on putting your home on the market or staying for a while, a striking new entry door is as crucial to your home as any other element, especially in terms of curb appeal. A wide variety of options, from designs and colors to decorative glass and hardware, allows you to express your individual taste and style no matter which material (i.e. steel, fiberglass, wood) you choose.

  1. Energy Efficiency

I personally don’t like shelling out my hard earned money on high electricity bills. And I’m sure you don’t either. However, the reality of old and/or poorly insulated exterior doors, is this: They can account for more than 20% of a home’s energy loss. According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average monthly electric bill in 2013 was $110.21*. More than half of this is spent on heating and cooling your home. Energy that just flows out an old, worn-down, or uninsulated door.

A new entry door is more energy efficient, less drafty, and makes it easier for you to maintain an optimal temperature inside your home year round. Insulated entry doors reduce heat gain in the summer and heat loss in the winter. What makes a door energy efficient? According to ENERGY STAR requirements; multiple glass panels, improved core materials, a tighter fit, and improved weather stripping make the most energy-efficient doors available today.

  1. Increased Property Values

A new entry door increases property values. According to Remodeling Magazine’s annual Cost vs. Value report, an entry door replacement project featuring a new steel door returns 91.1% of the installed cost, while a new fiberglass door returns 82.3% of the installed cost. What’s more, if you choose an ENERGY STAR certified entry door, you’ll be eligible to receive a tax credit for 10% of the cost up to $500 for 2016 (not including installation costs).

  1. Bonus: Added Security

Homeowners usually think deadbolts are the first line of defense when it comes to home security, but the entry door plays a significant role as well, which is why it’s imperative for you to choose a high quality exterior door. Both steel and fiberglass doors combine strength with durability to create a secure entry door that looks great and provides peace of mind. For homeowners looking to make a grand entrance, without sacrificing security, wood doors are the material of choice.


Get Rid Of Air Leaks With Weatherstripping

There is always something you can do around your home to make things more efficient. One of those tasks is changing/adding new weather stripping around the house. This includes all exterior doors, windows, and doors that lead to an addict basement, and/or garage. Weatherstripping your doors and windows is beneficial because it will help to keep your energy costs down by creating a seal from gaps, cracks, and any other opening in and/or near windows and doors. The best part is that weatherstripping your doors is easy, can be done by the homeowner, and can be done in less than one day.

Tools Needed

What You Will Need:

  • Screwdriver
  • Weather Stripping
  • Door Sweep
  • Wash Cloth
  • Dish Soap


Before going to your local home improvement store, consider doing a quick and precise inventory of all your doors. Write down how many doors will need weather stripping and which ones will need replacing. After finding the total number of doors that will be weather proofed, make sure to buy the same amount of Door Sweeps, as each door will only need one installed at the bottom of each door.

It is also helpful to know the length and width of your doors so that you will be able to buy the correct amount of weather stripping, as it is sold by length (ft.) and width (in.).

Now is the time to purchase your weather strips and door sweeps for your doors. Once you have returned, fill a medium size bowl with water and a bit of soap to create soapy water. Use a wash cloth to dip into the water but make sure to wring it out so that it does not create a wet mess everywhere. Start wiping and cleaning each door with the soapy wash cloth and then let the doors dries completely. Also, before applying the new weather stripping, make sure you have removed any damaged and worn out stripping from the previous application.

Start Weatherstripping Your Doors:

  1. Cut each weather stripping to the correct length. You will need two per door (one for the width of the door that will be placed on top, and a second that will be the length of the door and will be placed along the side).
  2. Remove the plastic backing from the weather strip foam, as it is a self-adhesive foam. Then press the weather strip against the stop moulding of the door.
  3. Grab the door sweep and cut it so that it fits perfectly at the bottom of the door. Grab the screwdriver and close the door. Position the door sweep along the bottom of the door and begin screwing to the door.
  4. Repeat steps 1-3 until you have finished all of the doors.
  5. Your doors are now weather stripped.


Weatherstripping your door is essential for your home and your energy costs. Its purpose is to prevent air leaks and provides other benefits during the warm and cold seasons. If you have not already, plan sometime this week to weather strip your doors.

Keep Your Deposit and Replace Your Own Screen Door

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Nicki’s DIY Doggy Door

For anyone who has ever rented or is currently renting an apartment, house, or condo, small children and pets can heighten your awareness of your deposit. The best case scenario when renting is that you will be able to return the place as it was rented to you and most importantly, receiving your deposit back. Sometimes, things do not work out through the renting process. For example, bringing a puppy into an apartment without training led to a hole through the screen door to the patio. This adorable puppy managed to create her very own doggy door which was effective for her but disappointing to us. What some of us fail to remember is that many things are easily replaceable and it can even be replaced by you.

What does this mean for all renters?

If your screen door has paid the price because of a small children, pets, and/or adults, you do not have to worry that you will not receive your deposit. All you need is one day, materials, and instructions on how to DIY!! We have the DIY Replacing Screen instructions to help with keeping your deposit.

Let’s get started!


  • Replacement Screen (about 6 inches longer than width)
  • Replacement Spline
  • Screen & Spline Tool
  • Utility Knife

Step By Step Instructions:

Step 1: Remove the Screen Door Frame and place on a flat surface, like the garage or back patio.

Step 2: Remove old Spline from the screen door. (This is the black material within the creases of the door)

Step 3: Remove old and/or damaged Screen from the door frame. (After Spline is removed, the Screen should come out smoothly.)

Step 4: Lay new Screen material over the door frame and allow up to 6 inches of width to be longer than needed.

Step 5: After centering the Screen, pull taut and use Spline and Spline tool to begin inserting new Spine in the crease of the door. (Start and the top and work your way around)

  • Note: Ensure that the material stays taut and smooth, or creases will be visible when finished.

Step 6: Use utility knife or small blade to trim the leftover material from door frame.

Step 7: Install door frame and enjoy the relief of having your Screen Door looking like NEW again!!