Replacing your front door might be the last thing on your mind, but this upgrade is incredibly beneficial. If your front door is more than a decade old, then read ahead for a look at just a few of the benefits of this home improvement.
Benefits of Upgrading a Front Door
Not many homeowners realize just how much heat transfer takes place around their front door. Some studies have revealed that doors and windows are responsible for over 40 percent of all heat transfer in a home, and this can result in enormous energy bills. A modern door is designed to be well-insulated with multiple layers of steel and a tight fit.
Increase Your Home’s Value
Any time you are considering a home upgrade, you should first think about its return on investment. Upgrading an older wooden door to a steel door has an exceptionally high return on investment. According to the National Association of Realtors, it is the single best investment for a home. According to the Cost vs. Value Report, Realtors® judged a steel entry door replacement as the project expected to return the most money, with an estimated 85.6 percent of costs recouped upon resale. The steel entry door replacement is the least expensive project in the report, costing little more than $1,100 on average.
It will not take long for many families to become bored with the appearance of the outside of their home. Installing a new door along with a few other changes is a great way to give your home a quick and affordable makeover without making major structural changes.
Your family’s safety is no doubt your number one concern, and the single best way to improve the safety of your home is to make sure the entryways are secure. A modern steel door is built to much different standards and designed to be as safe and secure as possible. When combined with a new lock, you can rest assured that your family is as safe as possible.
Pros and Cons of a Steel Front Door
A steel front door makes up about half of the marketplace.
Pros: They’re relatively inexpensive and can offer the security and weather resistance of much pricier fiberglass and wood doors. A steel door requires little maintenance–unless dents are a part of your home scenario. They’re energy-efficient, though adding glass panels cuts their insulating value.
Cons: A steel door doesn’t resist weather as well as fiberglass and wood doors in Consumer Reports abuse tests and the laboratory equivalent of torrential rain, strong winds, and a decade of wear and tear. And while they’re typically low-maintenance, dents are hard to fix, and scratches may rust if they aren’t painted promptly.
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