Doors do more than provide an entryway to your home. From the outside the front door is part of the first impression you home makes on the world. Additionally, the front door provides security and proof against the weather, or at least it should. When shopping for a new front door you should have all three aspects (aesthetics, security, and weather proofing) in mind.
Finding a door that looks good is fairly easy with so many out there to choose from, but when it comes to security and weather proofing there are some very important things to consider, namely the construction quality of the door itself. Unlike interior door it is vital to make sure that your front door is solidly constructed and not some plywood facsimile. Choosing a door design with glass inset may be visually appealing, but for security purposes you want to make sure that the glass is tempered or otherwise strengthened to withstand casual breaking. For this reason you may also want to think about a door design that does not have the glass near the doorknob or dead bolt, even if it is reinforced glass.
Proper installation of doors is crucial to ensure that it will close securely, that all locks will work properly, and that there are no drafts with weather stripping and exact sizing of door.
Additionally to add appeal, if not value to your home, consider upgrading internal doors to solid wood. Most internal doors only serve as a means of visual privacy, allowing residents to close off bathrooms and bedrooms when in use. These internal doors are often minimally constructed, consisting of an outer casing which is seen, but are either hollow or packed with lightweight materials.
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