Your front door is much more than an entrance to your home. It’s a feature element on the face of your house. It’s a portal for family, friends and guests. And, it’s protection. Choosing the right door could be a daunting task, but if you know your options, making the right choice will be easy.
Break down the process by considering the location, size, door elements and material options for your entry door.
LOCATION: Where is your front door?
Does your house face north or south? As we’ve said in a previous blog, a south-facing exposure is the harshest because doors are vulnerable to weathering from sun and wind. If your front door faces south, you might want to consider adding protection with an overhang and avoiding darker colours, which absorb more heat than light colours.
SIZE: Does it matter?
Unless you’re building your own house, your entry size may be limited to your existing door. But that doesn’t mean you can’t change what’s there. Don’t rule out the possibility of replacing your entire door system with something larger or that has more windows or styling detail than what’s currently in place. Take photos of the front of your house and decide whether the scale of door to house is pleasing.
DOOR ELEMENTS: What’s in a door?
Modern entry doors are so much more than a slab with a doorknob. What will your front door include? For instance, you might want energy-efficient (Low-E, double-pane or triple-pane) glass. If you like lots of natural light, consider adding sidelites or an overhead transom. Rails, panels and mull posts add distinction and style to your front entry. If the front of your house is finished in brick, you might want to add brickmould around the edges. For a diagram and descriptions of door terminology, see Anatomy of a Door.
MATERIAL: Fibreglass, wood or steel?
Years ago, fiberglass entry doors used to look synthetic. Now, they look just like wood but they’re easier to maintain, they insulate well, and they’re less expensive. Fibreglass can withstand all types of weather, which is important in a variable Canadian climate. Aesthetically, though, wood is hard to beat. People value the texture, look and feel of wood. A treated wood door, such as doors made with JELD-WEN’s patented AuraLast® wood, gives surface-to-core protection against wood rot and improves energy efficiency in all climates. Custom natural wood doors offer plenty of style options because each door is handcrafted. Steel entry doors can combine strength with beauty, especially when you add decorative glass.
Planning for a new front door doesn’t have to be difficult. Just break down your choices and the decisions you make will add up to the door you really want. Make sure to look at lots of examples—online, in retail showrooms, and in your own neighborhood.
If you’re curious about what JELD-WEN Canada has to offer, go to the handy dealer locator on our website to find a JELD-WEN retailer near you.