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Steel Front Entry Doors: What You Need to Know About this Affordable Option

When you are looking for an affordable option that also provides a substantial amount of security, steel front entry doors are likely your best option. These doors are durable and require very little maintenance. Plus, the initial purchase price is typically well below that of doors made from other materials, like wood or fiberglass/composite.

The affordability of steel front entry doors means they are incredibly popular. This has led manufacturers to create doors in a wide selection of styles, including some that even mimic a woodgrain-like finish.

The surface is also generally weather resistance, as long as the paint doesn’t become scratched. Plus, the designs are typically energy efficient, allowing you to experience additional savings beyond the initial purchase price.

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Design Options

Typically, steel front entry doors come primed or pre-painted from the factory. Choosing a primed version gives you the opportunity to select a color that fits your aesthetic, letting your front door be a truereflection of your personality and style. Factory-applied painted options typically have a high-quality finish and can generally be found in popular colors, such as white or red, making it an ideal choice for someone who prefers a classic look.

In some cases, the doors will feature a vinyl coating allowing the surface to simulate the appearance of natural wood. Steel front entry doors can also come in a variety of styles, allowing you to choose an option that fits the architecture of your home and personal style preferences.

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Low Cost, Highly Efficient

One of the biggest benefits of selecting a steel front entry door is that they are relatively low-cost when compared to other front door material options but are highly energy efficient. Most steel doors feature a polyurethane core that has been wrapped in a steel skin.

The presence of the core material means the door provides excellent insulation, allowing the door to create a strong thermal barrier and preventing the outside temperature from affecting the comfort of your home. If you are replacing a less efficient door, not only will choosing a steel front entry door save you money at the point of purchase, but it can also reduce your energy bills over the long-term.

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Strength and Stability

Steel front entry doors have a solid, and well-served, reputation in regards to security. The metal makes the door harder to penetrate when compared to certain alternatives, like wood, and may be harder to force open. They are also resistant to warping and cracking, increasing the odds that your front door will stand the test of time.

Extra durable steel front entry doors even resist dents, which can be an issue with lesser quality steel front entry doors, making it less likely that the surface will show damage after a small impact. Plus, even though a large impact may dent the door, it isn’t liable to compromise the door’s integrity as it can with other materials.

Questions And Answers

How much does it cost to replace a front door?
Most durable and long-lasting doors will cost between $500 and $700. However, the price will change due to several factors. These factors include material, whether you have someone install the door for you, brand, type of doors and a couple other things.
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.
What does it mean to have a black door?
If you have black door, that signifies great things about you and your home. It can stand for authority, power, sophistication and strength. Anyone who goes by or comes over will know you are serious about protecting your home and your family members too.
Do you need to paint a fiberglass door?
Yes, you should paint a fiberglass door. The edges are generally already primed, so they can be painted. If you choose not to paint these doors, they may start rotting or delaminating. The edges are usually made from wood which is why they may rot if not painted.
How much does it cost to install a Prehung door?
To install a prehung door, the price may vary a bit, depending on the brand and other factors. If you want someone to take away your old materials and install the door for you, it may cost an average of $350. The door alone may cost an average of $200.
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.
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.
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 do I clean my front door?
If your front door is painted, always be sure to clean it with diluted product. If you don’t it could strip the color from your door. To get dirt and marks off your front door, use dish soap and water. Paper towels should be used to dry your door.
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.
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How To Fix A Drafty Door

We waste enough money and energy trying to keep our homes warm in the winter. Don’t let this energy and money leak through the cracks in your drafty doors. Poor insulation in your doors can have a number of causes. If you can figure out what the problem is, it will make it much easier to repair. Some of the solutions below might be helpful. If you are unable to distinguish what the exact problem is, then just try the solutions below, and your home will be more comfortable, efficient, and inexpensive to heat and cool.

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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 Measure A Door For Replacement

Enhanced security and safety, improved peace of mind, increased home value, and enhanced aesthetics are among the many reasons homeowners replace the doors in their homes. Doors are of great importance for each of the above characteristics, so it is easy to understand why homeowners are selective when choosing their new door. It should be perfect, warming the heart at first sight, blending well with already established decor, and offering a value for your budget.

Taking precise door measurements is absolutely necessary when replacing this household essential. One mistake could cost you considerably since, the door won’t properly fit if it is measured incorrectly.  An ill-fitting door not only affects the appearance, but also the ease of opening, closing, and otherwise using the door as desired.

Fortunately, measuring a door for replacement is a simple job that takes little time to complete. Before you replace your door, use the step-by-step guide below to learn how to measure a door for replacement the right way.

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Glass tends to be poor when it comes to insulation and this is due to the fact that a pane of glass is commonly less than an inch in thickness. Double glazing is designed to help combat this use, it uses two panes and forms a gap in between that is airtight. Having the air gap plus two layers of glass helps to make the windows stronger when it comes to insulating ability and thus allowing for a more regulated temperature. Insulating the home with glass in the door is a good option but double glazing reduced your energy costs. Standard double glazing is what we referred to above. Smart glass has an anti-glare protective film that helps to reduce the heat gain in months that are warm as well as reflecting the harsh sunlight. Then there is thermal glazing which is ideal for climates that are extreme or climates where the temperatures vary widely. Depending on where you live as well as what your budget is can help you make the decision of which one to invest in. read more

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Inexpensive Front Doors

If you are on a budget and in need of a new front door, then cheap front doors are likely the first thing that comes to mind. There are a few things that you can do to ensure that you are getting the best price on your new entry door while still ensuring that you aren’t buying poor quality which leads to early replacement, and another outlay of your hard-earned money. . While a great price is the ultimate goal, you don't want to compromise on energy efficiency or your family’s safety.  If you are giving up either one of these two important concerns, then you will find that saving a little in the short-term only ends up costing you more over time. Before you buy, take the extra time to make sure you get everything you need from your door while saving money in the process. What are the shipping costs? Do any of the doors require special tools necessary for installation? Be sure and check it out fully before placing your order. read more

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Black Front Doors

Black front doors provide mystery and intrigue at the entrance of your home. With one of these stylish doors installed, it is easy to add curb appeal to the neighborhood while creating a unique look all your own. If you seek elegance and sophistication, the multitude of black front doors allow you to create the perfect appeal at your home. When shopping for your front door, thickness is important. Standard door thickness is 1 ¾. Doors are sold in standard sizes, with the typical door measuring 6’8”. Doors up to 7’2” are available, but customized sizes are easy to create if your door is smaller or larger than the available sizes. Doors come in a variety of material options. Choosing the best material for your door is important because the material affects the energy-efficiency of the home, the door cost, the longevity and durability, and many other factors. Homeowners who seek a stylish, classic door that is impressive yet leaves a sense of the unknown will appreciate black front doors. read more

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