4 Factors In Choosing a New Entry Door
Your Entry door is the centerpiece of your home. It naturally draws your visitor and neighbor’s attention and either encourages people to enter your home or subtly repels them away. Replacing an old, warped entry door will not only improve the look of your home, but it also increases your home’s security. Here are 4 factors to consider when choosing a new entry door. Check out number 4. Number 4 is often over looked, but critical when planning a new door upgrade.
Factor 1: Cost
The cost of entry doors depends on material used and product quality. Wood is the most traditional entry door material, yet it is one of the most costly. Wooden doors can cost $5,000 or more.
Steel doors vary in size and thickness. They can cost $2,500 or more.
Lastly, fiberglass is one of the most popular options for entry doors in Fort Wayne. It is designed to look and feel like real wood, providing the same performance and aesthetics. The benefit is that it costs less despite looking similar to wood or steel doors.
Factor 2: What Material is Best?
Cost was the first factor in choosing an entry door. The material used to make the door is a key factor in door price. Your door material has some pros and cons as well.
Wood doors can rot, chip, and fade over time. They also are susceptible to moisture damage and their insulation factor is dependent on the type of wood. They also require more maintenance and must be sanded and stained. Wood also does terrible with moisture. These doors need to be properly sealed or they will rot and warp.
Steel doors usually have an insulation core, unless they are cheap, empty steel doors. These insulated doors provide more insulation and moisture is not as much of a concern as wood. These doors do have the ability to be dented and that is often hard to impossible to repair.
Fiberglass doors with a insulated core look like real wood or steel doors without the extra cost. They are less expensive and can be matched to almost any home exterior. These doors are harder to dent and require little to no maintenance. They usually are guaranteed to never rot, chip, or warp.
Factor 3: Energy Savings
Doors that have insulated cores can improve the energy efficiency of your home while blocking out warm summer and cool winter air. This energy savings is based off of the insulation inside your door. Some cheaper doors provide little insulation. Our entry doors include an internal core made from polyurethane which is nearly 2 inches thick.
Another important element of an energy efficient entry door is durable weatherstripping. Cracks and crevices invite unwanted exterior air into your home. The proper caulking and weather stripping will seal your door tight and keep you and your family more comfortable for years to come. .
Factor 4: How Important is Your Door Installer?
There is one major secret when it comes to entry door installation — allow a professional to do it! Professional entry door installation ensures that your door works properly and performs to its full capacity. We have seen too many incorrectly installed doors over the years.
Your door is used frequently and proper installation will improve the security of your home, provide you with an air tight seal, and will operate correctly for years to come.
If you are interested in a new door for your Ft. Wayne home give us a call at 260-438-9112. We would be glad to look at your current door and see if you need a new one or if your door just needs some care.
Do you have questions about entry doors or other exterior remodeling products? We are here to help! Contact us now to learn more and to get your free in-home estimate.