It’s barely the end of summer, but we’re all thinking about the holidays coming around the corner. Back-to-school deals have turned into aisles overflowing with Halloween candy and decorations. Before we know it, relatives and friends will be RSVP’ing to Thanksgiving dinner, so it’s time to prepare your home for the long season of celebrations ahead. There’s no better way to impress your guests when they arrive than by upgrading your curb appeal with a new customized entryway.
You might get away with an old, dingy front door to match your spooky Halloween decorations, but you don’t have to. Let’s walk through the steps to creating your perfect entryway.
Install a New Steel or Fiberglass Door
There are many options for front door materials, but if you’re looking for the perfect combination of affordability, style, and durability, you’ll want to consider either steel or fiberglass doors. Consulting with a professional can help you pick the right entryway door based on your preferences and style.
If you love the look of expensive wood doors, fiberglass can closely mimic the look of wood grains for that style without the price. Fiberglass is also durable but could crack or dent when struck with force. Steel doors can also be styled to look like wood, although not as convincingly, and are versatile in style. Steel doors will also outlast wood doors and fiberglass doors in durability.
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Choose the Right Paint or Stain
if you’ve chosen to buy a new entryway door, fiberglass doors and steel doors come pre-painted or stained based on your preference. You can choose to repaint your existing door as well if it is in good condition and still to your liking. Exterior doors without a storm or glass door will need extra protection with sturdy exterior paint.
Experts recommend glossy paint as it will withstand damage better than matte paint and will highlight architectural features. If you’re painting yourself, make sure you match your primer and your paint when it comes to being latex or oil-based, and never use one type of paint to fix scratches or chips on top of a different type of paint.
Picking Glass for Your Entryway
One of the most underrated elements of an entryway is the use of glass windows. Make your entryway warm and inviting for your guests this holiday season by adding glass inserts, sidelights, and transom windows to your front door. These additions can allow natural light during the day and provide a glow from your interior lighting at night, and you won’t even have to sacrifice privacy and security with many options.
Glass in your entryway can be completely clear, texturized, or frosted. Choose a glass that features unique designs if you’d like something fancy, and consider UV protection for energy efficiency.
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Finish It Off With Beautiful Hardware
The finishing touches are often the most important, especially for front doors. You’ll want to pick locks and knobs that ensure top-notch security while also emphasizing the style of the door. Consider how the material and color will complement the rest of the home’s exterior, such as trim and accessories. Don’t forget to match the style as well, whether that means you’ll need something sleek and modern or ornate and vintage.
Get Ahead of the Holidays With Advance Inc.
At Advance Inc., entryways are one of our favorite projects to work on with homeowners in New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Our in-house consultants will walk you through every step of process for design and installation of your new front door and windows. We’ll make sure every detail fits your vision perfectly.
Get in touch with us today for a free estimate to spruce up your entryway for the holidays!