Your front door is often the first thing visitors notice about your home, and is quite literally how they are going to enter your home. Because of this, putting effort into the design and style of your front door is equivalent to making a good first impression on potential visitors. This can manifest in a number of ways, from the size, shape, material, color, and windows of your door, but there is one small detail you may have forgotten: how people are going to signal that they’re at your door. Most contemporary homes have doorbells, and so you may not have thought about alternatives, but the home exterior experts at Gilkey Windows of Central Kentucky are here to help you figure out the best way to deck out your front door.
Doorbells are the standard way of signaling to someone that you have arrived at their home. Most doorbells are fairly small and are placed either on the front door itself or nearby on the adjacent wall. When pressed, they usually make a small noise signaling that someone is at the door, although there are more advanced doorbells available that connect to a speaker or even a small camera so that the person at the door can communicate with whoever is inside the house. Most of the innovations that come with doorbells are technological, as ultimately there are not too many ways to revolutionize the design of doorbells. That being said, aside from texting or calling someone, a doorbell is the most efficient way to signal that you have arrived at someone’s home.
While not as efficient as doorbells, door knockers more than make up for that with style. Harkening back to castles and Victorian mansions, door knockers can be made in a variety of styles, from the utilitarian to the baroque and can be made to suit any home’s aesthetic. Many smaller door knockers are made for solely decorative purposes and actually accompany a doorbell, but they can serve as a primary way for guests to announce themselves. Particularly if you have a larger, heavy door knocker and a front entryway with great acoustics, a door knocker can actually be louder than a doorbell if organized properly.
No matter whether you choose a doorbell or a door knocker, the door experts at Gilkey Windows can help make sure that you get the perfect door for your home. Stop by our location in Lexington, Kentucky today to get started on making the exterior of your home as beautiful as the interior. We also proudly serve the Central Kentucky area.