Changing the doors in your house can be a quick way to add a new look to your home. A well-chosen door can control draughts, noise levels and the temperature of your house.
The front door needs to be given the biggest budget and consideration. It pays to spend a little extra on making it look attractive. It is normally in a position exposed to weather conditions and it has to be able cut out noise from outside. There are also security issues. Installing various locks is no use unless you combine them with strong hinges and a solid door.
New materials like steel and fiberglass can offer more benefits than wood. With wood, you can easily repair minor surface damage by yourself, but it needs to be re-finished to protect it from the elements and sunlight. Fibreglass is maintenance-free and an effective insulator. Now there are versions that mimic wood convincingly. Steel doors share the same benefits and are generally cheaper than solid wood exterior doors.
There are also decisions to be made about the material of your interior doors too. Solid wood doors are strong and can protect against fire and noise, but they are more expensive and can contract and expand depending on the climate. Wooden core doors are made from fibreboard, usually MDF. They are light-weight and cheap, but don’t warp and twist. Because they are essentially synthetic, they are available in many different designs, and can even look like traditional solid wood doors.
Choose doors in a style that complements the rest of your house. Try looking through d?cor magazines or house d?cor books for inspiration. Considering different types of doors could provide greater design flexibility to your home, such as pocket doors, Dutch doors, bi-fold doors, long span doors and shoji doors.
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