If you’re looking for home upgrades that don’t cost a fortune yet make a huge difference, a new front door is right up your street. It immediately improves the curb appeal of your house, turning the heads of passers-by and illuminating your exterior design.
Weirdly, buying a new front door is a much bigger decision than you think. Loads of considerations pop into your mind before you make a purchase. Here are three of the most important things to think about.
The door dimensions
We’re talking about the height, width and thickness here. The UK standard door size is usually around 78 inches – or 6 feet, 6 inches. Yours doesn’t have to be this size, but it’s the typical height we usually see. You have full control over the height, width and depth of your door when buying it. So, choose wisely!
If you need some extra space, then make your door a bit wider than the standard size. Or, if you’d love to make a statement with some grand front doors opening to your entrance hall, get one that’s a bit taller than normal. It’s entirely up to you, just make sure you measure your current door and the surrounding area to know how big you could theoretically go.
The door material
These days, most doors are made from composite materials. They tend to be the easiest and most affordable to install. You can also come across wood or aluminium doors, as well as uPVC ones (though this material tends to be the least durable).
When it comes to choosing the material, you should keep a few things in mind:
- Installation costs
- Energy efficiency
- Long-term costs
Ideally, you want a door that lasts a long time, is easy to maintain and traps heat to keep you warm and save energy during the colder months. Both composite and aluminium are great at doing all three of these things, though they come in at different price points. Wooden doors are durable, though they’re not the most energy-efficient and take a lot of maintenance.
Weigh up the options, look at your budget, and then pick a door material that suits your needs.
The door style
Last but not least, you need to think about the door style. This is crucial as you want the door to blend in with your home. Well, you want it to stand out, but it should still look like it belongs in your house.
Opt for doors that match the existing exterior design style, rather than going for something completely different. For example, if you have an old Victorian-style house, don’t install an uber-modern front door. It won’t fit the aesthetic and will make your home look weird. This is the hardest part of choosing a door as there are many styles and colours to choose from. Take your time – pick something that matches your aesthetic yet adds a new touch of style to your exterior.
Think about these three things when you’re upgrading your door. As a result, you’ll be able to find the perfect upgrade to enhance your home and make your neighbours jealous.