A few tips on how to choose a good exterior door
With so many options out there, you’ll be certain to find multiple options that fit your budget and tastes. And the exterior door can be quite the investment to make. That’s why choosing a front door takes time – you need to find the time to weigh the options properly and choose the best door for you; both beautiful and durable. Of course, it’s easier said than done… But still, here’s our list of what you need to know when making that choice.
1. Make sure your front door needs to be replaced
Probably the idea of replacing the front door is not the first thing that comes to mind when you are doing home renovation. It is even possible that the front door is the last thing on your list to replace. Or you may have decided to avoid the expense of buying a new exterior door altogether. But an old one can be a cause of extreme discomfort, so think twice! In addition to the noticeable wear and tear, the door may be saggy or it might rub/not shut properly. All that could well be the cause of a nasty draft in your home. So it is good to take a look at your door and assess its condition – you know, just to make sure that everything is fine. Here are a few signs you need to be on the lookout for, which will alert you that your front door most definitely needs replacing:
- Visible wear
- Draft or space between the door and the floor that is caused due to some door damage
- Difficulty opening and/or closing the door
- Problems locking or unlocking the front door
2. Think about options for door materials
Now that you know you need a new door, let’s move on to the fun part – coming up with a design you love! The front door, like everything else in your home, of course, must be in sync with the furniture and the overall feel of the interior space. It is therefore crucial to make it so that the front door goes well with everything else inside. That process starts with the choice of the proper material for your new exterior door. There are several options – each coming with its own pros and cons. Natural wood, for example, looks great, but would it withstand the climate? Steel is strong, but it doesn’t look very good, I’m sure you’d agree. So what do we do from here?
Well, the most logical thing to do is to opt for a mix of the two, a door that simply combines the beauty of the wooden texture with the strength of steel. You’ll find that type of door in out own catalogue – secure entry doors. These doors are made of a steel frame that houses a locking mechanism in it. The latter protrudes in 3 directions when the key is turned in the lock. The armored door has a thick sheet of steel welded on each side of the box section steel frame. That makes it virtually impenetrable, so count on you and your family being completely safe at home. That massive door is mounted on a steel frame, which is fixed deep into the wall with welded bars. The matching pair of door and frame are hinged with welded hinges. And the good thing is that sturdy door construction can be finished in a way that matches your style! Our metal doors are completely customizable as you can choose between the countless looks that the laminated, natural veneer or painted MDF offer.
In addition to knowing what kind of material you want the front door to be made of, you also need to know what style you’re pursuing. You will certainly find the perfect door for your home, but first you need to consider the style that will suit you best. Some of the more popular design styles include the following:
Classic – Classic front doors are often wooden or made to look like wood, although there are some classic doors in colors such as deep blue or red. That type of exterior doors have an intricate design and milling, often making use of beautiful decorative glass.
Contemporary – Contemporary exterior doors have an elegant, minimalist design and often bold, impressive colors. They are usually manufactured without paneling, which really gives off that authentic modernistic look.
Artisanal/Craftsman – Craftsman doors have a simple but bizarre style, often enhanced by bold colors. It is perfect for the unpretentious artisanal home, but looks great and fits in nicely with modern or even some classic home designs.
Dutch – Dutch-style doors are characterized by a horizontal division, so that the two halves of the door can be opened separately; sometimes in opposite directions. This is ideal if you are on the lookout for something out-of-the-box. Or if you want to air your home out without leaving the door fully open for that matter.
Rustic – These doors have a raw, natural look, even when made of a material other than wood / MDF. They often look like real wood, with a classic design to base your home in something warm and earthy.
4. Local door company
Finally, when looking for the right door for your home, you need to choose the right door company. A company that produces custom front doors is always the better choice. Unlike large chains, exterior door companies won’t just sell you a door. They will manufacture it according to your specific tastes and to measure – so that it fits the exact dimensions. Installation is also an added perk of opting for a custom front door.
And there’s no better option on the Black Sea coast that SBS Design. Make sure to get a hold of us today! Call us and get more information on the door types we can make for you – both interior and exterior.