What’s the last thing you probably see when you leave your house in the morning and the first thing you see when you return? Your front door.
It’s the main entry point of the house and one of the big drivers of curb appeal. It’s the portal between you and the outside world. Why wouldn’t you want to get it right?
If you’re choosing an exterior door, you really want to make sure that you’re choosing something that’s functional, attractive, and durable. Here’s what you need to know the next time you pick out a door.
Types of exterior doors
Exterior doors can generally be separated into two distinct types:
- Solid doors. These are the traditional front door. They’re heavy, reasonably thick, and usually made of wood that needs regular refinishing to stay weatherproof and nice looking.
- Sandwich doors. These are made of metal or fiberglass and constructed like an ice cream sandwich with two thin layers on the outside surrounding a thick center of insulating foam. They insulate better than wood doors and can be more durable.
Broadly speaking, these are the two basic types of doors that you’ll come across on a home, from new construction to older historic houses. Solid wooden doors are becoming less common, with steel taking center stage as the default option in recent years.
Why? It’s because steel and fiberglass doors are a more energy-efficient option than wood. They’re also paintable and hold their finish better than word doors so you can get whatever color you want.
When should you replace a front door?
Some people want to replace their exterior door for energy efficiency, but a much more common reason is damage to the door from a hailstorm, which can leave dents in a steel door. Insurance claims cover a lot of exterior door replacements.
When it comes to actually replacing an exterior door, there are plenty of tutorials available on the internet for the DIY-minded, but it’s usually best to get someone who knows what they’re doing. Carpenters can tell plenty of horror stories about people who ordered a door based on incorrect measurements or people who had no idea how to shim out their exterior door.
This is how you get into your house, and you want to make sure it’s done right.
The next time you’re looking for an exterior door, know your options. Look at what’s available, and choose an installer who can get you set up correctly. When you leave the house in the morning and come back in the evening, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your door is standing strong.