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Some Idea For An Ideal Front Door

Your front door serves many important purposes, but sometimes gets lost in the shuffle. Your entry door is one of the first things guests and neighbors see when they drive past or visit your home. Take a good look at your front door and ask yourself a few key questions. Is it serving its purpose and tough enough to withstand wind, rain, hot sun and possible intruders? Is it aesthetically appealing? Is it dated and time to buy a new one?

See why your front door is an important part of your home and the ROI of replacing it. There are a lot of different styles and colors to choose from, so we’ll make some suggestions about what you should be looking for in a new door.

Importance Of A Front Door

What’s the first thing someone sees when they come to your home? Yes, the entry door. Everyone must walk through it to enter your home. It’s important to make sure it’s sturdy and stylish.

Replacing the front door can easily enhance the appearance of your home exterior. Curb appeal is something buyers and neighbors notice. The front door needs to be strong so it can endure all kinds of weather. You also want to make sure the door is functioning as security in order to protect you and your family and keep everyone in the house safe.

Your front door is also a chance to incorporate your personal style and add some flair to your home. Don’t be afraid to go a little outside the box when selecting a new entry door. I’ll cover style and color trends so you can get a feel for what you like.

ROI Of Replacing Your Front Door

Replacing your front door becomes especially significant when you’re trying to sell your house. If you’re thinking about selling, you should consider what statement you want to make with the new updates. Charlette Seidel, a vice president with Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Inc., says that roughly 60 percent of the calls her office receives are from prospective buyers inquiring about a house they saw while simply driving down the street. The homes with curb appeal get the most calls. Homebuyers are usually parked at the front door for a few minutes when the real estate agent is getting them into the home, so this is another instance where the visual appeal of the front door is crucial.

In addition to curb appeal, there are financial advantages to replacing your front door. According to Houzz, “Your front door with an energy-efficient model can add to the overall value of your home, save as much as 10 percent on energy bills, and qualify you for certain tax credits in the United States.” I’m sure saving some money is of interest to most homeowners. Front doors will last a long time if you take care of them. According to the National Association of Home Builders, exterior fiberglass, steel and wood doors should last as long as an overhang is in place. If unprotected or exposed to the elements, the door may last as few as 30 years.

Styles

If you decide you want to replace your front door, then you need to get up to speed on the different material options. It’s a good idea to do your research ahead of time and make sure you’re fully informed before making a final decision. Whether you custom design your door or select one from a manufacturer, time, money and material are all aspects to consider in the buying process.

The most important decision in the process is choosing what your door is made of. It’s the surface material that most affects appearance, durability, security and price (This Old House). Average door prices range anywhere from $589 to $916, depending on material and labor costs. See below for a short description of the different styles.

Wood

Wood is one of the most common materials for exterior doors. The most common materials for solid wood doors are oak, fir, pine, along with cherry, walnut, mahogany and maple. Wood doors are visually appealing and solid, but remember you’ll need to apply a fresh coat of paint or polyurethane every couple of years.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass doors are resistant to warping and bowing. If you live in a humid climate,then fiberglass is an appropriate choice for your home. The fiberglass exterior sheathing is resistant to impact damage. Because it’s less prone to warping, this door is more maintenance free than many other door types.

Steel

Steel doors are usually sheathed with 24-gauge steel that comes paneled or flush and in a variety of colors. They’re thought to be strong doors, but in fact, aren’t any stronger than solid wood or fiberglass. They shouldn’t be used on the side of a house where prolonged exposure to hot sun can heat the door. If continually exposed to scorching temps, it will bow and crack the paint.

Aluminum

Aluminum doors include a wood frame with insulation filling the spaces. What’s interesting about aluminum doors is that they’re almost exclusively manufactured and sold locally on a custom basis to fit whatever door opening you have. They dent easily, but won’t rust, and typically have at least a 20-year warranty.

Colors

Now onto the fun part, selecting a color for your new front door! The goal here is to make a statement (personalize) and send a welcoming vibe. Don’t be afraid to go bold or colorful, especially if you have a neutral exterior. Even if your neighborhood is conservative, your front door can be your self-expression piece. For example, check out this indigo door, it’s simply stunning against the white exterior!

If you’re not ready to replace your entire front door you may want to at least apply a fresh coat of paint. DIY Network offers up 28 stylish paint ideas to give you some inspiration. See what sparks your interest and have some fun with it!

Let’s Learn Tips and advice before you build a new deck

Are you considering installing a new deck? While adding a deck does add value to your home, most real estate experts don’t recommend installing one for that reason alone. The most important reason for building a deck is simply because you and your family will enjoy it.

Some of the most popular reasons homeowners choose to add a deck include the following:

Added living space: For a small house, a deck is less expensive to install when compared to a new addition. Of course, climate influences how much time the deck can be used. However, even in colder parts of the country, awnings and pellet stoves can make a deck usable almost year round.

Frequent entertaining: For families with an active social calendar, adding a deck makes perfect sense. It decreases wear and tear on carpet and wood floors inside the home, and allows guests to interact in a more relaxed setting. Decks are also great additions for homes with pools.

Love of nature: Getting closer to nature is always popular. Decks added to rural homes give a safe place to enjoy the surrounding woods and wildlife, while decks added to suburban or even urban homes offer homeowners an attractive getaway from the stress of city living.

Deck Materials

For many homeowners, cost is the most important consideration when it comes to building or repairing a deck. This is why choosing the right material is so important. Thankfully, there are more choices than ever before.

Traditional Wood Decks

When many people think of decks, they often think of traditional wood decks. Though there are several different kinds of wood used, the most popular are pressure-treated pine, cedar and redwood.

Pine that’s been pressure-treated is the least expensive. However, it also tends to be the most versatile. Some folks frown on pine because of its tendency to develop uneven color, while others prefer its more ‘au natural’ look.

Cedar is a beautifully textured wood that, while never pressure treated, does resist rot and insects. Many homeowners choose cedar because of its beautiful grain and wonderful, if faint, aroma.

Redwood is popular for rustic homes because of its rich, gorgeous color. Like cedar, it is resistant to moisture and insects with the proper maintenance.

Wood decks do require yearly maintenance to prevent deterioration from sun and moisture. Power washing followed by staining and sealing will keep a wood deck in good condition for years. They should also be checked for loose boards and nails on a regular basis, and any wood that has moisture damage should be replaced.

Composite Decks

Composite decking is made of recycled wood and plastic. The minimal maintenance required has made it a popular choice for decks large and small. When it first came on the market, some homeowners shied away from it because it tended to fade quickly and could harbor mold. The industry has improved in recent years and now offers composite decks that can withstand the assault of sunlight and seasonal changes. For some homeowners, however, the downside to composite decking is its cost. Prices vary of course, but composite decking can easily run two to four times more than regular wood decking.