Homeowners’ front doors help visitors know what to expect for the rest of the home. They set the tone, and can either welcome or deter people from entering.
Homeowners should not take the task of replacing their front doors lightly. It is important that whichever door they decide on is able to withstand harsh weather conditions, in addition to fitting their home’s style, budget and tastes. Homeowners need to also consider security, materials, energy efficiency, design and whether interior door installation services will be required when choosing a new front door for their homes.
Features such as bronze or brass heavy-duty solid handle sets and locks can help increase security as well as complement a door’s style. Homeowners can also use peepholes and security chains, as well as set up an appointment with camera installers, to maximize home security.
Exterior doors are typically made using one of three materials: wood, fiberglass and metal (usually steel). Homeowners should invest in a front door that will not only complement the style of their home, but also prove to be durable.
Two types of wood doors are offered. The first type is made from laminate or plywood, backed with hard board. This door, made from energy-efficient polyurethane, is designed to insulate.
the second type of wood door is made strictly of solid wood. Solid wood doors are the heaviest and most secure doors homeowners can purchase.
If homeowners are concerned with durability and security, steel doors are the best option for them. Steel doors do not warp or crack because they are made with some of the strongest materials accessible to door manufacturers. They are the most cost efficient option and will help homeowners save money in the long run because they are filled with energy-efficient, high-density foam insulation. Homeowners can choose from a range of finishes, from an embossed wood-grain pattern to smooth painted steel.
Homes in areas with humid or harsh climates should invest in fiberglass doors. They are a maintenance-free option that provides homeowners more protection than wood doors do. Fiberglass doors may also eliminate the homeowners’ need to repair their insulation because they keep homes warmer in the winter and cooler in the spring and summer months. If homeowners like the appearance of wood doors, but want the security benefits of fiberglass doors, they can choose a finish that looks like wood grain.
The array of doors currently available is sure to suit any home’s style and homeowners’ design preferences. From frosted and patterned glass inserts to side and transom lights, homeowners can purchase a new front door without sacrificing the beauty of their homes.
DIY or Contractor
Installing a new front door can be tricky, so homeowners should weigh the costs of hiring door installation specialists compared to the costs of repairing doors that are damaged during the DIY process.
If homeowners want to ensure that their new doors are fitted correctly and maximize energy-efficiency as well as security benefits, their best option is to hire a contractor.
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