When it comes to replacing entryway doors, some homeowners don’t put too much stock into what type of replacement door to use. This is really shame, however, since your front door affects the overall look of your home. It sets the stage of what your guests can expect when they enter your home. That is why it is important to choose the right front door for your home.

Figure Out your Budget

While we all would love to not have to think about budget; in the real world we need to determine just how much money we can actually spend on a new front door. And since it’s easy for DIY home improvement projects to go well over budget, it is important to take a serious look at your finances and create a “front door” budget that you stick with.

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Choose the Material

Front doors are available in a wide array of materials, with steel, fiberglass and wood being the most commonly used material. There are other options, such as decorative glass that are available in various patterns, textures, caming and bevels. Remember, however, that doors with decorative glass are typically more expensive than your common, everyday wood doors.

Size Matters

The size of your entryway will play a huge role in the price and type of door you get. A standard front door is usually 80-inches tall by 36-inches wide with about 2-inches thickness. With that said, each home’s entryway will vary and yours could be taller, thicker or wider. If you’re unsure of what size your entry door is or of how to determine its size, you should consult with a professional. He or she will be able to properly determine the size of your entryway door, including any transoms, sidelights or various other decorative elements.

Don’t Overlook Style

The style of your front door is the last, but certainly not least, decision that you will need to make. When contemplating styles, make sure you choose a door that complements the design of your house while adding to its curb appeal. The front door should also represent the personality of you and your family. If you’re artistic, consider a door with a decorative glass element. For those individuals with a more traditional personality, the classic wood door with simple panels may be right up your alley.