Upgrading Exterior Doors for Enhanced Curb Appeal
Posted Mar 18th 2014 | By:
If the exterior of your home is in need of a facelift to enhance its curb appeal, a good place to start is with your front door. In addition to boosting the appearance of your home, upgrading doors can also improve energy efficiency. To start this process, you will need to take accurate measurements of your existing door. Then it will be necessary to select a replacement door. There are many options available with the three most popular types or exterior doors listed below.
1. Metal/Steel doors are commonly made of steel and are very versatile. They are paintable to match any home dcor and can be purchased affordably. They are also durable and long lasting.
2. Fiberglass doors come in an assortment of styles, stains, and paint colors. They are extremely durable and do not tend to expand or contract with seasonal changes so their function is not impeded by weather changes.
3. Wood doors are available in a plethora of colors and styles. Another thing a wood door offers is an exquisite appearance showcasing the natural grain and beauty of the wood it contains. They are also heavy and make good sound barriers, but need to be protected from the elements and are best used in areas with an overhang to prevent rain saturation.
Once you have selected a door that compliments your home, the next step will be installation. To do this, start by removing hinge pins from the old door so you are able to remove it from the frame. If you wish to reuse the locks, remove them as well and apply them to your new door. Should you have any inclination to change the locks on your home, during this process is a good time to check that task off your list. Next, chisel recessed mortises for the hinges in locations that correspond with the placement of hinges on your door frame then attach the hinges to the new door. Hang your new door by placing it into the frame and replacing the hinge pins to get your door ready for use.
Upgrading an existing exterior door is a task that can be done on a budget while still achieving great results. Many home improvement stores offer a vast selection of doors to suit both your style and your bank account. Do keep in mind when purchasing a door that while wood and fiberglass can be stained, metal can only be painted. If that is an important part of your door selecting process, it is good to keep that in mind before you set out to purchase a door so there will be no surprises down the road. With your new door installed and ready to go, your home will look and feel brighter, from both the inside and out, and enhanced curb appeal will become yours.
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