Every home deserves a good front door. Front doors can be thought of as the home’s handshake; they form the first impression about your home and the people that live there. Every single one of your guests will gaze at your front door as they wait for you to open the door for them. For these reasons, do not allow the choice of your home’s front door, a central part of the exterior design be a casual choice.
Choosing the perfect door to your home is usually an overwhelming process. This is because the entry door should be aesthetically pleasing to the eyes, add value to the home, secure and burglar proof, and also fit the home’s style. Once you do choose the perfect door it will surely be a home improvement that will last a long time.
Take into consideration, these 5 important factors to pick the perfect front door for your home.
1. Your budget
What is your budget? How much are you comfortable spending? This should be the first step to consider in any home improvement project you find yourself involved in. your budget must show that you had carefully planned and made reasonable decisions. Consider the following things when determining the cost of your door; Energy efficiency, Maintenance requirements, Hardware and accessories, Estimated useful life, etc.
This factor has a direct relationship with maintenance, durability, and appearance. Material choice would also determine the price range of your door. Functionality should also be considered when picking a front door. The best way to choose a door that will be functional is to consider the material used for the door.
You might think the choices are limited to fiberglass, steel, or wood. That might be true, but there are some variations within each of those three that can affect how well the door performs or how long it will last for.
- Steel: Steel doors are more affordable while premium steel doors are very durable.
- Wood: Wood doors are beautiful and natural. They appear historic and warm but they are typically more expensive than doors made from the other materials.
- Fiberglass: They are energy-efficient and high-performing doors. They are durable and have easy maintenance and offer a variety of price points. They are dent-resistant and neither corrode nor rust
Every house is different and each homemaker has peculiar tastes and class; as a result, the style of door that you end up choosing as your front door should reflect your personality and that of your family. If you tend to be the more traditional type, you can choose a classic wood paneled door. If you are the more artistic type, you may decide to include decorative glass elements to the design of your front door.
Standard exterior entry doors usually measure 80 inches tall x 36 inches wide x 2 inches thick thereby requiring single doors. But depending on your home, the entryway might be wider, larger, thicker, taller, or even require a double door. Consider these factors in selecting the appropriately sized doors. If at any point, you are unsure of which size of entry door your home need, contact a professional to help out.
The color of the door will be one of the most important determining factors, when taking into consideration, the aesthetic and curb appeal of your home. You can try out different colors and shades to finally find out which color is the best fit for your home’s exterior paint. To give your home a special personality, you can try blending the practical colors with the symbolic colors. In all of this creativity, be careful not to let your door stand out aggressively from the other houses in the neighborhood.
In general, a lot of factors have to be put into consideration in choosing a perfect door that adds to the curb appeal and creates a wonderful exterior for your home while still being secure and burglar proof. It might be an overwhelming process, but do not take it casually.