Whether you’re interviewing for a new job or simply greeting visitors at your front door, first impressions are everything. They say you never get a second chance to make a good first impression, so when it comes to greeting your guests, your front door should make a statement. Below, we’ve come up with a few front-door home improvements that are sure to make a great first impression on visitors to your home.
Entry Door Materials
When you begin looking for a new front door for your home, you’ll notice you have a few options to choose from in terms of the materials the door is made from. Each material has advantages and disadvantages, so here’s a quick rundown of each.
Metal – Metal front doors are probably the most affordable option. They are sturdy and come in a variety of colors and styles. While this material does not warp or swell, it can rust eventually, and it dents easily.
Wood – Solid wood doors are naturally beautiful, but they can warp and swell with humidity and time. Some wooden entryway doors are made with a steel core for strength and they can be painted, stained, or finished naturally for a variety of looks with a single door.
Fiberglass – Fiberglass doors come in a variety of styles and colors including ones that look like wood. The composite material is durable, although it can be damaged easily if struck hard enough with a sharp object.
Wrought Iron – Although strong and beautiful, wrought iron front doors can be difficult to install. Aside from rust if the paint chips, these doors are virtually maintenance-free.
Customize Your Front Door
When replacing your front door, don’t hesitate to include your personality in the upgrade. You have many options when it comes to customizing your home’s entry point.
Color – Almost anything goes these days, with more colorful being better. Popular colors for front doors right now include red, black, and blue.
Styles – The sky’s the limit when it comes to style. From single entryway doors, double entryway doors, archways, and Dutch-style split doors, there’s no reason you should settle for a bland front door again.
Hardware – Gone are the days of the traditional doorknob. In its place are beautiful handles in all sorts of finishes and materials. Be creative and choose something that fits your personality as well as the style you’re going for.
Glass – If you love natural light, you can add glass in and around your front door to allow more of it into your home. From sidelights and transoms above the door to glass insets in the door itself, there are a lot of options for incorporating glass into your entryway.
Your home’s front door is likely the first thing people see when visiting your home. Make their first impression a good one by giving your front door a little upgrade keeping the advice listed above in mind.