The front door is a standout feature of any home. It’s one of the first features that can grab attention and make a statement. It can also be used to serve as an introduction to the theme that carries through your entire home.
It’s no surprise then front door replacements are popular remodeling projects, and just as important of a consideration when building a new home. The hardest thing homeowners will decide upon when choosing their new door, is settling on which material to use. Different materials carry their own benefits and character.
Let’s take a look at today’s most popular options and the arguments for each one.
As a material, wood provides invitational warmth that no other material can compete with. The main benefits of wood come in the design options that are available. Wood is perfect for ornate features, and can be coupled with glass panels for an elegant yet homely look.
Where wood is versatile it’s also strong, but it can degrade over time. Exposure to the elements can cause warping or cracking of the door. In extreme cases this can lead to a degradation in the seal that the door creates, making it a less energy efficient insulator.
Composite / Fiberglass
Doors manufactured from either composite plastics or fiberglass are a more durable alternative to natural timber doors. They increase longevity and are better insulators too.
These types of doors are manufactured using outer shells that are filled with either fiber or foam insulation. They have a more uniform structure than wood and will stand up to the elements better. It’s almost impossible to dent or break a fiberglass door in any normal situation, so it’s this durability that sells many on a plastic or fiberglass option.
Composite and fiberglass doors are precision engineered. This can lead to inflated costs when compared to wood, but the investment makes sense over time due to the longevity of the product.
While many perceive metal to be a less personal building material, it can actually work wonders on both modern and period home designs. On timber constructions, a metal door can be used as an accent feature to create a striking look.
A door made from aluminum or lightweight steel alloy allows for clean looks in a durable and practical package. Like composite and fiberglass doors, metal doors contain insulation layers, making a home more energy efficient. Metal doors are another precision engineered product, so when they’re coupled with an aluminum frame they will create a perfect seal.
Metal doors can be expensive when compared to the other two options. There’s also less choice when it comes to design and finish. But for some tastes they will create the perfect aesthetic, and the durability and energy efficiency are factors that can’t be ignored.
If you’re a homeowner looking for a door for your new home or remodeling project, always keep this in mind: Aesthetics first, budget second. Make an effort to achieve the look that you desire, but don’t let yourself get too far ahead of what you can afford.
Whatever you end up choosing, your front door is what welcomes you and your guests in to your home. Make an impression that lasts.
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