The first thing that comes to the notice of people visiting your house is the front door and that makes it the central point of your house. At the same time, the front door plays an equally important role towards the interiors of the house. And, once again, it’s the last point coming to the notice of the visitor leaving your place. In view of the attention that it gets, particularly from visitors, it becomes important to make it presentable and inviting. Apart from the considerations it needs from the aesthetic view point, it should provide safety, should be easy to maintain and remain energy efficient too.
Things to Consider:
When looking for replacement of entry door some of the important considerations to be taken into account include the material, color, style and the final finish. And to make the door system more practical and useful it needs some accessories by way of sidelights or overhead light and the selection of hardware fittings to make it look attractive, yet continuing to offer safety.
Generally, you get three basic materials for the frame of the door at the entrance and these are:
- Wood: This traditional material makes the door charming due its inherent beauty and warmth. You may paint or stain it. But, we are aware that wooden doors need some minimum periodic maintenance. Periodically they need to be painted all their life. Moreover, wood tend to develop cracks, warping, and expands or contracts, depending on the weather it is exposed to, resulting to its inaccurate fitting in its frame.
- Steel: Steel doors are often preferred doors for replacing doors. Steel can be treated with durable paints and finishes, available in a large variety of colors or patterns. You can have these in a large range of sizes. Further, they can be treated to achieve magnetic weather stripping which makes them more energy efficient. And of course, we know that steel is exceptionally long lasting and safe.
- Fiberglass: Though doors made from this material are not as strong and safe as the ones made from steel, you get them in a larger range of patterns and moldings enabling you to choose from a broader section of styles for installing at your home. These can be treated to give the appearance of wood without the bother of traditional maintenance issues associated with wood.
The other options matter and would considerably add to the total of the door entry system. As already stated these are inclusive of hardware, style or type of glass and the finish one desires to have.
Whatever material you may opt to have, it remain imperative that you get the entry door installed by an expert, especially if the door ha a couple of other accessories along with. The professional can also assist you in choosing a design that conforms to your tastes and also goes along with the looks of your house. It’s important that the door is hung properly without sacrificing the security and the installation is energy efficient.