One of the smartest things you can do to enhance the aesthetic appeal of your house is to replace your front door. Though you may not realize it, the front door of your house plays a significant role in determining the overall value of your home. When replacing your front door, there are a number of things that you need to consider. Let’s explore what exactly those things are.
Front doors can be made using a wide range of materials. This typically includes materials such as steel, wood, fiberglass, and so on. Each material comes with its own set of pros and cons. Steel doors are cheaper and stronger than fiberglass doors. Fiberglass doors can be used in any weather condition and they require less maintenance. Wooden front doors add that classic appeal and warmth that fiberglass doors or steel doors just aren’t capable of offering.
The point is, it all boils down to your requirements. Make sure you factor in aspects such as maintenance, cost, weather, and so on, before deciding on the material.
Another important factor to focus on is energy efficiency. If you’re concerned about spending too much money on heating or cooling, you’ll need doors that are energy efficient. It is best to talk to an expert who installs doors to get an idea of which material is the most energy efficient.
Most front door openings come with space for the installation of decorative elements such as sidelights. These are basically window panels that are installed on either side of the door. Similarly, you have transoms that are placed over the door opening. These are glass window panels. The usage of glass in transoms and sidelights is what makes them a little expensive. If you want to avoid expenses, it’s better to avoid glass decorations or go for clear glass options.
Decorative glass can cost you around 40% more than other options. However, if you want your door to really stand out, decorative glasses would be a nice idea.
Next, you will need to decide on the hardware. There are all kinds of hardware options that are used in constructing front doors. The cost of your new front door depends heavily on the kind of components used. Some of the options can be simple, while others can be quite extravagant.
Prices can also vary based on the finish and the material used to make the hardware. This includes the kind of lock you want to use as well. Options typically include rim locks, mortise locks, night latches and deadbolt locks.
Warranty is a component that can possibly affect the price of your front door. Also, warranty related terms are an indicator of the company’s reputation in terms of service and product quality. If there are too many limitations, it is better to avoid the brand.
Some companies offer a lifetime warranty and that’s a great thing. This will save you a lot of money and give you peace of mind as the company will cover most of the costs associated with defects and installation-related damages. You don’t want a front door that’s going to cost you a lot in terms of ownership.