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Your front door is a part of your house that’s meant to protect your family as well as create a beautiful introduction to your home. Replacing your front door, as well as other exterior doors around your home, isn’t something you should do without understanding your options and the decisions that will make your house look fantastic.
Here’s what you need to know to make sure your new door is a beautiful feature for your home that creates a friendly and welcoming first impression for your guests.
Ask These Questions About Your Old Door
Sometimes it’s easy to decide that you need a new door. Maybe it’s warped and isn’t hanging in the frame as it should. Perhaps it’s brittle from time spent in the sun. Or, maybe your front door is moderately aged, but it doesn’t look too terrible yet.
Here are some questions you’ll want to ask yourself as you decide on a new door.
Is it possible to refinish or repair an old door?
Re-staining, repainting, and refinishing your old door are options to consider, but it’s only under specific circumstances that you should consider this course of action. Some old doors are beautiful antiques, and keeping them beautiful is an asset to the value and appearance to your home.
If you don’t want to get rid of your beautiful antique door, but you’re interested in a new door for the front of your home, you can move the antique door to another entrance or use it as a piece of art inside your home.
However, many old doors aren’t beautiful antiques, and they’re not particularly valuable. Old doors can even be dangerous because the warping, cracking, and aging has made them less able to withstand a break-in.
Is a Ready-Made Door Available for the Frame?
The easiest way to install a new door is to buy one that doesn’t require significant work to the entryway. You might be able to have a new door installed that’s the same size as the door you’re replacing. If any warping or aging of the wood of the frame has occurred, you’ll need to replace the frame, as well as the door.
According to This Old House:
“Sometimes replacing a door means simply exchanging one door, called a slab or blank, for another. But in some cases you’ll have to rip out and replace the old door framing, which includes the door jambs and threshold — especially if these wood members have begun to rot.”
Making the door frame larger or reducing its size are other options if you’re interested in a door that’s very different from the one you have now. Maybe you’d like to welcome people into your home with double doors, or maybe you’re looking at a large steel door as part of an exterior renovation to a sleek, modern façade.
What Door Material Should I Use?
If you haven’t replaced your door in many years, there’s a good chance you have a traditional wooden door on your home. Wooden doors remain popular, but today’s homeowners have many additional options which include:
- Fiberglass door: Mimics the look of real wood and is tough against intruders.
- Steel door: An affordable front door that’s also one of the best for security.
- Wood: Classic and high-end, perfect for the handcrafted look.
According to Consumer Reports, each door material has strengths and weaknesses. For example, steel is the affordable version, but it may wear out faster than a wood door.
Why Should I Replace My Front Door?
If your front door is weak and aged, getting a new door is an easy decision to make. However, if you’re on the fence about replacing your door, you should know that experts estimate front door replacement actually yields a larger return-on-investment (ROI) than almost any other renovation.
Statistics shared by House Logic say:
“Replacing your front door can pay for itself by increasing your home’s value. “Remodeling” magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” estimates the total project cost of installing a 20-gauge steel door at $1,230. The project, on average, returns 101.8% of its cost, the highest return value in the report.”
Also, replacing your front door may even reduce your energy bills by making sure cold air doesn’t escape in the summer, and warm air doesn’t escape in the winter.
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About the Author – Tim O'Sullivan
I started in the window and door business at 18 yrs old. My first job was for a local corner shop in Lowell, Ma that gave me a unique experience working with exterior remodeling products. I saw both the good and bad products and contractors and learned a lot about what distinguished one from the other. My goal in launching O’Sullivan Installs is to be the diamond in the rough. We don’t offer a buy-today discount to distract you from the remodel at hand and we don’t offer the cheapest products on the market that won’t last. We offer what we feel are the best quality products on the market with the highest quality install you can get, and we offer it all at the best value. We are so confident in our product and installation that they come with a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty.