Doors can either contribute to your home’s value and comfort or take away from it. An old, battered exterior door that sticks or scrapes the floor whenever you open it is an eyesore that affects your home’s curb appeal. It also affects comfort and convenience, and it can even be a risk factor in case of an emergency.
If your door is misaligned, chipped, has broken glass or a badly damaged lock and hinges, etc., it’s time to replace it. Make sure to avoid these mistakes when you hire a professional for doors installation:
Choosing the Cheapest Door You Can Find
Just because it’s cheap doesn’t necessarily mean you’re getting a bargain. A cheap door is not likely to last a long time. As your door should contribute to your home’s security, don’t choose a cheap replacement. Remember: a cheap door looks cheap.
A cheap steel door (perhaps the lowest-priced option) will suffer from corrosion. It might not even have a foam core for insulation, which means it will also contribute to energy loss. As for a cheap patio door, chances are you’ll be replacing it again in no time when the track is damaged or it starts to rattle.
Not Considering Energy Efficiency
Windows and doors are typically graded for energy efficiency. If you buy a knock-off door, it’s probably not even graded at all because it offers no energy efficiency. A good example would be a single-glass pane patio door, which allows heat transfer. The edges are also likely to allow drafts in. This will make your home less comfortable even as your HVAC system struggles to keep the indoor temperature acceptable.
Renewal by Andersen® sliding doors are highly energy-efficient. They slide effortlessly on a durable track that requires very little maintenance, and they have thinner, sturdier frames that allow bigger glass areas. If you buy cheap knock-offs of such doors, you won’t get the same benefits.
Not Considering Your Home’s Style
It’s important to consider the style of your home before buying a new door. A door that doesn’t match the architectural style of your home will stick out like a sore thumb. Another consideration is the location of your home, because home styles are often adjusted for the climate. Do your research and choose a local contractor who can give you advice on which door is perfect for your home.
Get in touch with Renewal by Andersen of Kansas City. We offer French doors and other patio doors of high quality. Call us at (913) 385-1300 or tell us about your project here. We’re ready to help you in Olathe, KS.