So, this house is important to me. I want to keep it in good shape, as it was well designed to start with and has a good location, location, location. The house faces the water. The builder must have run out of money as the project progressed, because He put in cheap utility grade windows and patio doors.
The house needs good windows and doors. Over time, I've replaced the windows with Owens Corning fiberglass windows. My parameter was to address exposure to water, rust, rot and insect damage. I think I chose the right windows. They are expensive, but work very well.
The patio doors had to wait until I had the money and found the right contractor. My friend Carol used Ted for her addition. He is a designer as well as a meticulous craftsman. I will hire Ted. Now, what type of patio doors do I want? I went through the home stores and window stores. My ideas began to gel. I want doors that are clad on the outside so they are weatherproof. I don't want to look through screens. I chose roll up screens. I like the idea of blinds between glass. This gives privacy if needed, a clear view if that is chosen, or some combination. The blinds between glass makes it easier to keep them clean...and prevents dog paws from getting at the blinds. Final choice was Pella patio doors. There are THREE layers of glass with this type of door.
Before the doors went in, I had a structural engineer look at the house. There is a problem with the slab in the basement. There are crack lines in the Sheetrock. The engineer did a survey and said the reason is that the house is settling at 2 rates: The center of the house is 2 stories high. The front and back are one story high. The extra weight in the center section is the cause of the crack. There is essentially no construction flaw. On that good news, I went ahead with the project. The doors are in. I am finishing the inside of the wood doors with tung oil...a slow and laborious process, but the end result will be worth it.
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