Industry NewsYour next home improvement job may probably include the front door. An article in Window and Door magazine stated that a rebound in construction and replacement markets pegged to last the next few years is boosting entry-door manufacturers' optimism about fresh orders. Officials from three door makers in the US and Canada said they are bracing for double-digit climbs in new orders due to renewed consumer confidence in the housing market.

The fact that a home-remodeling project will often have doors in the equation may win over residents in San Antonio, TX. The city already experiences warm summers but the winter nights can see the temperatures creep on both sides of freezing, with sleet and freezing rain common occurrences. Residents do understand the importance of insulating the home - especially those that are decades old - against the elements, with help from companies that install energy-efficient doors in San Antonio like Southwest Exteriors.

Choosing to upgrade your existing door will usually include measuring the entire frame and the door, plus the thickness of the door panel and opening width. The customization options will vary as well; a preferred door installer, for one, can have a simulation interface to help the customer mix and match ideas for their door before the first sheet of glass or door material is ever cut. A manager at a leading door manufacturer said some choices that are doing well among builders include fiberglass doors with oak, fir, and mahogany finishes.

As weather conditions in greater Texas are very taxing, a provider of exterior doors in San Antonio like Southwest Exteriors will choose to upgrade homes with doors from ProVia. The company, which topped Remodeling Magazine's Brand Use Study survey four times, offers doors that have long warranties and are built of fiberglass and steel for added security. The Window and Door quoted company product development manager Derek Fielding as saying that replacement doors will have big volumes this year despite large growth in sales of new doors.

Depending on the dimensions of the house itself, homeowners may even prefer bigger exterior doors that actually match interior doors – and the contractor can take that into account during the planning stage. Officials at two companies said some consumers are looking at doors eight feet high, three and a half feet wide, and roughly 2.75 inches thicker than their old door because it gives a castle-like heft upon opening. The glass is also an issue as the residents want more natural light but added privacy as well.

When you are looking to replace your exterior doors with new ones that are aesthetically the same, a contractor who emphasizes all-around service from start to finish will be your best bet. Who knows, the contractor you hire is the same one your neighbors rave about.