People say don’t judge a book by its cover but what about judging someone’s house by their front door?
The front door is one of the most noticeable characteristics of your home. It’s the gateway into the rest of your home. You want to choose the best fit the first time around, that way you’re not wasting your precious time and money. Making the right first impression is important; your house is an expression of who you are, believe it or not.
It says a lot about your character and what’s important to you. There are all sorts of different door materials and colors to choose from. An accent color always makes your home pop. But the functionality of the door is why you purchase it in the first place. What’s a pretty door if it doesn’t function properly? Will it hold up in the weather? How often will you have to clean or paint, or replace your front door?
A fun fact you may not have known is replacing your front door with an energy-efficient model can add to the overall value of your home, save as much as 10 percent on energy bills, and qualify you for certain tax credits in the U.S. Isn’t that enough to make you want to reconsider what kind of door is best for your home?
There are all sorts of different kinds of doors out there to choose from but the most common and top materials used are wood, fiberglass composite, and steel. The functionality of the door is what matters most so you always want to take in consideration everything that comes with choosing a door—making your dollar go farther by carefully selecting what’s best for you and your home.
One of the most popular of materials used for doors is wood. Wood always creates a timeless look inside and outside of the home. However, it does require a certain amount of upkeep because moisture and heat can cause the door to warp or crack. Keep in mind while choosing a wood door—when shopping for pre-finished wood doors, look for durable stains and high-gloss finishes, since these will best protect wood. If you’ve decided to apply the finish or stain on your own, make sure to put the finish on the top and bottom edges of the door as well to help prevent it from absorbing moisture.
Fiberglass Composite Doors
Another great material used for doors is fiberglass composite. Unlike a wooden door, a fiberglass door is generally chosen because of its maintenance free material and its durability. They are easy to clean and don’t warp in the rain or sun and certainly don’t crack. They don’t need cleaned or painted as much as a wood door needs and are always a nice touch. Fiberglass doors are reasonably affordable and look great on your home!
Because fiberglass composite doors can go several years without needing any paint or stain touch-ups, they tend to work very well in harsh and humid climates. This material lasts longer than wood or steel, and its foam core offers much more insulation than wood.
Steel doors look great on the home and are great for energy efficiency because they are well insulated. Steel is often chosen because it’s a strong material and can’t warp or crack as easily as wood; steel is also easy to clean. There are some drawbacks with these doors, however. Steel tends to have a shorter lifespan than wood or fiberglass, and because it can rust, it isn’t always the best choice for a home subject to harsh weather conditions. Steel also conducts temperature, which is not ideal in an extremely hot or cold environment.
Now for the fun part—choosing the color of your front door! It depends on the color and material of your home and depends on the statement you want to make. Think about what you’re trying to convey to your neighbors and passersby. How will this door fit the theme of your home? How does it express your personality? Colors can say so much about someone’s personality. If you’re outgoing, for example, a brighter color is more suitable for you. If you’re more of an introvert, a neutral color is a great choice for you.
Think of the texture of your home—is it brick or vinyl? If it’s brick, you can almost choose any color you want. Texture is already built into the brick—solid colors make the home pop more. As you can see with the picture above, you can choose any color. Even pink works! The pink flowers in the window make the color more noticeable. Bright colors make a powerful statement—orange, red, pink. Just as the picture shows, you can choose different color flowers to compliment the color as well or even patio furniture. Neutral colors you can never go wrong with either. White, black, and tan are always good go-to colors!
If you have vinyl siding, you can choose a door with more design rather than a solid color. The texture of the door gives the home more character as you can see below. The siding goes well with the green door because of the design and windows incorporated. Don’t be afraid to ask your friends, family, and neighbors their opinion too! A door with design tends to go really well with a house that has vinyl siding. The colors on these doors can be fun, too. They don’t have to be neutral. Have fun with it!
Taking a little bit of knowledge from each section here will have you picking out the right front door in no time! Do some research before you choose a material and color for your door or ask an expert from Unique!
For some more helpful information:
Any company can speak highly about their products and services, but it never seems to do as much justice until it is heard through the mouth of another. Thank you to all of our customers who take the time to reach out to us, share their stories with us and allow us to share these stories with others. The following letter came from the Losure Family of Columbus, IN. Thank you, Mr. Losure, for the kind words:
“I had visited a kiosk set up in the local shopping mall several years ago, checking out the Unique services. We just never got around to doing anything about the purchase.
Then on a very cold Monday evening in early December there came a knock on my door. It was Alan May doing “cold” calls for the products. It didn’t take long for me to decide to let him present the material and besides he needed to warm up some before going on with his trek. We set up the appointment for a sales rep to come and check out the property. That is when I met Anthony Palmer, a very professional, personable salesman who knew his product and was congenial in the manner which he presented it to me. I was totally surprised to find out the windows could be installed in time for me to take advantage the tax break, which will have ended on the 31st of December. I showed him the rest of the house, explaining I had already had some improvements made previously, i.e. front door, patio sliding door, the two picture windows in the living room, plus the walk-in tub/shower (Premium Brand) I had installed for my ailing wife, who I lost in early 2009. In all, Anthony was here for several hours and I believe we became fast friends. The gentleman (I’ve forgotten his name) who came to take the measurements and place the order was very courteous and also professional in his tasks. He indicated then the windows would be in your shop within two weeks and I should expect a phone call to schedule the installation.
Well, imagine my surprise when the call came Christmas week and he said they could have them done in a half day on Christmas Eve morning! I was stunned to think they would do that then. But it happened and I could not be more pleased with the results. From the Get-go all my company contacts have been excellent and will recommend highly your services to anyone.”
The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is almost over. Unique was proud to serve Central Indiana as one of the few trusted home improvement companies that could offer the replacement windows and attic insulation which qualified. Our customers who had attic insulation or windows installed in their home during 2010 will receive up to $1500 back in the form of a tax credit this spring.
The installation deadline to qualify for the tax credit is December 31. Last minute orders, which were taken by December 12, are being installed now. WTHR sent a news crew to the Smith’s residence in Avon, Indiana on December 23 to film Unique window installers working hard to get all window orders installed on time. The video attached is of Cat Anderson, WTHR reporter, interviewing Terry Henton, the Window Installation Training Manager for Unique, who spoke about working round the clock so home owners can take advantage of the savings.
“We understand that the energy tax credit is pretty special and an opportunity that does not come around often. We are working sun up to sun down, seven days a week, right through this snowy December weather, installing windows so homeowners can meet the energy tax credit deadline. We have all hands on deck; anyone at Unique that is trained to install windows is hard at work,” said Bob Dillon, President of Unique Home Solutions.
Unique’s Triple Ten vinyl windows are considered one of the most energy efficient windows manufactured in North America, according to third party ratings provided by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and National Fenestration Rating Council. Replacement windows with U-factor ratings of less than or equal to 0.30 were eligible for the tax credit. Unique’s Triple Ten windows boast an average U-factor rating of .19.
Unique’s Applegate Insulation® is sprayed or blown into the attic, where it creates a tight, monolithic thermal barrier. This Cellulose Attic Insulation significantly outperforms other insulation, reducing air infiltration by 38% versus fiberglass. Unique’s Applegate Insulation qualifies for the tax credit, as it provides an air-tight, energy saving seal.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was established to supercharge the economy and aid in making America just a little greener. It is an opportunity to make 30 percent back of what a homeowner invested in windows or insulation, up to $1,500. Unique would like to thank all of our customers who turned to Unique to take advantage of this great offer.
The energy tax credit is running out, this is the very last chance to take advantage of the tax credit savings. Unique is one of very few home improvement companies that can still install your windows by the December 31 deadline, IF the window is ordered by Dec. 12.
The windows that qualify for the energy tax credit must have a U-factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) ratings of less than or equal to 0.30, according to Energy Star website. Because Unique boasts a U Factor of less than .20 on most window styles, all of Unique’s windows are eligible for a federal tax credit of 30 percent of the product price, up to $1,500.
During the Last Chance Weekend, Unique is making the last opportunity to take advantage of the tax credit easy; we’re coming to you! Look for the Unique Home Solutions’ booth at the Castleton Square Mall and the Greenwood Park Mall on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, December 10-12. Unique representatives will be available at these two convenient locations to offer great home advice and place on the spot window orders. Please bring window measurements in writing for accurate order placement.
Unique’s Employee Installation Crews are standing by, ready to install all window orders by December 31, ensuring homeowners receive the $1500 tax credit. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was established to supercharge the economy and aid in making America just a little greener. It is an opportunity to make 30 percent back on what was invested in replacement windows or insulation, up to $1500.
By installing a Unique Triple Ten window, homeowners are installing the most energy efficient window produced in North America according to third party ratings provided by the American Architectural Manufacturers Association and National Fenestration Rating Council. Soft-Lite Windows, the manufacturer of the Triple Ten window, allows these third party organizations to perform random inspections of windows straight from the manufacturing line. This guarantees consistent quality and unbeatable protection from the elements.
Originally intended to end on December 31, 2009, the tax credit was extended until December 31, 2010. This means products have to be ordered and installed by December 31, 2010 to qualify. This exclusive opportunity is special to Unique as most window manufacturers are not able to produce and deliver the window while allowing enough time for installation. Fortunately, Unique Home Solutions can order most window styles by or on December 12 and still have the product installed by December 31. Visit our booth at the Castleton Square Mall or Greenwood Park Mall for more information, or call us at 1-800-800-1971!
The energy tax credit is running out and Unique is one of few home improvement companies that can still order and install by the deadline.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was established to supercharge the economy and aid in making America just a little greener. It is an opportunity to make 30 percent back of what a homeowner invested in windows or insulation, up to $1,500.
At the end of 2009 the tax credit was extended until December 31, 2010. This means products have to be ordered and installed by December 31st to qualify. Many manufacturers are not able to produce and deliver the product to the company and still allow enough time for installation. Fortunately, Unique Home Solutions can order most window styles by or on December 1st and still have the product installed December 31st.
Improving energy efficiency is the top priority for most homeowners as they think about home improvements. In February of 2009 President Obama gave homeowners a $1500 incentive to get the much needed, energy saving work done—but time is running out!
The goal of the tax credit was to supercharge the economy and aid in making America just a little greener. As a supporter of this tax credit, and one of the few companies that offer EnergyStar approved products in the Central Indiana area, Unique warns homeowners the law instructs products must be installed by Dec. 31 to qualify. To take advantage of this great offer products must be ordered by Dec. 1 to ensure a Dec. 31 installation.
Act fast! For more information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 please contact Unique directly or visit the EnergyStar website http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index