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5 Reasons Why Replacing Your Old Entry Door Makes Perfect Sense


Posted on Monday, May 10, 2021
Categories: Windows & Doors

As our friends at Therma-Tru® door say, “Home begins at the door”. And the folks at Therma-Tru are a good source of reference, having been named the “Brand Used Most” in the entry doors category, marking more than 20 consecutive years receiving this distinction. In the 2021 Builder Brand Use Study conducted by Zonda (formerly known as Hanley Wood), Therma-Tru ranked first in “Brand Used Most” and “Brand Used Most in the Past Two Years,” tied for first in “Highest Quality,” and ranked second for “Brand Familiarity.”

Installing a new entry door is one of the quickest ways to make a big impression and increase curb appeal to your home. But that’s only the beginning. There are other great reasons why you should cash in on the minimal investment!

Increase Perceived Home Value

A recent independent online survey of 2,400 homeowners who responded to photos of either enhanced or unenhanced homes, showed that a new Therma-Tru entry door can increase the perceived value of the home an average of 4.2 percent, or $18,750. The perception of higher value is far greater than the cost to install a new entry door. Knowing that 90% of homebuyers look at photos on the internet of homes they’re interested in purchasing, there is a renewed emphasis on redesigning home exteriors, which may include mixing building materials, adding front porches and using creative molding around doors and windows.

Increase Your Home’s Security

Technological advances in building materials have made exterior doors more secure than their predecessors. Quality fiberglass and steel-skinned doors are beautifully crafted, energy efficient, easy to maintain, and secure including locking capabilities that surpass those of older wood doors. New door construction is layered to resist forced entry. Constructed in sections bonded together, the modern-day door is molded from one-piece skin on each side of the door which creates a stronger door overall. Even doors and sidelites that contain glass can be more secure than ever before and nearly impossible to break through when using laminated safety glass. Combined with integrated multi-point locking systems, upgrading your door is a great step in upgrading your home’s security.

Energy Efficiency

New doors have better insulation properties, allowing them to hold heat in during winter and keep it out during summer.  Most steel and fiberglass doors are filled with a polyurethane foam insulation, contain an integrated and durable bottom rubber sweep, and use quality compression weather stripping on the frame to seal out the elements.  More than 80% of Therma-Tru door and glass options are ENERGY STAR qualified and National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) certified.  ENERGY STAR is a government program that helps consumers save money on energy costs and protect the environment through superior energy efficiency.

Beautify Your Home

The front door has evolved to be more than just a focal point at the entry of a home. In fact, it is considered an important element in giving the home a distinct look that reflects the homeowner’s personality and style. A larger variety of door styles are available than ever before. Popular styles fit every architectural styling, incorporating panel patterns, sidelites, transoms, applied mouldings, and much more. Decorative insulated glass options allow more natural light into the home while adding beauty and privacy. Additionally, these doors are available factory pre-finished in the most popular current color trends.

Durability and Reduced Maintenance

Modern steel and fiberglass doors with reinforced engineered cores that resist warping are far more durable than wood models. The exterior construction and materials are not susceptible to chipping, peeling and bubbling like wood doors. Although many quality wood doors will last a lifetime as well, the primary difference lies in the required maintenance. Wood doors require more routine painting or sealing. Fiberglass and steel doors are non-porous, resistant to expansion and contraction, and therefore hold their finish and beauty longer.


Tagged:doors, curb appeal, energy efficiency

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My wife and I just moved into a new home and want to replace the front door in the living room but aren't sure yet. I like that you mention how newer doors are more energy efficient because they can seal out the elements. Having the added insulation sounds like a great way to cut back on the power bill actually. Thanks for the tip!
Posted by Derek Dewitt on Tuesday, August 8, 2017, 9:02 AM

Thanks for going over some of the benefits of getting a new entry door. I didn't know that a lot of newer doors can actually be more energy efficient because they have better insulation properties. I'm interested to learn more how these doors are developed and designed so that they can achieve this.
Posted by Taylor Bishop on Monday, November 6, 2017, 8:36 AM

Upgrading the house with the new designs of entry doors is a great idea to add value to the house. As it is mentioned above, about the energy efficient windows and doors, we have also planned to have an energy efficient house. This will help in saving money and beautify the house.
Posted by Dolores Beck on Tuesday, November 7, 2017, 7:23 AM

I hadn't thought about how you can use a door to convey your own personal style. I have been thinking about replacing my door with something more interesting. I might end up choosing glass to make the house look more modern.
Posted by scott on Thursday, December 28, 2017, 7:47 PM

My husband and I are renovating our home, but we aren't sure if we should install a new entry door. Your article had some great points why replacing your entry door is a good idea, and I really liked how you said that newer doors have better installation properties, and will keep the hot air in during the summer and out during the winter. Thanks for the helpful post; we'll keep this in mind when deciding if we want to replace our door or not.
Posted by Jocelyn McDonald on Thursday, June 21, 2018, 9:19 AM

That is really interesting that by mixing things up and adding new elements to your home can increase the value of it! I didn't know that something like a new front door could have such a curb appeal! Do you have any more information on how to pick out a new door?
Posted by Bram on Thursday, October 11, 2018, 6:13 PM

I like that you said modern-day doors have glass that are nearly impossible to break through and have integrated multi-point locking systems. My family and I want to install a door that can provide us security. We'll decide which to buy and contact a professional to get it installed.
Posted by Jack Palmer on Monday, June 17, 2019, 12:31 PM

I liked how you stated that getting a new door over your old one can help your home be better looking, safer, and the door itself will last longer depending on the material. Being able to do an increase of property interest or safety by just changing one door makes sense to do. Having safe home is something everyone desires, having a door that lasts long and doesn't lose heat in the winter is something everyone wants to have for sure, and then having your front entryway look astonishing is something everyone homeowner wants to show off to the world. All around a win-win, I'll have to consider changing our old front door to get all these benefits to our home.
Posted by Oliver Ray on Friday, July 12, 2019, 12:18 PM

My front door is already old and rusty. That's why I'm currently looking for a service that can replace it with a glass door. It's great to know that new doors have better insulation properties. 
Posted by rachel frampton on Monday, January 13, 2020, 3:23 PM
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