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Angie’s List: Replacing Your Front Door

(WGGB) — Improving your home’s curb appeal is a smart investment and nothing makes your home more inviting than an attractive front door.

In today’s Angie’s List report, we show you how a front door upgrade can reduce your energy bills and increase your home’s value.

It’s one of the first things visitors see, so if your front door is a drafty eyesore, it’s probably time to start making some improvements.

“Replacing your front door can be a great investment in curb appeal and energy efficiency. For example, replacing an old door with a steel door can give you as much as 125 percent return on your investment,” says Angie Hicks of Angie’s List.

Chuck Morgan, a sales manager, adds “Your standard fiberglass door with a lifetime warranty and installation is going to be somewhere around $1,000, $1,100. If you want to sexy it up a little bit and put some decorative glass in there, that same single door could be as much $3,500 or $4,000.”

If you’re strapped for cash, installing new weather stripping — which only costs about $10 — can make a huge difference in energy efficiency.

If you’re looking for a cheap update, a fresh coat of paint also goes a long way or you can install decorative glass into your existing door.

“Unless there is some kind of a rot or the frame is broke, you can use your existing entry way. In less time and less cost and less mess, update that entry way to a very elegant enhancement for the house,” says Tim Quigley, a door company owner.

Angie’s List says installation is key when it comes to replacing a door. Everything comes out, including the door jambs and the threshold, so it’s critical it’s done correctly.

If not, you’ll see air leakage, which will lead to higher heating and cooling bills.


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