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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 Replace Door Jamb

Whether you’ve experienced a recent break in (or just an attempt) or other situation that resulted in a broken door jamb, it can be a frustrating experience. Once a door jamb is damaged, the door likely won’t open or close properly, which can make the doorway unusable or leave you vulnerable and exposed.

Luckily, replacing a door jamb isn’t a complicated process, and most homeowners can handle the task on their own with a few basic tools and supplies.

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How To Install A Prehung Door

Installing doors can seem like a far too difficult task for the average person. If you don’t have experience in construction or home improvement of some kind, you might think it is impossible for you to install or replace doors. This is why prehung doors are so popular. The fact that the pieces come together and just need to be placed into a rough opening makes installation far easier. However, it does take a lot of precision and some time. We no longer have to build everything from hand or drill every hole. Now, it is possible for the average person to replace doors without the help of a handy man.

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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.

Starting your project only to realize you’re without the tools and materials needed to complete the job is frustrating! Avoid wasting time and this frustration by gathering all the items you need before the project begins.

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External Front Doors For Sale

Whether you are replacing the existing front door of your house, or choosing a new door for a new house, you will be thrilled with the amazing variety and huge selection of external doors we carry. Compared to the many other kinds of doors in your house, those that face that outside world are indisputably the most important. Your external doors not only represent you in your neighborhood, they are important for security and for the thermal efficiency of your house. The external front doors you will find on our website come in a variety of materials, such as wood (softwood and hardwood), iron, steel, PVC, glass, etc. Wooden front doors are available in pine, oak, redwood, and many more kinds of woods. And every door we offer has distinct characteristics that will give your home the style and curb appeal you want. There are a number of factors you should consider when choosing your external front doors. Some of these are discussed below to help ensure you make the right choice that will meet your specific needs and fit your personal preferences.  read more

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Residential Front Entry Doors

Residential front entry doors play a substantial role in the curb appeal of your home. They often serve as a focal point and are usually a reflection of the architectural style of the house combined with indications about your personal style. Most buyers have a multitude of options when they purchase residential front entry doors. Additionally, residential front entry doors come in a broad selection of styles ranging from traditional or historical to modern contemporary. Even industrial-styled options are available, as well as doors with a more rustic aesthetic. In many cases, doors in almost any style can also feature various glass inserts, allowing additional light to enter your interior entry space while staying true to your appearance-related preferences. Residential front entry doors can vary in price depending on the material used and overall design, though most shoppers can find a suitable option for almost any budget. read more

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Rustic Front Doors

Rustic front doors are a great way for you to provide your home with a new look. Vintage décor seems to be nearly timeless, making it a great choice for exterior doors. It can be expensive to install and buy new doors. So, replacing them often is not really an idea that is realistic, meaning you want a long-lasting choice that is sure to keep you happy for years to come. As you look at the options consider how you’ll invest in your home and increase its value by updating the front. When you choose a look that is sure to be in style for years to come you are certain to avoid an old outdated look. The charm of old-fashioned doors can make your home appear more inviting and warm as well. Sometimes the door will have hardware that is reminiscent of old-world charm and have clavos (those large thumbtack-like decorative nails), hammered metal handles and hinges, or just a speak-easy window in the middle of it. Shopping for these doors is much like shopping for other doors, your preferences and taste should always be of focus. read more

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