One of the most important decisions you have to make whether building a new home or replacing existing windows and doors, is your exterior door.
Remember this one item is what provides visitors with the first impression of your home as they walk up the path.
You may have a beautiful modern home surrounded by a spectacular and cared for garden, but it’s the front door that makes the first impression, which is why you have to put a lot of thought and time into your decision to ensure you choose the right match that not only makes a great first impression, but enhances the finished style of your home.
In addition to making a good first impression, exterior doors need to be durable. Weather can change in an instant and they need to withstand temperature changes, rain, snow and sun.
As you can imagine these are varying weather systems which can damage a poor quality door within its first year, which is why you need to choose with care to ensure your exterior door doesn’t need replacing in the near future.
Material is probably going to be the hardest deciding factor. While wood is usually the most common choice, it can also be the most expensive option. Wooden entries are strong, durable and heavy, but they also require the most maintenance. PVC doors are increasing in popularity, these are cheaper, lighter and yet are also durable.
These don’t require any maintenance, but don’t have the lifespan of a wooden option. In addition to this, when choosing a PVC door you are restricted on colour options, where wood you can paint to enhance your house design.
Obviously when shopping around for exterior doors you will have a set budget. Be realistic when putting your budget together. It’s a good idea to go online and go through a few suppliers getting an average price you can expect to pay for the entry style that you want.
Do this even if you have a supplier in mind and you are going to buy your door from a store. Having this idea can help you budget and set that budget aside to ensure you get the best door to compliment your home.
Insulation is imperative. This is what ensures that your exterior door doesn’t allow all your warm air to escape or let cold air in during the winter months, which can increase your energy consumption.
Most exterior doors these days come with good insulation. If you choose an option which includes glass, ensure the glass is double pane with a gas fill to increase the insulation of the product.
In most instances you will find that you are able to purchase a door with frame and in some cases you are able to buy the door, frame and surround. Remember when making your purchase, even if you purchase these items separately, use the same brand, this way everything will work together without too much hassle.