Thursday, August 14, 2014


“It’s what’s on the inside that counts”…. I’m sure you’ve all heard this at some point in your life; but when it comes to your home, the outside is surely just as important.

Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression and having an attractive front-entryway instantly enhances your home’s appearance and can leave a very positive first impression as well as greatly increasing the resale value of your home.

What do you see when you approach your front door?  Remember, when your guests arrive, they probably spend a bit longer staring at your entryway while waiting for you to answer.  Does the thought of this make you cringe? If so, you don’t have to spend a bundle to get that fabulous first impression your hoping for.

Let’s take a look at the door…could it use some TLC?  Does it need to be replaced all together or simply need a ‘face-lift’?   Is the existing door a wood door?  If so, it most likely can be sanded, re-stained/painted and sealed for a fraction of the cost of purchasing a new one. 

 Take a look at these before and after photos and let me know what you think?

Before - San Anselmo, CA
After, San Anselmo, CA
After - Novato, CA
Before - Novato, CA

If your front door is a steel door and has dents, rust or faded paint, then installing a new exterior door may be a better way to go (though these can be painted as well).   There are many doors to choose from if you decide to replace it.  The three most common materials are Wood, Steel and Fiberglass Doors.

Let’s take a quick look at the advantages and disadvantages of the three:

Wood Doors:

Advantages:       Beautiful Wood Grain
                              Easy to repair if scratched
                              High end look
                              Warm feel to touch

Disadvantages:  Expensive
                              Absorbs Moisture
                              Non Energy Efficient
                              Requires regular maintenance

Steel Doors:

Advantages:        Less Expensive
                              Good insulation value
                              Energy Efficient

Disadvantages:  Easily Dented
                              Paint chipping
                              Reacts to outside temperature: cold or hot to touch
                              Scratches and rust

Fiberglass Doors:

Advantages:        Both wood grain and smooth finish
                              Resistant to scratches and dents
                              Can be painted or stained
                              Good Insulation

Disadvantages:  Low life span compared to other materials 

Replacing an entry door altogether can cost hundreds and even thousands of dollars depending upon the style you choose along with the hardware.   So, sometimes a simple, less expensive 'face-lift' is all that is needed to add curb appeal to your home and get that positive first impression you so desire.