Your front door makes a statement. It’s a visible display of your style, a key part of your curb appeal, and the gateway to energy efficiency. It’s important your front door has a good balance of style and functionality. It’s an investment that pays off quickly, but it’s easy to become overwhelmed with all the choices for entry door replacement.
The Main Points to Consider for Entry Door Replacement
When replacing your front door, there are several considerations. Cosmetically, you’ll need to decide what look you’re going for. There are colors and styles that are more traditional, and colors and styles that add a pop of personality. You might want to add a screen door, you may want to incorporate windows, or you might simply want a solid entry door. Additionally, you’ll have to look at more practical considerations.
- What is your budget for entry door replacement?
- Are you concerned with upfront costs or long-term maintenance and efficiency?
- What material will be best for your situation?
- Are there any circumstances that will impact your choice?
- What size door do you need?
Before choosing an entry door you like the look of, it’s important to look at all the pieces that will factor into your decision.
Choosing the Right Material
The three main choices for entry doors are wood, steel, and fiberglass. Wood is a classic look with many options. Wood can be more expensive and will require some maintenance over time. Steel is the most affordable. It can be insulated with additional layers for increased energy efficiency. Steel doors are smooth and will need painting but are durable and maintenance is generally low. Fiberglass can be styled to look like wood or can be painted. Fiberglass is durable, easy to maintain, and energy efficient.
Choosing the Right Color
When choosing a color for your entry door, the most important thing to do is choose the color outside in natural light. Many colors look quite different under indoor lighting than they will when they are actually on an exterior door. While classic and neutral colors such as black, brown, white, navy, and deep red are popular choices, using the front entry to add a pop of color has increased in popularity. A quality latex exterior paint can ensure that the color will be long lasting.
Choosing a Style
Deciding to add windows, sidelites, or a screen door is a matter of preference. Many homeowners like the idea of a screen door, especially for the warmer months, while others feel that it impacts the aesthetic appearance. The most important factor in choosing the style of door is to match the rest of the home.
Armorvue Home Exteriors has been expertly installing entry doors for decades. Contact our office today to schedule a virtual appointment and learn more about our quality entry doors.