Exterior Front Doors

Exterior Front Doors

Exterior front doors are one of the first impressions that your home can make. If you want to add curb appeal and send out a welcome statement, make sure your front door and entry way are appealing.  This can be anything from a splash of color to a custom made door with wood, metal, and glass. There are so many options to choose from.

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There are three types of exterior doors

  • Steel — Steel is the most affordable option today and is a good choice for most climates. It offers strength and durability, and requires only minimal maintenance and upkeep. Dress up a steel door with decorative glass inserts.
  • Fiberglass — Fiberglass doors come in an large variety of styles with or without decorative glass inserts, and many offer the look of real wood at all budget levels. Fiberglass is built to withstand any climate, and requires minimal maintenance.
  • Wood — If your home calls for a stunning entry statement with a handcrafted touch, wood may be the best material for you. Wood doors should be repainted or refinished every year or two to prevent splitting and warping, and they are best maintained under a proper overhang out of the weather.

There are a number of features to consider with any exterior door choice.

  • Door Configurations — Entry doors are available in many configurations to make the most of your entrance. Choose a single door, or a double door to create a grand entrance with twice the opening space. Add a sidelight or two to give the illusion of a larger entry, or bring additional light into your foyer.
  • Door Swing — Doors are available as inswing (I/S) or outswing (O/S) models. This simply refers to which way your exterior door will swing: outward (toward the outside of the house) or inward (toward the inside). Most homes are built to accommodate inswing doors, however, your entry door can be designed to swing outward if preferred.
  • Door Handing — This refers to the direction that the door swings. When viewed from the outside, if the hinges are on your left side and the door is pushing away from you, it is a left hand (LH) inswing. If the hinges are on your right side and the door is pushing away from you, it is a right hand (RH) inswing.
  • Panel Type — Choosing the right panel type and glass option will help you transform your home into the showplace you desire. Doors are available as an all panel style or with a glass panel insert.
  • Glass Options — The glass you select for your door can add both style and performance benefits. You can choose from performance features like impact-resistant glass for storm concerns, or Low-E glass to improve energy efficiency and provide UV protection. Style features include decorative glass, stained glass, or textured glass and blinds between the glass for added functionality and privacy concerns.

SideOne Exteriors is always available to help with your door options. If you are ready to make a statement, we are ready to help.

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Mike is a general contractor with over 30 years of experience. He started out installing siding and gutters and over the years has expanded into remodels, additions, and new home construction. Mike has resided in Utah for most of his life and is an Air Force veteran.

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