The most vulnerable portion of trim is where it abuts a horizontal plane, in this case at the door threshold. This is why I always probe the base of door jamb trim for “soft spots.” This deteriorated door jamb was noted at a recent home inspection in Anacortes on Fidalgo Island. Keeping the base of these vulnerable elements well sealed (painted and caulked) will help safeguard against deterioration. It’s all about maintenance!
From our monthly eNewsLetter, Associated Content has a useful article by Shana Carlton, who says, “If you are looking for some low cost home maintenance projects to do to improve your efficiency or appearance of your home, there are several low cost jobs that can be done without a lot of hassle. Windows and doors can cost you lots of money on your heating and cooling bills. You don’t have to replace your windows (unless you have already allowed for replacement in your budget), simply replacing seals and caulking can improve on your energy costs. However, replacing windows is your best long-term solution for maximum energy efficiency.”
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Michael Franco of bobvila.com says, “You put a great deal of trust in your front door, counting on it to form a good first impression of your home for any visitor or passerby. For that reason alone, the front door is more important than it’s typically given credit for being. But the fact is that your front door needs to be much more than beautiful. It must also be strong enough to keep out would-be intruders, and it must be durable enough to withstand glaring sun, driving rain, and all the other challenges your local climate might bring. So if you’re seeking to give a fast and dramatic facelift to the facade of your home, be certain that you’re choosing a replacement door that’s up to the task.” Read the article.