An entry door commands a great deal of attention to your home, whether from the street or in real estate listings. There are various factors that can affect your door’s impact on home resale value. Finding the best entry doors can be easier if you start your search online. Using the Internet, you can research different manufacturers, products, and retailers.
Due diligence can help narrow down the choices. You might not see an exact model but can get an idea of the kind of construction, finish, color, etc. that complement your exterior façade.
If you’re planning to update your entry door to increase home value, here are some factors to help you along:
Common types of doors include fiberglass, which can be coated in a wood-grain texture that mimics the appeal of real wood. Fiberglass is wear- and dent-resistant and doesn’t require much maintenance, which are often considered bonuses by homebuyers.
Relatively inexpensive, steel doors resist weather conditions and offer a high level of security. They are energy efficient as well, which correlates with increased home value. However, dents can be hard to fix, and scratches can rust if not cared for early.
Wood, which is relatively expensive, is effective at resisting wear and provides the impression of a sophisticated, high-end design.
The more energy-efficient an entry door is, the more it can increase home resale value. Steel and fiberglass are the most insulating. However, research into Energy Star models helps because doors with specific frames, cores, and features such as glass are independently tested. Glass doors that are double- or triple-panel insulated can add value to your home. But although these features help, most door-related heat loss occurs through leaks around the door, which is another important consideration.
Installation is tricky and should be performed by an experienced contractor. Most entry doors come pre-hung in a frame. In general, you should select a door that is the same size as the old door; otherwise, the entire door frame must be redone. Even if you’re installing a same-sized door, a skilled contractor should do the work to minimize the chances for error.
Stronger materials don’t always equal greater burglar resistance. Burglars can often get in regardless of the material because it is the lock that keeps the entry door secure. The most common point of failure is a doorjamb that splits near the lock strike plate. An exterior door can be strengthened by adding a one-inch deadbolt, reinforced metal box strike, and three-inch mounting screws that secure the assembly to the framing.
Some features of entry doors can help increase home resale value. These include aesthetic features such as glass panels, grilles, and sidelights. If you purchase a door with glass panels near the doorknob, install a double-cylinder deadbolt lock to boost security. It prevents a burglar from getting in by breaking the glass and reaching inside. But check with your municipality to see if this is allowed; some ban such locks as they can make it hard to escape during an emergency.
Rails and stiles are horizontal and vertical bracing components. If they’re made of wood, they may bow or warp; as we know, homebuyers prefer features that last and require little maintenance. Laminated wood rails and stiles, covered with veneer, are more durable and can contribute to improved resale value.