The front door sets the tone for your home. It is the first thing visitors notice as they walk in. Some models are also more energy-efficient than others.
What to Ask Before Buying a New Front Door
Ask yourself these questions to compare available options.
- What style do you want?
- What about security and energy efficiency?
- Which exterior door materials are best?
- Should the door swing in or out?
Aesthetics and Style
The designs vary like house architectural styles. You are bound to find something matching, whether you look for a multi-light door, a conventional panel model, or a solid wood door.
Doors may swing open in different directions. Inswing doors open toward the interior of your home. Outswing doors open towards the exterior.
When the threshold is adjustable, rain and drafts will eventually get inside. This protects your home from the elements.
Glass inserts can have different sizes and positions. They can make breaking in easier. If the door has glass sidelights or inserts near the knob, you may get a double-cylinder dead-bolt lock.
Doors have different insulating properties depending on the material. Wood is less efficient than steel or fiberglass.
Unexposed hinges and special locks can make you feel safer. If you have sidelights, install an auxiliary lock near the top or bottom of the door.
Some materials can reduce the level of noise coming from the street.
Doors with a thermal break have three layers: two door panels and an internal layer of foam, fiberglass batts, or blown-in cellulose. This prevents heat and cold from being transferred between the interior and the exterior.
Its length will depend on the manufacturer and the installers. Some manufacturers provide a lifetime warranty.
Prehung Vs. Slab Front Doors
Prehung doors arrive in a ready-to-install condition — hung in a frame. They are bought for homes with an existing doorway. Slab doors come with hinges or holes for hardware.
Best Materials for Front Doors
Wood Front Doors
Wood is best for more protected or shaded areas. It may be stained or painted to match the overall design. Wooden doors look traditional and cozy.
Steel Front Doors
Steel is durable, and it is easy to maintain. No shrinking, swelling, or warping. Energy efficiency is also high.
Fiberglass-composite Front Doors
This is a practical choice. The doors may be smooth or with a surface that imitates wood. Fiberglass is highly resistant to wear and tear, but it can crack under impact.
This is a fairly inexpensive option. Aluminum is strong, resistant to corrosion, and easy to maintain.
These are used in smaller homes, where there is less entrance space.
Two doors function independently: one of them is used as secondary. Double doors are suitable for larger houses with a big hall.