How to Select the Perfect Front Door for Your Custom Home
By: Alex Capozzolo, Brotherly Love Real Estate (Guest Writer)
When designing your custom home, there are so many things to consider and decisions to make. However, no home is complete without the front door, and since this is what visitors see first, it won’t hurt to make your decision from there.
Your front door gives off the first impression of your house, and it gives people an impression of what they should expect and who you are. Thus, deciding on the type of front door you want when designing your custom home is essential.
When choosing your front door, it has to be made of materials that are strong and durable, especially since it is an external material. Even with this, it has to add to the aesthetics of your home and be attractive. Here are some tips for selecting the perfect front door for your custom home.
1. Choose the Right Material
The best way to select the right front door is to focus on the material it will be made of.
The most common front doors today are made of wood, steel or fiberglass composite.
This is a common choice that can complement almost any décor, making it ideal for your custom home. Although there are many faux substitutes, having an original wooden door is the real deal. Keep in mind that wooden doors require consistent maintenance. Your door has to be protected from moisture and heat. Purchase wooden doors with a high gloss finish and durable stains so that they last longer.
Steel doors are also quite popular, but they last less than wood doors because they are bound to rust. Since steel conducts temperature, it is not an ideal choice during very hot or cold weather. Even with this, steel doors are a less expensive choice, and if you purchase an all-paneled steel door, you can enjoy its insulating properties and reduce energy costs.
Fiberglass Composite Doors
Lastly, we have fiberglass composite doors which are an ideal choice. They are durable, affordable and require very little maintenance. Because they are relatively maintenance-free, they can be used in places with harsh weather. The appearance of fiberglass composite doors can be easily customized, and it offers more insulation than wood. The doors are also ideal for places with high traffic. This is the best door if you want to solve the problems that come with wood and steel doors.
After deciding the material you want for your front door, other decisions will come quickly to you.
2. Select the Color
Now, you can think of the color that you want your door to be. It’s always best to stay within the décor of the house. Depending on what you’re going for, from bold and daring to elegant and sophisticated, the color will go a long way in making the material you picked worth it. If you want a color that will adapt to any décor, especially if you make renovations in the future, go for neutral tones. Colors like brown, grey, black, navy blues and deep reds can adapt with you.
3. Decide on a Design
The design of your front door also matters. Since you’re choosing it for your custom home, it’s only right that the door is custom-made too. When looking at different designs, consider the exterior look of your house and the age of the property so that the door can complement it. Some houses look best with a classic Victorian style door while others don’t. Consider all the options and choose the best idea for your entrance.
With these three tips, you can set up the ideal door for your custom home today. Once you have the front door down, other parts of the house will come naturally to you!
Alex Capozzolo is the owner of the Brotherly Love Real Estate blog and a content writer for the real estate industry. He is focused on helping people through one of the most important investment decisions of their lifetime by seamlessly providing fast, honest and professional real estate services.