Your front door sets the tone for what visitors can expect when they walk through it. What does your front entry door say about your home and your style? If you have an older door, chances are it's not making a very good first impression.
After years of abuse from the elements and daily wear and tear, your entry door may be drafty, dented, creaky, and squeaky. While some issues may be merely cosmetic, others can lead to bigger problems. Doors that are drafty can reduce the effectiveness of your HVAC system, causing it to work harder to maintain your home's temperature and causing an increase in your energy bills. Doors that don't sit plumb within the frame can cause damage to your entryway floor and door threshold after repeated opening and closing.
Another reason to replace your entry door is if you want to change the style. Perhaps it's a solid door with no windows, and you want more light to enter your home. Maybe it's made of wood, and you want a more durable material that won't warp or crack from changes in temperature and weather, not to mention the regular maintenance a wood door requires. Or maybe the door is an outdated style, and you want to update to a more current look.
Whatever the reason, once you decide to replace your entry door, you need to decide what material your new door will be made of. The most popular door materials feature different benefits based on their construction.
Steel entry doors provide the best of both worlds: strength and durability at an affordable cost. Unlike wood, steel won't warp or crack. Steel front doors are low maintenance and require very little in the way of upkeep. If it is properly primed and painted, there are no issues with rust. Steel doors contain an insulated inner core that improves the energy efficiency of the door and saves you more on your energy bills.
Fiberglass front doors are also a durable choice. They can be a good option for doors that receive a lot of direct sunlight since their color won't fade. Fiberglass is virtually maintenance free and won't dent or rot. Like steel doors, they contain an inner insulated core that acts as a thermal barrier to keep the cold out. Fiberglass doors tend to be on the higher end of the price range.
Wood doors bring high-end style to your entryway. Wood is a good insulator, improving the energy efficiency. But keep in mind that wood will require regular maintenance. Rain, humidity, and sun make wood doors prone to warping, cracking, and rotting. And when deciding on what front door material to choose, wood is at the top of the price range, especially if you choose a high-end wood like mahogany.