10 Things You Should Know When Installing a New Door

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Installing a new door can be an exciting upgrade for many homeowners. It’s an investment that not only adds value to your home but also offers security, efficiency, and curb appeal. But with so many styles available, how do you pick the best one?

Here are ten things you should consider before choosing a brand-new door.

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What Colour and Stain Options Are Available for New Doors?

When it comes to door colour options, the sky’s the limit. From classic wooden stains to modern painted finishes, you can choose a door that complements your home’s existing aesthetic or makes a bright, bold statement. Whether you prefer a traditional look or something more contemporary, there are many options to suit every taste.

What Style of Door Best Suits My House?

To choose the best door style for your house, there are a few factors to consider. Exterior doors need to be sturdy and able to withstand the elements. Assess the style of your home to narrow down your options.

Some common styles to consider include:

  • Traditional
  • Rustic
  • Farmhouse
  • Modern
  • Craftsman
  • Colonial
  • Arch Top
  • Doors with or without glass

How Do I Ensure the Durability and Longevity of My New Door?

After upgrading your doors, you want to ensure they last a long time. Luckily, we have a few tips.

Look for doors made from high-quality materials, such as fiberglass. Fiberglass offers durability and resistance to warping and rot, ensuring your door will last for years to come. If you’re looking at doors with glass, make sure they are made with tempered glass.

What Door Lock Options Are Available When Installing a New Door?

If you’re installing a new exterior door, it’s critical you include locks for the security of your home. Like doors, there are several types of locking systems available. Keyed locks offer traditional security, while smart locks allow you to control access to your home using your smartphone, by using Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, an electronic keyboard, or a combination of them. Other locking system options for your door include deadbolts, multi-point, and ball catches.

What Are the Different Door Orientation Options for a New Door?

When it comes to orientation, you have several options to choose from, such as the following:

  • Single door
  • Double door
  • Doors with glass
  • Doors with sidelite(s) and/or transom

Remember, you aren’t stuck with your current door orientation. For example, you have the option of replacing a double door with a single door with sidelites. If you have the space, you may also be able to expand your entrance.

How Do I Choose the Right Material for My New Door?

When choosing the material for your new door, consider factors such as durability, energy efficiency, and maintenance requirements. Wood is an old classic choice, but fiberglass doors offer increased energy efficiency, security, and resistance to the elements.

Need some help choosing the best material for your new door? Contact the team at The Door Centre for help choosing the best material and door for your home today!

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How Do I Correctly Measure My Door Opening for a New Installation?

Measuring your door opening correctly is crucial for a successful installation. Measure the width, height, and depth of your door opening, and make sure to account for any trim or moulding. If you’re unsure, it’s best to consult a professional for assistance.

What Are the Maintenance Requirements for My New Door?

Different materials result in different door maintenance requirements. For example, wood doors require regular painting or staining and possibly oiling to protect them from the elements. On the other hand, fiberglass doors are more low maintenance, and only require regular cleaning with a damp cloth when dirty. Consider your lifestyle and the amount of upkeep you’re willing to do when choosing the material for your new door.

How Do I Choose a Door That is Energy Efficient?

Regarding energy efficiency, the most important thing to consider is the door’s insulation. Look for doors with high R-values, which indicate the door’s resistance to heat flow. This can help keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer, saving you money on your monthly utility bills. Another option to consider is low-E glass, which reflects heat back into the room, helping to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Can I Install a New Door Myself?

While it’s certainly possible to install a new door yourself, hiring a professional is generally the best choice. Not only do they have the necessary tools and expertise, but they also know how to properly measure and install the door to ensure it functions properly and is as energy efficient as possible.

Reach Out to The Door Centre Today!

Now that you know what to look for when installing a new door, it’s time to make the upgrade you’ve been waiting for. The Door Centre offers a wide selection of door options to suit any style and budget. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and find the perfect door for your home.

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