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How to Choose the Right Style Door

Apr 6, 2017

How to Choose the Right Style Door

A door is more than simply an entryway. It is the focal point of a room’s exterior and often makes the first impression on guests entering your home. A door should be welcoming, aesthetically pleasing, and practical. Here, we’ll go over tips for selecting the right style door for any home.

First, you’ll want to consider the material from which your door will be constructed. While you want to consider material that complements the overall style of your home, you should also consider the functionality and durability of the material used.

There are three primary materials to choose from when it comes to door construction - wood, steel, and fiberglass. Wooden doors are great for rustic-style homes and have a classic, warm, welcoming feel. However, wooden doors do have some drawbacks. They are the least energy-efficient of the three material types and can often be quite pricey. They also require more regular maintenance and refinishing to prevent moisture issues, like rot and warping. If your wood door is well protected under a covered entry, or if you’re considering wood for interior doors, these moisture issues are of less concern. However, if you are looking for a door that requires the absolute minimal upkeep, fiberglass and steel may be better options for you.

Steel doors are more energy-efficient and generally less expensive than their wooden counterparts. The energy-efficient core of steel doors can help reduce heating and cooling costs. Steel doors are also long lasting and require less maintenance than wood and a high-quality steel door can offer the most security of any door. One drawback to steel doors, however, is that they can easily dent and the paint may chip. On exterior steel doors, if the dents and scrapes are severe enough to compromise the galvanization, those spots can be prone to rust, if they are not reprimed and painted. If you are looking for a door with the least maintenance required, then fiberglass is a fantastic option.

Like steel doors, fiberglass doors are energy-efficient and durable with the added benefit of coming in a variety of price points. They can also be painted or stained to resemble wooden doors. For this reason, fiberglass doors combine the warm, inviting look of wooden doors with the energy efficiency of steel doors. They are also light on upkeep, requiring minimal maintenance. Fiberglass doors provide a significant boost in security over wooden doors, but if security is a primary concern then steel doors are still your best bet.

Hines Supply has a fantastic selection of doors made from each of the three materials and will be happy to help you find the perfect door for your home. If you have your heart set on wooden doors, Hines Supply can actually custom-make a high-quality door to suit your needs in their custom door shop. Our precision-fit system is an excellent way to combine aesthetics with functionality and is available in six different door types that feature high energy-efficiency and lasting durability.

Once you have selected the right material, you’ll want to select the right style. A front door is incredibly important because it adds curb appeal and is one of the few remodeling projects that can consistently provide a positive return on investment. First, consider the surface of the door. Do you prefer a smooth, sleek look or do you want a rustic, textured style? Or, perhaps you’re undecided. A good point to keep in mind is that if you want to paint the door, you should choose one with a smooth surface. If you prefer a more authentic finish, choose a textured door that you can stain to bring out the door’s natural patterns.

Once you have settled on a surface, you’ll next want to consider the door’s design. There are many different design types from the classic Dutch doors to contemporary entryways. Again, in selecting a style you should consider the overall look of your home. You’ll want to maintain the home’s design scheme by choosing a door style that fits into the home’s overall aesthetic feel. You’ll also want to decide what decorative embellishments would work best. For instance, will glass panels with intricate design patterns add an elevated level of sophistication to your home, or would something more simple and understated work best? You can also consider adding sidelights (narrow panes of glass) to the sides of your door or an ornate door knocker to give the door some extra flair and character. You can also have fun with the door’s color scheme. If you need some inspiration for the latter, take a look right here. To help you decide, take a look around your neighborhood. Many of your neighbors’ homes may be architecturally similar to your own. Compare your neighbors’ door styles to see which one you like best.

If you’re still uncertain what style to choose, Hines Supply professionals can assist you by making expert recommendations. Whether you want something traditional or modern, we can help select a door that will suit your personality while also enhancing the architectural design of your home. Remember, the right door style can add curb appeal to your home and curb appeal can add to your home’s overall value.

Of course, a door isn’t complete without the proper hardware. The most common hardware materials today are bronze, brass, stainless steel, and wrought iron. The type of hardware you select should be based upon your door selection and match any other nearby, existing hardware.

Choosing the right style door can open unlimited possibilities. The door is often the focal point of front porch gatherings. It will be the first thing you see when you come home from a long day. It can enhance or detract from your home’s curb appeal. So take great care when choosing a door style and, when in doubt, seek help from Hines Supply’s professional experts.