7 Considerations When Choosing an Exterior Door

7 Considerations When Choosing an Exterior Door
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    Exterior doors are an important feature of your home.

    When used on your front entrance, it adds to your curb appeal and gives others an idea of what they might find inside.


These doors are also suitable for use on the back or side of your home. Before you choose a new door, take a look at the top seven things to consider.


Always start your search for a new door with the type of material you want. Wood is one of the most popular door materials, but it has some problems you should consider.

Temperature changes can cause the wood to expand and contract, which changes the way the door closes. It can even warm and develop dry rot.

Other doors use metal such as steel or aluminum that you can paint the color you want. Fiberglass doors are also popular as they are easy to maintain and don’t weigh much.


When choosing a door, don’t forget about the windows. Interior doors usually lack windows because you do not need to see out.

The doors you use on the outside need some type of windows to ensure that you can see anyone who knocks and keep an eye on your yard.

You might choose a traditional design with one large window near the top of the door or three smaller windows. Other doors come with windows that sit above the door or on the sides.

Energy Efficiency

Always consider the energy efficiency of the doors you look at, especially if you worry about losing heat in winter or cool air in summer. Most doors have a rating that tells you how energy-efficient they are, which gives you an idea of whether they will fit your home.

You can also look at whether the doors will work with weatherstripping. Adding weatherstripping to the sides, top and bottom keep air trapped in your home and blocks drafts.


The chances are good that you’ll look at the style of exterior doors because you want to make sure you pick one that matches the design of your home. Traditional doors are a good choice because you never need to worry about them going out of style.

These doors often have a few windows on the front and are solid. If you prefer a trendy look, go with a door that has multiple panels.

Out vs. In

Door makers use the term swing to describe how the door swings and moves. Some swing out, which means that the door opens to the outside. Others swing in and allow you to push the door into your house when you stand outside.

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The type that you choose depends on your personal preference. A door that swings inside is handy if you often need to carry heavy packages or groceries inside. If your family is always on the move, consider a door that swings out.


As you want to keep your home and family safe, look for doors that include security features and those that work with security features. Many people prefer doors with small windows because the windows are too small for people to see inside but are large enough that they can see out.

You may want to add a bar lock or another type of lock that ensures no one can break through the door, too.

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It’s also helpful to consider the color of the door that you want. Wood doors often come in neutral colors that you can either paint or stain. Fiberglass doors come in more colors and can range from bright red and green to light white and yellow.

With metal doors, you can choose standard doors that allow the natural color of the metal to shine through or one that comes with paint already applied. Keep in mind that you can paint the door later if you want to change things up.

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