4 Tips for Choosing the Right Front Door
On the hunt for a new front door? The decision should be based on more than just price or curb appeal. Ahead, we’re diving into the most important details you should pay attention to as you search for the right front door.
#1 Home Style
Architecturally speaking, your entry door should fit with the rest of your house. It sets the tone for all that’s inside, and should complement the style of the home. Instead of forcing a new trend or or just picking whichever door is on sale, let your door be an expression of your style and taste!
#2 Find the Right Finish
Beyond style, you also have to select a finish for your door. In order from least glossy to most glossy, flat/matte, eggshell, satin, semi-gloss, and gloss sheens are all options for exterior paints. Most people go for a semi-gloss finish on the front door since it reflects light, easily wipes clean, and won’t draw attention to smudges or imperfections.
#3 Quality Counts
A front door is not really where you want to skimp. It can affect everything from home style to energy efficiency, and it will likely be there a long time — so don’t try to cut corners if you can help it. Go for a high-quality, weather-resistant option that will function for years to come.
#4 Consider Materiality
Choosing the right material can make all the difference in your front door. But beyond the look, there’s also durability and cost to consider.
Steel won't crack or warp, and is known for its durability (The expression is “strong as steel” for a reason!). Cost-wise, steel doors usually run on the less expensive side, but by the time you get sidelights and premium hardware, you may be on par with what you’d pay for another material.
Fiberglass-composite doors are typically fairly tough and maintenance-free, and you have the added benefit of tons of options to choose from.
Solid wood doors are common, and come in a wide variety of finishes. Strong and aesthetically pleasing, wood doors are usually on the upper end of the pricing scale. Of course, real wood doors are also more susceptible to the elements and are more likely to warp and bow.
Solid engineered hardwood is a top choice for both durability and style. In fact, our exterior doors are made with solid engineered hardwood, formed in a cross-grain pattern for added durability, and then finished with a thin, veneered layer of either Fir, Pine, or Mahogany. Plus, this configuration minimizes the expansion and contraction that cause warping.
Sound like a good fit?
- Flugel Consulting, LLC