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Top Three Shopping TipsIron Front Doors

While priorities shift from homeowner to homeowner, the security of a home is typically at the top of a homeowner’s priority list. A home can be built perfectly with the most beautiful interior décor, but if that home is not safe and secure, it is not a home worth residing in.Security systems aside, an added measure that homeowners can take to make sure that their homes are secure is purchasing an iron front door.

Iron front doors of the past were not very aesthetically-pleasing. Today’s iron front doors, however, are beautifully designed and incredibly secure. If you are considering an iron front door, you are likely aware that there are a variety of different options to choose from. These three shopping tips can help narrow down the search for the perfect iron front door for your home:

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Design options

Iron doors come in various designs that pair well with any home’s aesthetic. In order to narrow down your search, consider the look and feel of your home’s exterior. What color is your home? What is the overall aesthetic? Is your home rustic, elegant, or traditional in style? If you can narrow down what you want out of your iron front door’s design based on the rest of your home’s design, your search will be a lot less stressful. While an iron front door certainly increases the security of your home, there is no reason that it cannot increase your home’s curb appeal as well.

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Pay attention to the features

There are certain features that homeowners need to look for before making a purchasing decision. Due to the fact that security is the highest priority, make sure that your iron front door has longer screws than standard doors. Standard doors have screws that are too short to provide adequate security to a home, which can make it easy for intruders to kick a door in. Iron doors should have screws that are at least three inches in length and their locks should be made with high-quality materials. Remember that just because a front door is made of iron, that does not mean that it will increase your home’s security if its various pieces of hardware are not at the same level of quality and durability.

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The importance of maintenance

A positive of purchasing an iron front door is that it will not warp in extreme weather conditions. However, iron can rust if not properly maintained. Regular maintenance is important; this rings especially true if your home is located in a region that experiences high humidity. Be sure to regularly check your door and its hardware for rust. Rust is an easy solution as long as it is handled in a timely manner. If you want even fewer maintenance responsibilities, purchasing an iron front door that is powder-coated is worth the expense. Powder-coated iron doors are doors whose materials are cured with heat. Powder-coating does not require the same levels of maintenance that paint requires, and powder-coating lasts longer than paint.

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Wrought Iron Front Doors: Safety and Prestige

Iron doors are very prestigious and convey an aura of affluence, but while they are expensive, the higher price is all for good reason and definitely worth it. Wrought iron doors are great at protecting the home while giving your home an individual beauty. Because they iron is able to be bent into shape, each piece is unique and can provide a look that demonstrates your taste in a very personalized manner. Rather than being melted and poured into molds like cast iron, the strength and integrity of these doors in unmatched.

These doors also influence the interior of your home. Iron doors let in light to open and brighten the interior of your home, while also keeping you and your family safe, and they even create a beautiful focal point to the interior of the home. Rather than looking like prison bars on your home as in the past, the updated styling and features found in today’s doors will add rather than detract from the look of your home. Wrought iron doors have increased in popularity over the past few years as more and more people value safety and individual expression.

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Aesthetics

If you are considering purchasing a beautiful door that does not require the hassle and maintenance of a wood door, wrought iron doors are a great option to consider since they definitely catch attention with their unique designs. Iron doors do not warp, buckle, or rot like wooden doors, and they are not just a slab of material with little personality the way many front doors are. Because they often include glass, you are able to see who comes to the door and not even open your home to unwanted guests.

Instead, wrought iron doors cover all of the functions needed of any door, while also being a detailed conversation piece. Every wrought iron door is different, and it will change the appearance of your home. As with other door types, you will also be able to choose between glass types to be used in the door and the hardware. You can find hardware that will blend with your door and add to the simplicity of design and provide even more security if you add a dead bolt to it. They don’t have to be just black either as you can paint them to be more like your other front of house features.

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Safety

Iron doors seem heavy and intimidating, but because of the materials that they are made of, however, wrought iron doors don’t just appear strong. They are strong, and they are very effective protection against home invasions. Wrought iron doors are the safest doors you can choose for your home. These doors are perfect for someone who wants a door that is both beautiful and safe. If your neighborhood has become unsafe, installing these doors on the front and back entrances of your home will allow you to feel more secure and not have to consider moving from the place you love.

They might be more expensive, but with a wrought iron door, you can ensure that your door is made of the strongest material while the iron bars prevent anyone from sticking an arm through to unlock the door. Many possible home invaders will avoid wrought iron doors altogether mostly because they are in a hurry and don’t want to make the time to work so hard to get into your home. They are strong and fireproof entrances that will keep you and your family safe for a lifetime. While cast iron is often brittle and can shatter easily, wrought iron to forged into shape and will stay hard and strong.

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Durability

Wrought iron doors are always extremely durable. When purchasing a door, if you are looking for durability, you want to be sure to purchase a wrought iron door, not a cast iron door. Because cast iron doors are made of material that was melted and then formed (cast) in molds, they are far more brittle and prone to rust and other damage. Most iron doors are sealed and painted black, but you are able to paint them any color you want to they will not only keep your home safe for years, you’ll also find they can help bring a new life to the appearance of your front entryway.

Another important feature is that wrought iron doors will not buckle and change shape the way wood doors often do, and they do not need as much maintenance as doors made from other materials. These doors can go years without needing to be resealed. Also, keep in mind that a thicker gauge, while it might be more expensive, makes the door much stronger and more durable. Wrought iron doors are built to last and the return you get on this investment will keep you and your home safe and secure for as long as you live there.

Questions And Answers

What is the best color for a front door?

There is some logic, along with some science, in color selection. A color wheel is the best place for you to start choosing your color. You can mix various colors quickly and easily to find the perfect color scheme for your entry door and the exterior of your home.

Is a steel or fiberglass door better?

Fiberglass doors and steel doors are both great doors. If struck hard enough a fiberglass door can crack, steel does not. Other than that, these doors are both really great options. Steel is the more affordable of the two but fiberglass may be slightly better in all other aspects.

What is the best color to paint your front door?

Most importantly, you want the color of your door to blend with the rest of the exterior. White and red seem to be the most commonly used colors for a front door. After red and white, it is found that is brown, blue, and green come next in popularity.

How much does it cost to replace a door and door frame?

The cost of replacing a door and frame will vary greatly. It is going to depend on the type of material the door is made of and how customized it is. You sho.d expect to spend at minimum $500 for an exterior door and at least $300 for interior replacement.

What color should your front door be if it is facing north?

If your door is facing North, feng shui colors for your door are as follows: blue, white, black, and gray. You should avoid the color of deep pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, red, and brown on a front door that facing North.

What kind of paint do you use on a front door?

First, you need to know whether the door has oil-based or latex paint. You don't want to mix and match, it needs to be the same. Next, you need an exterior paint. Finally, most people prefer a glossy paint for their exterior door. It tends to highlight the architectural features.

How much does it cost to install a new door?

On average the cost of a new entry door is between $500 and $700. The price varies greatly depending on things such as the material of the door, the brand, the type of door, the company installing the door, and more. Installing the door yourself will reduce the cost.

How much does it cost to install a door frame?

A lot of the cost of your door frame will depend on what the current frame looks like. For example, rotting wood would be most costly as things need to be repaired and replaced. For a single door frame, you will need to plan for a minimum of $150.

What is a good feng shui color for the front door?

Your entry door, in feng shui, is how your house is able to receive energy for nourishment. The energy quality determines the energy that your home has. Often, the color you choose is based on the direction in which your door faces. For example, North, South, West, East.

Can you paint a PVC door?

Yes, you most certainly can. You will want to be sure that you clean the door before painting and be sure that it is dry completely. You then will prime and paint. Be sure to use a good set of rollers when painting your door.

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How To Paint Metal Front Door

You may think of painting walls in different rooms of your home, arts and crafts but you may not have considered painting a metal front door. This type of door gets drilled by the sun every day and the metal may get very hot. Through time, the pain is going to start peeling off your door. In just a couple years after painting it, the door may look like a cracked egg all over. When others come to your home, they won’t be all too thrilled. Some people say that lighter paint is going to help with this.

However, if that isn’t something you want to do, you may need to try out different things before finally figuring it out. There are many paints and primers out there so you may need to mix and match until it is just right. The one thing to remember is that you should only pain when there is shade and not when the sun is fully out.

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How To Hang A Prehung Door

There are many factors that can influence you use a prehung door as a replacement door. They are a great option for individuals who do not have as much experience in home improvement. This is because these doors are easier to install, and several door installation steps have already been done for the customer. For instance, they usually come with a precut doorknob hole and hinges already attached. Although these doors are easier to install than slab doors, you still have to concentrate and follow many steps to correctly install a prehung door. Follow the steps below to ensure a level, snugly fitted prehung door.

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How To Replace Trim Around A Front Door

Numerous reasons exist for the need to replace trim around a front door. Trim is sometimes replaced by homeowners who want to update their current decor, or add a more decorative appeal to their home. Replacing trim certainly provides an invigorating look at the home’s entrance. Damage is far more often the reason for front door trim replacement. Rot and other damage occurs over time, oftentimes caused by age and various weather elements. Spotting damaged or rotted trim is as simple as looking at your front door. If you notice the trim is dented, cracked, or fading, the culprit is likely rotted wood underneath.

When it’s time to replace trim, don’t depend upon a professional to complete the task. Hiring a professional to replace trim could cost thousands of dollars, but when you tackle it on your own, you need $100 or less to do just as thorough of a job. Replacing trim is a simple DIY project most any handyman homeowner can easily complete in a matter of a few hours. Learn how to replace trim around a front door with the step-by-step instructions below, gather the supplies, and prepare for a replacement job you’ll feel good about completing.

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When sunlight shines into your living room, kitchen, or entryway on a nice warm day it can produce a beautiful sight. Your pet loves to just lay there in the sunlight and watch the outside action or take a snooze. The sunlight shining through can also be uplifting and energizing. This is especially true for those who may spend more time than average in their home, because it really allows the outside beauty to find its way in. Choosing a full glass door will allow you to enjoy this to its fullest extent. You’ll have a wider view of who is ringing your doorbell. It also allows you to connect with the outdoors without having to worry about things like insects or wind. However, there are considerations that should be taken before purchasing a door with glass such as privacy, the safety of the area around you and even the style of the glass door that you will choose. A beautiful new front door that has a full pane of glass could be an invitation to would-be intruders, but you’ll use a double pane glass panel made of tempered glass that is very difficult to break, but still looks great. read more

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By installing French front doors, you can be sure that your home’s entrance is impressive and eye-catching. While exterior French doors are often used for patios, if you really want to make a statement, you can purchase French front doors that are heavier and have less glass. These front doors have been built to be just as safe as any other front door, and you can purchase doors made from the material of your choice. Because of their lasting style, you really can’t go wrong with French doors. Most often one of the doors will be stationary while the other is used to open and allow entry to the home. Whenever needed however, you can open them both and have a wide entry space, so guests aren’t crowded, or the movers can carry the bed directly inside without hassles. French front doors make your home more beautiful both outside and inside, as they create a statement and allow light into the home’s interior. read more

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What sets doors with speakeasy openings apart from other exterior doors is the presence of a small opening covered by an openable interior panel and an exterior grille. The interior panel, functioning as a small door, gives the homeowner the ability to look out onto the porch without having to open the exterior door and without having to keep a glass panel in the door that always exposes the interior. While the term “speakeasy” relates to the prohibition era of the 1920s and early 1930s, doors with speakeasy openings can look appropriate in homes that don’t mimic the designs of that period too. The appearance can be incredibly rustic, reminiscent of mission styling, and even slightly medieval in the most classic iterations. Variances to the grille and overall door design can make doors with speakeasy openings work with traditional exteriors as well. read more

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