5 ways hardware can update your front door
Whether a shiny, new door knocker or a vintage mail slot, new hardware can help update your front door and add to your home’s curb appeal. (Photo courtesy of Angie’s List member Elizabeth B. of Waban, Mass.)
One of the easiest ways to update the look of your home is by changing your front door hardware. Here are some popular options:
Add new doorknobs
Doorknobs come in variety of shapes, sizes and finishes and can easily improve the look of an existing door. Replacing a standard "twist" knob with a curved handle finished in bright brass, polished brass or nickel can instantly increase the door's curb appeal. Consider doorknobs with single or double deadbolts, which improve the security of your home. These cost from $20 to $100, depending on the metal and lock type. It's always a good idea to hire a professional installer if your new doorknob requires cutting holes in your door, or if you're installing a second lock.
Put in peepholes
You can also improve the security and appearance of entry doors by installing a peephole. Peepholes — or "door viewers" — are available in a variety of metals, from chrome to brass or bronze. They also come with a range of viewing angles, giving you the option of seeing directly in front of your door or farther out to both sides, allowing for greater security. Prices range from $5 to $30 for metal peepholes, but bear in mind that a hole must be drilled into the door to install one. Consider hiring a professional for this. Make sure the size you buy matches the thickness of your door.
Install a door knocker
If you're tired of ringing doorbells, or you just want to update the look of your door, a metal door knocker can add a touch of class. Brass or nickel door knockers are both popular and easily installed with a few screws. You can also choose to personalize a door knocker with engraving across its face; basic models are available for less than $10.
Attach a mail slot
A mail slot can also upgrade the look of a door for a reasonable price — between $5 and $20 is standard for steel or brass letter slots. Mail slots can range from always-open letter sleeves to mail slots with lift flaps. It's important that you cut holes in both sides of your door that are straight, level and properly aligned, so consider hiring a professional installer.
Try a kick plate
Kick plates at the bottom of your door not only improve the curb appeal of your home, but also help limit wear and tear. Metal kick plates are easily installed, using screws along their top and bottom edges. Most cost around $20. Many come with anti-tarnish coatings and in a range of sizes to fit most doors. These plates are also an effective security measure, as they help prevent the bottom of your door from being kicked in or broken.
Many of these upgrades are easily done as do-it-yourself projects, but if you prefer or need help, consider how Angie's List can help. Members have access to local consumer reviews on door companies, handymen and service providers in more than 550 other categories.