Our back door has fallen off its hinges- literally. Don’t ask me how….I suppose it has something to do with the two dogs and four kids that keep coming in and out constantly. Regardless, its time for a new door and I am taking full advantage of this opportunity to find the best one. My husband, however, keeps reminding me that it’s “just a door”. Ummm yes, but there are various styles and materials to consider. Here are a few back entryways that I’m inspired by:
Not only do I love the color of this door but I love the size of the window section and the hardware. This style is a popular one and it is available in several different materials including, wood, fiberglass and steel. The material typically determines the price so it all depends on your budget. I’ve seen this style priced as low as $180 in stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot.
A dutch door is a great option for homeowners with pets and children. While dutch doors are also available in different materials (wood, steel, etc.) they are a bit pricier all around. I also had a hard time finding stores that carried them locally, at least at a price I felt was reasonable (I’m not spending $1,000 on a door people!!) so it seems the best way to find a dutch door is to salvage/recycle older doors or buy them from specialty manufacturers. It might just be worth the trouble, though, to get the great farmhouse look.
My father-in-law has an all wood screen door similar to this one and it adds so much charm to the entryway. Perhaps this is a better option for the front or side entryway but, nonetheless, its a beauty. I like the lower split screen with the wood section below because the dogs couldn’t rip or run right through it. And the detail trim is so unique…
Selecting the right door can be a challenge when there are so many varieties to choose from. Since exterior doors are exposed to the elements, you’ll need to consider a door that can withstand the weather in your area. Whether its snow, rain, or strong sun/heat you need to know what material will hold up best.
- Wood doors tend to be the most expensive material and they require regular maintenance to keep them looking their best. This might include sanding and repainting it on an annual basis to prevent warping and cracking. With that said, hardwoods can resist denting and they can be strong insulators.
- Fiberglass doors are relatively affordable but, quality is an important factor. A high-quality fiberglass door is durable and not prone to shrinking, warping or expanding so they are low-maintenance. These doors are growing in popularity because they come in a variety of colors and they are easy to paint.
- Steel doors are an affordable, safe and low-maintenance option but they are susceptible to rust and paint chipping (depending on the gauge) so they may have to be replaced sooner than other materials. The most important thing to consider when buying a steel door is the gauge. The higher the number, the thinner the steel (24-gauge is a good choice).
Visit This Old House for more information on door materials as well as some advice/tips on how to repair an existing door or replace an old one. Also, Better Homes and Gardens offers some DIY advice for interior and exterior doors and selecting door materials.
(photos were found on Houzz.com from a variety of different sources; information can be found on my houzz profile page: s3barger)