When people think about “curb appeal,” they usually go straight to a nice manicured lawn, trimmed hedges, a clean driveway, and maybe clean and neat siding. But a big part of creating a unique and eye-catching curb appeal for your home is with your front door! When guests come to your home, yes, they walk up the driveway and maybe along a nice walkway to the door, but the front door is their first interaction with the home itself, it’s what actually welcomes them inside. So choosing a front door to welcome guests, family, and friends, can be a big decision — single or double doors, wood, steel, or fiberglass, a solid door, or one with glass door inserts, do you want a durable door or a fashionable door?
The team at Your Door Our Glass are specialists in creating decorative glass doors and windows that are more than just a way for light to come into the home, or to protect your family. We create beautiful entryways that add character and style to your home.
Tips For Choosing a Front Door
Like many home remodeling projects, planning starts by taking a look at your budget. If you want an energy-efficient door, higher-end materials for your accessories and hardware, weather protection, and other style choices that may increase the overall cost (such as a transom or glass accents), it’s better to plan ahead for this rather than be surprised with a hefty bill at the end. The cost for a front door can range between a few hundred dollars to well over a few thousand dollars, so putting as much thought into the project beforehand will help you understand where and how far your money will go.
There are generally three common materials that you can choose from: wood, steel, or fiberglass.
- Wood: A classic material choice for a door, wood creates a beautiful first impression. Wood doors are often pieces of veneer over a wood interior, which helps reduce the chance of warping. The downside of wood is that it is sensitive to moisture, but that shouldn’t be a huge worry in Temecula. Types of wood that are popular are mahogany, oak, cherry, and maple.
- Steel: The less expensive option, steel offers great insulation and value in terms of energy costs. They are also very strong, so they won’t warp like wood could. However, steel is more likely to dent or rust in the right conditions.
- Fiberglass: Durable and maintenance free, fiberglass doors are a great choice for homeowners who want to finish the project and move on. They also are great at resisting scratches, dents, and warping.
A standard door is 80 inches tall and 36 inches wide, but if you want a door with a powerful look, you can go with an entry that is wider and taller, add a transom to one or both sides of the door, or you can go with a double door.
This is what creates the beautiful curb appeal. To create a stylish door that shows your personality, consider the color of the door, if there are glass door inserts, transoms, and the panels on the door. Glass door inserts will allow more light into the home and adds a unique look and the panels or details on the door can create a modern, contemporary, or even a Victorian look.
When choosing a front door for your home, it’s a great opportunity to show off your style. If you want expert advice and a finished product that will enhance your curb appeal, contact Your Door Our Glass in Temecula today.