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Replacing your Front Entry Door on your Willow Springs House

Pros and Cons of Wood, Metal or Fiberglass Replacement Door

I was queried the other day what I would suggest for a replacement of a entrance door. This is somewhat of a loaded question but being the professional contractor serving homeowners in Willow Springs, I gave my opinion. Now stating that, I am not sure there is a right or wrong. With the wide 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 looks bad. A small warp in the door combined with old weather-stripping can allow for a large air leak. You can stuff towels 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 best way to handle the situation. 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 Willow Springs client 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 appealing but the sun will do its damage to a wood substrate faster than anything else. A new steel door could have also been my choice by this particular homeowner wanted a realistic looking wood-grain textured look. I think fiberglass looks the best.

 

These new replacement front entry doors in Willow Springs all can come from the door company prefinished and ready to install. Lots 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 endless. A variety of 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 Willow Springs home. 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 dwelling. Add a contrasting colored storm door and watch the opening pop.

 

Install the new entrance door correctly and the results will be noticeable right away. No air leaks or water coming in under the door will make you say "why didn't we do this sooner". Plumb, square, and flat are the key words for installing doors and windows. Fiberglass, wood, steel are the options out there. Take into account sun exposure, roof or overhang protection, sunlight needs inside of the home when choosing a door. Stained wood doors are beautiful but require up keep, steel doors are strong 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 Willow Springs and are considering replacement your home's entrance door, contact us for a quote.

Replacing an Old, Drafty Entrance Door on your Home near Willow Springs, WI