Making a good first impression with your home is important, whether you’re wanting to upgrade the look of your entryway, make your home more inviting, or are planning to sell in the near future. One of the most important parts of your home’s first impression is the front door, so knowing how to choose the right front door is crucial.
Doors come in a wide range of styles, materials and colours, and all of these factors can influence the cost of a door. But whatever your budget, there’s a door out there for you. If your budget is on the lower end, consider a steel door; mid-range budgets may want to consider fibreglass or aluminum; while wood doors are higher-end options.
While the material is a major consideration when it comes to your budget, it’s also important to understand the benefits. Steel doors, for example, are primarily chosen for their cost effectiveness, but the benefits don’t tend to go much beyond that. Steel can be high maintenance and damage easily.
If you’re looking for a door without any maintenance, fibreglass is a great option. Fibreglass won’t warp, and the finish will stay true with very little maintenance. You can even find fibreglass doors that look like wood, without the high price tag. A fibreglass door will also provide you with better insulation value than steel or wood.
Aluminum doors can be on the more expensive side, and they’re poor conductors of heat and cold. The limited finishing options may also not be what you’re looking for.
Wood doors are an attractive option for your front door, but beware of their maintenance requirements. Wood doors warp more easily and may require yearly maintenance and upkeep.
Your personal style and the style of your home are likely to be the most influential factors when you choose a front door. With plenty of options for both traditional and modern looks, your front door is a great opportunity to show off your style. Rustic, traditional, Colonial, American Craftsman, modern and shaker are just a few of the styles to choose from for your front door.
Another consideration for style is choosing between a single door or double doors. We’re seeing more homeowners opt for a single door with larger sidelights to make more of a statement and bring additional light into their home.
Depending on your personal preference, there are plenty of options for customization as well, like colour, stain, hardware and more.
Not sure what kind of look you want? Try Therma-Tru’s Design Your Door app to find the perfect door, and find out how much value it could add to your home.
At Ostaco Windows & Doors, we offer a wide range of front doors to suit your home. Find a dealer today.