Your front door can enhance or destroy the look of your home; which is why choosing a front door that is best for your home is so important. With all of the different materials and styles available for front doors today, it is especially important that you take the time to go through all the information before settling on the door that’s right for you.
Choosing a Front Door by Material
Most doors today come in 3 different types of materials: steel, fiberglass and wood.
Wood doors, by far, are the ones that require the most upkeep. You have to check every year for warping, sun damage, and cracking. This material also requires the most re-staining, repainting, and refinishing. However, nothing really beats the feel and look of a good, quality wood door on the front of any house.
Fiberglass doors are much less expensive than their wood counterparts and they hold up better to the sun and weather than wood does. Choosing a front door made of fiberglass will also provide you with more insulation for your home, as the core of these doors are filled with foam.
A steel front door is the least expensive of all three options, but lasts for a shorter amount of time than wood or fiberglass. While steel doors are a great option because of their insulation, they are also prone to rusting, and can be dangerous in climates of extreme cold or heat because of their temperature conduction.
Choosing a Front Door by Looks
Choosing the front door that enhances the look of your home is extremely important. You have the option of doors that are all one panel, doors that are built with different designs in them, and doors that have a huge range of different glass.
Because your front door says so much about your home and is an investment that may be on your house for a very long time to come, you need to take your time when choosing a front door. Look at all the different designs available to you. Take pictures of the doors and stand out in front of your home holding them up to where the door will be, and choose the one that looks the best with the rest of the home.
Other Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing a Front Door
There are three additional things that you need to keep in mind when choosing a front door.
1) The energy efficiency of your door. You don’t want a door that is going to end up increasing your monthly heating or cooling bill because it is letting heat in or out of the house.
2) The type of hardware you are going to use on the door. Will the silver door handle match the rest of the gold trim you have in the front of the house? If you are getting older and arthritis is an issue, a doorknob may not work as well for you as a push latch.
3) How secure is the door? Flimsy front doors can be easily broken in through and may not provide you with the protection you want or need for your home.
Choosing the front door that is right for you is an important decision, so take your time, ask a lot of questions, and never rush through the process just to get a new door in place. Our award winning team is here to answer any questions you may have. Give us a call or schedule an in-home consultation today!