I recently got a chance to talk with Caroline Renfro at WSOC-TV about front entry doors. In this short video I call your front door the ‘crown jewels’ of your home.
Your front door is the first thing people see when they come to your house. When you have an attractive door, you enhance your home and you feel good about yourself, because it is a reflection of you and your personal style.
Of course Caroline asked one of the more common questions I hear, “Gerry, when is a good time to replace my front door?” I say—When you’re tired of it! If the eyes are the windows of the soul, then in a very real sense your front entry can be considered the “eyes” of your home. If it doesn’t reflect who you are and how you feel, replace it.
Besides beauty, there are other factors to consider. For example, if your door is drafty, that’s not a good sign. You’re not only losing energy, but money too. Then there’s the security issue. If your door doesn’t feel as safe as you would like, then definitely consider installing a new door. Looks, energy efficiency and security—these are all good reasons to replace your old front door.
We talked about another question I get asked a lot, “Which is better, steel or wood?” And that’s really a personal choice, because either door material is equally strong. Plus the great “wood look alike” is a fiberglass door, which is equally as strong. If you are concerned about a possible break-in, the reality is that burglars are not going to break through your door panel; they’re going to break in through your locks and jams, so that’s where you need to focus when it comes to security, with good quality locking mechanisms.
And then there’s the cost question. “What’s it going to cost me?” Well, the cost of a front door can run the gamut, so my advice would be to first design the door that you want and then visualize it on your home. Using a computer, that is! Yes, thanks to technology, we can take a picture of your home and using our computer, we can “build” a door on your home, and then we can estimate the cost for you of the door you love.