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Angie's List: Why a New Door is a Good Investment


Now that it's almost summer, you may have home improvement projects on the mind.

The experts at Angie's List say replacing or upgrading your front door is one of the best ways to boost your home's curb appeal, and save on energy costs.

Angie's List says if your home's door is more than 15 years old, it might be time to get a new one.

Building experts say you should choose a door that can withstand the elements, and that compliments your home's architectural style.

However, a new door can be pricey.

"Your standard fiberglass door with a lifetime warranty and installation is going to be somewhere around $1,000, $1,100," says Chuck Morgan, door sales manager. "If you want to sexy it up a little bit, and put some decorative glass in there, that same single door could be as much $3,500 or $4,000."

You do have options.

"Even if you are on a tight budget, you can invest in improvements for your front door," says Angie Hicks, founder of Angie's List. "For example, you can add new weather stripping that will help your energy efficiency and it can cost as little as ten dollars. And if the actual structure of your door is in good shape, but you're just not happy with the way it looks, a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware can really brighten it up."

Angie's List experts say the cost of a new door may be worth it, though. They say replacing an old door with a steel door can give you as much as 125-percent return on your investment.

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