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How To Choose a Front Entry Door

Mar 21

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The front door is the gateway to your home and can have a big impact on the first impression your home makes. It makes a statement about who you are and sets the tone for what people can expect when they walk into your house.


Beyond aesthetics, your front entry door can have an impact on your home’s energy bills. Replacing your front entry door with an energy-efficient model can improve your energy efficiency as much as 10 percent—and improve the value of your home!

There are several things you should consider when choosing an entry door—like location, size, material, and more.

Read on below to learn more.


Choosing a Front Entry Door—Location

Believe it or not, location of your front entry door should factor into your purchasing decision. As you likely know, southern facing areas experience more sunlight and the ill-effects it can bring. If your front door faces south, you will want to consider avoiding darker colored doors, as those will absorb more heat than lighter colors—which can cost you on your energy bills!


Choosing a Front Entry Door—Size

If you are looking for a simple door upgrade, your entry size is going to be limited by the size of your existing door. You can certainly change what is there to add an entry door system with more features and enhanced aesthetics, but this may require a more involved, and expensive, door replacement project.


Choosing a Front Entry Door—Material

Front entry doors come in a variety of materials, each with their own set of benefits and features. At Weather Shield, we primarily focus on two door materials—fiberglass and steel. Years ago, if you wanted to give your front entry door the look of wood, your only choice was wood. Today, advances in door manufacturing have allowed both steel and fiberglass doors to have realistic wood finishes, without the drawbacks of a true wooden door.


Choosing a Front Entry Door—Door Elements

Modern doors are no longer just a single mass of steel, wood, or fiberglass with a door knob. Today’s doors are manufactured with a number of decorative and energy efficient features that bring beauty, energy efficiency, and added strength to your home. If you want lots of natural light, consider adding sidelites. If you want a decorative finish, choose from dozens of glass finishes. No matter what your needs or wants are, Weather Shield entry doors are for you.


Weather Shield Entry Doors

If you are looking for entry doors for your home and would like to learn more, contact us directly or find a Weather Shield Dealer in your area. Our dealers are fully trained and certified to install Weather Shield doors, which come with a 20 year warranty on materials. 


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