First impressions are everything, which is why a house’s front door can say a lot about a home. When choosing the right front door for your home, it’s important to consider both style and character, and yet, like the home it protects, a front door needs to be tough. Luckily, we here at Rusco know a thing or two about front doors and want to spread our knowledge!
Wood. Wood doors are the most common of front doors. They range in stains, styles, colors and size, fitting almost any home. Wood doors are great for the natural look and comes with the option of high grain or low grain to fit your taste. Unfortunately, due to the natural tendency of wood to expand and shrink, wood doors are less common in humid areas.
Fiberglass. If living in a harsh or humid climate, a great alternative to wood is fiberglass. With a similar look to wood, and the ability to be painted or stained to look just like wood, fiberglass is another great option for a more natural look that can also withstand warping.
Steel. When it comes to security and durability, steel doors are your best option. Stronger than both fiberglass and wood, steel doors can also resist the warping of humid climates. While some steel doors come with the option of being stained with a wood fiber coat, or laminated wood veneer, these steel doors are also often more expensive. Unfortunately, steel doors do have a tendency to dent and get dinged up, though with a little extra care these can be prevented and fixed.
Aluminum. A fantastic alternative to a steel door is an aluminum door. As durable and secure as steel, aluminum doors are lighter in weight and therefore easier to open when unlocked, but also easier on the doors hinges and frame. Like steel doors, aluminum doors can also be painted or stained to look like wood, but whether stained or not, aluminum doors tend to be more expensive.
A home is a system. With the siding, windows, garage doors and roof to consider, it’s important to choose the right front door for your home. When you’re ready to make your home’s first impression a lasting one, call a family company that’s been serving the western suburbs of Chicago since 1937. Call Rusco.