How to Choose the Right New Front Door
Are you considering a new front door for your home?
There are a surprising number of critical factors about a front door. You may not appreciate them all unless you are re thinking about replacing your front door.
At that point, you could easily get overwhelmed with the process. You have to fit with your home’s style, add curb appeal to your home rather than subtract, and add safety and energy efficiency.
If you are not thinking about these factors when choosing a new front door, you probably should. Your front door says a lot about who lives in your home.
Additionally, replacing your front door is one of best home improvements you can make for the money and boost your home’s curb appeal.
According to the Remodeling 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, the national cost recoup values are:
- Steel Entry Door Replacement: 74.9%.
- Fiberglass Grand Entrance: 71.9%
The good thing is there is a wealth of options in many styles and price points. Let’s go over some of the most crucial considerations.
Crucial Considerations for Your New Front Door
The size of your entryway will determine how big your new door can be.
The standard size for an exterior door is 80 inches tall by 36 inches wide and nearly 2 inches thick. However, your entryway might facilitate a wider, taller, thicker door.
You may even have a double door. The new door package should include any sidelights or transoms in the original space.
You have to know what you can spend before you start looking. Just as with looking for a new house, the same principle holds here: don’t fall in love with something you can’t afford.
With that said, it may be best to decide on a range and to consider this an investment.
We always recommend you get your new door professionally hung rather than try to do it yourself for many reasons, so factor that into your budget.
The good news is your contractor has access to many styles and price points you wouldn’t see if you bought your door from a big box store.
To make the best decision within your price range, you need to consider:
- The lifespan of your new door.
- What it will take to maintain.
- Energy efficiency – high-efficiency models may cost more upfront but save you money in the long run.
- Cost and long-term benefits.
- Performance perks.
- Finishing needs – like painting or staining – and those costs.
- Hardware cost.
- Additional entryway remodeling, such as widening the opening and trim work.
What your door is made of can affect its performance drastically, as well as affecting its price.
Exterior doors come in three material choices with a variety of styles, including panels with plain or decorative glass.
The grain and natural beauty of wood can’t be matched by other materials. There are many types of wood as well as many finishes and embellishments.
Because of its beauty and durability, wood doors are typically more expensive than doors made of other materials.
Fiberglass has the advantage of being versatile in style and price. They can be made to mimic wood grain or flat and painted.
New fiberglass doors can be very high-performing and energy-efficient, durable, and easy to maintain.
Steel doors are the most affordable option. They are extra durable in that they don’t warp or crack, and they are very dent resistant.
Steel doors give a smooth appearance, unlike wood or fiberglass, so this can limit the style options. Energy-efficient steel doors come with an insulated core.
Find Your Style
You want a style that complements the style of your house and adds to its curb appeal.
There are many tools out there to help with this process, from the manufacturer’s websites to samples available through your contractor. We’re always happy to help with this part of the process if you need it!
Bringing it Home
Replacing your front door is one of the best remodeling projects you can do for your house. It’s quick, it’s fun, and it’s relatively inexpensive. Not to mention that it’s worth every penny you spend in energy efficiency gained and added value.
If you live in Southeast Michigan and have any questions about this or any other home remodeling project, give us a call. We would be happy to help!