Choosing Your Replacement Entry Door
The entry door to the home is the first thing people see. If you have visitors and if you are selling or ever need to sell your home--you'll want to replace a door once or twice in the time you will live there. Here, we will touch on this and choosing the best replacement entry doorway for your home.
When should you replace a door?
Every ten years, you should asses the doorways in your home. The wear and tear of a doorway really depends on the traffic that you have in the home. If you are the only one there then their would be markedly less traffic than that of a home with a bunch of kids coming in and out and banging the door shut. Weather will also affect how a door wears. The outside can fade and if you have pets--there may be dirt and scratches in the wood. Most people simply sand and paint the first time but the second decade generally calls for a replacement doorway.
As we stated earlier--taking into consideration whether or not you need to sell the home in the future or even if you are living in a nice neighborhood and want to compliment other people's homes--you may want to give special attention to the aesthetic part of it. For this, you want to consider the architecture of your home. For instance you would have ornate carvings if you have a Victorian style home, but if you have a contemporary home then slimmer lines and a more classic feel would suffice.
Keep it Simple.
You may want to consider a pre-hung door. This means it is pre-measured and weather stripped etc. basically everything you need to have it placed in the doorway. We do recommend you call and let us do it for you. If you mishandle a door it could be hung wrong and it's not so simple just to take it off and redo it. Doing this yourself can cost you a lot of extra money you didn't count on.
Since you'll be installing an entryway door that will be there for years to come--you may want to consider doing something different. You can choose between a 36 inch standard--a 42 inch oversized or an 8 foot single or double door entryway. The newer homes that come with vaulted ceilings look great with the 8 foot single or double doors. Just be mindful that if you are going to do the type of construction that is needed for this--that it needs to bring the value of the home up and it's gonna cost ya.
Choose the correct materials.
Wood is still the most popular choice for entryway doors. This is because they create a warmth and says welcome. In years past--wood doors used to require so much maintenance. Now, that's not so true. Today they have treated and laminated wood cores as well as vapor barriers will help to prevent weathering.
What about insulation and security?
You can have a wood look with a steel core. These doorways are foam enhanced and steel fortified that insulates many times better than wood. This is one of the better practical choices which will also keep the aesthetic appeal.
Top choice for longevity.
The top choice for longevity is the fiberglass type. You can have the best of both worlds with this choice for the look of wood without the maintenance. What this is made of is a tough compression fiberglass. It is lightweight yet as secure as the steel version. And the best part is, you can paint it or stain it as you would wood.
Whatever the material you choose--your entryway door will be with you for many years to come--maybe for life. It will welcome many into the home and will be a conversation piece for neighbors and passersby if you do it right. Always choose the right hardware to finish it off nicely--like brass knobs and knockers or trim. Make sure it has the three elements of insulation, appropriate style for your home construction and security. Have any questions? Call us for a consultation and installation now.