While there is a lot to consider when it comes to installing a new door, asking yourself some questions and setting some guidelines will go a long way towards making the process less overwhelming. Your contractor should also be able to help you if you have any questions or need some advice.

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Choosing Doors

One of the many decisions you’ll face when building or remodeling your home is what kind of doors you want to install. Or maybe it’s for your business and you need a new door to update the look of your storefront or better secure the back entrance.


Steel doors might be your best option if security is a concern. They are stronger than doors constructed of other materials, resistant to the elements, and don’t bend or warp. Steel doors often have glass in them in order to provide better visuals both from inside and outside a building.


For the interior door, wood is most commonly used. Wooden doors have a timeless and elegant look, and are often seen as more aesthetically pleasing. The price range can also vary widely to fit any budget, depending on the type of wood you choose. They are sturdy and greatly customizable.

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Door Types


Wood doors, especially exterior ones, will require more maintenance than many other types of materials, as the wood is susceptible to warping, rotting, or expanding if it is not maintained properly. Wood is a very popular choice for interior doors, and without exposure to the elements they will last longer inside than they would outside.


Fiberglass is also a durable and versatile material for doors. Fiberglass doors require little to no maintenance and have a long lifespan thanks to their durability and resistance to weather damage. They come in a wide variety of designs and colors and can even mimic the look of a real wood door.

Aluminum, Vinyl, Or Glass

Each have their own list of pros and cons. Aluminum doors are tough and durable; vinyl is more commonly used for patio doors and is very low-maintenance; glass doors are great for bringing light in but are susceptible to shattering when hit with something.