Choosing a Front Door

You’ve probably seen real estate shows where an agent insists that the right front door might mean the difference between amazing curb appeal and a tired exterior, and that’s not a bad way to think about your front door.

However, just about everyone and their decorator probably has an opinion on what door you need for your home. Therefore, it’s a valuable investment of your time to check out what the experts say on door design and choice and then you can make up your own mind on which door might fit your home best.

Choosing a Material with “This Old House”

The experts at the long-running PBS show “This Old House” have a lot to say on choosing a front door, but some of their most valuable advice comes from information on door material and using wood. Door experts at “This Old House” suggest:

“Wood doors are the most common. Versatility and beauty are their strong suit. Natural-finish stock and custom wood doors come in oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany, maple, fir, and pine. You’ll also find paint-grade doors in several softwood varieties, such as pine and western hemlock. Many stock wood doors are a sandwich of wood-veneer skins over an engineered-wood core.”

Read more about door materials with “This Old House” here.

Getting the Lowdown on Steel with HGTV

The popularity of steel in the past few years has certainly caught on as homeowners have embraced the clean lines of modern architecture. In addition to wood or fiberglass, HGTV’s remodeling experts offer some basic details on how to choose a steel door:

“Steel. Made of an inner frame of wood or steel with a 24-gauge steel skin (or thicker on premium doors), the cavities of most steel doors are filled with a high-density foam insulation. Finishes are usually a baked-on polyester finish, which may need periodic resealing. Premium doors have a vinyl coating for improved weather resistance or sometimes even a wood veneer that can take a stain.”

Read more about what HGTV has to say about the pros and cons of steel doors here.

Color Concerns with “Better Homes & Gardens”

A wood door probably makes you think of the color brown, but natural wood color is just a starting point for many homeowners. Some advice suggests a bright, festive door to welcome visitors while other design suggestions might feature a subtle door with accents, inlaid features, or carving.

“Better Homes & Gardens” offers the following valuable tidbits on door color:

  • Use a color wheel to help choose the color
  • Consider style of the home and its personality
  • Understand the visual impact of a colored door

The color you choose for your door will give the home a certain “feeling” and may create a festive atmosphere or a traditional facade.

Read more about door color choice with “Better Homes & Gardens” here.

Seal Talk with the “DIY” Network

Beyond choice of material and style, your door will probably feature one of two types of seals. According to the DIY Network, seal types include:

“Compression sealed doors use a flexible PVC gasket that fits along the four sides of an entry way. When the door is closed, the gasket is compressed into place to form a tight seal.

Magnetically sealed doors are made of metal or steel and have a magnetic seal similar to those found on refrigerator doors. They are a more expensive option, but they’re extremely energy efficient.”

Your home will probably feel a little less drafty after you install a new door because the seals won’t be ripped, bent, or warped. You might love the old door on your home, but it could be letting in drafts and making it harder for your home’s HVAC system to keep the residence cool in the summer or warm in the winter.

Read more about exterior door seals at the DIY Network here.

Is your head swimming with all the choices you have for your new door? Let Laurence Smith Window and Door help you choose the best front door for your home. Contact us today for a consultation on your home improvement plan.