Top brand doors to dress up your home

December 27, 2011

When you want to give the outside appearance of your home more aesthetic appeal, one obvious solution is upgrading your windows and doors. Prices fit all budgets, and today's top brands make finding a window style or door to suit your home and personality easier than ever. Changing your front door, in particular, can be an especially easy home improvement with a lot of impact.

When selecting a door, there are two common style options: solid panel and glass panel.

Solid panel doors

Available in materials such as wood, steel and fiberglass, solid panel doors can be simply styled or elegantly finished. For example, the Straightline by Andersen Windows and Doors comes in rich colors like mahogany, and offers the ultimate in privacy. Rather than accented with glass, these doors feature a variety of designs sure to accent any home décor.

Design-Pro Fiberglass All-Panel exterior doors by Jeld-Wen are another alternative to improve your home's aesthetic appeal. Available in two woodgrain options, these doors range from one single flat panel to six, varied-sized panels. For something a little more unique, consider Therma-Tru's Classic-Craft Rustic doors to add a Southwestern or European touch to your home.

Glass panel doors

Adding glass to your doors can really dress up your home's appearance. With so many styles to choose from, you can opt for just a touch of glass or go all out with a full glass panel. For instance, with Jeld-Wen's Aurora collection, homeowners can choose a fiberglass door in a woodgrain option like oak, outfitted with a decorative geometric design.

If you want to make a real statement, consider something like Pella's Old World European Collection, which includes arched doors with full glass panels accented by forged iron.

Accents: the perfect finishing touch

Just as you spice up an outfit with accessories, so, too, can you spice up your door with extras like transoms and sidelights. Transoms--a fixed window placed above the door--can complement your door with matching glass panels. Similarly, sidelights are fixed windows placed alongside an entry door. You can opt for a single sidelight, or place one on each side of the door. Not only do these accents dress up a home, but they also provide beautiful natural light.

As with the doors, when adding transoms or sidelights, you can go as simple or as extravagant as you wish. A great example is the square top door, transom and sidelights in mahogany with Arabella Glass with forged iron by Pella.

A great bonus to upgrading entryway windows and doors? Prices can be adjusted based on hardware as well as decorative and finish options.


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