With summer’s heat beating down across central Massachusetts and New England, it may be tough to think about winter. But when it comes to your home’s front door, there is no time like the present. If your door is aging, in need of repairs, if your energy bills are steadily increasing, or if you’re looking at a home renovation soon, it is wise to replace your entry door before winter hits.
Let’s take a look at the many ways in which replacing your front door will help with comfort, safety, and security.
You can lose up to 40% of your home’s heat through drafty windows and doors. This can translate to a 25% increase in your energy bills. If you’ve resorted to stuffing towels under your front door to keep the cold out in winter, it’s high time you got a new door! When considering a new entry door, compare the energy performance ratings of each one, as well as foam insulation cores, weather stripping, R-values, and glass featuring low-emissivity coatings. Thermal properties of your new door will dictate just how much you can save on energy bills. With a well-installed entry door, you’ll notice the effects immediately come winter. Now you can walk by your front door from the inside and not get a chill!
Safety and Security
You may have a pretty good lock system on your front door. You may even have a deadbolt. But if you have a flimsy or cheap entry door with equally cheap frames, that door is no match for an eager burglar looking to bust in. When considering a new entry door with the utmost security features, go for one with a solid core which will reduce the chances someone can kick it in. Consider steel, metal, fiberglass, solid wood or solid wood core.
Reinforce that door with a quality deadbolt lock and solid metal strike plate. Place cylinder guards around the locks so no one can pry or wrench their way in. Pair your new door with a wide-angle peephole and plenty of outdoor lighting. While you are at it, replace your back door too, as these are even bigger targets for thieves. If you have sliding patio doors, use key locks at the top and bottom, and place a metal rod into the door’s track. This will keep strangers from getting in, as well as small children from wandering out when they’re not supposed to.
Need a new entry door? Call Rescom Exteriors at 508-832-5202. We carry a full line of rugged, beautiful entry doors with enhanced security consisting of special lock reinforcements, 18-gauge steel frames and locking-pin hinges. Plus, our entry doors insulate five times better than solid wood doors!