The front door is one of the first things people see when they visit your home. It should enhance the look of your home and convey your good taste. You might want to opt for something subtle or something more grandiose. It depends on your personality and the overall look of your home. Here are some ideas including material types you might want to suggest to your renovation contractor.
1. Fiberglass Doors
Fiberglass doors offer all the beauty and versatility of a wooden door but with more durability. These doors can resist extreme temperature, in addition to being dent-resistant, corrosion-resistant and rustproof. Fiberglass doesn’t expand or contract much with weather changes and they can also be stained or painted.
More than that, fiberglass doors are really good for security. It can be made from double or triple-layered glass panel to resist shattering during an attempted break-in.
The only drawback perhaps, is that it’s pricier than wooden and metal doors.
2. Metal Doors
Metal doors on the other hand, are rather durable and do not cost that much. However, they cannot be stained, only painted. These type of doors do not warp or crack from exposure to the elements nor do they require much maintenance save for some paint touch up and rust prevention. Good metal doors usually come with screens, which allow air circulation while preventing insects from entering your home.
A major disadvantage of metal doors is the need to install a metal doorframe for a metal door, which requires the services of a qualified contractor, which will invariably increase the cost of a metal door, making it more expensive than a wooden door.
3. Wooden Doors
Wooden doors come in a huge variety of colors, sizes and styles. There are some very exotic, elaborate and beautiful ones from far away places such as Morroco and Bali. It is best used in an entry way that is covered to protect the door from too much exposure to the elements.
When the right treatment is correctly applied, wooden doors can last more than a 100 years and are beautiful to look at with its natural texture. Wood is also easily adapted into whatever dimension and shape, and can be painted and repainted in different colours.
The negative aspects of a wooden door is that it is very much susceptible to twisting and warping, particularly in our hot and humid tropical climate. This in turn requires more maintenance work such as repainting and resealing any gaps and exposed areas on the door.
4. Aluminium Door
The aluminium door is one of the most commonly-used doors, offering a modern, clean look without a heavy price tag. Aluminium doors are easy to maintain, requiring no more than wiping it with a wet sponge. You do not even need to paint the door to preserve its appearance. You’ll need your renovation contractor to refer you to ironwork contractors to help you with this.
However, aluminium doors do oxidise, which you can spot as white residue and the appearance of a cavity where the oxidation occurs. In addition, aluminium water stains easily, requiring more preventive and maintenance work.
Why not install the best door you can afford? After all, no one can put a price on security and a peace of mind. Time to call a renovation contractor on Kaodim.com for a door that ensures your home looks good and secure.