Your front door most definitely leaves a first impression on visitors to your home. The question is, What impression is it leaving? If you were walking through your door for the first time, what would you think? If the answer is “Not much!” maybe it’s time to spring for a new front door.
If you’ve ever shopped for a new entryway door, you realize it’s not as simple as it seems. There’s a wide variation in styles, materials and price points. Also, many entryway doors are best installed by a professional general contractor, which will add to the price if you purchase the door yourself. Let’s consider the different materials you have to choose from when purchasing a new entryway door.
Fiberglass doors are the new kid on the block as far as doors are concerned and are billed as being low maintenance. They are designed to look like wood, which is a fairly new technology called Accugrain introduced by Therma-Tru. This exactly duplicates the grain of real mahogany or oak. Other manufacturers now have a similar technology as well. You’ll pay more for this, but not as much as you would pay for a real wood door. Fiberglass is known to be extremely durable and energy efficient. You have several options to stylishly customize a fiberglass door through the choice of different panel designs and other decorative accents. Price points start at about $200 and go up to about $3000.
Steel entryway doors have been around for a long time and are sturdy doors with a smooth appearance. You can customize them by painting them to match your home’s outside décor, and they are energy efficient. You can also purchase a steel door with decorative glass for a more stylish option. They are cheaper than fiberglass doors, with prices starting at about $119.
Wood entryway doors offer a natural beauty and craftsmanship that’s hard to resist. They do require upkeep and maintenance because of their inclination to warp with changes in the humidity levels. You’ll also have to restain or varnish the wood to protect it from the elements. Wood doors are often the most expensive option for this home improvement, with prices ranging from $500 on up to several thousand dollars.
If you’re ready to pump up the wow factor on your front door, swap out your old door for a newer, more stylish version. After all, it’s the first—and the last—impression people will have when visiting!