Your front door is a key component of the "curb appeal" of your home. How your home looks from the street creates a first impression - good or bad - to visitors. While real estate agents stress good curb appeal when listing your home for sale, it's important even if you're not selling. Guests who are greeted with a welcoming front door, in good shape with no peeling paint or dents and dings, form a positive opinion of what awaits them inside.
At its most basic, an entry door protects your home from the elements as well as would-be intruders. But your front door is also an important factor in the overall energy efficiency of your home. Doors that have gaps or leaks can let precious heated or cooled air escape, making your home less comfortable and causing your HVAC system to work harder.
Your front door also reflects your personal style. Door styles can accent the architecture of your home, whether traditional or modern. Today's replacement entry doors are offered in a wide array of color options. You can go with a traditional color, a color that complements or contrasts the color of your home's siding, or follow the latest trends with a hip new color. Tap into the talent of the replacement door company representative who can recommend a color to complement your home.
A door's style can be impacted by the types of windows it contains. From windowless to full-glass, the windows can create varying looks. Full or half glass doors allow in the maximum amount of natural light, which can be helpful if your lot is heavily wooded or your entry door is north-facing. If privacy is an issue, you can opt for frosted or etched glass, which allows natural light to enter without being able to see into your home from the outside. You can also choose a solid door with a transom window above.
The material which is used to construct the door is important for its energy efficiency, durability, and lifespan. While solid wood is a traditional material, it requires regular maintenance and upkeep, and is prone to warping and splitting due to changes in temperature and humidity.
Steel doors are most often chosen for their strength and the fact that they won't crack or warp. Steel is also a great insulator which will help reduce your energy costs. Steel doors contain an inner core that acts as a thermal barrier. Today’s steel doors are available in a wide variety of designs and colors. Some even feature a vinyl coating that simulates the look of wood grain.
Fiberglass is one of the most durable materials for an entry door. Fiberglass doors last a long time and are virtually maintenance free, making them a good choice for harsher climates or entryways that aren't protected from the elements and direct sun. Fiberglass resists denting and won't rot or rust like other materials. Like steel doors, fiberglass entry doors typically include a foam core that makes them good insulators, saving you money on your heating and cooling bills.
Your entry door tells a lot about your home. It helps define your architectural and decor style while improving the curb appeal of your home. And it protects your home from air leaks, making it more energy efficient while saving HVAC wear and tear and reducing heating and cooling bills. When searching for a new entry door, explore all the exciting design and glass options to truly make it your own!