Choosing a door for your home, whether it’s replacement doors for existing ones or a first time selection, is an important decision. There’s more to consider beyond what’s going to look best as your front or back door. Ultimately, a wise choice will mean several years of enjoyment and a smart investment on your part.
Before looking at doors, establish your budget so know where to focus your efforts. Consider factors such as energy efficiency as well as the cost of related hardware and installation. Give yourself some wiggle room if you’re planning to add new lighting near the door or a doorbell and other accessories.
In addition to determining the price of your door, the material you choose will also affect durability and maintenance requirements. Steel and fiberglass doors, in particular, have minimal upkeep needs. Wood is more intricate and a bit pricey sometimes, but could still be a good long-term investment.
Size and Style
The last thing you want is a door that doesn’t fit. Take careful measurements or let the professionals do it to make sure there are no miscalculations. Style goes beyond materials to encompass any specific design features you want in your door, including the lock you’ll install on it.
You’ll definitely want a door that’s durable enough to support appropriate locks to provide enough security and peace of mind. Mortise locks, for instance, are more difficult to pry open but they need to be placed on thicker doors since all related hardware goes within the door.
Think of the new or replacement doors you choose for your home as a long-term investment. While personal preference is certainly worth considering, so is the ability to maintain your door over the years and make adjustments or upgrades to the hardware that goes with it. Finally, keep in mind that a good quality, well-maintained door may last for 25 years or more.
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