Exterior doors have a big role in the function and appearance of your home. Not only do they provide an entrance and exit to the home, but they are an expression of what lies beyond the door within. Exterior doors give functionality to your home while allowing the homeowner to express their own style and taste. There are many factors to consider when selecting a new exterior door. Below, let's take a look at a few considerations:

●        Functionality

When choosing a new replacement door for your exterior, it’s important to consider the functionality of the door. Front entry doors should be strong and durable, while still maintaining an element of beauty and personal style. Patio doors often lead to an exterior living space and are often chosen to allow the maximum amount of light into a space. Also, consider the space the door must occupy.

 While swinging doors, such as French doors, are beautiful they do require a great deal of space to allow for the door to open or close. Often sliding doors can be useful in areas with limited space.

●        Material

There are many different materials available including steel, fiberglass, and wood. Each material has its own pros and cons, which should be considered for the intended use of the door.

○        Steel provides a strong and durable material that is virtually maintenance free. Many steel doors are available with glass and can come with a 15 year warranty.

○        Fiberglass doors are stronger than steel, and you do not have to worry about denting or warping. Fiberglass doors have minimal maintenance and have a distinct look. Most fiberglass doors come with a 25 year warranty.

○        Wooden doors are able to provide an old world feel to your home and display beautiful craftsmanship. Wooden doors are available with additional coatings to prevent mold and mildew and protect from water damage. Wooden doors typically come with a 15 year warranty.

●        Appearance

Exterior doors give the homeowner a chance to express some personal style. Often, the front entry door allows the viewer a glimpse at the rest of the home. Front entry doors can add value to your home and increase your home's curb appeal.

If you are doing a larger remodel project, many doors can be combined with additional side and top windows to create a stunning entry. You can create a continuous look to your home with many front entry doors available to match existing windows. Make sure the color and material compliment the rest of your home's appearance. Remember, doors can always be enhanced with additional hardware such as door knobs, door knockers, and decorative hinges.

Selecting a replacement exterior door is a big task that can have many implications. Not only is an exterior door and expression of yourself, but it is also a large functioning component of your home. At C&T Siding, we understand how many choices are available and how difficult it can be to sort through everything.

To learn more about the types of exterior doors we offer, contact our team today.