I was queried the other day what I would advise for a replacement of a front entry door. This is somewhat of a subjective question but being the professional contractor serving houses in Colgate, I gave my thoughts. Now stating that, I am not sure there is a right or wrong. With the large variety of materials available entrance door options have come a long way. The doors most commonly replaced are the original wood doors. They often have split , rotted or just plain doesn't look good. A small warp in the door combined with old weather-stripping can allow for a large air leak. You can put rags all along the door bottom or on the sides but the cold air will still come in.
Replacing this door with a new Full Replacement door is the answer. With a full replacement you start the whole process with a new door in a new frame with new weather-stripping, and an adjustable threshold. For this particular Colgate homeowner I suggested a new prehung fiberglass front entry door with a half round glass at the top.
Fiberglass was my choice because of the westerly exposure. Having no overhang on that wall means the sun will be beating on that door half the day. I felt that a wood would look nice but the sun will do harm to a wooden substrate faster than anything else. A new steel door could have also been my selection by this particular homeowner wanted a realistic looking wood-grain textured appearance. I think fiberglass looks the best.
These new replacement entrance doors in Colgate all can come from the door company prefinished and ready to install. A variety of colors and stains are available for both the interior and the exterior applications. Replacing the door as a full tear-out will give you new interior casing, new low expansion insulating foam, and an easy operating draft free door. If the interior and exterior color schemes are not enough, you will also have to decide on glass or no glass. If you need to have glass for lighting and curb appeal, be prepared because the glass selections are never-ending. Several styles and numerous specialty glass packages are available. Choose from brass, satin nickel, or patina caming, beveled glass, or even colored glass.
Your new entrance door could possibly be made into the focal point of your Colgate house. Beautiful specialty glass packages stained or painted accenting exterior colors and a beautiful new lockset and deadbolt will help to showcase the front of your home. Add a contrasting colored storm door and watch the opening pop.
Install the new front entry door correctly and the results will be noticeable right away. No drafts or water coming in under the door will make you say "why didn't we do this sooner". Plumb, square, and flat are the important factors for installing doors and windows. Fiberglass, wood, steel are the choices you have. Take into account sun exposure, roof or overhang protection, sunlight needs inside of the dwelling when choosing a door. Stained wood doors are beautiful but require up keep, steel doors are tuff but not the most realistic looking, and fiberglass doors look great and are durable. I can tell you we sell more fiberglass than anything else. The realistic woodgrain and the durability are a popular combination when selecting doors.
If you're a homeowner in Colgate and are considering replacement your home's front entry door, contact us for a quote.