Written by ETO Doors.
Upgrading or replacing your front entry door is the perfect way to improve the curb appeal and overall value of your home. New entry doors can transform any space from the inside or the outside by adding new element of visual excitement. Choosing the right front door is critical to getting a great look for your house. In many cases, the difference in getting the best front doors for homes is in the details.
When you are shopping for new front entry doors, it’s important to consider the major factors such which materials are used, which types of wood are part of the door and whether you need a door slab or a pre-hung system. But the small considerations will also play a major role in how your door looks and how much you’ll love it.
Here are just a few of the smaller — but still important — details that you’ll want to consider when researching new entry doors:
Type of Doors: There are many different door configurations that you can choose from when selecting a new front door. For example, you’ll want to consider whether single doors or double doors are right for your entry door. If you choose single doors, you’ll likely want to add sidelights to complement the look.
Glass Choices: One of the first decisions that you will need to make before purchasing your front door is whether you want it to have a window or not. Since most people prefer having windows to add attractiveness and natural light to their home, the next question is how the glass will be integrated into the door. You can choose one large glass window or several smaller, “cut out” panes of glass to create decorative appeal.
You’ll also need to decide what type of glass you want to have in your windows. Depending on the look that you want, you can choose from stained glass, frosted glass or textured glass with blinds. Glass choices can be about more than just looks. Selecting impact-resistant glass can be important in areas with the potential for strong storms, while using Low-E glass can provide UV protection inside your home while improving energy efficiency.
Door Swing and Handedness: Most front doors are built with the handle on the right side as the door is being pushed away to accommodate right-handed people. However, if you are left-handed it might be more comfortable to have the handle on the opposite side. In addition, while most front doors swing toward the inside of the home, you can also choose to your your door swing outside.