Front Entry Doors

Enlightened companies give their receptionist the title "Director of First Impressions." Like the receptionist, your front door is the first impression your home makes on a visitor. Does it project elegance, a sense of security, a warm welcome, or other aspects of your home's personality? Front doors should complement the style of the home and present a welcoming attitude.

 

Styles for Front Doors

Your choice of entry door styles is limited only by the size of the opening. Doors can be single or double, and incorporate sidelights or transoms and you can choose from a myriad of styles including Tudor, Victorian, French, or modern. Whatever style you select, the entry door's hardware should match the motif.

Materials for Front Doors

Entry doors can be made of a variety of materials, each with its own advantages. A painted pine or fibergass entry door is about as simple as you can get. But if you want to make a bolder statement, you can select a door made from fine hardwood like oak or mahogany. Modern homes can benefit from a metal door of steel or aluminum with glass and other accents. Front doors in cold climates should be chosen for their insulating properties, while in areas with warmer temperatures, glass or other light materials might be more appropriate.

Costs of Front Doors

Pine front doors can be purchased for $75 - $200. Steel doors start at $100-$120. Elaborate hardwood doors with glass, sidelights, transoms, and other decorative touches can range from $1500-$5000. Hardware (lockset and knobs or handles) can run an additional $30-$100 for standard grade or $200-$400 for top quality. Professional installation can run from $250-$300 for a standard door to more than $1000 for a complex installation. Doors can be purchased as pre-hung units complete with frame. They can also be sold alone and hung in the existing frame if they are the exact size.

Manufacturers of Entry Doors

Some of the better-known quality front door manufacturers are Marvin, Pella, Eagle, Fleetwood, Jeld Wen, Weather Shield, Simpson, and Milgard. You should always check the manufacturer's warranty and price (including shipping costs) before buying.

 

Entry Door Styles
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