You Only Get One Chance to Make a First Impression
The main entryway to your home should make a great first impression, which means it's important to choose a door design you'll love for years to come. Exterior doors are constructed from fibreglass, steel or wood, and can be customized with exterior paint, stain and door hardware to boost curb appeal. They also play a key role in keeping your home energy-efficient.
Here are the steps to choosing a new exterior door:SHOP EXTERIOR DOORS
1 What Type Of Door Configuration Are you Looking For?
Start by selecting the door configuration. Do you prefer a single door or double doors? Would you like one with sidelights (glass panels on the sides of a door) or a transom (single panel above a door)?
2 Choose Your Door Style
Next, decide on a door style from our line of traditional, contemporary or modern designs. At this point, decide whether you want your door to include glass or not.
Some examples of different styles:
3 Choose Your Glass Design
Once you've established your door material, and depending on the style you've chosen, it's time to choose the glass. Glass designs range from simple and delicate to intricate and ornate, and are generally the most impactful design feature of a door. You can go with a single pane (or "lite"), or choose a style with a grille that divides smaller panes of glass.
Here are a few examples:
4 Choose Your Door Material
The three main door materials are fibreglass, steel and wood. Compare the characteristics of each to see which one meets your needs:
Wood doors are available through Special Order only. Please see a store associate for details.
5 Make a statement With colour
Colour is a great way to personalize your door. With a variety of stain and paint options to choose from, you can opt for traditional black or white, match your door to your home's exterior, or go bold with a complementary pop of colour.
For stain finishes, choose only one stain colour for both sides of the door. Stain finish can be applied to textured fibreglass doors and wood doors only. All doors come pre-stained.
For paint finishes, choose one colour for the face of the door and another colour for the back of the door. This allows you to complement the style of the interior of your home. Paint finish can be applied to steel, fibreglass and wood doors.
6 Enhance Your Curb Appeal With Finishing Touches
Once your door is installed and painted or stained, you can personalize it with trim, hardware and other front-entrance accessories to increase your home's curb appeal.
Doorknobs and handlesets come in a variety of styles from simple to luxurious. There are also multiple finishes to choose from, including satin nickel, brass and oil-rubbed bronze.
Most homeowners inherit the numbers that come on their house. Replacing your house numbers is a quick project that boosts curb appeal. Browse a range of fonts, finishes and materials to find the one that's right for you.
A mailbox is one of the first things someone notices when they arrive at your front door. Choose one that complements the exterior features of your home and enhances the overall look of your entrance area.
7 Lower Home Energy Costs
Most exterior doors carried at The Home Depot qualify for the Energy Star® rating*, with features like double or triple-pane glass with a low-emission coating and argon gas-filled glazing to significantly reduce heat loss and drafts. They also boast durable PVC door sweeps and foam-filled polyurethane cores for stable insulation.
*Rating may vary by region. Consult the Energy Star® website for more details.
8 Take Measurements
Special Order Exterior doors are manufactured to the size you order, ensuring a perfect fit for your renovation. Have your installer double check their measurements before ordering your door to eliminate any surprises during the installation process.
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