Front door design and tips
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.
1. Its purpose and
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.
2. The right material
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.
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.
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.
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.
3. Different door
styles to choose from
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
4. Consider replacing
your old front door
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
5. Useful tips to
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.
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