First impressions last. This expression does not just apply to job interviews or first dates, but to your home as well. Your home reflects who you are, so it’s important that it gives off a nice impression at all times.
That being said, a huge part of maintaining your home’s pleasing curb appeal depends on no less than your own front door. In fact, no matter how well-managed and designed your landscape is, how clean your lawn is, or how shiny your glass windows are, if your door looks dilapidated, your home’s overall look will still be greatly affected.
Furthermore, the front door also helps ensure that your home is protected against damage and against risks to your security and safety. It helps keep you warm when it’s cold outside, and inversely, helps keep you cool and fresh on hot summer days.
When your door grows old and worn, it becomes a priority to look for a suitable replacement. In this post, I’ll help you better understand why such a project would be terribly important for you to undertake.
The Important Role Your Front Door Plays
Because of this, your entry door is subject to all kinds of risks that can cause it damage. It is constantly exposed to changing temperatures and variant weather, and the accompanying negative effects that external factors can bring. Regardless of its original strength, damage is likely to occur, especially if maintainance isn’t regular. Eventually, issues will overcome your door’s innate strength, rendering it irreparable. Let’s take a quick look at what happens when you don’t replace a door that needs to be changed out for a newer one.Your home’s entry or front door works tirelessly, day in and day out. It does more than just let people in and out of your home, or open or close your home to the outside world. It also helps seal your home and protect it against the elements. It keeps bugs, pests, and even intruders out and, most importantly, prevents energy leakage.
Why Replace Your Old Door?
Doors are meant to be weathertight. If they aren’t, they can be a huge source of energy loss; over time, doors develop huge gaps between the frame and the door itself. Some old doors may even have holes as a result of insect infestation or rot.
Reason #1: Your old door is costing you more money.
About 35% of heat, on the average, is known to escape around doors, windows, walls, and other gaps in your home, according to recent data. By installing a new door, you can reduce energy wastage, lower your energy costs and, most importantly, make your home more comfortable.
A new front door is a good way to add value to your home without spending a lot – certainly much less than you might shell out for other home improvement projects. This is due to the instant boost in curb appeal a new door brings. The improved curb appeal resulting from a successful door replacement can reportedly add as much as $24,000 to a home’s perceived value. Even if you are not planning to sell your home anytime soon, the increased home value should be more than enough to make you glad about your decision to install a new door.
Reason #2: A new door can improve your home’s value
Aside from energy loss and compromised curb appeal, old and damaged doors can also cause a number of annoying issues. For instance, it can let in drafts and water, which can cause moisture problems. Excessive moisture, in turn, can cause mold and mildew buildup that can destroy home furnishings and even give rise to health issues such as allergies and respiratory conditions. As well, doors that no longer seal properly may allow pests and insects in, another pesky problem that you wouldn’t ever want to deal with. A new front door can keep the drafts and bugs out, while ensuring home comfort and safety.
Indeed, door replacement can give you the best bang for your buck in terms of changing the look and feel of your home, enhancing its comfort, increasing its value, and improving its energy efficiency. With all these benefits, what’s stopping you from giving your home this valuable upgrade? For a successful door replacement project and to ensure a high-quality door replacement, work only with a certified and licensed window professional. An expert can give you access to the best products on the market and provide you with impeccable services.
David Reber is the general manager of Renewal by Andersen® of Kansas City. A true home improvement expert, his experience and proficiency have helped his company become a leader in the local window replacement industry. David’s passion for helping homeowners make smart home improvement decisions is evident not only in his relationships with clients, but is also evident in his write-ups on the company blog.