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Considerations When Buying A New Door


Whether you’re constructing a new home or considering replacing your current front door, the decision of choosing a door to purchase can be a daunting task. A door is by definition the first thing guests and other visitors see when they come to your home -- it’s quite literally the entrance. Doors are also responsible for keeping you and your family safe inside the house, preventing strangers and dangerous individuals from entering.


It can be challenging to try to contemplate all the different factors in purchasing a front door. Fortunately, these different aspects of purchasing a new door can be boiled down to a couple of major considerations. If you’re thinking about buying a new door, here’s everything you need to know about the three main considerations of such a purchase.


Security


Your door is all that’s keeping potential burglars and criminals from entering the safe abode of your home; therefore, security is obviously one of the most important considerations when buying a new door. A door’s security is mostly determined by the material of the door, its hinges, and any special locks. An iron door is extremely durable and very hard for a potential burglar to attempt to damage or disfigure.


You should also aim to purchase a door with unexposed hinges, as removing the pins in hinges is another tactic burglars use to attempt to illicitly enter a home. Finally, you can look into what locks are able to fit into the door. You should always invest in a high-quality front door lock regardless of what kind of front door you purchase. You can have the most impregnable door in the world and still be exposed to burglars and criminals if your door’s lock is easily breached.


Energy Efficiency


Although it may not seem like it, a door is actually one of the most important aspects of the climate control and insulation of a home. The door into your house is probably one of the largest points of exposure to the outdoors, so it’s important that you purchase a well-insulated door. A low-quality door that contains leaks will allow cold air to travel into your home during the winter and hot air to travel into the house during summer.


In turn, this effectively forces your air conditioning or heating unit to work harder than necessary, causing higher electricity bills and more wasted electricity, harming the environment. When purchasing a new door, always look for an ENERGY STAR label, which ensures you’re buying a door that meets or exceeds energy efficiency standards determined by the Department of Energy.


Style


Finally, since your front door is the first thing guests see when they arrive at your home, it’s important to purchase a front door that will leave a positive first impression. There is a huge variety of door styles available, and each comes with various decorative flairs and designs along the outside of it. Furthermore, there’s also a bounty of different window and glass styling options. Be sure to check out a wide variety of front door styles, to see what works for your taste and the aesthetic of the rest of your house.


Iron and aluminum doors are particularly flexible, allowing for a wide range of intricate to minimalist designs for your front door to suit your specific taste. With so many options to choose from, you’ll be sure to find the perfect door for your needs. To learn more about how we here at Aluminum Doors & Windows can help you pick out your next door, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

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