When you’re replacing your front door, aesthetics are important. First impressions count, but your family’s security comes first, especially when it comes to the entrance into your home. In addition to improving your home’s curb appeal, your exterior doors should provide warmth, insulation, and functionality.
5 Reasons to Replace Your Exterior Doors
1. Curb Appeal
New exterior doors are a cost-effective way to improve your home’s curb appeal without a significant remodel. If your existing door is in good condition, a fresh coat of new paint may be all that is needed to give your front entryway a new look. If your door is damaged, replacing it with a new exterior door is the best option.
Old doors are easier for burglars and intruders to tamper with – a cheap wooden door can be easy to kick in. New steel and fiberglass doors provide an extra layer of protection. They are more difficult to kick in and more tamper-proof. If home security is a concern, consider replacing old exterior doors with stronger steel or fiberglass options.
3. Energy Efficiency
Older doors, especially wood versions, and their framing will deteriorate over time. If you feel drafts around your door, your heating and cooling bills are likely rising. A new entry door and framing will improve indoor comfort and significantly lower monthly energy bills.
Installing a wider door with a zero-clearance threshold and trading steps for ramps makes dealing with baby strollers, walkers, or wheelchairs easier. It’s possible to create an accessible front entryway with beautiful curb appeal. A professional contractor can offer valuable suggestions on improving your home’s accessibility.
5. Less Maintenance
Steel and fiberglass are less susceptible to warp or rot than wood. They are also less likely to need repainting or replacement than wood. Because wood absorbs moisture, it must be resealed or painted every few years. Steel does not have the same issues and requires far less maintenance.
Signs You Need a New Exterior Door
- Difficulty opening or closing
- Condensation in glass panes
- It does not lock properly
- Cracks, holes, or dents
- Air leaks
Replacing an old or damaged door will improve your home’s energy efficiency, comfort, and safety. A little time and effort to check the condition of your exterior doors is all it takes to see whether repairs or replacements are needed.
Upgrade Your Home’s Security
Your front door is your first line of defense against intruders. You might assume that most burglars come in through windows and back doors, but front doors remain the most popular entry point. Once you’ve got a more secure door and frame in place, there are a few more ways to improve your family’s safety and security.
Install New Door Locks
Make sure your door lock is free from damage and rust; if yours looks like it’s seen better days, replace it.
- Deadbolt locks are the most popular exterior locks used on residential doors. Choose one that has been graded according to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) standards. Product grades range from Grade One through Grade Three, with one being the highest in terms of functionality and material integrity.
- Both conventional and electronic locks can help keep your home secure. They range from high-end, drill-proof models to inexpensive deadbolts, with a selection of electronic keypad models that allow you to program an entry code.
- Smart locks do more than lock doors; they offer remote control, voice control, access logs, geofencing, and other safety features.
Install Automatic Lighting
It’s essential to ensure your front entry is well-lit, with lighting that switches on when it detects movement. Having adequate lighting makes it easier for visitors and delivery people to locate your front entrance. Install automatic lighting around all exterior doors to discourage burglars.
Add Security Cameras
It’s always best to know who is knocking on the door before you answer it. Most doorbell cameras allow you to see and speak to people at your front door. Adding a security camera and advertising its existence will act as a deterrent to anyone planning a burglary. Several models available at a wide range of prices are easy to install.
Work With a Locally Owned Expert
Banner Construction has been in business since 1993, beautifying homes throughout St. Louis and St. Charles Counties. We provide exterior restoration and replacement services, including James Hardie fiber cement siding, ProVia doors, premium window replacements, and low-maintenance PVC decks.
Banner Construction is proud of our outstanding reputation for customer service. We have received the Guidemaster Award for Excellence several years in a row. This award is for reliable service and on-time and on-budget performance. 94% of our clients say they are likely to recommend us. Contact us online or call 314-356-9861 to schedule a free consultation.