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Best Exterior Doors – Best Front Door for Any House

by James Antony | Last Updated: 15th June 2020

Your exterior doors are probably the most seen part of your house, and it is also probably the most touched, finding the best exterior doors for your home is something you should consider. There are all sorts of doors made out of wood, fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum, glass, and there are some made with unusual materials like bamboo.

And they can be installed with different configurations with hinged being the most common, other configurations include pocket doors, French doors, pivot doors, sliding door, bifold doors, barn doors, and Dutch doors.

Today we are going to take a look at the best exterior doors that you can buy and be able to install using several configurations.




Prime-Line Woodguard Steel Security Traditional Screen Door

Prime-Line Woodguard Steel Security Traditional Screen Door - Best Exterior Doors Review

Prime-Line Woodguard Steel Security Door

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The Prime-Line Screen Door is a steel door that has a screen door look, and it is for people who like the traditional screen door look and has the brute security features of a steel door. Although it is possible to use this door alone, it is still strongly recommended to put a solid door behind it so people cannot see easily inside your home.

In terms of looks, this screen door is finished and stained in a light oak finish, so this works as intended without looking bad.

When you get this screen door, you will get everything you need to install this, the only thing you need on your side is your preferred tools. The package includes the screen door itself, a 3 piece 1-1/4 inch mount frame, one-way security screws, and 3 heavy-duty steel hinges so you can use this door for years without worrying about it.

The screen door itself features a 24 gauge perforated steel mesh and made with a 1×1 inch welded steel frame. Take note that this does not include the doorknob and deadbolt, and you need to buy those separately. The double hole lockbox features 2-1/8 inches bore and a 2-3/8 inches backset bore, so take note of those to when buying your locks.

Some people mistake this as a screen mesh to prevent flying insects from coming in, but the bores on the steel mesh are too big to prevent bugs and insects from coming in. But if you are looking for a screen door that can let fresh air and light in while it is left closed, then this is a good choice for you.

If you can not quite decide about the placement of this door, then you can rest easy as this is a non-handed design, so you can decide whether this will be installed as a left or right-handed swinging door. With all said, this will be a good choice if you are finding a screen door, and indeed one of the best exterior doors.

  • Includes all the hardware needed to install, and has an easy to install guide on the listing page
  • Non-handed design
  • The screen mesh perforations are too large to keep out insects

National Door Company Prehung 9 Lite with Pet Door

National Door Company Prehung 9 Lite with Pet Door - Best Exterior Doors Review

National Door Company Prehung 9 Lite with Pet Door

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Ever see doors with a smaller door for dogs before? This is one of those doers, getting this door is mainly beneficial for pet owners who have independent pets, or perhaps, any pet owner can benefit from this one.

This door has several varieties you can choose from, there are 4 available sizes with this one, ranging from 30×80 inches, 32×80 inches, 34x 80 inches, and 36×80 inches, and in terms of material, steel and fiberglass are the only options you got. You can also opt for this to be a left-hand inswing or a right-hand inswing configuration.

On the steel door option, you get the door already primed and ready for paint. The glass on both steel and fiberglass doors offer the same qualities, it is a classic double-paned, tempered and insulated glass, you can also take note that the glass pane is completely clear, so if you don’t want anyone seeing through your door the this is not for you.

National Door Company Prehung 9 Lite with Pet Door - Best Exterior Doors Review

The doors have come prepared with 2-18 inches entry/deadbolt bores and 2-3/4 backset, and locks are sold separately as well. With mounting, you need 3 hinges, and this door includes 3 Nickel Hinges ready to go.

Now the pet door, maybe the greatest selling point of this door and the door size of this pet door are 8.25 inches x 12.25 inches, and with the proclaimed weight limit of up to 40 pounds.

This Door is honestly more suitable for a backdoor, as it has a simple design, and people tend to get a more stylish designed door for their front door, but if this suits your need, you can use this for anything. And all in all, this is one of the best exterior doors you can get for your money.

  • Has a pet door
  • Has a simple yet beautiful glass pane
  • Ideal to use as a backdoor
  • Looks too plain for a front door

BGW Prehung Double Fiberglass Stained Door

BGW Prehung Double Fiberglass Stained Door - Best Exterior Doors Review

BGW Prehung Double Fiberglass Stained Door

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This BGW double door comes in a pre-hung package and it is in a double in swing configuration, and although this is a fiberglass door, it maintains dark mahogany finished look, and with that, it has the weather resistance of fiberglass materials and the beauty of stained wooden doors. Another benefit it has – being a fiberglass door is that it is considerably lightweight. And with its weight, it becomes easier to install.

The package includes everything you need to hang this up, on the package you’ll see the prehung doors itself, it also has the hinges as you would expect, the only thing you need to finish the installation is your door locks and knobs, although with this configuration it is better to have the door handle with a thumb latch as the entry hardware as makes this door easier to open.

To install the entry hardware, you must take note that this has pre-bored slots for the entry hardware and locks, so installing your entry hardware should be a breeze. In terms of overall dimensions, you better make sure to have a large space for this as this has a total dimension of 73-1/4 inches x 81 inches x 5-1/4 inches.

Each door without the frame has a dimension of 36 inches x 80 inches.

And in terms of design, this has one of the most elegant designs you can find on this list. All in all this door is made for homes that face extreme weather and climate, because extreme temperatures and humidity like being too cold or too hot. Affects the strength of the door, and if it is too humid or too dry, it affects the flexibility and rigidity of most wooden doors.

Since this door is made out of fiberglass, it resists the effects of extreme temperatures and is not being affected by humid conditions. And with all said, this is one of the best exterior doors you can get in terms of function and elegance.

  • The doors will come prehung so it is easier to install
  • Has complete mounting hardware
  • Has the benefits of fiberglass and has the beauty of wood
  • The package is prone to damage and the doors are collapsed when shipping

Craftsman Lite African Mahogany Door Slab

Craftsman Lite African Mahogany Door Slab - Best Exterior Doors Review

Craftsman Lite African Mahogany Door Slab

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This door is not like the previously mentioned doors as you need professionals to install this for you, and one wrong move and the door may become ruined for you, that is because this only comes with the door slab, there is no drilled holes or bores whatsoever, but the wood itself does look significantly better than the previously mentioned doors.

The wood surface is made out of African Mahogany which is an exotic wood and has a deep reddish-brown color that is surely effective in attracting your guest’s eye. And the last this you would notice is the intricate opaque glass pane that has a simple design yet it ensures its elegance.

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In terms of hardware, the sky’s the limit with this one, as you already know by now, this does not have any pre-drilled holes for the hardware, this does not even have the pre bore for the entry hardware, so make sure to get help from someone when installing this one, or it is much better to get a professional to get this one installed, so you won’t have to buy all the tools needed, and with this one, you need a lot of tools just to get this prepared for installation.

So if you are planning to install this by yourself, make sure to have a lot of extra budget for tools, drill bits, screws, and entry hardware, and save a lot of patience and knowledge too.

So as the brand name suggests, this door is for the Craftsman, and if you are one, you’re going to have a lot of fun and respect prepping and installing this door for yourself. If you do not understand why you would want a door without anything, think of it this way; this can be a blank canvas for carpenters, and they’ll love it. With all said, this is one of the very best doors you can buy.

  • Made out of beautiful exotic African Mahogany wood
  • Has unlimited customization possibilities
  • Has a beautiful glass panel
  • Expensive to prepare and install
  • Is not easy to install if you’re an average guy

BGW Double Mahogany, Wood-Glass Door

BGW Double Mahogany, Wood-Glass Door - Best Exterior Doors Review

BGW Double Mahogany, Wood-Glass Door

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This BGW Double door is somewhat similar to the BGW fiberglass doors previously mentioned in this list, but what makes this special is the fact that it is made out of more premium materials.

This is now made out of African Mahogany wood instead of fiberglass, and the wood is not the only striking element on this door as this also has a large glass panel on each door. Which looks beautiful with its bloom style design.

BGW Double Mahogany, Wood-Glass Door - Best Exterior Doors Review

This door is more premium than any of the doors listed in this list, so if you are getting this through Amazon, have peace of mind as this will be delivered to you by a trucking company, although it will come knocked down, so a bit of assembly is required for this one.

When you install this door, the only thing not included with this package is your entry hardware and locks, and please keep that in mind. This comes pre-bored for tubular latch entry hardware so no further boring and drilling are required. With all said this is pretty straightforward and easy to install premium doors, and all in all, this is one of the best doors you can buy right now.

  • Premium quality
  • Easy to install
  • It is prehung and includes all hardware needed to mount this door
  • For its price-point, this does not include the entry hardware so you do have to find and install those

National Door Company Heirloom Master

National Door Company Heirloom Master - Best Exterior Doors Review

National Door Company Heirloom Master

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This door is a simple yet gorgeous prehung fiberglass door, and this can be an ideal front door if you want a single door entry. You can configure this between right-hand inswing and left-hand inswing variants. This door comes in pre-painted with a color they call Naval, which is similar to the classic navy blue color.

We’ve discussed the benefits of a fiberglass door in this list, so this is similar, in short terms though a fiberglass door will not rot, and deform over time, and it will also hold its strength and structural rigidity pretty well since it is a composite material.

National Door Company Heirloom Master - Best Exterior Doors Review

In terms of looks, this has a simple pattern etched on the door, and it has a classy glass panel made with granite glass, glue chip glass, clear bevel clusters, and satin nickel caming, and with that this is opaque with a privacy rating of 6 out of 10.

As I mentioned with the other fiberglass doors, these doors are more ideal for harsh weather conditions, and it is good for those people who do not want to worry about maintaining their doors surface now and then.

And lastly, do keep in mind that this door does not have a bore for the entry hardware and locks, so you do need to provide that. All in all, this is a simple yet beautiful door and this is indeed one of the best exterior doors you can buy as of now.

  • Made out of fiberglass so it resists weather damage and aging
  • Comes pre-painted
  • Prehung
  • Has a gorgeous glass panel
  • Does not have a pre bore for the entry hardware and lock

Best Exterior Doors – Final Takeaway

And that is our picks for the best exterior doors available right now, make sure to take a look at one of these if you are looking forward with buying a door for your new house, and do keep in mind the things that we mentioned here like the pre bore and pre-drilled holes on several doors, as well as the materials used, We hope that this helped your hunt for your next door. Stay safe!

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