Your entry door is the gateway to your home and the point of protection for your family from outsiders. Choosing the style, color, material and size of your entry door helps to add another element of your personality to your home. But there are some aspects that require a little bit of research before you purchase. Here are tips for when you are shopping for your entry door and what you should look for.
1-Look Online First
Before you jump right in, it can help to look at entry door options online. You will save time by doing some research on what you like first and you can look for different materials, designs and colors that the store may not have available. Even if you don’t find the exact door that you want, you will be able to narrow down your options and even try to find a similar model that is at the in-person manufacturer you plan to go through.
Doing research online can also help you to compare prices making sure that you get the best deal. Looking at prices can be helpful and choosing a entry door through a manufacture like Peak Windows, they are often cheaper.
2-Research Safe Options
While looks are important, choosing a practical door that will keep you and your family safe is top priority. The material of the door may not be the difference between a burglar breaking in or not, but some materials are easier to install beefed up locks or strike plates. These make it harder for the door to be kicked-in.
Checking the hardware on the door before you buy is important. Strong hinges and multipoint locking can greatly increase the security of your home.
3-Steel, Fiberglass Or Wood?
Some popular materials for doors are steel, fiberglass or wood. Although there are more, these are usually the most accessible.
Wood provides a high-end look and is also the least likely material to dent or bend. Although these have been around for the longest time, they remain the most expensive and require regular painting or staining to look their best.
Steel is also popular and can be inexpensive. A steel entry door resists weather and requires less maintenance. If your steel door gets dented or scratched, they are really hard to cover up or repair.
Fiberglass is a practical choice, and can be smooth or embossed with a wood-grain texture. They are moderately priced and more dent resistant than steel. They can be painted or stained to any color you want. Under severe pressure or impact, the door may crack.
No matter what material you choose, making sure your door is installed correctly helps it to stay intact during weather or a potential break in. With proper installation, your door will stay in place in an attempt to break in, after consistent use and multiple years of opening and closing. Proper installation also saves you from replacement or repairs.
4-Choose A Style Based On The Rest Of Your Home
Choosing a fun front or back entry door can be fun, but it should match the rest of your home. If your home is more modern, you may not want a traditional design. If your home is more of a farmhouse style, a steel door may not be the right material. Choose the material that feels the best and a color that does not distract from the rest of your home.
Choosing a door based on your needs is the ultimate priority when looking for an entry door. Although it may seem trendy to choose a door that is on trend for 2022, consider the life of your door and what purpose it really serves before you purchase.
Work With Peak Windows
We specialize in manufacturing custom-built, energy saving windows and doors for your home. We want you to be able to find the style and affordable option that fits your family and home’s needs. You can be confident in what we install in your home with our lifetime warranty and our impressive list of references.
Serving many areas in Utah and Idaho, we have products for both residential and commercial properties. You can reach out to us through our online contact form or reach out to us by phone.