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It was six years ago when my mom heard screams and curses coming from the house just adjacent to ours. She went outside to check, and she saw our elderly neighbor limping in pain. There was also blood flowing from his legs. She opened the gate connecting our house from theirs and let the senior man enter our place. Suddenly, the old man’s son ran, forcing himself to enter our house. Good thing my mom was able to close the door.
After a few minutes, the young lad got berserk and went chopping our front door with an ax. A few panels were broken, and before he could go inside, some neighbors were able to rescue the people inside our house.
That incident was such a traumatic one. I had a miscarriage that day, after learning that my mom’s life, as well as my son who was staying there, were in danger.
We had our front door repaired that same day. My mom also contacted a sash factory and ordered a custom-built front door.
How to choose the right front door
That incident taught us to invest well in a quality entry door. The main entrance must be sturdy enough to withstand would-be-intruders and even weather like the scorching sun and strong wind and rain.
Though fiberglass is a practical choice for most homeowners, such kind of entry isn’t prudent in our place. It can crack under severe impact, and since we have toddlers and schoolboys, they may not be that gentle in winging to and fro our main entrance.
Steel is another option as it is relatively inexpensive. However, steel is prone to dents and scratches which aren’t that easy to fix. Also, if exposed to direct sunlight, steel absorbs heat which makes it uncomfortable to touch.
Which led us to consider wood. Wood, I believe, especially the solid-wood door, is best at withstanding wear and tear. It needs proper care, though, as, without much attention to it, it may crack, absorb water, and eventually rot. A solid wood door can be relatively pricey, but it can be varnished or painted to retain its best appearance.
Appeal and quality
Likewise, as a front door is the first thing that neighbors and visitors notice in an abode, it is best that it creates an appealing and memorable first impression. Some impressive doors are those with unique size and shape, the same as eye-catching color. But as mentioned, one should never compromise the quality over its architectural element.
Both my mother and husband agreed that a high-quality wooden front door is designed to impress. It becomes the natural focus of any individual as he passes through or enters the abode. But more than being a house’s accessory, the door is more than ever, the family’s safeguard.
May you find a lesson from the incident I shared with you, and if you are to repair, replace, or remodel your entry door, always opt for quality. Do not forget its aesthetic appeal as first impression matters as well.