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Everything You Need to Know About Solid Front Doors

When it comes to buying a front door, security is often at the forefront of your mind. Since the door serves as a physical barrier between the interior of your home and the outside, it only makes sense that you want something durable, making solid front doors an ideal option.

Solid front doors don’t have the structural shortcomings of their hollow core brethren, which typically have a honeycomb-style cardboard interior. Instead, the internal material is denser and studier, making it harder to break through.

Typically, solid front doors are constructed of wood or fiberglass/composite. Wooden solid front doors are either made solely out of pieces of wood that are precisely fit together or from a single piece of wood, though the latter option is significantly less common in today’s marketplace. Since fiberglass/composite is a moldable material, it is generally a single piece when complete.

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Style

Solid front doors are available in a range of styles and finishes. Generally, you can find options that reflect traditional, rustic, modern, and industrial aesthetics, as well as versions that represent historical designs. The surfaces can either be painted or stained, depending on the materials used, allowing you to achieve almost any look.

Plus, fiberglass/composite doors can be found in wood finishes, allowing you to obtain the high-end look often at a lower price. Solid front doors can also feature glass panels, allowing light to penetrate into the interior of your front entry, though this may make the door less secure depending on the location of the glass.

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Security

Typically, solid front doors offer more security than certain other options. They are harder to physically damage, making it more difficult for a person to gain entry into your home by force. However, doors that feature glass inserts or windows are inherently less secure, as the glass is often easy to break with the proper tools or even a solid object.

Depending on the location of any glass portions, a person may be able to break the glass and reach inside to access the door locks or handle. If security is your primary goal, then limit your purchase to solid front doors without included windows. Otherwise, make sure the glass inserts wouldn’t potentially provide access to the locks or knob if it was broken.

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Price

Solid wood front doors are one of the most expensive options on the market. However, the feature a high-end aesthetic that many find desirable and are known for their durability, as long as they are properly maintained. Wood doors need to be painted or varnished to protect the material from the elements, and the finish must be maintained more often.

Fiberglass/composite solid front doors are usually less expensive and can feature wood veneers to achieve the coveted look of a solid wood door. The amount of maintenance required varies depending on the surface material, as veneers require more care than a fiberglass/composite surface.

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 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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How To Replace A Door Frame

Looking for a new door? Maybe you would like a new look or maybe your door is worn from the weather. No matter the reason, you can replace your door with a new door much more easily than you would expect. This is because many new doors come pre-hung already on the frame. For this very reason you won't have to be a master with carpentry in order to get the job done. With the proper tools and direction, you can be on your way to removing your old door and frame and replacing with it a new one in no time.

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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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