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  1. Bullet Not practical in cold regions, where a heavy snowfall could prevent opening the door.

  2. Bullet Not what most people are used to.



  1. Bullet The customary swing for a front door.

  2. Bullet Enables installation of a storm or screen door.


  1. Bullet Easier for a burglar to force the door open with a blunt impact. Conversely, this also makes it faster for fire/emergency services to knock the door down when necessary.

  2. Bullet Less weather resistant than an outswing door.

    Exterior doors for commercial buildings always swing outward, with just a few allowed exceptions, because the door must open in the direction of the flow of people exiting the building in an emergency. You will likely have your choice of which way to swing your residential front door, but we recommend checking with the county or municipal building department for any special local restrictions before making your decision. The available floor or landing area for the door swing is another consideration.

While we hope you find this series of articles about home inspection helpful, they should not be considered an alternative to an actual home inspection by a local inspector. Also, construction standards vary in different parts of the country and it is possible that important issues related to your area may not be covered here.
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