Getting a new exterior door for your home? Don’t rush into buying one; an exterior door is the first thing people notice in your house, and it’s also your first line of defense against intruders, so it must be appropriate.

But how to find the right door? How would you know if the door is suitable for your house or not?

Here are some elements that you should consider to make a good purchase:

1. Material

The three common materials used for door constructions are steel, wood, fiberglass. The doors could be entirely made of these materials or in combination. All three types have their advantages and disadvantages.

· Steel

Steel doors are excellent for security. They’re also energy-efficient and require little to no maintenance. However, they are not easily repairable. Steel doors are prone to rust and don’t perform well in extreme climatic regions. Since Alabama has a moderate climate, steel doors are preferred here.

· Wood

Wooden doors are aesthetically pleasing and are easy to install. However, wooden doors are not much practical. They require high maintenance as they are prone to warps and rots, are not energy efficient, and are less sturdy than steel doors.

· Fiberglass

Fiberglass doors can look precisely like wooden doors. They are energy-efficient, durable, and require low maintenance.

The only drawback with a fiberglass door is its size limitation. They generally come in standard sizes, so people looking for custom sizes can’t get their hands on them quickly. Also, they’re impossible to trim and adjust if the size is not found fit during installation.

2. Befitting Style

Imagine a contemporary house with an old-fashioned single-opening iron door. Doesn’t seem ideal, does it?

Getting an exterior door that sits well with the style of your home is as necessary as anything. For this purpose, you have first to determine the type of your home. Is it traditional, Victorian, contemporary, mid-century modern, or any other?

Once it’s done, look for doors that complement the architectural style of your home. Explore the different types of doors to find what suits your house architecture best. Consider the following factors:

  • Double-sided or single-sided door
  • Size and shape of the door
  • Addition of glass
  • Carving on doors

3. Value Adding Appearance

Exterior doors elevate your house’s curb appeal, so they should fit well in the architectural theme and complement your home’s overall look and curb appeal. Special attention should be given to details that uplift the design and appearance.

Here’s a list of things that you can play with to customize the appearance of the entry door according to your style:

  • Doorknobs and handles
  • Door knockers
  • Peep-holes
  • Color of the door; stained, painted, or glazed

Red fiberglass exterior door

Last but not least, ensure that you buy a high-quality door from an authentic place and get it installed by a professional, so you don’t risk damaging it during installation.

EcoView Windows Doors is one of the leading door replacement services in Daphne, Ala. We offer all varieties, from steel to fiberglass doors. We ensure that our doors add value to your home in every way. Our team will walk you through all the colors, designs, finishes, and styles available so you can pick the right door for your house. Get in touch with us for more information.