Whether building or remodeling a house, a double entry door vs a single entry door is an important consideration. Home front entry doors set the tone for your home’s theme. The front door adds curb appeal to an investment house, welcomes you home and greets your guests. Although single entry doors are perfectly fine and can look great, there are several definite benefits of double entry doors you’ll want to consider:
- Increased curb appeal and architectural style
- Larger access point for entertaining or moving large furnishings
- More natural light with sidelights and transom windows
Room for Moving and Activities
One of the most obvious reasons for double entry doors is the amount of space they offer. Whether you’re moving in or replacing furniture, you’ll appreciate the ease of carrying large items through the double doors instead of having to maneuver through a single door entry. The space can also be advantageous when entertaining guests, whether the doors open to the front porch or a rear deck and patio. Double doors provide less separation between inside and outside. This is great when entertaining, but also nice if you spend time outdoors grilling, reading, or sunbathing — while also providing a clear view if children are playing in the yard while you remain inside.
Aesthetic Appeal and Balance
Another of the double entry doors advantages is the appeal and balance they can add to a home. Double doors can give a sense of welcoming to a larger home and provide an open feeling for a smaller one. They can also create a smooth balance when planned in conjunction with the layout of the windows and design of the front facade. Double doors are an inviting focal point, drawing people to the doors you want them to enter through, instead of approaching a side door or garage. Other options to enhance aesthetics are folding and accordion doors.
An additional advantage of the double door entrance is the amount of natural light they allow in. Depending on the compass direction the door faces, you might choose clear glass doors with curtains or doors with stained glass features. Alternately, solid doors with secure storm doors or a screen can be opened during the day to allow light in when you’re home, and then be locked at night or when you’re away. Natural light has proven health benefits. And surprisingly, being exposed to more natural light during the day will improve your sleep quality at night. Another surprising fact is that double doors typically allow for more than double the amount of light a single door allows in, because shadows or shade can potentially cover a larger percentage of a single door entry compared to the larger space of the set of double doors.
Points to Consider
- Additional Entry Space: Whether moving furniture or for daily comfort, double entry doors allow for ease of moving in and out of the house.
- Appeal: Double doors add value to the home by providing curb appeal if you plan to sell, or intrinsic value to daily life through personal comfort and convenience in their regular use.
- Lighting and Design: Double doors allow natural light in to provide a wonderful ambiance to the interior.
If you have more questions about double door vs single front door, contact us at RWC: Windows, Doors, and More. One of our professional representatives will be happy to discuss entry door styles and schedule an appointment at your convenience to review your options.