have changed dramatically in the last thirty
years. The era of the old style wood door is about gone & metal
doors are the thing to buy. The properties of these doors are
really terrific. No more sticking, warping & in some cases no
more painting & staining. They come weatherstripped & some
have insulated glass.
Add to this the variety of styles & design & it becomes
increasing more difficult to choose which one to put on your
house. Of course, the price has also gone up dramatically but I
think on the long run they pay off as an investment in the
appearance of your house.
Prospective buyers are never put off by a great looking door.
Most people do not realize that when you put a new exterior
doorway in an addition you are obligating other expenses to
add to the cost of the door.
When you step outside you need a place to put your feet. If the
door opens onto a deck or a cement slab, that's fine, but if you
are higher than 8" from the landing area you need a step or
steps of either cement or wood. A set of cement steps is
expensive as is a set of wood steps.
Then comes a handrail of wrought iron or wood. Add to this the
need for an exterior light, & switch. Don't forget you need a
landing area for your feet at the bottom of the steps.
The door becomes a package of goodies whether you want
them or not.