A few things that will be helpful to know when you begin door shopping include -
●Will I only need to replace the door, or do I need to replace the door frame also?
●Am I happy with the present door configuration, or do I want a door that also has glass panels, either in the door, or as part of a decorative frame?
●In which direction will the door need to swing? If you’re comfortable with the way that your present door swings, determine if the door is a right or left-handed door. To make the determination, stand in the doorway facing outside. If the doorknob is to the right, then your door is right-handed.
Deciding what type of material your door will be is important.
●Wood doors are the most common and versatile doors available. They can be inexpensive ($200) or expensive ($4,000 or more); plain or ornate; stained or painted; solid wood or laminated.
●Steel doors offer the best security and durability. They are usually available as pre-hung. Since they are filled with foam insulation, they provide excellent barriers to outdoor temperatures. The least expensive steel doors are around $150, while more elaborate doors will be as expensive as high-end wood doors.
●Fiberglass-composite doors are becoming more popular door replacement options. They require little, if any, maintenance, and are well-suited for use in extreme weather conditions. Many manufacturers warranty a fiberglass door for as long as you reside in your home. Prices are compatible with wood and steel doors.
●Aluminum doors are sold only through dealers, as they are custom-built. They are available in an almost endless variety of options. They also carry long-term warranties. Since they are built to order, they will be more expensive than most doors.
There are a few other options to consider when choosing a replacement door. You’ll need to decide what color or shade the hardware (door knobs, deadbolt locks, hinges) will be. Will you have a screen or storm door installed?
Finally, don’t be afraid to do a little research. Research the manufacturers, distributors, and customer experiences with installation and warranties. You don’t want such an important purchase to become a hassle because of quality issues, poor customer service, or lousy installation. Do your homework, go shopping, make your choice, and most of all, be proud of your new door!