Upgrading your entry door is a simple way to increase the value of your home. From curb appeal to increased security and energy efficiency, they can save you money and enhance the look of your home. Modern doors are more durable than older doors, so they will last longer. A new buyer will be happy they have a new entry door that won’t need to be replaced anytime soon.
When do I need to replace my door?
If your door is over 10 years old, is warping, chipping, or has other damage to the door, frame, or seal.
DIY or Contractor?
You’ve heard it said that time is money. When deciding to do it yourself or hire a contractor to install your new door, consider the following:
- How much is your time worth? What could you be doing with the time saved hiring a contractor?
- How qualified/experienced are you with construction projects?
- Would you like the security of a skilled professional?
- How important is an installation warranty? Many contractors provide one.
- Do you enjoy construction projects?
- What type of insurance discounts can you get? Will this apply if you don’t use a contractor?
Preparation & Decisions
Exact measurement is imperative. You don’t want the door to leak air or light. Ill-fitting doors can also end up damaging floors or scraping the frame.
What type of climate do you live in – extreme, mild, or somewhere in between? When choosing the type and style of door, consider energy efficiency/thermal performance. Do you have harsh storms – wind, rain, hurricanes? How about extreme heat? Check with the manufacturer to ensure you get the right door for your weather.
Style & Design
What styles or designs do you like? Real Wood is often the choice for an exterior door for it’s warmth and versatility of design. You can carve it, add glass – clear, stained, etched or privacy; and, a variety of handles look great with wood. But do you need an “impact door” due to climate? Impact doors handle blunt force and hurricane winds. Steel-reinforced could be a consideration. Do you like double doors? Is your house traditional or contemporary. All of this plays into your choice and a good contractor can help you navigate the options if you’re going that route.
A new interior door can improve the following:
- Energy efficiency
- Safety & Security – including from elements – not just people
- Block noise and UV Rays
- Provide protection from extreme weather
- Home value – Resale Appeal
- Curb Appeal