If you’re thinking about making some improvements to your home’s curb appeal, don’t overlook your front door. “A door is a door!” you could be thinking. “Aren’t they all pretty much the same?” I’ll try to persuade you otherwise.
Not all doors are created equal. And the improper door might throw your house off-kilter and make it look strange. The front door is one of the first things that guests see, and it serves a crucial purpose: it keeps burglars (and drafts) out.
If you’re in the market for a new front door, the variety of alternatives accessible to you may be overwhelming. We’ve put up five questions to keep in mind as you browse and compare doors to help you focus on the variables that will lead you to the best door for your home.
Are you ready to purchase a new door? Continue reading! (Scroll to the bottom for a summary of what to expect during an external door installation.)
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1. What type of door am I looking for?
Whether you want a typical panel door, a solid wood door with an arched top, or a multi-light door, there’s something to fit your taste.
Regardless of the door style you choose, there are three key aspects to consider when purchasing a new Internal Glazed Doors:
Style Security Energy Efficiency
Doors serve as an entrance point, but they should only be open to you, your family, and your visitors. Your new front door should have enough security elements, such as sophisticated locks or concealed hinges, to make you feel safe and secure in your home.
A good front door should keep you safe from the weather and prevent you from heating and cooling the big outdoors. Look for the ENERGY STAR label, which indicates that the door meets or exceeds the US Department of Energy’s energy efficiency standards.
If security is a top priority for you in a new door, you may want to avoid doors with lights—either inside the door or on the side. However, if your home’s foyer is a little dark, sidelights might assist to brighten things up.
Don’t be hesitant to seek assistance from a residential door professional about the various style alternatives available to you.
2. What are the best external door materials?
Fiberglass, wood, and steel are the three most common door materials today, and each has its own set of advantages and disadvantages. Whether or whether your front porch is covered, as well as the amount of your budget, will influence your material selection.
Fiberglass doors are low-maintenance and energy-efficient. Fiberglass doors come in practically any color or texture, and they may be painted if your outside color scheme changes.
Wood doors are attractive and customisable, but they must be maintained on a regular basis to keep the wood safe from the elements. If your front porch isn’t covered, you’ll want to invest in a glass storm door to keep the wood door from warping or rotting.
Steel doors are both affordable and long-lasting. Steel doors can be painted, albeit they don’t have as many texture options as fiberglass doors. Steel doors require less upkeep than wood doors, but because raw metal rusts, any scratches or dents should be painted over.
3. Is it better to have the door swing in or out?
Most outside doors used to swing inward; however, outward-swinging doors are becoming more common, especially in hurricane-prone areas. Because outward-swinging doors cannot be blown in, they offer better protection against strong winds.
However, while outward-swinging doors are advantageous in windy climes, they may represent a difficulty in areas where heavy snowfall occurs. If there is too much snow in front of the door, you might not be able to push it open from the inside.
The security issue that comes with exposed hinges is a key concern for many individuals when it comes to outward-swinging doors. If an outward-swinging door appears to be a good fit for your environment, keep in mind that advances in hinge technology and construction have made it practically impossible for an attacker to remove or damage an outward-swinging door’s hinges in recent years. Plus, swinging doors are extremely difficult to force open or kick in, adding an extra degree of security.
4. How can I select the most appropriate front door locks for my requirements?
A dead bolt is a must-have for guaranteeing the security of your home. A dead-locking latch bolt prevents robbers from using a credit card to access the lock. Make sure the lock and the strike plate are both properly installed—if the strike plate isn’t properly anchored with the suitable hardware, your door won’t be as secure as you’d like.
The majority of residential exterior doors have lock sets with a Grade 2 security grade. A Grade 1 classification is for commercial use and is the safest, but it is also the most expensive. Grade 3 locks are basic handle locks that should not be used on exterior doors.
Lock-and-handle sets are available in a variety of designs. Locks can be either basic or incredibly fancy and high tech, with prices ranging from under $30 to over $300. Consider your budget, your safety needs, and the overall appearance of your home and door when selecting a style.
5. Is there a warranty on the door?
Manufacturers and installers offer varying types and lengths of warranties, so make sure to inquire about warranty choices before making any final selections.
Warranties can cover a wide range of charges and can run anywhere from a few years to the whole life of the home. Door installation is an expensive operation, and a warranty can save you money by preventing you from having to spend additional money in the future due to unanticipated issues.
- Prehung vs. slab doors: What to Expect During a Door Installation
- Prehung and slab doors are the two types of exterior doors available.
You’ve probably seen a prehung door at your local home improvement store. Prehung doors have already been installed in a frame and are designed to be slid into an existing opening quickly (well, relatively speaking). They provide practically everything you’ll need to complete the installation.
A slab door is exactly that—it has no frame, no hinges, and no door knob. This is the most basic (and least expensive) choice, and it’s probably what you’ll need if your door frame isn’t standard. A door professional will trim the door and install the hardware as needed.
Don’t worry about having to leave your house wide open overnight because a professional door installation will be completed in one day. However, before ordering the door, your contractor should take numerous measurements. Leave this step to the professionals because incorrect measurements can throw the entire process off (and end in you receiving a door that is just the wrong size).
The installers will measure the existing door meticulously. They’ll also take measurements of the door’s opening with the inside and exterior trim removed for prehung doors. The installers will remove the old door and prepare the aperture for the new one when the new door comes.
If you bought a prehung door, you’ll put the entire door and frame assembly in the opening and fasten it using caulk, nails, and screws. Because no house is perfectly square, the installers will almost certainly need to use shims to ensure that the door fits perfectly. At this point, don’t worry about the unusual gaps around the door frame; they’ll be covered with trim.
If you’ve ordered a slab door, your installers will need to do a few test fits to ensure that the door is properly cut and the hinges are installed. In the vast majority of cases, the current door frame will be preserved.
Because slab doors are a more personalized approach to a new front door, the installers will need to take extra care to ensure that the door fits snugly in the frame while remaining functional. You’ll lose energy efficiency if there are gaps surrounding the door. Weather stripping, shims, and frame changes can all aid in the door’s precise fit.
Following the installation
It’s fairly uncommon for doors to fit differently at different times of the year. Weather has an important role—in the winter, the cold, dry air causes wood to compress, causing doors to fit more loosely than usual. The hot, humid air of summer, on the other hand, causes wood to swell, and you’ll undoubtedly notice some of your doors sticking.
These alterations aren’t a cause for concern as long as the operation of the doors—and your ability to lock them securely—isn’t harmed. However, if your doors become inoperable or you are unable to lock them, seek assistance from a door professional. It’s possible that a minor change will suffice.
While choosing a door may appear to be a minor step in the home improvement process, it has a significant impact on the safety, energy efficiency, and overall aesthetic of your home.
Keep these crucial points in mind as you browse around and speak with experienced door installers:
- Your house’s design
- The amount of upkeep you can (and wish) to put into a door.
- Any worries about security
- Your financial situation