Deciding between a single door and a double door is the first step. This will depend on how big your entrance and also the style you are looking to incorporate with the door. For example, if you have a castle-like mansion, then maybe the most fitting door would be a rustic double door made out of heavy wood or stone. However, if you have a narrow entrance and a modern looking house, then maybe a simple single door with a minimalist style would be best. To add to the design of the front door, you can also opt for matching sidelights and various designs of transoms such half round and elliptical.
Steel entry doors: the best option is you want to save up some money, besides it’s quite easy to install it on your own. On the down side, the door may not be ideal if you live in an area with a lot of rain or salt in the air as it will get rusty and will not last for long.
Fiberglass doors: durable and an excellent idea if you live in an area with harsh weather conditions. This weather resilient door will last you a long time and is worthwhile the reasonable investment.
Wood exterior doors: aesthetically superior in the eyes of many and often an object of envy, it can be an expensive investment. Wooden doors also require the most maintenance, such as being varnished every year.
Installing a front door or replacing it is a task that can be achieved on your own with some help and guidance, but we highly recommend that you consult with a professional in this field first. This will save you from the disappointment of unwanted or even disastrous results!.
Exterior door installations can take approximately one week, and you will have to understand that installing a door (and more if it’s a front door) has a moderate complexity level. The following are some steps you should observe in the process of installing a new front door.
a. Make an installation overview and prepare everything you need to do so, materials, styles, do your research.
b. Measure your old door, it’s quite common that people order a door just the same size as the one they had before, but you can actually change the type of door and change its measurements, although this would take a lot more work. Other things to have on mind are the door size, jamb width, rough opening and exterior opening.
c. Tear out your old door, common sense, of course if you’re going to get a new door you need to put the old one to waste. It’s a fun task but it also takes time, so be prepared to be patient and persistent.
d. Prepare the sill, remember to test perfectly if the door fits or some changes need to be done.
e. Set the door in the opening, right now is the most crucial part where you will see if everything you’ve been working on was well done but if you followed the instructions we provided you shouldn’t have any problem.
f. Insulate and install the trim, this is super important due to the weather changes and problems you could face in case you do it wrong. As well as all the noise pollution from the streets.
The door reinforcement hardwares should be your best allies for such a task, the first thing you need to do is to measure your door’s thickness and always try to look for a deadbolt to add to your door security method, for this matter we do recommend the help of experts in order to get the best results.
In order to be safe, your front door should ideally be made of solid wood or at the very least have a solid-wood core. Other options are fiberglass or metal and steel. If you choose a metal door, make sure that it has interior reinforcement and a lock block, to prevent a thief from bending it open. Although they require more maintenance than other doors, reinforced steel doors are one of the most secure options available on the market today.
Windows on doors are great for getting a bit of natural light in and look beautiful as well, but they’re also a big risk when it comes to home security. If the window is near the lock, it doesn’t take much time and effort to break the window and unlock the door from the inside. However, if you already have a door with a window or can’t take your eyes of that gorgeous door with a window, there are a few extra security measures you can take to protect your home. Make sure you choose reinforced glass, and we highly recommend adding decorative bars or metal reinforcement.
The frame and doorjamb are two elements that are vital to door security. A weak door drame or jamb can be easily broken with physical force, and your door will be wide open in a few seconds. Instead of just a door jamb or a thin, flimsy strike plate, install a deeper box strike. The doorjamb can also be reinforced with galvanized steel for maximum protection, making it impossible for anyone to break the door open with pure physical force.