Have you been looking for a way to make your home more appealing, energy-efficient and secure? Do you wish you could simultaneously improve your lifestyle at home by adding more comfort? It may sound like a tough wish to grant… but the answer is much more straightforward than you think: Front door replacement.
At Your Window Solutions, we know replacing your home’s front door can provide numerous benefits for you and your abode. After all, we’ve been providing our customers with brand-new, high-quality front doors for a long time. More importantly, we’ve been replacing and installing doors with an integrity not often found in the construction industry.
Below, we share six ways front door replacement can elevate your life and home. But, if you’re chomping at the bit, you can learn more about our front doors using the button below.
When Should I Replace My Front Door?
Not every door needs to be replaced, despite the insistence of less honest exterior home renovation companies. Some front doors (maybe even yours) may still be sturdy, attractive and well-fitting in their doorways. But if you can’t remember the last time your front door was replaced, it could also be time to get the project done. After all, everything has a usable lifespan, right?
So, without knowing your front door’s age, how can you tell it’s time for replacement? If you notice these signs, it’s a wise idea to begin planning your replacement project:
- Rising energy costs without an apparent reason
- There are dents, cracks, holes or warping
- An older wooden door has begun to rot
- Increasing difficulty opening or shutting your front door
- There are signs of insect or weather damage
- It doesn’t lock anymore (or you have great difficulty doing it)
- There’s rust or structural peeling on metal doors
- Drafts make the area around your entrance cold in winter (or hard to cool in summer)
If you’ve noticed these signs, the good news is that front door replacement doesn’t just solve these issues. You can also expect numerous benefits from the undertaking, six of which we discuss below.
1. Lowered Heating and Cooling Costs
A high-quality front door replacement can help lower your heating and cooling costs. Why? It provides better insulation and reduces the amount of energy loss in that area of your home.
This benefit may not seem extraordinary for some – it may be a few dollars less on your bill each month. But if you’re replacing an old, drafty door, you may notice significant positive changes to your energy costs each month!
If lowered heating and cooling costs are your primary reason for front door replacement, consider replacing your windows, too. Old windows can let in as many drafts as an old door – and there are more of them to do so! Thankfully, we also provide high-quality custom windows if you choose this route, so hiring a second company is unnecessary.
2. Increased Comfort
Those lowered heating and cooling costs directly translate to increased comfort inside your home. After all, it’ll be easier to maintain the temperature you find most comfortable in every season. The house will stay warmer during the bitter Illinois winters and cooler when the temperatures soar during the summer.
When you pair better temperature regulation with the other benefits on this list, you get a significantly more comfortable home for you, your family and your pets. For example, noise reduction and the peace of mind that comes with enhanced home security are significant contributors!
3. Enhanced Home Security
Your front door is your home’s first line of defense. If a door is easy to break down, you’ll have difficulty keeping intruders out. Older doors begin to lose a lot of their structural integrity, making them easier to break as the years go on. With front door replacement, you receive the peace of mind that comes with knowing your front door protects your home and family as much as possible!
Of course, keeping out would-be intruders isn’t the only way your front door can protect your home. It can also help protect against severe weather events. For example, if high winds come through, your front door is less likely to break or become damaged. High-quality doors may also stand up better against hail or flying debris.
4. Boosted Home Value
The average value of Illinois homes is about $247,948, although many homes within the state can be worth significantly more or less. Who doesn’t want their home to be in the “worth more than the average” category? After all, your home’s value doesn’t only help when trying to sell. Increased home values across your neighborhood can lead to more school funding and better community resources!
Entry door replacement is an excellent way to raise your home value. According to the 2023 Cost Vs. Value Report, a new front door can increase your home value by more than $2,000!
5. Noise Reduction
If you’re bothered by excessive street noise coming into your home, your entry door may be to blame. Over time, your door will start to wear down and become thinner. Plus, it won’t fit as snuggly in its doorway, leaving cracks for external noise to come through.
Front door replacement can help keep the inside of your home peaceful and quiet. Not only will it provide better insulation against noise, but professional installation ensures a strong seal. With no cracks to leak through, outside noises will be muffled, and you’ll no longer have to deal with disruptions.
If noise reduction is your primary goal with your front door replacement, you may also want to consider replacing your siding. If your siding is old, cracked, warping, riddled with holes or otherwise in disrepair, it can also let too much noise in. At Your Window Solutions, we also offer premium siding installation services, so we can handle this project for you if you decide to move forward!
6. Pride of Ownership
We know our customers throughout Chicagoland take pride in their homeownership, and we fully believe that front door replacement can enhance that feeling! Your front door is the first thing anyone visiting your home sees. It’s the last thing they see before they leave. You can feel proud knowing you’ve made a great impression with a high-quality, custom door in a style and color you love.
Potential Additional Benefits
The seven benefits above can be had with any type of front door replacement, from modern options to French doors and beyond. However, some door types include features that provide additional benefits to you or your home.
Some people love doors with glass panels in them. Others? Not so much. But that’s fine because doors come in all shapes, sizes and designs for a reason. If you value privacy over natural light, you can receive significantly more by replacing your glass-paneled door with a solid one.
On the other side of the spectrum, many people value natural light over absolute privacy. Front door replacement can solve this, too! Simply replace a solid door with one that has glass panels to let more natural light into your entryway.
Every part of your home requires some degree of maintenance. But an old door will require significantly more care than a new one. You can save yourself considerable time and effort with replacement.
Make a Design Statement
If you want to make a bold (or understated) design statement, front door replacement can help you accomplish just that. At Your Window Solutions, we have countless options for you to choose from. Pick from different styles, materials and colors to create an entry door that expresses your unique aesthetic.
Choosing the Right Front Door Replacement Companies
Before you start your front door replacement project, we want to stress the importance of choosing the right company for the job. We believe we’re the right company for the job (and our customers would agree!), but we understand some people reading this might be outside our service area.
If that’s the case, how do you choose the right company for the job?
First things first, you shouldn’t choose an exterior construction company based solely on their costs. If someone has the cheapest front door replacement cost, there’s likely a reason for it. But you don’t want to suffer at the hands of price gouging either! The best option is to choose a company that’s reasonably priced for the quality of products they offer.
Other great tips for choosing the right front door replacement company include:
- Check online reviews to see what previous customers think
- Make sure they only use high-quality products
- Speak with a representative to assess their customer service
- Ask friends and family for references
- Check out a company’s website to view their portfolio of previous work
- Pay attention to their experience, licenses and certificates
- Ensure they carry liability insurance (at a minimum)
- See if you can get a written quote (if not, this is a big red flag!)
- Carefully read a contract before signing
It’s good to do your research and be wary when making your selection. After all, choosing the wrong company could damage your home, cause unreasonably long working times, poor customer service and low-quality doors. So, take your time and carefully consider your options before moving forward.
Ready to Reap the Benefits of Front Door Replacement?
Front door replacement comes with numerous benefits for both you and your home. If you’re ready to take the leap and get your replacement project off the ground, the team at Your Window Solutions is ready to help! Click the button below to schedule your consultation and learn how we can help you choose and install the perfect front door for your home.