Replacing your front doors can be one of the easiest upgrades you can do for your house. While we advocate to restore rather than replace, changing your current door can give you a fresh start. This way, you could also incorporate your new ideas such as security upgrades and design updates without having to adjust to what you currently have. While these changes can also be done in restoration, some people would prefer to start from scratch. If you are one of these people, then you should check out the top three reasons you should think about when replacing your front door.
Complementing your home’s design
Sometimes, a change in a front door can complement your home’s design and character but bring about some modern updates. This can benefit your home’s curb appeal, which is definitely why you should include this in your decision-making process. You can research what architecture your property currently has, and then from there introduce contemporary styles such as glass panels and adding transoms and sidelites. Make sure you get the right people to install this for your home to make sure that it looks perfect.
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Improving your door’s security and lifespan
If your door has been used for far too long with little maintenance, then chances are that they are worn out and in need of heavy restoration. Again, while we are advocates of restoration, let’s check out the advantages of different replacements that can improve your door’s security and lifespan.
- Steel door. Steel is the most affordable replacement for whatever door you currently have. True to its material, it is highly secure and strong. However, it is prone to dents and rust, especially when constantly exposed to extreme weather conditions.
- Wooden door. If you live in the UK, then your current door is most likely made out of wood. This is because, unlike steel doors, are generally stronger in resisting weather conditions, especially with the right maintenance and coating. This also gives off a classic, elegant look. However, this may not come cheap, along with the paint and varnish needed to properly protect it from the weather elements.
- Fibreglass door. Fibreglass doors are the modern replacement for doors. It is highly resistant to scratches, dents, and cracks. It can even mimic the type of wood door you would like to have. On top of this, fibreglass doors are low-maintenance doors. They could be cleaned by simply wiping the surface with a damp cloth.
These materials are easily made secure with the addition of locks and by improving the current door’s lock system.
Switching to an energy-efficient door
Modern doors also provide modern solutions for energy efficiency. Having energy-efficient doors can help you save up on your monthly electricity costs. A weatherstripping system is one of the available solutions, in addition to doors with insulated materials. The best way to transform your door to become energy efficient is to make sure your doors have no gaps or slits where unwanted draught or heat can enter your home. Make sure that your newly installed door is weathertight.
Replacing your front door can seem like the best choice to add value to your front door. However, staying true to your door’s material is also important, especially when you own a period property. Check out the best restoration options available to make sure you can have the best course of action.
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Wooden Window and Door Specialist
This article was written on behalf of The Wooden Door Company by Pieter Boyce. Pieter has an intense passion for English Architectural history and has been specialising in the conservation of original wooden windows and doors for decades. His exceptional knowledge of timber windows and doors, both listed or non-listed, is attributed to his hands-on approach to learning all aspects of the complete restoration of original features as well as having personally surveyed thousands of items throughout his long tenure as a head surveyor for one of the largest window and door restoration companies in the UK. He now runs a boutique wooden window and door consultancy and fervently champions the retention of original windows and doors. To learn more of Pieter’s services, visit his website at www.boultonboyce.co.uk.