Updating Your Home with a New Front Door
Your front door is a small area of your home that has a big impact. It adds (or detracts) from your curb appeal and provides a warm welcome to guests. It can also increase the resale value of your home when you decide to sell. Changing out your front door is an easy way to update the look of your home. (talk about the new fiberglass doors, weather resistant and will not delaminate like some current homes are
Consider the Time Period and Style of the House
While you may want your front entry to stand out, you don’t want that to be in a bad way. Consider the architectural design of the house before you look for a replacement door. In a warm, wet climate, wood is not always the best choice for materials. However, if you like the look of real wood, you can find fiberglass or steel doors that are stained to look like oak, mahogany or some other type of wood.
Energy Efficiency and Lighting
While many people like to bring in as much light as possible and often consider glass windows in their doors, it may not always be advisable. If your front entry faces either the east or west, you will want to avoid installing a door with windows. The sunlight that would come through the glass would heat up your home.
At the same time, you do want to think about the thickness of your door for insulation to keep your home cooler.
One way to brighten up the entry of your home is by choosing a door with color. Instead of having it blend in with your exterior paint color, make it stand out. It becomes the accent to your home. The most popular new color trends are blue, green and orange, but that doesn’t mean you are limited to those three choices.
Select the color based on how you want people to feel when they enter your home. Fun, bold colors can say that this is an exciting, entertaining place to visit. Pale tones and pastels can give people the idea that this is a place to relax and unwind.
Blue is a great choice for an island home because it blends in with the water theme. It also gives the impression of cool and relaxing. Green is the color of nature and can express youth and vitality. Orange is great to increase energy and invite conversation.
Of course, this doesn’t mean you have to stick with what’s popular. Do you like red, yellow, or pink? A white house with a black or dark brown door can also be a stand out.
Before you change your entry door, make sure you find out the rules of your association if you have one. Then look for a great contractor to install the door correctly.
Finally, choose a door that makes you want to come home and invites you and your guests to step inside.
After all, you never get a second chance to make a first impression, so make it a good one.