Front Doors: Wood, Steel and Fiberglass
Add interest to your entryway with a front door that works well, fits your home and is energy efficient.
A nicely finished front door tells visitors that the inside of your home is well kept and comfortable. The brown accent wall and glass door showcases the interior artwork upon entry. Design by Kenneth Brown
Custom ceiling design, a lavish chandelier and an iron front door evokes an Old World feel. With little maintenance, a high-quality metal door can stay beautiful for a lifetime. Design by Lori Dennis
An entryway should be hospitable to you and your guests and reflect your personality. Light trim work pops against this mocha doorway for an elegant touch. Design by Joseph Pubillones
Handcrafted and built of natural materials, this sturdy wooden door embodies design from the Arts and Crafts era. A high-quality, wood door will last for many years with minimal maintenance of painting and staining. Design by Merrill & Associates
Carved design is an elaborate wood door option that makes a stylish statement. Carved doors feature classic raised panel, board and batten, stacked panel or a custom design. Design by Ashley Astleford
Wood doors are naturally warm and inviting. Best used in a covered area such as a house with a portico or porch, or in combination with a storm door that will protect it from the elements. Design by Bassenian Lagoni Architects
Flush doors are plain, wood veneered doors with either a hollow or solid core. They work well in contemporary homes where their simple, sleek design compliments modern furnishings. Design by David Hertz
Designer Notes: A creative blend of materials creates a distinguishing overhang that adds a sense of scale and purpose. Keep curb appeal year round by using seasonal potted plants at the entry. Design by Jennifer Reiner
A modern front door welcomes guests as they enter HGTV's 2010 Dream Home. Steel doors are available in any style, from traditional to contemporary, and they do not warp like wood doors.
Entry doors come in wood, metal and fiberglass. The larger the door and more elaborate the design, the more it will cost.
Wood doors are naturally warm and inviting. Best used in a covered area such as a house with a portico or porch, or in combination with a storm door that will protect it from the elements, a wood door will last for many years with minimal maintenance of painting and staining.
Door makers have stepped up their offerings with thicker panels, better weather stripping and energy-efficient glass inserts in a wide variety of designs to suit any decor. Woods include oak, mahogany, maple, teak, black locust, fir and pine.
The enemy of a wood door is moisture that causes rot. Water from rain can seep into joints, loosening them and allowing air to enter or exit, making them less energy efficient. Look for doors that combat this problem with proper water-barrier construction that allows rain to run off the door without entering joints.
Wood doors scratch, peel, bubble and warp if not protected. Off-the-shelf replacement doors are the least expensive, while custom wood doors are the most costly. Wood doors are usually the most expensive option for an entry.
Cost: $150 to $1,000
What's the Appeal of Steel?
Steel entry doors are made of a wood frame that holds insulation to make them energy efficient. Doors, including the frame, are clad in epoxy-coated galvanized steel. The steel has a baked enamel finish that can be painted in the color of your choice. The energy-efficient core helps lower heating and cooling costs.
Steel doors are available in any style, from traditional to contemporary. A high-quality steel door can last a lifetime with little maintenance and they will not warp like wood doors.
The downside? They can dent, paint can chip, and un-repaired scratches can lead to rust. Yet they are the most secure. Prices vary, but they are typically less expensive than wood doors.
Cost: $120 to $650
The Scoop on Fiberglass
Fiberglass is the latest in front door options. They are made of composite materials clad in a fiberglass panel, with a grainy pattern to resemble wood. They also come in smooth finishes that can be painted or stained in your choice of color.
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They have an energy-efficient core to help lower heating and cooling costs and are low maintenance as they don't rot, rust, warp or deteriorate over time.
Fiberglass can scratch and dent but generally less than wood or steel doors. Prices vary depending on the size and options you want, such as glass inserts and finishes. Fiberglass doors in standard sizes will help keep costs down, but custom versions will cost more.
Cost: $250 to $3,900