The door to your home often creates one the first impressions that a guest or visitor will have of your house when they step up onto the front porch. A quality door is a beautiful thing that offers aesthetics and functionality not often found in ordinary builder’s grade doors. So, it’s strange to think that we often take our entry doors for granted.
If you stop to look at the houses along the typical American street, you’ll notice that many entry doors are builders’ grade in quality. These are rarely replaced and upgraded by the home owners as the years roll on. After a while, the doors begin to show their age. They wear down along with the weather stripping along the edges. As a result, the whole house becomes drafty and the energy bills in the winter and summer months begin to skyrocket. This is when most homeowners should seriously consider replacing their entry door (and maybe adding a storm door as well).
Did you know? According to the Department of Energy, a drafty door can cost the average homeowner hundreds of dollars a year. Door drafts waste anywhere from 10% to 30% of your total heating and cooling energy usage. When you consider that the average replacement door is capable of saving you a few hundred bucks each year on your utility bills, it makes sense to have your drafty old door replaced by one that’s attractive and weather-tight.
Installing a new entry door isn’t a major home renovation. In order to do the job professionally, it’s a process that requires only 5 important steps: measuring the old door, removing the old door, preparing the sill for the new door, setting the new door in the opening, and caulking, insulating, and trimming out the new door to finish. It’s one of those rare home improvement jobs that can be completed in a single day. And, of course, if you’re thinking about adding an additional level of weather and draft protection (not to mention the home security benefit), you may also want to consider adding a storm door to the front or rear entrance.
A storm door is a great finishing touch to an entryway remodel. These days, storm doors are built rugged, with high-quality thresholds, jambs, and hinges. Much like with replacement entry doors, storm doors can be professionally installed in a single day.
With a new entry door and storm door in place, you’ll fear no change in the weather – and the money you save on your heating and cooling bills can be put toward some other home renovation project (maybe a new garage door would be nice!). Additionally, a new entry door and storm door combination will add value to your home and improve your curb appeal – a benefit to you and the neighborhood as a whole.
Continental Siding in Kansas City is a leader in fiberglass, wood, or steel replacement entry door sales and installation. We feature a number of industry-leading brands such as ODL, Weather Shield, and Heartland. We also have a wide selection of air-tight storm doors with solid locking systems. We’re proud to offer our clients across Kansas and Missouri a wide selection of home improvement products and services that aim to help them keep their homes looking great and performing well. So, the next time you start thinking about simple ways to update your home and add a little value at the same time, keep us in mind. We’re here to help!