3 Things to Consider When Replacing Your Door

Your exterior door is more than just an entryway into your home--it’s also a barrier against the elements, your first point of security, and the first thing people see when they visit you. If you’re going to replace your door, keep these three things in mind while choosing one.

Choose your design wisely

If you’re looking for a ‘standard’ door, you might be surprised that there are many different styles to choose from. Whether you’re looking for new patio doors or a new front door, there are multiple options for each type. Consider how much light you want to let in, whether security will be an issue, and how well the design blends with the rest of the house. It’s a good idea to take a look at other doors in houses similar to yours to get an idea of how your door will look once it’s installed.

What your door will be made of

If you’re choosing sliding glass doors, it’s a given that your material will be glass, but what about front doors? Wood is a common choice for exterior doors, but metal doors can be designed to have the look of wood with the security and fire resistance of metal. Fiberglass and steel are both common in modern doors, and many are made to match your home’s windows for a polished look. Whichever material you choose, make sure it’s secure and fire resistant.

How often the door will be used

If your door is going to be the main point of entry for your home, you’ll want it to be attractive and functional. A heavy, awkward door may look great, but it will get cumbersome after a while. You may decide that you want a door with a window so you can see people as they arrive on your doorstep. Of course, if you’re replacing a door that leads to the garage or your backyard, you don’t have to worry about choosing a ‘fancy’ door at all, but you’ll still need one that’s practical. Regardless of where your door is, if it leads outdoors, you need to make sure it has an adequate lock to secure your home.

For more tips and advice on choosing your Halifax door and windows, contact Windows Plus.

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