Variables in Selecting New Construction Doors

There are a few different settings or situations in which you may be making some choices when it comes to doors, and new home or building construction is a great example. There are several factors you may need to be thinking about when choosing doors as part of any new construction project, and knowing where the main crux points are here can pay dividends.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we’re happy to offer a wide range of window and door options to clients around Utah, including new construction doors for any project. Here are some of the key variables that should be considered when selecting doors for new home or building construction.

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Material Considerations

In many cases, one of the first big decisions to make is what material the new construction doors should be made out of. Wood, steel, fiberglass or vinyl are all popular choices here, and each has its own benefits and drawbacks.

For example, wood may be more aesthetically pleasing but requires more maintenance over time, while steel is strong and secure but often quite costly. It’s important to weigh up all the options and decide which material is best for the project.

Any Existing Plans or Blueprints

While doors will often be among the first elements considered for a new construction project, it’s also possible that some other elements are already in place and need to be considered. A great example here is pre-existing plans or blueprints.

If these have been drawn up, then any door selections should fit into the existing plan for the building’s layout and design aesthetic. It’s important to make sure that any doors selected match up with other pieces of the puzzle to ensure a cohesive, seamless overall look.

For instance, let’s say that the plans for a new home include certain window sizes in some rooms and hallways. The doors should be chosen with these factors in mind so they fit properly without having to make major adjustments elsewhere.

Desired Entryway Style(s)

Another key consideration is the style of entryway desired for each door. This can vary wildly depending on what the building is being used for, as well as personal preferences.

For a home, this could be anything from quaint French doors to modern sliding glass doors. For a commercial facility, it might revolve around more practical concerns such as access control systems or fire doors.

It’s worth exploring all the styles available to find something that suits both the building’s purpose and the budget for each door.

Curb Appeal Factors

Especially for homeowners, but also for businesses with premises, it’s important to think about the front door or entryway primarily from a curb appeal standpoint. The entrance should clearly signal what awaits beyond, while simultaneously setting off the rest of the building nicely. This could involve selecting doors with bold colors or intricate designs that fit in perfectly with the overall desired aesthetic for the project.

In other cases, you might just be looking for a simpler, more understated approach. In any event, it’s worth taking some time to consider the way in which an entryway can either add or detract from the overall look of a building.

Neighbor or HOA Considerations

When it comes to neighbors or Homeowners’ Associations (HOAs) it’s important to consider any regulations or restrictions in place that may govern what kind of doors can be installed in certain areas.

In some cases, this might translate into limitations on the size, shape, color and/or design of a door. As such, checking in with neighbors or with the HOA is a great way to make sure that any chosen door fits within the relevant guidelines and won’t be subject to potential fines later. In cases where no HOA is present, simply looking at various neighbor styles and figuring out what is most popular can be a great way to fit in with the existing look and feel.

Color Options

While it’s often not considered until a bit later in the process, color is another factor that shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to choosing doors for new construction.

It’s best to think of this as a purely aesthetic choice, since regardless of the chosen hue the door will still be performing its main job in terms of security and insulation. That being said, the right color can go a long way towards enhancing the look of a building’s entrance.

Some common entry door colors include black, white, grey, brown and wood tones like cherry or walnut. Of course, bolder colors can also be used if they fit in with the overall design scheme.

Privacy Factors

As you’re choosing doors for a new construction project, it’s also important to take into account any potential privacy issues. For example, if the building is going to be used as an office or other public space, then you may want to select heavier doors that don’t allow sound or light to pass through easily.

Alternatively, if the building is more for residential use, then you may prefer lighter doors that allow more natural light to flow through. It’s important to consider these issues and make sure the chosen door style fits with the desired level of privacy.

Security Needs

Many homeowners prioritize security when selecting doors for new construction projects, and there are a few different factors to think about in this regard.

First of all, you may want to look for doors with high strength ratings or reinforced frames that can withstand forced entry attempts. Additionally, it’s worth researching any available locks or access control systems that could further increase the security levels of the building.

Ultimately, it’s important to ensure that any chosen doors will provide a good level of protection for those inside the premises.

Budget Limitations

Last but not least, you’ll also need to consider your budget when selecting doors for new construction. It’s important to factor in all the costs associated with buying and installing the door, including any additional locks or hardware that might be necessary.

You may also want to look into some financing options if you need more leeway with your budget. In any case, it’s worth coming up with a realistic budget for each door and then shopping around until you find something that fits within the parameters.

At Rocky Mountain Windows & Doors, we believe that the most successful construction projects come from careful considerations of all these factors. With decades of experience, we can help you with everything from selecting doors and windows to installing them in a timely and efficient manner. Contact us today to get started with any window or door project in Utah!