A critical part of your Grand Rapids-area home, doors are used every day and can be a main feature of your home’s curb appeal and overall look both inside and out. So when it comes time to replace your entry or patio doors, choosing the best option shouldn’t be a decision you take lightly.
At the start of your shopping for a replacement door, here are some key factors to consider:
What type of door do you want?
If you’re replacing your entry door, think about a material type that is best for the style of your home. In homes with wood windows or homes that feature a number of other wood accents in the architecture, a wood entry door may be the best choice. Fiberglass and steel entry doors also match any home type, stand up against harsh weather and are affordable for almost any budget.
Before selecting new patio doors, make sure to settle on either hinged or sliding door options. Hinged patio doors offer beautiful style and the widest possible opening. For patios that don’t have a lot of space, sliding patio doors are a great choice to fit your needs while still providing an stunning look at your view outside.
Improve Your Security
When you start the door replacement process, take a moment to look at your existing security. Are you happy with the performance of your locks and strength of your glass? A new replacement door can help increase your home security in a number of ways.
- Locks: A variety of lock options can enhance the security of your entry door or patio door. For the most security, look for a multipoint locking system, which locks in two to three places. On sliding patio doors, this system features a lock at the top and bottom. On both entry and patio-hinged doors, the locks are the top, bottom and center.
- Glass: In cases where glass makes up the majority of the door, the glass plays a large role in protecting your family and your home from harsh weather as well as intruders. When discussing your new entry or patio replacement door, make sure to ask about the glass options available for the door your chosen model. One of the strongest materials on the market is laminated glass, which is created by including a polymer layer between two sheets of glass. This inner layer holds the glass together even if it’s shattered.
Additional security features – Home automation is becoming the trend, and that includes safety features for your doors. With Pella® Insynctive®, your doors are synced with the system’s status indicator so you can see whether the door is open or closed and locked or unlocked.
If you have a replacement door project, Pella of Grand Rapids is here to help. During your free, no-commitment consultation, you’ll meet with a knowledgeable Pella representative who can walk you through our extensive selection of entry and patio doors to help you choose the best door for your home. Get in touch with your Grand Rapids showroom to learn more.