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A Checklist for Replacing Your Entry Door


The right entry door can completely change how it feels to come home and even significantly increase the value of your home. After all, your front door is one of the first things people see when they come to your home. How they feel about the front door will set the tone of their entire visit, at least when it comes to potential home buyers.

Since your entry door is so important to how your home looks and feels, make sure you go through this checklist before finalizing any purchase decisions:

Safety 

The quality of your front door is incredibly important to the safety of you, your guests and your family. Make sure your entry door isn't hollow and comes with high quality locks. A deadbolt is often the best option to protect you and your family.

 

Materials

There are three primary materials used to make front doors: wood, steel and fiberglass. Each comes with its own advantages. Steel doors are incredibly durable. Wooden doors are elegant and make your home feel more inviting. Fiberglass doors can be designed with the aesthetic of wood but won't warp or rot. Make sure you know what material your new entry door is made out of before you actually make the purchase.

 

Energy Efficiency

Your door should have the most airtight seal possible and come with an Energy Star Certification. Energy efficient doors will save you alot of money over time!

 

Features

Many entry door replacement companies offer doors with numerous features. The two most common are glass panes and adjustable thresholds:

 

  • Glass Panes: glass inserts make your entry door more attractive and allow you to see who's knocking without having to open your door. You can get glass inserts with dozens of different patterns painted on them or choose ordinary glass for a simple window in your door. Whatever you decide, be aware that glass inserts will usually cost extra.

  • Adjustable Threshold: this helps keep your door airtight over time, protecting you and your home from the elements. If you choose to go without an adjustable threshold, you may need to add a new sweep to your door to keep out rain and drafts.

 

Appearance

When you're choosing the appearance of your door, make sure to choose one that matches the atmosphere of your home. Your entry door should feel warm and inviting, and it should look good on both the inside and the outside. While you might love old wooden doors, if you have a modern home you might want to choose a more modern look.

 

When it comes to replacing your entry door, it's important that you make the right choice. It might not be the most expensive home renovation you ever do, but it's still an investment. You don't want to be replacing it again in just a couple of years.

 

Print this checklist out and keep it with you when you're talking to your entry door replacement company of choice, and you can be sure you've made the right investment.


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Courtney Schappert
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Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
2 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
Lois
a month ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
Richard Romanow
a month ago
Installation crew showed up on time. Brought coverings and tarps to contain any mess. Installation went smoothly and the guys were very polite and considerate. The old windows and frames were removed and the jobsite was clean when they left. Great work at a good price! Thanks Andy and Serge.
Emma Liiv
2 months ago
Jim gave us a great price, and I was also very happy with the installation team. Great workmanship, product, hey we’re friendly and clean. I am left feeling good about the company we chose to do our windows. I would certainly not hesitate in recommending them.
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