Investing in Entry Doors: Options to Fit Every Home and Budget

Trying to reimagine front entry doors is like trying to reinvent the wheel. There’s just no denying that front entrance doors make the first impression of your home and, as it turns out, you! But, aside of placing you at the top of the community call tree by advancing your home’s curb appeal, replacing your front entry door system also offers financial rewards.

As stated in the 2014 Cost vs. Value Report (www.costvsvalue.com) featured in Remodeling magazine, replacing your front door is the remodeling project investment that returns the most financial reward. Installing new steel or fiberglass doors will give you a 153 percent or 115 percent return on your investment, respectively. Replacing your old entry doors with a new, energy efficient, front door system will also save you money in utilities. The Florida Solar Energy Center reports that the greatest amount of energy in your North, Central or South Florida home is used for air conditioning, much of which escapes through old windows and doors.

Front door entry systems are various enough to oblige all tastes and budgets; though it’s probable that, while our unique styles may vary greatly, we’re all pretty much on the same page where saving money is concerned.

Here are some things to consider when choosing which front entry door system is right for you:

  • Steel doors often offer the most attractive initial price in comparison with aluminum, fiberglass or wood front doors. The security steel front doors provide from intruders also ranks slightly higher than wood and fiberglass front entry doors. When exposed to sea breeze and humidity or steady rains, however, steel front door entry systems do not have the endurance that aluminum or fiberglass doors do. Although relatively low maintenance doors, steel doors dent more easily than wood or fiberglass doors and will rust if scratches aren’t correctly repaired.
  • Aluminum doors are an appealing option to steel, fiberglass and wood doors. An aluminum front door entry system offers sure protection against intruders while maintaining a pleasing home entryway. Unlike steel or wood entry doors, aluminum front entrance doors resist rust and warping. Aluminum entry doors are also available in customized colors and wood grain finishes which provide great design flexibility. Their performance under stress of everyday use, weather and resistance to rust makes aluminum entrance doors very low maintenance.
  • Fiberglass doors are a sound financial choice for many homeowners. In comparison with steel or wood entry doors, fiberglass front entrance doors are more weather resistant. Available in smooth, paneled surfaces or textured and stained to replicate various types of wood, fiberglass front door entry systems offer a spectrum of styles and colors. Fiberglass front doors are also low maintenance because they are dent resistant, endure regular wear and tear, and weather well.
  • Wood doors continue to set the bar for luxury and command higher prices. Wood front door entry systems are least likely to dent and scratches are easily fixed in comparison with steel front doors. More prone to the weathering effects of the elements, however, wood front doors require regular painting or varnishing to maintain their luxe appearance.

©2014 Hanley Wood LLC. Complete data from the Remodeling 2014 Cost vs. Value Report can be downloaded free at www.costvsvalue.com.