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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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Ross Apperly
4 months ago
Northshield replaced 9 windows in our house. Our only complaint would be that the colour doesn't really match the sample we were shown. The woman we first encountered in the showroom was pleasant and helpful. There are only so many things she could tell us in the showroom but it was enough to convince us to book an appointment with a salesman. Walter, the fellow who came to our house, wasn't really a salesman at all and yet he knew exactly what he was doing. Answered all of our questions, clearly knew his business inside and out, was patient with us, made some really helpful suggestions, and just generally made us feel confident and comfortable. Next came Vladimir. He came to do the final measurements and to verify the details of each window. Another very very knowledgeable guy. Clearly an expert in his field and yet friendly and patient with us. The team of men who came to do the install were all very much polite and professional. Their workmanship is first rate. In the end, what I know is this, the new windows are in, the drafts and rattles from the old ones are gone, the price was fine, the quality is A1, and every single individual along our journey was a genuine pleasure to work with.
Oai Truong
a month ago
We chose Northshield because of the rave reviews on Google, but unfortunately the experience was a disappointment. The sales guy was nice enough, but like most suppliers in their industry, installation came 6 weeks past their original estimate, which was fine since we were not in a big rush, although we had to delay the painting of our kitchen because of it. The two big issues were: 1. To install our new patio doors, the opening had to be widened, which our sales guy mentioned, and which was fine to us. The problem came when the installers were on site and insisted that they did not need to replace the header. I know nothing about construction but luckily my colleagues told me to make sure that they install a new header because they were widening the doorway. Luckily I was home and I persisted that they install a new header, and after a while they finally realized that they needed to do it as well. They went off to the store to get the wood and the drywall and finished the job, which looked fine. 2. Only a few months later big cracks appeared along the new header. I called Northshield only to be told by Alex that my painter should've known that the patchwork on the header was very minimal and that "any professional painter should've known to make sure the drywall was ready to be painted." So they refused to do anything about it. I guess I should've said back to him "any professional installer should've known you need a new header when you widen a doorway!" So now I have a wall that I will need to re-patch and re-paint all over again. If you decide to use Northshield, please do your own research and make sure that you oversee their work, because they will never take responsibility for it, or admit that they didn't know what the heck they were doing.
emily s
3 months ago
Professional, clean, good customer service. Fast and efficient. No surprises or hidden costs, did not try to upsell me and worked within my budget. Very happy with the finished product and will continue to use in the future for replacing my remaining windows.
Patrick Touchette
4 months ago
Alex our salesman was great to work with and gave us very good information about our windows. The installation went smoothly and the windows look great and function well. Great customer service!
Albert Giesbrecht
a month ago
We had 4 windows installed by this company. The windows were installed in no time at all, and the guys were very professional and efficient. Love the windows and would recommend this company to anyone.
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