Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 by Danny Peterson
Most homeowners know that there are certain home improvement projects that add immense value to the property—and that some of these projects add more value than others. The Internet is filled with lists and statistics, showing which home projects are your best bet for enhancing the home’s value and making it easy to sell. Some of the items on these lists are predictable—you’ll always see roof replacement near the top of the list, for example—but others might surprise you. For instance, Annapolis homeowners might be surprised to note that entry door replacement routinely ranks toward the top of these lists. When you really stop to think about it, this might not be so surprising after all. A new entry door can radically change the look of the home—and potentially improve its curb appeal. It also adds to your home’s energy efficiency, assuming you’re replacing a fairly old door with a new, Energy Star-certified one. It’s not hard to see why a potential buyer might be drawn to a home with a new, beautiful-looking front door.
When it comes to the actual installation of a new entry door, however, the process may not be as simple as you’d think. Before you start your own entry door replacement project, we invite you to keep in mind the following tips: - First, make sure to measure! You would be amazed at how many homeowners go to Lowe’s or Home Depot to purchase a new door and end up buying one without actually looking at its specifications. Entry doors are not one-size-fits-all, and you need to know which size to invest in. Pry off your door trim before measuring to get an accurate assessment. - Removing the old door is usually fairly easy, but before you install a new one you’ll want to make sure the sill area is prepared. Check for any water damage that needs to be prepared, and add a strip of plywood to raise the door a bit if you need to—in order to clear the carpet, for example. - Be careful and deliberate as you square the new doorframe. Even a small misalignment can lead to huge problems later! - Finally, make sure the space between the door and the frame is properly insulated. Some spraying foam insulation can come in handy here. For assistance with this important and value-adding home project, Annapolis homeowners are invited to call the Integrity Home Pro team!
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