Add Curb Appeal with a new Front Door
Not much thought is given to the front door of a home, but this is one part of a house that demands attention if you want to add curb appeal to your home.
First impressions might happen quickly, but they tend to last a long time and that's why your front door needs just as much attention to detail as the rest of the home.
Since the front door is the first thing your guests see when they enter the house, it's also the last thing they see when they leave. That's why it is important to give some consideration to the style of a front door and what is can add to the overall aesthetics.
Pick the Perfect Door for your Home
Exterior-grade doors come in a variety of designs and styles, with the most popular choice being solid timber or a combination of timber and glass panels. When shopping for a new door for your house, making the right selection will add curb appeal to your home and introduce a touch of your personality. That's why it is important to choose the right door, as a lackluster door definitely won't add anything.
When deciding on a front door style the first thing you need to consider is size and location. A door that is completely exposed to the elements (sun, rain, etc.) will need to be able to withstand all these without loosing its good looks. Additionally, if you are located on a busy street, you will want a door that will block out noise. But more importantly, choose that perfect door that makes a statement to your home's entrance - a wow factor that guests will immediately notice.
Solid Doors or Glass Panels
Since security is of utmost importance to many homes but you don't want to sacrifice on style, you can still have a glass-panelled door. There are now transparent and tinted window films that can be added to glass to make them shatterproof or smash proof. These window films give you more freedom when selecting window and door options for your home. Alternatively, opt for doors with smaller glass panels or integrated steel bars embedded in the wood frame. This will deter intruders and make it difficult to gain entrance through doors.
The entrance hallway in my home doesn't have any windows, so it is quite dark. Installing a front door with integral glass panels allows natural light to flow into the space and the addition of a frosted glass finish on the panes gives me the privacy I need without loosing natural light.
What Material for a Front Door?
The majority of doors that can be used for a home entrance are manufactured using Meranti, or a combination on Meranti and other hardwood. These timbers can withstand our climate but do need a regular application of exterior sealer to ensure they remain protected.
Over the last few years we have seen an increase in the popularity of doors manufactured of aluminium and uPVC. These materials are favoured because of their durability and minimum maintenance requirements, and they can still add aesthetic appeal to any front entrance.
At the end of the day, you want a door that looks good, stays looking good and add the right amount of curb appeal. If you don't feel like shopping the day away trying to find that perfect front door, pop onto the Builders website and see the selection they have to offer.