Guest post contributed by Jason Rohde
Are you dreaming of a home that could make the eyes of your guests widen with awe the moment they step up to your front door? It is possible to build an amazing home. With the right style and design, you’ll have people wishing their homes were similar to yours.
As you might already know, an impressive home is an integration of perfectly designed components. One of these components is the front door. An amazing front door not only has a perfect design but also merges beautifully with the other exterior components of the home.
However, selecting and installing an awesome front door is more of an art than an exact science. Nevertheless, you don’t need to be an artist to create perfection in your home. Here are some ideas you might want to remember when choosing a front door.
Style and Design
Always remember that a front door is only as beautiful as the way it blends in with its surroundings, and complements your home’s good elements. Therefore, it won’t matter if you have a front door that’s so beautiful that it can stand on its own if it doesn’t match the architectural design of the entire home.
When choosing your front door, make sure that it is under the same design category as the home. If your home has a Victorian, country, or modern design, then your front door should echo the same style.
Asides from choosing the right architectural design, you’ll also need to make sure that the door stands out. You can accomplish this by choosing doors with bright colors and elegant designs, adding something that most doors don’t have. Unique doors are always a great idea, but just make sure it fits in perfectly with the rest of the home.
A perfect door always has two components: quality design and quality materials. Once you have a great design in mind, all that’s left is to make sure that the door is made of quality materials.
Quality material is only one component of a high-end door. Top-quality doors also need to be durable, easy to maintain, have an elegant finish, and top-quality accessories as well.
Durable doors are usually made of solid materials, such as solid wood, steel, or composite. Meanwhile, doors that are easy to maintain don’t have too many movable components. The door mechanisms are simple yet sturdy, and the other accessories look great but don’t require constant cleaning or maintenance. Furthermore, the material should also be resistant to most factors that can cause damage: weather, moisture, rot, and rust, to name a few.
The quality of finish is one of the most important aspects of a high-end door. If you’re a bit confused about what a quality finish looks like, then imagine a brand new car. The finishing should be perfectly smooth and attractive.
Door accessories also play an important role. Just make sure that you don’t overdo the accessories. Another tip when choosing accessories is to choose those that are made of quality materials as well. If you have a good solid door, poorly designed or manufactured accessories won’t do it any justice.
Imagine a beautiful door that won’t shut properly or is misaligned. Would the door still be beautiful? A door loses its aesthetic appeal if it is improperly installed. Therefore, when choosing a door, you’ll also need to choose a good installer.
How do you ensure that the installer is a good one? First, verify that the company you hire is properly licensed and documented. If not, then hiring them would be a risk.
Next, make sure that the company or individual can provide references. If they can submit a list of past clients who you can call, it could mean that they are proud and confident of their work, which would make them good candidates for your project as well.
Lastly, highly skilled tradesmen may cost a bit more, but they won’t make it seem that money is a priority. Once they’re done, though, you’ll be glad that you chose to spend the little extra that assures you of a solid investment.
Doors that are perfectly installed usually mean that they open and close perfectly. Once closed, the door needs to create a perfect seal, especially if you’re concerned about energy conservation.
The door frame also needs to be sealed with an adequate amount of caulking. Be wary of contractors that choose to save on materials rather than do right by the job. Additionally, if the door requires weatherstripping, then make sure that the contractor installs what is required.
About the Author
Jason Rohde is Renewal by Andersen of Milwaukee’s general manager. From sweeping floors to being an installer and tech measure, he has surely gone a long way. Jason’s goal has always been to make sure that every customer is provided with a solution that makes them happy about investing in such a large-change remodel as windows. His happiest days include knowing that their customers and their family are warm, saving money and happy with the experience. When not busy working, you can find Jason spending time with his family, walking his dog Brandy, or watching the Brewers, Packers or Badgers.