Choosing the right exterior doors for your home is a challenging process. There are many options and many factors to take into consideration. However, the right exterior doors can increase your home’s value, appearance, and even energy-efficiency. The right door will help your home make a great first, and lasting, impression. Looking for where to begin? Here are some tips for choosing the best exterior door for your home!
- Do Your Research
Looking around online and gaining as much knowledge as you can before actually shopping will give you a good idea of what you’re looking for, saving you time and maybe even money.
Here are some examples of questions to ask yourself before you shop:
- Do we want a door that swings inwards (inswing) or outwards (outswing)?
- What kind of materials (usually wood, steel or fiberglass) suit our needs and budget?
- Do we want a left- or right-handed door?
- Do we want glass or other panels on the door?
Another way to help you choose is to identify why it is you need a new door. Perhaps it’s physically obvious through rotting, warping, or holes that it’s time to replaces your old door(s). But it may not be that obvious. A major reason to replace your current door is if it lets in drafts. If your door is allowing a draft, it will lead to increased heating and cooling bills throughout the year, which no one wants!