Extensive catalogs are great to look through and can be viewed before even stepping into a business. A reputable door company will have a collection of catalogs or a comprehensive online database of products (or both) listing each item with clear photographs and detailed specifications. A representative can then easily and quickly search through the catalogs or database to find models that fit any requirements or budget.
But that’s just part of the equation. A door company should have actual models available on location or at a partner showroom because customers need to see styles, fabrication, and materials directly. Being able to look at and touch products helps the buyer understand the quality of its construction, design, and finish.
A good showroom or factory floor will have different models on display, everything from traditional to high-tech. Often a door company can also customize to specifications, adding decorative glass inlays, intricate carvings, or electronic locks, for example. Colors can be customized to match a home’s existing scheme.
For a home’s exterior, entryways need to create a welcoming atmosphere. This can be accomplished with designs that blend well with the surroundings. Special features around the frame, such as etched or stained glass panels, can add to the welcoming effect.
Also, an exterior door needs to hold up to the elements. Extreme temperatures and significant variances between indoor and outdoor heat are such examples. In many climates, a storm door is an excellent addition. Its purpose is to protect the main entry door and provide an extra level of insulation, thus improving a home’s energy efficiency.
A door company may also offer patio solutions. These can be sliding glass panels with frames made of various materials including wood, metal, fiberglass, or vinyl. They can be professionally stained or painted to match both the inside and outside of the house. These products should be certified to comply with energy-efficiency standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency.
Hardware and Accessories
A door company can also carry miscellaneous parts and accessories. Having a broad selection of hardware to choose from means stylish options for finishing touches for the entry and patio. Designer levers, knobs, latches and other pieces can contribute to both function and style. Many accessories come with sophisticated security features like passage control. They’re built to last and come with warranties for the mechanical components and the anti-tarnish finish.
When in doubt on whether a particular product or design is the right choice, it’s helpful to ask plenty of questions. Experienced salespeople and technicians can answer a variety of issues.
Among other details, customers typically want to know about the construction, how durable the product is, and which models will hold up best in cold, northern exposures or hot, southern locations. Representatives are there to answer these and many other questions. After all, it’s their job to help customers choose the perfect door that will serve them well for years to come.