A front door can set the tone for your entire home and say a lot about who you are and what kind of lifestyle you lead. Whether urban, suburban, or rural—or something in between—there’s a front entry door that’s perfect for you.
Front Entry Doors: Options
Steel entry doors offer good energy efficiency and low maintenance at an affordable price point compared to entry doors made of aluminum or fiberglass. They stand up well against the elements and typically come with a wide range of customization options including decorative glass inserts.
Aluminum entry doors: When properly insulated they do not lose as much heat as fiberglass entry door options but require frequent touch-ups to prevent rusting.
Due to the lower price point and wide range of customization options (including decorative glass inserts fiberglass entry doors remain popular entry door options. Fiberglass is corrosion resistant and holds its finish better than other types of entry. It’s also energy-efficient, so it lowers your heating and cooling bills.
Wood entry doors come in a range of species and finishes and provide excellent insulation. Wood entry doors can be customized with decorative glass inserts
Wood entry doors boast beautiful detailing and rich grains, but the cost and maintenance required to keep them looking good to make them a less-attractive entry door choice for many.
Most entry doors are sized from 2′-0″ by 6′-8″ to 4′ x 8′, though some manufacturers have entry doors available as large as 5′-5″. In addition, there’s a growing trend toward oversized entry doors that measure 2′ wider than standard widths.
Front Entry Door Installation: A Door That Fits Your Life
Most new entry doors include an insulated frame, single or double weather stripping, and a threshold designed to seal out drafts and prevent the entry of water and debris.
Be aware that entry doors sized to accommodate sidelights or decorative transoms may require custom-frame construction.
If you live in an area where hurricanes are a major concern, go with entry doors made of fiberglass or steel because wood entry door options can be damaged by high winds.
Entry doors typically come pre-hung on jambs to ensure proper fit and ease of installation—but don’t forget that there are other components to consider when installing entry doors including brick moulds (to hold the exterior jamb) and the header (the board over your entry door that holds up the weight of your entry door).
Front Entry Door Care: A Door That Lasts for Years
To protect against fading, scratching, cracking, and chipping, entry doors made of aluminum and fiberglass require very little maintenance.
Wood entry door options need more care and attention to keep protected from the elements and look their best.
Wipe entry doors with a soft cloth dampened in water as needed to remove dirt and fingerprints. Never use harsh chemicals or abrasive cleaners on entry doors as they can damage the finish.
Ongoing cleaning of entry doors requires some patience: Most entry doors are designed for low-maintenance care; however, wood entry door options may require more effort to keep them looking their best than other entry door options.
There’s no such thing as a perfect front entry door but there is an entry door option that’s perfect for you. Regardless of which front entry door you choose, make sure it fits your needs and lifestyle and is installed correctly by professionals. Hardy Windows and Doors can help you with all your sales and installation needs.
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