It’s been said that you never get a second chance to make a first impression. That’s just as true for your home as it is for you. Fortunately, one of the most effective ways you can enhance your home’s appearance is also one of the quickest and easiest – replacing your front door.
If your front door is dated, replacing it to update your home’s appearance is one of the projects that gives homeowners an immediate and large return on their investment, according to the 2015 Cost vs. Value Report fromRemodeling magazine. Here in Charlotte, for example, homeowners replacing a mid-range steel entry door can expect to recoup 149.7% of their investment, while a fiberglass door replacement still nets an impressive 60% return.
While your home’s looks are important, the reasons to replace an aging front door run much deeper than mere appearances. Doors are used many times each and every day. They’re not just used, but frequently abused as they get knocked into by shopping bags, kicked back in place by kids with messy hands, scratched by pets and mistreated in myriad other ways. Over time, this daily wear takes a toll, as weather stripping loses its grip, hinges begin to wear, and knobs loosen.
Not only does a worn door hurt you’re home’s value, it lessens its energy efficiency and drives up utility costs. As weather stripping wears, drafts bring unconditioned air into you home and let the air you’ve paid to heat or cool seep out. To compensate, you’ll find yourself setting your thermostat higher in winter or lower in summer, thus wasting energy and your hard-earned money.
When it’s time to replace your door, entrust a qualified, professional contractor with the project. Why not DIY? A professional can quickly and accurately assess the condition of the surrounding door frame and jamb and ensure that there are no wood rot or water issues lurking beneath the surface. If he does find any problem areas, he can address them quickly the first time. The last thing you want is to put your brand new door in an aging or rotting frame that does not allow it to function as well as it should.