Each house begins with an entrance door. That is why her choice is a very serious and responsible process, which must be approached fully armed. Today, manufacturers of entrance doors offer their customers a huge range of products, which is good on the one hand - because you can choose the perfect option for yourself, but on the other hand it’s bad - because such an abundance of offers easily confuses the buyer.
Today we want to talk about what you should pay attention to when choosing the front door. We hope our recommendations will help you make the right decision and afterwards do not regret it.
The main properties of the front door
A good door leaf should possess certain qualities. Here are the most important of them:
- Design reliability;
- Good level of noise and heat insulation;
- The presence of an eye;
- Attractive and harmonious appearance.
How to choose the front door?
Now let's talk about what you should definitely pay attention to when buying an entrance door leaf. There are several criteria, and each of them is important in its own way.
It is advisable to start the selection of the front door with its size. Obviously, doorways can vary in their parameters, so you should not count on a single standard door size. Ideally, if you find a cloth that exactly matches the size of the doorway, but if this does not happen, then experts recommend choosing a smaller door, so you can always reduce the gap between the door frame and the walls. If the door is wider than the opening, you will have to expand it, which will take a lot of time, money and effort.
Door leaf thickness
The next thing to focus on is the thickness of the front door. This criterion varies depending on the thickness of the material of manufacture, finishing panels, etc. We all understand that this criterion is responsible for how reliable the design of the door will be and how long it will serve you. The standard thickness of the door leaf is about 70 mm, and the highest quality, so to speak, elite version exceeds the thickness of 100 mm. Obviously, the prices of such doors are also very different. Therefore, if you want something of high quality and reliable, but at a reasonable price, then choose from the premium segment.
Locks and fittings
No less than the thickness of the door for its reliability meets the lock and fittings. Statistics say that with every second robbery of residential premises, poor-quality castle mechanisms and accessories are the first to suffer. To protect your home from intruders, choose the front door with a built-in level lock or cylinder lock. Even better, if several locks are involved in protecting your home at once, this will increase the level of burglary resistance several times. In addition, pay attention to the door hinges, it is desirable that in addition to the external hinges on your door there are also internal ones, so robbers will not be able to cut them.
Heat and sound insulation
The front door is simply obliged to have the function of protecting the room from the penetration of cold and extraneous sounds. That is why spectral filler is added to the door leaf structure. If we talk about the most ideal insulation material for the door, then this is definitely mineral wool. A little worse in terms of performance, but foam rubber also copes with its tasks. And the third most popular insulation is in the form of polystyrene foam, it does not deform during operation, but often due to the formation of "corridors" in the gaps it can let in cold air.
When choosing a door, it is necessary to take into account the stiffening ribs of the door leaf. This element is responsible for the reliability of the door. Since the metal itself is quite flexible, it is not difficult to bend the sheet for attackers. Here stiffeners come to the rescue, they are located between the external and internal panel of the door and do not allow the metal sheet to bend. The standard set of stiffeners is two vertical and two horizontal.
Well, the last thing to consider before buying a door is its decor and appearance. It is not surprising that homeowners want to buy not only a reliable, but also a beautiful door. It is worth noting that for the most part the outer part of the door leaf is similar to each other, but the inner panel, which will look inside the room, may already have its own style and design. Make a start from this part and select it so that the harmony and integrity of your interior only improves.