First Impressions

When you're renovating your Bradford homes, trying to make sure it feels like your home and not someone else's, every aspect of the home is free game for updating and improving. This includes parts of the home you might consider too small to really notice, like your front door. However, changing your front door can have a huge impact on the overall appearance and condition of your home. When you're changing your front door, here are some things to consider.

Aesthetics

In any renovation, your aim is to improve, not to degrade or simply change. It is especially important, when you're choosing a front door, to consider its looks. Your home may even be subject to rules about doors by your neighbourhood Home Owners's Associations. Choose a door that looks good. One that you like the look of and one that fits with the general architectural style of your home. Keep in mind that materials as well as style count.

Coordination

Many front doors, especially the heavy storm doors, come already in colors, especially the ones that are made of metal rather than wood. However, if you do buy a wooden door you have the further choice of what color to paint or stain it. When choosing a color, pick one that matches or coordinates with the other colors in your home. You might choose to match it to the color of the home, or coordinate with the shutters. You can even color it to match your car or flower beds.

Climate

One major concern when doing front door renovations is that they are subjected to some pretty brutal weather, in the winter as well as the summer. You want your door to make it easier for you to handle it. Therefore most Canadians choose to have a glass screen door over their heavy door. That way it can be opened to catch the breeze in the summer and latched up tight in the winter to keep more layers between you and the cold.

Security

No matter how pretty a door might be, remember that it's primary purpose is to keep people out of your North York real estate. Therefore you'll want to choose a solid, sturdy door with locking hinges or hinges on the inside. You'll also want to install several locks, including a handle lock, a deadbolt, and a chain or latch for the inside. And keep tight control over who has the keys or passcode.

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