The doors to our homes are something we expect to last a long time. But eventually, a fresh coat of paint simply isn’t enough to keep them updated. Whether they’ve become damaged or their style is outdated, sooner or later, you’ll be looking to replace your exterior doors.

Of course, when you’re buying new doors, you can’t just put anything in between the doorframe. Entry doors are the barrier between you and the outside world. They’re often the first thing visitors will notice about your home. If you want to make a good first-impression, you need attractive, quality-made doors.

But looks aren’t everything. Entry doors also need to be able to withstand rain, snow, sun, and even would-be burglars.  

Where do you begin? Let’s start with the material.

Selecting Material

The most common materials for entry doors you’ll find are wood, steel, and fiberglass.

When it comes to sheer beauty and craftsmanship, wooden doors are hard to beat. Their natural, solid construction looks and feels right. Of course, that quality comes with a price. Wooden doors tend to be on the more expense side. Though they’re heavy and secure, they are prone to warping, chipping, and cracking overtime.

Steel doors are the strongest option on the market, making them secure and long lasting.  You can also get insulated steel doors for extra efficiency. Despite these key advantages, steel doors tend to be the cheapest options you’ll find.

On the downside, design options for steel doors aren’t quite as expansive as wood. There are different color and styles available, and they can be dressed up to look similar to wood, but that takes a little more work (which can raise cost).

Fiberglass doors are sometimes viewed as the middle ground between wood and steel. They’re durable, energy efficient, and resistant to warping and rotting. You also won’t have to worry about rust or corrosion. Like wood doors, they’re also very customizable.

The cost of fiberglass doors can vary greatly depending on what you get. When deciding the material, it’s best to consider budget, style, and even your environment.

Updating the Hardware

While you’re updating your doors, you’ll likely have to update the hardware being used as well. Depending on how many doors are being replaced, the cost of hinges, handles, frames, locks, etc. can add up.

Make sure the options you’re choosing for hardware match the door and your home. If you’re updating the locks, you should also consider upgrading to a smart lock system. This offers more security and flexibility when it comes to controlling who can and can’t enter your home.

Finding the Right Entry Door Company

While plenty of hardware and home improvement stores offer entry doors in Ohio for sale, both their options and knowledge can be limited. Why not purchase your doors from people who are experts of doors?

At Springfield Overhead Door, we offer a massive selection of doors for entry ways, patios, and more! We have the perfect material for you, whether you’re looking for mahogany, fir, cherry, steel, or fiberglass.

Want a window or glass panel? We’ve got you covered!

Not sure where to begin? We can help with that too. Contact us today and let us help you door shop. We’ll make the process simple and stress-free so you can get your new doors purchased and installed quickly!