Your front door not only keeps you safe from the elements including the wind, rain, and the hot sun as well as keep out burglars, it also defines the style of your home and is the first thing people see when they come to your home. Therefore, you need to be selective when choosing the right discount door to replace it with either because your door is broken, dented, or warped or because you would like to update the style. Furthermore, by replacing your front door, you can increase your energy savings by as much as 10%. Be sure to check the energy star label on the door if energy efficiency is important to you when it comes to selecting a new front door.
The most popular materials that discount doors are made out of are steel, wood and fiberglass. There are pros and cons to each. In addition to deciding on a material, you also have to decide whether or not you are replacing the frame around the door, as well. It is probably best to do so since many doors come pre-hung on frames and even if your frame itself is not damaged, the hardware may be. If you choose a pre-hung door, be sure to get one that is hung on the same side as the one you currently have so that you do not run into any problems.
Steel doors are the least expensive option in front doors. Steel doors offer the most protection against intruders and will not crack or warp. In addition, they are the most energy efficient discount doors. However, they can get dented and if the dent is major, then you will have to replace the door. Steel doors typically last between five and seven years, except under extreme conditions.
Another excellent option when looking for a new front door is to get a discount door made out of fiberglass. There are numerous options to choose from when it comes to discount fiberglass doors. They are excellent insulators and do not warp or dent. Very little upkeep is needed. They are light to the touch but good at keeping out both the weather and intruders. Cost wise, they are more expensive than steel doors, but less expensive than doors made out of wood. A fiberglass front door usually lasts between 15 and 20 years.
Having a front door made out of wood is the most expensive choice. However, wood doors do make bold statements. If you choose a wood door for your home, it will have to be painted every year or so. Scratches are easily removed; however, you should check the door periodically to ensure that it has not warped. The life expectancy depends on the type of wood. However, you can expect your door to last anywhere between 20 and 60 years.
Regardless of the material you choose to have your new front door made out of, it will be no good to you unless it is hung correctly. Therefore, it is best to have it professionally installed.