Choosing a Front Door with Curb Appeal

As we mentioned in our last blog post, it’s peak home selling season, which means you may be looking to enhance your curb appeal. Swapping out your old front door with a new one is a great way to create an inviting entryway. What more, installation is simple enough that you can do it yourself. …

As we mentioned in our last blog post, it’s peak home selling season, which means you may be looking to enhance your curb appeal. Swapping out your old front door with a new one is a great way to create an inviting entryway. What more, installation is simple enough that you can do it yourself. But before you get carried away hauling off your old door, consider the following tips when choosing a new front door.

Woodgrain Doors Knotty Alder 6 lite over 1 planked panel Craftsman door with matching sidelights.

Select a style

Before looking through a catalog of doors, make an assessment of your house to determine its unique style. Is it a colonial? Mid-century modern? Rustic farmhouse? Understanding your home’s character will help you narrow down the options and select a new door that fits. This helpful article on DIY Network breaks down some of the most popular styles on the market.

Woodgrain Doors Knotty Alder planked panel door and sidelight with wide reed glass.

Know your species

Regardless of your style, you will need to choose a wood species for your front door. Our wood species guide is a great resource to determine which types are ideal for the paint, stain or finish you’re looking for.  

Woodgrain Doors Radiata Pine sash door; 9 lite over raised 2 panels with Delta Frost glass sidelights.

Get glass (or not)

Decorative glass is a beautiful option that fits many door styles. However, if you’re looking for maximum privacy, a full-glass front door may not fit your needs. Therefore, consider opaque, textured glass, a partial-glass door or sidelights. Similar to species, there are a wide variety of glass options. Check out our glass resource guide to see which glass option appeals to you.

Woodgrain Doors Maple 15 lite French doors.

Don’t get hung up

If your door frame is intact, there is no need to change it. Just buy a slab door whose dimensions will hang on your existing hinges. 

Woodgrain Doors Mahogany 6 lite over raised 2-panel Craftsman door.

Want more ways to spruce up your front door? Check out our tips for summer door decor or browse our photo gallery for inspiration. Good luck with your project!