New doors can increase the home's value, improve energy-efficiency and optimize security features. Some factors to consider when buying one are: climate, construction, maintenance and style.
Exterior doors are made for efficiency, security, and beauty. Prioritize your needs and budget before you sort through the options available.
Protecting the home's openings from winds and wind blown objects is the single most important step a homeowner can take in protecting the structure from serious damage. If you can keep the wind outside, you and your possessions will be safe inside.
Many houses are equipped with double entry doors. These doors are convenient, but because they span a wider opening than a single door, they are usually not as strong as a single door and are therefore more susceptible to wind damage.
High winds from hurricanes and tornadoes can damage garage doors or even blow them in. If wind enters a garage it can cause dangerous and expensive structural damage.
Exterior doors are necessary for physical access into and out of a building, and may provide ventilation and illumination too. They may, however, contribute to high amounts of undesirable air leakage and related energy losses.
With attention to the selection of your door, an eye to the way you will use it, and a maintenance approach that works for your family, you can expect a garage door that will provide protection and curb appeal for years to come.
Interior doors are both form and function in a home—not the place where a ballooning budget is balanced during construction. Take the time to evaluate doors choices now to avoid disappointment later.