If you’re looking to spruce up your home, one of the best investments you can make is to add custom wrought iron single entry doors. The front door is the centerpiece of any home. It’s what passersby immediately notice, and it is where you welcome guests.
Though your roof, walls, and walkways are also important, these take more time and effort to upgrade. Also, they’re hardly at the front and center of your home and can rarely transform your curb appeal the way a new front door can.
Ultimately, replacing your front door takes the least amount of time, whilst providing the most impact on the appearance and value of your home.
Benefits of Upgrading to an Iron Door
Upgrading to an iron door provides value while providing your home with the most exquisite addition to your design, especially with Mediterranean and Spanish Revival architectural styles.
Iron doors are incredibly durable, and with rust-inhibiting paint and regular upkeep, they are virtually indestructible and will last decades.
Though iron doors cost more than wooden and glass doors upfront, their longevity makes up for it. After all, wrought iron can be hammered, bent, and twisted into some of the most intricate designs to suit your home.
At the hands of experienced blacksmiths, an iron door can add personality to any minimalist or open floor plan homes, all while providing a good amount of security. An average single iron door weighs around 250lbs, which is five times more than your typical wooden door. It will surely keep burglars out while keeping children and pets in.
In addition, iron doors are great investments whether or not you are looking to sell your property. A great iron door can immediately increase property value, on top of boosting its curb appeal
Your Before Checklist for Front Iron Door Upgrades
Before you upgrade your front door to an iron door, go through the checklist below to help guide you through the process.
Measure Your Door Frame
Before doing anything or deciding on what sort of iron door to get, measure your door frame.
Knowing how big your door frame is will guide your decision-making, especially since the size of your door frame will determine whether purchasing a premade iron door is an option or not.
Ready-Made Iron Door vs. Custom Iron Door
An important decision you have to make when upgrading to a front iron door is whether to buy a premade iron door or have one custom-made. This decision can depend on the size of your door frame and your budget.
If your front door is a standard single or double size, then you can easily purchase a premade front iron door from sellers—a cost-efficient way to upgrade your door. However, there’s a possibility that you won’t find the unique, distinct design that you want.
Meanwhile, if your door frame is non-standard, then you should get one custom-made. Or if you want to have a personalized design that is made only for you—custom making it is definitely the way to go, even if it will cost you a bit more.
Find a Trusted Blacksmith or Company that Sells Iron Doors
After deciding on getting premade or custom-made front iron doors, it’s time to look for a blacksmith or company with a great track record of offering high-quality iron doors and amazing customer service.
When in the market for iron doors, watch out for customer reviews. If you find properties with iron doors that have withstood the test of time, it’s great to ask them where they got it. You can also choose to check customer reviews online to see which sellers offer great iron doors and are also a pleasure to work with.
The last thing you want is to have your custom-made iron doors not turn out the way you want them to. It would also be a hassle if a seller makes fantastic iron doors but could not help you install them.
Choose an Iron Door that Complements Your Architectural Style
Once you’ve settled on where to buy your iron door, look for a premade iron door with a design that fits your architecture style.
If you’re getting your iron door custom-made, you can schedule a consultation with the iron door company, so they can help you come up with an iron door design that would best complement your home.
After Checklist for Front Iron Door Upgrades
Once your new front iron door is installed, follow this after checklist to help ensure you get the most out of your new investment.
Test the Door for Imperfect Fitting
Even when professionals install your new front iron door, sometimes, the fitting would not be perfect. The door may swing too smoothly, or it may creak, it can also fit too tightly or too loosely.
Observe your new door and immediately let the iron door company know, so they can make the necessary adjustments to perfect the fit of your new front iron door.
Fit the Iron Door with Matching Hardware
No iron door is complete without matching hardware. This refers to locks, knobs, deadbolts, and so on.
When shopping for iron door hardware, you want to get the measurement of your door to get the right door handle size. The same goes for your deadbolts and locks—they should be able to support your heavy-weight iron door.
Maintain Your Iron Door
Last but not least, learn how to maintain your iron door and do it religiously to ensure you get the most bang from your buck.
Front iron doors are investments and for them to last decades and withstand the test of time, you must regularly dust them and be on the lookout for rust spots.
Rust is the main enemy of iron. If you spot rust beginning to form, immediately get rid of it before it spreads and destroys the entire door. You can do this by keeping your door clean, lightly waxing it, and spraying it with rust-resistant paint.
Upgrade to a Front Iron Door
Put the above checklists to use when you upgrade to a heavy-duty and beautifully hand-crafted iron door.
Visit our website today and choose among our many selections of wrought iron single entry doors, double doors, and wine cellar doors. You may also have these doors custom-made.
To learn more about how we can add beauty and value to your home, contact our team of wrought iron experts at Baltic Iron Doors today!