“Installing a new front door may be classified as a simple home improvement project in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a highly effective way to enhance your home’s exterior,” said Lance Dahl, CR, Senior Sales Representative – Exterior Products with Callen Construction, Inc. in Muskego. “Beyond aesthetic appeal, replacing your front door can significantly increase a home’s energy efficiency and security.”
Installing a new front door is an economical home improvement project that substantially increases a home’s curb appeal. When it comes to first impressions of a home, the aesthetics of the front entry is a primary factor taken into consideration. Even if on selling the home is not on the horizon, a new front door speaks volumes to visitors and passersby as it is often the focal point of a home. “Plus, you have the luxury of selecting from a multitude of customizable options when you’re in the market for a new front door, from materials and colors, to styles and add-ons,” Lance said.
On one end of the spectrum, the project could be as basic as installing a new door that sports a fresh, trendy color while staying in line with the style and design of the home’s existing front door. On the other end of the spectrum, the project could be as elaborate as building a new front entry altogether, complete with a new front door, lights, an overhang, and/or an enlarged porch.
Energy efficiency is a major benefit when installing a new front entry door because it equates to money saved. Older doors, particularly those made from wood, wear out over time. “For instance, you may notice chips, cracks, warping, and as we’re approaching colder weather, drafts coming right through your existing front door. In this instance, you’re not only losing heat, but you’re losing money too,” he said. “Often times, your home’s energy bills will drastically spike as a direct result of a draft in your home. A new front entry door coupled with new framing will effectively solve this problem by eliminating any drafts stemming from the front entry.”
For many families, purchasing a home is the single largest investment they’ll ever make.
Therefore, it’s vital to protect the property to keep a family safe. “A new front entry door adds much needed security to a home, as older wood doors can be easier targets for burglars. Conversely, modern steel and fiberglass doors are considerably stronger and more durable, making break-ins exceptionally difficult if not impossible,” Lance said. “Moreover, you can pair a new fiberglass or steel front entry door with the latest lock system for maximum security.”
When replacing your front door, you’re not only creating a new entryway, you’re improving your home’s curb appeal, energy efficiency, and security. “A new front door will help upgrade your home’s exterior while setting the tone for the rest of your home,” said Lance. “You can also expect a lower monthly energy bill if the seal has failed on your existing front door. Above all, you and your family can rest easy knowing that your new sturdy entry door will keep everyone safe and secure.