So how do you know which door is right for you and your home? Let us help – here are 5 things to consider when choosing your entry door to make sure you find the perfect fit for your home.
1. Consider Your Environment
If you live in the Midwest, consider the harsh extremes that your door will face. Your entry door is the first line of defense against the elements. If your door cannot stand up to the wind, snow, rain, heat, cold and more you will lose hundreds in energy costs every year. Your entry system is comprised of more than just a door – the components that make up the system (the frame, sill, hinges, lock, and more) also determine how efficient and durable your entry door is. With premium components your door can withstand the elements and last for years.
2. Wood, Fiberglass, or Steel?
There are three basic options for entry door material – wood, fiberglass, and steel. Each has its advantages and disadvantage, it is important to consider each carefully and determine which suits your needs best.
- Wood – Wood doors are considered the go-to choice for high-end projects, since wood has an implication of being upscale it’ll make any home appear more extravagant and sophisticated. Natural wood textures can complement any number of architectural styles and bring undeniable character and charm to a home. Remember though that continuous care, maintenance and a professional grade finish are musts to ensure long-term performance and beauty with a wood door. Key factors in wood door performance are adequate roof overhang, minimal sun exposure, and proper sill height.
- Fiberglass – Fiberglass doors offer durability and beauty. There are hundreds of fiberglass options available which offer the look of real wood, but unlike real wood, fiberglass will not expand or contract as the weather changes. Fiberglass doors offer superior durability, resisting denting, splitting, cracking, and warping to offer long-term performance. Properly finished, most fiberglass doors can go years without needing a paint or stain touch-up.
- Steel – The most affordable option for entry doors is steel. Steel doors may offer excellent strength, security and insulation, but are very susceptible to denting; resulting in difficult and expensive repair. Compared to wood and fiberglass, steel doors do not stand up as well to normal wear and tear.
3. What is Your Home’s Style?
Your home, especially your entry door, should be a reflection of personal taste and style. Make sure you choose a door that suits not only your application for your style as well. Entry systems are available in hundreds of configurations and when you consider all the glass options available there are thousands of possibilities, you are sure to be able to find one to suit your home and budget. Start determining your desired style by looking around at the options within your home’s architectural style; choosing products within the same or similar architectural style will bring harmony to your home’s aesthetics.
4. Components, Accessories, and Features
As stated earlier, your entry door is about more than just your door slab. It is about all the components, accessories and features that make up the entry SYSTEM. There are a number of features to consider before purchasing an entry system:
- Security – When it comes to security, consider the material you chose and the lock accessories available. While steel is often touted as stronger than wood or fiberglass, the difference is not significant. Regardless of which door material you choose, make sure the door slab fits tightly into the frame and make sure the door is fitted with secure, high quality door locks. Multi-point locks provide superior security and help prevent warping, wind deflection and drafts which help keep heating cooling costs low and the elements out.
- Door Frame (Head, Jamb, Mull, Sill) – A continuous frame system provides a consistent foundation to maximize stability and functionality. You always want to make sure that your frame is going to stand up against the elements. Look for wood composite systems which won’t absorb water like real wood; this will help prevent rotting and warping.
- Glass – If you can imagine it, you can get it. There are hundreds of glass options to choose from – clear glass, decorative glass, full view, half view, single sidelite, double sidelite, arched, rectangular, and the list goes on. Glass can add beautiful character to your entry system, but makes sure you research the energy and privacy ratings before purchasing so you are not surprised later.
5. Do Your Research
When there are literally thousands of manufacturers, hundreds of dealers, and endless options to choose from make sure that you research your options before making a purchasing decision. You want your entry system to last for years to come so don’t skimp out and go for the lowest price – find the best value. Make sure the system you choose reflects your style, fits your needs, and will hold up to the environment. Your Entry system is one of the most heavily used and visible parts of your home.
This should help to get you started. If you have questions or want to check out a selection of doors find your nearest Bayer Built dealer; knowledgeable staff is always ready to help you find the door that’ll turn your house into a dream home.