In this day and age, many people are opting for custom doors – particularly for the entrance to their homes, where they want to make a great impression. The type of door that you choose will ultimately depend on a number of factors, including security, décor and even style. So, before you get your custom project rolling, it’s important that you know what you’re looking for. We’ve compiled this basic guide on materials, style and quality for your convenience.
- Material – Timber
One of the more popular materials for doors is timber, as it’s very easy to work with and can be crafted into a variety of different shapes. Whether you have a Victorian, Georgian, French Provincial or even more of a contemporary home, you’re sure to have a design to match. Timber can also be stained or painted in the colour of your choice, so you can ensure a perfect match. Clear and stained glass panels can also be added.
- Material – Metal
This is a custom doors material that is slowly growing in popularity, as many homeowners have realised it offers significant security benefits. A variety of metals can be used, including steel and aluminium. You will find that metal is particularly popular for homes that open directly onto the street (no front yard) in more inner-suburban areas. The metal can be powder coated in a colour of your choice to ensure a perfect match.
- Material – Synthetic
Various synthetic materials can also be used in the manufacture of doors, the most popular of which is fiberglass. The main reason that this material is so popular is that it can be moulded to have a grain that is very similar to timber with the added benefits of being sturdier and offering better security. These materials also tend to be more affordable than both timber and metal, which is why they have boomed recently.
When designing your custom door, it is essential that you pay close attention to style. This is particularly important if your home has been built in a period style. Some of the guidelines to keep in mind include – Georgian entrances are often painted bottle green or black, whilst Victorian ones are often painted bottle green or white; and art deco entrances often include stained glass panels.
The most important thing to keep in mind when taking the custom route is that you’re paying for quality. If you’re quoted a cheap price, you can rest assured that the door you receive will reflect this. This doesn’t mean, however, that you should spend an arm and a leg on your project – it’s your responsibility to determine what’s average for the design you’re interested in. This is often achieved by obtaining numerous quotes.
We hope that the information provided in this guide has helped you to develop an idea of the custom door that you want. If you’re still having trouble deciding on a particular material, style or even quality, we recommend having at what other people have done. The internet and home décor magazines are great resources for this; we’re sure that you’ll find plenty of inspiration. You can also speak with the person making your door to see what they think.