Many people think that one easy way to improve your home’s value is to purchase a new front door. While this may be the case for some, we believe that modern restoration solutions are available to the current problems most front doors are having. Many benefits can be gained from buying a new front door, and this can include your home’s value. However, it is important to consider your options well before actually purchasing your door.
Style and impression
Your door’s style can increase or decrease your home’s curb appeal. Your front door greets your guests and potential buyers and therefore must make a lasting impression to create a good perception of what is inside your home. If it is not properly maintained and hangs loosely or has many cracks and dents, then it may give them the impression that the inside will be as troublesome. That is why it is important to properly maintain or restore your front door to look its best.
Your door should not only look secure but should also be able to live up to its functionality to secure your home. Metal doors can provide high security among most doors, as it is difficult to break into. Solid wood doors can be secure as well, just making sure that it is well taken care of throughout the years of use.
While metal doors might give you the best security, it has very poor energy efficiency. This is because metals are great conductors of heat and may keep that heat in your home as well. You would want a door that can insulate as well as keep draught from getting inside your home.
Cost and maintainability
Costs do not only come at the time of purchase. Your door can be cheap but lasts you only for a few years. If it does last longer, it may be very demanding in terms of maintenance. When purchasing a front door, it is important to weigh in its material and its lifespan. For period property doors, wood material of good quality should be used, and this can easily be maintained and restored throughout the years to come.
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Should I restore or replace?
Our answer would always be to restore your front door. This will come at a cheaper price, ensures that your door stays true to its original structure and character, and can even add value for listed buildings. However, some doors can be beyond repair. You can always contact your restoration specialists to see if this the best course of action, and not only will you get the increase in value, you can also get your money’s worth!
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Wooden Window and Door Specialist
This article was written on behalf of Fortis & Hooke by Pieter Boyce. Pieter has an intense passion for English Architectural history and has been specialising in the conservation of original wooden windows and doors for decades. His exceptional knowledge of timber windows and doors, both listed or non-listed, is attributed to his hands-on approach to learning all aspects of the complete restoration of original features as well as having personally surveyed thousands of items throughout his long tenure as a head surveyor for one of the largest window and door restoration companies in the UK. He now runs a boutique wooden window and door consultancy and fervently champions the retention of original windows and doors. To learn more of Pieter’s services, visit his website at www.boultonboyce.co.uk.