What Type of Exterior Doors Are Best for Homes in Areas with Cold Climates?

What Type of Exterior Doors Are Best for Homes in Areas with Cold Climates

 

The exterior doors on your home often, significantly contribute to air leakage, and, in the process, also waste money through energy loss, especially if it’s old, uninsulated, improperly installed, and/or improperly air sealed.

 

Weather-stripping can reduce the energy loss due to air leakage, but it isn’t a complete solution to the problem, it’s more like putting a bandage on a cracked water pipe. Weather-stripping will hold off some of the air leakage but it can’t stop all of it. Also, weather-stripping will wear out over time making it less effective until it falls off completely.

 

The only true solution to air leakage and the high energy bills that goes with it is to get new exterior doors.

 

Choosing New Exterior Doors

New exterior doors will solve your draft and energy bill problem, and if you choose the proper doors, they will last for years to come. The entry door you choose needs to be strong enough to withstand wind, rain, hot summer days, freezing temperatures and would-be intruders.

 

Besides being able to withstand whatever Mother Nature can throw at them, your exterior doors also need to look great and compliment the outside of your house.

 

This is a lot to expect from a door. However, if you choose the right exterior door. Most older doors were made of wood or wood veneer, both had a tendency to warp, crack and delaminate after years of exposure to the elements.

 

However, metal doors don’t last forever either, the surface on some older metal doors are subject to peeling.

 

Replacing Your Old Exterior Door

In some cases, you will only need to take the old door off its hinges and replace it with the new door. This is obviously your best case scenario since it is the least expensive and easiest route to take.

 

However, in some cases, you will need to rip out the old door, frame and all. This includes the door jambs and threshold, especially if the wooden frame, jambs and threshold are rotten, or are beginning to show signs of rot.

 

Even if the current door frame is still in good shape, the studs it’s nailed to can become bowed and is no longer square. The bowing of the studs is, in most cases what makes the door difficult to open and close.

 

To make a new door fit into a warped frame, you’ll need to plane the top and bottom, or in some cases, trim one of the edges of the frame so the door hangs properly.

 

This is the only option for wood doors. Other doors, such as metal and fiberglass obviously can’t be cut or planed.

 

Most new doors come pre-hung. This means the door is already attached to the new frame by its hinges. Prehung doors are an excellent choice when the old frame is in bad shape or if you’re removing the frame because you want to enlarge the opening.

 

There are a few things to consider if you decide to replace your old door with a pre-hung unit. First, decide if you need a left- or right-hand door. While standing at the door, facing outside, if the lockset is on your right, you have a right-hand door.

 

To choose the proper jamb size, measure the height and width of the existing door jamb between the inside edges of the casing. Add ½ inch to the frame height and ½ inch to ¾ inch to the width. The width of the door is measured across its face. Most doors are sold as 3-0 (36 inches) or wider.

 

Rather than replacing the whole door frame, using a door-replacement kit is an alternative. With a door-replacement kit, the door is pre-hung in a small steel frame that attaches to the old one.

 

The benefits to just replacing the door, rather than the whole frame include easy installation and the added security of the steel frame. However, these kits slightly reduce the original opening, they’re available in only a few sizes, and they can’t be installed over rotted jambs.

 

When you find yourself in need of a new door you actually may have more options than you originally thought you had. It is for this reason you really should consult an expert on the issue to make sure you don’t wind up spending more money than you need and adding items you can get away without adding.

 

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Eating Healthy Foods is the Answer to the Perfect Diet

Eating Healthy Foods is the Answer to the Perfect Diet

 

It is so important to include healthy foods in your diet. Whether you want to lose some extra pounds or you want to live a healthier lifestyle. It’s so important to add healthy foods to your regular diet.

 

It’s so important that I’ll say it again. If you are on a diet, to lose a few extra pounds you should never starve yourself. You will be much more successful if you just monitor your calorie intake and eat healthy foods.

 

A healthy diet starts with a wide variety of nutritious foods for sufficient intake of all nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. Foods you want to include are breads, pastas, lean meats, fish, fruits and vegetables.

 

A healthy diet can help you maintain a healthy body weight and decrease your risk of several diet-related chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and some cancers.

 

A Healthy Diet Should Contain a Wide Variety of Foods

There are several different foods you should include several different foods including:

 

  • Plenty of breads and cereals (particularly wholegrain), fruit vegetables and legumes (such as chickpeas, lentils and red kidney beans)

 

  • Low-salt foods, and use salt sparingly.

 

 

  • Small amounts of foods that contain added sugars.

 

  • Reduced-fat milk and other dairy products.

 

It’s also important to drink an adequate amount of water.

 

Physical Activity and Healthy Eating

A good balance of exercise and healthy food is important, because it helps to maintain muscle strength and a healthy body weight. At least 30 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity, like walking, is recommended every day.

 

Keep Fat Intake to a Minimum

An adult’s diet should be low in fat, especially saturated fat, which is the main fat in animal products, fried foods, chocolate, cakes and biscuits, is more easily deposited as fat tissue than unsaturated fat.

 

Saturated fat can also be converted into cholesterol and cause blood cholesterol levels to rise. Dietary fat helps with the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins (A, D, E and K). Small amounts of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats may have some health benefits when they are part of a healthy diet.

 

Monounsaturated fats are found in nuts, olive oil and avocados, and may help to lower the bad type of cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein or LDL).

 

Eat and Drink Less High-Kilojoule Foods

The total amount of energy-dense (high-kilojoule) foods you eat may be as important as the total amount of fat in your diet. To reduce the energy density of your diet, you need to increase the amount of plant foods, such as wholegrain breads and cereals, fruit and vegetables that you eat.

 

This provides essential nutrients, that help to make you feel “full” and also reduce the amount of fat in your diet. High energy drinks such as sports drinks, cordials, soft drinks, fruit juices, energy drinks should also be limited.

 

Eat Foods Rich in Calcium and Iron

It’s important for all Australians to eat foods which contain iron and calcium. Especially:

 

  • Calcium – is important for bone health especially for infants, women and girls.

 

  • Iron – carries oxygen around the body and is especially important for women, girls, vegetarians and athletes to reduce the risk of anaemia.

 

Drink Alcohol Only in Moderation

Alcohol is high in energy (kilojoules) and should only be consumed in moderation. Men should drink less than two standard drinks per day and women, less than one standard drink per day.

 

One standard drink is 375 ml mid-strength beet, 100 ml wine or 30 ml spirits. Alcohol should not be given to children and is not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.

 

Don’t Skip Breakfast

As the saying goes, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”, this is true for many reasons. Anyone who skips breakfast can be missing out on:

 

  • Calcium

 

  • Iron

 

 

  • Dietary Fibre

 

  • Vitamins including Riboflavin and Niacin

 

Suggestions for a Healthy Breakfast

Here are some easy-to-prepare, healthy breakfast ideas

 

  • Fresh fruit – with wholegrain breakfast cereal and reduced fat milk. Toast with a thin spread of margarine (polyunsaturated or monounsaturated).

 

  • Toast – with cheese and tomato. Hot or cold reduced fat milk.

 

 

  • Rolled oats – made with quick oats. Add sultanas and reduced fat milk. Toast with a thin (polyunsaturated or monounsaturated). Orange Juice.

 

  • Baked beans – on toast. Orange Juice.

 

 

  • Fruit or plain – yoghurt with fruit.

 

The most important thing to remember is that you should always eat healthy. When dieting, the worst thing you could do is to starve yourself. If you just watch your calorie intake and make sure the food you do eat is healthy, along with regular exercise, you will feel full and lose the pounds you want.

 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. If you enjoyed this article, let me help you with any of your professional content needs. Including professional and original blog articles, website content and all forms of content marketing. Please contact me at michael@mdtcreative.com and I will put my 10+ years of experience to work for you.

A Thank You to My Followers

I have to admit, the title for this article “A Thank You to My Followers” sounds a bit, “how shall I say”, narcissistic. While writing it I immediately got a mental picture of me standing atop a grand balcony, my arms stretched out in an “English Queen” wave.

 

I’m looking down on the millions of my followers crowded into a courtyard just to be as near to me as possible. Somewhere in the distance the soft sounds of “Don’t Cry for me Argentina” are floating in on a soft spring breeze.

 

Too far, you say?

 

Yes, I do have a vivid imagination, however, I hope that made you laugh. I enjoy making people laugh because when they’re laughing, they don’t have time to think about harming their fellow man/woman.

 

My actual intent for this article is to thank all of the people who have taken time out of their hectic, busy life, just to read one of my articles. And if that weren’t enough, those who have found my content so engaging that they felt it necessary to join the conversation, I thank you.

 

You see, I’ve been a professional writer for over 10 years now. Even though I do this for a living, I am still humbled when I see people appreciating my work on my site.

 

Even though it’s my job to draw in as much traffic as I can for my clients’ site. I’m still humbled when people come to my site and “Like” an article here and there, and join a conversation because I presented my writing in a way that engaged them.

 

These are the people I want to offer a very sincere and humble, thank you.

 

I give the example of people taking time out of their busy day because I know what “Busy” means.

 

I’ve raised four children and tried desperately to hone my skills, so I could put food on the table. I’ve made mad dashes across town so the two of my children competing in a sport in those opposite destinations could say “Dad came and watched me play … “

 

At many stages of my life if I turned on a computer it was to work. I rarely, if ever, have time to read a site that has to do with one of my (non-existent) hobbies. So, I do understand “Busy” and that’s why I appreciate it when I see how my content, educates people, entertains people, makes people happy, makes them sad, but most of all makes people think.

 

Taking all of that into consideration, I am truly blessed. So thank you, my friends, my brothers and sisters, my readers, I do appreciate you taking the time to read my humble blog.

Walt Disney World’s First Luxury Hotel is Truly Magical

Walt Disney World_s First Luxury Hotel is Truly Magical

 

Walt Disney World is easily the largest and most popular theme or amusement park on the planet, with an estimated over 18 million visitors last year. The 43 square mile Disney World is more like a city than a tourist attraction, since it is roughly twice the size of Manhattan, New York and the home of four very impressive theme parks, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot Center.

 

Also within the complex is two water parks, impressive sports fields, several golf courses, a public rail transportation system, wilderness preserve, motor speedway, more than 100 restaurants of every type and dozens of hotels resorts and campgrounds.

 

However, Disney World has always lacked one important component, a true first class hotel. Even with the 867 room Grand Floridian, which is very nice, it isn’t the type of hotel that guest who are used to luxury accommodations would consider a “luxury” hotel, until now.

 

This month Walt Disney World just opened its very own Four Seasons. The luxury hotel chain has a long standing, excellent track record with the most 5-star properties in the U.S. than any other hotel company.

 

With the explosion in top end luxury travel by Americans and the quickly growing upper classes of fast developing countries, the problem Disney World faced was that it couldn’t offer their visitors, who are used to these luxurious accommodations, the kind of lodging and hospitality they were used to of their other vacations. Now they can.

 

The Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Disney World Resort is pretty impressive. It combines the best of both worlds, including Disney World. The resort has a dedicated “Disney Planning Center” in its lobby and features “character breakfasts,” where parents can sign up to have their children enjoy breakfast with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the rest of the Disney gang.

 

Guests get a complimentary transport on the Four Seasons motor coach, to shuttle them to the theme park for a day of adventure. When guests buy souvenirs in the theme parks, and they will, they can choose to have them delivered back to the hotel for free instead of having to carry them around the park the whole day.

 

The new resort is one of the largest in the global Four Seasons chain with 443 rooms, including an entirely new category of room type. Where many first class hotels charge extra for rooms with an ocean view or other specific views. The Four Seasons Orlando has “fireworks view” rooms available.

 

Included in the fireworks view rooms is the 9-room Royal Suite on the top floor. It is the Four Seasons first ever 9-bedroom suite and can be expanded further to include the entire hotel level.

 

Adding to the luxury, the resort has six of its own bars and restaurants, including Capa, a rooftop Spanish-style steakhouse with open air seating and fantastic views of the Magic Kingdom’s famous nightly fireworks display.

 

Some of the other notable features of the resort include a private 5-acre Explorer Island, with activities including a lazy river pool winding around a faux-ruined mansion, a “splash zone” water feature with dozens of choreographed jets and water slides, beach volleyball, outdoor movies at night, climbing wall, video gaming centre, a massive pool and the chain’s acclaimed “Kids for All Seasons” supervised children’s program.

 

For the adults, features include an adult only pool, 24-hour fitness center and tennis facility with har-tru courts and instruction by renowned Peter Burwash International. The Four Seasons spa has 18 treatment rooms, all surrounded by private tranquil gardens, including a very private couples’ bungalow, as well as a unique feature, the Aroma Design Bar, where guests can create custom fragrances to take home.

The Four Seasons also offers a wide range of meeting and wedding venues and programs to fit any need. All of this creates a truly magical new experience for guests.

 

Thank you for taking the time to visit my blog. If you enjoyed this article, let me help you with any of your professional content needs. Including professional and original blog articles, website content and all forms of content marketing. Please contact me at michael@mdtcreative.com and I will put my 10+ years of experience to work for you.

Being a Father, The Most Important Role You’ll Ever Love

I’ve said it before, being a father isn’t just about making a mini-human. It goes way beyond that, and even though making a baby is a lot of fun (wink wink nudge nudge), being a daddy is a very rewarding and honorable calling.

 

As a father, you are a role model for your son and a yardstick for your daughter. A yardstick for her to measure every boy she meets up to you. So being a father is a huge responsibility, but it’s also achievable men have been doing it for thousands of years and we are actually good at it.

 

There are somethings you need to keep in mind, its not just about how you treat your child it’s also about how you treat yourself.

 

In realizing your are a role model you also need to realize that your actions will speak volumes. Bad habits will be interpreted as acceptable. The children that come from homes where the parents smoke are more likely to become smokers. I still remember the talk I had with my father about smoking. Even though he meant well it was hard to get his message when he sat there smoking a cigarette while telling me just how bad those things really were for me and I should never even start. Guess what the outcome of that one was.

 

We all slip up and drop an F-bomb or one of the other bad words.  Usually,  to our shock and embarrassment our little one will do  the same, as luck will have it though at the worst time and in front of an unappreciative person. It happens.

 

We need to change a lot of things when we become fathers. We need to stop only thinking of ourselves and start thinking of how our actions are going to effect and mold our children.

 

On the flipside of this discussion, if you have healthy and helpful habits your children will develop the same habits for themselves. Take care of yourself, eat healthy and live healthy then your children will most likely adopt these same traits in their lives.

 

After all, we want what’s best for our children and the easiest way to achieve this is to show them by example.
Good Luck Super Daddy!

What Makes a Man a Father?

I’ll never forget a card I received from a friend of mine congratulating me on the birth of my first child. Always the jokester, his card read “You have everything it takes to be a good father, sperm”. I thought the card was hilarious, but then I got to thinking, its kind of sad in how simply it describes being a father. There has to be more to it.

 

Any healthy male can create a child, it takes a real special individual to be a father. I think President Obama said it best in his State of the Union Address this year when he said, “..what makes you a man isn’t the ability to conceive a child; it’s having the courage to raise one.” Wow that got to me.

 

There are only a few tools you need in your toolbox to be a father. First there is love, to love your child unconditionally no matter what. Next there is support, to support your child whatever path they choose in life, also to pick them up and dust them off when life knocks them down. Education, to teach your child to love and cherish life and the others that share it with us. Then there is respect, respect your child as a person and their needs, then teach them to in turn respect others in the same way.

 

The list can go on and on but I think you get the picture, there is no easy answer to the question of how to be a good father. Sometimes we need the help from dads that have been there or are there. Some things just come natural when you are a caring and loving man.

 

One thing however is for certain, the title Daddy is the greatest title you will ever work for and the one that you will prize above all else.
Good Luck Super Daddy!

Limiting Your Child’s Media Access

Wow today is a lot different than it was when I was a kid. How many times have you heard that one from your dad? Well now that we are dads we get to say it to our kids. And you know what? Things really are a lot different, I’m mainly talking about our children’s interest in video games and the computers in general.

 

How are we as fathers handling how much time our children spend on digital devices? You only have to look at recent news articles to find the answer. Recently a father in China put out a “virtual hit” on his son’s “virtual life”. No, I couldn’t make this up if I tried. The man paid a virtual assassin to kill his son’s online character, over and over again because the son wouldn’t stop playing the game.

 

Then there is the story of the father in Massachusetts who is paying his 14-year-old daughter $200 to stay off Facebook for six months.

 

Is it just me or is there something seriously wrong with this picture? When I was a kid I would spend only the required amount of time necessary in the house. I was gone, the first chance I got. Outside playing cops and robbers, baseball, whatever.

 

I have children ranging in age from 12-18 and both models, female and male so you could say I’m a bit of an expert on this issue already. What I like to do is limit my children’s time with video games and in a lot of cases sit down and play with them (one of my easier jobs as a dad).

 

I also limit the amount of time on the internet and even though our whole house has WiFi access I make my children ask to use it, I can monitor who is using the WiFi and when. I check up on my children’s Facebook accounts and I have had to suggest they delete items from time to time.

 

But with all this being said, I’m not really telling you anything that you probably don’t already do yourself in your own home. One thing I add to the mix is a love of adventure in the great outdoors.

 

One thing my family and I still love to do is load up the camper and head out to a campground somewhere and just spend some time unplugged. It doesn’t even have to be more than a weekend and it can be the same spot most of the time. The main thing is spending some quality time reacquainting ourselves with each other. And it works! Now I’m not the type of dad that can start a fire with only the lint in his pocket and the sun’s rays, and I sure don’t kill the nights dinner on the spot but we do rough it to an extent.

 

My kids are as plugged in as anybody’s kids, and you may think they are just being forced into this time away from their devices because they have to. However, just a month ago I realized our old camper was showing its age so I asked my kids if they even have any interest in going camping this year, or are they getting too old for it.

 

Their overwhelming response was they wanted to go camping as much as possible. So we are in the process of buying a new camper. It just goes to show you all we need to do to limit the time our children spend with digital devices, is to offer them something better. Family time in the great outdoors, give it a try.
Good Luck Super Daddy!