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A Guide to Choosing the Right Exterior Door for Your House Front Door

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Your Winnipeg home’s front exterior door is more than just an entrance – it can show off your personal style while also providing security and enhancing your property's value. From enriching curb appeal to ensuring energy efficiency and safety, this guide will walk you through the essential factors to help you select the best exterior door for your home.

Choice of Material

When choosing the exterior doors for your home, the first thing you need to do is consider the material, as it sets the tone for your home's aesthetic and functionality. Residential door frames are usually made of wood or composite material. Some have are hybrid frame incorporating other materials such as PVC, aluminum or steel.

Residential door panels come in many types of materials such as wood, steel or fiberglass. Going with a wood or wood-grained fiberglass option will give you a more traditional look and can accommodate stains whereas a steel or smooth fiberglass door panel can give a more contemporary or modern look and feel.

Choose the Design

Some people know what they want. They start with a photo of a door they found in a magazine or online. They may only need to choose a color that best matches their house or style.

Some people may not have a door design in mind and will need help navigating through the many choices. If you are going to have your door installed, professional door suppliers/installers visit the site early in the process to get measurements and to better understand what is needed. This helps to narrow the choices down to best match the style and character of the home.

Once you have a material selected for your front door, here is where you get to choose the look of your door. You can use colors or stains blending in or contrasting between the door panel and the door frame. You can add glass in almost an unlimited design spectrum or let the door panel architecture design speak for itself.

Door experts who deal with doors everyday can help guide you through the design process.

Colour Selection

Most manufacturers will give you colour selection to match or enhance your home’s style. Most offer a standard pallet of colors and some will give custom color options. Whether you are using paint or your door is being stained, there is a manufacturer able to give you what you want.

Consider your personal preferences and the character of your home and pick the best colour. There really is no right or wrong, it’s a personal choice. At J & M Window & Door, our experienced staff is always happy to help you select the best door colour that suits your home.


Some features that could make a door more secure include second dead bolt, wrap around dead bolt and door handle striker plates, multi-point locking system, laminated or security glass.

A professional install will help guarantee that all security features are properly functioning.

J & M Window & Door -A Trusted Door Supplier in Winnipeg and Brandon

J & M Window & Door has been a trusted door and window supplier in Winnipeg and Brandon for over four decades. Our expertise and commitment to customer satisfaction make us the go-to destination for residents in the Winnipeg and Brandon areas. Are you looking for an exterior door? Our seasoned staff will guide you through the selection process, assisting you to get your perfect exterior door. Contact us today to find your next exterior door.


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