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Choosing a Front Door

There are many options to choose from when deciding on a front door. Learn the facts so you can choose the best one for your needs.

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wooden doors are most often used for custom design
Photo 1 of 4If you want to purchase an ornately designed front door, wood is your best option.

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Wooden doors are most often used in custom or specialized design situations since they are easiest to manipulate. With the countless options (mahogany, side lights, transoms, decorative glass, etc.) you can custom design the specific look you want for your entryway. Another design advantage is that decorative transparencies such as glass are easier to install in wooden front doors.

A disadvantage to having a wooden exterior door is that over time, exposure to the elements can cause the wood to warp, resulting in a break in the door's air-sealing capabilities.

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