When decorating or renovating your home, it always pays to look for bargains. The more money you can save, the further you can stretch your interiors budget.
However, there are some areas of the home that you should never try to scrimp and save on. One of these is the front door and there are very good reasons why you should always invest in a good one – both on a practical and aesthetic level.
The exterior front of your home speaks volumes about the kind of person you are. Good, solid hardwood front doors create an impression of quality that will set the tone for the rest of the house. In the trade this is known as ‘perceived value’ and it’s a trick commonly used by builders. However, there is definitely some truth in it. Walk through a solid door, one that looks like a battering ram wouldn’t get through it, and you instantly feel like this is a home where only the best will do. Good solid locks also create the same impression.
You can have all the fancy door accessories you want but if the door is cheap and bad quality, it will let the house down before anyone has even stepped foot over the threshold.
However, there is another practical side to this perception. A solid, sturdy and well locked front door sends out the signal that this is a house not to be trifled with. With most break-ins being opportunist, a sturdy looking front door can be enough to put off would-be burglars.
Unlike many uPVC and metal doors, which can look dated very quickly, wooden front doors normally look better with age. Wood can be stained and painted to match your design style and to offer further protection against the elements. A hardwood front door can really give your home a lift.
So what does your front door say about your house? We’re always taught that we should never judge a book by its cover, but then we also know that first impressions matter a great deal. When it comes to your home, make sure you are making the right impression with a wooden front door. If your door looks cheap or low quality, maybe it’s time that you invested in a solid front door. It really will be money spent.