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Open the Possibilities With a New Door

By Kellen Owings

Looking for a new, and relatively easy way to spruce up your home and add curb appeal? Consider updating your doors inside and out. Upgrade from that tired old entryway while adding energy efficiency and value to your home.

The front door is the first thing people will see when they arrive and the last thing they’ll see before they leave. And anyone driving past your home will see your front door as well. So, you want something that looks elegant and stands out. The main consideration is the material – wood, steel or fiberglass.

Wood doors give your home a traditional, warm and elegant look that is sure to improve your home’s curb appeal. Being a heavy material, wood doors are sturdy and secure. However, they are expensive to purchase and maintain. You’ll have to stain them regularly and will have to take steps against warping and rotting of the wood.

Steel doors are your “strongest” option. Nothing is more secure or durable. They are difficult to dent or bend, and virtually impossible to kick in. They also offer the best resistance to fire, warping and cracking. They can also be filled with insulation, Improving energy efficiency in the home.

Fiberglass doors provide features of both wood and steel. They are available in wood grain patterns, providing the elegance of a wood door without breaking the bank. Fiberglass is also very easy to maintain. They are also energy efficient.

And while those are great options for your front door, if you are considering an upgrade on the inside of your home, consider:

Swinging Doors. This is a hinged door that swings into or out of a room and is the most standard interior door application. They are perfect to separate a kitchen and dining room – allowing ease of access while keeping the two rooms apart.

Bifold Doors. A folding door that has several sections that fold in pairs. Bifolds are most commonly used in closets but may also be used between rooms.

Bypass Doors. A bypass door consists of two or more sections that can slide in either direction along one axis on parallel overhead tracks so that they slide past each other. They are often used as closet doors to access one side of the closet at a time.

Barn Door. A trendy interior door option that uses externally mounted hardware to allow the door to slide over an opening without taking the space needed for a swinging door. Use between rooms or leading out to a patio or deck.

If you’re ready to replace your doors, contact the pros for installation help. It’s not as easy as popping one off and adding one on – you’ll appreciate the experience and expertise of a professional. But with these suggestions, you’ll be on the right track of finding the perfect doors for your home.

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