What’s In a Door? Choosing the Right Doors for Your Home

choosing the right doors for your home

How much thought do you put into the doors in your home? If you’re like most people, it’s not high on your list of to-dos. However, the doors you choose for your home can have a big impact on your family’s safety as well as resale value and the outer as well as the indoor appearance of your home. Here’s more on why doors are important and how to choose the best ones for your needs.

Why are Doors Important?

Just like your windows and roof, doors protect your family and your belongings from water, wind, sound, heat, cold, and intruders. A front entry door has the added significance of welcoming you home each day and doors throughout the home are seen (and used) multiple times throughout the day. When you look at it that way, you can see why simply upgrading the doors in your home can have a big impact on how much you and your family enjoy where you live and how safe you feel when in or away from your home.

Different Roles, Different Doors

Where your door is located and what its role is in your home will help you determine which type you should choose.

Exterior entry doors 

Those doors on the main entrances in your home need to stand up to the elements as well as provide a sturdy barrier between your home and those who may want to enter it. Most people think of wood when they picture an entry door, but newer materials are actually better choices and can even be made to look like wood. If your entry door has a prominent location, it makes sense to spend more for a very attractive door as it will be a focal point of your curb appeal. Those that are located on the side or back of your home don’t have to look as nice, but their insulation and safety features still need to be considered.

Interior doors 

When considering interior doors, you need to focus on appearance as well as insulation as soundproofing is important. Though hollow doors cost less than solid ones, they will transmit sound more easily and can be quite flimsy. It’s especially important to have good quality solid doors on rooms you want to remain quiet, such as baby rooms or the master bedroom.

Patio doors 

Patio doors come in a wide range of options and appearances. They can be of the sliding or hinged variety, some solid and some made up almost entirely of glass. Insulation and appearance are the two big considerations here. If deciding between hinged and sliding, take space considerations into mind. Hinged doors need space to open and are usually more appropriate for larger rooms.

Popular Door Options

At A&A Roofing & Exteriors, we’ve installed doors for years and have seen how the market has evolved. Today, we encourage our customers to look at three different options: steel, basic fiberglass, and premium fiberglass.

Steel doors are maintenance-free, which is a big selling point. They are also highly durable and provide six times the insulation than wood doors do. They come in a variety of colors and styles and are very affordable.

Basic fiberglass doors are low maintenance and very durable. They’re energy-efficient, making them a reliable barrier between the outside world and your home. These doors can have the appearance of wood without all the drawbacks of wood (warping, need to re-stain, etc.).

Premium fiberglass is our best product. It offers the feel and look of real wood but is much more durable and energy-efficient. Premium fiberglass doors can be customized, so they are perfectly matched to your needs.

All of the doors at A&A carry a lifetime warranty for your peace of mind. We offer professional installation and are happy to answer any questions you have about new or replacement doors. We install new doors year-round, so you never have to spend another cold winter dealing with an inefficient, unattractive, or damaged door. Ready to upgrade? Give us a call so we can talk you through the options and help you find the perfect doors for your home.

Frequently Asked Questions About Windows for a Midwest Winter

frequently asked questions about windows for a midwest winter

As the temperatures drop and the threat of severe winds, snow, and ice approaches, many homeowners in the Midwest area have questions about new windows. Some realize their windows are old and leaking air, while others simply want to upgrade to something more attractive or efficient. No matter which group you fall in, you probably have some questions regarding the right choices. The experts at A&A Roofing & Exteriors prepared this list of frequently asked questions about windows for a midwest winter that will help.

What Are the Advantages of New Windows?

There are a number of advantages of new windows ranging from aesthetic to safety. Depending on how old your windows are and what type you have, your windows could be dirty, leaky, easy to pry open, or just plain unattractive. The technology of windows has come a long way in the past couple of decades, making them safer, stronger, and much more attractive. During the summer months, high-efficiency windows can save on cooling costs by reducing leaks and cutting back on the UV rays from the sun that enter and heat up your home. You’ll see savings on your heating bills in the winter due to fewer leaks and better wind protection. Your family will also notice fewer drafts and a more uniform temperature throughout the house.

Have a lot going on in your neighborhood or live near a train track or busy street? New windows offer noise reduction benefits that add to the enjoyment of your home. They’re also easier to maintain and can significantly increase the value of your home.

What Are the Best Windows for my Region?

There is no one best type of window for everyone. It all depends on your preferences, your budget, the type of home you have, and where you live. However, in general terms, there are better options than others for those who live in the Midwest.

First, let’s talk about the two general types of windows: casement and double-hung. Casement windows open sideways with a hand crank while double-hung windows have a sash that moves up and down. The type of window that is best for you is based largely on preference. However, casement windows offer ease in opening and have a screen on the inside, making them easier to clean.

For those in the Midwest, casement windows are usually preferable because they are more resistant to high winds. The casement’s window seal meets the sash straight on and prevents air leakage while still providing air movement when you need it. At A&A, we tend to most recommend casement windows with an InsulShield Advanced Low-E glass that insulates from both the heat and the cold.

Can I Still Get New Windows During the Winter Months?

Think you’ve already missed the time of year when you can consider window replacement? Think again. The professionals at A&A can install new windows year-round. Our team closes off each room they are working in to prevent any loss of heat and work on one window at a time to minimize outdoor exposure. We also cover and protect your floors from construction debris or from any tracking in of snow, ice, or mud. Our process is quick and efficient so you’ll barely notice the inconvenience. Once we’re done, you can enjoy the benefits of new windows for the rest of the season and beyond.

Ready to increase the comfort and safety of your home with new windows? Contact an expert at A&A Roofing & Exteriors today for a free consultation.