Though there are plenty of ways to upgrade the exterior of your home, from landscaping to a fresh coat of paint, there is one quick and simple way that makes a big impression every time – installing a new exterior door.
This fairly low cost option not only gives your home additional curb appeal, but it also has several other benefits. Up-to-date materials and construction give newer doors additional overall durability and greater insulating properties, which can create an entrance that is not only attractive, but functional as well.
Here are the five ways a new entry door improves your Tampa home:
1. Curb Appeal
You can give your home an entirely new aesthetic by choosing a replacement entry door. You’ll want to choose a door that harmonizes with the architecture of your home and a color that displays your style choices. Doors in bright hues, such as red, orange or yellow, add visual energy to the entrance. Soft door shades of blue, green or purple give the exterior a subtle, crisp look.
You can also incorporate glass to your door to give your home extra style and give your entrance way extra natural light. FAS offers a wide variety of glass options including 15 collections of decorative glass, obscure and clear glass with a variety of internal and external grid options to accent your home's style.
2. Insulation and Energy Efficiency
New doors often have better insulation properties compared to outdated doors, which allows them to keep the heat out during summer and in during the winter. Most steel and fiberglass doors are filled with polyurethane foam insulation and include built-in weather stripping on the bottom to create a barrier to weather elements, such as extreme wind, rain or debris.
A typical 1-inch-thick, windowless steel or fiberglass door usually has insulating properties that are five times greater than the same-size solid wood door. And between now and December 31, 2016, ENERGY STAR is offering a tax credit of up to $500 when you purchase a qualifying door, which can make a more energy-efficient door an attractive option in the short and long term.
Steel and fiberglass doors have more durability over older wood models. They have reinforced cores that resist warping as well as exterior construction and materials that prevent forms of weathering such as chipping, peeling and bubbling. Depending on the quality of the materials, fiberglass and steel doors often last a lifetime.
In addition to the other benefits discussed so far, new exterior door technologies have made entry doors more secure than older doors. Quality fiberglass and steel styles are exceptionally strong, most because they are either molded from one piece on each side of the door or fused together by new techniques such as industrial lasers or updated adhesives.
Paired that with up-to-date bolt-locking systems and wide-angle peepholes, upgrading your door can mean upgrading your home security.
5. Noise Control
Neighbors or nearby traffic can be noisy. The insulating properties that make new entry doors so good at preventing your air conditioning from escaping also stop noise from coming in. This way, you get to relax in peace and quiet simply by closing your front door.
To get the full extent of these improvements to your home, experienced contractors should install your replacement door for your Tampa or Orlando home. At FAS Windows & Doors, we look forwarding to helping you make a more comfortable, beautiful home! Call us today at (877) 289-0825 to get your project started.