When people come to visit your home or when they drive by your home, your front door is one of the key aspects of your home that they take notice to oftentimes. But your front door is more about durability and efficiency than looks.
Because exterior doors are exposed to the elements 365 days a year they tend to age more than any other aspect of your home. Choosing the appropriate front door for your climate can cut down on the frequency of how often you need to replace your front door.
While front doors used to be only available in wood, the options of exterior door material have changed significantly over the years. Even though you are still able to choose and buy a wooden front door if you so desire, other options currently on the market include steel and fiberglass composites.
If you happen to be replacing your old wooden doors and upgrading to one of the more modern materials, you will notice that you will be hard pressed to just be able to purchase a new door by itself. Most doors now come as an entire “entry system.” The “entry system” is designed so that all of the parts work reliably together and provide the most energy efficient results for your home.
You will also need to decide whether you need a “flush” or “paneled” door. A flush door is smooth on both sides of the door. A paneled door has either horizontal or vertical rectangular recesses. Other doors feature door lites, or windows, instead of these rectangular recesses. Paneled doors tend to last longer than flush doors, because they have more room to expand and contract when there are changes in climate.
And just like people are left or right-handed, doors are too. A door that opens towards you and has the knob on left side is a left-handed door; a door that opens towards you and has the knob on the right side is a right-handed door.