Tips for Purchasing New Doors
When it’s time to replace your exterior doors, you need more than something that just looks nice. You also need to be concerned with security, energy efficiency and maintenance. Not all doors are created equal. Here’s what you need to know:
: You need to make sure you select a door constructed out of material that can withstand our hot dry climate and keep your home secure.
- Steel Doors-If you’re looking for an economical way to secure the entry to your home, you may want to look into steel doors. Although they are the strongest doors, they aren’t actually the most durable however. They are susceptible to dents and dings and will need replacing much sooner than their fiberglass and wood counterparts.
- Fiberglass Doors-For homeowners looking for a stylish door with little to no maintenance, fiberglass doors are the perfect choice. They are available in just about any color and can be made to mimic the look of real wood. Hot dry climates do not damage them and it can be several years before they require paint or stain touch ups and 15 to 20 years before they need to be replaced.
- Wood Doors-When only the best will do, a wood door provides the perfect accent to high-end luxury homes. This timeless beauty is not without its flaws though. Wood doors need to be regular maintained every year to prevent peeling, splitting and cracking.
If money is no object, than by all means pick whatever door you want! For the rest of us who have a strict remodeling budget, cost is an important factor. For most situations, a moderately priced fiberglass door is usually your best bet but you can save the most money by purchasing a steel one.
If you have your heart set on having windows in your door, you’ll need to factor energy efficiency into your decision to prevent a spike in your utility costs. Low e coatings and gas-filled windows can help regulate heat transfer and keep your home comfortable. If you’re in doubt, just look for a door with the Energy Star label.
We know this is a lot of information to process, but fortunately you don’t have to be an expert because we already are. At BRL, we are continually learning about new materials and technologies in the door industry and we carry and install doors from some of the best manufacturers in the industry. Call to schedule a consultation today!