According to Remodeling Magazine’s 2019 Cost vs. Value Report, upgrading to steel entry doors is the home improvement with the second-highest return on investment, a few places over more popular projects such as window replacement. Woodbridge Home Solutions looks into what makes steel doors such a high-return home improvement.
Cost and Energy Efficiency
Steel doors generally cost less than wood doors yet are comparable in terms of performance, life span, and durability. Most of today’s steel doors feature well-insulated cores that offer better energy efficiency than their wood counterparts. Modern manufacturing technologies allow door manufacturers to build stylish art glass without sacrificing insulation or competitive pricing.
Steel doors with factory-applied finishes often require little maintenance. These finishes are baked on after application. Steel doors can withstand prolonged exposure to the elements without bubbling, flaking, or peeling. Some manufacturers even offer warranty coverage for factory-applied finishes. Like the vinyl siding installed by most siding companies, steel doors have low maintenance requirements, making exterior cleaning and upkeep a breeze. It also eliminates the need to spend money on frequent sanding and repainting.
Steel doors are built with a thick gauge, which means a good deal of force is required to dent it. The thick gauge also allows details such as realistic wood grain to be added to the surface without compromising its strength. Steel doors are ideal for homes that happen to be in the path of storms, as they provide security to the front entry. They are also compatible with most types of security locks, including keyless electronic ones, as well as multi-point door latching systems.
Steel doors can be made into just about any shape and size that your home style requires, and they take less time to build too. If you prefer the natural look of wood, you can choose wood-cladded steel doors. This means you can choose all the features that make steel doors a good investment and have the natural wood look that may further boost your home’s curb appeal.
Woodbridge Home Solutions is your leading provider of entry doors and replacement windows.