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Exterior Door Buying Guide

The buying guide for the front door

When it comes to making home improvement choices, choosing the right front door can be more complicated than most people think. Usually, people assume that getting any front door would be good enough for their homes. But to really make a front door really worth its value, you need to consider a few factors before buying one.

  1. You have to look for something that fits the local weather

The weather is perhaps the biggest threat to your home, especially for exposed parts such as a front door. Strong winds can replace lightweight doors, while some materials can be damaged by damp or humid weather. Some are not sufficiently energy efficient to help power consumption, while others do well. It is wise to get a front door that works even after being exposed to the weather.

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Image – http://murphymears.com
  1. Check available space for the frame and panels

Although frame sizes are standardized, you still have to choose from at least 2-3 different sizes. This becomes even more complicated for custom doors. You should also consider how much space it would take to open or close completely. Some French doors swing inward, which can be blocked by furniture. Sliding doors do not take much floor space, but there should be enough space for the panels to slide all the way to the sides.

  1. Look for energy efficient alternatives

Energy efficiency has a huge impact on the total value of the door. The more energy efficient your door is, the more you reduce your monthly electricity bill, which means that your door technically gives you back some of its installation costs through savings. Energy-efficient alternatives include multi-glazed panels, high quality weather removal and better insulation. If possible, look for doors with an Energy Star seal – they are certified energy efficient by local standards.

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Picture – http://www.proviaproducts.com/
  1. Check out the extra features

The exterior doors have many different functions. Some of these features are cosmetic (textured surface treatment, natural colors, etc.), while others are more functional (rubber stoppers, pneumatic door locks, extra locks). The more features a door has, the more expensive it can be, but the more long-term cost-effectiveness it will have. Don't go overboard with a door laden with too many features and you should be fine.

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Image – http://contactglenda.com and http://st.houzz.com/
  1. Don't forget the look

When someone looks at our home from the outside, one of the first things they notice is your front door. To make a good first impression on your guests (not to mention not to feel bad about how your entrance looks), look for a front door that fits the rest of your home. If your house has the traditional feel that suits it, look for classic doors. On the other hand, if your home has a more modern look, there are more updated door designs available.

It's all about this buying guide. Getting an outside door is easy, but choosing one that you can maximize takes some research and careful decision-making.

About the author:

Leah joined Southwest Exteriors as Internet Marketing Coordinator. Her background is in marketing for nonprofits and she loves to create and inspire. Her passion is discovering how people are connected and communicating love to them accordingly. Another passion for her is to explore the outdoors – hiking, camping, cycling, running, backpacking, etc. As the oldest of 6, she also has a knack for planning and organizing. She currently enjoys fellowship at The Park Community Church in San Antonio, TX.

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