How Custom Iron Front Doors Increase Home Value

Whether you’re selling your home or upgrading your curb appeal, learn how to increase home value with a custom iron front door.

There are a lot of ways to increase home value including renovations, updated décor, and even smart technology like security systems and camera door bells. Notably, curb appeal can account for up to 7% of a house’s sale price, according to a 2020 study from The Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, so improving your home’s curb appeal could significantly increase its value.  

Custom iron front doors are dominating the market because of their aesthetic appeal, low maintenance, and customizable nature. Iron doors are also more secure and durable compared to traditional wood door options. According to ADT Security Services, 55.7% of break-ins involve forcible entry. However, the weight and strength of iron doors make it more difficult for burglars to enter.  

From an aesthetic, financial, and security standpoint, custom iron front doors are a valuable asset to any home. Follow the four steps below to get started on creating your own custom iron door.

How to Plan for a Custom Iron Front Door

Step 1: Create a Budget

Whether your goal is to upgrade your entryway aesthetic or make improvements that will help your home build equity, adding a custom iron door will increase your home’s value for years to come. Once you’ve contacted our team, we’ll set a timeline and lay out the scale and scope of your unique project.

On average, a custom Clark Hall double entry door that involves design, custom drawings, hardware, and installation starts at around $10,000. Prices may vary depending on the complexity of the design decisions and sizing.

Step 2: Consider Energy Efficiency 

Reducing your utility bills through energy efficient upgrades can be great for you as a homeowner and appeal to buyers. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, the typical family spends at least $2,200 per year on energy bills. However, energy-efficient upgrades, like double-insulated glass, could reduce that cost by up to 30%. 

A majority of buyers today are looking for energy efficient lighting, windows, and appliances. Check lighting and windows off your list with a Clark Hall custom iron front door that comes with tempered, double-insulated glass. This additional layer of glass can help improve energy efficiency. And, there are plenty of other ways to let more light flow into your home—like sidelights and transoms—that reduce the amount of lamps and lights needed in your foyer.

Step 3: Choose a Versatile Style

At Clark Hall, we have three main styles for custom iron front doors: ornate, traditionaland modern. All of these doors are fully customizable and carry their own unique personality. However, choosing a more versatile style may increase home value and attract a wider buyer audience if you choose to resell. 

For example our modern doors are the most adaptable style because of their clean, sleek lines. Modern doors are contemporary and brighten the interior and exterior of your home. On the other hand, choosing an ornate or traditional door could make your home very distinctive and attract buyers who are looking for something more elaborate. Browse our project galleries for more inspiration.

Step 4: Maintain Your Door

Unlike a factory-built product, our custom iron front doors and windows are hand-crafted iron and steel. A certain amount of uniqueness is to be expected and we believe it adds to the door’s overall value and beauty. Read more about this process in a conversation with our artisans

Similar to a car, iron doors develop minor scratches over time that need minimal touch-ups. To enjoy your doors for a lifetime, follow these simple directions to preserve their attractiveness and functionality with minimal maintenance.

  • We recommend cleaning your door(s) at least twice per year during the spring and fall seasons to remove any buildup of pollen or other debris. If you live in coastal areas or areas with high humidity, you may need to care for your door more frequently.
  • To prevent any rust issues as your door ages, it is important to seal up any small scratches on the surface of the door. A touch-up kit is provided upon installation for your doors and windows.
  • For more information on product care, cleaning and touch-up instructions, and extra tips, check out our detailed care and cleaning instructions.. Keeping your door in good condition can increase home value.

If you have additional questions on how to increase home value, or are ready to get started with your designs, contact us. We can’t wait to see what you’ll create. For examples of ways other home owners have increased the value of their homes with custom iron doors, take a look at some of our home makeovers

Frequently Asked Questions About Increasing Home Value with Custom Iron Doors

What adds the most value to a house?

Kitchen improvements are the most recommended place to start with home upgrades, but energy efficiency and curb appeal are right behind. Curb appeal is important to consider because first and foremost, buyers want to feel welcomed when entering a home. If the outside looks uninviting, a home’s value decreases. Adding a bespoke iron door is guaranteed to up your curb appeal.

What upgrades do not increase home value?

Perhaps considering a custom iron door has inspired you to take on other home improvement projects. Keep in mind that not all upgrades are equally beneficial. For example, adding a swimming pool, remodeling a bedroom, or adding unique wallpaper to your favorite space all present different “payoffs” when it comes to recoup value.

Is iron good for a front door?

Iron is one of the most resilient and durable materials you can select for front doors. Every Clark Hall door is made specifically for you, and goes through extensive detailing before it’s installed—including a 7-step automotive grade finishing process.

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