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Inspiring Exterior Design Lessons for Choosing Front Doors

If you feel like your home is in need of a makeover, we suggest a little homework. Here’s our quick intro course in selecting the right front door for your home.

First question:  Is your home creating a good first impression? 

Here’s how to tell.  Walk out to the street and take a good look at what your home looks like from the curb.  Pay close attention to your front entry area.  See what people notice as they drive by your house.  What does your home look like from the street?  (In the real estate industry it’s referred to as ‘curb appeal’).

When people approach your home, first thing they tend to notice is your front door. Front doors present excellent opportunities to help make a good first impression, but this only applies when your home has the right one.

If your door is old or boring, your visitors will be left with an initial impression that may be less than what you’re aiming for.  If that’s the case, perhaps it’s time for a new front door.

When considering a new entry door, you want it to have all the elements you are seeking. In addition to the functions of a door, keep these considerations of design in mind to assist you in finding a door that fits your needs.

Choose the Right Entry Door Style
Style is referring to a door’s design. No matter if it is an entry or patio door, always remember your choice of door should go together well with the same architectural style as your home. Generally, door designs that are traditional should go with home styles that are traditional as well. Modern homes should have doors that are up to date. However, this is not a rule that is unable to be changed. For instance, instead of the focus being to match traditional door with traditional home, try to focus more by being sure your exterior of your home is complemented by your door.  It could be that something unique could add dramatic appeal to the look of your home.

Choose the Right Size Exterior Door
You want to be sure the door size complements your home’s style, just as you want its design to. Your door needs to be proportional to your home, making sure it does not get swallowed up with your property. For example, a small door would get dwarfed on a large home. In the same way, if your home is a more of a quaint-size, you do not want a big double door. There are exterior door companies that offer custom-sized doors, so there should not be a problem getting the right size for your home.

Choose the Right Exterior Door Material
Selecting replacement windows is affected by choice of material, and it’s basically the same for exterior doors. There is unparalleled beauty with wood; modern homes are complemented nicely with metallic finishes; or you can get the best of all worlds from composite materials or clad wood. Remember, no matter what material you choose for a door, be sure the finish it comes in works well with your home’s color scheme. Always consider the various door materials before settling on a new entry door.  There are a number of options, and they each have their pros and cons.

If you’re considering new doors for your home, speak to us at Window Outfitters Inc.  We are a licensed MN exterior home improvement company serving the Minneapolis area, and we install standard and custom exterior doors from a variety of quality manufacturers.  Plus we’ve got a showroom where you can see for yourself the beautiful choices available.  Call us today to make a no-obligation appointment. 



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