The Ultimate Guide to Purchasing New Doors

by | Sep 15, 2022

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 entry to update the look of your storefront or better secure the back entrance. Your front door is often one of the first things a visitor sees, or the door stands between you and unwanted visitors. In light of that, trying to choose the right door can feel overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be.

The variety of choices available means that you have a wide range of options to make sure you choose the one that best suits your needs and tastes. 

Steel doors might be your best option for the exterior or commercial locations if security is a concern. They are more robust than doors constructed of other materials, resistant to the elements, and don’t bend or warp. With insulated cores, they are an energy-efficient choice as well as a secure one. Plus, with the nearly endless combination of designs and colors, you can find something to match your style, whether for your front door or a side exit for your garage. 

Wood is a classic choice. 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 extensively customizable. However, wood doors, especially exterior ones, will require more maintenance than many other materials, as the wood is susceptible to warping, rotting, or expanding if not appropriately maintained. Wood is a prevalent choice for interior doors; without exposure to the elements, they will last longer inside than 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 various designs and colors and can even mimic the look of an actual wood door. 

There are also aluminum, vinyl, or glass doors, each with pros and cons. Aluminum doors are tough and durable; vinyl is 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.

 In addition to materials, you also have a wide array of style options. Do you want a hinged door or a sliding door? Both bi-fold doors and barn doors are popular choices for a laundry room; which one better suits your preferences? Do you want glass in your door? Is the security of the door more important than any visual aspect? 

Ask yourself some questions to help make the decision-making process a little easier. Firstly, start with a budget; figure out how much you can afford to spend, and then go from there. Second, think about functionality and purpose. What does the door need to do? Consider the climate in your area and see what kind of door would best stand up to the elements it would be exposed to. Thirdly, how much maintenance will the door require? Will it need to be resealed or repainted every few years? Are you willing and able to keep up with that? Lastly, what aesthetic aspects are essential to you? Can you find something you like that still meets your other requirements?

Interior or exterior, residential or commercial, new install or replacement, we can help you with every step of the door installation process. Wherever you are in the process, call us today at Best in the West Construction, and we’ll make sure you and your project are well taken care of.