A distinctive front door can tie together a home and increase curb appeal. Additionally, doors say something about the homeowner’s style. A yellow door hints at a fun, unique homeowner, whereas a well-designed, classic-styled door indicates a classier taste. 

Regardless of taste, an aesthetically pleasing front door can really make a home stand out. We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite types of front doors so that you can start thinking about which one may be right for you. 


The color of a modern door is unnatural and contemporary, i.e., neutrals, specifically black or white. These doors have bold and clean lines. They lack the winding, ornate patterns of traditional doors. Typically modern doors are made from high quality materials. Fiberglass and wood are popular choices, and steel panels are always a nice touch. Taking it to the next level, some are even equipped with advanced track and hinge systems that make opening the door a unique experience for guests. 


A craftsman-style door is more than a simple wooden door. If they are made from wood, it’s usually mahogany, oak, or cherry. These types of wood have a dark but soft look that complements the craftsman style. Craftsman doors can also be made from fiberglass. These doors usually feature decorative stained or opaque glass panels integrated into the top portion of the door. In addition to glass panels, craftsman doors commonly have raised panels of wood that pop out on the sides of the door and sometimes in the middle of the door to create a nice pattern. 


Traditional doors have raised panels that may include glass inserts or colored panes. They can be made from fiberglass, steel, or wood, whatever material the homeowner prefers. Softer, rich detail lines are characteristic of traditional doors. They look good with a natural mahogany stain, or even a darker navy blue or leafy green paint. Traditional doors can have an arched top, or the more common flat top. 

Fiberglass, Wood, and Steel

After deciding whether to go with a modern, craftsman, or traditional style, the next thing you’ll have to decide is what material you want your door to be made out of. Each material has its own pros and cons and we’ll outline the benefits and tradeoffs of fiberglass, wood, and steel below: 

Fiberglass doors are low maintenance, durable, energy-efficient, and affordable, but can struggle to match the aesthetic of a classic wooden door. Wooden doors are classy, have character, are easy to repair, and are also energy-efficient, but they can be expensive and require maintenance due to rotting and warping. Steel doors are low-cost and low-maintenance, but they can dent easily and are not as aesthetically pleasing as fiberglass and wood doors. 

Get Your Door From Big D Building Center

Founded in 1921, we’ve been in business for 100 years. We understand the attributes that make up a quality, stylish front door. We can help you pick out a door that complements the style of your home. At Big D Building Center, you’ll receive top-tier customer service. 

“They have always been very professional and customer service friendly. Their installers are always so polite and do an amazing job. I highly recommend this company.” 

  • Michele Harris

If you’re in the market for new doors, windows, or siding, reach out to our professionals today. Or, you can visit our showroom and chat with our team. We’d be happy to talk and see what we can do for you.