Front Entry Doors – Frame Your Home’s First Impression

Front entry doors frame your home’s first impression. They offer a variety of style and design options to complement your home’s exterior.

New materials for front doors are designed to last. Fiberglass and steel doors resist warping, rotting, and scratching, so you can enjoy them for years to come.

Add sidelights or a transom to let in natural light. Blinds between-the-glass allow you to control privacy.

Curb Appeal

A home’s curb appeal is a major selling point for any property. If a house has beautiful landscaping, a nice paint job, and well-maintained windows and a porch, potential buyers will be intrigued and more likely to view the inside of the home.

Front entry doors are a large part of your home’s overall curb appeal. If they’re outdated or dingy, they can decrease your home’s value and make it less attractive to prospective buyers. However, if you replace your front door with a stylish double entry door from Harvey and Therma-Tru, you’ll see that the investment pays off when it comes time to sell your home.

Bland curb appeal makes a home forgettable, but a home with luscious green grass and vibrantly colored flowers is going to stand out among other homes on the market. Even small details like dead patches of grass or worn gutters can reduce your home’s value. Buyers will take note of these issues, and they’ll assume that other areas of the home need work too.


Front door security measures may not be as exciting to consider as your home’s curb appeal, but they’re just as important. After all, break-ins and severe weather damage are real threats that could impact your family’s safety. Preventative measures will keep you safe and allow you to feel confident whether you’re at home or away.

Invest in a durable front door that will resist scratches and dents. For added security, choose a composite door frame made of fiberglass. These frames are 25% more rigid than wood and have stronger screw-holding power, making them more resistant to severe weather damage.

For ultimate peace of mind, opt for a high-security front door with bulletproof glass lites. These doors can stop dozens of powerful firearm rounds per US DoS standards without sacrificing their aesthetics. This will keep you and your family safe, allowing you to enjoy Florida’s gorgeous sunny days.

Energy Efficiency

Keeping your home energy efficient is vital to saving money on heating and cooling. The front door plays a big role in the amount of heat that escapes your house. A new front door that is insulated can help you save money on your electricity bill all year round.

The best insulation for a front door is foam. Window World offers energy-efficient fiberglass doors that are more insulating than steel doors. Check the ENERGY STAR label to find a door that will work in your climate. Look for a low SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) and a low U-factor (U-value).

A custom screen door will also increase the energy efficiency of your front entry door. It will keep out the bugs and reptiles while allowing you to enjoy the Florida breezes. It will also prevent grass cuttings and lawn care debris from blowing into your house. It will also eliminate the need to sweep those wasps’ nests off your walls.


The front door sets the tone for your home and projects your values to passersby. Consequently, it should always be clean and well maintained. A properly functioning entry door provides security and improves energy efficiency. The door’s hardware should be tightened, lubricated and replaced as needed.

A metal exterior door requires different maintenance from a fiberglass or wood one. Wood doors can fade and peel over time if exposed to sunlight for extended periods of time. To prevent this, homeowners should wash their doors with a mild detergent and water. Power washing a metal door can cause corrosion, so it should be washed by hand.

Adding a decorative screen entry allows homeowners to open their front door on beautiful days and enjoy the breeze without pests entering the home. In Florida, this is especially practical because lizards, house flies, mosquitoes, wasps and other insects are common nuisances that can make their way into the home.