How to Series: The Pros and Cons of Updating Your Front Door

<span>How to Series:</span> The Pros and Cons of Updating Your Front Door
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    Updating your front door is a quick and easy way to add curb appeal to a home.

    Bringing both beauty and function, it’s important to choose a front door that fits your style and will be worth the investment long-term.

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Front doors are available in a variety of styles, materials and finishes, each with their own pros and cons.

Pro: Lots of Styles & Materials to Choose From

  • The possibilities are endless when it comes to updating your front door. Choose between wood, iron, steel, fiberglass and more. With endless styles and finishing touches, find the right front door to compliment your home and make your entryway stand out.
  • Different materials run at different prices, but typically the higher the price, the more likely the door will be of higher quality and last longer. For example, wood doors are typically less than iron or steel doors but require more upkeep.

Con: Energy Efficiency

  • That old door on your home may be part of the reason why your energy bill is so high in the summers and winters. Older doors, especially wooden, can leak air if they’re not properly sealed and placed. Cheaper doors are also not as reliable for keeping your home warm or cool.
  • While you could choose to refinish an older door, sometimes it’s worth making the investment in a new front door.
  • Many companies create doors to make your home as energy efficient as possible. So, before you decide to keep your current front door, consider the money you could save from a more energy efficient option.

Pro: Go Custom

  • If you have a specific front door vision in mind, going custom may be the best option for you. Many door companies offer custom exterior door services to help you create a beautiful and functional masterpiece. The customization process will allow you to choose the materials, glass, hardware, color, style and more.
  • If your home has a very specific style, or your doorway is shaped differently than most, creating a custom door will ensure you receive the door you are picturing in your head. All it takes is a little creativity and patience!

 

Con: High Maintenance

  • You may fall in love with a wooden red door, but it will need to be repainted every couple of years to maintain its color. Wood doors also require refinishing to protect the wood from natural elements such as rain and sunlight. While this is practical for some, constantly refinishing a door can be pricey.
  • For some houses, it’s worth purchasing a more expensive iron or steel door because of minimal upkeep. They are maintained by simply rubbing a cloth with some warm water and soap on the door. The final choice may come down to which type of door fits your home’s style, your budget and maintenance preference.

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Pro: Quickly Improves Curb Appeal

  • Whether you’re trying to sell your home or simply improve curb appeal, updating your front door is a quick and easy way to make a difference. The front door of your home is the focal point. It’s the first thing people notice when they see your home. If your front door is lacking luster, it could take away from your entire curb appeal.
  • An outdated or damaged door can make a home look old and uninviting. Most homes with older doors are also not energy efficient and could explain the draft you can’t seem to get rid of in your home.
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While there are some pros and cons when it comes to updating the front door of your home, it’s best to do your research to make the best decision. Everyone’s price ranges and expectations are different, but there’s options for everyone to make a home beautiful and functional.

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