New Exterior Door Buying Guide

 

A new exterior door can help to boost your property’s curb appeal, but there are some considerations to make before you begin ordering new doors North Wales. You’ll be hard-pressed to find another home project that will bring you as many benefits or stretches your investment money further than new doors.

 

Benefits of New Doors

  • Improved energy efficiency - a new door can prevent those pesky draughts from happening, and they will be perfectly fitted to ensure that cold air isn’t getting into your home. Improving your home’s energy efficiency will save you money on your fuel bills; so investing in a new door will end up saving you money in the long run.

  • Increased home value - installing new windows and new doors in your property can mean a healthy return for homeowners when it comes to property resale.

  • Enhanced safety and security - doors with multipoint locks are much harder to break through than those with only a single lock.

  • More peace and quiet - modern doors have insulating frames and triple-pane glass which helps to greatly reduce the noise from outside traffic, barking dogs, and loud neighbours.

 

Entry Door Materials: Overview

There’s no shortage of front door styles, and on the whole, most entry doors perform equally well. However, it should be pointed out that the different materials they’re made out of - wood, fiberglass or steel - do have their own strengths and weaknesses. 

  • Wooden Front Doors

    • Heavy and sturdy with a more traditional look.

    • Can be easily painted or stained for a warm, natural appearance.

    • They work best when installed in a more protected or shaded area.

    • Wood species range from inexpensive composites, to more costly walnut or fir. 

    • The best wooden front doors are generally more intricate and thicker.

    • Frame and panel construction works to counteracts the effects of the weather and seasonal changes.

    • Higher-end wooden door panels measure more than an inch thick, while the economy models measure at less than an inch thick. 

 

  • Fiberglass Front Doors

    • Easy to install.

    • Work well in extreme climates and high-traffic entrances.

    • They have similar energy-saving qualities as steel doors.

    • Can be made with a grain texture to mimic the look of a real wood door.

    • Made of high-quality composite construction, they resist all types of weather, scratches and dents.

 

  • Steel Front Doors

    • Some models have double or even triple pane insulating glass in order to reduce heat transfer.

    • Often have tighter-fitting frames and energy-efficient core insulation.

    • Fully weatherstripped, highly resistant to shrinking, swelling and warping.

    • Pre-drilled door knob and lockset hole options make them easier to install.

    • Durable, steel construction requires little maintenance in harsh weather conditions. 

 

Door Features and Options

Give some personality to your new front door, style it with the features you want.

  • Finishes and colours; if you’re a fan of bold colour choices then you’re in luck. These days, doors are available in a wide range of finishes and colours to complement both the exterior and the interior of your home.

  • Hardware; this can be as beautiful as it is functional. You’ll have a huge array of choices when it comes to door hardware. Choose from the most popular finishes to coordinate with other decorative finishes in your home. 

  • Energy-efficient glass options; choosing the right glass for your geographical location is as important as choosing the door itself. For optimum energy efficiency, choose two or three panes of glass. 

Get in touch with one of the team today to find out how we can help you to replace your exterior door.

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