Many parts of the country suffered through records amount of snowfall the past couple of winters, followed by raging rainstorms, hail and tornadoes that wreaked havoc on homes.
With all that extreme weather, it may be time to replace the entry door to your house with something a little sturdier.
Whether wood, fiberglass or steel, the proper front 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 to a newer suburban home.
Fiberglass and steel-clad doors provide several times the insulation value of wood doors, 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 local door installation contractor.
Once you invest in a new front door, you may want to consider protecting that investment by also installing a storm door. 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 front door.