Steel entry doors for home and commercial use discussed

Custom Entry Doors

Wood, wrought iron, steel, and fiberglass are the most common custom entry doors.

f you are thinking of replacing the exterior doors to our home, your purchase will depend on what you are looking for and the budgeted amount. You could simply pick from a selection of in-stock doors at your local home store, or create a personal masterpiece by designing your own custom entry door. Keep in mind that the door will serve your home in many ways, aesthetically, functionally, and as a significant security feature.

Today’s home improvement can be enjoyable with all the new and different products on the market, and doors are no exception.  Depending on how you look at it, choosing a custom made entry door can be huge challenge with the numerous models and features available. Start by determining the size of door you want, or can accommodate. Determine if you will install a typical single door, a more spectacular double unit and if you want sidelights.

It is important to choose the door material best suited for the amount of traffic going through it on a daily basis. Local wind, rain and temperatures can all affect the rate of wear and tear on your door. You have spent a few extra dollars on a custom door, make sure it will be around to enjoy a very long time. If a sturdy wood door is preferred, choose a solid model coated in a good protective sealer. Fiberglass doors are economical and light weight. Steel is gaining in popularity for use in homes and comes in many colors, patterns and a variety of gauges.

When we hear the word custom, we automatically think expensive. Sure the price of the door will increase, but it will depend on a lot of factors. A ready built door at Home Depot can run you between $200 and $4000. If you are going to spend that kind of money, why not choose a customized entry door. Browse around online before visiting showrooms. Tru Tech Door Systems has a website showing their fantastic steel selection including the modern looking Executive Collection and the more decorative Tuscany and Paramount Collections.

Once you’ve picked material for your custom entry door, it’s time to look at adding decorative accents like painted glass or stained glass inserts. A larger piece of clear glass can be adorned with beautiful artwork or divided into smaller panes. Opaque colored glass, granite, and gluechip, are usually available at most door manufacturers. Choose from flat or beveled glass as well as layered, camed and etched. Go with triple pane glass inserts if possible as they are more energy efficient and secure.

Finally, decide on hardware to complete the look and ask about installation services. Although you can always hang your own door, you may end up damaging it. Think about having it done by a professional installer. Should the door get damaged or broken, it will be their responsibility to have it replaced. Also remember to ask a lot of questions or express any concerns. You’ve taken the time and will have spent hard earned money on your custom entry door, make sure you will enjoy it for years to come.

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