Posted By Craig on July 4, 2012
Doors and windows are the centerpiece of any home and the first thing visitors see when they walk up to knock. Whether you are planning on selling your house or updating your home with a cozy new look, remodeling with a new entrance and replacement windows is a great investment.
Here are 5 ways you can make your front door shine:
Paint the Town
Painting your front door is an easy and inexpensive fix that adds style and charm to any entryway. Sometimes a door just needs a fresh coat of paint to allow it to pop out and look inviting. Or, you can go a step further and paint your front door a bold new color.
Red is an energetic, fun hue that symbolizes love and romance. Stick with rich colors that will compliment the style and siding tone of your house. It’s a good idea to stay away from more non-traditional vibrant colors such as orange, because they may clash with existing color schemes and won’t work well on most homes. The same advice goes for painting windows and sashes. Adding color to a front door lends curb appeal and warmth to your home, and some people even believe it brings good luck.
Experience a Conversion
Converting your front door can save you a ton of money and do wonders for your entryway. When converting a door, you save yourself the trouble of replacing door jambs or having to deal with the hassle of repairing drywall and moldings.
Converting a wood, fiberglass or existing metal door with a wrought iron insert, or adding beveled glass windows, can instantly transform your old door into new. It’s fairly simple to install these products yourself, but using a professional may save you a ton of hassle if something goes wrong.
A new front door can change the entire look of your home, which makes it worth the extra expense. A home with a new front door feels refreshed, will sell better and has added curb appeal. Choose a new door that can handle weather elements and protect your family from unwanted outsiders, while still looking great.
A modern door that has style will give an older home a fresh new look. If you are looking to lighten up your home, select a door with glass panels that will allow sunlight in to enhance your living space. A money-saving alternative to traditional wood are fiberglass doors, which mimic the look of wood and offer greater security.
Change the Hardware
A lot of people never consider changing the hardware of their front door, unless it breaks. Getting new hardware is a fantastic way to dramatically improve your door’s appearance and function. Update knobs and latches to lend a more contemporary feel to your home, or keep accessories simple and timeless to match the neighborhood. Look for hardware that is durable and has strong aesthetic appeal. Making a great first impression is easy when you have clean, shiny hardware.
Add Decorative Side Glass
Another great way to improve your front door is by adding decorative glass replacement windows around the sides of your front door. This option can cost less than half of what it would be for a replacement front door. Decorative side glass allows more light to enter your home. It can also showcase your style and give your home an elegant, yet welcoming look.