A well-designed door is the simplest way of adding a fun design moment to your home’s exterior. After all, your front door is the first impression many people will have of your home. Luckily, there are a wide variety of styles that you can choose from. Figure out which replacement doors in Toronto will match your home’s architectural style, while also finding the perfect one for you.
Door Styles to Choose From
These classic style doors are popular for a reason. While their designs can range, they all have a few standard features in common. Traditional doors are accentuated by anywhere between two to twelve raised panels. These panels will typically make up the lower half of the door, while the upper half will hold a glass insert or two (although not always), offered in a variety of different shapes. Oftentimes the windows will have scrollwork that is created using wrought iron or caming to look like wrought iron, giving the traditional style a great feature if you want your door to stand out. This style is usually made from wood, steel or fibreglass. Most homes would suit this style as a replacement door in Toronto.
Toronto home architecture is a mixture of the old and the new, with modern futuristic-looking homes increasing in popularity. These homes are all about sleek, straight lines and monochromatic colour palettes—and their front doors reflect this. Contemporary style replacement doors are perfect if you have a modern build. Their simple and clean design is what they are known for. They often have rectangular-shaped glass that is either frosted or translucent. Their hardware—minimalistic in their manner, but often large in size—follows the same trend of clean, simple lines. Contemporary doors definitely make a statement if that is the look you are going for.
Rustic style replacement doors in Toronto are also sometimes referred to as Mediterranean style. They are designed to simulate a vibe reflective of the old-world in their look and feel. A common feature of this style is the small window of glass placed in the upper half of the door, which is called a speakeasy. In some cases, this window can even be opened. Another prominent feature of rustic doors is their bulky, oversized hardware, particularly with the inclusion of straps and clavos. Scored lines, raised panels and clear glass are other features that make rustic doors stand out from other styles. If your home has a more homey, rustic sentiment, a rustic style replacement door is for you.
Craftsman style doors have risen in popularity over recent years. They are typically characterized by long, raised panels on the lower part and a rectangular glass window on the upper third of the door. Their trademark look includes a distinctive thick or ornate ledge of moulding or trim directly below the glass. The Craftsman style of doors suits a wide range of homes, from cottages to suburban townhomes. You do not need to have a Craftsman-style home in order to enjoy the beautiful design of a Craftsman replacement door in Toronto.
Although arched doors fit into a number of other front door styles, we believe their distinct curved design earns them their own category. If you are looking for a replacement door in Toronto that will give your home a unique, eye-catching architectural feature, an arched entry door is the perfect choice. They can be an effective way of creating a memorable first impression of your home—which can be especially useful if you are currently trying to sell your property. These charming doors will likely need to be specially ordered and customed made to fit your home’s precise specifications. You can choose from three varying styles of arched doors, including top rail true arch doors, flat arch doors and top rail flat arch doors.
How to Pick the Right Door Style
If you’re still not sure which replacement door style you want to go with, here are a few brief tips on how narrow down your options.
Look Around Your Neighbourhood
Take a walk around your neighbourhood to see what style of doors your neighbours have. Is there a particular style that you see more often than others? If you live in an urban neighbourhood with homes that all have modern style doors, it might be out of place if you select a rustic one. Checking out what your neighbours have can narrow down which replacement door in Toronto you should go with.
Consider the Style of Your Home
If your home’s exterior doesn’t match the neighbourhood’s, you should also take that into consideration. It might not make sense if all your neighbours have older homes with traditional style doors, but your house is the only architecturally modern one. Or maybe your home has distinctly farmhouse features that would best suit a rustic style door. While it could be helpful to look at what kind of door styles suit your neighbourhood, it’s always best to go with one that works for your individual home.Browse Clera Windows + Doors’ wide selection of exterior replacement doors in Toronto to find the perfect one for you and your home. Contact us today and let us know how we can help you!