While it might be an obvious statement, your exterior doors are one of your home’s most important features. However, they do much more than just serve as entry and exit points. Your exterior doors also impact the security of your home as well as your property’s curb appeal. As such, if any of your entry doors are beginning to show wear and tear in how they look or function, then it may be time to replace them. If this is the case, then the following are a few things you can look for when replacing an exterior door:
A Reputable Company
When searching for replacement doors, pay special attention to the company selling them. You’ll want to make sure that you not only purchase a high-quality door, but that it’s properly installed. Check online for customer reviews and visit the Better Business Bureau’s website to see whether they’re accredited and have a good reputation.
Look for Doors That Fit Your Budget
While you won’t want to buy the cheapest entry doors you can find (a cheap door is typically not going to be very high quality, which means it probably won’t last as long as you want it to), you’re also probably not looking to take out a loan so that you can afford a door purchase either. Figure out exactly how much you can afford to invest in a new exterior door as this will prevent you from wasting time looking at options outside of your price range.
Look for an Aesthetically Pleasing Door
The look of your exterior doors shouldn’t clash with the exterior surrounding it. This is especially true if you’re replacing your front door. The main entrance of the home is typically the focal point of the property, meaning that it draws the eye. If the door doesn’t look good, it will immediately diminish your property’s curb appeal. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure the style of the door complements the style of the home. For example, installing an incredibly modern-looking door in a Victorian-style home might not be the best idea. The color of the door is something you’ll want to think about as well.
Look for an Energy-Efficient door
A door that’s not energy efficient is going to let air in from outside while also letting the cool air or heat your HVAC system is producing escape your home. Not only can this make the entryway inside your home less comfortable, it can also cause your energy costs to go up. As such, you’ll want to look for a door that’s energy-efficient. If you’re choosing a door with glass components, make sure that the glass is rated by Energy Star.
Look for a Door That is Durable
Durability matters. Not only will a durable door last longer and withstand damage caused by constant exposure to the elements, but it will be less difficult to break through, thereby enhancing your home’s security.
Consider the Features You Want
There are some basic things you’ll want to consider when thinking about the door’s features, such as the type of lock, the type of door handle, the type of mail slot, and more. However, you should also think about whether you want glass panes in your door. Glass allows you to see who is at your front door and can also give your door a more classy appearance. Consider how much glass you want or whether you’d prefer to have sidelites or transom windows.
These are just a few of the things to keep in mind when looking for replacement exterior doors. With over 75 years of combined experience, we are an industry leader in this area, and our reputation speaks for itself. Schedule a free in-home estimate for your new front door by contacting us today.