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Depending on where you live and the design of the entryway to your home, your door may be at the mercy of the weather. Understanding how much your door is exposed to the elements makes it easier to protect it and keep it looking good as new. Download The Complete Guide to Entrance Doors [Free E-Book]

Completely protected

A completely protected doorway simply means that your door isn’t subjected to much direct wear and tear from the weather. This can be due to a large front porch or if the house extends out a long way at the front, stopping excessive sun, rain, and moisture from touching it. 

If your door is going to be completely protected, the sky’s the limit when it comes to the materials and style of door you choose as you don’t have to worry as much about maintenance as a result of weather.

Semi protected

Semi-protected doorways are those where only a portion of the door is kept out of the elements. For example, a small porch and a slight house overhang may keep the door mostly covered, but not completely. In this case, the portion of the door that’s not protected runs the risk of being affected by the rain and sun. 

In this case, it’s important to consider a door that is built specifically to withstand these elements.


If your front door receives no protection at all from the house or porch, it’s going to be at the mercy of every type of weather condition. In these situations, you’ll need a strong, durable door that’s built to withstand the elements and is known for its ability to last without you having to maintain it constantly.

For information on what you can choose from when it comes to exterior door materials download our Specifiers Guide

Specifiers guide to entry doors book