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Angie's List: Do more with your front door

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MADISON (WKOW) -- Improving your home's curb appeal is a smart investment and an easy way to do that is to upgrade your front door. It can help reduce your energy bill too.

Your front door is one of the first things visitors see when they approach your home. If it's drafty or doesn't open properly, you might want to get a new one. Angie Hicks from Angie's List says, "Replacing an old door with a steel door can give you as much as 125 percent return on your investment."

And doors come in a variety of other materials like wood, aluminum and fiberglass. Chuck Morgan is a door sales manager. "Your standard fiberglass door with a lifetime warranty and installation is going to be somewhere around $1,000, $1,100. 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." Hicks adds, "Even if you are on a tight budget, you can invest in improvements for your front door. For example, you can add new weather stripping that will help your energy efficiency and it can cost as little as ten dollars. 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."

Another way to update the look at a fraction of the cost is to install decorative glass into your current door. Tim Quigley is a the owner of a door company. He says, "What we do is offer an alternative to the traditional way. Most doors, 99 out of 100 doors, there is nothing wrong with them. Unless there is some kind of a rot or the frame is broke, you can use your existing entry way. In less time and less cost and less mess, update that entry way to a very elegant enhancement for the house."

Angie's List says installation is key when replacing a door. Everything comes out when you replace a door, including the door jambs and threshold, so it's critical the door is hung and framed correctly. If not, you'll see air leakage leading to higher heating and cooling bills.
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