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Front door types vary almost as much as home architectural styles, so whether you want a standard panel door, a solid wood door with an arched top or a multi-light door, you’re bound to find something to your liking.
Whatever door design you choose, you’ll need to consider three major aspects when selecting a new external door:
- Energy conservation
Doors serve as an entry point, but they should be restricted to just you, your family, and your guests. Your new front door should include adequate safety elements, such as unique locks or concealed hinges, to make you feel at ease and secure in your house.
If security is a top priority for you with a new door, you may want to avoid doors with lights (either in the door itself or on the side). However, if your home’s entryway is a touch gloomy, sidelights can help lighten things up.
Fibreglass, wood and steel are the three most common door material alternatives right now, and each has its own set of advantages. The material you choose will most likely be determined by whether or not your front porch is covered (as well as the size of your budget).
Fibreglass doors are low-maintenance and energy-efficient. Fibreglass doors can be made in practically any colour or texture, and they can be painted if the colour scheme of your outside changes in the future.
Wood doors are lovely and customizable, but they require regular care to keep the wood protected from the weather. If your front porch isn’t covered, invest in a glass storm door to keep your wood door from warping or decaying.
Steel doors are both affordable and long-lasting. Steel doors can be painted, albeit they don’t have as many texture possibilities as fibreglass doors. Steel doors require less upkeep than wood doors, but you sometimes may have to paint over any scratches or dents, because of raw metal rusts.
Traditionally, most external doors swing inward; however, outward-swinging doors are becoming more common, particularly in hurricane-prone locations. Because outward-swinging doors cannot be blown inside, they give superior protection against strong winds. However, while outward-swinging doors are advantageous in windy climes, they may represent a difficulty in locations with heavy snowfall. If there’s too much snow in front of the door, you may be unable to force it open from the inside.
Some people are concerned about the security of outward-swinging doors because of the exposed hinges. But if an outward-swinging door appears to be a suitable option for your climate, keep in mind that advances in hinge technology and construction have made it very difficult for an attacker to remove or break the hinges. Furthermore, doors that swing out are extremely difficult to force or kick in, adding a higher degree of security.
A deadbolt is an important must for guaranteeing the security of your house. A dead-locking latch bolt prevents robbers from opening your lock with a credit card. Check that both the lock and the strike plate are correctly installed; if the strike plate isn’t firmly fastened with the appropriate hardware, your door won’t be as secure as you need.
Warranty types and lengths vary across manufacturers and installers, so ask your door installation professionals at Capital Comfort about warranty choices when making final selections.
Warranties cover a wide range of concerns and can run anywhere from a few years to the life of the house. Door installation might be an expensive operation, but a guarantee can protect you from having to spend extra money on unanticipated issues later.
The best new front door selection in Ottawa can be found at capitalcomfortwindows.com. Check us out online or call us at (613) 319-9969 today.