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.

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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!

Materials:

  • 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!!

Should I Start A Door Care Routine?

Depending on the location of a door, this placement can have a huge impact on the appearance of your home. For example, the entry door (front door) of a home with a door care routine may be dull in color, dirty, and worn out. This can give the same appeal to the entire home. A door with fresh paint, clean, and new can give your home a fresh and up-to-date feel. For this reason, it is important to have a door care routine, if you don’t already have one.

Before any cleaning can be done, it is good to know what type of door you have. By type, we mean the type of material the door is made of. For example, is it made of hardwood, emission glass, steel, and/or other type? Once you have confirmed the type of material your door is made out of, buy a cleaning solution that is meant for that specific material. (Below is a link for all the DIYers on making specific cleaning solutions for wood and glass doors).

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Entry Doors: Products

Entry doors not only make your home comfortable but they also add security. Entry doors are the first and last thing you and your guest will see when entering and leaving your home. This part of your home has the potential to be decorative, beautiful, and again, secure.

At Dynamic Door Service Tulsa, we provide a variety of beautiful and durable entry door systems that can add value to any home. We offer professional class doors that are made from the highest quality materials. These materials are durable, energy-efficient, and can provide worry-free performance.

We provide fiber entry doors, traditional steel entry doors, and even Customizable entry doors from Thera Tru and JELD-WEN, popular name brands.

Selection of Doors

Give us a call for more information at (918) 936-1338 or visit us online by clicking the link… Dynamic Door Service Tulsa – Entry Door Products.

Before & After: Carport Driveway to Carport Garage

Before And After

Dynamic Door Service Tulsa enjoys helping our customers find the best solutions to their problems. For example, we had a customer who had a carport driveway and he wanted something different. He wondered, Can I turn this into a garage?

The answer to that question is, “Yes”, and we can help! We have 48 years of reliable and honest service to Tulsa residents and businesses. As you can see from our “Before And After” pictures, we were able to help this customer.

We are expertise in the Door Service field and we can help you in your next home project! We helped convert this carport driveway into this beautiful and classic carport garage with a side entry door and we can do the same for you!

Give us a call at (918) 938-1338  or simply visit our website to learn more about your next Garage Door!