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First Impressions Matter

Saturday, January 13, 2018
By Property Team

What’s the first thing someone sees when they come to your home? Yes, the entry door. Everyone must walk through it to enter your home. It’s important to make sure it’s sturdy and stylish

The entry door is the beginning of your journey through a house. It's the first part of the house that any visitor looks at closely, and ideally, should emphasise the character of the home. Doors play a more important role than you might realize. While they are minor elements in the grand scheme, they add architectural detail and style to a house. As something we use every day, doors create a tactile experience that leaves a significant impression.

Most older doors are made from wood, a material that has the warm, natural look and feel that most people prefer but is vulnerable to the elements. Entry doors have changed significantly during the past few years.  Ameya Benare an architect says, “The primary purpose of the door was to defend; today we have a panorama of door designs. Wood is the most preferred material for main doors; it is heavy, durable and aesthetically appealing to our eyes.”

‘Wooden’ doors
In recent years, entry doors have gotten wider and sleeker with clean lines. A ‘wooden’ door isn't necessarily entirely wood any more. In fact, some wood doors have steel interiors, and steel doors have wood exteriors. A fiberglass or steel door may have a wood frame. And nearly any door may have a core of foam insulation. The choice of wood, fiberglass or steel as a surface material has the greatest impact on a door's appearance, cost, durability and security.

Wood is beautiful, natural and tactile. With either custom or manufactured wood doors, you can choose from several species meant to be finished naturally, including oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany, maple, pine, or paint-grade doors from any of several softwoods. Because of their vulnerability to moisture and sun, wood doors must be maintained with a durable finish. Where a door will be exposed to weather or particularly harsh or humid climates, fiberglass-composite doors are a smart choice.
These doors realistically imitate the look of wood. A steel door is far stronger than either fiberglass or wood. In addition, it won't crack, warp or come apart.

Replacing door
“If you decide you want to replace your front door, then you need to get up to speed on the different material options. It’s a good idea to do your research ahead of time and make sure you’re fully informed before making a final decision. Whether you custom design your door or select one from a manufacturer, time, money and material are all aspects to consider in the buying process,” Ameya adds further.

Maintaining a main door is the most important. One should oil the doors occasionally, and steel doors, especially, have to be oiled more often. Polishing your doors every three to four years helps in increasing the life of your wooden doors.

The most utilitarian of architectural elements, the door, is undoubtedly the most influential. Whether it is for light, warmth, ventilation, access or a view, a well-planned door can have a dramatic impact on your living space.

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