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Residential Front Entry Doors: A Buyer’s Guide

Residential front entry doors play a substantial role in the curb appeal of your home. They often serve as a focal point and are usually a reflection of the architectural style of the house combined with indications about your personal style.

Most buyers have a multitude of options when they purchase residential front entry doors. The most common materials used include:

  • Fiberglass/Composite
  • Steel
  • Wood

Additionally, residential front entry doors come in a broad selection of styles ranging from traditional or historical to modern contemporary. Even industrial-styled options are available, as well as doors with a more rustic aesthetic. In many cases, doors in almost any style can also feature various glass inserts, allowing additional light to enter your interior entry space while staying true to your appearance-related preferences.

Residential front entry doors can vary in price depending on the material used and overall design, though most shoppers can find a suitable option for almost any budget.

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Fiberglass/Composite

Typically, fiberglass/composite doors are considered a practical choice based on their moderate cost and high resistance to wear and tear. These doors are deemed dent-resistant, making them suitable for high traffic areas. Additionally, they can be made in almost any style, including with finishes the resemble wood grain.

The surface is often easy to paint or stain, allowing you to customize the look in virtually any color, and versions with glass inserts are readily available. These residential front entry doors generally require very little maintenance, are easy to clean, and are often highly energy efficient. However, they can crack when subjected to a severe impact, so that should be taken into consideration if you regularly move large, heavy objects through your front entry.

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Steel

Steel residential front entry doors are relatively inexpensive when compared to the other material options, making them a wise choice for those on a budget. They offer a substantial amount of security and are considered highly weather resistant. Like other materials, steel doors are available in a range of styles, including versions with glass inserts, and can be painted in any available color.

One drawback to steel residential front entry doors is they can be prone to dents. Small dents can be repaired with kits that are typically designed to remove dents from cars, but large dents may be practically irreparable. Additionally, scratches in the finish must be addressed promptly, or the underlying steel may rust after being exposed to moisture.

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Wood

Wood residential front entry doors often have a high-end look that other materials attempt to mimic. Generally, wood doors are noticeably more expensive than other options but are also the most resistant to wear and tear, so you can get increased longevity in exchange for the higher price.

They normally don’t dent as easily, and scratches can be repaired with relative ease. The material can be painted or stained to achieve the desired look, making it a flexible option aesthetically, and versions featuring glass are available. However, they do require more maintenance, including regular painting or varnishing, to maintain their integrity and keep them looking their best.

Questions And Answers

What is the best color for a front door?

There is some logic, along with some science, in color selection. A color wheel is the best place for you to start choosing your color. You can mix various colors quickly and easily to find the perfect color scheme for your entry door and the exterior of your home.

Is a steel or fiberglass door better?

Fiberglass doors and steel doors are both great doors. If struck hard enough a fiberglass door can crack, steel does not. Other than that, these doors are both really great options. Steel is the more affordable of the two but fiberglass may be slightly better in all other aspects.

What is the best color to paint your front door?

Most importantly, you want the color of your door to blend with the rest of the exterior. White and red seem to be the most commonly used colors for a front door. After red and white, it is found that is brown, blue, and green come next in popularity.

How much does it cost to replace a door and door frame?

The cost of replacing a door and frame will vary greatly. It is going to depend on the type of material the door is made of and how customized it is. You sho.d expect to spend at minimum $500 for an exterior door and at least $300 for interior replacement.

What color should your front door be if it is facing north?

If your door is facing North, feng shui colors for your door are as follows: blue, white, black, and gray. You should avoid the color of deep pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, red, and brown on a front door that facing North.

What kind of paint do you use on a front door?

First, you need to know whether the door has oil-based or latex paint. You don't want to mix and match, it needs to be the same. Next, you need an exterior paint. Finally, most people prefer a glossy paint for their exterior door. It tends to highlight the architectural features.

How much does it cost to install a new door?

On average the cost of a new entry door is between $500 and $700. The price varies greatly depending on things such as the material of the door, the brand, the type of door, the company installing the door, and more. Installing the door yourself will reduce the cost.

How much does it cost to install a door frame?

A lot of the cost of your door frame will depend on what the current frame looks like. For example, rotting wood would be most costly as things need to be repaired and replaced. For a single door frame, you will need to plan for a minimum of $150.

What is a good feng shui color for the front door?

Your entry door, in feng shui, is how your house is able to receive energy for nourishment. The energy quality determines the energy that your home has. Often, the color you choose is based on the direction in which your door faces. For example, North, South, West, East.

Can you paint a PVC door?

Yes, you most certainly can. You will want to be sure that you clean the door before painting and be sure that it is dry completely. You then will prime and paint. Be sure to use a good set of rollers when painting your door.

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How To Replace Door Weather Seal

A door weather seal is placed between the bottom of an exterior door to seal the gap between the door and the floor. The weather seal stops inside air from escaping into the outside, and air from outdoors coming inside, preventing uncomfortable conditions and increased energy consumption.

On average, weatherstripping lasts 3- 5 years, although some products last much longer and some much less. The type of weatherstripping selected and care of the product both affect the duration of time it’ll last. There’s also a plethora of things that may cause the weatherstripping to deteriorate or otherwise become damaged.  Pets and humans can both cause damage to weatherstripping, as can pests, the age of the material, improper care, and various weather conditions.

Deteriorating or damaged weatherstripping allows air to escape from the home and allows outside air to come inside. It also suffices as an entrance point for pests like ants, spiders, cockroaches, and bees who want nothing more than to make themselves right at home underneath your roof. Inspecting the door weather seal yearly is ideal. As you inspect the weatherstripping, look for signs of deterioration and damage, including:

  • Weather seal that’s bent or otherwise lost shape
  • Dry, brittle, or cracked weather seal
  • Losing adhesive foam, or foam that has pulled away from its fixture
  • Missing adhesive foam
  • Missing nails

If damage is noted, don’t delay learning how to replace door weather seal with the step-by-step guide below. You’re letting heat and air escape your home, costing a considerable amount on your heating costs. Outside air and pests coming indoors create a big nuisance. Temperatures inside your home are likely uncomfortable. You’re suffering without merit, since a DIY weatherstrip replacement is a simple procedure that protects your home, comfort, and peace of mind. Expert door seal replacement isn’t necessary, as any homeowner can complete the task in a matter of hours with a few tools in-hand. Gather the items you’ll need and prepare for a day of DIY weatherstripping fun.

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How To Paint A Steel Front Door

Whether your exterior door is looking a bit worse for wear or you would simply like to change the color to reflect your style, painting a steel front door is a pretty straightforward process. You just need to make sure to choose a primer and paint that are up to the task, and be willing to commit a bit of time and energy to the project.

All of the tools and supplies required are easily acquired, and some homeowners may have most of what they need on hand. If you want to tackle this project, simply follow the steps below.

How To Fix A Broken Door Frame

How To Fix A Broken Door Frame

There are many different reasons that a door frame might become broken. Whether someone has kicked in your door to cause the break or it was caused by another reason, the good news is it can be repaired. There are two different ways in which you can fix the door jamb. The easy way and then the preferred way. The easy way would involve removing the damaged section and replacing it. First, cut out the damaged section. Next glue the new piece around parts that will touch the jamb that is still in place and wedge it in. Then you would apply putty anywhere that is needed, sand down the patched area, and paint the replaced section to match the rest.

The good news is that the most preferred way isn't very complicated. You can fix the frame yourself with just a few tools and a little direction. Here's how to fix your door jamb.

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New Front Doors For Homes

New front doors for homes can enhance the style and appeal of your property while adding safety, weather protection, and many other benefits. Perhaps you want a new front door because the current style is old and outdated or has simply worn out its welcome. Maybe you’re tired of the extra maintenance required for your original door and want to install one that has modern features and need less maintenance. Because production methods and materials have improved greatly over the years, it is a great idea to investigate your options. Research can help you select a door that adds the impressive look you want and gives the features you need. Perhaps the current door is damaged or is a door that was in place when a home was purchased and is something you find unflattering. No matter why you’re replacing the door, make this a purchase that counts the first time around because this investment can pay off when you need to sell the home. read more

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Wide Front Doors For Homes

If you are looking for an interesting and modern way to transform your home’s front entrance, you might consider purchasing and installing an extra wide front door. With a typical single front door width of 30-36”, these doors can be nearly double that width and give you not only a grandiose look to your home, but an entry where you can invite groups in at once or bring in the oversized furniture with ease. With modern style becoming more and more prevalent, extra wide front doors continue to grow in popularity. They are wide and inviting, while also providing a sleek, modern appearance. These doors can make your home stand out from the rest but, rather than being over the top, they are often understated and sleek. Extra wide doors are often accompanied by sidelights so even the entryway inside your home will be brighter and will provide a more welcoming space to bring guest and visitors in. Because of the larger size, these doors might set you back a few more dollars, but they will make a huge difference in the appearance of your home. read more

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Hardwood Front Doors

When you are making home improvements, one major one you can make is changing your front door. It may not seem like it would do as much as remodeling an entire room but that is where you might need some more information. Changing your front door gives your home a new look, improved security and so much more. Many homeowners go with hardwood front doors and you should consider them too. There are many things that you may want to think about before upgrading or altering your front door. Because these hardwood doors are solid and made from a natural material, you’ll see that no two are exactly the same. Sure, oak is oak, but the grain is different, and the many shades of sealant and stains will help with that unique look. However, when you go with hardwood front doors, you will be well on your way to an overall better-looking home. read more

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