There’s nothing quite like a beautiful front entrance to make a home feel inviting to come home to at the end of a long day and welcome guests to come right in and feel at home. It gives an overall first impression of a home’s aesthetic with the look it conveys. One of the most timeless entryway looks is the classic design of natural wood.
Versatile and elegant, the look of wood can be used to create a wide range of looks from farmhouse to minimalist to highly ornate. With options like sidelites and transom windows, the possibilities are almost limitless. In this post, we’ll share ideas for using wood to create a beautiful entrance to your home. Check out these great ideas and then give our Window World Twin Cities replacement door contractors a call to order your beautiful new entry door.
The Look of Wood With the Power of Fiberglass
Traditional wood is an attractive and warm design choice, but it’s not the most secure and durable material. Wood is susceptible to moisture damage, and over time, it can warp, split, expand, and contract. It’s also easy for intruders to break through no matter how good the lock and hardware you use.
Window World fiberglass entry doors offer the attractive look of real wood with the power of fiberglass. Window World entry systems integrate the superior strength of fiberglass with high-performance features like maximum security deadbolts and pick-resistant locks, making them safer. They also offer four times the insulation value of traditional wood.
These are just a few of the features you’ll get with a fiberglass door from Window World:
● Heat-resistant doorlite
● Insulated core
● Deadbolt latch-concealing dust box
● Grade 1 certification deadbolts
● Steel security strike plate
● Brass hardware
Designing Your Fiberglass “Wood” Entry Door
When designing your door, you’ll find there is a wide versatility in how your wood-appearing fiberglass door can be designed. There are a number of front entrance configurations to choose from from the grandeur of double doors to simple single doors and doors flanked by sidelites.
Follow these steps to design your perfect entrance:
1. Choose a Wood Texture
If you’ve decided to go with a wood look for your door, start by choosing a texture that gives your home a real wood grain texture. Wood panels are architecturally correct to look like traditional wood doors but with the added security and efficiency of fiberglass.
2. Choose Your Panel Configuration
Next, decide on the number of panels you want for your door. Choose from one panel, two panels, three panels, four panels, seven panels, or eight panels. You’ll also need to decide how much of your door you want those panels to take up as opposed to how much you want to be filled with a glass lite.
3. Select Your Glass and Grids
If you’re deciding on glass and grids for your door, you’ll need to decide on the size and shape of your door’s glass. Do you want a full-length or half-length glass configuration? Choose from shapes like oval, rectangular, arch, round, camber, or fan. Finally, you’ll need to decide if you want to include a grid look in your rectangular or square panel.
4. Choose Your Lites
Side lites are a beautiful way to add instant elegance to an entry door. Flanking the door on either side, they provide a sense of grandeur and make the entrance feel larger. As with the door itself, you’ll need to make some decisions regarding the style and configurations of panels and glass.
5. Add a Transom
A transom window above the door can be very attractive, especially when combined with sidelites. It also offers an opportunity to allow more light into your entry hall or space. A rectangular or arch transom can be combined with custom glass or grids to create an elegant look.
6. Decide on Custom or Privacy Glass
If you love the look of stained or embellished glass, you can add custom glass to your door, transom, and sidelites. Or choose a more understated look with privacy glass.
7. Select Your Door Stain and Accessories
Now it’s time to add the finishing touches. Stains like English Walnut, Fine Oak, and Moorish Teak create a refined look. Finally, add details like a mailbox, door knocker, or door plate.
Twin Cities Replacement Windows and Doors
Is your home’s entrance living up to its potential? If you’re ready to roll out the red carpet to your home, our replacement windows and doors at Window World can help you get the look you’ve been dreaming of. All of our fiberglass doors come with a powerful warranty for added protection and peace of mind.
Connect with our Window World Twin Cities team about entrance door and transom window installation at 651.770.5570 or contact us online to get a free quote on your replacement windows and discuss ideas for your home.
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