An exterior door is usually designed to make a statement. It's the first impression that people will have as they enter your home. Primary functions of exterior doors include the security and energy efficiency of the home. Types of exterior doors include front entry doors and back doors, which may be paneled, flush, or have glass inserts. French doors and sliding glass patio doors are also exterior doors.
Exterior doors are usually made of wood, fiberglass, or steel. Wood provides a sense of warmth and richness, and it can match a variety of styles. But solid-wood doors are expensive and require a high level of maintenance.
Solid-core wood-veneer flush doors are less costly. Fiberglass is durable and flexible enough to be installed in any climate. It will not warp or rot and is low-maintenance. Steel is practical and long-lasting. Exterior doors are usually 1 3/4 inches thick.
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