What to Consider When Shopping for New Entry Doors

Entry doors set the tone for your home. Not only are they the first thing people notice upon entering your home, but they also serve several vital safety functions as well. If you’re in need of a new entry door, it’s important to select a high-quality exterior door that will complement your home, while also providing the proper amount of protection and security. With so many options available to choose from on the market, buying a new entry door can quickly become an overwhelming process.

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To help keep your shopping experience as low stress as possible, here’s a few things to consider before purchasing a new entry door:

Consider the Function

When you think about exterior doors you may think about the front entry door only, but in reality, an entry door is any door that gains entry into your home. When shopping for a new entry door, don’t forget about the other important entry doors in your home, which may include:

Patio Doors

New patio doors are a beautiful addition to any home which provide easy access to your backyard, deck, garden, or sunroom. Not only do they provide plenty of natural light to flood in, but they’re also perfect for entertaining.

Side Door

Many homes include a side entry door, sometimes leading from the garage, kitchen, or  laundry area to the outdoors. Side entry doors are usually more for function than appearance and are composed of wood, fiberglass or metal.

Back Door

Many homes have a back door leading to the backyard. Popular back door options include French doors, sliding glass doors, Dutch doors, and of course your standard wood, fiberglass, or metal entry door.

Garage Door

When you think of garage doors, you probably picture the large, exterior garage door on the front of the home, but garages often include multiple doors leading to and from the garage. Many homes have an entry door leading from the inside of the house into the garage, as well as an exterior door on the side or back of the garage that gives them easy access to the outside. These doors get used frequently, so durability is a necessity.

Storm Door

Consider adding a storm door to protect your entry door from the elements. Storm doors not only help shield your door from snow, ice, rain, wind and sun, but they also add an extra layer of security.

Material Matters

Each entry door serves a unique purpose, so it’s important to choose high quality materials that are not only aesthetically pleasing and complement your home, but provide added security, energy efficiency, durability, and functionality.

Energy Efficiency

The more energy efficient your new entry door is, the more money you’ll save. New energy efficient doors mean your heating and cooling systems won’t have to work as hard to keep your home comfortable.

Home Security

Keeping your family and home safe is always a top priority for homeowners. While shopping for a new entry door, keep in mind that each entry door will have its own safety options, so decide which security features are most important to you.

Durability and Maintenance

New doors are an investment, so buying high quality doors that are built to last and require very little care or maintenance are always worth the extra cost.

Installation

In order to get the most out of your new entry door, hiring a professional to do the installation is a must. For any door related questions or needs, contact your local, trusted home improvement experts at Armorvue Home Exteriors today.