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Your Home’s Front Door

A welcoming entry door enhances curb appeal and increases your home’s value. But, there’s more to a door than meets the eye. Appearance is just one element to consider when choosing an exterior door. Durability, safety, and performance are just as important.

Door Construction Materials

In addition to looking mah-velous, your door has an important job: keeping your family safe. For the best security and protection, you’ll need to understand door construction materials. Let’s compare three types of exterior door construction materials:

  • Wood
    Wood is a popular option. Aesthetically pleasing and versatile, wood is known for accommodating a broad range of paint and stain options. One drawback with wood, however, is that it expands and contracts with changes in temperature and humidity, and in extreme cases, can warp, cup, or twist. Diligent homeowners sometimes can fend off those threats with careful attention to maintenance.
  • Steel
    Steel doors are more durable and insulate better than wood, they neither expand nor contract and thereby maintain a proper fit. Home improvement experts suggest that steel doors provide the most security of any construction material. An affordable option, modern steel doors have improved in appearance and now can closely resemble wood’s appearance.
  • Fiberglass
    The newest material for entry doors is fiberglass. The performance of these doors is top-notch — fiberglass isn’t prone to rust or rot, the doors are practically impervious to weather, they are low maintenance and resist dents. Fiberglass doors are engineered to be highly energy-efficient, with some featuring an insulating polyurethane core, high-performance trim, and weatherstripping for maximum insulation value.

Choose a door made of the right material for your individual situation and you’ll be rewarded with smooth day-to-day operation, minimal upkeep, energy savings, and reliable security.

Quality Door Installation

Replacing a door can be simply exchanging one for another. But in some cases, you’ll have to remove and replace the old door framing, the door jambs, the threshold, and nearby wall studs so the door hangs correctly. Quality doors can have ball-bearing hinges and more installation screws in the frame.

Proper installation is key to ensuring your door is balanced — and stays that way — for smooth, reliable operation. A qualified installer is the best way to make sure your perfect door receives perfect installation.

Entry Door Hardware

When it comes to deadbolts and handle sets, security is job one. Not all deadbolts are created equally, so be sure to select the highest security grade possible. Ensure the quality and durability of your lockset for the best protection  – this is not the place to try to save a little money.

At Ferris Home Improvements, our exterior door specialists help you wade through the wide variety of exterior door options and get the best value and quality at your price point. Our installers, who are long-term Ferris employees — receive in-depth training and biannual retraining to make sure the craftsmanship used to install your door is of the highest quality.

When you combine your preferred door style, door glass, paint or stain finish, hardware, and accessories with quality installation, you’ll have a customized entryway that reflects your personalized style, protects your home and family, and is energy-smart. And so are you.