Choosing the Right Front Entry Doors for Your New Home

Traditionally, front entry doors were designed to stand out from the rest of a home’s façade with texture and color. In Nova Scotia, it’s also important to select a door that can handle the ever-changing elements.

Steel Doors

Steel doors are a big seller because of their cost and durability. These doors have a steel outer shell and a foam inner core, which provides insulation. They don’t crack or warp and they work well in extreme temperatures, however they are prone to dents and dings. Most steel doors have a baked-on polyester finish that needs occasional repainting.

Fibreglass Doors

Fibreglass doors are known for their toughness and low maintenance. These doors have fibreglass cladding on the outside with a foam inner core. They don’t warp in extreme weather and they’re unaffected by moisture, rot, and insects. They come in a wide variety of colours and textures, some that even mimic the look of real wood.

Wood Doors

Wood doors are at the top of the price scale. These doors are an ideal choice for traditionally styled homes due to their versatility and natural beauty. There are many hardwood varieties that resist insects, and there are stains and polyurethane finishes that can be used to prevent warping due to moisture absorption.

Ask your builder about the many options available for your exterior front door. Together, you can select a durable, high quality door that will match your new home’s style and last for years in the Nova Scotia environment. 

Keith Sawlor Sawlor Built Homes Custom Home Builder in Nova Scotia

Keith Sawlor

Keith Sawlor is the second generation Owner of Sawlor Built Homes. With more than 35 years experience building custom homes in Nova Scotia, Keith has built a team that mirrors his professional knowledge and values.

Keith is a Certified Residential Builder who is also certified with many leading industry organizations. He is a Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) Certified Builder, a Net Zero Energy (NZE) Certified Builder, a Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) R-2000 Certified Builder, and a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS).

Keith is a Board Member of the Atlantic Home Warranty Program as well as the Canadian Home Builders' Association Nova Scotia. He is involved in many other industry programs and associations, such as the Canadian Home Builders’ Association National, Safety Services Nova Scotia and Better Business Bureau.

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