Choosing the perfect exterior doors for your dream log home means considering a combination of design, functionality, and your personal preferences. The prices can range from inexpensive to extravagant. There are several factors you need to consider when choosing an exterior door for your log home:
How often will your front door be used on a regular basis?
You first must consider the function of your door. Is the front door mostly decorative or will it be used often? Does the door open to the garage or a closed off area that you do not want to look at regularly? Will you need glass in the door to add natural light to the interior space near the door? Does the door have a special purpose and need to be custom built?
How many doors work best in your front door design?
Would you prefer a double door with sidelights for your front entrance or one door and one sidelight? This decision will be made based mostly on your personal preferences and the amount of room you have in your design. A double door is not necessarily as energy efficient as a single door for example.
What type of material would you prefer?
Do you want a door made from wood or steel? A wood door may not be the best choice unless it is protected by a covered roof of some sort with a porch or portico. You simply cannot get a wood door that is thick enough to withstand long term exposure to the elements. Another decision you will need to consider is what color or finish you’d like.
Steel doors provide excellent insulation. GLH packages include Therma Tru steel doors as a standard door for all doors but the front door. Upgrades are also available if you prefer. The Back to Basics designs include the steel doors for the front door as well. These doors require painting in the color of your choice. You may choose a custom door designed to provide a unique interior and exterior feel to the entrance of your home.
Should you have a front door without windows to make it more secure?
Large glass areas in your doors or sidelights may be a security concern since they provide easier access to an intruder. This may be a concern if your log home is mainly for weekend or vacation use.