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Buying A New Entry Door For Your Home

Make a great first impression with a beautiful exterior door. Learn the key terms and different materials available to make the best choice for your home.

Some other ways to strengthen an exterior door: Use a lock with a 1-inch-long deadbolt and a reinforced metal box strike. Use 3-inch-long mounting screws so they lodge in the framing beyond the door jamb. And don’t overlook the door that leads into your house from the garage.

Whether you buy the door by itself or the entire door-and-frame system, keep these shopping tips in mind:

For complete entry systems, be sure all components come from the same manufacturer. Check that the weatherstripping seals properly and that the threshold interlocks with the bottom edge of the door.

Look for low-e glazing on window units. For added security, some manufacturers offer glazing designed to resist break-ins.

Choosing the right front door will pay off in smoother operation, less maintenance, and added energy savings. You’ll also have an elegant entry that makes a great first impression for years to come.

It takes a quality door lock to deter burglaries and home invasions. Many crooks kick in doors to get in. But unless your door is hollow, it’s not the door itself that lets burglars in. Door Repair Queens tests with a battering ram have shown little difference in strength among door materials. All eventually failed because the doorjamb split near the lock’s strike plate, though we also found that beefed-up locks and strike plates can greatly increase a door’s kick-in resistance. Some other ways to strengthen an exterior door: Use a lock with a 1-inch-long deadbolt and a reinforced metal box strike. Use 3-inch-long mounting screws so they lodge in the framing beyond the door jamb. And don’t overlook the door that leads into your house from the garage.

How to Choose the Right Door

A patio or entry door plays an important role in framing the moments that matter to you most, making every day a little brighter and more comfortable. With a wide variety of styles available, you can choose the right one for your home.

As you start shopping, consider these five things to help you focus your search:

  • Lifestyle
  •  Budget
  • Styles
  • Features and options
  • Material types
    • Wood
    • Fiberglass
    • Vinyl
    • Steel

High-quality steel and fiberglass doors have a thermal break — often a vinyl strip or part of the wood frame — that separates the inside and outside door skins. This prevents outside cold and heat from being conducted through the skin and frame, and frost from forming on the inside surface.