Tips From The Pros
Your Front Door – The Gateway to Your Style
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Now that summer is here and we’re focused on being outside let’s talk a little about curb appeal. So often we improve the outside of our homes by putting in beautiful landscaping in the form of a new lawn or flowers, plants and pavers. These will surely improve your curb appeal but there is one element of your home that can even greater impact yet often gets left to last or forgotten completely and that is your front door and the surrounding entry way.
As any designer will attest, the front door system that you choose is a fantastic way to express your unique personality, decorative taste and creative flair. However, it is also an investment that can improve the value of your home and save you money (particularly if you’re adding a storm door to increase energy efficiency). Let’s look at some things that you should contemplate when selecting a new front door system.
Budget -- We know, we know, there’s that pesky word again. But when considering any home
improvement the upfront costs and the return on investment need to be your foremost considerations. Be conscious of the energy efficiency, maintenance requirements, and life expectancy of the front door system that you’re choosing. Due diligence and a healthy dose of self-discipline will keep you from spending far more than you can afford.
Size – The next step is determining the size of your entryway. While a standard doorway is 80” tall, 32″-36″ wide and about 2” thick, it is possible that your entryway may require a taller, wider, thicker, or even a double door. Be sure to include ornamental elements like sidelights or transoms in your measurements to ensure the proper framing for support. If you’re still not sure of the correct size, contact a professional for assistance so that you don’t make a very costly mistake.
Material -- The material your door is made from will directly affect its durability, maintenance, appearance and cost. Most will either be wood, steel, or fiberglass and many offer panel styles with the option of adding glass. Keep in mind that decorative glass will add on additional costs.
o Wood – classically beautiful with lots of options as far as grain pattern, color and style but neither cheap nor easy to keep up. Most modern wood doors are veneers over a wood or steel core to lower cost and minimize warping.
o Fiberglass – affordable, durable and they typically have a foam core which is an excellent insulator. They also offer a lot of decorative options, including the look of real wood.
o Steel – typically more affordable than other materials, premium steel won’t warp or crack and should resist denting. Get one with an insulated core to help with energy efficiency. Keep in mind that because they usually feature a smooth surface, the design may be limited to panel design and paint color.
Style -- Your front door should fit in architecturally with the rest of your home, complementing the design and adding curb appeal. However, it should also reflect your personal style. Traditional? Perhaps a 6-panel wood door would suit you. Whimsical? Go with arches and stained glass, instead. A bit Bohemian? Add some bright color!
Still not sure what type or style of door is right for your home? Certain of your style but not confident in your measurements? Call us to schedule a free on-site consultation and let the design service experts at Midwest Property Pros help you figure how best to showcase your style with a warm and welcoming new entryway today!