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If you’re having issues with your front door, whether it’s damaged, showing its age, or has other issues, then you will need to have it replaced. However, there are a lot of things to consider when choosing a new front door. After all, your front door affects your home’s curb appeal, security, safety, and function. With that in mind, the following are a few of the things to consider:

1. The Style of the Door

There are many different styles to choose from when it comes to your front door. The key is to choose a door that matches or at least complements the overall style of your home. Otherwise, the door may stand out in a way that could hurt your property’s curb appeal. Besides making sure that the door will fit in with the rest of your home design, you’ll also want to consider different elements of the door’s style, such as whether you want glass panels in the door, how many glass panels you want, and what color you want the door to be. Because the front door is generally the focal point of a property, choosing a color that makes the door pop from the rest of the home’s visual design is a great idea.

2. The Material of the Door

The material of the door affects a lot of different factors. The durability of the door and how long the door will last will rely heavily on the materials used. Of course, the more durable the door material is, the more secure your home tends to be as well. Unfortunately, higher quality materials do often cost more, but if it’s in your budget it’s well worth the splurge. The most common materials used for front doors are wood, steel, and fiberglass, although most homeowners opt for wood or fiberglass options these days since they are much more affordable, and do a great job protecting your home.

3. The Door Frame

In some cases, you might have to replace the door frame as well. This depends on whether your existing door frame is damaged or not. If you’re keeping your frame, you’ll want to make sure the door you choose will match as far as style is concerned. If it doesn’t, but you’re set on your choice of front door, you may want to replace the frame as well.

4. The Hardware and Lock

The hardware of the door may seem like a minor detail, but it can have a big impact on the overall look of the front door and will add character to the whole house. There are lots of styles to choose from, including door knobs and handles. As far as locks go, many homeowners are opting for keypad entry locks or phone-activated hardware, although these do tend to be more expensive than traditional locks but provide invaluable convenience.

5. The Addition of a Storm Door

A storm door can be very beneficial for a number of reasons. First of all, it can help add a layer of protection to your front door since it will block debris from causing damage or wear and tear over the years. Additionally, it’s an added layer of security. Finally, if you like to leave the front door open during the summer in order to let fresh air inside, having a storm door is useful because it keeps your home safe and can help prevent debris and insects from coming inside the house.

These are some of the things that you are going to want to consider when choosing a new front door. Considering the impact that a front door has on the home’s visual appeal, security, safety, and function, it’s an investment that you won’t want to take lightly. To find out about our front door options and our experienced installation team, contact us at Armorvue Home Exteriors in Toledo, OH, today.