How Long Have You Had Your Exterior Doors?
Depending on how old your current doors are, it may be time for replacement doors. Do you know the last time you replaced your doors? If you recently moved in, did the realtor or past homeowners let you know how old the exterior doors are? If not, you may need to do some digging yourself to determine their age.
Most exterior doors can last over 20 years when properly treated and maintained. Doors with storm damage or other damage need replacing right away, as to keep your home protected. Dents, cracks, and dings can compromise the integrity of the door, leaving it weak and easy to get into.
This month we’re going to get into some signs that it’s time to replace your doors and how to pick the right materials. Replacing exterior doors may sound like a difficult and costly project. However, the right contractor will respect your budget and help you find the right door for your home or business.
Signs That It is Time to Replace Your Doors
If you’re not sure how old your doors are, there are a few signs that they may need replacing. Even newer doors may require some attention after a storm or accident. Some signs can include, but are not limited to:
- Cracks in the door
- Dents in the door
- Feeling air coming through the sides
- Damaged glass
- Peeling paint or wood
- Door will not open or close properly
- Hardware is rusting
Have you noticed any of these signs on your current exterior door? If so, a call to Southern VA Construction may be what you need.
Old Exterior Doors Can Hurt Efficiency
As exterior doors age, they become less and less efficient. As we mentioned above, air can sneak in and out of cracks and through the frame. Replacing your doors with a new model can help to stop air flow, increasing efficiency. Updating frames, doors themselves, and other mechanics can help to keep air from leaking through the spaces. Replacement doors can also add better protection to keep your HVAC system running more efficiently, too. Adding a weather strip under the door can help to seal it if replacement isn’t an option.
Southern VA Construction offers door installation, meaning that we can make these adjustments to your home or business. Talk to our team of contractors today to learn more about our options.
Increase Your Home’s Value and Curb Appeal
This may be a given, but it’s worth mentioning. A damaged, chipped, worn door will diminish the curb appeal of your home. If you’re trying to sell, you may struggle to find potential buyers. Efficiency could be a problem, along with an overall unpleasant or outdated look. To the buyers, this is just another cost to add to the home’s list price. A new replacement door can draw buyers to the home, making your home more appealing.
What Type of Exterior Door is Best?
With so many materials on the market, you may not know what type of door will be best for your home or business. You want it to look stylish, but don’t want to blow your budget. We understand. Some of the most common door materials are steel, vinyl, fiberglass, and wood. Each offer their own advantages and disadvantages:
Wood Doors. Bob Vila reminds homeowners that wood doors are one of the most traditional options, but may not always be the best choice. Wood doors are timeless and can fit just about any home style and décor. However, they can be expensive and do require maintenance. Be sure to properly treat the wood to avoid peeling or splitting.
Vinyl Doors. Vinyl doors are incredibly durable and can come in many colors and styles. They are low maintenance and are not as susceptible to damage. Vinyl doors are budget-friendly, making them a great option for any homeowner. They are not as strong as steel or wood, however. So keep this in mind if you are looking for a more durable option.
Fiberglass Doors. Fiberglass doors are another durable option for any home or business. This Old House recommends fiberglass doors for those in more humid climates. These doors are very low-maintenance and do not require much thought after installation. They come in a variety of colors and styles to match any home.
Steel Doors. Steel doors are the most common for those looking for increased security. These doors are incredibly thick and work best for businesses or homeowners looking for added protection. They can sustain damage from heavy rains, hail, or other elements, so check for dents.
Do any of these sound like a good addition to your home? The contractors at Southern VA Construction can discuss these options and help you find the best one for your budget.
Call on Southern VA Construction for Replacement Doors
Are you ready to increase the value of your home and increase energy efficiency? Reach out to Southern VA Construction in Glade Hill, VA, today. We have years of experience in replacement doors, windows, and other home improvements to transform your property. Check our blog often for more information and tips on how to make your home more comfortable.
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