For most home buyers, the front door of their home is the one that they inherited when they purchased the house.
Even though people make many changes to the inside of a new home, the often overlook changing the front door. But that door creates a strong first impression on every person who visits your home for the first time.
Just like you wouldn’t live with the previous owner’s furniture, you should also choose a front door that reflects you.
If you’re looking to sell your home, changing your front door can also have a huge impact on your home’s curb appeal and therefore its perceived value.
Whatever your reason for looking into front door replacement, read on for four things you should consider before you make a purchase.
Choosing a replacement front door for your home is a big decision. You want to choose something that boosts your home’s value, complements your home and, most importantly, represents your family.
Before anything else, you need to decide how much money you want to spend on this project. Factors that you need to consider when determining your budget include the estimated useful life of the door, what features are included if there are staining or painting costs, whether it requires additional hardware or accessories, and the price of installation.
Generally speaking, steel doors are the way to go if you’re on a restricted budget, whereas wooden doors are on the high end of the price spectrum. Fiberglass doors are a good option in the middle.
Additionally, energy-efficient doors are more expensive to purchase but will lower your home’s utilities costs over their lifetime.
Besides the appearance, the material of the door will affect not just its durability but its maintenance as well. Features like decorative glass panels will come at an additional cost.
The main options for materials are wood, steel and fiberglass. Wood is a classic choice with the option for different colors and grain patterns.
Steel doors are extra durable and less likely to crack or dent. Some are outfitted with an insulated core which helps with energy efficiency.
Fiberglass doors have become popular because they can combine the benefits of both. They have the appearance of a wooden door and the energy efficient features of a steel door. Additionally, they can be just as durable as steel doors.
You know what they say, measure twice and cut once. You need to carefully measure the size of your entryway to make sure you get the right sized door. The standard frame is 80 inches by 37 inches but your home may require a taller door or double doors.
If you have other features around your front door such as sidelights or decorative transoms then you should consider hiring a professional to help.
Choose a front door that not only complements the appearance of your home but one that represents your family’s personality.
Some of the more popular front door options at the moment are the classical and craftsmen designs which would suit a family with very traditional values. A family that’s a bit more eclectic or artistic may opt for a modern design featuring sleek lines or decorative glass panels.
You want to choose a door that visitors will associate with what is important to your family.
Once you’ve planned for the four tips above, you’re ready for selecting the best front door replacement for your home.
Installing a new front door is a big endeavor. Contact us for a free quote for your home construction project.