When changing the look of a room, homeowners often start with the basics: a fresh coat of paint, a few new pieces of furniture or even new flooring. But one way to upgrade a room that is sometimes overlooked involves the interior doors. Unless you’ve opted for a full-scale remodel, you’re probably using the original interior doors that came with the house. By swapping out those older doors for new ones, you can breathe new life into a boring room. Continue reading
Professional Builder annually presents the standout products from the past year based on reader response and inquiry. The Lemieux Torrefied Door from Masonite is featured as one of this year’s 101 Best New Products in the August issue. See the write-up on page 27 of the publication.
With the change of seasons, homeowners often make additions or renovations to their homes. If you are thinking of hiring a contractor for a fall remodeling project or to simply replace your door, now is the perfect time.. From Sept. 15 to Dec. 15, 2013, Masonite is offering mail-in rebates on popular exterior and interior doors during the “Get Paid To Upgrade” Select Rewards Program for homeowners, licensed remodeling contractors and builders. Continue reading
Adding glass panels or side lites to a new Masonite entry door is a great way to create a unique look that neighbors will notice. The new Simulated Divided Lite (SDL) kit from Masonite makes it easy to “customize” a clear or textured glass Masonite door or sidelites. Compatible with 6.8” and 8’0” doors and sidelites, each kit offers the old world charm of true divided lite without the need for a complete overhaul. The new SDL kit allows builders, remodelers, and homeowners to customize the appearance of Masonite exterior doors or sidelites and choose from a variety of arrangements at a fraction of the cost of true divided lite. Continue reading
Most of us, at one time or another, have been required to call a company’s customer service department. While it is not something we necessarily want to do, by opening up the lines of communication, we are sometimes pleasantly surprised. A recent survey by TalkTo and ResearchNow revealed that 53 percent of Americans spend 10 to 20 minutes on hold every week calling companies for support. Why are so many people spending time contacting customer service? Simply put: people want to tell their stories and feel like their voices are being heard.
In this time-stressed world, companies – like people — sometimes forget to listen. Masonite is committed to making customer service a positive interaction. We work hard provide our customers with innovative, quality doors and excellent service. That commitment to excellent service begins with slowing down and listening. Continue reading
For many of us, Earth Day – April 22nd – is celebrated with a tribute to all things green. In reality, the day also marks the anniversary of what may be considered the birth of the modern environmental movement. The first Earth Day in 1970 capitalized on an emerging American consciousness on the environment and preventing water and air pollution. Over 20 million Americans demonstrated their commitment to a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies on the first Earth Day. Twenty years later, Earth Day went global, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries and lifting environmental issues to the world stage.
Today, sustainability is much more than “going green.” And, it’s more than a personal commitment. It’s a way of doing business that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. That means efficient use of natural resources, minimizing waste and protecting the environment.
Homeowners may not realize that sustainability goals can be as important as profitability goals for today’s businesses. In addition to meeting consumer demand for greener products, Masonite International Corporation recognizes that environmental stewardship and operational efficiencies often go hand-in-hand.
You may not realize it, but your front door speaks volumes about your home. Think of it as the maître d’ who greets your guests and tells them what to expect before stepping inside. Unfortunately, not all doors say great things about their owners. Some are cracked with peeling paint while others are dented and rusting. If you’re concerned about the message your door is sending, here are some considerations for finding the perfect replacement.
Today there are a multitude of entry door design options. But before you start shopping for a new entry door, let’s focus on the most popular materials: fiberglass, steel and wood. When compared to doors of ten years ago, today’s doors are stronger, more durable and available in a wider array of materials. If you’re worried about durability, first start by selecting a reputable door manufacturer with a history of product success. Remember, this is an investment in your home’s lifestyle statement.
Virtual design tools are a terrific way for homeowners, designers, architects, builders and more to unleash their creativity and consider all the options. That’s why Masonite is excited to introduce the new Masonite Xpress (MAX) ConfiguratorSM, a web-based door design and pricing resource that’s easily accessible from most any computer or tablet.
The breakthrough technology of MAXSM allows dealers and their customers to virtually design doors while keeping an eye on the overall costs. Now dealers, builders, remodelers and interior designers can provide their customers with an instant quote while accelerating the design process. Continue reading
If your new year’s resolutions call for giving your home a welcoming new appearance and greater curb appeal, look no farther than decorating your front door to add punch and pizazz. A mini-makeover may require nothing more than a can of paint, or if you’re looking for a more dramatic boost, consider replacing your existing door with a new design that suits your personality and the architectural style of your home.
What does the color of your door say about you? Is it warm and inviting? Dramatic and bold? Or understated and elegant? Masonite has so many choices of stain and color finishes available for its doors. But if you have a very special color in mind for your entry door, such as the Pantone color of the year, Masonite wood doors are easy to paint; just follow the instructions. And, Masonite fiberglass and steel doors also can be stained or painted for a custom appearance.
With Mad Men mania and the midcentury modern movement sweeping the nation, Gay Pennell Payne, owner of DIY Decorating Plan, says she is seeing a proliferation of colors like teal, aqua and apple green. “You definitely can stand out in a neighborhood if you add color tastefully, like a pretty robin’s egg blue,” she says. “You can put your house number on the door as opposed to just on your mailbox, and buy retro door knobs with star and triangle back plates. It’s a simple addition that makes a huge difference. I’ve been told that the No. 1 style that attracts buyers when selling a house right now is midcentury modern. The second is craftsman, and the third is traditional, so midcentury updates are a smart move.”
The easiest way to make your door look great year-round, and in every season, is to find a design you truly love. Payne is a particular fan of the Masonite Belleville Smooth BLS- Full Lite, but the options for homeowners are abundant. We’re especially smitten with the latest styles on the market, which include the Belleville® Fiberglass 2-Panel Door Collection and the Barrington® Sierra Fiberglass 1-Panel Plank Camber Top Door. The Belleville door combines great architecture with a high-definition panel profile, while the Barrington Sierra fiberglass door is designed to complement Southwest-, Spanish- or Mediterranean-style homes and has a beautiful mahogany texture.
On-trend Masonite doors lay the foundation for beautiful decorations that can shift with the seasons. Once you own a Masonite entry door you adore, décor becomes the jewelry that makes you love it even more.
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When you’re out of ideas, a must-try tactic is to follow your favorite interior designers, magazines and retail stores on Facebook, where your news feed will routinely fill with stupendous ideas for styling your entryway. Payne, for that matter, is quickly becoming an addict of Pinterest, the site that’s created a craze of creative new folks. “With Pinterest, everybody has the opportunity to be creative. There’s a wealth of information and images that had not been at our fingertips before,” she says. The designer’s been seeing a ton of fabulous tricks for door decorating from the friends and media outlets she follows there, from oversize monograms, to contemporary square wreaths, to a hodge podge of picture frames painted in the prevailing color palette. For fall, use a few yard sale frames painted yellow, orange and brown. Come Christmas, shake up the spray cans and lacquer them again shades of green, gold and crimson. It’s a clever way for, say, college students in apartment building or homeowners in subdivisions to make their homes stand apart from lookalike neighbors.
TRY SOME RETAIL THERAPY
You can source a surplus of ready-made wreaths, faux leaves and pliable ribbons at craft and decor stores. Even some retailers’ garden sections offer an array of seasonal items to quickly spruce up your door. Need a little more design inspiration? Try Pottery Barn, suggests Payne. “From the moment you walk in the store, you’ll see new ways to put things together. It’s classy, it’s classic and the seasonal decorating classes to teach you how to create those looks at home. It’s definitely worth checking out the class calendar.”
KEEP IT UNIQUE WITH MASONITE
For a Masonite wood entry door, all you need is a nail and wire or a door hanger. But many Masonite doors are made of high-quality fiberglass or steel, so you’d never deign to drill a permanent hole in them. Yet this shouldn’t stop you from festooning the front with festive trinkets. “One of the things I like to do with Masonite doors is use fasteners or hooks. They leave no marks and they have a clean look,” Payne says. And in lieu of the typical hangers that hang on a door, there are magnet hangers that can be purchased at big-box retailers. If you do opt for the old-school door hanger, take measures to make it chic. “When I use a normal door hanger, I always paint it to match my door,” explains Payne. “Some people use fabric to cover them, but I don’t love that look. Use a little spray paint, and it doesn’t stand out. People pay more attention to what you’ve got hanging instead.”