Your front door is one of the first things people see when they visit your house, therefore it can create the first impression of you and your home. The style of your front door can show off your personality and give a welcoming feel to visitors.
Aside from the aesthetics, your front door is your home’s first point of security. If you are in the market for a new front door, here are 5 tips on choosing a door that enhances the look and feel of your home whilst offering high-level security and durability.
Choose your material
Front doors must be tough enough to withstand wind, rain, and other extreme weather conditions. Most older doors are made of wood, however, wooden doors are not the most durable option and do tend to crack and delaminate over the years. Steel doors are a better choice in terms of durability and security. They are stronger than wood or fibreglass doors, and they won’t crack or warp.
If your heart is set on a wood door, luckily there are new versions that can resist the harsh weather conditions better than the older ones. You will also find many metal and fibreglass door options that look like wood but offer greater security, durability and usually cost less too.
Understand the glass options available
Many people opt for door lights to increase the natural light entering their homes. Door lights are small windows that are fitted in the door and can be installed in custom shapes and sizes.
To showcase your style, you may also want to consider decorative window glass designs such as window casing. This is a decorative glass finish that joins pieces of glass together to create ornate designs and patterns. Charming finishes can be made from various materials such as brass, satin nickel, black chrome, and patina. Several geometric patterns are available and you can choose clear or privacy glass.
Wrought iron glass is another beautiful entry door installation option. For these windows, wrought iron is twisted and curved to create a beautiful styled pattern that fits the window opening. The iron is then placed between two panes of glass in the door.
Opt for the state of the art security
Security locks are an important consideration when installing a new door. There are many traditional key lock systems available that offer high security. These come in different styles and finishes which can be paired with a deadbolt, creating a firmly secure entryway.
If you live in a high crime area or are particularly concerned about safety, the experts at your one-stop windows and doors company recommend upgrading to smart lock technology. These high-tech digital smart lock handles can be installed instead of your traditional lock, allowing you to go keyless. Levers, knobs, deadbolts and grip sets can be paired with smart lock technology and you can choose from a wide range of modern and traditional styles, as well as various colours.
Make it energy-efficient
Your door installers should custom build your front door to your exact specifications. This precision will create a tight and secure seal around your door. Many steel and fibreglass doors also have a thermal break that separates the inside and outside door skins. This stops cold and heats coming through the skin and frame, as well as frost from forming on the inside surface.
For all your doors and windows, you should look for products that are Energy Star certified. Energy Star certifications allow Canadians to confidently select the best quality products to reduce their energy consumption.
Match your decor
A common concern when replacing windows and doors is that the new ones will not match the existing decor and will not fit well with the house style. Colour is the easiest way to match your new door to your decor. The many colour choices available for fibreglass or steel entry doors make it easy to match it with both the outside and inside of your house. The type of door lights and grilles you choose can also complement your decor and enhance the style of your home.
Picking the right front door will pay off in tighter security, less maintenance, and energy bill savings. By taking the time to consider your options, you will have an entry door that feels inviting to visitors, improves the look of your home and makes a great first impression for years to come.