Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 by Emily Herring
Your Front door is a key focal point and one of the first impressions visitors have when they arrive at your home. With that being said, a new door can significantly contribute to your home's style and character, increasing its overall value. So why get a new door now? Many doors today are designed to do a great job of shutting out the weather. Construction from durable, insulated materials combined with integral weather-stripping systems help these doors maximize comfort by redcing drafty air leaks. With the cold weather, what better time than now to get a door that will contain your energy inside of the house and not just seep through the door. With a new door, your energy will be preserved in the home, keeping the heating costs down in the winter and cooling down in the summer. Some new doors, due to their specific construction, can also make a home quieter by blocking or reducing traffic and neighborhood noise.
A door is the biggest opening in your home. Making it the biggest point where criminals try to gain access to your home.
Entry doors were historically made from wood. Though some doors are still made from wood today, they are also made from steel or fiberglass composites or a combination of these materials as well. Real wood doors have a natrual beauty, yet they are very vulnerable to weathering, especially from direct sun and rain, so they need a considerable amount of care and maintenance. Real wood doors also have very little insulation value.
On the other hand, Fiberglass and steel doors, are desinged to last for decades in severe weather conditions. An added bonus- many have a surace that, when stained or painted, resembles wood. Most have a foam insulation core that gives them excellent energy performance.
Doors that meet Energy Star requirements are actually far more than just doors - they're entry systems. With an entry system, an insulated door is premounted in a frame that includes jambs, threshold and interlocking weather stripping. Form hinges to dual - or triple - glazed windows and the lockset, everything is part of the system. Some models including side lites which proive light and views at one or both sides of the door
Replaceing a conventional door with an entry system is significantly larger job than replacing a door with one of the same size because the wall framing that holds the door's frame must be rebuilt, and the area around the opening may need to be repaired.
Though a high-quality door may end up costing you a little more, its energy efficiency, low maintenance, smoother operation and great looks will pay you back for years to come.
(Weathered Real-wood Door)
(Fiberglass wood-like look)
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