It doesn’t always happen but there will come a time when you’ll be faced with the task of replacing a door in your home. You might say “big deal, just get a new door” and be done with it, but taking the time to pick the right replacement door and is important if you want to make the most out of your money and improve your home as a whole. But what exactly makes a replacement door “right” for your home? Consider the following:
Purpose is key
The right door is one that will suit a particular purpose. For instance, exterior doors are designed to be durable enough to withstand the weather and constant use, while interior doors focus more on offering privacy. Because of this, exterior doors are made to be sturdier than interior doors. If you’re replacing an exterior door then, opt for an exterior door as a replacement. The same goes for interior doors.
Make sure it looks good
When I say a door should look good, it doesn’t mean you have to get one with the most elaborately carved patterns or fancy stained glass panels (although in some cases they might work). Instead, look for a door that will blend well with other parts of your home. It could have a bright, solid color, soft tone, or a textured look, but as long as it matches your home’s overall theme, it’s all good.
Look for an energy-efficient door
One of the most important characteristics of a good replacement door is its ability to improve overall energy efficiency in a home. ENERGY STAR-rated doors are a good place to start because they have features that can help improve your home’s overall insulation, reducing the load on your HVAC system to help you cut back on your electricity bill.
Doors may be entryways but when you want them to stay closed, they have to stay closed. This is why it’s important not to overlook locking mechanisms in the options you’ll be considering. Again, exterior doors have to be more secure than interior options so they should feature better locking systems. For the most part, interior doors will work fine with standard locks on knobs and handles.
Make sure warranties are in place
Because you don’t replace doors often, make sure you invest in what you’re getting, opting for a balanced mix of function and aesthetics. Then, make the most out of your investment by ensuring warranty coverage is in place. The more generous warranty terms and conditions are, the more you can trust the quality of the door you’re interested in. Manufacturers stand by their work, after all, so they don’t have a problem offering great warranties.
There are many door options available to you, whether you’re looking to replace an exterior or interior door, so there’s sure to be one that will be right for you. Should you need help in choosing your door, don’t hesitate to get in touch with a local contractor right away.
Sheaun Smith is a project manager at Renewal by Andersen of St. Louis. He has been involved in both small and large scale construction and home improvement projects for 15 years, giving him a wealth of experience he happily shares by writing in the company blog.