When you have a high-quality front door, it should last decades. However, some older homes don’t always come with sturdy and energy-efficient doors. Then, of course, there are the sun, storms, and all kinds of outside factors that can affect your exterior door’s performance. If you believe that your exterior doors have seen better days, you can count on Jim Amos Contracting, Inc. to take care of your door replacement needs. Here are some things that you should consider if you want a new and improved front door.
Consider the Material of Your Front Door
It’s not always a straightforward process to choose a front door’s material. When it comes to exterior doors, you have to consider performance as much as aesthetics. A glass door can be stunning, but without any protective barriers, you may find it impossible to open your door when the sun is at its peak. Common exterior door material choices are wood, fiberglass, and steel. Here are the pros and drawbacks of each:
- Wood– Pros: Feels heavy, sturdy, and authentic; easier to install in older homes, particularly ones with unique layouts and angles—Drawbacks: Prone to moisture and rotting, easy to nick and dent, resealing and painting required.
- Fiberglass– Pros: Durable, Fade-and-moisture-Resistant, Energy-Efficient. Drawbacks: Harder to customize regarding older homes.
- Steel: Pros: Cost-effective, Provides the Ultimate Security, Low-Maintenance. Drawbacks: Prone to rust, hard to repair but not impossible if dented, conducts temperature regarding scorching and cold days.
Consider Your Home’s Architectural Style and Your Personality
Take the time to figure out your home’s architecture. Architectural styles usually fall under the traditional, modern, colonial, victorian, craftsman, or farmhouse categories. If you don’t love your current front door’s appearance, it could be because it does not complement your home’s style. Also, consider your personality. Make things personal. If strategic, there is nothing wrong with playing around with color. By “color,” we don’t mean that you should go for an orange door (unless that suits your fancy). You can experiment and test out different wood grain colors to see what suits your needs best.
A Front Door Should Be Secure
When we mention “security,” there are multiple aspects to this. Yes, your front door should be impossible to break into and enter. Steel is a good choice in this regard. You may also want strategically placed glass on your door, so you can always see who’s coming onto your property. It would be best if you also consider your door’s hardware and locks. However, security also means that you want your exterior doors to have a high R-Value. It would help if you aimed for your door to be thermally resistant to have better insulation and protection.
Finally, knowing your budget goes without saying, and if you’re ready for a new and improved front door, call Jim Amos Contracting today!
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Jim Amos Contracting has been serving the Anne Arundel County area for over 45 years. We apply our years of experience and expertise to every single job we do. We provide almost any home improvement service you can think of, from handyman services to complex home additions. Our business was built on our many return customers and their referrals, so we strive for 100% customer satisfaction. We will get every job done right the first time, on time, and on budget. Give us a call at (410)-349-1700 or contact us through our website today. Jim Amos Contracting is looking forward to the chance to become your new favorite contractor!