How to Pick the Right Front Door for Your Home

September 29, 2014 By

There are a variety of options to choose from when deciding what kind front entry door you should install on your Maryland home. The decision can be very overwhelming but thankfully there are some practical matters to take into consideration that make the decision-making process easier.


Your front door should fit in with the rest of your home. Architecturally you want it to “make sense.” However, you can take this as an opportunity to let the door “say something” about you. Are you more eclectic or traditional? Maybe you want a steel door, or one with stained glass; the possibilities are endless, and there are options available for everyone.


Typically, modern doors are made of fiberglass or steel. Each has pros and cons depending on what you are looking for and what price you want to pay.  Fiberglass doors are affordable and durable. You can go years without ever having to paint or repair them. Steel doors are the best if you are looking for security and durability—they won’t crack or warp. Steel doors are also one of the least expensive options.


A standard front door is usually 32”-36” wide. If you have a standard entry way, it will be easy for you to find a door to fit. If you have a custom size doorway or one that is handicap accessible, you can have a custom made door built to fit your needs. Some people want windows on either side of the door or glazed transom; all of these factors need to be considered when determining the proper size of your front door.


Like all upgrades you make to your home, there is an upfront cost and a long-term cost. Things to remember when deciding what type of door you want to purchase are energy efficiency, maintenance, and life expectancy of the door.

Taking all these factors into consideration, Potomac View Energy can help you make the final decisions before purchasing a new front door. Contact Potomac View Energy today to speak with a professional about your next big purchase for your home and receive a free in-home estimate!