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Replacing Front Doors, Top 5 Things to Consider

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2011


Front Doors



Exterior (or entry) doors come in a variety of materials and sizes, with the front entrance door tending to be the door with a nice array of options for various windows and panels around them to give the entryway a little more character. Most other exterior doors (apart from sliding glass) tend to be a little more straightforward and simple. Let’s go over 5 things to consider when replacing a front door.


1. Materials

Exterior doors are normally made from 3 alternative materials - wood, metal (often steel), or fiberglass (or some similar composite, man made material). 


Wooden doors have their own good and bad points -- they have a nice solid feel and of course natural wood grain, but they also can eventually rot, crack, and warp since they are just wood. These traits would be a good reason to replace your door.


Metal doors with a foam core and steel skin is solid, stable, durable and energy efficient. Exterior steel door ideas are great to consider, particularly for those of us who desire both low maintenance and superior security. Steel doors offer convenience and safety in one nice package. They also last much longer. In today’s market, door manufacturers are producing steel doors, which are quite attractive and come in a variety of styles and designs.


Fiberglass doors are superior to wood and metal doors in a number of ways. First of all, they don't rot or crack like wood, so if you don't abuse them, they can look nearly the same 10 years after you install them. And since they are not wood, there also is no insect damage possible. Second, they offer several times more insulation protection than wood doors, keeping your home cooler in the summer and warmer in winter (most fiberglass doors have a solid polyurethane foam core). Third, they come with a nice smooth finish that you can paint right over if you choose, offering easy care and cleaning. This is the door that many people prefer because it's got all the best qualities: strength, durability, energy efficiency and a good variety of style choices. The best-quality fiberglass doors can be made to look remarkably like genuine wood.



2. Exterior Door Security


All the exterior doors to your home should be of solid core construction. You can test your existing doors out by pushing or tapping a straight pin into the door. If the pin goes in with little resistance it is likely a hollow door that could easily be busted in by a burglar, these doors should be replaced with solid doors.  As well, high quality deadbolt locks should protect all exterior doors.


Front Doors

3. Appearance


If you’re looking to improve your curb appeal, select an entryway door that will make a statement and upgrade the value and character of your home.  Create your own custom design with colors and styles to coordinate with your home’s architecture.  After all, your front door set the stage for all who enter your home.






4. Climate


When selecting a front door for your house, you will also need to take into consideration the climate in which you live.  The different materials are made to withstand various weather changes and endure those changes for a long time.  Make sure to check on the compatibility of the material you like with the climate that you live.



5. Budget


Wood, metal and fiberglass doors vary in prices as well as optional details such as outer panels or transoms will need to be reflected in the overall budget.  As with any major home improvement project, make sure you get several estimates from qualified home improvement contractors.



Choosing a new replacement front door can greatly enhance the curb appeal of your home.  So be sure to do your research and find the door that best suits your home and budget. 


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Tags: Entry Doors, Doors, Fiberglass Doors