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Deck Your Doors, Jacksonville – the Christmas Season is Here!

For many homeowners, decorating for Christmas is almost as fun as the holiday itself. And the main attraction for visitors and passersby often is the front door. Wreaths, garland and lights are favorite adornments, but there are others you might not have considered. To help get you and your home in the holiday spirit, Dream Doors of Jacksonville offers a few festive ideas:

  1. Use a door hanger to mount an evergreen Christmas wreath or swag adorned with silver or gold bells, colorful glass ornaments or painted pine cones. Another idea is a vibrantly colored gauze bag filled with ornaments, bells, pine cones or small gift-wrapped boxes. Don’t be tempted to use a nail, as it can cause long-term damage to your door.
  2. Hang a set of sleigh bells, or even a light weight sleigh replica on your door. If you find a sleigh that’s too heavy to hang, prop it up in the entryway. Just be sure to place it where it won’t cause your visitors to trip and fall.
  3. Jacksonville’s coastal climate means snow is a rare aberration. But artificial snow can make it a white Christmas after all. It comes in power form that fluffs up into realistic-looking flakes when you simply add water. In fact, it’s so lifelike that it’s often used on movie sets and indoor snowboarding parks.
  4. Give a holiday nod to Jacksonville’s warm, tropical climate with a wreath of woven sea grass adorned with seashells and blue-green glass beads that resemble water droplets. Or, use a brightly colored and decorated life preserver in place of a wreath.
  5. If you live in one of Northeast Florida’s beautifully rustic rural areas, add a pair of antlers, a cowboy hat, roping or pair of brightly colored boots to your wreath to give it a country-inspired look.
  6. Frame your entry way with garland and bright holiday lights.
  7. Place gold or silver colored urns filled with Christmas greenery and holiday plants such as poinsettias in your entryway.
  8. Wrap your door in beautifully colored and patterned Christmas wrapping accented with a large bow.
  9. For a festive look that will last long after the holidays, consider a fresh coat of paint in a vibrant new color or add new brass, bronze or nickel door handle, lockset, kick plate, door knocker or porch light.
  10. Welcome guests with a holiday welcome mat and a small, hidden CD player playing your favorite holiday music.

Do you have another great holiday idea for decorating doors, Jacksonville? Leave a comment to let us know how you’ll use your front door to welcome guests and wish passersby a Merry Christmas.

When do I need a new door?

We receive several calls each week from people who are convinced they need a new door. It has become standard procedure for us to ask “what do you see or experience with your door that makes you believe a new replacement is necessary?”

In our experience, many people believe the problems they are experiencing with their door constitute a replacement. Many times that is not the case. For instance, when they see light around the perimeter of the door, they assume the door is warped. Or if the closed door is hard to latch, and they see a gap either at the top or bottom, they naturally conclude the door may be warped. Air felt blowing past a door, water leakage, cracked panels or molding trim around the glass, loose locksets or a door that just won’t stay shut often leads people to believe they need a complete door replacement.

Sometimes there are good and compelling reasons to replace a door. For instance, older wood doors do tend to warp. Some split in places making repair difficult or too expensive. Or perhaps a steel door is rusting out from the inside. Wood rot or termite damage may have damaged the jambs (frame) so severely that replacement is the only reasonable option.

At Dream Doors, we always ask specific questions to determine the condition of your door. This potentially saves you the expense and inconvenience of a door replacement. Many times a simple adjustment, or new weather stripping, or a new lockset is sufficient to bring that old door into a satisfactory condition.

While we generally do not repair doors, we will if the purchase of decorative glass is made from our company. Once we come to install the glass into your door, we will inspect and inform you what additional repairs are recommended and how much they will cost if purchased from our company. You may also opt to have a handyman or someone else to make those repairs.

If you have a door problem…or just think you may have one, call Dream Doors or another reputable company that you trust to give your door an evaluation. You may find you don’t need to replace that old door after all!

Winterize your Exterior Doors to Save Energy, Money

As the temperatures drop nationwide, it’s time to winterize your exterior doors. Making sure your doors, windows and other potential draft spots are secured will help keep your home warm and your energy consumption and costs down throughout the cold season. Dream Doors of Jacksonville offers these helpful tips for improving the energy efficiency of your entire simply by focusing on your front door.

Are your exterior doors ready for wintertime?

First, if your exterior door is old and drafty, consider upgrading. Years of wear and tear may have caused cracks and leaks that can’t efficiently be repaired. Dream Doors offers a full range of beautiful replacement doors with decorative glass inserts. Not only will your new door be expertly installed in a way that helps cut your energy costs, but you may qualify for a federal income tax deduction of up to $1,500 under the Non-Business Energy Property Tax Credit program.

When choosing a new door, know that fiberglass doors help lower energy costs because they do not conduct heart or cold well, which means your heating and air conditioning stays inside your home. By comparison, steel doors conduct heat and cold, making your home even colder in the wintertime and hotter during the summer. Also know that Dream Doors’ exterior door glass panels and sidelights are made with at least two, typically three panes of glass thickness, with the two outer panes being tempered safety glass. This means that they were evenly heated, then cooled during manufacturing – a convection process that gives glass increased strength against thermal stress. Even the most severe cold won’t damage or weaken the glass.

Be sure to check your doors’ weather stripping before the temperatures take a big dip. Metal or vinyl weather stripping is best because they hold up well against the wear and tear of daily foot traffic and opening and closing of doors. Felt or open-cell foam weather stripping are less expensive, but ineffective for blocking airflow, holding up against traffic or resisting moisture. Note that doors and windows account for up to 20% of the heat loss in your home.

Don’t stop with your doors. Be sure to check for possible air leaks around your windows, plumbing vents, wall electrical outlets and switches, recessed lights exposed to the attic, attic stairs, vertical plumbing stacks open in the basement and other culprits that suck heat from your home and release it into the outdoors.  And consider insulating attics and crawl spaces.

Dream Doors’ Jacksonville showroom offers a first-hand look at hundreds of new doors, decorative glass inserts and sidelights and high-quality hardware (door handles, lockset and interior trim) and a staff of expert installers. Plus, we’ll ship your chosen products anywhere in the United States. Stop in to Dream Doors in Jacksonville or buy online. Call 904-880-7778 or contact us via our online email form to learn more.

The most important door you can ever go through!

On a website such as this one, you would expect to see information and discussion about many different types of doors, and you would be correct. Today I want to talk about a different kind of door, the most important one of all.

Before I tell you about this door, I should warn you that some may find this inappropriate, even offensive. That is not my desire or purpose. If however you do find this inappropriate, even offensive, I can assure you that one future day in history, you will agree with me about the importance of this subject.

Doors are a means of ingress and egress. They allow things to come in and out, and they also seal. They seal against the elements, intruders, most unwanted items. They also seal one inside for protection and comfort.

The door I wish to talk about is found in the bible, God’s holy, true and authoritative word. John 14:6 states:

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Jesus is the door to:

  • Eternal life in heaven, with God the Father
  • Abundant life, filled with joy and peace
  • Victory over sin that destroys our character, reputation, marriages, our physical bodies, our emotional health, etc.

Of course, Jesus is so much more than that. He is our savior, our friend, our advocate at all times.

I would invite you to check out all of our doors, but especially the most important one of all. Jesus Christ. You can know Him by simply:

  1. Confess the fact that you have sinned just as all people have sinned.
  2. Repent, which means to agree with God that you are a sinner and would like to live according to His commands. In other words, choose His way instead of your own.
  3. Believe and receive. Believe what Jesus said, that He is the ONLY way to God the Father (heaven) and that you receive the free gift of salvation by faith in Jesus Christ our Lord.
  4. Thank God verbally and ask Him to help you live according to His plan and purposes.

I also suggest you do these four things below:

  1. Pray daily. Start out simple, thanking God for His blessings and asking Him for guidance.
  2. Read the bible, start little and read more as you desire. Any version is okay, start with the book of John.
  3. Attend church, but make sure they believe in the bible and preach from the word of God. If not, attend another church until you feel God’s leading to stay with one.
  4. Fellowship (visit and spend time with) other believers. Share your experiences in the Lord.

These are very basic things, but important. Remember that Jesus is Lord of your life now. Allow Him to stay in control and to guide you throughout your daily walk.

If you do make the decision to follow Christ Jesus, please send me an email and share with me that decision so that I can pray and rejoice with you.

mike@dreamdoors.com

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