A front door has many necessary functions. It provides security for you and your loved ones. It keeps pests, dirt, and weather from entering your home and can offer a personalized entryway. Knowing how to choose the right front door isn’t always easy. When in doubt, consult a professional to find a material and style that best fits your home, neighborhood, and personality.
If you’re in the market for a new front door, the “Door Pros” at Master Seal are here to help you find the perfect door that fits your needs and style. With decades in the industry, we’re ready to help keep your home safe and secure, no matter your home improvement project. Serving the DC and greater Baltimore area, our window and door company provides free consultations on entry, storm, security, and patio doors. Call us now at 855.608.1580 to learn more about our selection of doors and schedule a consultation today.
How to Choose a Front Door
There are several factors to consider when updating your home’s front entry. If you have an HOA, they may limit color and style options. If your home and neighborhood are built in more classical styles, you may also be limited by doors that look best, with the trim, pilasters, and pediments accenting the entryway. Beyond these constraints, you can consider the material, style, and whether your entry door features glass.
What Should My Front Door Be Made Of?
Door options include fiberglass, steel, and wood. All three are popular options with their own advantages and disadvantages. A fiberglass door is energy efficient, low maintenance, and can be painted the color of your choice. A wooden door is often the most beautiful choice, but wood requires frequent maintenance. Steel doors are durable and inexpensive. They can also be painted, but keep in mind any exposed metal can rust, so it’s important to do touch-ups.
What Style Door Do I Need?
One question when considering a door style is whether you want your entry door to open in or out. Traditionally, entry doors open inward. However, for those in hurricane and flood zones, an outward opening door is a better choice. If your front door receives large amounts of snowfall, this could block an outward opening door. The next thing to consider in style is how ornate you’d like your door to be. The simpler the door, the less cleaning it will need. More ornate doors, however, can make a statement and increase the value of your home.
Should My Door Feature Glass Inlays?
Today there are many door options featuring glass. While this may seem less safe than a solid door, many glass doors are treated to prevent break-ins. Glass inlays can allow light through the door and make your entry feel more spacious. If your front door faces direct sunlight, however, the glass may heat your entryway, no matter the time of year.
These are only a few things to consider when choosing a front door. You’ll want to look at the size of your current door and have a professional measure and install it. Some doors come pre-hung, while others do not. A professional can help you make the best choice for your home.
Find the Perfect Front Door With the “Door Pros,” Master Seal
Based in Parkville, Maryland, Master Seal offers aluminum, steel, wood, vinyl, iron, or fiberglass door maintenance and installation across the DMV. If you’re ready to find the perfect front door to improve the value of your home, we can help. Our service areas include:
Since 1994, we’ve helped over 40,000 customers improve the value and security of their homes. With a wide range of services, we’re here to support your home projects, no matter how big or small. Call us now at 855.608.1580 for a custom quote.