Living in Dallas, you enjoy numerous benefits for this part of the country. Not only do you have to worry less about tough winters, you enjoy lower taxes than many other parts of the country, more freedom, and numerous other benefits.
Owning a home in this part of the country can be a great asset. Keeping it in great shape and helping to maximize the assessed value of that house is something you should do on a regular basis. Many homeowners focus on certain projects and tend to ignore others with regard to home improvement. The most commonly thought about projects happen to be kitchen renovations, bathroom remodeling, improving the outdoor living space, and potentially replacing the roof when it’s needed.
Replacing old entry doors is something few homeowners actually think about except when it becomes absolutely necessary (in other words when they can no longer ignore the situation). In truth, the entry doors of your home or your first line of defense and also one of the first things people notice when they come to visit.
Most people, when they go over to visit somebody at their home, will approach the front door. A plain, boring front door may not be a detriment, but it certainly isn’t going to add anything to the curb appeal or the general appeal of the entire house itself. A more ornate, tougher, more welcoming front door can have an emotional impact the moment you begin approaching the house itself.
There are numerous reasons why you should seriously consider replacing at least some, if not all, of the entry doors in your Dallas home this year, especially if they have been in place for at least 15 or 20 years already.
1. Energy efficiency still matters.
Even though we don’t have to deal with the type of winter conditions that people to the north and northeast have to deal with, energy efficiency is still something to consider for Dallas area residents. Energy efficiency basically refers to the amount of energy that is required to either heat or cool your home.
As you very well know, keeping cool during summers in Dallas often requires running and air conditioning system. Many homes throughout the area rely on central air conditioning. That means you set the temperature on the thermostat, forget about it, and don’t often think twice about how comfortable you feel. Then the electric bill arrives and your jaw hits the floor because it’s several hundred dollars.
You can save money on that expense every month with energy efficient entry doors. Doors that are sealed, insulated properly, and fit the way they were designed to will help cut down on the amount of drafts escaping from your home. The cool air inside will transfer with the warm air outside at a faster rate through inefficient doors and windows.
40 percent of your home’s cool air in the summer and even heat during the winter will be lost through drafty entry doors and windows.
2. Security is essential.
Whether you have certain types of protection within your home, a home security system, or anything else, it all begins with your entry doors. Your entry doors are the first point of access for anyone, including yourself, your family members, your friends, other people coming to visit you, and people who were attempting to gain illegal entry into your house.
A high quality entry door will have much better security options than doors that have been in place for 15, 20, or even more years.
3. The life expectancy of an entry door.
It may sound odd to talk about life expectancies with regard to inanimate objects, but replacement windows and entry doors actually have a life expectancy. Entry doors are expected to last anywhere between 15 to 20 years, on average. You may have an entry door that is 40 years old and still works, but its efficiency and ability to keep your home and family protected and safe is considerably compromised.
It’s may still be difficult to fully understand this concept until you actually see newer style entry doors right now. The best option is to visit a company that specializes in entry doors and replacement windows to see the selection, security options, and other aspects or components that make up a high quality door.
4. This is a commonly overlooked home improvement project.
As we mentioned, replacing an entry doors is a commonly overlooked home improvement project. People have a tendency to see to think about replacing their entry doors as an expense rather than an investment. While you may not see the type of boost to your home’s value with entry doors as you might with new replacement windows, the curb appeal alone can have a tremendous benefit.
When you go to sleep at night and know that you are protected and safe, that your family is safe, that alone can offer tremendous benefit for many homeowners in the area.
Yes, it may be an expense to replace a front door, a rear patio door, a sliding glass door, or side entry door because those doors are currently functioning okay at the moment, but once you have new, high quality entry doors installed, you will feel more comfortable, safer, and enjoy your living space much more.
5. Add to your home’s curb appeal.
If you’re planning on selling your home in the next year or two, replacing your old entry doors with something new of a higher quality can boost the curb appeal. That can help inspire more individuals to be interested in purchasing your home, making an offer, and the more people making offers on your house, the more you may be able to sell it in the long run.
These are just a few reasons why you should consider replacing your old entry doors this year. If you want to learn more about exactly what’s available, stop in call Southwest Doors and Windows today.