HOW TO BUILD A CUSTOM HOME, Part 23: Exterior Doors

In this series, the professionals at the B.O.L.D. Company will take you through the process of building a custom home in the Greater Cincinnati – Northern Kentucky area. From plan and lot selection, to mortgage approval, to the actual construction, we’ll take you behind-the-scenes each week for an inside look at a different part of the process.

This week, we look at exterior doors:

As with windows, choices abound for exterior doors. Typically, customers will be choosing from wood, fiberglass, steel, and glass doors.

Wood is the conventional choice for building doors. Besides the natural and traditional look of wood, it is also more customizable and decorative. However, wood doors also tend to be more expensive, and will require more maintenance (painting, etc) to protect against and/or repair rot, warping, and deterioration from the elements.

Steel doors are durable, secure, and tend to be considerably more affordable than wood. Steel doors also require very little maintenance. They are more energy-efficient than wood doors, they provide better security against intrusion, and they are fire-proof. They are subject to denting, paint chipping, and rust.

Fiberglass doors are often considered a more environmentally-friendly option than either wood or steel. They are also energy-efficient and very durable. While fiberglass doors tend to be a little pricier than steel doors, they typically come with longer warranties, and they are resistant to scratches, dents, rot, deterioration, and rust. Perhaps best of all, fiberglass doors are paintable and stainable, and many do a good imitation of wood grain, especially when stained.

Glass doors are, obviously, the least secure, provide the least privacy, and are the least energy-efficient. (Glass is a much better conductor than insulator, as anyone who has sat by a window on a cold day will attest!) The advantages of glass doors, if strategically-placed, are the light they bring in and the view of the outside they allow. While many exterior doors made of wood, steel, or fiberglass will have glass panels as part of their structure and style, when we talk about glass doors, we are referring to patio doors, french doors, and sliding doors. Often, these doors will have a wood, steel, or fiberglass frame, even though the majority of the surface of the door is composed of glass.

Many homes will contain a combination of door types: a wood or fiberglass imitation-wood front entry door, where elegance or style is desired, perhaps a steel entry door in the garage, where security is preferred over style, a glass french door or sliding door from the back of the house to the patio. Ask a BOLD professional to help you weigh the pros and cons for your own new construction or remodeling project!

The B.O.L.D. Company is uniquely situated to help you through each and every step of the custom home building process, from financing and design/selections to construction and warranty service. We are available to build on your lot in Northern Kentucky, or let our licensed real estate agents help you find the perfect home site! Our in-house drafting and design team, together with our on-staff licensed Professional Engineer, can help you find or design the plan of your dreams! And of course, B.O.L.D. combines quality products and craftsmanship with unsurpassed customer service, so that the finished home is everything you expect and more. Find out why 400+ other new home customers have trusted The B.O.L.D. Company since 1986!

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