A home entrance system should combine beauty with functionality. Your front door can significantly impact your curb appeal and home security, making it a purchase worthy of consideration. If your front door is showing signs of needing replacing, consider these five factors when shopping for a replacement:
1. Energy Efficiency
Most modern windows and doors are designed for optimal energy efficiency to save you money on energy bills and keep you comfortable at home year-round. Look for the globally recognized ENERGY STARⓇ logo on front door options to ensure it meets a high energy efficiency standard.
You will often have the choice of a wood, fibreglass or steel front door. While wood is a natural insulator that ages well over time, it will require more maintenance than fibreglass or steel. Fibreglass doors are more affordable, durable and built to withstand the Canadian climate. If you want added security, choose a steel door.
3. Style & Configuration
Welcome guests into your home with a front door that complements the architecture. Choose from modern or traditional and everything in between. Do you want a solid front door or a front door with glass inserts? Consider your ideal door configuration with matching sidelights and a transom window overhead to let in more natural light. Depending on the size of your home and entrance, you may be able to install an eye-catching double door.
Door manufacturers, such as Kohltech and Gentek, offer a wide range of colours, including realistic woodgrain finishes. If you can’t decide, purchase a factory white and paint the door in the colour of your choice. Instead of choosing a front door style that stands out, consider selecting a non-traditional colour that makes a statement instead, such as a dark and moody black.
5. Door Hardware
Add the finishing touch to your front door with a trendy and secure handleset. We recommend using a leading lockware brand such as Weiser for added security. For easy operation, consider a keyless entry keypad system. Match your metal handleset colour to your lighting and house number for a seamless look.