Written by Tammy Walro
Friday, 26 September 2008 08:38
(MS) -- You want a home with panache, with a look that says something about you -- whether conservative, fun, classic, contemporary, or courageous. It starts at your front door.
Structural features and building products shape a home’s look. Size, proportion, roof pitch and types of dormers, columns and porches are structural influences on a home’s style. The shape of your windows, the profile and color of your trim, and the texture of an entry door demonstrate how building products impact a home’s appearance.
Today’s doors come in wood, steel, smooth fiberglass and textured fiberglass in a variety of sizes and panels, and with many decorative options to put your signature on the entry. The front door takes special consideration because it’s the focal point of a home, according to Jeff Killer of Peachtree Doors and Windows. Many of the latest trends in entry doors center on textured fiberglass entry doors. These doors have wood-grain textures to mimic real wood doors but they are more durable, require less maintenance and are six times more energy efficient than wood doors.
Various grain patterns and textures make textured fiberglass entry doors suitable for a wide range of architecture, including:
• Victorian or other period styles can be enhanced by a Mahogany-grain door, which has a fine-to-medium texture and wavy grain.
• Craftsman or Prairie styles are best captured by doors with a consistent, vertical-grain fir texture that has clean lines and simple detail. Some manufacturers offer small dentil shelves in the door panel for consistency with these architectural styles.
• Tudor, Spanish Colonial or Pueblo architecture call on entry doors with a rustic appearance conveyed through the doors’ vertical grain, uniform and coarse texture. These doors often have a plank style to resemble board-and-batten, distressed wood doors. Rustic doors with ornamental clavos highlight Post Medieval English tendencies.
If you simply want an entry door that resembles wood but offers the resiliency and energy efficiency of fiberglass, manufacturers also offer oak-textured doors, with a straight-grain and coarse texture that can be finished as you please.
“The available textures for fiberglass entry doors have expanded significantly in recent years thanks to advances in manufacturing,” Kibler says. “The green attributes of a fiberglass door are an added benefit.”
Each of these doors’ styles can be enhanced by choosing an appropriate panel. Panels range from flush panels with no windows to panels with full-length windows. Six- or eight-panel doors are indicative of the Colonial-period houses, whereas the top of the door panel in a Craftsman home will often have a window with stained or geometric-patterned glass.
Your entry will take on a look of its own when you combine the door’s texture and panel with one of many decorative glass choices, whether intricate floral or geometric patterns, faux and true wrought iron grille work, or stained glass. The patterns in decorative glass are formed by using different types of glass, glass chips and caming, which provides the distinctive outline to the patterns in brass, antique copper, zinc or black patina.
To help you shape your home’s architectural style, visit peachtreedoor.com to request free literature and preview the available styles.