Choosing the right front door is not an easy task. After all, it is necessary to take into account much more nuances than in those cases when you need interior doors. We will try to help you in such a difficult matter.
What is the difference between interior and front doors?
As already mentioned, buying interior doors is by no means the same as choosing an entrance structure. Of course, if you have experience in purchasing interior doors, it may not be superfluous when buying a product for the entrance area. However, let’s start from the beginning. So, the entrance doors are different from each other by:
- the material from which they are made;
- purpose of the door;
- the number of flaps;
- the shape of the opening;
- the security degree.
Wooden models are not in great demand today. They are used either as temporary protection of the home during repairs, or as a summer cottage option. Such products are made from not too strong wood species. However, there are chic products made of noble, hard woods that are not a sin to install even in the castle.
The most popular lately are steel security doors. They are deservedly hitting sales. The secret of their popularity is simple: such doors can easily withstand shock loads, they are non-combustible, and, in addition, these metal products have high sound and heat insulating characteristics.
Impact-resistant plastic products are reinforced with metal inserts. However, this is not a great idea if you want a truly secure front door. This option is only suitable if the territory where your home is located is under protection.
Having set out to buy an entrance door, you must understand that the number of doors you need must also be clearly defined. After all, there are a lot of non-standard doorways for which only two-slab or 1,5-slab models are suitable .
The shape of the opening is also a separate issue. Except the rectangular shape, today the doorway can be arched. Therefore, the doors will have to be chosen of the appropriate shape and size.
The security level are also of different grades. Products of the lowest grades are intended for apartments and private houses. Doors with the highest grade are usually installed in banks and other institutions that need particularly reliable protection.
Buy “online” or in-store?
If you decide to contact a showroom in Brooklyn, New York or any other state, use our recommendations, so as not to get into an unpleasant situation :
Find a firm that has already built a reputation for itself and make sure you gather the necessary feedback about it.
Ask if you can call a measurer to your apartment or house – this is a guarantee that the doors you have chosen will surely “dock” with your doorway, and there will be no problems during the installation process.
Make sure that the store employs truly qualified people. This is pretty easy to understand – you just have to ask them a couple of questions and listen to what they have to say. If you have doubts about the competence of consultants, it is better to look for another trading floor. After all, the best specialists work in a good store.
By the way, a good option is to purchase the product online. Online stores are no worse (and sometimes even more convenient) than conventional ones. Many people have already been convinced of this. Among the advantages of “online shops ” their clients name the following:
it is cost effective;
you can consult with specialists;
you get all the necessary documents in your hands (including the contract).
Custom front doors
Despite the fact that every company selling these products has hundreds of ready-made models for every taste in stock, there are times when this is not enough. For example:
- You are the owner of a home with a non-standard doorway, for which a ready-made standard door is not suitable.
- You are the owner of a private house.
- You want to purchase a product with parameters that are much higher than those of ready-made doors.
- You need a model with higher protective functions than those offered in the catalog.
- You need doors with the highest acoustic and thermal insulation performance.
- You want to have a model with a unique design, designed according to your personal wishes.
All of the above points are good enough reasons to order custom entrance doors. However, in this case, you must be prepared for the fact that, firstly, their production will cost more than buying a finished product, and, secondly, you will have to wait until your order is completed.