The front door is often the first thing that guests see when visiting your home, and for many homeowners, choosing the right door is a detail-oriented endeavor. Here are a few tips for choosing the right exterior door for you:
1. Measurement: Set by the International Residential Code, the average door size is 36 inches wide by 80 inches high, and most exterior doors are built to these specs; however, many exterior door frames, especially in craftsman homes, have different measurements. The first thing to do when picking a front door is to determine what size you need.
2. Style: As a general guideline, a front door should match the house's style of architecture. That said, you still have a lot of freedom in regard to the style of door that you choose. Bold colors are big in 2015, or perhaps you want a door with an arched top? The front door is a great way to give your home a touch of personality.
3. Durability: A front door has to endure a lot: friends and family rushing in and out; rainstorms; and potentially wood-splitting frosts. Additionally, it needs to be strong enough to protect against potential intruders. New advancements in wooden doors have made them very good at resisting rot, and some metal doors provide superior durability while offering a stylish appearance. Ask your local building supplier about the latest advancements in door durability.