Your front door says a lot about you. It’s an introduction to your home for family, friends, and neighbors.
But, beyond looks, there are important factors to consider when choosing a new front door.
Let’s break it down.
There are so many choices it can make your head spin.
Do you want paneled, double, or arched doors? Will the door be steel, fiberglass, or wood?
Keep reading to learn how to find the right front door replacement for your home.
Check door size first. You don’t want to fall in love with something that won’t fit your entry.
A standard exterior door is 32 to 36 inches wide. Is your front door standard size or larger?
The size of your doorway determines your options. If it’s extra wide you may need a 42-inch single door. Maybe you have double doors.
Factor in sidelights, a transom, or extra framing or ornamental features.
What is the architectural style of your home? Your front door should match.
If you’re a traditionalist, choose a classic. Want to flaunt your modern style? Pick a steel door and paint it a unique color. There are styles to suit every taste.
If you don’t want a predictable front door, use your it to make a statement.
The most common materials used for doors are wood, fiberglass, and steel.
Wooden doors are beautiful. Wood is easy to manipulate so it’s often used for special designs or custom situations. Wood makes it easy to add side lights, decorative glass, or transoms. Plus, oak, mahogany, and pine all have a different style aesthetic.
One disadvantage to wood exterior doors is weather can warp it. Extreme heat, cold, and sunlight can damage your door.
If this happens, the door won’t close. It won’t insulate your home. Examine your door every year to make sure it’s working.
Some modern wood doors are veneers over a steel core. The steel core lowers the cost and reduces warping.
Fiberglass composite is affordable and durable. Fiberglass works well in harsh climates. Most fiberglass doors have a foam core, which is an effective insulator.
Fiberglass doors don’t dent and rarely need paint touch-ups.
You can stain a fiberglass door to look like wood.
Fiberglass doors cost more than wood. But, added insulation saves money on energy expenses.
A steel door won’t crack or warp, but it can dent.
If you have minor damage, you use an auto body repair kit to fix it. Major damage usually means you have to replace it.
A steel door can be energy efficient in moderate climates. Since the steel conducts temperatures they don’t do well in intense climates.
Steel doors are inexpensive but have a shorter lifespan.
A front door replacement, like any home expense, is an investment. Always compare your up-front cost to the long-term benefits.
Factor in expenses, like energy efficiency, maintenance, and life expectancy of the door. Everything affects the cost of your front door replacement.
You can personalize your door with paint color, hardware, and accessories.
If you have questions, contact Chicago Window Guys. They have solid advice on your front door replacement. Our pros know doors.
Call today for a free estimate or to schedule an installation.