Entry doors are a crucial element that contributes towards the curb appeal of your home. They help in creating that first impression, hence needs to be chosen with care and caution. There are several aspects that you need to consider while choosing an entry door for your home, whether you are replacing an old one or installing a new one. It is important for you to understand the various material and style options that you have before zeroing on in any one. Modern day options are numerous that offer divergent styles made out of different materials. When you think of an entrance door installation, you have to take into consideration the entire panel, glass designs, grille patterns, sidelights, panes, etc.
When you have to choose a material for your entry door, you have to look into different aspects like architectural style of your home, aesthetic appeal, durability, performance, etc. Firstly you ought to choose a material that matches and adds to the overall curb appeal of your home. For example if your home and fenestration is made of wood, you can opt for a wooden door or faux wood that looks and functions almost like wood to match. You can also choose from steel, glass or fiber glass to mention a few. Also if you are residing in a place like Edmonton that has harsh climatic conditions, you have to select a material that is high on insulation and helps to make your home energy efficient by keeping out external weather elements. Custom doors are an option available with most manufacturers and you can get a customized entrance door. But whatever you opt for do pay adequate attention to the durability. Wood can warp and fade, while metal doors can rust.
Style and Design
Entry doors come in different styles. While selecting a style for such doors, you have decide upon the complete look that includes the panel, glass, grille patterns, sidelights, muntins, mullions, rails or stiles, etc. Also you need to choose a front design as well as a back one that shall be visible from indoors. Going for custom doors will ensure that your entrance is in line with the rest of your house.
Selecting an entry door can be overwhelming with the number of choices especially because it adds to the curb appeal of your home. While deciding on the design you need to match it to exterior texture of your home and the paint scheme. Also the door should look warm and inviting rather than an imposing and formidable appearance.
Safety and Security
Providing adequate safety and security to your home is the primary function of entry doors. Though appearance and aesthetics are crucial, you cannot compromise on the safety aspect. You need to choose a custom door that cannot be broken into or tampered with. Wooden doors crack over a period of time and metals doors or hinges on which doors rest tend to rust with exposure to air and moisture. Choose a door that is strong and easy to maintain.
Keep in mind these factors while choosing an entry door for your home, and you are good to make the right choice!