How to choose the materials for your front door upgrade
One of the first things people notice when they walk up to your house is your front door. When you decide to update the look and feel of your home, the front door is naturally the easiest place to start. A relatively simple renovation that packs a big punch in terms of the curb appeal. But how your front door looks is not the only aspect to keep in mind when you are planning to upgrade your front door; the type of material you choose is arguably at least as important as the aesthetic.
Buying a new front door is a crucial decision; not only is it noteworthy for the overall look of your home, but it has an enormous impact on the energy efficiency of your home.
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Choosing a front door can be overwhelming. Keep the following in mind while you are making your choice:
- Environment Factors
- Energy Efficiency
- Home Style
How do you decide what kind of door you should purchase? The type of material you choose is essential so that you don’t end up with a door more suited to Wisconsin when you live in Arizona. Choosing a front door can also make or break your home’s visual appeal, so do your homework when making your choice.
Here are some of the most common materials used in exterior doors.
The most classic looking, a wood door is often made of a hardwood such as alder. Alder doors are a high-end feature for historic or traditional homes. Wood doors can be purchased in a variety of styles, including French doors, Mediterranean doors, arched doors, or craftsman style. You can also get wood doors with glass inserts or embellishments.
Pros: Wood doors wear well, and are resistant to denting.
Cons: Wood doors are best for homes located in climates that are not too humid. Extreme temperatures may make a wood door swell in certain situations.
Best For: Homes where the front door is not out in the elements. When choosing a wood type, it’s imperative that you pick one that is made of hardwood, such as alder.
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Steel doors are a mainstay in commercial properties. They are also found in homes, often with a glass insert. Steel doors are usually the most moderately priced of all materials
Pros: Steel doors are an inexpensive and versatile option. Solid steel doors are both secure and have outstanding insulation value. They are especially suited for extremely cold environments and for commercial properties. Steel doors are energy efficient, although that drops when glass panels are installed.
Cons: Steel doors can be industrial looking unless they have glass panels. Glass panels make them less energy efficient. They can also feel cold and hot to the touch during extreme outside weather.
Best For: Commercial properties where they are the most secure option.
Fiberglass doors are made from fiberglass with a polyurethane foam core. They are often painted to look like wood.
Pros: Fibreglass doors are well suited for extreme weather situations. They don’t shrink at all, can be painted any color, and can be cleaned by washing with soap. Fiberglass doors are also dent resistant.
Cons: Fiberglass doors can look cheap if not finished properly. Purchase from a dealer that understands how to properly finish the product.
Best For: The best choice for homes in areas with extreme weather.
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The choice you make depends on your budget, home style, and typical weather situations. Homeowners need to be conscious of every aspect of their purchase, but choosing the perfect front door will pay off in your home’s curb appeal and energy efficiency.
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