When choosing replacement exterior doors, trends are some of the best sources of inspiration. They tell which products appeal to most people, and which qualities experts deem valuable over a certain period. Trends might not necessarily say which entry or patio doors are good or bad, but they can give you a sense of direction when narrowing your options down.
To help facilitate your decision and buy the right doors, consider these trends for 2018:
Energy efficiency remains one of the top factors to think about when buying fenestration products. Like windows, exterior doors contribute to your home’s complete thermal enclosure system. Energy-efficient door systems can help make your home airtight, reduce thermal bridging and increase insulation.
But unlike windows, entry and patio doors need a unique set of components to be considered energy-efficient. Generally, exterior doors have lower glass-to-frame ratios than windows, making them more effective in reducing the heat transfer. According to ENERGY STAR®, the anatomy of an energy-saving glazed exterior door system includes multiple panes, improved weatherstripping and insulation substrate with low-maintenance cladding.
Colors that make entry and patio doors pop are in vogue. If your home exterior doesn’t have its focal point yet, picking a striking paint or stain finish can lend your home its much-needed center of attraction.
Of course, your choice of color should depend on your existing home exterior palette. Although yellow and teal are trending, the use of dark hues for entry doors to contrast with predominantly light siding makes attractive combinations.
When it comes to decorative options, minimal patterns make glazed front doors timeless. Warm metallic details also make bronze or gold pieces of hardware very trendy these days.
At the end of the day, trends are just suggestions, not rules. Feel free to try them if you think the finished design would impress your neighbors and make you happy. After all, exterior doors should echo your personality, making them an extension of yourself and your very home.
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