What to Know Before Installing a New Front Door


Published on December 4, 2014 under News

Your front door is the first thing that guests see when they come to your home. If you are considering replacing your front entry door, Potomac View Energy suggests learning a little bit about front entry doors before making your final decision and installing the new door. Not only should your front entry door be a great first impression, but it should also be functional. Do you want it to let in natural light? Or do you want it to help you save energy? These are all important questions to consider before installing a new front entry door.

For front entry door installation in Maryland, contact Potomac View Energy today, at 410-795-3110.

Entry Door Styles and Material

Your exterior doors add value and curb appeal to your home. When deciding on a new front entry door, look for one that will complement your home’s architectural style—you wouldn’t want to install a modern door on a Victorian home.

Wood doors are more traditional in style and offer an inviting presence to your home. However, wood doors require more maintenance. Over time wood doors can warp, bow, crack and peel. The good news is there are now fiberglass doors that feature a wood grain style so you can achieve the same look without having to maintain the wood.

Fiberglass doors are both energy efficient and practical for high-traffic entryways. Fiberglass doors rarely need to be maintained, which make them a great alternative to a classic wood door. Fiberglass doors come in many styles and sizes, making them the perfect choice for your Maryland home.

Steel front entry doors are more popular than wood doors and feature energy efficient foam insulation. Steel doors are very durable and affordable, and their tough material makes them able to withstand years of extreme weather conditions with minimal maintenance. They also offer added security and are available in many different styles and sizes. They are the perfect addition to almost any style home.

Increased Energy Efficiency

It is important for exterior doors to look great, but they should also help insulate your home and increase its energy efficiency. Fiberglass and steel front entry doors offer more insulation than wood doors—helping keep hot air in when it is colder outside and vice versa when it is hot outside. The added insulation also does a better job at reducing outside noise.

Added Security

When looking for a new front entry door, is one of your biggest concerns safety? Exterior doors are heavier than interior doors and they should have more hinges on them for added strength. If you are concern with forced entries, steel doors offer the most security. Regardless of the type of front entry door you install for your home, Potomac View Energy suggests installing a deadbolt lock on all outside entry doors to maximize security.

Other Entry Door Options and Accessories

There are several other options you should consider before installing a new front entry door. These include:

  • Do you want your front door to have decorative glass panels to increase natural light?
  • Do you want sidelights?
  • Do you want simple or luxurious door knobs? Each door knob then comes in a variety of finishes to choose from.
  • Do you want to add a matching doorbell?
  • Do you want your door to swing in or swing out?
  • Does your door frame need to be replaced as well?

Front Entry Door Installation in Maryland

Regardless of the type of door you choose, the experts at Potomac View Energy believe that the most important thing to choose is quality. It may cost you a little more, but a little goes a long way. Contact us today to discuss your options when it comes to front entry door installation in Maryland. We would be delighted to help you choose a front door that is right for your home, and your budget!

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