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  • Writer's pictureLisa Carlisle Architect

How to Choose the Right Front Door

Your home's front door should be sturdy, beautiful, and complementary to your house in style and color. Think of the front door as the face of your home. Your guests stare at it when they approach your home, and it will be the central element of your house to everyone who passes by on the street.

There are many options when it comes to picking an entry door. Perhaps the most important choice is the material your door is made of. The surface material affects appearance, durability and price.


Wood entry doors are a very popular option. They are not only a beautiful, natural choice style-wise, but are also very versatile. Natural-finish stock and custom wood doors come in oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany, maple, fir, and pine.

Fiberglass-Composite Doors

Fiberglass-composite doors are tough and maintenance-free, and are a smart choice for harsh or humid climates. They mimic the look of wood with wood-grain texturing and can be stained to match oak, cherry, walnut, and a variety of other woods. You can also paint it any color.

Picture Shown Above: Encompass Steel Entry Door via


A steel door is your best bet if low cost and security are top priorities. Steel units are a great customizable option, however they are more easily dented and scratched than fiberglass or wood. They are also sensitive to warmer and cooler temperatures.

Features and Detail Options

• Adding Glass: Doors with glass bring light into the home and add aesthetic appeal to the design of the door. You can choose from decorative glass or clear glass. There are many beautiful options!

• Sidelights & Transoms: Sidelights are narrow windows placed on one or both sides of an entry door to expand your view and add natural light to your home. Transoms are windows that sit above the door that add architectural detail as well as unique style.

• Double Doors: Double doors are a beautiful option that makes for a grand entrance. These doors create a wider opening and are a great choice if you want to create a dramatic look for your home.

Who knew choosing the right front door would be such a big decision. It’s a decision you don’t have to make alone because we are always here to help!


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