The front door is the focal point of your home. It’s the first thing you see, the first thing you touch, and it plays a big part in your home’s security and safety. It’s also one of the best investments you can make in your home. It’s generally agreed upon that a new steel front door is the number one source of remodelling return on investment, with fiberglass front doors following closely behind. (Steel doors give the best ROI due to their low price point.) So before you make a decision, investigate the options and consider the following factors.
One of the reasons front doors help increase the value of your home is security. First of all, when it comes to entry doors always opt for something solid. Hollow core doors should only be used for interior spaces. Also, any exterior door to your home should have a secure keyed lock with a deadbolt. Door hardware is not a place to cut corners – make sure you have a strong, quality product. Usually these locks start around $50. Also, all exterior doors should open in. If a door swings out, anyone could pop the hinges off to remove the door.
Front doors aren’t just about making a grand entrance, they’re also extremely important because they can provide insulation and draft protection. When it comes to heating and cooling your home a solid front door with tight seals can help keep your costs down. Insulated steel or fiberglass is usually your best bet.
Having a strong, solid door doesn’t have to mean sacrificing natural light. Window panels and door lites can solve this problem by allowing extra light to filter into the house while still affording privacy. There are tons of different styles available, from incredibly simple to highly decorative. Like with door colors, choose something that suits both the style of the door, and the style of the home. When replacing a door you can opt for one that already has glass inserts, but if you have a solid front door you can always have sidelights installed.
There are a lot of people out there who will tell you one color is better than another when it comes to front doors, but when it comes to choosing a color the most important thing to consider is how well it will look with the other color tones and the architecture on the rest of the home’s exterior. You want a color that will work with the brick, siding or stone, and if you have shutters or other accents you want to make sure to coordinate with those.
Don’t neglect the importance of clear, easy-to-read house numbers. They need to be visible from the street and they should be in a font that makes them clear and legible (this is for safety more than anything else). When choosing house numbers you also want something that reflects the style and era of the house. You don’t need to go crazy and spend a fortune, but don’t skimp out on cheap, stick-on versions. Additional hardware including door knockers and doorknobs should also reflect the overall style and quality of your home. If people judge a book by it’s cover, they’re judging your home by it’s front exterior so it’s worth updating these items if they’re outdated.
Top 2 photos courtesy of Pollard Windows & Doors. Red door photo courtesy of Skit Inc.
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