Did you know that your backyard experience actually starts before you even get there? Your porch doors are going to frame your entrance (and exit) to your beloved backyard. So you want to love your porch doors, and not hate them every time you step outside.
This is often one of the most underrated parts of the porch or patio decor. And yet, it frames the entire experience.
It sets the tone for every exit and entrance and takes up a lot of wall space when you’re sitting on your porch or patio. So why not make that wall space a work of art?
Here are some tips to help you find your perfect porch doors.
Ask Yourself Why You Need New Porch Doors
Maybe you just want a new look. Maybe when you were touring this house for the first time, you looked at the existing porch doors and said, “That’s the first thing we need to change.”
Or maybe you’ve realized that your current door is literally costing you money. All of your utility costs are creeping out the little cracks and holes in the old doors.
Old porch doors may have a certain amount of charm, but that charm seems to really fade when they are noisy, or full of mildew. Or when you see your Hydro bill, and you start to picture your money literally leaking out an inefficient door.
Ask Yourself What Materials Would Work Best For Your Home
This is actually asking a number of questions at once. Is energy efficiency a priority for you? Do you have kids, and need a door that can sustain a decent beating? Do you live in an area with some sometimes-extreme weather?
For example, if you want something that can take a pounding, either from kids or mother nature, you should think about vinyl. This is a very versatile, affordable, and durable solution. You can also get it with a woodgrain laminate finish so it actually looks like real wood, at a fraction of the cost.
Or you could get real wood. If you demand only the Real McCoy for your stylish would look, then only wooden porch doors will do for you. these are incredibly versatile and beautiful, but they require a bit more money and maintenance over the year to keep their natural beauty.
If you’re looking for a very high energy rating, with very little maintenance, and lots of styles to choose from, you should take a look at fiberglass. This is the most expensive porch doors material, because of its durability, and ability to keep the extreme weather outside where it belongs.
And finally, you have aluminum. Aluminum is probably your most affordable choice and it’s a great one if you live in a fairly moderate climate. Its lower price comes at the expense of weather protection and energy efficiency. Unfortunately, they’re also susceptible to dents.
Now Personalize it With Stylish Touches
Now that you’ve chosen the style and the materials, it’s time to add your personality. These finishing touches can really make the door pop and show off your own sense of flair.
You can start with a great style like a colonial, diamond, or perimeter to give the door some depth and originality.
Next, you can add some custom hardware, like handles or knockers in dark bronze or polished brass tones to make the colors pop that much more.
Don’t Forget About the Weather
We alluded to this earlier because it’s really important. Don’t forget about your areas specific regional weather patterns.
For example, if this is for a Lakehouse, cottage, or farmhouse that gets absolutely mobbed by bugs in the springtime, you’re definitely going to want to spring for a high-quality screen door.
Because you’re going to want to let those lovely springtime breezes in while keeping all of the bugs out.
Also, if your home is in an area with particularly temperamental weather, you may need a storm door. You may need that extra layer of protection to keep harsh winter winds outside where they belong.
Never sacrifice comfort for style. And as we said earlier, your porch doors are likely going to have a direct impact on how much you spend on Hydro and heating bills. Nothing will make you fall out of love faster than a huge utility bill. Of course, there are always ways to weatherproof an existing door, but you’re much better off to make the right decision from the very start
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