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    Best Door Companies

    A door that’s falling apart or no longer working properly can not only hurt your home’s curb appeal, but it can also compromise security, energy efficiency and convenience.

    New doors (especially if you need more than one) can be a big expense. Read on to pick from a list of trustworthy brands and to learn about your style and installation options.

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      Door companies buyers guide

      If you’ve already started looking into new door options, you know the choices can get overwhelming: What material should I buy? Am I getting a good deal? The style is nicer, but is it as energy-efficient as this other one? If you work with a reliable door company, associates should be able to answer all these questions.

      In this guide we cover how you’ll know it’s time to replace your doors, the options you can choose from, average costs and how to find the best installer.

      When to replace your doors

      Exterior doors should last about 30 years. Yours may last even longer if there’s an overhang protecting it and you keep up with regular maintenance, such as replacing weatherstripping and gaskets. Note that exterior frames need to be replaced more often than the doors — they may need replacing after about 10 years.

      Some signs it’s time to replace your doors:

      • Loss of structural integrity
      • Difficulty opening or closing
      • Noticeable airflow when closed
      • Visible damage (including water damage)
      • Locks that don’t function properly

      Types of doors

      Your replacement door options depend in large part on whether you need an exterior or interior door. This likely also affects your total replacement cost.

      Exterior doors

      Exterior doors are typically installed in the front and back of your home. They’re fitted with locks and usually made out of heavier materials than interior doors have.

      Common types of exterior doors:

      • Wood-panel doors
      • Solid-core flush exterior doors
      • Stave-core doors
      • Fiberglass exterior doors
      • Glass exterior doors
      • Steel exterior doors

      Interior doors

      Interior doors are installed in doorways. They’re often made of solid wood with a traditional frame-and-panel design, but lightweight options are also available.

      • Interior door styles include:
      • Solid-wood interior doors
      • Solid-core interior doors
      • Hollow-core interior doors
      • Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) doors
      • Laminate interior doors
      • Glass interior doors

      Types of exterior door materials

      Exterior doors come in a few different materials. Fiberglass, wood and steel are the most common and are the best on the market when it comes to energy efficiency, security and maintenance.

      • Fiberglass: Fiberglass entry doors are extremely durable. They’re low-maintenance and hold up well to climate pressure, so they’re particularly common in extremely cold parts of the country. Fiberglass is resistant to scratching and denting, unlike wood or steel. There are many style options to choose from, and fiberglass doors can even be designed to mimic a wood finish.
      • Wood: Wood doors are a classic and beautiful choice, but to keep them looking pristine, you’ll need to complete regular maintenance. If you live in a harsh climate with strong winters and high humidity, wood doors might not be the best option. If you have your heart set on wood, it’s best to have a covered entryway to offer some protection against the elements.
      • Steel: Steel doors offer great security and durability. You’ll commonly see garage doors or basement entry doors made out of steel, but it can also be a great option for front doors. Steel is typically more affordable than wood or fiberglass, but the more customizations you make (e.g., adding glass), the pricier it becomes. Since steel doors are so durable, they’re mostly low-maintenance, but they can rust if not properly primed and painted.

      How much do new doors cost?

      Door replacement costs vary depending on a number of factors, including the type of door, the material and the framing requirements. The cost of replacing a door may range from $900 to $5,000 in the New York metro area, according to Andrii Gurskyi of Mr. Glazier, a window and door replacement company in New York. These numbers are likely on the higher end of the price range, however, due to the city’s costly nature.

      A standard door is 80 inches high and available in three widths: 30, 32 or 36 inches. If the opening you’re buying for is another size, you’ll probably need a custom door and frame. The price you get for a custom door depends mostly on the type of material and the labor costs in your area.

      How to choose a door installer

      Unless you have previous experience installing doors, you’ll want to hire a professional. Make sure to find an installer that’s familiar with local building codes. It helps if you also do your own research on codes and different companies in the area so you know the right questions to ask.

      Here are a few tips for finding a good installer:

      • Ask friends and neighbors for recommendations.
      • Look online for companies with a history of great customer reviews.
      • Check for any affiliations with trusty manufacturers.

      Once you’ve narrowed your list, it’s time to ask each installer a few specific questions:

      • Is the installer licensed and insured?
      • Has the installer been trained or certified to install particular brands?
      • How many years of experience does the installer have?


      When is the best time of year to replace my doors?

      If you’re replacing all your doors at once, you might think it’s best to do the job in spring or summer to minimize exposure of your home to the elements.

      Spring and summer are the busiest times for door replacement companies, but professional installers work in all seasons and know how to maximize homeowner comfort by working on one door at a time and sealing off each room they’re working in.

      Winter is the off-season for door replacement, so you’ll have fewer scheduling conflicts if you wait for the colder months — and you’ll likely see sales and special discounts this time of year.

      What is the most popular style for front doors?

      The most popular style of front door varies greatly based on the area as well as the style of home. Typically your front door is made to match the architectural style of your home.

      Most recently, craftsman-style doors with a neutral color palette have been a front-runner for exterior front doors. Some defining characteristics of craftsman-style doors are glass at the top and raised panels in the center of the door frame.

      What is the best low-maintenance front door?

      Fiberglass doors are a great low-maintenance material. They’re resistant to warping, cracking and rot. As long as you clean them regularly and keep up with basic replacements (weatherstripping, gaskets, cracked glass, etc.) they’ll last you many years.

      What is the most energy-efficient front door?

      Fiberglass, steel and wood all offer energy efficiency. The best material may come down to the climate you live in. This is a great question to ask your door company before deciding on what style to purchase.

      What is the best material door for home security?

      Steel doors are very strong and are resistant to forced entry, like from kicking or a strong impact. Steel doors are also fire-resistant, adding another element of safety. Fiberglass doors can also be reinforced with steel, which makes them more resistant to impact and another great option.

      Note that having glass on your door (especially near the lock) allows for easier entry. It’s always best to pair your strong exterior doors with a reliable home security system.

      Not sure how to choose?

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