A new exterior door can help boost curb appeal. Our guide will help you learn the pros and cons of different front door styles and materials, so you can make the best choice for your home.
Looking to invest in custom front doors, a front entry door with sidelights, a storm door or another type of exterior door? Here's some lingo to help you make an informed decision.
Inswing (I/S): A door that opens inward.
Outswing (O/S): A door that opens outward.
Left Hand: An I/S door with hinges on the left, or an O/S door with hinges on the right. Pro Tip: (Hinge placement refers to the door when viewed from the outside looking into the home).
Right Hand: An I/S door with hinges on the right, or an O/S door with hinges on the left.
Lite: A pane of glass in a door.
Divided Lite: Panes of glass that are divided, or appear to be.
Grille: Plastic, wooden or metal details that give the appearance of divided lites.
Caming: Strips for joining segmented glass.
Brickmould: Molding used around a door (or window) that fills the gap between where the door and the wall of the house meet.
Slab door: A rectangular slab of wood, composite or steel without hinges or other hardware.
Prehung door: A complete, ready-to-install door that includes a door slab, hinges and outer frame that fits into a prepared doorway.
Doors are measured in feet and inches. A standard door measures 36" wide x 80" height x 1 3/4" thick. It's also called a 3/0 x 6/8 x 1 3/4, which means 3 feet, 0 inches x 6 feet, 8 inches x 1 3/4 inches.
There's no shortage of front door styles and, overall, most entry doors perform equally well. But the materials they're made of – fiberglass, steel or wood – do have strengths and weaknesses. Whether you're looking for modern front doors, iron front doors, contemporary front doors, craftsman-style front doors or even custom front doors, we can help you pick the front door designs, colors and accents you want.
Steel Front Doors
Fiberglass Front Doors
Wooden Front Doors
Wrought Iron Entry Doors
For maximum savings, look for ENERGY STAR-qualified entry doors.
Use door accents to create custom front doors that are functional and attractive.
Glass Styles and Shapes: Any door can be made to include decorative glass. While most front doors have insulated glass for energy efficiency, others may have beveled, silk-screened or stained glass. Glass comes in several shapes. It may be one large lite or it could have a grille that separates the glass into several lites.
Front Door with Sidelites: Available for all types of doors, a sidelite can be placed on one or either side of the door.
Transoms: Available for all door types, these decorative accents placed above the door come in three shapes: arch, ellipse and box.
In-Glass Blinds: Adjustable blinds put inside the glass pane of a door.
The selection of patio doors, French doors and sliding glass doors is as diverse as their sizes. They range from about 5 to 13 feet.
Sliding Glass Doors
With the same natural aesthetic qualities as traditional wooden doors, but with the added bonus of large window to see through, sliding glass doors often are made of