Front Door Replacement Tips

When people drive by your house or walk down the street, your front door is one of the very first things they notice. As a result, you can dramatically increase your home’s curb appeal and potential re-sale value by upgrading your front entrance way.  Upgrading your front door can create a beautiful entrance to greet family and friends. Your door replacement specialists at have created a list of insider entry door tips to help you make the most of your home improvement project.

Things to consider when you are choosing a door:

Colour – In the past, decorators and door suppliers typically recommended that it was best if the front door matched the current house colour. In recent years this trend has changed dramatically as homeowners have been choosing finishes and door slabs that add style and colour (typically complementing the house colour.) Your choice of colour and door style will determine whether your home blends in or stands out from the rest.

Hardware – The hardware you choose for the front door can also make or break your door. If you want to coordinate the style and look of your home, choose decorative hardware finishes that complement other elements in your home.

Accessories – If curb appeal is your primary goal accessories are your best friend. The options are nearly endless on the replacement doors at Scheel Window & Doors. Consider sidelights or decorative glass accents, which can give the exterior of your home an added touch of class. At Scheel we offer a large variety of door panels and decorative accessories to fit the taste of every homeowner.

Know What’s Available to You

If you have a good idea of what you want your front door to look like, you are one step ahead of most homeowners. If not here are some suggestions. Do some research about Ottawa area door companies, the materials they offer, features and other options you want. Plan a few scouting trips to your local show rooms, and take notes. Ask questions and expect answers. Look at frame thicknesses, the material in the frames, how the frames are cladded. Look for solid wood and stay away from finger-jointed material. Look for sill made with composite material vs. wood as wood is susceptible to water damages. Look at the insulation and gauge thickness of the door panel. Does the company make their doors in-house or do they bring them in pre-assembled. You’ll have more flexibility with customization if your vendor manufactures things in-house Research Ottawa area home improvement websites and consumer reports for the companies you are considering to have quote online. Compare prices and materials. Get recommendations from a designer or friends and family. Plan on allowing 4-6 weeks from the time of purchase to the time of installation. Special order items generally take a bit longer.

Choose Wisely

Much like you wouldn’t hire just anyone to fix your plumbing or electrical problems, don’t be reckless or hasty when making a purchasing decision for your door. Don’t be fooled by low pricing, if one company’s price is significantly lower than another’s for what is purportedly the same door the cheaper door is likely made from inferior product. Be savvy and remember that a trusted manufacturer and installation company such as Scheel will be glad to work with you. We will guide you through the entire process. We’d love to be a part of your replacement door project. Call or visit us online today at to book your no charge/no obligation in-home consultation today.