Upgrade your Scottsdale home’s curb appeal & security with the perfect front door. Expert tips on style, materials, & more.
It’s amazing just how much charm and style a front door can add to a home. It sets the tone, when it comes to curb appeal, and speaks volumes about the homeowner’s sense of style and personality. And in the sun-drenched city of Scottsdale, where homes are known for their unique charm and character, you’ll be stunned by the difference the perfect front door can make!
Whether you’re replacing a worn-out door or adding some pizazz, our salespeople can easily help you confidently decide on the right product when shopping for a new front door for your Scottsdale home. They know what styles showcase different types of homes, which materials are the most energy efficient, and the pros and cons of comparable products from a variety of manufacturers.
However, before you start looking at samples and talking through options, here are a few tips to consider.
1. Assess Your Needs and Budget
Before diving into design decisions, it’s helpful to think about your budget and any specific needs you may have. Scottsdale’s extreme heat means choosing a door material that can withstand the elements with solid energy efficiency is important. If the door has direct sun exposure, this becomes even more important.
And of course, certain brands, materials and styles can cost quite a bit more than others, too.
Letting your salesperson know your budget up front may help narrow down your choices, so they aren’t suggesting products you can’t afford. They’ll ask about your style preferences and any specific needs, too, just to be sure they’re recommending the right options.
This would be the perfect time to mention any major changes you might be looking for, such as enlarging the door opening, or changing from double doors to a single door with sidelights.
2. Embrace the Scottsdale Style
Scottsdale homes exude a unique blend of styles, from contemporary desert modern to Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial. If you’re struggling to choose a front door that complements the architectural style of your home, it’s helpful to obtain quotes from experienced, certified professionals you can trust to make informed recommendations.
For modern homes, sleek lines and geometric shapes are ideal, and pivot doors are very trendy right now. Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial styles thrive with warm wood tones and wrought iron accents.
Consider incorporating decorative glass inserts or vibrant colors to add personality and curb appeal. There are distinctly Southwest choices available, which many Scottsdale homeowners appreciate.
What’s on the way out, in terms of style? Heavy Tuscan wrought iron, and fussy filigree.
Driving through your neighborhood to intentionally look at the doors your neighbors have chosen for their homes can be a great source of inspiration, while helping you decide which styles you like and don’t like. Your salesperson will love this feedback, too, we promise!
3. Prioritize Security and Consider How Much Privacy You’d Like
Security and privacy are top-of-mind for most homeowners, when selecting a replacement front door. Sure, color and style are critical factors, but of course you want to choose something that protects your family and belongings.
If you’re thinking about a front door style that’s mostly glass, which is a beautiful way to add curb appeal and let in the sunlight, it can be helpful to know it won’t be a vulnerable entry point. Glass front doors do not increase the chance of burglary.
Most break-ins with an entry point at the front of the home are due to an unlocked door. They don’t break the glass. And if they tried? The glass in a door is much thicker than the glass in your windows. Not only is it 1/8th of an inch thick, but it’s a double-strength safety glass. So go ahead and choose the design you love the most, without feeling like you have to choose a solid steel door.
If privacy is a concern, then selecting a frosted, textured or patterned glass can be an attractive choice that obscures the view without blocking sunlight. Be sure to ask the salesperson about privacy and security options, so they can show you the options available for the style you prefer.
There are also quite a few door options with glass that’s above the normal line of sight for most people, a nice alternative with more privacy than a door that’s mostly glass.
Scottsdale customer’s home – front door “before” images on the left, and the replacement door on the right.
This Arcadia product made quite an improvement!!
4. Consider the Material
The choice of material will impact price, energy-efficiency and style of the door, so it’s an important part of the decision-making process.
When it comes to materials, fiberglass and steel are excellent choices for their durability, energy efficiency, and resistance to warping and cracking, although steel is easily damaged and can rust.
Steel doors are exceptionally strong, offer great insulation, and are typically more affordable than solid wood doors. However, they have a limited amount of glass, to retain the integrity of the door, so they might not be the most attractive choice.
Fiberglass is typically the most energy-efficient option available, and the most durable. It requires almost no maintenance at all, and resists wear-and-tear from weather and daily use extremely well. It’s a solid material with a very long lifespan. It can also mimic the look of wood, which is popular with many homeowners.
Vinyl doors are a popular option for many homeowners due to their affordability and low maintenance requirements. They resist peeling, decaying, and insect damage, offering a long lifespan. Additionally, vinyl doors come in a variety of colors and finishes to match your home’s exterior. However, they may not offer the same level of strength as steel or fiberglass doors.
Composite materials such as Fibrex are a nice step up from vinyl, with added strength and longevity. They can also be quite a bit more energy efficient.
Thermally broken aluminum is also an extremely popular choice, especially for modern styles of doors, such as a thin framed door with a lot of glass, or a big pivot door.
We don’t recommend wood entry doors in Arizona, due to their need for ongoing maintenance. However, if you prefer the look of wood, there are options for a clad exterior and wood interior, or materials stamped with a wood-like texture.
5. Consider Sustainability
Sustainable living is becoming increasingly important, and choosing an eco-friendly front door is a responsible and impactful step. Look for doors made from recycled materials or certified sustainable wood.
Additionally, energy-efficient doors contribute to a reduced carbon footprint, making you a responsible citizen of Scottsdale.
If you have questions about the greener options of replacement doors, we’re happy to discuss the pros and cons of the available products!
6. Choose the Right Hardware
Like color can have instant impact, hardware is also a finishing touch that can elevate the look of your door quite a bit. Doorknobs, handles, and hinges should complement the style and material of your door and any adjacent lighting, as well as the overall color palette and style of your home.
Most brands offer a selection of hardware styles and finishes, and many installers give homeowners the option to provide their own.
From a gloriously modern black handset to an artisan knocker of a woodpecker, the right final touch can add a touch of class and even whimsy to a home, so that it reflects your own personality and style.
We recommend a visit to our showroom in Phoenix to see a full sampling of the products we carry, including colors, finishes and operating styles.
7. Seek Expert Guidance
The process of choosing a new front door can be complex, and seeking professional advice from a reputable windows and doors company like DunRite Windows & Doors can be invaluable.
We possess the knowledge and expertise to guide you through every step of the process, from understanding your needs and budget to selecting the perfect materials, styles, and hardware.
And from our Installation Master certifications to the deep training required to become a Certified Andersen Dealer, a Pella Approved Contractor and a Certified Milgard Dealer, you can rest assured that we’ll provide expert workmanship for even the trickiest installation. We’ve done it all, with a hard-earned five-star reputation to show for it.
Choosing the Perfect Front Door for Your Scottsdale Home
Your front door is more than just an entrance; it’s an essential element of your home’s personality and security. With these tips, and the help of an experienced sales professional, you can confidently navigate the process and choose the perfect front door that reflects your style, complements your Scottsdale home, and provides lasting value for years to come.
Invest in your home’s first impression and contact us today to explore our wide selection of high-quality front doors. We are here to help you make the perfect choice for your Scottsdale home!