How can you tell if you need a new front door? Going too long with old exterior doors can result in drafts, which increases your energy costs. Not only that, but an old front door may negatively affect your curb appeal. Your front door is the face of your home and contributes to the first impression guests have before stepping into your home. New exterior doors can go a long way towards creating a comfortable and impressive home.
Spending money on a new exterior door now is a great way to save money on energy costs in the future. Not only does a new exterior door keep out cold drafts, it also keeps out unwanted summer heat as well. A good exterior door stands strong against rain, hail, snow, and extreme heat, protecting your home from the elements.
As old exterior doors begin to wear down they become a tempting target for thieves. A thief who is targeting your home will look specifically for weak side doors or old back doors where they think a break-in won’t be immediately noticeable. Whether you choose wood, fiberglass, or steel, your new door will be stronger and more resistant to outside force. You can rest assured that your family will be safe within your home with new, strong exterior doors.
A new front door can add to your curb appeal, which also increases your home’s return on investment (ROI). Should you decide to put your home on the market, you’ll be glad that you invested in a beautiful front door and secure side and back doors. Potential home buyers will look to your home’s doors when considering the curb appeal of the home and the safety of their family.
Types of Exterior Doors
At Fisher Lumber, we carry three main brands of entry doors: Therma-Tru, Simpson, and Masonite. Each of these brands has their own unique strengths. Generally, there are three main types of materials that are used to create entry doors: wood, fiberglass, and steel. Wood is harder to maintain since it is a natural material and requires weatherproofing and is sensitive to sun and moisture. However, a wood door returns the favor in natural beauty and elegance. Fiberglass is a hugely popular choice, since it’s both affordable and durable. A foam core provides insulation while the fiberglass exterior requires no maintenance. Finally, steel is the most inexpensive choice. Steel may dent, but small dents can be fixed with a car-repair kit. However, steel doors tend to convey temperatures, so they may not be a great choice during extreme cold.
Fisher Lumber and Hardware
Since 1894, Fisher Lumber and Hardware has been serving homeowners and professional contractors in the Maryland, Washington D.C., and Northern Virginia areas with top quality lumber, building materials, tools, and accessories. Operating under the same ownership since 1947, our business has been built on our reputation with our customers. Get in touch with us today by calling 301-424-6500 or by visiting our website. Stay in touch via Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Google+ too!