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Want To Make Some Changes? Choose A New Exterior Door

Exterior entry doors are one of the first things people see when they drive up your driveway, or drive or walk by your house. If you have not changed out your door in some time, head to the nearest home supply store and pick out a new one. If you have not purchased a new door in some time, you will find different materials, and may be confused on what is best to purchase. Below you will find information about three different types to help you make the best informed decision.

Wood Doors

Wood doors are the most common type of door that is used, and you will find a wide variety of them at the home supply store. You can find them in maple, walnut, cherry, oak, and more. Oak is often used, and it is lightly covered, heavy, and durable. Maple is so strong you will often see it in bowling alleys for bowling lanes, and it makes a beautiful door.  Walnut is also very durable but not as heavy, and it is light to dark brown. Cherry is a light to reddish brown color, and is durable and easy to care for. It has a closed grain, which means it is resistant to scratching.

Steel Doors

If you are concerned with security, you may want to choose a steel door, as steel is much stronger than wood. You will not have to worry about the door warping or cracking. Most steel doors have an inner wood shell to make them even stronger. To make a steel door look more aesthetic for the exterior of your home, you can put a glazing on it, as well as use premium hardware and sidelights. You can also find steel doors with a wood coating that can be stained to make it look much like wood, including maple, oak, cherry, and more.

Fiberglass Composite

If you live in an area that receives a lot of rain, snow, etc., this type of door may be a good choice for you. These doors are durable, resistant to the weather, and free from maintenance. They have a wood grain texturing that can be stained to look like walnut, cherry, oak, etc. These doors have a framework of wood rails and stiles, as well as wood edges, which is what makes them so durable.

Professionals at places like The Door and Window Store can help you install your new doors if you don't want to do it yourself.