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Selecting the Right Entry Door for Your Home

September 21, 2018

There are a couple times each year when a homeowner might consider it to be a good investment to replace an entry door: when it gets hot outside and when it gets cold outside. Since both seasons can play havoc on your energy bill if left unattended, it is important to take prompt action to eliminate your problem. At times, a DIY project to replace weather stripping will do but exterior doors separate the interior of your home from the harshest elements, so it is important to consider your specific needs for durability, strength, security, style, beauty and costs. Selecting the right replacement door will not only ensure long-lasting beauty, it can improve the energy efficiency of your home year round. Listed below are a few of distinguishing details for homeowners to consider when shopping for an entry door:

  • Wood Doors - Due to natural beauty and versatility, wood is the most common door material and provides a high-end look that other materials imitate for their entry door products. Unfortunately, wood doors are particularly vulnerable to certain types of weathering. With plenty of sunlight and moisture in our area, a wood entry door will need some tender-loving care and routine maintenance.
  • Steel Doors - Since they are relatively inexpensive and offer excellent security, steel doors account for a healthy share of the entry door market. Since manufacturers of high-end steel doors will use environmentally safe materials to fill their doors, these can provide even better insulation than a wood door. When painted correctly and maintained properly, steel doors can compete with fiberglass when it comes to weathering.
  • Fiberglass Doors - If you are looking for an entry door that requires little to no maintenance, a fiberglass entry door is resistant to weather, won't dent or scratch, and doesn't rust. Plus, a fiberglass door can provide a beautiful wood appearance while affording you improved wear-n-tear with added insulation. Typically, fiberglass entry doors can be painted or stained and require minimal maintenance.

If the cost of a replacement door is the reason you've been putting off shopping for a new entry door, then you may need to reassess the importance of making a timely investment. After all, you do not want to have money leaking out the front door. Moreover, it is the time of the year to watch for entry doors on sale that can make it a more affordable project. Whether you are looking to sell your home soon or plan to live there for years, most quality entry doors come with a warranty and some are transferrable for a set fee in the event you do choose to sell. Although it is a treat nowadays to surf the Internet and shop online, it is smart to go to a showroom, too. That way you can actually see what you're buying and will be able to have all of your questions answered promptly and professionally. At Dream Doors and Windows, we understand that the front door is the focal point of your home and are ready to help you add tons of curb appeal.