Buying New Exterior Doors for Your Home Buying New Exterior Doors for Your Home

Purchasing new exterior doors for your home can be an easy and simple process, provided you do your homework and carefully measure before ordering.

Types of Doors
There are several different kinds of exterior doors. These include steel doors, which are preferred as a security door, wood doors and fiberglass doors.

Steel doors are usually heavy and are available prehung in a steel door frame that is installed in the door opening. Steel doors are available in many different colors and styles and can be repainted to another color. Very often, this type of door will also have a peephole installed to allow the homeowner to view someone who is standing outside the door.

Exterior wood doors are usually solid doors that are available in a wide range of styles that range from simple to elaborately carved. Wood doors can be painted or stained to match the style and décor of a home.

Fiberglass doors are also available in a wide range of colors and styles and often are less expensive than either steel doors or solid wood doors.

Side Lights and Transom
Very often, in addition to installing a door, homeowners will choose to also install a matching side light panel surround for an exterior door. The advantage of a side light panels is that not only does this provide additional light and windows for the entrance, but it also provides a complete look for the entry way. Side panels are not limited to the sides of the door, but can also include a transom that tops the doorway.

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