An entry door is literally the introduction to your house, a statement of style, invitation and security. It is a first impression of beauty, thoughtfulness, and value to friends, family, new visitors and even prospective buyers. It should reflect your personal style to outsiders and give you a sense of security. If your entry door is not functioning properly; sticking, not latching properly, damaged or aged beyond repair by weather, it is time to replace it. While replacing your front door is the most cost-effective project to invest in to recoup the most dollars when it comes time to sell, there are many other benefits to an entry door replacement.
An exterior door must not only be beautiful, but you also want the best entry doors to provide maximum-security home doors can offer to protect your loved ones. When it comes to security, fiberglass, wood, or steel replacement entry doors are acceptable. Regardless of which door you choose, you want to make sure it fits tightly into the frame with no more than 1/8" clearance between the door and the frame and is fitted with secure, high quality door locks. Not only will these features give you security, they'll also help prevent drafts and reduce heating costs.
Real estate brokers often say that one of the most important features of a house is its curb appeal. Homeowners with even the most ordinary-looking houses can get a healthy infusion of curb appeal by replacing a boring entryway with a new low-maintenance, energy-efficient front door. According to a national study commissioned by Therma-Tru, a home with an enhanced Therma-Tru entryway added to its perceived value by as much as five times the cost of the door itself. Choosing a Therma-Tru door means you are adding style and curb appeal to your home. At a time when homeowners are looking to get the most out of every dollar they spend on their home, installing an attractive new front entryway is a cost-effective investment that can have a big impact.
Energy Star rated doors must insulate well and provide a complete seal. Fiberglass doors insulate up to five times better than wood doors. The R-value of a material measures its insulating properties. Fiberglass doors from Therma Tru are installed with a polyurethane foam core(R-5.5 to R-6.5 per inch) which insulates much better than hardwood (R-0.71 per inch). Another advantage of fiberglass is that it does not conduct heat, which minimizes the exchange of heat between the two sides of the door, and in the winter, your door will be warm to the touch. According to EnergyStar.gov, replacing drafty doors with energy-efficient doors that meet Energy Star requirements lowers energy bills by 7-15%. Each of our doors is sturdily constructed of durable fiberglass or steel around an insulated core, and then finished with triple-seal weather-stripping to maximize energy savings.
New doors can add both safety and value to your home, and reduce your energy costs. We recommend Therma Tru Entry Doors for many reasons: they are durable, energy efficient and offer some of the best safety features. The Therma Tru website has features that enable you to design your door, and our portfolio includes examples of replacement entry doors we have installed. Please contact us if you have questions about your options for entry doors, or if you would like to visit our showroom in Meriden to see more of our samples and work with our designers to configure a door that suits your needs and your taste.