Front door buyer guide 2023
As a home renovation project, engaging in a front doors replacement is the single most cost-effective project on the market. Curb appeal creates lasting first impressions, and the purchase of a front doors replacement is not something we do every day. A front door can be considered a fashion statement, and like many fashion statements, what was vogue yesterday may be entirely out of step today. In this blog, we at Belleli Doors would like to assist door buyers with a helpful guide to help navigate the door buying waters with some direction to make an informed choice.
Natural light is the latest.
Adding glass transoms and glass sidelites, among other additions to your new front door, is one area that has seen growth from a design aspect. A front door installation that incorporates one or more features that is glass-based is a decorative touch that is in demand. Glass panels let natural light shine in. You can coat the panels with a Low-E tint to keep unwanted UV rays from damaging your home and enjoy all the benefits that natural light provides an entranceway. Textured glass or bevelled glass is another way to add charm to your home that affords a privacy level while creating a new ambiance if you want it. Blend combinations and the sky is the limit when you update your home with a glass at the front door.
Colours captivate the imagination.
Your front door, as a stand-alone decorative piece, can be adorned with the latest in colour that blends with your home’s brickwork or siding. Or, you can go off the board and find a colour that will pop in a way that exudes character, style and charm when applied. Remember, too; you don’t have to be a slave to traditional colours. You can blend your own with the help of an exterior designer. Bold or sedate, it is your choice to establish the colour scheme that will be your new front entranceway.
Europe shows the way.
European designers have influenced culture and fashion in many ways. It stands to reason that European designers will influence door design as well. Simply stylish, clean lines are a staple of modern front doors and eclipsing more traditional doors in the marketplace. Adding glass panels to a front door that are geometric is considered a wise choice; if that doesn’t satisfy your concept, look at a shaker door or a door with flush panels or flat surfaces to create symmetry. Other design features are quite popular, like a door with a raised or inset profile containing etched or textured glass to round out the door’s decorative persona.
A large front door will provide the illusion that your entrance is bigger than it seems. With a larger door comes a large opening for windows that allow much more light to shine in, and it influences the mood of the people who entered your home. A large door is a benefit when it is your primary entrance, and a more oversized door is available for larger items to come through. That couch that is eight long and five feet wide is no problem when you have a large front door.
Counterbalance is a new trend.
Charm has seduced many homeowners that asymmetry provides when they re-design their front entrance. Using stiles and rails that aren’t the same size is one way to introduce a visual imbalance that creates a stunning takeoff on the traditional marriage of balance in shape and form.
Wood is a common choice that has its roots in the prehistoric era. It is beautiful, strong, and durable, but it comes with a price. You can have a composite wood door or an exotic wood door, but keep in mind the higher up the door ladder you go, the greater the cost. Maintenance is another factor that will have an influence – wood doors need to be painted or stained periodically, and they tend to warp and crack when exposed to the elements.
An ideal door that can be finished in many different styles that mimic wood or steel. They are strong, can withstand the weather and climate and feature an economical price. The benefit of these doors is that they can be made to look like anything your want as they are fabricated to suit an individual’s taste. Fibreglass doors resist scratches and dents but will succumb to a crack if there is a significant impact on the door.
They are the least expensive of any door on the market. They are tough as nails and durable in the face of the weather like we have in Canada. The steel is made of a heavy gauge that won’t shrink, swell or warp when it serves to keep the elements out. If you have a powder coat of zinc applied to a steel door, rust will be a distant memory for your front door.
How to choose a door
Do you want a bigger door or a smaller one, a facelift from the front of your home or just an upgrade? Your goals need to be clearly defined when selecting a front door. Door size, accents, hardware all plays a role in the creation of the entranceway configuration.
Styles of doors
Go modern or traditional; it doesn’t matter; what does is that you are happy with the results. You can buy a pre-made door or work with a door company to build the door of your dreams that includes all the bells and whistles that will make your home a statement property in your neighbourhood
Glass is a thing
Working with a door designer, you can benefit from their experience designing a door that includes panes or glass panels. You can keep it simple or ornate or somewhere in between when you add glass to your front door project.
Colours add character
There is no wrong choice when selecting a colour for your front door. The colour is the message, and that is the thing when your personal preferences are what drive the decision. Be bold or not, but be you is the way to access the design benefits when selecting your colour pattern.
Hardware completes the door.
Handles, locks, and doorknockers can have an impact on your new front door creation. Like the colour you have chosen, they send the message you are trying to convey about yourself, and like colours, there is no wrong choice for hardware. Contemporary or traditional styles or something else can be embedded in your door design, and the originality that options provide is what sets doors apart.
Belleli Doors help with your door design.
Now that you understand the door design process, we at Belleli Doors want to bring your door design concepts to a completed project. Our design team has limitless options to present you when you need to discuss your options, and you can do everything at your fingertips in our showroom. As part of our services, if you need a front door repair incorporated in your refreshment project, we will accomplish that task before upgrading your front entranceway. To evaluate your design choices, contact our showroom to make an appointment with one of the designers when calling us today at Belleli Doors at 647.957.7787.