Everything You Need to Know About Exterior Doors

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What Are Exterior Doors?

Excellent question! An exterior door, by definition, is more than just a barrier between the inside and outside of your house. These doors are pivotal in defining your home’s security, energy efficiency, and curb appeal. Every time you open or close your door, you’re interacting with a key component of your home’s character. At Your New Door, our experience has taught us that an exterior door is not just a functional necessity, but an extension of your home’s personality.

What’s the Difference Between an Interior or Exterior Door?

The difference between an interior or exterior door lies in their construction and purpose. Exterior doors are built sturdier to withstand elements and provide security, and they are on the outside of the home. This is where you’ll find iron doors and any other heavier duty door type. Interior doors are lighter and more focused on aesthetics and privacy within the inside of the home. With interior doors, you’ll see things like pocket doors.

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Choosing the Right Material for Your Exterior Door

What Materials Are Commonly Used in Exterior Doors?

It can be hard to know off the top of your head! When it comes to materials used in exterior doors, the options are diverse: wood, fiberglass, steel and iron doors are the most common.

Wood

Wood offers a timeless appeal with robust customization options.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass doors, known for their durability and energy efficiency, resist warping, rotting, and denting.

Steel

A steel door is typically used as a builder-grade door and they aren’t recommended, they dent easily, transfer energy, and eventually will need to be replaced.

Iron

Iron doors are the go-to for enhanced security and a robust feel. Each material brings its unique benefits to your doorstep.

Vinyl

You typically see vinyl used on things like a patio door installation or a sliding door.

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What Are the Pros and Cons of Different Exterior Door Materials?

Each exterior door material has its merits and drawbacks.

Wood

Wood doors provide a classic look but require more maintenance and mostly cost more initially.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass doors are low-maintenance and energy-efficient, but they aren’t as inexpensive as builder grade steel doors.

Steel

Steel doors are cost-effective, but they may dent and conduct temperature, and the wooden pieces tend to rot.

Iron

Iron doors are a little higher of an initial investment, but they are a long term investment and they look amazing. Understanding these nuances helps in making an informed decision.

Vinyl

Vinyl has excellent energy efficiency and initial cost, but in extreme heat, can be susceptible to warping.

How Long Do Different Materials Last?

The longevity of exterior doors depends significantly on the material. Wood doors, if maintained properly, can last up to 30 years or more. Fiberglass doors can last a lifetime with absolutely no maintenance. Steel doors are recommended to be changed early, as they can be susceptible to rust, corrosion, denting, and rot on the wooden parts.

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Designing Your Exterior Door

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What Are the Latest Trends in Exterior Door Designs?

Exterior door design trends continually evolve. Currently, we’re seeing a surge in bold colors and sleek, minimalist designs. Doors with integrated smart technology are also on the rise, offering added convenience and security. 

Customization options, such as decorative glass inserts and unique hardware, allow homeowners to personalize their new exterior doors to reflect their style and enhance their home’s curb appeal. 

Lots of homeowners like to also include screen door installation when they get a new exterior door installation, since screen doors add extra protection from bugs when you have your door open, with a bit of privacy as well.

What Customization Options Are Available?

Our customization options for your new door are virtually limitless. Choose from a range of colors, finishes, glass inserts, and hardware. Whether you want a door with sidelights, a pet door, or a specific style of hinges, our team can tailor every aspect to meet your specific needs. Contact your door consultant to ask what would work best for your particular home and opening.

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Ensuring Security with Your Exterior Door

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What Security Features Are Essential for Exterior Doors?

Security is paramount for exterior doors, and essential features include sturdy door frames, high-quality locks, and reinforced strike plates. Smart locks offer an added layer of security, allowing keyless entry and remote access. We recommend considering multi-point locking systems for heightened security.

What Types of Locks and Reinforcements Are Available?

Various locks and reinforcements can enhance the security of your exterior door. Deadbolts, smart locks, and keyless entry systems are popular options. For added strength, consider installing a steel or reinforced wood door frame and strike plates. These features work together to deter break-ins and ensure your home’s safety. Our fiberglass doors all come with a full length lockblock to protect you and your family.

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Maximizing Energy Efficiency in Exterior Doors

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How Do Exterior Doors Contribute to Energy Efficiency?

Everyone likes saving money! Exterior doors play a crucial role in your home’s energy efficiency. Properly insulated doors prevent air leaks, thereby reducing energy costs. Materials like fiberglass and steel, especially when equipped with energy-efficient cores, are excellent in maintaining indoor temperature and contributing to overall energy savings.

Understanding Insulation and Weather Seals

Insulation in exterior doors is achieved through materials that prevent heat transfer and weather seals that block drafts. Doors (like our Plastpro fiberglass doors) with polyurethane foam cores offer excellent insulation. Weather stripping and quality seals are essential in preventing air leaks and enhancing energy efficiency.

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What Is the Energy Star Rating for Doors?

The Energy Star rating for doors indicates their energy efficiency. Doors that meet specific U.S. Environmental Protection Agency criteria for reducing energy consumption are awarded this rating. An Energy Star-rated door can help lower utility bills and reduce environmental impact. To reach Energy Star ratings, exterior doors must have ≤0.28 for U-Factor and ≤0.23 for SHGC.

Why We Are Chosen

We’re door specialists (we don’t do anything besides residential doors) with over 157 years of combined experience!

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We're not just installing a new door or repairing an existing one; we're opening a long-term relationship with personalized, attentive service that understands your unique needs and concerns.

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As locals, we share a bond with our clients; we see each project as an opportunity to enhance our neighborhood's safety, aesthetics, and comfort, helping everybody.

Integrity Ingrained

Your confidence is our foundation. We operate with complete transparency, open communication, and a commitment to doing what's right for you, your home, and our community, every step.

The Exterior Door Installation Process

What Does Installing an Exterior Door Involve?

Installing an exterior door involves several key steps:

  • removing the old door
  • preparing the doorway
  • ensuring a level fit
  • and securely installing the new door with proper alignment of hinges and locks.

A professional door contractor, like ours at Your New Door, will ensure that every step is meticulously executed for optimal function and security.

Choosing a handyman at this step could cost you much more than just paying to get it done the right way the first time, as installing an exterior door improperly can lead to tons of damage being done to your walls, floors, and home in general.

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What Does Installing an Exterior Door Involve?

The time required for door installation varies, but typically, a standard single door can be installed within a day, even just a few hours with more simple door projects like a pre hung door.

Factors that may extend installation time include:

  • custom features
  • the condition of the existing door frame
  • installing multiple doors
  • and additional elements like sidelights or transoms.

Our top tier exterior door installers ensure a timely and efficient installation process.

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Maintaining Your Exterior Door

How to Properly Maintain Different Types of Exterior Doors

Maintaining your exterior door depends on the material.

Wood

Wood doors require regular painting or varnishing to prevent warping and rot.

Fiberglass

Fiberglass doors need occasional cleaning and may require a fresh coat of paint over years.

Steel

Steel doors should be checked for scratches or dents to prevent rust.

Iron

Iron doors typically just need a cleaning every so often.

Vinyl

Vinyl sliding doors just need to have the glass cleaned, and make sure the space in the rolling tracks stays cleared so the door can continue to easily slide.

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Tips for Cleaning and Upkeep Your Existing Door

Regular cleaning and maintenance extend the life of your existing doors.

  • For wood doors, use gentle cleansers and avoid harsh chemicals.
  • Fiberglass doors can be cleaned with mild soap and water.
  • Steel doors benefit from periodic waxing to protect their finish.

Regularly check and lubricate the hinges and locks for smooth operation.

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Understanding the Costs of Exterior Doors

What Factors Affect the Cost of an Exterior Door?

On average, professional exterior door replacement costs right around $1,000 for the simplest job, ranging up to above $5,000 for more involved jobs.

Several factors influence the exterior door cost:

  • material
  • size
  • design
  • and additional features like glass inserts or smart locks.

Custom designs and high-end materials typically command a higher price. Labor costs for installation also contribute to the overall expense.

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Price Range for Various Types and Styles

The price range for exterior doors varies widely.

  • Basic steel doors can start from a few hundred dollars, but these are builder-grade low quality doors which we would never recommend.
  • High-end wood or fiberglass doors with custom features can cost several thousand, with wood usually costing much more, let alone the maintenance costs.

We provide detailed quotes to help you understand the door installation cost, including materials and labor.

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Navigating Regulations and Compliance for Exterior Doors

What Building Codes Apply to Exterior Doors?

Building codes for exterior doors typically address structural integrity, weather resistance, and safety.

Local codes may have specific requirements for door size, material, and fire ratings. Compliance ensures that your new door is safe and suitable for your home’s location and conditions.

Check with your local city for city codes if you want more information, however, wherever Your New Door works, we ensure we always completely meet building codes. The only way for us to do something is the right way.

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Ensuring ADA Compliance

Ensuring ADA compliance for exterior doors is crucial for accessibility.

This includes appropriate door widths, easy-to-handle hardware, and threshold designs that accommodate wheelchairs. Our team is knowledgeable about ADA requirements and can guide you in selecting a door that meets these standards.

If you have any specific questions about this, call us and speak to a door consultant to find out information about your specific scenario.

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Customer Service and Contact Info

With every Exterior Doors project, our #1 priority is giving you a 5-star experience, as outstanding customer service is reason for our reputation.

After-Service Support and Warranties

Our first Exterior Doors project is only the beginning of our relationship, let us know however we can make your life easier.

All work comes with a 1-year labor warranty. Call us to see which projects come with a lifetime warranty.

Safety and Fire Ratings of Exterior Doors

Exploring Fire-Rated Options

Fire-rated exterior doors are designed to withstand fire for a certain period, typically ranging from 20 to 90 minutes. These doors are made from materials like steel or solid wood and are essential in providing a barrier against fire, smoke, and heat, contributing significantly to home safety. You typically will find these as a new entry door between the garage and the inside of the home.

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Essential Safety Features for Exterior Doors

Safety features for exterior doors extend beyond locks and material strength. Proper installation, fire resistance, and structural integrity are critical. We ensure that each door we install meets the highest safety standards to protect your home and loved ones, depending on your needs determines what exterior door we recommend to you.

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Your New Door understands that the choices we make today shape the world we live in tomorrow. That’s why we are committed to not only upgrading your homes, but also to a more sustainable future. Our range of eco-friendly products is designed with the planet in mind, ensuring that environmental responsibility is at the heart of every product we offer.

Exterior Doors Eco-Friendly Options

Discover a greener way to enhance your property with our eco-friendly options. These products don’t just look good; they do good. By choosing eco-friendly Exterior Doors options, you’re not just selecting an entrance; you’re making a statement about the importance of preserving our planet for future generations.

  and Energy Efficiency

Our selection is engineered to provide superior insulation, reducing your energy consumption and lowering your heating and cooling costs. This means not only will you be making a choice that benefits your wallet, but you’ll also be reducing your carbon footprint, which is investing in a more energy-efficient, sustainable future.

Soundproofing and Exterior Doors

How Effective Are Different Doors in Soundproofing?

The effectiveness of exterior doors in soundproofing varies based on material and design. Solid core doors, like those made of solid wood or our fiberglass doors with insulated cores, are generally more effective in reducing noise. Builder grade steel doors can easily transfer sound through their metal components if they aren’t properly insulated. Additional weather stripping and seals can further enhance soundproofing capabilities.

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After-Sale Services: Warranty and Support

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Details About Warranty for Exterior Doors

Our warranty for fiberglass exterior doors covers defects in materials for life, and workmanship for one year. This warranty provides peace of mind and assurance of quality for your new door.

What Does After-Sale Support Include?

After-sale support includes assistance with any issues or concerns post-installation. This may encompass maintenance tips, warranty claims, and additional services like adjustments or repairs. Our team is committed to ensuring your satisfaction and the enduring performance of your door. Call us if you have any questions or concerns.

Exterior Doors in Your New Door's First-Class Fabrication Facility 

YourNewDoor.com is headquartered in a 15,000 square foot facility housed in Irving, Texas. We are lucky to have a spacious area to create and showcase our product lines to those who come our way.

Custom Craftsmanship

Our comprehensive control in crafting custom solutions delivers distinct designs, directly tailored to your home's unique personality.

Consistent Care

Every project demonstrates our dedication to durability and detail, thanks to our thorough quality control in every moment.

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From the first pencil sketch to the final placement, our team provides a personalized, painless process for perfecting your property's portal.
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How To Choose the Best Exterior Door Installers

Reputation

Choosing the best exterior door installers starts with reputation. Look for companies with positive testimonials, a strong portfolio of completed projects, and recognition in the industry. A reputable installer ensures quality workmanship and a smooth installation process. Check out our reviews to see how we are loved by our family of clients!

Experience

Experience is key when selecting exterior door installers. Experienced professionals bring a depth of knowledge to every job, ensuring that the installation is done correctly and efficiently. They can handle challenges and provide expert advice on the best solutions for your home. Check out our inspirational gallery to see just a few of the thousands of projects we’ve completed for your neighbors!

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Technological Advancements in Exterior Doors

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Latest Innovations in Exterior Door Technology

Technological advancements in exterior doors include:

  • smart locks,
  • enhanced insulation materials
  • and improved weatherproofing.

Innovations like fingerprint access and connectivity with home automation systems are redefining how we interact with our doors, making them more secure and convenient than ever.

Our Team

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Billy Cline

Owner

Adyn Thomas - Junior Tech

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Door Technician

Alex Valenzuela - Junior Tech

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Door Technician

Braedon Havens- Mid Tech

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Door Technician

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Graphic Designer

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Operations Manager

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Dispatch Manager

Jose (JR) Ramirez - Senior Tech

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Larry McCarter - Pro Painter

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Matt Irizarry - Apprentice Tech

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Matthew Reese - Production

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Production Engineer

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Frequently Asked Questions About Exterior Doors

  • When is the right time to replace my exterior doors?

    Replace exterior doors when they show rust, dents, warping, or cracks, or if they fail to close or lock properly, as these issues affect security and insulation. Choose a durable replacement suited for your local climate to improve longevity and energy efficiency. Consult a door specialist for tailored recommendations.

  • What is the average cost to put in an exterior door?

    The average cost to install an exterior door ranges from $420 to $1,688, depending on the type of door and labor involved, and doors commonly go outside of this range when opting for materials that will last a lifetime. Front door installations typically cost between $505 and $1,898 for typical builder-grade doors, while installing garage, side, or back doors costs about $288 to $740 for that same quality. The price of those quality doors alone averages $200 to $800, with labor charges varying from $230 to $1,300 depending on the expertise of the installers. When choosing a door specialist providing higher quality products and installation than you can find at big box stores, you can expect the investment to be higher than what you would give at the big box stores.

  • What type of door is best for exterior?

    All things considered, fiberglass doors are usually the best exterior door choice, but the best type of door for exterior use largely depends on your priorities such as budget, aesthetics, and durability. Fiberglass doors are favored for their durability, energy efficiency, and cost-effectiveness, making them the most popular choice. Wood doors offer a classic appearance and natural charm, appealing to those who prioritize traditional aesthetics despite a potentially higher cost. Steel doors are the most economical option, with less durability compared to fiberglass and wood.

  • What are the best exterior doors on a budget?

    On a budget, a fiberglass pre-hung door is by far the most cost-effective option, as they offer great value for their longevity and low maintenance. A steel door is typically cheaper up front, but you almost always pay for it on the back end with energy efficiency issues as well as it’s lack of resistance to blunt force. Ask about payment plans to get a long-lasting door at an affordable rate!

  • What is the longest lasting exterior door?

    Fiberglass doors are easily the longest lasting exterior door. They resist wear and tear, weather elements, and do not warp or rot like some other materials. Iron doors are also extremely long-lasting, and they provide a rustic and luxurious look, though they are more expensive than fiberglass. This is opposed to steel, which will easily dent, allowing rust to begin eating away at your door. An unscathed steel door may reach 100 years of use, while a normally used fiberglass door will last well over 100 years.

  • What is the trend in front doors for 2024?

    In 2024, the trend in front doors leans towards minimalism, reflecting broader shifts in home design preferences. Simple, clean lines with fewer embellishments are favored, with panel doors exemplifying this trend. These doors are constructed with a sturdy frame and incorporate two or more flat or raised panels, offering a sleek, understated aesthetic that complements modern architectural styles.

  • What is the most popular front door color?

    The most popular front door color by far is black, renowned for its sleek and timeless appeal. Other classic choices that follow closely in popularity include white and gray, both of which offer versatility and elegance that complement a wide range of home exteriors.

Contact Your New Door for Exterior Door Solutions

So it’s time to get the ball rolling, huh? If you're looking for top-notch exterior door solutions, don’t hesitate to contact Your New Door.

Our team is ready to assist you with all your exterior door needs, from installation to repair and replacement. Reach out to us today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards enhancing your home with our professional exterior door services.