Although it may not seem so important, your front door is actually quite a big part in your home. It’s the last thing people see before they enter into your home and can be quite telling about your style and who you are. It also has a big part in the appearance of your home and can even be a symbol of your hospitality.
There are so many types of doors out there for you to choose from and this can make shopping rather difficult. With the help of this article, you can choose the door that is the best fit for you.
Before you address the style of door you want, think about the material you want it to be made from. There are three basic choices: steel, fiberglass, and wood.
Steel: Doors made from steel are usually not completely made of steel. Most have a foam core for insulation and are made to be fully weatherstripped. Some people choose doors made of steel material that is designed to look like wood because they want the look of wood but also want the added protection and durability that heavy steel doors offer.
Fiberglass: Fiberglass material is quite solid. Most of the time, these doors are built with a wood texture. They are very resistant to scratches and dents, making them excellent choices for households with children or pets that may damage the door.
Wood: Wood doors are certainly classics. The prices vary greatly from cheap composite to solid wood. This means that the durability will vary depending on the materials. Wood requires significantly more maintenance compared to steel or fiberglass doors, but for some people, the maintenance is worth it.
There are pros and cons for all three of these materials so it really is up to you to weigh it up and settle on one that suits your needs.
You may think doors simply open and close, but there are several ways that they can do so. Here are a couple of door types that you can consider:
In-swing: Just as the name indicates, these doors open inwards. These are inviting and great for front doors.
Out-swing: These doors open outwards. They are usually a poor choice for front doors.
French: French doors are not one door, but two. Some open inwards, some open outwards, and some can only open on one side. These doors are wide and airy, making them great choices for large entryways.
Glass-paned: Glass doors are wonderful if you want to get a little extra natural light into your home. Some people opt for a single sheet of glass on their door, while others opt for several panes. You can get glass-paned doors with completely clear glass, frosted glass, or stained glass.
Sidelights: Sidelights aren’t technically a type of door, but they can be a part of it. These are panes that may be on the side of a front door. They let in more natural light and give you some space to peek at whoever is outside.
After you’ve figured out the material and type of door you want, it’s time to settle on a style. There are styles with combinations of different materials and types, which means you’ll certainly be spoiled for choice. Whether you are going for a minimal look, a modern look, a rustic look, or a traditional look, you’ll find (or you can make) one to suit your home.
You could go for an intricate metal door or even a clean, minimal mahogany vibe. There are different hardware styles you can choose as well. Some people like sleek metallic fixtures and others opt for traditional brass.
There are tons of colors you can choose from as well. Wooden doors can be (and will have to be) repainted from time to time so don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and give a different color a try. Red or olive green are great choices, but you could also go for something a little bit more modern or trendy with turquoise or yellow.
Besides considering the material, type, and style of your door, think about weatherproofing. What exactly you need for your door will depend on where you live. If you live in the desert, you may want a color that isn’t prone to fading or showing dust. If you live in a cold area, you will need a door that is properly insulated and weatherproofed all around.
Remember – your door has to be both beautiful and practical. Choose something that suits your needs and lifestyle, but also choose something that represents you!