Replacing Doors: Homeowner’s Top 5 Questions

Replacing Doors: Homeowner’s Top 5 Questions
Replacing Doors: Homeowner’s Top 5 Questions
January 30, 2012 Russ Busa

In addition to windows, replacing your homes’ doors is one of the best home improvements you can do. Replacing doors can add value to your home, increase curb appeal, and saves you financially on heating and cooling costs. More importantly, doors provide necessary security and, in turn, make your home comfortable for you to live.

Choosing the right door can be an overwhelming process once you have decided that a new door is needed. Here are answers to the top five question regarding replacing doors.

1. When should doors be replaced?

Over time, a number of factors can make it necessary for you to replace exterior doors:

  • constant wear and tear
  • loss of energy efficiency
  • worn stripping
  • weather exposure
  • warped frames and hinges
  • the need for greater security

Plan to take an assessment of your home and these factors at least twice a year, particularly after an intense change of weather such as after the winter or summer months.

2. Should I have an energy audit?

Yes, you should have an energy audit of your home.

An energy audit can help you find areas in your home where you can improve efficiency. Since door drafts are huge energy wasters that inflate your monthly bills, an energy audit that suggests a door replacement can help start saving you hundreds once the work is completed. Start by contacting your local utility to see if they offer free or discounted energy audits to their customers. If not, consider hiring a home energy professional, such as a certified Home Energy Rater or Building Performance Analyst. Energy Star has some tips for doing an energy audit at home.

3. How can I determine the best door for my home?

Style and design are often at the top of the list when a customer wants to determine the best door for their home. However, other aspects need to also be considered such as choosing a door that can withstand the weather in your area and if you require additional security.

4. What type of warranty should I expect?

Before you consider the warranty, make sure you are working with a reputable company for replacing your doors. Consider their warranty policy as a part of your research when making your decision on who to hire.

Most warranties cover installation, workmanship, and replacement materials. The time-frame of the warranty may vary by contractor so include this question in your consultations. And remember to get your warranty in writing!

5. How much will it cost?

As will most home improvement projects, the answer depends on the cost of the materials and labor, which can vary greatly. You may be eligible for a tax credit when you replace your doors with energy efficient ones. Click here for more details.