What part of your home usually provides visitors with the first and lasting impression? It's definitely not the roof, as nobody usually notices it up close. The windows or sidings perhaps, from afar, but the first thing people immediately see when they approach your property is the entry door.

An article by Marcus Pickett posted at HomeAdvisor.com highlights the value of this important element to your home exterior:

A home's entry door is one of the first things people notice about a house. Its color, style, and condition are a big part of how a property looks from the outside. A stylish, well-maintained exterior door can set a house apart from those around it.

An exterior door has the tough job of keeping the outside out and the inside in. It is regularly pelted by precipitation, baked in harsh sun, and dusted by wind and dirt. Since the entry door is the first door vistors use in a home, it's a good idea to make sure it works as it should. These exterior doors are exposed to more harsh conditions than their interior brethren.

In one of the fastest growing cities in the U.S. like San Antonio, TX, which has a humid subtropical climate, this can be critical. The city experiences hot weather during summer, warm or mild winters with cool to cold nights, and warm and rainy conditions during spring and fall. These environmental elements can have adverse effects on less-sturdy entry doors in San Antonio.

Fortunately, there are many companies in the city like Southwest Exteriors that provide durable San Antonio doors for your home's main entrance, as well as your patio. They are made by some of the country's most prestigious manufacturers of door brands that carry the best warranties in the industry. These doors are not only designed to enhance the beauty of your property, but also provide energy efficiency and, most importantly, security.

Your entry door can provide a lasting impression to your visitors while providing protection for your home. Whether it is made of wood, steel, fiberglass, or aluminum, make sure you install only the best with proper insulation. It can make a big difference to your home exterior.

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(From Exterior Doors: The Easy Way Out, by Marcus Pickett, HomeAdvisor.com)