It’s helpful to understand all your options with entry doors today, but it can also be overwhelming. So here are a few things to keep in mind as you go through your entry door selection process.
The more elaborate a door is, the more expensive it will be to purchase and probably install. The addition of glass panels or sidelights will also reduce the doors energy efficiency.
If you select wood as your door material of choice, it will require periodic maintenance, like painting or staining, to keep the door protected and looking good.
From a security standpoint, glass panels can be a problem. If you enjoy the look of glass in your door, keep it as far away from the locking mechanism as possible.
Look for a door with an adjustable threshold to keep out drafts and rain. This will help keep your entry weather-ready for the foreseeable future.
Buy a door with a deadbolt that has a one-inch minimum horizontal bolt, or upgrade the deadbolt.
If cost is a factor, plan on replacing your entry door with a door that’s the same size. If you go with a wider or taller door, you’ll have to modify the door framing, which is a much larger job than a simple change out.