Choosing the Right Exterior Doors

Whether they welcome guests or protect the home, exterior doors are an important component of the house. But, with so many types, materials and styles to choose from, how can homeowners know which exterior door is right for their homes? We spoke with Chris Smith of Keith Smith Construction, LLC to find out what homeowners should look for in a new front door to ensure they’re selecting a durable, functional and attractive option.

Choosing the Right Exterior Door Material

Exterior doors are exposed to the elements day in and day out, so they can take a beating. Rain, heavy snow and wind can all wreak havoc on even the strongest of exterior doors over time. This can lead to dents, cracks and warping in the frame or door. This can also allow cold air to seep into your home and warm air to escape, causing your energy bills to skyrocket. Thankfully, upgradable exterior doors can help you keep cold air out and hot or cool air in so your utility bills stay more manageable.

Aside from the obvious aesthetic concerns, a deteriorating or old front door can also open your home up to intruders and pests. If you notice signs of rust, warping or other damage, your exterior door could be letting in water, cold air or unwanted pests. This is a sign that it’s time to upgrade to a new door that’s more weather-resistant to protect your home.

When shopping for a new exterior door, it’s important to always shop in-person and look at samples to make sure you’re making a smart purchase that fits your style and home. But if you prefer to buy online, it’s important that you check for a clear return policy before making your final purchase to ensure you can get the best quality door for your budget.

It’s also helpful to look for a door that has the highest possible energy performance rating. This is something that can be easily determined by examining a door’s ENERGY STAR label or by looking for the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) label. These ratings indicate how well a particular type of door will perform in a specific climate and how much insulation it provides to minimize energy usage.

With today’s marvels of engineering, it’s easier than ever to select an exterior door that harmonizes beauty with functionality. Whether you prefer the timeless elegance of wood or the strength of steel, there’s an entry door to suit every style and budget. So what are you waiting for? It’s time to upgrade your home’s first impression and protect it from the elements with a stylish, new exterior door.