Replacing Your Front Door: A Consumer Reports Guide

Your front door is the first thing that guests see when they arrive at your home. It can make a statement, whether bold or refined, about you and your household. A new front door can also add to the curb appeal of your house. If your current door is dated or shabby and you are looking for a replacement, this Consumer Reports article, Entry door buying guide, may offer some information you can use.

The article goes over the basics you will need to know to make an informed selection when you are shopping for your new door. It provides several useful tips. Among them:

  • Steel and fiberglass doors tend to do a better job of insulation than wood doors.
  • Be sure to look for a door that is Energy-Star qualified as they will prevent heat loss in the winter.
  • If you are choosing to install a larger door or adding sidelights, this will require you to redo the door framing, which is a job best left to a contractor. Also, unless you are a skilled carpenter, it is best to leave any new door installation to a professional.
  • Fiberglass doors resist wear and tear well, can be painted, and require little in the way of maintenance. However, they can crack under severe impact.
  • While steel doors may insulate well and cost much less than those made of wood or fiberglass, they do not hold up well to wear and tear.
  • Wood doors can offer a high-end look and they resist wear and tear well, but they do require maintenance in the form of regular painting or varnishing in order to look their best.

You can learn much more about choosing the right front door by reading the full article here.

If you are a Chicagoland homeowner looking for a reliable local contractor to handle your new door installation, you can contact Baltic Home Improvements for a free estimate. We provide services to a large portion of the southwestern Chicago suburbs. We can also handle your other  and improvements including  window, siding and new roof installations if you need any of these jobs done in the future. Contact BHI today to learn more and schedule an appointment with a professional on our team.