Tips for Buying a New Door

Update your home’s look, inside and out, with new doors.

Published July 29, 20212 min read

From the benefits of getting a new door, to the types of doors available, this guide will provide the information you need for your next door purchase.

Signs it’s time to buy a new door

There are three main signs that your door needs to be replaced:

  1. You can see slivers of light around the door. If light slips through, the door is no longer tightly sealed, and drafts could make their way through as well.
  2. The door is damaged. A damaged door can be difficult to open and close, lock and unlock, and may lead to warping, rust, or rot.
  3. You’d like to update the look of your door. Door styles, colors, and technology change over time, and could make your home look aged and not maintained.

Benefits of installing a new door

Replacing your front door can help:

  • Increase your home’s curb appeal.
  • Improve your home’s safety and security with updated locks.
  • Lower your energy costs, especially with ENERGY STAR® certified doors.

New doors are money well spent. According to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value 2021 report, a new steel entry door - the most popular - has a return on investment of 65%.  

Styles of replacement doors

Doors are generally grouped into four common categories:

  1. Entry doors are usually a single paneled door.
  2. French doors have two doors side-by-side, each with its own handle.
  3. Patio doors come in a variety of styles. The most common are a sliding glass door or French-style patio door.
  4. Storm doors are a secondary door on the outside to protect your main door from the weather.

Depending on the style of door you want, you’ll have to decide on the type of door material you go with, the door’s configuration, and the look and design of the required hardware.

Types of door materials

There are three primary types of door materials: fiberglass, steel, and wood. Each has its own pros and cons.

1. Fiberglass doors

Fiberglass doors are versatile. The surface of these doors can be smooth or textured. Textured doors are often made to give the appearance of wood. Fiberglass doors are easy to install, durable, require minimal care, and can be painted or stained. They also resist dents, scratches, rust, and rot. Fiberglass doors, like steel doors, are more energy efficient than real wood doors. 

2. Steel doors

Steel doors make up about half of the market. They are smooth in texture, durable, can be painted, and generally require little maintenance. However, dents can be hard to fix and scratches may rust if not addressed quickly. Steel doors are energy efficient, but this will vary if the door has windows. Steel doors are generally the most cost-effective door option.

3. Wood doors

Wood doors naturally have the look that many doors try to imitate. They are sturdy and have a traditional look. Wood doors resist wear-and-tear, are less likely to dent, and are easy to repair if scratched. They can be painted or stained, but require an occasional touch-up to maintain their good looks. Wood doors are typically the most expensive option.

Door hardware

There are three types of handles to choose from: rounded, lever, and handleset.  

You may have to purchase a lock, along with your handle. Your options depend on the level of security you want. Smart locks, electronic (keypad) locks, and deadbolts are secure options, and might be better than the lock that comes with a regular rounded or lever-style handle.

Get a free, no obligation quote for your replacement door

New doors can provide added curb appeal, lower energy costs, and most importantly, improved safety and security. Get a free, no obligation consultation today to get your project underway.

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