When you pull up to your home at the end of a long workday, do you feel relaxed and comforted? Or do you feel like something is just a bit…off?
Many homeowners will jump to conclusions and think that they need to paint their siding or redo the landscaping. We have good news for you, though. The answer is simpler (and much cheaper) than you think!
You might need a new entry door!
While you might not spend much time thinking about your front door, it is an important part of your home, providing:
- Curb appeal 🏡
- Safety ⛑️
- Protection from the elements ☂️
If you’re considering installing a new exterior door but aren’t sure if it’s worth it, we are here to convince you. From cost breakdowns to different types of front doors, read on to discover everything you need to know!
Why Update Your Front Door Style?
Will a new front door really make that big of a difference to your home?
The answer is a resounding yes! Here are some of the top reasons to install new exterior doors.
- Aesthetics ✨- For many people, the primary reason to install a new door is to boost their curb appeal. A door may not seem like much, but it can help modernize the look of your home or help it to match your design style. A new door may blend in with the exterior, but you also have the option to create a statement look that draws attention to your home.
- Safety 🦺 – When it comes to safety, your front door is your first defense against break-ins and home invasions. A new door can provide extra strength to help protect you against attempts at crime.
- Energy Efficiency 💡 – Did you know that your doors could be causing your energy bills to skyrocket? Older doors may no longer have the insulation necessary to keep your HVAC system working efficiently. Switching to a new door will ensure that your home stays warm in the winter and cool in the summer!
How Much Does a New Door Cost?
One of the first questions homeowners ask when it comes to installing a new front door is “How much will it cost?”
The answer will really depend on which door styles you choose for your home. Customizations such as hardware and glass panels can also make the cost go up.
Overall, though, installing a new exterior door is a relatively inexpensive home improvement project, with costs ranging from $400-$1500.
Can I Install a New Door?
If you’re looking to cut costs, you may be considering installing your exterior door by yourself. Door installation is a relatively DIY-friendly project for the motivated homeowner. That being said, we’ve already highlighted how important a front door is when it comes to keeping your home safe and efficient.
If you are feeling less than confident in your skills, don’t leave things to chance! A home contractor can help you install a door that will keep you protected for years to come.
8 Types of Front Doors for Your Home
Ready to start exploring the various exterior door styles available to you? Here are some of our favorite choices.
1) Fiberglass Doors
If you’re looking for a door that can withstand tough weather and last you for years, fiberglass doors may be just what you are looking for. Fiberglass entry doors have grown in popularity over the years due to their durability. A more modern front door style, they aren’t susceptible to things like warping and rot like their wood counterparts.
These days, you can purchase fiberglass doors in a variety of colors and finishes so that you can get a door that fits your unique style.
2) Wood Doors
When you want a traditional front door style, you can’t go wrong with a classic wood door. A wood front door has been the go-to choice for homeowners for centuries. Wood entry doors are some of the most beautiful doors on the market. However, all that beauty comes with a cost.
High-quality wooden doors cost significantly more than other styles and are likely to need replacements sooner than more durable styles. Wood is particularly susceptible to damage from the weather and can be less energy efficient.
3) Steel Doors
Want to give your house the most protection possible from break-ins? A steel door is just what you need!
Steel entry doors outperform even fiberglass when it comes to being energy efficient and durable. Like fiberglass, you also have the option of wood grain finishes if you would like to create a more natural look.
4) Decorative Glass Panels
Decorative glass panels are a wonderful way to add character to the exterior of your home while also allowing there to be more natural light in the interior. We love using doors with glass panels to create a historic look to homes, whether you are looking to create something that looks classic and Victorian or want something hip and midcentury modern.
5) Storm Doors
Many homeowners forget to think about their storm doors when thinking about their home’s exterior. However, we can’t recommend them enough. Not only do they add an extra layer of protection to your home, but they can also promote air flow during the warmer months of the year.
6) Statement Doors
Want to add an extra “pop” to your home? Consider buying a door in a bold color! We love the look of a bright red, blue, or yellow door to add a wow factor to any home.
7) French Patio Doors
You may not think about French patio doors when it comes to the front of your home, but this unique style really adds grandeur. The classic, double-door look is a great way to elevate your home on a budget.
8) Sliding Patio Doors
Do you use a back or side door as your main entry door? Consider a sliding patio door! Not only does this style allow for lots of natural light, but it lets you enjoy fresh air on a warm summer’s day.
Get Help With Your Door Installation
Ready to switch things up? Our team at Jackson’s Home Improvement is ready to help you get the exterior doors of your dreams! Contact us today for a free estimate!