What Your Front Door Is Saying About You

“Come in, stay awhile, ” whispered the heavy oak door with stylish sidelights.

“Go away!” shouted the scuffed storm door through its torn screen.

You’re right, doors don’t talk — but they say a lot. After all, the front door is the first thing visitors see when they approach your house. If it’s tastefully painted and outfitted with stylish hardware, it truly does say “welcome.”

If your door hangs plumb and is in good overall condition, its makeover may be as simple as a do-it-yourself paint job.

If, however, painting or refinishing your old door isn’t in the cards, you may need to invest in a new one. You’ll find a broad selection of entry doors at lumberyards, home centers and door specialty shops. number and types of panels, glass options and colors — but these doors need to be specially ordered and often take up to two months for delivery. You might also order a handcrafted wood door through a local millwork shop, with the knowledge that customization will cost you both time and money.

Steel, fiberglass and wood are the most popular material choices for exterior doors, and many styles combine several of these materials (a fiberglass door, for example, might have a wood frame). Unique glass and solid-panel configurations can dress up any exterior door.

This quick overview will help guide you toward a door that sends the right message.

Steel

If security is your priority, a steel door may be your best bet. Steel doors can also be your least expensive option, starting at around $150 for a paneled door without hardware or glazing. The cost of a steel door system with sidelights and premium hardware, however, can rival that of a quality solid-wood door system.

Steel doors come in a variety of finishes, from a baked-on polyester finish to a wood-fiber coating, which can be stained. They generally come as part of a pre-hung door system; steel doors usually come with hinges attached or with predrilled holes.

Source: www.zillow.com

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The glass patio doors are a prime entry

Point for break ins when you have one partially open for the dog door panel. You should cut a wood dowel to drop into the sliding track to stop anyone from pushing the patio door open on you. Good safety issue.
I'm not sure what CBS is either. Are you talking about a metal door installed on front, or a hollow construction door (some older homes don't have solid wood ones).

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  • Avatar bar bee What color should I paint the front entry door of my long red brick ranch style home with white trim?
    Jun 11, 2007 by bar bee | Posted in Decorating & Remodeling

    The house sits far from road,has gray cement side walk. We have landscaping all around the house,mostly greens with some bright yellow.

    • If the trim of the house is white i would paint the door the same. Do you have windows in the front and what is the trim around them? Use that color and will all tie in together.