(StatePoint) Nothing says “welcome to my home” quite like an impressive entryway. Attention to detail and some added extra touches of hospitality can transform any ho-hum entry into a warm and inviting approach to a home.
“A front door should have good energy efficiency features, a snug fit to the frame and an appealing color,” says Mark Clement, a professional contractor and host of the home improvement radio show, MyFixItUpLife. “If you’re missing any of those elements, consider investing in a new front entryway.”
Start with the basics. Evaluate the look and condition of your front door. Determine if your current door needs to be replaced or just enhanced with a decorative urethane pediment, crosshead and pilasters.
If you’re replacing your door, consider one made of secure fiberglass that resists denting and scratching, is easy to maintain, energy efficient and quiet, such as one from the Therma-Tru Classic-Craft Canvas Collection, which is a “Consumers Digest Best Buy” recipient. The smooth, paintable finish on this door allows you to select any accent paint color for your home.
Quality products are important, so don’t forget to add a touch of appeal to your home’s entryway. Start with decorative glass for the doorlites and potentially your sidelites. You can select from privacy glass or designer elegant features and colors in attractive glass packages to create a warm, welcoming entryway.
To enhance your door and protect it from rot, mold, insects and decay, select moisture-resistant trim products. Those from Fypon, for example, are made of urethane and are lightweight and easy to install.
“For most entryways I recommend a set of pilasters that stand up next to both sides of your door and attach to the surface siding,” says Clement. “Then add a crosshead and pediment that can ‘sit’ on the top of the entryway and act as a key focal feature. These simple and relatively inexpensive additions can truly transform the look of a home.”
Find a retailer that carries low-maintenance synthetic products in dozens of designs, so you can showcase your own personality. Urethane millwork products are long-lasting, since their surfaces are not subject to chipping and peeling as you’ll find with many wood trim pieces. The pieces also resist humidity and warping, making them ideal for all climate conditions.
For the final steps, consider new exterior lighting fixtures to complement your new door, along with a colorful welcome mat and planters of bright flowers. Together, these all add up to create an inviting entryway for you and your guests.