Choosing the Right Entry Door
When you visit a new home for the first time, what’s the first thing you notice? Chances are it’s the front door. When a beautiful home has a well-appointed front door, it makes you want to walk right in and make yourself at home. If you’re looking for a way to create a more welcoming face on your home and add curb appeal, selecting a beautiful replacement door is a great way to go about it.
Our Budget Exteriors entry door installers have put together some valuable info to help you when you’re choosing a replacement entry door for your home. When you’re ready to roll out the welcome mat with a new front door, give our entry door installers a call!
Steel Entry Doors
If you’re looking for an entry door that has both beauty and strength, a steel entry door from ProVia can give you both. They are one of the most secure door options available. Available in either wood grain or smooth textures and in a number of paint finishes and stains, steel doors are as customizable as any alternative. In addition to being far more durable than their wood counterparts, any dents or dings in a steel door can easily be removed using an auto body kit. They’re highly efficient, and some options are available with the ENERGY STAR certification.
Fiberglass Entry Doors
Fiberglass doors offer the look and appeal of classic woodgrain without the chance that it will dent, warp, split, delaminate, shrink, or crack like traditional wood. Fiberglass doors are nearly maintenance-free and highly resistant to scratches, dents, and the elements. Our fiberglass doors from ProVia are available in a wide range of paint colors and stains including cherry, fir, oak, and mahogany. If you’re looking for a more energy-efficient door solution, fiberglass is great at maintaining the temperature inside your home and offers added security over wood doors.
Here are a few key terms you may need to know when choosing a new front entry door:
● Hinge placement: Whether your door hinge is located on the left or right side of the door.
● Inswing and outswing: The direction of the door as it swings either in or outward.
● Door lites and side lites: Glass panes used both for decoration and light either on or next to an entry door.
● Transom windows: Windows located above the door to bring light in and add height and grandeur to an entry.
● Grille: Decorative details on glass to give the appearance of smaller glass panes.
● Kickplate: A metal plate located near the base of a door to protect against markings from shoes.
● Perimeter seal: Seal on the door to make the door more efficient.
● Bottom sweep: A door sweep to keep the temperature inside your home more comfortable and prevent drafts.
● ENERGY STAR: The United States Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy certification for energy-efficient manufacturing.
● R-value: Refers to a door’s ability to resist the transfer of heat from one side to another.
● Frame dimensions: The height and width of the door frame.
To connect with our Budget Exteriors entry door installers, call and speak to a member of our team at 952.887.1613 or contact us online for a free quote. We can’t wait to give your home the grand entrance it deserves!