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How To Design Your Perfect Door: 4 Essential Things To Consider

September 27th, 2022 | 8 min. read

How To Design Your Perfect Door: 4 Essential Things To Consider

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Is your front door starting to fail after decades of wear and tear? Are you just wanting to give your home an upgraded aesthetic? Ready for change?

Understanding how to design the perfect door for you is crucial regardless of your reasoning or preferences for a front, side, or back door replacement. 

Like many home products, many parts of a door allow for customization and require decisiveness on your part. But what is actually important for you to look at to design your perfect door?

So, you want to be as prepared as possible before meeting with a door replacement company to understand what you do and do not like about certain design elements and find the right company to meet your needs. 

At Southwest Exteriors, we’ve been helping San Antonio homeowners design their perfect replacement doors since 1989. Because of the harsh climate we live in, we understand that homeowners need a durable, high-quality door with customizable elements to fit anyone’s liking. 

We offer a variety of doors from ProVia, Anlin, and Marvin to best fit any and every aesthetic you may want. 

Because of the wide assortment of customizations and designable elements available on a replacement door, we want you to be as prepared as possible for your next project to save you as much time and effort as possible. 

This article will outline the four most important elements to consider when designing a replacement door and how to go about designing your perfect replacement door. 

Then, you’ll be able to find the right inspiration for your door, know what you want, and confidently look for the right replacement door company that will meet your needs. 


4 things to consider when designing your perfect replacement door

Maybe the look and design of your new door are your number one priority. Or maybe you just know you want a simple design and want to find the quickest way possible to get your new door in your home. 

Whether you are passionate about design or not, creating your new door for your home allows you to let your inner creativity shine and customize your door to your exact liking. 

Now, designing a new replacement door can be overwhelming. There are many elements and details you may get caught up in designing when in actuality, they aren’t the most important things you should be worrying about. 

So, what are the most important things to consider when designing your new replacement door? 

  1. The style and aesthetics of the door
  2. The type and material of the door
  3. The colors of the door
  4. The hardware of the door
These four items are the most important elements of a replacement door to consider during the design process. Let’s dive deeper into each of these so you can better understand what makes them so important and how you can know what your preferences are for a replacement door. 


1. The style and aesthetics of the replacement door

The first thing to consider when designing your new replacement door is the style and aesthetics of the door. Now, that sounds pretty broad, doesn’t it? 

The style and aesthetics of your door encompass many different design elements. But, the overall style and aesthetics of the door refer to how the door will fit into your home. 


Style of the door

First, the style of the door is more about how the door is designed and how it looks. 

Is the door flat, or does it have many different grills, panels, and grids? Do you want your door to have windows or decorative glass? Do you want the door to have elaborate transoms surrounding the door? 

The style of the door is where you want to really look at what you like and what you don’t like as far as how the door looks overall. 


Aesthetics of the door

Secondly, the aesthetics of the door refer to how the style and look of the door fit into the aesthetics of your home.

For example, a steel door with modern glass details most likely does not fit the aesthetics of your historical, colonial-style home. 


This is important to consider because while you may like the style and design of certain doors, they may not fit into the overall aesthetics of your home. You want your home to have a cohesive exterior design, so the last thing you want is to design a door that disrupts the harmony of your home. 

2. The type and material of the replacement door

The second thing you want to consider when designing your new replacement door is the material and type of door. 

There are many different types of replacement doors on the market. Steel, fiberglass, vinyl, wood…each different material has its own unique properties in performance and style. 

When considering what type of door you want, you want to think about how you want it to look, how durable you want it to be, how long you want it to last, and overall how you want it to perform. 

For example, if you live in a climate with intense weather, cold or hot, a wood door probably will not be the best choice for you as the sun and rain will wear on the door and cause problems. Fiberglass will be your best choice for homes in extreme climates for the most durability and longevity. 

You also want to consider your budget when choosing the right replacement door type. Each door type will have a unique cost, so you must be aware of that when choosing the right door material for you. 


Overall, choosing the right material for your new door affects how the door looks and fits into the aesthetic of your home. But, you also must consider how you want the door to perform as far as durability and longevity. 


3. The colors of the replacement door

After considering the material, style, and overall aesthetics of a new door, you must now choose the colors of the door. 

Now, you may argue this fits into the style section of this article, and we don’t disagree. But, considering the colors of your door are such a crucial step in the replacement door design process, we had to elaborate more on it in its own section. 

Did you know that you can choose an interior and exterior color or stain for your new door? It’s true. 

Designing the color of your door is an important choice. Similar to the style of the door, you want to choose the right colors that will fit into the overall aesthetic of your home. 

Want to add a pop of color to the front or back of your home? Choose a vibrant blue or muted green to add style and class to your home. Want to enhance the traditional look of your home with your new door? Choose a stain that makes your fiberglass door look like real wood without the added maintenance of a wood door. 

It is important to note that if you want a different paint or stain for the interior and exterior of your door, it will cost more


Choosing the paint or stain of your door allows you to customize your door to another level, both inside and out. Your new door colors will showcase your personality and upgrade your home to another level. 


4. The hardware of the replacement door

The fourth and final important element to consider when designing your perfect replacement door is the hardware of the door. A door’s hardware consists of the locking mechanism, handles, latches, and hinges, to name a few. 

Door hardware is made of metal, and depending on the company you work with, there are several common options for door hardware material. Some common hardware finishes include bronze, gold, silver, and black and may be offered in matte, shiny, or brushed options. 

When choosing the right hardware for your new door, you again want to consider how the hardware will fit into the aesthetics of your home. 

If you have lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, or other accessories on your front or back porch that has gold detailing, then choosing silver hardware for your door may be clashing.


Of course, your choice depends on your personal preference, but it’s important to know what exactly you should consider with each design option of your door. While hardware may be a small part of the door, it makes a massive difference in the overall aesthetics of the door and your home. 

Designing the perfect replacement door for your home

Now that you know the four crucial elements of designing a replacement door, you are ready to find your inspiration, outline your goals, and find the right company that will meet your needs for your new door. 

When designing your replacement door, it’s important to outline your wants, goals, and needs. Think about what you are willing to compromise in design and what your non-negotiables are. 

This will help you not only find the right company that will help you design your dream door but also help you outline your budget and know what you may be able to live without to fit into it. 

Don’t overthink creating the door of your dreams. Remember to prioritize these four things: 

  1. The style and aesthetics of the door
  2. The type and material of the door
  3. The colors of the door
  4. The hardware of the door

Once you have aligned your goals for each of these four things with your wants, goals, and budget, you’ll be able to find the right contractor that offers the door you are looking for. 

But how exactly do you find the right contractor for your replacement door project? By researching and asking the right questions. 

This article will outline nine questions to ask a door replacement contractor during a consultation so you can find the right company that will meet all your needs for your project. 


Looking for a high-quality door replacement contractor in San Antonio? 


Southwest Exteriors offers a variety of high-quality fiberglass and vinyl doors from Marvin, ProVia, and Anlin. 

Our high-quality products and expert craftsmanship, paired with our lifetime warranty, ensures your new replacement door will meet all your needs in terms of design, performance, and longevity. 

Are you ready to start your replacement door project? Schedule your commitment-free consultation with a design consultant today!