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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 No Sidelite and Surround Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with No Sidelite and Surround 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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    Forta Doors Single Door with No Sidelite 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+
  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 No Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with Single Sidelite-Right 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+
  6. Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left and No Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with Single Sidelite-Left 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+
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  8. Forta Doors Single Door with No Sidelite and Elliptical Transom in a Mahogany Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with No Sidelite and Elliptical 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 Elliptical Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with Double Sidelite and Elliptical 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 Rectangular Transom in a Fir Colorview
    Forta Doors Double Door with No Sidelite 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+
  12. Forta Doors Single Door with Double Sidelite and Rectangular Transom in a Cedar Colorview
    Forta Doors Single Door with Double Sidelite 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+
  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 TipsExternal Wooden Front Doors

Shopping for external wooden front doors doesn’t have to be a staggering chore. True, there are a few decisions you will need to make and the variety of options can make your head spin. However, once you’ve got the basic information, it’s easier to narrow down your choices.

First, find out about those choices, including what you need to know about the versatility of wood. Then learn about the maintenance that external wooden front doors require and how you can protect your doors. In addition, see what you need to know about door frames before you install.

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Diversity of Design

One of the chief reasons wooden front doors are so popular is that wood is so versatile. Not only are there so many varieties of wood available, but you can change its appearance in so many ways. For example, you can pick a door made from a certain wood, and then finish it to enhance its natural coloring. You can also stain it to a darker color, or even paint it any color you’d like. That’s just your color options. There are also design options. For example, wooden doors can be finished to be simple, with clean geometric lines. They can also be made much more elaborate, with complicated designs. You can also choose to add window panels to wooden doors and those come with their own design choices. Whatever you’re thinking about, you can probably find with wooden doors.

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All about Upkeep

Wooden front doors have a reputation for needing a lot of maintenance. While that’s true to an extent, advances in technology and manufacturing have made the process a lot easier. Many manufacturers offer special coatings and finishes, for example, that provide a layer of protection against moisture and insects. If the door you choose doesn’t come with that safeguard, there are plenty of commercially available exterior-grade polyurethane finishes you can apply yourself. If you choose to go that route, apply two coats when you first get the door. Make sure you don’t miss the corners and edges, because they could soak up water if uncoated. After applying the initial two coats, you’ll just need to sand the door every couple of years and apply one fresh coat of finish.

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Maintaining the Frame

Before you install a new front door, you will need to inspect the door frame. If there are any issues with the frame, it could make your new door hang not able to open and close properly. First, check for any rotting or any other kind of damage or deterioration. This is most commonly an issue with wooden door frames, but frames made of other materials, like metal, can also be damaged. If the frame is rotten, then it will need to be replaced. You will also need to replace or repair the door frame if it has shifted out-of-kilter due to bowing wall studs. For the all-in-one option, look for prehung doors. As the name implies, these doors come already hanging in a new frame. Otherwise, you can just buy a “slab” door.

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Why are External Wooden Front Doors better than Steel Doors?

You have a mind-blowing house with perfect interior decorating, but whenever anyone comes in they keep quiet and say nothing about your exquisitely designed home. You scratch your head and ask yourself why? Maybe it’s because your house has a poorly designed or mismatched front door.

When someone enters your house the first two things they see are your front door and entryway. However, if they are not designed properly, the person’s mind forms the image of an improper and shabby house. You can’t often change a person’s first impression, but with a little planning you can set the right ambience from the beginning.

When selecting an external front door, functionality is as important as design. Having a magnificent front door is not the only concern because while it may be able to create a good impression, what’s the point of having it if it is not durable or secure enough to last and keep your family safe. Most people can’t spend a fortune on front doors, so making the right choice from a wide selection of materials is extremely important.

Some homeowners may choose to use steel external front doors, while for others the appearance of wooden front doors is preferred. Not just because it enhances your entryway by its beauty, a wooden front door is better than steel for several reasons. It’s more durable and stands up against harsh winds, heavy rains, and sunlight; it also provides better security against intruders.

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Aesthetic Appeal

Interior designers and homeowners find that steel doors give an extremely cold and industrial look. These doors have little design versatility because no matter how beautifully they are made, they lack texture. Wood doors are much better choices where front doors are concerned. Because wood is a natural material and homeowners have the freedom to stain or polish it, the wood front door will have a nicer aesthetic appeal to it.

While steel doors give a-single-material look, wooden doors offer a variety of styles and looks. Crafted from a variety of wood material such as maple, pine, applewood, oak, cherry or several others, each wood has a different texture, quality, and appeal. An external wooden front door gives a warm, cozy, and welcoming look to your house.

Wooden doors have traditionally been the preferred choice by interior designers and architects when carving is considered. You can have a beautifully hand-carved or manufactured wooden door with a range of designs from traditional 4- or 6-raised panel, to various specialty designs such as flowers, animals, and others. Be sure to review the wide variety of options and designs and choose the one that fits your specific style and taste.

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Price & Functionality

Steel doors are generally less expensive than wood doors. Today however, due to improvements in manufacturing processes, we have several wooden doors available that are cheaper than a steel door. In addition to reasonable costs, another reason the wooden door has the edge over a steel door is its functionality.

Having a wooden external front door will help ensure that heat is not easily transferred to the inside of your home. Because steel is a better conductor of heat than wood, during the summer steel doors tend to become hot. Once they heat up they transfer this heat, eventually making your home warmer. On the other hand, wood is a poor conductor of heat, which in this case is just one more benefit. A wooden front door can withstand heat for a very long time; it doesn’t absorb heat easily, so less absorption can lead to a cooler environment.

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Durability, Maintenance, and Care

Steel doors are finished at factories with special coatings that can inhibit rust, but wooden doors are finished using special polishing materials. With steel doors, you may need to continuously repaint them so that they can continue looking good and be protected from moisture that could still lead to rusting. While wood doors can be painted, they certainly don’t need to be; you can polish or sand them after several years in order to give them new look. If the wooden door is carved, generally the original stain or finish will protect it from the element and look beautiful for years.

Steel door maintenance requires a professional to do the repair while the maintenance of wood doors can be more easily achieved through DIYs (Do-it-yourself-projects). Steel doors tend to get scratches and dents, which further deteriorate their condition and appearance, but wood doors are resistant to damage caused by scratches, and dents are impossible due to the nature of wood. Welcome guests into your home with a quality and beautiful long-lasting exterior wooden front door.

Questions And Answers

Do exterior wooden doors rot quickly?

Whether or not an exterior wood door maintains its good condition or rots depends on the paint or sealant use, and the likelihood of the door making contact with snow and rain. A high-quality paint with proper coverage works wonders. A deep porch protects the door from most rain and snow making contact. The exception would be if the porch is tilted and puddles gather at the bottom of the front door, keeping it wet for extended periods of time.

Why choose a wooden door for the exterior?

Wooden exterior doors have classic charm. With rare exception, front doors are primarily made of wood. Wood doors come with a variety of charming panel designs, can be inset with glass, and can enjoy a color change as frequently as the home owner would like by applying a fresh coat of paint in a new color. Wood doors hold door knockers well, and can be affixed with kick plates to protect the door from those who push doors open with their foot.

Are exterior wood doors sturdy?

Exterior wood doors are very sturdy. Unless the wrong kind of door is chosen and installed in that location. It’s important to recognize that interior wood doors are often hollow, and are not appropriate – in terms of security – for use as an external door. Wood doors are made with specific types of wood, cut in specific ways, to withstand temperature changes so they do not shrink or expand tremendously as the weather changes. This makes for a very sturdy and reliable exterior door.

What kind of paint is best for exterior wood doors?

Many exterior doors are painted with latex paint, if the door is not exposed to being soaked by rain or snow. Oil paint can also be used on exterior wood doors, which provides an extra element of protection from damp elements. The best option for a successful paint job is to purchase high quality paint labeled for exterior use, then to apply a primer coat before applying at least two coats of paint. Following label instructions for proper drying time between coats.

How long do exterior wood doors last?

Exterior wood doors can last for decades if the home and the door have been maintained over the years. Proper maintenance includes looking for chips or slits and crevices in the paint on a yearly basis, then tending to them so the elements don’t soak through and into the wooden surface. Without proper maintenance, depending on the exposure to rain and sun, it’s possible that the door will start showing signs of not functioning within the first decade due to rot setting in.

Are exterior wood doors required by HOAs?

It is not unheard of that Home Owners Associations might require all exterior doors to be wooden. In that case there might also be specification that the door panels have the same uniform design from one house to the next. It is very common for HOAs to require that changing front doors be approved before installation. In that case, depending on the Board approval a wooden door might be replaced by one of a different material.

Are all exterior wood doors solid wood?

All exterior wood doors should be wood. Whether they are or not is a matter of quality, and a matter of the installer having chosen a quality door to put on the exterior. When an exterior wood door is not solid it is called hollow-core, and the door is vulnerable to being kicked-in by intruders. Solid wood exterior doors are sturdier and safer than a hollow-core door would be.

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How To Make A Door Jamb

Many people assume that making a door jamb is hard, but it’s actually a project almost anyone can handle. Typically, you only need a few wood boards and some basic tools to get started, meaning you don’t have to hire a professional to get high-quality results.

This approach can be especially cost effective as it allows you to buy slab doors instead of the pre-hung units most people choose. Just follow the steps below to get your new, custom door jamb made.

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How To Install Door Threshold

With time, the threshold on your door can get ruined or even worn out. The seal is one of the most common problems that occurs and it creates problems with shutting the door and keeping things energy efficient. If that is the only issue you have, you might be able to only get that replaced. However, if there are even more issues, you should probably install a new door threshold. This is not a complicated project and doesn’t take long.

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How To Install A Prehung Door

Installing doors can seem like a far too difficult task for the average person. If you don’t have experience in construction or home improvement of some kind, you might think it is impossible for you to install or replace doors. This is why prehung doors are so popular. The fact that the pieces come together and just need to be placed into a rough opening makes installation far easier. However, it does take a lot of precision and some time. We no longer have to build everything from hand or drill every hole. Now, it is possible for the average person to replace doors without the help of a handy man.

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Double Glazed Front Doors

Glass tends to be poor when it comes to insulation and this is due to the fact that a pane of glass is commonly less than an inch in thickness. Double glazing is designed to help combat this use, it uses two panes and forms a gap in between that is airtight. Having the air gap plus two layers of glass helps to make the windows stronger when it comes to insulating ability and thus allowing for a more regulated temperature. Insulating the home with glass in the door is a good option but double glazing reduced your energy costs. Standard double glazing is what we referred to above. Smart glass has an anti-glare protective film that helps to reduce the heat gain in months that are warm as well as reflecting the harsh sunlight. Then there is thermal glazing which is ideal for climates that are extreme or climates where the temperatures vary widely. Depending on where you live as well as what your budget is can help you make the decision of which one to invest in. read more

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Beveled Front Doors

Capture the essence of your home space by installing beveled front doors at your entranceway. Designed with a beveled piece of glass, the door is made to allow natural lighting into the home in a unique way that other doors/ glass fail to offer. The doors come in an array of styles, so it is easy to find a simple yet elegant design just as easily as it is to add transoms and sidelights to create a vibrant ambiance at your entrance. Sold in a variety of materials including wood, vinyl, fiberglass, and steel, the doors take safety measures to the next level and keep you and the family safely protected whether you are home or away. If you want to add a door to your home that is fun, stylish, and designed to meet your decorative needs, beveled doors have you covered. - You want a unique look - You want a durable, long-lasting door - You enjoy natural lighting - You enjoy fun, decorative touches read more

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Fiberglass Front Doors

Fiberglass front doors are one of the newest options when it comes to your home's entryway. Unlike earlier manufactured doors which looked completely fake, made of composite materials encased in fiberglass, fiberglass front doors can take on any look and can fit any style. There are even some being manufactured that look so much like wood that experts can't tell the difference, not to mention the layperson. This wooden look can be heightened even more through colors applied through stains or paint. There are several reasons why one might choose a fiberglass front door over other kinds. If you're new to the world of fiberglass front doors, then you’re likely to have a pleasant surprise. All door types have their advantages and disadvantages, of course, but with fiberglass front doors, the pros far outweigh the cons. You’ll find that having the fiberglass front door installed on your home will enhance its beauty as well as ensure its security. If you're planning to be in your home for a long time, you owe it to yourself, and your wallet, to seriously consider the fiberglass front door. read more

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