When it comes to time to "spruce up" your home's exterior, extra consideration should be given to your front entrance. As one of the key focal points of your house, it offers an opportunity to create a positive impression on visitors and passers-by at a relatively low cost.
Most people love the look of an old heavy door, and there are still lots available at antique shops and restoration warehouses. However, your front door need to address some practical aspects as well, such as energy saving and security. A traditional solid core wood door with a custom glass insert can satisfy most modern needs, but insulated steel doors with smaller double-glazed inserts are quickly becoming very popular too - especially now that they are available in an increasing number of attractive designs.
Once you decide on your door, give careful thought to its hardware and surface color, as these are a significant part of your home's exterior decor. If you need a storm or screen door, consider an unnoticeable full-glass panel to reveal your main door's character, or make a statement with a wrought iron gate or a heritage wood frame with built-in screening.
Whatever front door you prefer, don't underestimate its unique capacity to make a statement that represents yoru entire family - to guests and strangers alike.