Your house is a reflection of who you are and the people who lives in it. The interior design, the appliances used, the pieces of furniture brought in are some of the difficult and well thought-of decisions when designing a home. But do you know that your front door can also make or break your home’s appearance?
Sometimes people forget that the front door the house’s focal point. This is where you, your family and even your visitor’s passageway to your fortress. It also plays an important role in your home’s safety and adds value should you wish to sell it in the future. In fact, choosing doors for your home, including your bedroom doors, garage doors and bathroom doors should be both functional and stylish in order to get your money’s worth.
1. Know your budget
Budget is any man’s best friend when it comes to refurbishing your house or if you’re making your own home. You should be comfortable in the budget that you set in so that you’re contractor will work on it and avoid delays because you ran out of money. Mistakes should be avoided because it spells spending overboard to try and fix what you don’t like. To help you determine your budget in choosing a door, make sure you are able to compare different styles, brands and designs. Also put in mind the door’s maintenance requirements, weather protection, the door features, if it needs pre-finishing, if the door needs additional painting, the hardware, materials used, and the upfront cost vs. long term benefits.
2. Choosing the correct material
There are 3 main materials used in front doors. Each has its own pros and cons so before you decide which material to use, compare its maintenance cost, appearance, and durability first.
Steel doors are cheaper than other materials and it is recommended for you to choose premium steel doors for your front door because it is dent resistant and does not crack easily. It also gives a smooth surface which makes it easier for painting if needed.
Wood always gives a classy appearance. This is a little bit pricey because of the patterns, and the intricacies needed to make it look grand and rustic at the same time. Today, there are different options to choose from when you want a wooden material for your front door so feel free to choose according to your own style.
Fiberglass is another option when choosing material for the door. It is energy efficient, durable and high performing dent resistant and wont corrode. Fiberglass appears to be modern is recommended if you are for aesthetics because it has different varieties.
3. Select the right size
The size of your front door depends on the design, vibe and how big your home is. Most of the time, the front door measures at 80 inches tall and 36 inches wide with a thickness of 2 inches. If you don’t know the right size, you can always ask the engineer or architect to help you decide on what door size to choose. You should also keep in mind some decorations such as sidelights to highlight your entryway.
4. Style Matters
Every design in your house should complement each other. Choosing the front door design is not an exception to that. If you have a rustic vibe then wooden doors are the way to go. If your house is more modern and has an artistic vibe, you can choose a fiberglass to make it look good. You can always ask help from experts to avoid mistakes of choosing the wrong door and redecorating it after.
Always remember that your front door is just as important as the inside of your home. So, make sure you also give importance to it just like the rest of your entire house.
Bill Brown is an American content writer who enjoys reading and writing different blogs of multiple categories. He is currently working with Garage Door Nation.