Renew Your Home’s Appearance
Installing new exterior doors can transform the face of your home from basic to a grand enterance, as well as increase your home’s value through greater appeal from the curb. When upgrading your exterior doors, there are a great many choices to be made, and many details to keep in mind. From architectural style to all the little, interesting details like a door knockers or decorative glass panels, there are many ways you can create a project that gives the look you want and fits within your budget. Keep the following tips in mind to help select the door that is right for you.
Exterior doors are available in an incredible variety of designs from traditional to ornate, but one of your first decisions the the material that your door will be made out of. Steel is affordable and a good choice for most climates. Strong and durable, steel does not require much maintenance and needs minimal upkeep. Fiberglass doors are built to withstand any climate, require little care and bring the look of real wood at all budget levels.
Wood will be your pick if your home calls for a stunning entry statement with a handcrafted touch. Wood doors should be repainted or refinished every year or two to prevent splitting and warping, and they are best maintained under a proper overhang.
Beauty in the Details
Once you have picked a material for Door Replacement in Phoenix AZ, there are a number of features to consider with any exterior door such as which way the door swings and hangs (left or right). Most exterior door open inward, but that may not be right for you. The door configuration depends on the opening in your house unless you are willing to change it, an old double door opening can become a single door with sidelights to give the illusion of a larger entry and bring additional light into your foyer.
Speaking of light, there are a lot of options with glass that can add both style and performance benefits to your project. You can choose from performance features like impact-resistant glass for security or storms, or Low-E glass to improve energy efficiency and provide UV protection. Textured glass and blinds between the layers of glass can add functionality and reduce concerns about privacy.
No matter if this Door Replacement in Phoenix AZ is a DIY project or you are hiring a contractor, a pre-hung door with frame makes the project go faster and results in a better appearance. Since you may have to order your door as a specialty item, the most important item is MEASURE, then MEASURE…. then check it again. Your supplier will be an excellent guide here, after all they don’t want you to bring the door back either.
If you plan to install a new entry knob and deadbolt, pick them out before you order the door. Then ask the salesperson to have the door drilled to accept your hardware. It’ll cost a little extra, but it’s well worth it to avoid the nerve-racking job of drilling into a new door. Don’t forget to order hinges that will match the finish of your hardware.