Buying a new home is one of life’s most exciting milestones–as well as one of its most stressful. A new homeowner faces a myriad of decisions before they even move in, from whether to repaint the kitchen to which type of flooring to use in the bedrooms. Of all the potential upgrades and changes that can be made during this process, installing new doors is one of the easiest ways to make your new house feel like a home.
However, choosing new doors is not always a straightforward process. A variety of door accessories exist that can help boost the security, functionality and appearance of your home’s doors–but how do you know which accessories are best-suited to your family’s needs? Here’s a brief overview of some of the most common door accessories, including what they’re used for, their ease of installation and how practical they really are for the average homeowner.
It probably goes without saying that the most important feature of any exterior door is a good, strong deadbolt. However, other accessories exist that can boost your home’s security defenses even further, protecting your family and providing you with valuable peace of mind.
While they won’t take the place of a high-quality deadbolt, a security chain can add another layer of protection to your front door. Particularly if your door lacks a window or peephole, these chains can allow you to safely greet a visitor without completely opening the door. Widely available at hardware stores and online retailers, security chains are fairly simple to install yourself–just be certain to follow the placement instructions carefully.
Similar to security chains, these devices allow you to open your door to a visitor while still providing a level of protection for you and your family; security latches simply utilize a bar instead of the traditional chain. You’ve probably seen these latches on hotel room doors, where they are used due to their higher strength and durability than security chains; as an added bonus, security latches are less likely to damage or scratch your door or walls than a chain is. Installation of these latches is similarly quick and easy, with options available for purchase online and at many brick-and-mortar hardware retailers.
From protecting your walls to letting you see who’s at your door when you’re not home, these door accessories will provide your family with helpful added features.
Door Bumpers and Stops
Nothing is worse that opening your newly-installed door too forcefully and accidentally slamming it into your freshly-painted walls, leaving an unsightly chip. A variety of door bumpers and stops are available to help you avoid this problem and safeguard your walls from damage.
While many traditional door stops are installed on the wall being protected at baseboard height or at the level of the door handle, hinge pin door stops can be installed directly on the door, giving your walls a smoother, cleaner appearance. As the name suggests, this accessory is installed on a door’s hinge to prevent the door from opening too widely and damaging the wall behind it. These discrete door stops are almost invisible, are widely available at hardware stores, and can be installed easily by the average homeowner. Do keep in mind, however, that hinge pin door stops are not as strong or durable as the traditional wall-mounted solid-stem baseboard variety.
Smart technology is becoming more ubiquitous throughout the home, and doorbells are one of the latest devices to incorporate technological features. These powerful tools can allow you to see who’s at your door remotely, talk to visitors without having to go to the door, and even sense motion and record video to add another layer of security to your home. Major online retailers and hardware and department stores usually carry several smart doorbell options, but keep in mind that installation can be tricky; many homeowners would be best served by having a professional do the job.
Your door is one of the first things anyone sees when they look at your house, and by using the following door accessories, you can help boost your door’s curb appeal.
While your guests will still be able to knock on your door without one, installing a door knocker gives you the opportunity to add a bit of personal style to your front door. Your options for this accessory are nearly limitless; whether you want something simple or ornate, or you prefer polished brass to brushed nickel, there is a door knocker out there that will perfectly fit your tastes. To add unique flair to your home’s door, try searching for a vintage or antique door knocker online or at local estate sales. Almost all door knockers are quick and easy to install with minimal tools required.
Door Address Numbers and Plaques
Having your house number clearly displayed is certainly important, particularly if you want to make it easy on your pizza delivery person. Many homes display the address on an exterior wall; however, if your new home does not, putting your house number on your door is an excellent option. Your style options are practically endless, from plain numbers available at any hardware store to a custom-made address plaque designed by a specialty retailer. Installation is typically quick and easy for even the least experience do-it-yourselfer.
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