Everyone knows the importance of making a good first impression. From job interviews to a first day at work, making an impression is highly essential. This also applies to home design and remodeling. While curb appeal depends on many factors such as landscaping and lawn care, the front door trumps the others in terms of importance. It also has essential daily functions to perform, keeping out the weather and intruders, while also resisting more wear and tear than most other components are subject to. Despite its prominence, we rarely think twice about the entryway. Perhaps it’s time that we gave it our full attention.
Today, we focus on the focal point of our home’s façade, the front door. No feature of a home says “Welcome” quite like a beautiful and inviting door. We provide you a short guide on finding the ideal front door to welcome you and your family.
The front door functions as security in order to protect you and your family and keep everyone in the house safe. Besides its obvious purpose, the front door makes a bold statement to the public. In addition, it needs to be strong so it can endure the harsh Philippine thunderstorms during the months of June to October.
Your front door is also a chance to incorporate your personal style and add some flair to your home. Don’t be afraid to go a little outside the box when selecting a new entry door.
You might be wondering what type of front door material is the perfect choice for your home. The number of styles and options leave much to your personal taste, but you can narrow down the material choices for exterior doors best suited for the Philippine climate into three: wood, fiberglass, and steel. Read these basics on each of the options before shopping for your next entry door.
Wood- Exterior doors made from wood are a popular choice, particularly because they can be customized to your size, shape, and style preferences. Moreover, wooden front doors are also easy to personalize with decorative glass accents, transoms, or sidelights. One thing to note, however, is that over time, wood can naturally warp due to some elements of calamities like flash floods.
Fiberglass- These doors can be stained in a variety of colors to give you the same beautiful look of traditional wood; plus, it offers better durability. Fiberglass entry doors also have an insulated core, which offers additional protection from the elements. When it comes to cost they may be slightly more expensive than wood options; however, their long-term energy savings may be enough to pay you back down the road.
Steel- If you choose a steel front door, know that you are potentially choosing one of the safest options in terms of intrusions. Metal entry doors have insulated foam with a steel panel on either side. However, if the door does get a dent, it can be hard to repair and will likely not pop out of the material. This may result in the need to replace the entire steel entry door.
Front entry doors are expected to be sturdy enough to guard against intruders and yet attractive enough to enhance the look of a home. Finding an entry door that can do both of these tasks will depend on finding the right type of design. Here are a few options to consider:
Single doors are standard doors that can often be the most economical choice. They can be designed to open to the left or right to allow family and guests to go in and out of the home. In some cases, the handle will have a standard lock in addition to a bolt lock. This type of door style is the most common in a Filipino home.
Double doors are essentially two single doors that have been combined to serve as a single unit. These doors are frequently made available in different styles including Patio and French doors.
French doors are an elegant type of double door. In this design, two single doors are facing each other so that the handle is in the center. They are typically made primarily from glass. This type of style is more seen in the elite group of homeowners in the Philippines.
Patio doors are much like French doors except that they have a stationary or “mull” strip in the center of the two doors. This strip is a popular choice for homeowners as it allows them more security.
Properly maintained, a quality door can last for decades, but there comes a time when it makes more sense to replace it than to repair it. If you’re front door has been weathered, scratched, and dented or probably have cracks along the door’s edges and within its panels, then it may be wise to consider a front door replacement. Think about not only the problems that exist with your current entryway, but also the advantages to be gained from putting in a new one. Consider the improved appearance, energy efficiency, security, and ease of operation of your entry door.
Of course, deciding to replace the front door isn’t the only choice to be made. Exterior doors differ in size, architectural style, material, and accessories. Selecting one is a matter of your budget, and of weighing the pros and cons of each material.
Once you’ve chosen a material, there are plenty of ways you can customize your chosen front door. For instance, there are glazing options, such as glass inserts, sidelights, and transoms. There are also countless styles and finishes available in hardware such as door knobs, handles, and lock sets.
Hire a professional: While do-it-yourself projects can be exciting, having the entry door replaced by a licensed, bonded carpenter can save lots of time, stress and money. Not only will professional carpenters have more experience with this type of project, they also have the manpower and expertise to get it done quickly and accurately.
Shop around: When looking for a door, remember to shop around and consider all of the options. Large, chain hardware stores may have more options, but smaller stores may offer better prices or higher quality product. Ultimately, the goal is to find a top quality door at the best possible price.