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  1. Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and Segment Head Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and Segment Head Transom in a Cedar Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  2. Forta Doors Double Door with Single Sidelite-Left and Elliptical Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with Single Sidelite-Left and Elliptical Transom in a Fir Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  3. Forta Doors Single Door with No Sidelite and Half Round Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with No Sidelite and Half Round Transom in a Fir Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  4. Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and No Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and No Transom in a Fir Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  5. Forta Doors Double Door with Single Sidelite-Right and Rectangular Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with Single Sidelite-Right and Rectangular Transom in a Cedar Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  6. Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and Rectangular Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and Rectangular Transom in a Fir Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
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  8. Forta Doors Single Door with No Sidelite and Half Round Transom in a Mahogany Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with No Sidelite and Half Round Transom in a Mahogany Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  9. Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and Half Round Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and Half Round Transom in a Cedar Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  10. Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and No Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and No Transom in a Cedar Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  11. Forta Doors Double Door with No Sidelite and Segment Head Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with No Sidelite and Segment Head Transom in a Fir Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  12. Forta Doors Single Door with Double Sidelite and Segment Head Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with Double Sidelite and Segment Head Transom in a Cedar Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
  13. Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and Elliptical Transom in a Oak Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and Elliptical Transom in a Oak Color
    The most important feature of your home is a beautiful front door. Forta Doors add character and style and come in a variety of options. Improve the curb appeal of your home with a Forta Front Door and create the warm and welcoming ambiance your guests deserve every time they visit. Forta Doors enhance the appearance of a home with sophistication while portraying a timeless splendor for any season. A Forta Entry Door makes a great first impression.Embrace your front entry appearance with the craftsmanship and high-quality products only Forta can provide. With an endless array of customizable selections you can achieve any desirable style. Complement your existing home exterior with a unique front door, creating the perfect level of sophistication, elegance, and grace.
    Estimated Price: $499.00+
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Top Three Shopping TipsClassic Front Doors

Your front door is the first thing people notice when they look at your home. Classic front doors highlight your home’s architecture and add visual enhancements to its curb appeal. Sometimes called "traditional" front doors, classic front doors give visitors a hint at an elegant, traditional home interior.

Choose from a variety of classic front doors to match your home’s style and your personal sensibilities. In addition, if you want to update or refresh your home’s entryway without drastically changing it, classic front doors offer tried and true design, clean features and simple lines, and a warm, inviting entryway for your family, friends, and guests to be greeted.

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What to look for in classic front doors

Classic entry doors come in a variety of designs, some incorporating glass panes, sidelights, or even double-entry doors. Depending on the material you choose for your classic front door, you can have a stained or painted wood front door or a colored fiberglass or steel door. Classic wood front doors emphasize the grain in the wood to complement the home’s traditional style and decor. Painting classic front doors adds a pop of color or a subtle hue to a traditional home that catches the eye and boosts your home’s curb appeal. Whether you choose a stained or painted front entry door, your choice of classic front doors can express your own personal style and creativity.

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Different styles of classic front doors

Classic styles of front doors have been around for a while, some dating back several centuries. For instance, you can choose from double front doors, sometimes called French doors, that give an elegant look. A traditional front door with the addition of sidelights and a transom can turn your entryway into a grand experience for guests. Another classic front door design is to incorporate multiple panes of glass, and some even have arched or oval glass panes for visual appeal. Depending on the style of front door you choose, don’t be afraid to paint it an unexpected color. That pop of color can take a classic door from a homey appeal to an eye-catching design piece.

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Learn classic front doors’ terminology

When shopping for classic front doors, it helps to understand the terms used to describe the design features. Here is the short list of terms you need to understand to help you make a better decision. First, doors are either in-swing or out-swing, meaning they open inward into the house or outward. Next, a left-hand door has the hinges on the left side when viewed from the outside looking in. As expected, a right-hand door has hinges on the right side. Also, some classic front doors have "lites" which are panes of glass incorporated into the door. A divided lite includes several panes of glass divided by a grille which is plastic, wooden, or metal pieces that separate the glass.

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When you’re shopping for a new front entry door, many homeowners favor classic front doors for their timeless design. A traditional door can have a broad appeal, making it ideal for those who prefer an option that isn’t likely to lose its desirability as trends change. Installing a classic style front door will ensure that those who are interested in selling their home in the near future and won’t turn away potential buyers. Because the front door is the entry to your home, it sets the tone from the beginning, so if your door looks bad, you’ll have to overcome the poor impression with your interior.

Classic front doors are available in a variety of materials, including:

  • Fiberglass/Composite
  • Steel
  • Wood

Since the designs have stood the test of time, most manufacturers produce options featuring the traditional elements associated with classic front doors, making it easier to find one in your ideal material and at your preferred price point. While the doors are standard regarding size, there are differences in hardware, colors, and looks available to choose from, so there is no doubt one will be perfect for you.

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Traditional Styling

Classic front doors feature many of the elements people traditionally associated with entryway door design. This can include a variety of raised and recessed panels, glass inserts, and often a wood grain texture. The updated front door construction ensure that you have the traditional look you want on your home making the façade consistently good through-out. Of course, the material varies but the quality and insulating value has been enhanced so it will not only last a long time but will also help to reduce your energy costs.

Typically, these design features work well with a wide range of architectural styles, especially those with historic architecture like Victorian, Cape Cod, Colonial, and Craftsman. They can also work well with traditional brick and classic ranch homes. Some classic front doors have elements that mirror those present in specific building periods while others blend options from different times, allowing you to get a classic front door with your preferred features. With the options you have for hardware and materials you’ll be sure to find the combination that will keep your home secure and looking great. Be the envy of your neighborhood using a traditional style of front door to set yours off as uniquely yours.

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Wide Appeal

Truly classic front doors generally have a wide appeal, because they often resemble designs most people have regularly encountered throughout their lives. Remembering your childhood while growing up or your first house, more than likely a classic styled front door was on it. The traditional aesthetic also tends to be viewed as timeless and elegant, or even slightly regal, helping to ensure it maintains its appeal over time. Do you remember walking up to your friend’s home that everyone said was rich and took in the appeal of the front door? That’s the warm yet reserved feeling your guests will get when coming to your home due to the classical styling of your front door.

A classic front door can make an entryway feel stately and formal, which many people prefer, especially if their interior’s design leans toward the traditional. In many cases, classic front doors either feature natural wood coloring because it was sealed or lightly stained, or a conventional paint color, like white or red, though you can make a traditional front door stand out from the crowd by choosing an unconventional stain or paint color, allowing you to blend the classic styling with current trends.

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Material Choices

Because classic front doors are always in demand, you can often select from a wide range of materials that suit your budget and lifestyle. Usually, steel doors are the most cost-effective option and will definitely keep your belongings and family safe, though they may not feature the coveted wood grain look. The surface is easy to paint and resists damage, though scratches must be addressed quickly to avoid rusting. Easily recycled if it ever wears out, a steel front door is one of the most secure doors that is still very eco-friendly.

Fiberglass/composite classic front doors are incredibly low maintenance, and the surface can be cast to resemble natural wood too. With a simple wipe down the fiberglass door will be cleaned easily and there is no chance of rusting like other material will. They can also be easily painted or may come in finishes that mimic wood. Wood doors are the most expensive and require more maintenance but offer a significant amount of flexibility in regard to finish. Both stain and paint can be used to get the desired look, though it will need to be painted or sealed regularly to maintain the integrity of the material.

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When should you replace your exterior front door?

If it’s drafty around your door, or if there’s damage or difficulty in opening and closing the door, it’s probably time to replace it. Replacing your front door will increase your home’s value, will save energy and will improve home security. With the added curb appeal, you’ll most likely recoup the cost of a front-door replacement when you sell your house.

What materials do front exterior doors come in?

You can buy wood front doors, fiberglass/composite, or steel, although steel doors are typically not part of a traditional or classic look.

What should I look for when buying a classic exterior door?

Whether doors are fiberglass or wood, it’s best to have a solid-core exterior door rather than a hollow-core door. Solid core offers a higher level of security and insulation. Doors that are Energy Star qualified have tighter fitting frames and energy-efficient cores. If there’s glass in the door, panes have double- or triple-paneled insulating glass to reduce heat transfer. The best doors have a limited lifetime warranty, which may be transferrable to the next owner.

What are the advantages of fiberglass doors?

Fiberglass is available in many different styles, including more classic looks, and can have a smooth surface or an embossed wood-grain texture. They can also be painted. They’re very durable and more energy-efficient than wood, and are dent-resistant and low-maintenance. While not as expensive as solid oak or mahogany, fiberglass doors are still pricey and should be installed professionally.

What are the advantages of wood doors?

Solid wood probably comes to mind when you think of classic exterior doors—solid wood is warm and rich-looking. They resist wear and tear and are the least likely to dent (and scratches are easy to fix). But, solid wood doors can be pricey and require regular painting or varnishing.

What’s the cost of a classic/traditional door?

Depending on where you live, basic lighter-weight fiberglass or engineered wood doors can start at $200 and go into the thousands for high-quality fire-rated, Energy Star rated, or decorative doors. Professional installation fees can range from a few hundred dollars to a couple of thousand, depending on the complexity of installation.

What kind of hardware looks good with classic entry doors?

While pre-hung doors include some hardware, you’ll have to purchase knobs/handles and locks/lock systems, hinges (if it’s not included with your door), and maybe a door knocker to complete the classic door look. Often, brass, bronze or satin finishes or wrought iron are popular choices for classic doors.

What’s a “classic” style door look like?

If you have a colonial or cape style house, classic designs are doors that have a certain symmetry, featuring 2 to 6 panels. Another classic touch is employing symmetrical sidelights on each side of the door. Popular colors are white, black, red and rich wood tones, but don’t let that prevent you from experimenting with a bold color.

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How To Install A Front Door

Installing a new front door adds privacy, safety, and appeal to your home. Before you call a handyman for the job, browse the step-by-step instructions below and learn how to install a front door yourself. These simple instructions indicate the job is a great DIY project most any homeowner can complete.

Read the instructions included with your new door. You should follow any specific instructions set forth in those instructions. However, the step-by-step installation instructions below should suffice for most homeowners who want to install their own front door.

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How To Hang A Prehung Door

There are many factors that can influence you use a prehung door as a replacement door. They are a great option for individuals who do not have as much experience in home improvement. This is because these doors are easier to install, and several door installation steps have already been done for the customer. For instance, they usually come with a precut doorknob hole and hinges already attached. Although these doors are easier to install than slab doors, you still have to concentrate and follow many steps to correctly install a prehung door. Follow the steps below to ensure a level, snugly fitted prehung door.

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How To Reframe A Door

Reframing a door can seem like a daunting task and may take a good chunk of your weekend to complete, but it can make a huge difference when it comes to your home. You may need to reframe your doors while replacing them with a different sized door or it could just be because of time and age. Regardless, replacing doors and reframing them can add value and improved insulation to your home.

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Does the front of your home look a little tired or just like the rest of the community with every front being the same? If you are looking for a way to make the entryway to you home more interesting and attractive, the use of glass in front doors is one option that is always popular. Glass can be a great option for front doors because it can make your door more attractive and interesting, and it effectively creates a better connection between the outside and the home’s interior. When it is time to update your home’s front, you will need to invest in the change. One small change that isn’t too pricey is to replace the front door which was solid, to one that has glass in it. This glass can be at the upper portion only or it can be in the center and lets you be able to see everyone outside. Because of these many options, you are guaranteed to find a door that works with your home and meets all of your family’s needs. read more

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The door you have on the front of your home does make a difference. Think of it this way. Your home, and the way it looks, shows others a look at who you are. The way your home looks also will determine the amount of risk the is of burglars trying to get in. It is important to keep your home protected at all costs. When you improve the look of your home, you can also improve the security, value, and so much more. One of the options you have is front house doors with glass. With these amazing benefits, you get to have the home of your dreams. A glass door will give you more light in the entryway as well as a clear view of who is at the front door. If you use glass in side lights, you’ll have various options to include that can benefit your energy bill too. If these sound like benefits you want for your home, choose this front door today. read more

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Twin Front Doors

Your front doors make a statement, giving visitors an idea of what to expect when they enter your home. Twin front doors, another term for double front doors, allow homeowners to create grand entryways. The doors swing open from the center, giving people ample room to enter or exit a home. Plus, they provide a sense of opulence, improving the visual aesthetic of your entryway. . Every material provides its own benefits, but also comes with potential drawbacks. Additionally, the construction of twin front doors has a significant impact on the overall cost. You’ll also find a broad selection of styles to choose from, ranging from industrial to traditional to contemporary. This allows you to select twin front doors that meet both your functional and design-related needs. read more

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