Detecting and Repairing Door Damage
Your home’s door is more than the entryway into your house, it is the first impression and focal point of your façade. Both the front and rear doors also receive more wear and tear than most other areas, and as such, it might be time to consider a replacement.
Replacing the door of your home might not be the first thing to come to mind when making improvements to your home, but it should be. Beyond their first impressions, they help keep extreme temperatures, moisture, and even intruders outside. Replacing old or damaged doors can help save you money on utility costs and improve the value of your home.
A door replacement also has the added benefit of being quicker to complete and more affordable compared to other major exterior projects. It’s an easy way to give your home some added curb appeal and can often be completed within a day.
Signs You Need a Door Replacement
If a door still closes and locks with ease, it is typically not given much second thought. While difficulty closing is certainly a clear sign that it’s time for a replacement, take a closer look to identify other signs that work is needed.
Check for these signs when inspecting:
- Does the door have rust, dents or large scratches?
- Are there cracks along the edges?
- Does the door let in drafts of air?
- If your door has a glass component, is there moisture stuck inside the panes?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, it might be time to consider a replacement. A new door will resolve these issues and present numerous advantages with one of the top return on investment percentages among home upgrades.
What to Look for When Selecting a New Door
Once you’ve decided to replace your home’s door(s), you have several options for the material and style to select from. Modernize can help you find a professional that will work with you to find the best option for your home and budget.
For most homeowners, deciding between a wood, metal, fiberglass or glass door can be the most challenging part of the replacement process. Each offers their own budget range and benefits. One of the primary things to consider is the amount of energy savings a new door can provide you, based on your location.
Additionally, your selection should be best suited for the environment of where you live. Selecting the best weather-proof material will save you money when extreme weather hits and help increase the longevity of your new door.
Investing in Quality
A quality door can last a homeowner 20 or more years, but not all of them are created equal. Selecting the wrong one for your home’s needs or cutting corners on installation can result in needing additional repairs within only a few years.
While finding an inexpensive door from a home improvement store and installing it yourself might seem like a reasonable option, consider the benefits you’ll gain from working with a knowledgeable contractor that can help you understand your home’s needs, and ensure you make the best decision with your investment.
A door replacement is an easy way to add some character to your home — and reduce utility costs — without the headaches or price tag of a major renovation. Contact Modernize to find a professional in your area and get started today!