If a new coat of paint is no longer enough to keep your side door looking like new, it’s probably time to replace it—but how do you choose the right one? Keeping these 6 tips in mind when you start shopping for new iron double doors can make it easier to find yours.

1. Safety

Your side door may be the main entry or you might rarely use it. Either way, because it’s an entryway into your home, your side door needs to provide a level of security. Wrought iron security doors have the muscle to stop anyone who might try to force their way in. In addition to brawn, your side door should also have brains. The right locks will make it impossible for anyone to break in.

2. Insulating Value

Energy efficiency is a big deal when it comes to your side door—or any door, for that matter. A door’s insulating value can definitely have an impact on your energy bills. The better insulated it is, the better equipped it’ll be to keep warm air in during cooler months and keep cool air inside in the summer. Proper fit definitely helps, and choosing the right glass can maintain optimal temperature as well.

3. Wear

Home Key LockHow will the surface of your side door stand up to the elements? That all depends on what it’s made of and how it’s finished, as well as what’s happening weather-wise where you live. Glass is a great thing to have, but, if you live in a hurricane-prone area, you’ll want to make sure that it’s protected. Iron entry doors with several panes can be a great option.

4. Privacy

Privacy is a huge consideration when shopping for side doors, but you don’t have to sacrifice natural light and settle for a solid door, either. Privacy glass offers a gorgeous alternative that lets light in but doesn’t allow anyone to get a full view when they look through it. Adding an iron design can add even more privacy and security.

5. Style

Everyone has a door style they love. Whether traditional or modern, fancy or simplistic, there’s a side door for every taste. Remember, you’ll be living with this investment for as long as you’re in your home, so why not choose a style you love? Whether French doors, sidelights, round or square tops, there are many ways to express your personal style.

6. Ability to Customize

If mass-produced doors just won’t do, finding someone who can create a custom iron door can feel like winning the lottery. It can also elicit lots of “oooh”s and “ahhh”s from anyone who visits. From locks and hardware to size and style, you can create a door that’s as unique as you are.

Universal Iron Doors is backed by 150 years of blacksmithing experience. Choose from our live inventory of beautiful doors or customize your own. Our experts are ready to help you choose your ideal side door today. Just call 818-771-1003.