Doors & Windows

Radio: The Key to Choosing a New Front Door


When shopping for a new front door, you'll want to keep a few things in mind. First, your choice should complement the style and color of your home. More importantly, make sure it's built to last! Ideally, the door should be weather-resistant and sturdy enough to withstand would-be intruders.

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Many traditional homes feature wooden doors, and with good reason-it's a style with classic curb appeal. But because the material is porous, cracks and gouges in the finish can let moisture in and cause warping. The other downside is maintenance: to keep that like-new look, you'll be sanding, -staining or repainting yours every few years for as long as you own the house.

In comparison, steel doors are cheaper, stronger, and do a better job of insulating than wood. Today's options are even available with glass inserts and faux-wood finishes. If heavy metals aren't your thing, there is another option-fiberglass, a dent-resistant material that won't rot or rust. Of the three, fiberglass doors provide the best insulation, which will help trim your energy bills.

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