Get the right door to protect your Charlotte home

Charlotte residents experienced the second coldest December on record and 6 inches of snowfall last winter, followed by raging storms and a series of tornadoes that wreaked havoc in the spring and hail the size of golf balls over the summer.

With all that extreme weather, it may be time to replace the entry door to your home with something a little sturdier.

Whether wood, fiberglass or steel-clad, the proper door can protect your family against the elements and improve the energy efficiency of your home. The doors can be as beautiful as they are sturdy; designed to complement any architectural style, from a 1920s Georgian colonial revival in Myers Park to a newer suburban home in Mooresville.

Fiberglass and steel-clad doors provide several times the insulation value of an all-wood door, but some newer doors have new weather-stripping as an additional buffer against the elements.

Some companies offer door systems that are tested and certified by the National Accreditation and Management Institute or The National Fenestration Rating Council, whose ratings can be found on Energy Star products.

Most modern exterior doors come pre-hung, meaning you will have to remove the jamb for your existing door. Though it is possible to hang a door yourself, it takes some precision and patience that may mean leaving the job to a Charlotte door installation contractor.

Angie’s List is the place to find a highly rated provider in your area, as members have already rated and reviewed the services of more than 600 door experts in your area. Sign in to find the right professional to help you upgrade your door before the next big weather event hits The Queen City.

For a relatively low investment, adding a storm door will not only protect the finish on your new entry door, it will also provide an extra layer to defend your home against the elements. However, a storm door with glass inserts may not be a good idea if your entry door gets several hours of direct sunlight, because the heat trapped between the doors can damage the entry door.

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