Considerations When Replacing An Exterior Door

Considerations When Replacing An Exterior Door

Replacing an exterior door in your home (especially a front door) can be equally as dramatic an aesthetic change than replacing all of the windows on your house. Besides looks, carefully choosing a product can have security and energy efficiency benefits. Selecting something that covers the bases of look, function, and quality should be the goal of any homeowner, and the obvious benefits of competent installation are critically important. Paying top dollar for a product that is installed poorly negates the purpose of the exercise.

There are a variety of different styles and looks to an exterior door and you shouldn’t be limited to what a particular manufacturer simply has in stock. Ask and look through catalogues to get a sense of the spectrum of styles and designs you can consider. A new door can be arched, wide, or include added height. above a door or an arched top can add dramatic effects to the overall look of your home. Doors are considered to make a statement about the home’s owners. Knowing and getting a sense of all of the options, and approaching a door purchase with functionality front of mind is key – but it does not need to come at the expense of the look.

Exterior doors are primarily made of three materials.

  • Wood: Luxurious and old world charming – wood doors can add an element of warmth to a home and can preserve architectural aspects of older houses. They require a lot of upkeep compared to a good steel door or a fiberglass composite. doors are strong and durable – more so than wood or fiberglass – major factors in terms of choice. They’re often a very economical option and are a great choice if security is a priority. A benefit related to their strength is their impact rated options which give them the ability to protect your home against severe storm damage, including heavy winds, rain and flying debris. In addition, they won’t crack, warp, or come apart. They insulate very well, and come in a variety of styles – much like a wood door. They can suffer minor damage like dents, but are easily repaired.
  • Fibreglasss composite: These doors can be made to look like wood with distinctive grain, colours, and other adornments. Durable and virtually maintenance free, they’re also lightweight, reasonable in terms of price, and last the longest out of the three options available.


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  • Replace the handle, not the entire door panel
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Flush to the exterior wall, which seldom looks good. If you need screens, you'd want the doors to open inward anyway, otherwise you'll have the screens on the inside.
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An overhang wouldn't be absolutely necessary, but some door manufacturers won't warranty their doors without it. A rough rule of thumb for size is, half the door height plus the space above the door to the bottom of the overhang.
So your doors are 80" + let's say 16" to the bottom of the new overhang = 96"

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  • Avatar charlesanne50 What do you call an enclosure that is built around the side door of your home to protect you from the elements?
    Jul 16, 2009 by charlesanne50 | Posted in Other - Home & Garden

    I have a side door to my home that always get snow drifts, you get wet when it rains, and the wind blows so strong you can hardly get the door open. What do you call the structure that is built around the door?

    • Welll this is called a mud room and the door has a thing called a door jam