Professional contractor Mark Clement recommends homeowners start with the basics. Evaluate the look and condition of the front door. Determine if the current door needs to be replaced or just enhanced with some decorative pediments crossheads and pilasters.
"A front door should have good energy efficiency features a snug fit to the frame and an appealing color" says Clement host of the home improvement radio show MyFixItUpLife. "If you're missing any of those elements then I would invest in a new front entryway.
"My recommendation is a secure fiberglass door that resists denting and scratching is easy to maintain energy efficient and quiet. And don't forget to select decorative or privacy glass for the doorlites and potentially your sidelites to really add appeal to the home's entryway."
For his own 100+ year old home Clement recently tackled the job of installing a new fiberglass front door. Clement painted his door teal.
"We needed a ‘door-lift' for the front of our house - much like a facelift for the home" says Clement whose www.myfixituplife.com website offers home improvement insights to consumers. "We started with the new energy-efficient door then finished with durable PVC millwork on the exterior of the door and urethane trim around the door's interior.
"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. Then add a crosshead and pediment that can ‘sit' on the top of the entryway. With dozens of decorative pediment designs to choose from such as a sunburst rams head or peaked cap you can add your own personality to the entryway. These low-maintenance synthetic products are all key focal features that make an entranceway more appealing."
Clement points out that urethane millwork products are long-lasting since their surfaces are not subject to chipping and peeling as you'd find with many wood trim pieces. The synthetic pieces also resist humidity warping and rotting making them ideal for all climate conditions.