Your exterior door is imperative to the beauty and security of your home. When choosing your doors, you will always have to make a decision regarding the type of swing to install, with the only options being inswing and outswing exterior doors.

Here are the considerations you need to have in mind when making such a decision:

Space consideration

The amount of space you have on your entry way should help determine what kind of swing door to install. If there is adequate space on the inside of the entry way and less space on the outside of the entry, then an inswing door would be the most appropriate. But if the orientation is not as such, then you will be better off installing an outswing entry door.

Door swing codes

There are door swing codes aimed at helping people know where and when best to install these types of doors. For instance:

  • All doors installed in public facilities should swing outwards – this is always the case with commercial buildings and the main reason is that in case of emergency evacuation, the door should not trap people inside as they try to push through.
  • Doors in hurricane-prone regions should swing outwards – hurricanes can swing the door inwards with enough force to cause damage, and risk hurting anyone who is present.
  • Doors in snow-prone areas should swing inwards – so that when the snow builds up, it will still be possible to open and close the door.


For inswing doors, the hinges are located on the outside, and this is a very good security feature. However, they can still be forced open due to the direction of the swing, and it is therefore recommended that you should reinforce doors with heavy duty strike plates, as well as deadbolt locks.

For outswing doors, opening them from the exterior is never easy, and this is another huge security boost. But since the hinges are on the exterior, it is recommended that you include ones whose pins are not removable, to stop anyone from tampering with the hinges, allowing them to open the doors.