Your front door is many things. It’s a focal point when people glance at your house from outdoors, an important security feature and an important factor which contributes to how energy efficient your house is. The right front door can even add value to your house.

Therefore, when you’re buying a front door there are a lot of factors to consider. In this article, we’ll go over what they are so that you end up making the right choice.

Choose the Right Material

Everyone is familiar with wooden doors but what about vinyl, steel and fiberglass ones? Here’s what are suited for:

  • Steel – reinforced steel doors are the best option if your main concern is security. They’re available in a variety of prices, so you’ll definitely be able to find one within your budget. Be wary if you’re buying plain steel doors however, as they have quite a short lifespan.
  • Wood – if you like the traditional look, then a wood door is the best option. There are a variety of different wooden doors to choose from including solid core, solid and hollow. Solid core doors are by far the most resilient, with a lifespan of up to 100 years!
  • Vinyl – vinyl doors are quite expensive and are a good choice for screen doors. However, vinyl doors aren’t the most secure material for doors.
  • Fiberglass – Fiberglass doors with a wood finish you the aesthetic and durability of wooden doors but at a lower price. If you’re going the fiberglass route, we recommend staying away the cheaper ones as they’re usually less secure.

Pick a Look That Ties In With the Rest of the House

If your house is rustic and your front door is contemporary (or vice versa) then the latter is going to stick out like a sore thumb. Hence, when you’re shopping for a front door, pick one that aligns with the architectural style of your house.

The same is true when you’re picking door hardware. For a range of traditional and contemporary handles, locks, chains, hinges…etc. we recommend checking out

Decide Whether to Go With Windows or Not

Windows can help give your home a very elegant and traditional look. Stained glass windows in particular can give your door some style.

On the other hand, glass is a poor insulator. This means that the overall energy efficiency in your house will be reduced if you install a door with windows rather than a plain one. Furthermore, plain doors allow you to have more privacy and are harder to break through.

Get the Dimensions Right

If you install a door that doesn’t fit in the designated opening, then you would have wasted a lot of time and money. Hence, before you go shopping for a front door you should take the measurements of the opening and the existing door (if there is one).

In addition, we recommend checking out a door in person before you purchase it. This way you can measure its dimensions yourself.

As you can see front door shopping isn’t all that simple! There are quite a few factors to consider before you can find the right one for you.