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Victorian Front Doors: Purchasing and Maintenance

Has anyone ever said that your front door is boring? If so, it certainly isn’t a Victorian door. Victorian homes are whimsical and ornate, and they are never lacking in character. Regardless of what room you are in, there is always something interesting to look at in these homes. One of the most distinguishing features of Victorian homes are the front doors. During the Victorian era, homes were also a statement piece for levels of wealth. The more money you had, the more ornate you were able to make your home into a showplace. Nowadays, it might be more about just ensuring it has a great appeal.

Victorian front doors are attention grabbing and interesting pieces that provide detail and color to an entrance. When purchasing a new door for a Victorian home, you want to be sure that it is appropriate for the time period and the particular home’s style. You also want to ensure that the door’s colors are appropriate. Because color was just one aspect of personalizing doors, Victorian style doors often had glass in and above the them as well as curved woodwork around the frame. Victorian doors are beautiful statement pieces that give your home character and add curb appeal.

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Beauty

Because of their renowned beauty, Victorian features and homes have never gone out of style, and they likely never will. While Victorian homes have many distinct features, the front door is one of the most discussed and distinguishing features of Victorian homes. Many of these doors are dual pull and often have a second set of inner doors creating a vestibule. Similar to typical French doors, these doors are slimmer. Like other architectural features from the time, Victorian doors are known for being made of gorgeous wood with ornate designs and carving. However, this beautiful carved wood is not the only distinguishing feature of these doors.

The windows on Victorian doors are also beautiful and are often mentioned when discussing Victorian homes. The glass is often colored and is beautifully designed on the door. Leaded glass is a major feature of Victorian doors and stained-glass designs often accompany the beautiful rich wood used in the frame. If you are purchasing a new door for a Victorian home and wish to keep the home historically accurate, try to ensure that the door’s colors are appropriate for the time period in which the home was built.

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Maintenance

While Victorian style doors are gorgeous, they are not the most durable and take some time and effort to maintain. Because they are made of wood, they must be resealed and cleaned regularly. You always want to avoid any wood rot, and you want to do your best to keep the wood from warping. If you do discover some rot, try to clean it up with a wire brush, then use a treatment of borate to kill the rot organism. Once dry again, seal the wood and if needed paint the entire door to provide just one more layer of protection.

Always do your best to protect wooden doors from the elements. Whenever possible install a clear glass storm door to keep the moisture away from your wooden door and help prevent new rot. To properly maintain your Victorian door, you will also need to pay attention to the glass, too. Most often the glass in Victorian doors is thinner than that used in today’s doors. You always want to keep as much of the original glass as possible, but if a pane happens to break, be sure to order a replacement piece immediately.

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Shopping Tips

Of course, if you are shopping for a door for a Victorian home, you want to make sure it truly reflects the period in which the home was built. You want to make sure the door’s color, which can of course be changed, is appropriate for the period, and you also want to check to be sure the door’s windows properly match your home and aesthetic. While it isn’t as essential, the carving in your door may be something very ornate or it may be a little plainer, however be sure that it is complementary to the current woodwork you have on your home.

You also always want to ensure that the door is properly sealed since the wood is more vulnerable to weather. Another important thing to pay attention to is the quality of glass. If you already own a Victorian door, it is best to have a company in mind that will be able to replace any glass or hardware that might become damaged. Sometimes the glass has an etching in it, which of course means the entire piece would need replacing if damaged, but if needed a new design or type of glass may be installed later.

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 Install Door Threshold

With time, the threshold on your door can get ruined or even worn out. The seal is one of the most common problems that occurs and it creates problems with shutting the door and keeping things energy efficient. If that is the only issue you have, you might be able to only get that replaced. However, if there are even more issues, you should probably install a new door threshold. This is not a complicated project and doesn’t take long.

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How To Measure For A Prehung Door

If you are looking to replace a door, there are a lot of features that might make prehung doors the best option for you. Prehung doors are ideal for beginners. This is because they come with many features that make them easier to install than a slab door, like the hole for the doorknob and the fact that the hinges come already attached.

Another benefit is that you can be sure it will be well insulated, so that stress is also minimized. However, with prehung doors, you must also make sure your measurements are as accurate as possible to ensure that the door fits, and it is level.

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How To Measure Door Hinges

One of the projects you may have around your home that needs done is to replace door hinges. Sometimes the hinges on the doors can get old and squeaky. They may get worn down and you just need to replace them. What are you going to do? Well, in order to replace the hinges, you must first measure them. The certain hinges are used depending on the weight and size of your door. When you are making changes to your home, look for the rusty hinges so those can be replaced.

If you measure correctly, you can get a hinge or hinges that fit the premade crevice in your door jamb. You will need to look at 3 different things to make sure you create a proper measurement. Door hinges may not seem like that big of a deal. However, the ones out your outer doors protect your home from intruders and they keep your family safe. The interior door hinges allow your family members to have their privacy. Don’t overlook this home improvement project. Learn how to measure door hinges today.

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When it comes to home front doors for sale, you have a dizzying array of options. From materials to front door hardware to finishes, it's easy to get overwhelmed. When you begin your search for your new home front door, it's simplest to start by deciding what material you'd like. Once you choose your material, you can narrow your choices down even further by considering the finishes you want. But how do you make that first choice, deciding what material to pick? You may not need to decide, because you already have a choice in mind. However, if you're still on the fence, a good first step is considering how much maintenance you are willing and able to do. Once you've figured that out, you can match it with a material. read more

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