Choosing the Right Material for Your Home's Entryway Door


When buying a new entryway door for your home, keep in mind that the material matters. You want a door that is strong and secure but also want to think about the home's overall appearance. A true security door might look a bit industrial, whereas a thin and lightweight door might be attractive but not provide much security from break-ins. When you are in the market for a new entryway door, note a few considerations to keep in mind about the material so you're sure to make the right choice.


One advantage of a wood door is that it looks very attractive and traditional. You can also typically have a door made for you personally when you choose wood; a woodworker might be able to add a stained glass window that you found while on your travels or can carve an intricate design in the wood to make your home's entryway very unique. It's also easier to paint or stain  wood door than it is any other material, so you can more readily change the look of your home's entryway yourself. Wood does need more maintenance than other materials, including regular sealant application. It may also be more prone to fading in the sun or expanding due to moisture and, in turn, causing it to creak or fail to close at all.


Steel doors are probably the most secure, so you might opt for steel if you're concerned about break-ins. Steel is also usually the heaviest of all the materials, so you may need to get an entirely new frame along with the door so that it's strong enough to support that weight. These doors can be difficult to install on your own because of that added weight and because you typically need to install a new frame along with the door, so consider the cost of an installer when considering a steel door.


A fiberglass door is usually lightweight while still very secure, so you might have the security you want from a steel door while not having to get a new doorframe as well when you choose fiberglass. Fiberglass also won't rust, rot, or corrode or fade in the sunlight. Some fiberglass doors might be stamped to look like a wood grain, but note that you can often tell that the door is not real wood upon a quick inspection; the appearance of a fiberglass door may be a concern for you if you want to ensure your home has the most curb appeal.

For more information on window and door replacement, contact a local professional.


28 July 2016

Repairing Broken Buildings

Welcome to my blog! My name is Richard and my big passion in life is looking for old buildings to restore. My love of old buildings started when I was seven years old and I visited my grandparent's house in Alice Springs. It was a large Victorian building which looked magnificent even though it was in a bad state of repair. Once I grew up and made some money, I decided I would like to invest in old buildings to bring them back to life. I hire a range of different contractors to complete the work on my behalf but I take a keen interest and I have learnt a lot of things.