What to Consider When Shopping for a New Entry Door

Your front door is the first impression visitors have of your home, so when shopping for an entry door replacement, it’s important to choose a door that makes the impression you want to give. In addition to being a focal point of your home, your entry door is also crucial to your security and energy efficiency. When looking for a new entry door, there are several things to consider.

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Choosing the Right Material

There are three main materials for your entry door replacement to choose from. These materials are all available in a variety of colors and styles. When choosing an entry door replacement, consider your budget, the maintenance you are prepared to do in the future, and the energy efficiency of your entry door replacement.

·   Wood

Wood doors give your home a traditional and elegant look. Wood doors are secure and sturdy. The drawback to wood doors is they come with maintenance and a high price tag. In addition, wood doors will need to be stained periodically as the wear, and you may find issues with warping and moisture damaging the wood.

·   Steel

Steel doors are durable, strong, and secure. Today’s steel doors are difficult to dent, even by kicking. They are resistant to fire, warping, and cracking. Steel doors are also incredibly energy efficient. You can insulate the interior of the steel frame to maximize your home’s efficiency. They can also be designed in many different styles and colors.

·   Fiberglass

Fiberglass doors can mimic the look of wood without the expense or required maintenance, and they can be insulated just like steel doors. Fiberglass doors tend to have a mid-range price point and can be designed to fit almost every style. A fiberglass entry door replacement can be made to look like a wooden door, can be designed in a modern style, painted in a variety of colors, and can even include embellishments and accessories.

Consider the Security of Your New Entry Door

If you are in the market for a new entry door, it’s important to make sure that the door you choose is as secure as possible. Today’s doors are much more secure than earlier models. It’s a good idea to choose a door with deadbolt locks, strike boxes, and a reinforcing plate around the door handle. When considering an entry door replacement, it makes sense to have that door be as secure as possible to protect your home and family.

Making Sure Your Entry Door is Energy Efficient and Right for Your Climate

Your entry door is a vulnerable point for energy loss. If it is not efficient, your energy bills will be higher as your HVAC system fights to keep the temperature inside comfortable. Your entry door can develop gaps that allow drafts, which will make your home uncomfortable and drive up your heating and cooling costs. No matter which material you choose for your entry door, make sure that the material used is high quality and energy efficient. When your entry door is installed, make sure that you have the right fit and that your door isn’t allowing air to move in and out. A good installation can make your home comfortable, whereas a poor installation can negate all the benefits of this big investment.

When you are choosing an entry door replacement, speak with a contractor who can guide you toward a new entry door that fits the style and budget you need for your home and your family, and who will take care to make sure that whichever door you choose keeps your family safe, secure, and comfortable. With over 75 years of entry door installation experience, you can trust Armorvue Home Exteriors to provide you with high quality materials and expert installation services. Contact us today for a virtual appointment to talk about a new door for your home, or any of the exterior home improvement projects on your to-do list.