Choosing a front door may seem like a simple feat. However, if you truly understand what it means to your San Francisco Bay Area home, you will probably be more cautious with how you will make a selection.
You see, the entry door represents a lot of things in your home. It has to look visually appealing. After all, this is the first impression that people will get from your house. A door can be welcoming or it can be intimidating. The design will play an important role in determining which is which.
A door should also be strong. After all, you will be using this multiple times a day. One part of it will also be exposed to the elements – the rain, sun, wind, etc. You want to make sure that your front door will be able to survive. It has to be durable and resilient. It will provide your home with a certain level of security so you want it to make sure it can keep intruders out.
Finally, this door will help increase the value of your home. The more beautiful it is, the better it will be for your property value. And if you get a sturdy door and a functional one at that, you will increase your home’s value even further.
As you can see, there is more to an entry door than what you know. Probably more than the design, what you need to focus on is the material of the front door that you will use. To help you make a smart decision about your door, here are some things that will help you make an informed decision about it.
Understand what it means to get a new door
Before we get into the material, ask yourself first – do you really need a new door? Can it be repaired? Or maybe only a section needs to be replaced. You have to know the answer to this. And take note that sometimes, you do not just replace the door. The threshold and door jamb also has to be considered. Even if the door is new, if the door jamb and the threshold are compromised or not a perfect fit, that will cause problems. If you need to replace everything, look for a prehung door. That comes with the framing as well. In case you can keep the door jamb or the threshold, your options might be limited. A fiberglass or metal door might be harder to cut in order to fit the old framing of your door. You might be stuck with a wooden door.
Know the material that you will use
There are so many materials that are used to create doors. You have wood, aluminum, steel, fiberglass, etc. You need to make sure that you know these materials completely before you make your choice. For instance, most of the old doors use wood (or even wood veneer). These can crack, or warp over time – as it is exposed to the elements. Metal doors, although they seem sturdy, do not usually last a very long time. A glass door is very beautiful but it may not be as secure as a solid door. You have to consider all of these when you are choosing the right material for the front door of your home.
Will you get a standard or custom-made door
As mentioned, the design plays an important role when you are choosing a front door. But the big question is, will you choose among what is available or will you have your door custom-made? There are manufacturers that can accommodate your ideas when it comes to your front door. But you need to weigh the functionality of the door when you are deciding on what design to choose. Not only that, custom-made doors will take time to complete. Make sure it will not jeopardize the schedule of your home improvement project. When creating your own design, you have the option to combine materials. Make sure that you understand the strengths and weaknesses of the materials that will be used on your door.
As you can see, these are important factors to consider as you choose the front door that you will use on your San Francisco Bay Area home. Choose wisely so you will end up with the right design that can help make your home secure and beautiful at the same time.