It hardly matters how beautiful the rest of your home is – the windows, siding, roof, interiors, etc. – if the entry door is old, battered or just plain unsightly and out of place. The main door completes the home’s thermal envelope and also plays a huge role in its curb appeal.
Many homeowners who put their homes up for sale sometimes consider the presence of an old and unsightly door a rude awakening. Potential buyers either refer to the door as the reason they’re having second thoughts or just turn around without entering at all. That’s how much a good door matters.
You should think about replacing your door if it no longer meets your standards. When you do, though, always remember to avoid these common door replacement mistakes:
Choosing the Wrong Material
There are different door materials you can choose from, but don’t forget the weather exposure before making a decision. Exposure to extreme sunlight, rain, wind, etc. can damage the wrong door material and shorten its lifespan. Steel, wood, fiberglass and composite materials for manufacturing doors all have their distinct advantages. Make sure to get the right door that’s graded for the kind of weather in your area.
Not Knowing the Right Method to Install Your Door
This is a common problem for those who try to DIY their own door installation or hire an untrained handyman just to save a little money. Over time, problems will appear that can be traced back to how the door was installed. Your door also plays a huge role in your home’s security, so wrong installation methods can actually be dangerous for your household.
Material, style and color matter when you choose a new door. If you’re going to install a door that looks out of place, or one that attracts attention for the wrong reasons, you won’t be doing much to upgrade your home’s curb appeal. Door replacement is an opportunity to get a door that looks great and matches your home’s architecture.
This is the opposite of not paying attention to looks: buying only because of looks. Choose a door that doesn’t only look good, but also offers great functionality, such as comfortable and satisfying operation and energy efficiency. A pretty door that doesn’t seal in cooled or heated air, or doesn’t prevent heat transfer is still not a good door.
If you want to get your door replacement right, work only with a reputable contractor. Renewal by Andersen® of Northwest Ohio can help you choose the right door and install it using industry-leading methods. We also offer some of the best replacement windows in the U.S. Call us today at (419) 931-6970, or use this form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We work with homeowners in Toledo, OH.