When you choose to do business with a door specialist, you will get a significantly different experience than when dealing with a box store. From getting measurements done free of charge (and by an expert, not by a handyman), to enjoying the highest degree of customization of your purchase, you’ll find that dealing with the specialist is much more pleasant.
Here’s what to expect when dealing with a specialist.
Measurement and Estimates
Instead of trying to complete the measurements yourself, you can take advantage of a specialists offer to complete all measurements themselves. This eliminates the risk of installing the wrong sized product, or having to reorder once it arrives- a common issue when dealing with box stores with less expertise in doors.
The Design Consultation
Specialist door retailers can offer the widest variety of products and design options for homeowners. Since your entry is an important part of the first impression, or curb appeal, of your home, we like to work with homeowners to create a look that suits the home’s architecture and the homeowner’s sense of style.
Here are a few of the choices you will have to make:
Choose Your Material
fiberglass- These low maintenance doors are highly resistant to scratches, warping and weather. They are also extremely likely to last a long time. Their great insulation value is attributed to the multiple layers of insulation built into them.
Steel – These are another highly energy efficient material. They feature multiple levels of insulation, keeping you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, while also:
- resisting cracking and warping
- being extremely secure
- having low maintenance needs
They’re an option chosen by many, especially new homeowners look for long term investments.
Wood – This beautiful, classic option is the choice of those looking for maximum curbside wow factor. No amount of detail in a reproduction can replace the look of real wood. The high end appeal of these doors is worth the little bit of extra maintenance.
Choose Your Style
The style of door you go with can come largely down to your personal taste.
Slab – As the name implies, these are solid slabs with no windows. Also known as panel doors, they’re great for those on busy streets who want privacy. They can also be more efficient as heat loss is minimized due to there being no glass.
French – These are typically found on the rear entry of homes, but they are becoming increasingly popular as homeowners seek to create grand entrances. How are they grand? They are two doors which meet in the middle, this is where the locking mechanism and latches are found, which makes for a large opening with plenty of space for flourishes and style.
A great benefit of French styles is that they typically feature large glass panels. This allows for additional natural light to enter. Curtains can be installed for added privacy.
Storm – These are minimalism at their finest. A thin frame supports a large glass panel. If you have a view you want to see every morning, or greatly enjoy the sun as it streams warmly in through your door, this is your choice.
Privacy and heat loss can be an issue. A large curtain or blind can solve this. Be sure to purchase one with multiple panes of glass through it’s thickness as this will minimize heat transfer.
If you’ve experienced a draft from your front door, part of the reason you’re thinking of updating is probably energy efficiency. With poor installation, it will not perform well thermally- even if you’re purchasing a highly insulated fiberglass door.
Box store installers assemble patio furniture, appliances, and install doors. Relying on a door specialist guarantees that you’ll get a return on your investment.
Are You Ready to Get Started Improving Your Curb Appeal?
Contact us today, or visit our showroom to explore your options and get a price estimate.