Your Front Door Really Does Matter

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Doors are a commonly overlooked part of a home. They are not remembered and they are not really given any extensive thought into. In fact, many people who are home shopping for a new home probably do not even look at the doors inside and outside of the home. They will, however, look at the windows and their design, their durability and their age of newness. Doors are very similar in necessity to the importance of windows. Further thought should be given when replacing doors in a home or when designing the materials that will be used in a home. Doors are actually more important that someone might think.

Despite the overlooking of doors in a home, a high value door can actually increase the resale value. Although most home shoppers will not notice the higher quality door, they will notice other things such as the overall look of the room, the feel and comfort of the door and the temperature of the room of the door. The temperature one is an important aspect during the resale time. According to the 2015 Remodeling Impact Report, a new steel entry door has a national median cost of $2,000 installed, and can recover 75% of that cost at resale. Additionally, a home owner who does not want to take that potential cost loss during the homes resale, they can also sell the high quality door on its own.

Front doors are also important to the curb appeal of a home. They are the first thing that a home buyer will notice and it will set the tone for the appeal of the house. The entry door is also the room and the door that receives the most traffic, with people coming and going all day long. This is one of the doors in the home that needs to be extremely durable, keeping warm air out during the hot summer months and keeping cold windy weather out during the cool winter months. Doors and windows that are not very durable do not successfully keep these weather conditions out. This can cause higher heating and cooling bills and make the house seem less comfortable. If your windows or doors are more than 15 years old, you may be putting up with
draftiness, windows that stick in their frames, and skyrocketing energy bills.

The other very important door is that of the patio door. A patio door is also a highly populated area. Many people entertain on their patios, or have larger families that spend a lot of time on the patio. The patio door needs to be highly durable to ensure temperature control. It should also be comfortable and of a good weight, as many people, all sizes will be using it to go back and forth from the house to the patio. A sliding patio door should be durable in the sense that it is easy to move back and forth, but also keeps temperatures comfortable in the home.

Security is an additional benefit to having a highly durable patio door or front door. About 33% of intruders enter a home through the front door. Hollow doors are exceptionally easy to kick in. If your home is outfitted with an old wood door or one that?s hollow, replace it with a new solid wood or metal clad door to prevent this.

Not a lot of thought is often given to the type of door that is used in a home. It is probably not one of the deciding factors you had when purchasing your home. However, they are an important part of any home, offering curb appeal, resale value and security. They also help with utility bills and in making the home remain a comfortable temperature. Doors provide many benefits to homeowners, and great thought actually needs to be taken when purchasing a new patio door.

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