Tips for Choosing a Front Door

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Learn how to choose a front door.

Buying a new front door for your home can be a daunting task for even the most seasoned homeowners. There are so many factors to consider, including weather, durability, material, and color. You want to pick something attractive, but it also needs to keep out intruders and withstand the elements all year round. There are so many options that picking just one can seem impossible. If you follow some of these tips, you can be sure that you have chosen a good fitting door for your house. There are plenty of door styles and materials that doors can be made of. Once you have narrowed down which style you want your door to be in, the most important decision you have to make is what material your new door will be made of. There are a lot of options, and it is important that you pick the one that will fit your home and its needs best.


The most common material for front doors is wood. Wooden doors and versatile and beautiful, as they can be naturally stained in oak, cherry, walnut, mahogany, maple, fir, and pine finishes. There are also several varieties of wood, including pine and western hemlock, than can be painted rather than stained, if that is more fitting to your personal taste. If you are concerned about price, you can choose from an array of stock wood doors that are actually made of a wood core covered with a wood-veneer skin. When shopping for a wooden door, be sure you keep an eye for durable stains and clear finishes like polyurethane.


If security is your top priority, perhaps a steel door will best suit your needs. Steel doors and stronger than wood or fiberglass doors and they will not crack or warp either. An added bonus of steel doors is that they are probably the cheapest option of door material out there.


Fiberglass-composite doors are a modern alternative to other materials, and they are also super durable and require little to no maintenance. This material can mimic the look of wood and can be stained and painted to look like oak, cherry, walnut, and many other woods.


Aluminum doors are made by covering an insulated core with a metal skin. They are a great option of you want to customize your front door or if you need a door with odd measurements. Aluminum doors come in hundreds of styles and colors and can even be made to look like wood.

Questions? Mahogany Inc. Is Here to Help

Whether you are ready to purchase your new front door or still have some more questions, Mahogany Inc. has your back. Call us at 410-727-0334 with any questions and speak to one of our licensed professionals. To see examples of our work or to gain inspiration for your next project, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Pinterest.

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