When considering home improvements, few people consider replacing their front door. However, upgrading this feature of your home could have many benefits. Here are four reasons to upgrade your front door.
When considering home improvements, few people consider replacing their front door. Here are four reasons to upgrade your front door.
Add curb appeal
Bold colors are a popular way to make your door stand out. This site Vibrant Doors discusses some of the best colors for front doors and when to use them. Changing the color of your door may not require buying a new one – you may be able to simply repaint your existing door.
Alternatively, you may want to change the design. Front doors come in all styles from traditional rustic wooden doors to glass panel doors to modern steel doors. Find a door that brings out the character of your home.
Not only could a new front door make your home look more attractive – it could actually add value to your home. In some cases, a new front door can add as much as $24,000 to your home’s value. Considering that the most luxury front doors are generally no more than $2000, that’s a huge possible return on investment. Of course, you should make sure that rest of the front of your home is visually appealing too.
A new front door could also drastically improve the security of your home. Burglars tend to target homes with old and visibly worn front doors as they tend to be easier to break into. By upgrading to a new door, you could deter these thieves.
Improving your door’s security could be a simple case of changing the lock. Adding a multi lock deadbolt could help to make your front door more secure. You could even consider fitting a smart lock.
You should also consider the material of the door itself. This may be a good reason to replace the entire door – modern reinforced doors are made of thick hard wood and steel that are harder to break into.
Glass doors can be some of the least secure. Not only is glass easy to break into but it allows visibility into your home so that burglars can see if you’ve not collected mail for a while and are likely away from home. Frosted glass can allow light in whilst stopping burglars seeing in. You can also opt for small panels of reinforced glass that are harder to break into.
Modern doors also offer more insulation than older doors. An un-insulated door can be a major source of heat loss – by upgrading your door you could reduce the need to heat your home as often and hence reduce your energy bills.
If you don’t want to replace your entire door, you could always look into buying a draft excluder or getting insulated strips fitted between the door and the frame – this could be a small way to reduce heat loss and keep your home warmer.