A recent study by Freedonia forecasts that the demand for windows and doors in America will grow nearly 5% yearly to reach $34.3 billion by 2021. According to SFGate, there are three great reasons why you should consider joining the crowd and replacing your entry door.
1. Energy Efficiency.
Over 25% of an average home’s energy costs are due to air escaping through doors, windows, and skylights that aren’t energy efficient. New doors are generally better insulated. That’s because the majority of fiberglass and steel doors are insulated with polyurethane foam. They also have a weather stripping barrier built-in on the bottom to guard against extreme weather conditions. In fact, an average, windowless, fiberglass or steel door that is one inch thick has five times the insulating capacity of a solid wooden door of the same size.
Choosing a door with an Energy Star label may also save you money when you do your income taxes, which is an additional incentive to consider a replacement. In some instances, homeowners can claim a tax credit on this type of door (10% off the cost of the new entry door, or $500 maximum).
Because new doors are built with more advanced technology, they’re often more secure than older types of doors. This is due to new layered door designs, which are intended to resist forced entry. Steel and fiberglass doors are especially strong, and generally have better locking capabilities than older wooden doors. When combined with updated bolt-locking designs and peepholes with wide angles, replacing your front door makes your home more secure.
3. Curb Appeal.
Replacing your exterior door is an easy way to increase your home’s curb appeal and resale value. Look for a style that complements your home’s architecture. For example, a leaded glass door would be a lovely selection for a Victorian house. The color of the door can either contrast with the siding or coordinate with it, depending on the image you want to present. A dark entryway can also benefit from an entry door with sidelights to let in more natural light.
The increased energy efficiency, security, and curb appeal your home will gain by replacing your door make this an option well worth considering. In the long run, you’ll be happy you made the change.