Different Types of Door Mechanism for Your Home

When we say door, we mean the thing that we open and close to let people inside our house, a movable structure to gate the entrance of our homes. There are different types and kinds of doors and they come in variety of designs depending on the taste of the home owner. Doors can also be opened by swinging it, by sliding or by spinning it. For better understanding of how a door operates, here are the different mechanisms of a door that you can choose from.

What is a hinged door?

Hinged is the mechanism of a door that allows it to pivot to a certain direction. It has a vertical axis of rotation and this is common among garage doors. The axis is placed horizontally so that when opened, the door will open to the opposite side giving you more space like doors we have in the bathrooms.  There are different types of hinged doors as well like the classic French door and Dutch doors we have or the common garden doors.

What is a sliding door?

Sliding doors are designed to save space when opening a door. It commonly works with a sliding track and is always designed that way either for the purpose of space saving or because of the house design we have. One common type of a sliding door is what we call “bypass door” where in the door has two parts that can slide along with each other. If you don’t want doors that slide with each other, then you can go for a pocket door which slide with its own wall panel.

What is a rotating door?

Rotating doors are not common among residential homes and can be seen only at the malls or corporate buildings due to its complexity and formality. Rotating doors or revolving doors is set up with a central compartment shaft and the door can be designed with 4 or more wings and rotates using motor power or using a push bar. One famous type of a rotating door is a butterfly door where in there are only two axis and is normally a push door type.

How to Choose the Best Wallpaper for You

Redecorating your walls can be an easy task and a cheap one especially if you decide to go on using wallpapers rather than do the regular painting spree that we use to do at home. The problem is what type of wallpaper to use and what design to have? These are the two common questions we have to answer before going through the wall redecorating project.  Before answering the question though, let us check some of the wallpaper types we have.

The lining wallpaper

The most common type of wallpaper is the lining wallpaper which is applicable if you have a smooth surfaced wall. You can normally see this type of wallpaper on ceilings. This is like a substitute design for the area being covered and is normally placed in order to cover for the imperfection of the area. The lining paper serves as the first coat of the area and is sometimes still needs to be covered by wallpaper design.

Vinyl coated wallpaper

As the name describes, this type of wallpaper gets its inspiration from the vinyl designs we have out there. It is a combination of thin plastic and thin paper put together to give it an impression that it is indeed a vinyl. If you want something that is easy to install, then vinyl coated wallpaper will be the best choice for you. Vinyl coated wallpapers also last longer than regular wallpapers we have out there. You can also try pure vinyl wallpapers which are made of plastic and paper laminated together for stronger backup.

Duplex and Anaglypta

If you are redecorating your room, then you can use duplex or Anaglypta wallpaper to make it look better from the ceiling to the wall. These types of wallpapers are applicable in areas that don’t get too much people on it like private rooms. Just like embossed wallpapers, Anaglypta is also painted and decorated with different arts hence choosing the design would be easier if you will choose this type of wallpaper. The difference with embossed wallpaper is that embossed can be repainted if needed while duplex needs to be totally removed.

Easy Steps towards a Cleaner Window

I have been trying to clean our glass windows for a while now and it to be honest, it always takes me the whole day to finish the job and sometimes, I don’t even finish it after gruelling 5-8 hours. It is important then to have a plan when cleaning windows or else you’ll find that you are wasting most of your time by going back and forth and feels like accomplishing nothing at all.

Study the windows that you have.

Different windows require different cleaning styles and materials. For example you have a sliding window made of glass or you have a big window made of full glass, these types of windows might require you to clean it one by one or as a whole. There are windows that might require you to the cleaning both inside and out. Before preparing for the big day, prepare your materials too like rags and solutions as well as the detergent that you will be using. Other windows have screen protectors so start by removing it too.

Know where to start

This step is very basic. Of course you start cleaning from top to bottom when it comes to direction. As for the steps in cleaning, start by sweeping the undersides sides of the window first to remove cobwebs. If needed, remove screen protectors and sliding glasses then begin wiping the area with window wand. If you are cleaning outside, use hose to remove cobwebs as well. Then you can start using wet clothes or sponge soaked with the cleaning solution. Dry the windows afterwards a cloth.

Finish it with a bang

You can now use dry and clean cloth to dry the windows you have cleaned. Put back the removed glass windows in place. Once the inside and outside part of the windows are cleaned, check the underneath of your windows and make sure to wipe excess water from it. For some, the use of rubbing alcohol and tissue paper can be a good way as well to clean windows without consuming too much time.  This is given that the windows are being cleaned regularly.

Things to Consider When Choosing Siding

Choosing siding is one of the hardest things to do when replacing or putting in a new siding. Siding is one of the most fun to do because you get to pick and choose from variety of colors when choosing one but when it is time to fit in inside your home, the way it blends with the total home projection might prove to be difficult. So here are some things that you can consider before choosing the siding for your home.

Check the color and how it will affect your home’s totality

Adding features to your home like siding is like putting in an investment. Always think this way, what if you will be selling the house in the future, will the new siding serves as an asset or a liability? Do not just trust your own taste because you love pink, it might not be practical to have your sidings in pink. Besides, there are colors near pink that might appeal to you too that will appeal to others as well.

Compare and contrast it with your home’s style.

The total color of your home should be considered when putting in a siding. You won’t want your siding to be standing alone from the rest of your home right? Do not stop with the normal colors you see out there, try to look further or better yet make more choices by checking other houses with the same style as yours and their choices of vinyl or siding. Who knows, combining them might give you a better idea of what to put in.

Your personal choice and taste

Despite telling you on the first part that you should not just go around and choosing your favourite color, at least make sure to choose something that you would love to look at. Consider the factors when choosing the color then go for the right one without sacrificing your own taste. Make sure to check the actual sample of the siding to ensure that it does reflect the color you want because there are sample that might change color overtime after being placed under the sun.