The aesthetics of your entry door is one of the most crucial elements that greatly influence how much your home is worth. If you ever intend to sell your property, increasing its appeal may help you draw in more purchasers. Your home’s exterior determines the visitor’s first perception of it. Also, it will set your house apart from those in the neighborhood.
Entrance doors need to be strong enough to fend off wind, rain, blazing sun, and would-be burglars while also being presentable enough to leave a pleasant first impression. Regrettably, many front doors struggle to satisfy such demands. The majority of older ones are constructed of wood or wooden laminate, both of which deteriorate after prolonged exposure to the elements. Even metal doors eventually wear out; the finish on certain older steel doors may flake. There are many options available, whether it accurately defines your front door or you simply wish to switch from a solid door to one with glass panels that let in more light. There are also ones made of metal and fiberglass that resemble wood but offer greater security and are frequently less expensive.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE OPTIMAL FRONT DOOR MATERIAL?
Choosing the right material for your door is arguably the most crucial choice. Most incorporate different types of materials; for instance, a lot of steel and fiberglass doors include wooden frames. Yet the aspect that has the biggest impact on look, toughness, security, and cost is the surface material.
- WOODEN DOORS
Costlier doors are made of solid wood. A six-panel pine door that is 3 feet wide by 6 feet 8 inches tall costs at least 15 to 20 thousand rupees. When purchasing prefinished wood doors, search for strong colors and transparent coatings, such as polyurethane. For painted doors, high-gloss sheens provide the best defense. This reduces the likelihood of a wood door from absorption of moisture and swelling.
- FIBERGLASS DOORS
Fiberglass composite doors are a wise choice for harsh or humid regions because they are durable and require little maintenance. With wood-grain texture, they imitate the appearance of wood and can be tinted to resemble oak, cherry, walnut, and a number of other woods. The warranties for fiberglass composite doors are extensive. Another benefit is affordability. An unglazed, paneled door measuring 3 feet wide by 6 feet 8 inches tall should cost 12 and 15 thousand rupees.
- STEEL DOORS
A steel door is the best option if safety and sturdiness are top requirements. Steel components won’t warp or crack and are more durable than wood or fiberglass doors. The cheapest doors are made of steel: A paneled door that measures 3 feet wide by 6 feet 8 inches tall without glass or fittings is priced at around 10,000 rupees.
- ALUMINUM DOORS
Like steel doors, aluminum doors have an insulating core that is covered with metal. Because aluminum doors have an enamel coating, they never need to be painted and won’t rust, which explains why they frequently come with 20-year warranties. The most expensive option after solid wood doors is aluminum, with costs starting at around 20–25 thousand rupees.
HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT DOOR STYLE?
These considerations should be taken into account when choosing a style:
- What use does the room serve?
- The home’s architectural style
- The height of the ceilings.
- What kind of material is the floor?
After you’re confident in your sense of style and design, you can decide which door style is ideal for that specific space.
- DOOR WITH A SINGLE HINGE
The most popular interior door style is the single-hinged door. Hinged doors need to have room to swing when a room is designed. Exterior doors are normally heavy and have three hinges, but interior doors are typically light and use two hinges.
- PANEL DOOR
A panel door has a timeless look. Typically, it has three vertical stiles and three horizontal rails. Thinner panels are used to cover the gaps between them. Each panel is encircled by decorative molding known as “sticking.” This produces a beautifully textured appearance that fits in both traditional and contemporary contexts.
- THE FRENCH DOORS
An extra-wide gateway opening and a pleasant touch are provided by a pair of French doors. These doors nearly always have a conventional appearance. They frequently have glass panels. Interior French doors can provide a magnificent corridor between rooms, while they’re most frequently used as patio doors on the outside.
- THE POCKET DOORS
Interior pocket doors are common in older homes; when fully opened, they slip into the wall. They don’t occupy any floor space and allow you to fully open the entryway. Nowadays, many newer homes have pocket doors; single and double designs are both available. The wall space where a pocket door will be installed must be free of any plumbing or electrical lines.
- FLUSH DOOR
A flush door is a straightforward, flat slab. It’s typically the most affordable option. While flush doors work well in modern settings, they might not fit in a regular home. Instead of a wood veneer, exterior doors could have a steel or fiberglass face.
- BI-FOLD DOORS
The most preferred option for a closet that is six feet wide or more is a set of bi-fold doors. Each door occupies around half of a hinged door’s swinging space. Bi-folds can be paneled, transom, or flush.
- PATIO SLIDING DOORS
The majority of the time, patio sliding doors are made of huge glass panes enclosed in metal, wood, or vinyl frames. If you desire to optimize your perspective of the yard, they are the perfect kind of door.
IMPORTANT CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE PURCHASING A FRONT ENTRY DOOR
Keep the following buying advice in mind whether you purchase the door separately or the full door-and-frame system:
- Ensure that the same manufacturer produces each component of entry systems that is fully assembled. (Distributors assemble several systems using parts that might not match correctly.)
- Verify the threshold’s interlocking with the bottom edge of the door and the weather stripping’s correct seal.
- On window units, look for low-e glazing. Several manufacturers offer break-in-resistant glazing for increased security.
- Doors made of high-grade steel and fiberglass have a thermal barrier. This stops the surface and frame from absorbing heat and cold from the outside, and it also stops frost from accumulating on the interior surface.
Contact us at Ebony Woods for more information about choosing a door style that complements the architecture and design of your home.