Do Your Entrance Doors Let You Down?
Believe it or not, entrance doors provide a perfect example of a psychological principle known as “recurrence inhibition”. In plain English, this means “not noticing things which stay the same over time.” You go in and out through your doors all day long, so it’s no wonder that you don’t pay much attention to them. This is perfectly normal and perfectly natural, but it carries a hidden danger.
The wrong entrance doors could let down your entire home. They’re the first thing that visitors see, after all, and they serve a number of obvious practical purposes too. If, like many Gloucestershire homeowners, your doors have become “invisible”, it’s time to take a fresh look at them.
Do they suit your house?
You wouldn’t wear a woolly hat and fingerless gloves with a tuxedo, so why would you install an entrance door that just doesn’t suit the style and character of your home? A modern white uPVC door may not suit a period property, for instance, just as a traditional, dark oak door might look out of place on a contemporary development. Think about colour, finish and material. Your doors need to look as if they belong to your home, and haven’t been stuck on as a misjudged afterthought!
Of course, a lot of this will be down to personal taste and preference. Nevertheless, your entrance doors do make a statement about you and your home, so you want it to be a good one. Also bear in mind that the wrong style of door could be exactly the sort of detail that puts off potential buyers.
Are they getting past their use-by date?
Many people inherit their entrance doors from previous owners. Older doors may not have been manufactured to such high standards as modern doors, or they may not have been properly maintained. In either case, you might find that your doors are becoming more and more weathered, and less and less weather proof.
Are they insecure?
Your front and back doors are also there to keep out unwanted visitors. Again, security standards and features are continually improving, so that older entrance doors may not be quite as secure as their modern counterparts. Are you 100% happy that your locks and fittings are doing their job?
Doors welcome visitors on the one hand, and keep you cosy and secure on the other. If you’re stuck with inappropriate relics that are no longer fit for purpose, it’s time for a change. Resist the “recurrence inhibition”, and take a good look at your entrance doors today!