Curb appeal. For homeowners, the definition of curb appeal means the attractiveness of a property and its surroundings when viewed from the street. This term was coined in the United States during the housing boom and is continued to be used as an indicator of the initial appeal of a property to prospective buyers, or even just your friends and family.
If you’re working on a home improvement project, or even would just like to amp up the curb appeal of your home, a great first-step would be taking a look at your front door. Selecting a front door that compliments your house style, adds value, and – to put it simply – looks good can be an overwhelming process. However, a front door can add (or subtract) to the curb appeal of your home so replacing the door should be considered a high-value project to invest in.
Take time to review the wide variety of materials, colors, and styles available so you can make the best choice for your budget and your home.
Front Door Materials
The material you choose for your front door not only impacts the curb appeal, but also the durability and performance. That’s right – not all doors are created equal. For the safety and investment value of your door, pick the material that best suits your home and your standards. Most doors are made out of wood, steel, or fiberglass. Each material offers its own pro’s and con’s and influences the price.
Front Door Styles
After you have researched the best material for your home, it’s time to get creative in your style and design. It’s important that you choose a style that best suits your home but also suits your personal style. If you’re unfamiliar with styles of doors – visit your local home improvement store in person or online and browse.
Better Homes & Gardens has a great article about the basics of different front door styles, but here are a few favorites.