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Choosing the Right Door for Your Home

Choosing the Right Door for Your Home By Miriam Kasdan
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

You may not have thought about it before, but the look of your entry door says a lot about your home and who lives inside it. If you're remodeling, you want an entry door that reflects your personality and your home's personality.

Installing or replacing an entry door is not as simple a procedure as you might think, and a professional can help you decide what materials and styles to use. The finished product will make a statement about you and your home.

Wooden Doors

Entry doors come in a variety of styles, colors, and materials. Wood entry doors come with and without windows, and doors can have arched, elliptical, or straight tops. If you do choose wood, then you need to decide on a particular type. A heavy wood like mahogany is one common choice for entry doors.

Once you've decided on the type of wood, you have another decision to make: do you want glass in your door? Some entry doors come with beveled glass, which can be quite attractive, but it also means that whoever is outside might be able to see inside your home.

Steel Doors

Entry doors also come in steel. Perhaps your old wooden door has become a bit weather-worn, and you want to replace it, or maybe you want something more fire-resistant than wood. Steel entry doors also come with glass, can resemble wood, and you can paint them in a variety of colors. Look for one that has weather stripping for a tight seal and comes with a lifetime warranty. In addition, the glass should be insulated for energy efficiency.

With a little research, you can choose an entry door that welcomes visitors to your home and says a little something about you to boot!

About the Author
Miriam Kasdan has been writing and editing marketing and technical materials for almost 20 years and specializes in home improvement features. Miriam earned a B.A. in Sociology from the University of California at Berkeley.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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