Why Your Front Door Matters: Setting the Tone for a Great First Impression

Your front door has several different roles, including providing safety and security for your home. It also can make or break the first impression of your house, as the entry door is one of the first things that visitors notice when they come to your home or drive by it. Take a close look at the front door of your home. Is it sturdy enough to withstand the many parts of the Pacific Northwest weather that we have including rain, wind, and sun? Is it secure and safe enough to ward off potential thieves or intruders? Does it look up to date, or is it weathered and old?

Tips on picking a new front door for your home:
There are a variety of exterior door styles out there to pick from, so when it comes to choosing a new front entry door, you might be unsure of where to start. With these helpful tips from our specialists at Lifetime Windows & Doors, you’ll be able to choose the perfect door for your home easily.

Tip #1: Determine what your budget is.
Home improvements and renovations can get expensive, so when you are looking to replace your door, know what your budget is. Knowing what you can spend will help you narrow down your search options. Figure out what features you want in the door so you know what your top priorities are. For example, if you want an energy efficient door, you may need to spend a little bit more, but over time, you’ll save money on your utility bills.

Tip #2: Know your style and material preferences.
When choosing a front door, materials are key. Most doors are constructed out of wood, fiberglass, or steel. Fiberglass doors are very popular because of their energy efficiency and their variety of style and color options. Steel doors are affordable and are incredibly durable. Wood doors are generally more expensive because they can be customized and are usually very unique. If you are interested in a wood door, take a close look at what direction the door will face the most. If it’s consistently exposed to the sun, there is a greater chance it could warp over time.

You have the choice of choosing a pre-finished, pre-stained, or raw door, which leaves it up to you on what color you want to paint it. Once it’s picked out and installed, you can start working on making a fun statement with whatever paint color you like best. The goal in painting it is to send a welcoming vibe that exudes your unique style and personality. Don’t be afraid to go bold or colorful, especially if the rest of the home’s exterior is neutral in color. A fun door color is a great way to make your home stand out.

We carry a variety of door styles that aren’t just plain. For example, you could order a door with a window in it, or one that has glass panel sidelights.  For Craftsman-style homes, there are doors with windows and dentil shelves, which add a classic touch to the front entry space. Once you choose your door style, then you can have fun picking out the hardware that goes with it, including what door handles and locks look best with it. Whether it’s a traditional or modern look you’re going for, there are many different hardware options available.

No matter what style, color or size you prefer, we are proud to sell various high quality door brands that can fit into any classic, traditional, or modern look. Some of these brands include Milgard, Simpson Door Company, Simonton Windows & Doors, Masonite, Codel, ThermaTru, and more. Many of these brands allow for customized orders, so that means you can get the exact door you want, that will serve reliably for years to come.

Most importantly, we pay attention to your budget so you can find a door that you love within your price range. We serve customers throughout the Portland metro area, as well as customers in Central Oregon. In addition, our third location in Vancouver serves customers around Southwest Washington. If you are ready to update your home and install beautiful new door for the upcoming autumn season, contact us today for a free, no pressure quote!