How do you know that it is time to replace your front door? It seems now a days that people don’t use their front door as much as they use to. With garage entries and side doors, most of us don’t even think about our front doors. The problem is most of us nowadays understand that we need to replace our old single-pane, non-energy efficient windows, but most of us don’t consider our doors. If your home has a foyer or staircase leading directly to your front door, your heating and cooling are being wasted more than the average home without a foyer. Outside of energy loss, there are some really cool reasons to upgrade that rotted wood or rusted entry door.
Add some curb appeal. A new door is a cost-effective way to refresh the look of your home without a major remodel. It can be as simple as changing out the old door for a new one in a contemporary color. Or you can expand on the idea with a whole new front entry, which could include a door with sidelights, adding a cover where none existed before, or enlarging the front porch to create a new focus point for the front of your home.
Can we get security? New steel and fiberglass doors are an extra layer of protection because they are difficult to kick in, are more tamper-proof. And a new door is a good time for a new lock system. This keeps your family safe and criminals out. Don’t let your old door make your home the target for the next robbery.
Let’s save some energy! Older doors – especially wood versions – and their framing wear out over the decades. If you feel a draft around your door and find yourself stuffing a towel in the gaps to keep out the heat or cold air from outside coming in, which also means on the flipside that your conditioned air or heat is escaping. Your not only losing comfort, it is creating an energy bill issue that can easily be corrected with a new door and framing.
Also, an old door and frame may have accumulated weather and water damage. So be sure to check the threshold for any moisture or mold damage and take the opportunity to correct water issues before replacing the threshold. Enough info, it’s time to get rid of the old ugly door 🙂