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Benefits of Front Metal Doors for Home

In the past, metal front doors were used exclusively in industrial and commercial buildings. However, as more home owners are discovering the different benefits of metal clad exterior entryways, metal front doors are gaining popularity on the home improvement and new home construction scenes.

Metal front doors will cost you anywhere between $100 and $150 for a standard door without any hardware. You are likely to pay higher prices if you go for other features and customization such as a peephole or metal accents. You may either opt for vinyl coatings, which do not require painting, or pre-painted layers that allow you the luxury to change colors whenever you like. In case your doorway has an uncommon size, the metal door can also be tailor made to closely fit the largest opening.

The installation of a metal front door is an ideal way to enhance the appearance or visual appeal of the home’s exterior. These gorgeous and attractive doors come in a variety of styles, colors and decorative patterns, which offer you a distinct way to modify your personal haven. Apart from enhancing the elegance and visual appeal of your house, metal doors have a number of benefits which are discussed below.

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Boost Home Value

Metal front doors not just make your house look swanky and more expensive, but they are also likely to enhance the value of your home in case you decide to sell it in the future. If you have a striking metal door installed, it can make the home and your neighborhood seem nicer and will have a lasting and positive impression on many potential home buyers. This can increase the sum of money the home buyers are willing to shell out.

Metal front doors often have foam inner layers that trap cold and heat inside for greater energy savings. This can save you in energy bills on a monthly basis, making your home more appealing to prospective buyers as well.

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Enhanced Security

One of the best benefits of having a metal front door is that it offers improved security. As a majority of metal front doors are very difficult to enter, they act as a deterrent to thieves and keep them from breaking in. A number of modern designs tend to feature wrought iron or steel designs over thick wood or glass. Although these doors are not indestructible, they are usually sturdy and heavy, making them extremely difficult to trespass.

Obviously, you would still need to take a few precautions, such as installing a good in-home alarm system, but a full-size metal door will certainly help you feel more secure and safer while sending potential thieves away to a less secure home.

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Durable and Long Lasting

As you can expect, metals such as iron or steel are the most weather-resistant and durable materials available on the market. They are certainly more durable compared to wood and glass doors. For example, pre-fabricated steel front doors have a gauge range of about 15 to 25; keep in mind that a lower gauge makes a door stronger and thicker.

Metal entry doors are an excellent investment because they are likely to last for several years and still look elegant and polished. As a result of the durable and sturdy wrought iron or steel that is used, metal doors are able to withstand a remarkable amount of pressure, extreme temperatures and natural elements without the need for replacement or repair.

If you are looking to spruce up your home’s exterior, you can take advantage of the several benefits offered by metal front doors.

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 Replace Door Weather Seal

A door weather seal is placed between the bottom of an exterior door to seal the gap between the door and the floor. The weather seal stops inside air from escaping into the outside, and air from outdoors coming inside, preventing uncomfortable conditions and increased energy consumption.

On average, weatherstripping lasts 3- 5 years, although some products last much longer and some much less. The type of weatherstripping selected and care of the product both affect the duration of time it’ll last. There’s also a plethora of things that may cause the weatherstripping to deteriorate or otherwise become damaged.  Pets and humans can both cause damage to weatherstripping, as can pests, the age of the material, improper care, and various weather conditions.

Deteriorating or damaged weatherstripping allows air to escape from the home and allows outside air to come inside. It also suffices as an entrance point for pests like ants, spiders, cockroaches, and bees who want nothing more than to make themselves right at home underneath your roof. Inspecting the door weather seal yearly is ideal. As you inspect the weatherstripping, look for signs of deterioration and damage, including:

  • Weather seal that’s bent or otherwise lost shape
  • Dry, brittle, or cracked weather seal
  • Losing adhesive foam, or foam that has pulled away from its fixture
  • Missing adhesive foam
  • Missing nails

If damage is noted, don’t delay learning how to replace door weather seal with the step-by-step guide below. You’re letting heat and air escape your home, costing a considerable amount on your heating costs. Outside air and pests coming indoors create a big nuisance. Temperatures inside your home are likely uncomfortable. You’re suffering without merit, since a DIY weatherstrip replacement is a simple procedure that protects your home, comfort, and peace of mind. Expert door seal replacement isn’t necessary, as any homeowner can complete the task in a matter of hours with a few tools in-hand. Gather the items you’ll need and prepare for a day of DIY weatherstripping fun.

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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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