Doors are an essential part of every home, and as explained in our previous post ‘Tips in Selecting the Best Doors for Your House’ they should do two things: perform their function and look amazing while doing so. To make sure that your front door covers both these points, there are certain aspects you have to consider. You have to analyse the door’s requirements as well as your interior and exterior decor. By doing this, it will enable you to pick out a style that blends with the overall motif of your home. You should also pay close attention to the accessories you pick and opt to get the best ones that meet your budget. To give you a more detailed guide on how to pick the right front door, we’ve listed four things you should really think about.
As the primary entryway to your home, it goes without saying that your front door should be made out of a sturdy material. The best option is an oak wood external door as it is typically 44mm thick and can be made from a solid block of wood or engineered to be made up of multiple pieces. This way, you can ensure that your front door will withstand different kinds of weather without warping, moving or expanding. However, if wood is too expensive, you can opt for steel – strong but difficult to repair, or fibreglass – better for insulation but prone to cracking.
As aforementioned, the right door should be able to protect your home and look great while doing so. To avoid having a front door that sticks out like a sore thumb, take the time to examine the overall design of your home. Is your exterior more traditional or does it have a contemporary feel which, as per an article on House Beautiful, translates to large floor-to-ceiling windows with abstract shapes and clear lines. For classic homes, old wooden doors would be your best bet. For modern builds, doors that incorporate wood and glass and have lots of solid, clean-cut lines would be the perfect choice.
When you’re selecting accessories it’s important to choose something that will stand the test of time and remain durable. As much as possible, try to pick out a door frame that is not only made out of the same material as the actual door but also offers other features such as being fire resistance. As for the door handles, don’t just consider the style – the material is also very important. Does it match the material of your door and is it easy to use? It would also be a good idea to think about adding other accessories that have practical functions, especially for the colder months. HomeServe recommends buying some draught excluding foam or rubber tape for your door to eliminate any cool draughts that may come through. No matter how well fitted the front door may be, it is very hard to make it completely draught proof. If you live in a small property this could have a significant impact on the temperature of your home.
A lot of people either try to match the colour of their doors to the colour of their exterior or opt for safe and neutral tones such as brown, grey, black and white. Give your door a little more personality by playing with fun colours such as yellow, green, blue and red. When it comes to painting your front door, Ideal Home suggests preparing the surface of the door by scraping off any blisters or flaking and sanding it with medium grade sandpaper, and then cleaning every nook and cranny before painting. Use your door to add a bit of personality to your home.
As your front door is your main point of access, investing in a good door will not only make your home more aesthetically pleasing, it will also boost its value.
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