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    A Guide to Door Installation

    Over time, exterior doors may start to look worn, warp and rot, or function poorly from daily use and exposure to different kinds of weather. A door installation project can enhance and organize your home's design, boost energy efficiency, and provide more privacy, soundproofing, and security.
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    For more detailed information about door installation projects, check out HomeAdvancement's articles on exterior door installation and interior door installation. Below you'll find a brief overview on door installation and reasons to install new doors in your home.

    Door Installation for Energy Efficiency

    Exterior doors should keep your home snug, protecting it from cold weather, moisture, and extreme storms.

    When shopping for new exterior doors, there are a few different styles and materials from which to choose. Fiberglass, for example, is one of the most high-performance materials, with an R-value (thermal resistance) of R-5 to R-6. Unlike wood, which can be easily damaged by moisture or sun exposure, fiberglass is resistant to warping and rotting and nearly maintenance free. Steel is also a smart choice for an exterior door, with an R-value of R-5 to R-6.

    For additional energy efficiency and protection, consider a storm door installation.

    Door Installation for Curb Appeal

    New exterior doors can significantly improve your home's curb appeal. Try letting your front door pop with a splash of color, such as bright red or a mediterranean-style ocean blue. Consider adding transoms, sidelights, or glass inserts to your front door to allow more light inside and to give your door a unique, look.

    Additionally, while wood is an elegant, classic material for front doors and can surely leave an excellent impression, wood also requires a lot of maintenance. Fortunately, fiberglass is much more durable, and today fiberglass can mimic the warm look of a wood door.

    A door installation might be the upgrade your home needs. | @ fotolia.com / photographee.eu

    Door Installation for Interior Design

    An interior door installation project can organize and improve your home's interior design. French doors can give your rooms a more spacious, light-filled atmosphere, while a set of wooden barn doors will provide a rustic, cozy feel. Consider panel interior doors for simple elegance, or glass interior doors with frosted or opaque glass for a modern look.

    Door Installation for Soundproofing

    Quality interior doors can significantly improve your home's levels of privacy and quiet. Hollow-core interior doors are flimsy and tend to provide little to no soundproofing, so you may want to upgrade to solid-core or solid wood doors. A solid-core door installation will provide your rooms with moderate to excellent soundproofing for an affordable price. Though more expensive, solid wood doors are extremely sturdy and will provide your rooms with the highest levels of privacy and quiet.

    Door Installation for Security

    In addition to energy efficiency, security is one of the most important reasons to invest in an exterior door installation project. If your exterior doors are warped, rotted, drafty, or simply flimsy and old, your home's security might be compromised.

    To be truly secure, every front door needs a deadbolt. Also, consider a fiberglass or steel front door with a quality lockset for improved security. Other security features to look for in your exterior doors are a six-pin keying system, a forged, solid-brass plug and cylinder, and a heavy-gauge-steel or brass-strike plate.

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    Written by: Ansley Clark, Editor www.HomeAdvancement.com