If you’re looking to renovate your home, you know how important curb appeal is. But did you know that along with landscaping, the front door is an important part of adding value to your home?
Windows and doors make up a third of the $200 billion home improvement industry. Whether you’re replacing your front door due to necessity or for aesthetic purposes, choosing the right one is the key.
With so many options out there, how do you know which one to choose? We’ve got seven great tips on choosing the best front door for your home.
7 Tips on Finding the Perfect Front Door
Not everyone realized the impact their front door has. In fact, you don’t think about it until you walk up to someone else’s house and notice their entry door.
If it’s got chipped paint, cobwebs, cracks, or covered in dirt and grime, you second-guess if you should knock on the door. Some homeowners don’t want to go through the financial output or hassle of installing a new front door.
But damaged doors are more than an eyesore, they’re a security issue. If you’re thinking about front door replacement, these tips will get you started in the right direction.
1. Steel Doors
Steel entry doors are a cost-effective choice when you’re looking at replacing your front door. They’re stylish, energy efficient, and you can paint them with ease due to the smooth surface.
In general, steer doors are also low-maintenance and they’re easy to clean. But, steel does have a tendency to dent and scuff more than other materials.
2. Fiberglass Doors
If you don’t mind spending a few more bucks but aren’t trying to break the bank, fiberglass doors are a good mid-price option.
Fiberglass doors have a high insulation value and come in a wide array of styles and textures. They can look and feel like a wood door without paying the price of one.
Fiberglass doors usually have the longest warranty of all door materials, giving credence to their durability and strength. You can also paint or stain them like a wood door and they won’t rust.
Because of the wide variety of styles, fiberglass door systems are easy to customize.
3. Wood Doors
Wood doors are the most expensive choice in front doors. The cost is on the high end as different types of wood are more durable than others.
The biggest downside to wood doors, aside from price, is that they have a tendency to warp and weathered. Over the last 25 years, manufacturers made great strides in fortifying wood doors with different materials to keep them from warping. But, if you live in a warm and moist climate, you can expect some weathering to occur.
Wood doors are popular for their beautiful and stylish aesthetic. When coupled with glass front doors, or made into a double front door, they can be downright regal-looking.
There are so many types, stains, and designs you’ll find a door perfect for your architectural style. Along with several stain colors, wood doors also hold paint well.
4. Make Sure it Matches Your House
Your entry door doesn’t only protect you and add value to your home, it makes a statement. In other words, your front door is the focal point of your house.
That said, you have to keep in mind that not all front doors match all houses. You may fall in love with double arched doors with iron accents but live in a pink cement block 2/1 ranch. Unless you are remodeling the front of your house, that particular door will look out of place.
Choosing a front door that makes a statement brings out your individuality and creativity, but try and picture how it will look when it’s hanging in your entryway. If you want to make your front door pop, add contrast to your existing structure by going darker/lighter than your exterior walls. Grays and light wood-tones are a great way to keep it neutral.
Whether you go with a blend-in look or want to make a bold statement, it’s most important to match the door to the architectural style and texture. You can always paint or stain your front door if you aren’t thrilled with the color.
Most stores and builder centers have design programs in which they can give you a virtual look at your home’s outcome with different door styles. If you’re given the option to use this service, go ahead and take advantage of it. It could save you time and headaches in the long run.
5. Hardware Matters
High-end finishes can get very expensive when you’re talking about exterior hardware. But, they do give your bland door some flair or add a touch of class.
You want to keep in mind the material of the hardware, outside of how it looks when it’s installed. Some materials are more durable than others and won’t rust as easy.
6. Don’t Overdo It
One of the biggest mistakes a contractor, homeowner, or renovator makes is trying to do too much with the front door.
Even if a specific door style and material fits your home’s design, don’t go overboard with customized tastes. This is very important when you’re selling your home. You may love your oversized, golden lion doorknockers, but not all potential buyers will.
This goes for color and texture too. Having a front door that stands out can increase your home’s value through curb appeal but overdoing it can also be a hindrance.
7. Keep Energy Efficiency in Mind
Having an energy-efficient door is commonplace these days, but some are more insulating than others.
Higher quality steel and fiberglass doors have thermal break frames to prevent the flow of heat and cold from getting inside. When this happens, frost and condensation can build up on the interior of the door.
If your new front door doesn’t have a thermal break, proper flashing and weatherstripping are a suitable alternative. Speak to your window and door professional about the energy efficiency rating of the doors you’re looking at.
Go Ahead, Make a Statement
Your front door is the focal point of your home and gives you curb appeal, but it should also be sturdy and protect your family. The good news is, you can have both!
At Builders Outlet Colorado, we offer a wide array of residential and commercial doors to fit every style and budget. Whether you’re looking for custom doors to add the finishing touches onto your reno or replacing your interior doors with new ones, we have the knowledge and know-how to help.
Contact us today and let us help you make your statement.