Your front door is often the first thing people notice about your home. It adds to the charm, overall attractiveness, and welcomes family and friends. Aside from aesthetic appeal, factors such as security and durability must be taken into consideration as well. With this in mind, shouldn’t a good deal of thought go into choosing just the right front door for your home?
There are a wide array of doors designed to endure harsh elements and extreme temperatures all while giving your guests a beautiful first impression of your home.
Functionality and Choosing the Right Material
When considering material options for your front door, functionality is of paramount importance. Functionality and durability often depend on the material from which a door is made, most commonly: wood, fiberglass composite, and steel.
An old favorite, wooden doors of today have come a long way from their predecessors. Today’s wooden doors are made up of a wood core coated with wood veneer and are more durable.
However, the disadvantages continue to persist. Newer wooden doors still need a considerable amount of upkeep to remain appealing and maintain functionality. Wood is particularly sensitive to heat and cold, not to mention it is extremely porous. Despite advances, wooden doors still have a tendency to eventually warp as well.
By far the top choice among homeowners, fiberglass is durable as well as affordable. Unlike wooden doors, they require no maintenance and often come with a lifetime warranty. Many homeowners choose fiberglass for its resilience as well as its classic appearance.
If insulation is your biggest concern, then a steel door may be your best option. However, steel front doors are often not recommended to homeowners in humid climates because they are likely to develop rust. In addition, color options may be limited and may not coordinate perfectly with the exterior of the household.
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