Home Improvement 101 Part 2…
Choosing Exterior Doors
This is a project that I am preparing to do at my home, and of course was surprised by the many choices available for doors! I think that I am going to choose a textured fiberglass door with decorative glass. The top reasons being cost, insulation factors, and of course appearance.
There are many reasons to decide to replace an exterior door, apart from it needing repair or re-painting. Reasons may include poor fitting, poor weather-stripping, unfashionable appearance, and poor state of repair, or squeaking and sticking when used. Moreover, you may wish for your exterior door to let in some form of light from the outside to brighten up a hallway or room.
Metal Exterior Doors
Metal doors and frames are being recognized as a smart choice for both new and existing homes because of their many benefits. For starters, they resist many of the problems that can occur with wood doors, like shrinking, sagging, warping and rotting. Furthermore, they have lasting finishes, and insulated metal doors provide safety and security, energy efficiency and long-term wear.
Wood Exterior Doors
If appearance is a major concern, you might want to consider an ornate solid wood combination door with a reasonable amount of decorative glass. You can order them from the factory with a natural wood surface to be stained or primed. Also, brass-plated decorative hinges can add a classy touch to the door. Less ornate solid wood doors are hard-wearing and perfect for a back door. However, I would recommend installing a heavy 23-gauge stainless steel screen in the back for durability and security.
Fiberglass Exterior Doors
Another decorative option for the front is a door made of fiberglass. Fiberglass exterior doors reflect the beauty of wood and are easy to maintain in any climate; hot or cold. The color and grained finish are molded into the door so scratches are not very noticeable. Fiberglass doors are an affordable door option that offers attraction just as much as it offers strength. Their insulation factor is an added benefit and their construction is long lasting.