Some common styles of exterior basement doors are Colonial, Craftsman, Classic, Eclectic, Georgian/Federal and Modern. The main materials for constructing exterior doors are steel, fiberglass and wood.
Out of the three materials, wood doors have the most variety of styles for a custom look. They also require maintenance with treating, painting and staining. Steel doors are typically plain, focusing on security features and weather resistance. Many fiberglass doors simulate wood grain finishes, such oak, mahogany and alder, as well as a wide range of paint and stain finishes. They are lighter than either wood or steel doors and are both rot and dent resistant.