Replacing your entry door is not only a good investment in your home, but it could also kick up the curb appeal of your home. You have many options, but before you pick out the entry door of your dreams, do some research.

Exte­ri­or doors can be made of either steel, fiber­glass or wood – under­stand­ing the pros and cons of each type of mate­r­i­al will ensure that you choose the best entry door for your home. Replac­ing your exte­ri­or door can save you mon­ey in the long run. Accord­ing to a 2015 report of the Nation­al Asso­ci­a­tion of Real­tors, you could recov­er 75% of the cost of your new entry door if you decide to sell your home in the future. In addi­tion, you could save 10% off of your year­ly ener­gy bills by installing an ener­gy effi­cient exte­ri­or door. When shop­ping for your new door, be sure to look for the Ener­gy Star label.

With so many choic­es avail­able, pick­ing the right door for your home can be con­fus­ing. A good place to start is to com­pare the dif­fer­ent mate­ri­als that make up exte­ri­or doors : most doors are made of either steel, fiber­glass or wood.

STEEL:  A steel door is the most eco­nom­i­cal choice, so if your main goal is price, then a sim­ple steel door may be right for you. Keep in mind that steel doesn’t hold up to heavy rain or salt air as well as fiber­glass or wood. Steel may also dent, and repairs can be cost­ly. Even though you could save a sub­stan­tial amount of mon­ey up front, you may have to replace that steel door after only a few years. It may be worth your while to choose some­thing dif­fer­ent if your entry door will be heav­i­ly exposed to the ele­ments or will get a lot of foot traf­fic.

FIBERGLASS:  If lim­it­ed main­te­nance is your goal, then take a look at fiber­glass doors. Fiber­glass doesn’t expand or con­tract too much as the weath­er changes. A fiber­glass exte­ri­or door can last for 15-­20 years, and may not need a paint or stain touch up for sev­er­al years after instal­la­tion. Fiber­glass doors come in a vari­ety of styles and can be stained to look like real wood, and it’s foam core also offers con­sid­er­able insu­la­tion.

WOOD:  If you want to make a stun­ning entry state­ment, then wood might be your best choice. Wood is pricey, but it’s rich look makes it THE go­to choice for high end projects. A wood entry door requires much more main­te­nance than either steel or fiber­glass. Wood doors need to be repaint­ed or refin­ished at least every two years to pre­vent warp­ing and split­ting, and to main­tain that rich clas­sic look. How­ev­er, it’s eas­i­er to repair scratch­es on a wood door than to repair dents in a fiber­glass or steel door. What­ev­er mate­r­i­al you choose, remem­ber that your exte­ri­or door should com­ple­ment your home, and make it aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing to the eye, cre­at­ing a great first impres­sion.  Pick out a col­or and some hard­ware, and make that entry door your own.

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