When you’re building or renovating a home, projects can add up quickly. It’s important to know that each investment will be worth your time and money for years to come. Replacing your door can improve your home’s curb appeal, value, security, and energy efficiency. Inspect your entryway for common signs of damage today, and keep reading to find out how to measure for a replacement and what to look out for when choosing your new door.
When planning a renovation or building a new home, it’s helpful to consider the return on investment (ROI). The ROI refers to the home value that is added compared to the cost of each improvement. Completing projects with a high ROI will help you get back as much investment as possible when you sell. According to Remodeling Magazine, investing in a new entry door has an average ROI of 74.9%. Each year, the Magazine reports the ROI of common remodeling projects. Front doors have topped the list for many years.
As an important focal point for visitors, neighbors and potential homebuyers, your front door is a crucial part of your home’s curb appeal and perceived value. In addition to ROI and curb appeal, investing in a quality entry door will provide protection and energy efficiency. A new front door is one of the most affordable and important investments to make in your home since it will provide value to your family for years to come.
Since the front door is one of the most common entry points for intruders, it’s important to keep it secure. In many homes, the front door is a weak spot. If this exterior door is overlooked and not maintained throughout the years, your front door will likely experience wear and tear. Warping is a common defect that can cause the deadbolt to fit incorrectly. Without the full protection of a deadbolt, your door can easily be forced open without much effort.
Many homeowners inherited their front door when they purchased their home, and it may or may not reflect their personal style. As time goes by, a homeowner may take the door for granted instead of evaluating it regularly for maintenance or repairs.
There are some clear signs when it’s time to invest in a new entry door:
To start shopping, you’ll want to know what size door you’re looking for. If you’re replacing your door, measure your old door’s width, thickness, and height. Measure the thickness of the wall so that you’ll get the proper door jamb width. Also, note the door swing direction. Stand inside your home, and see which side the doorknob is on. If it’s on the right, you have a right-handed door, and if it’s on the left, it’s a left-handed door.
Historic or custom homes sometimes have non-standard-sized doors. Luckily, our DSA Dealers and Custom Design Team can custom-fit or modify our doors to fit a wide variety of homes and design preferences. When you purchase your new entry, it’s best to order your door as a pre-hung package with the weather stripping, threshold, jamb, and hardware included. This confirms that all the components are designed to work well together. At DSA, we test our pre-hung doors for infiltration and thermal efficiency to ensure each DSA homeowner gets an enduring entryway to enjoy for years to come.
Make the best investment in your home! DSA works with a network of trusted dealers and home professionals extending to the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeastern United States to make sure that each homeowner receives a professionally fitted, customized, and installed DSA Door. Our teams of skilled artisans hand-assemble, sand and finish each door to the highest quality standards. To find your dealer, click here or visit DSADoors.com/Dealer today!