There are many reasons why it is important to replace your exterior doors. If your doors are in poor condition and hanging on by a thread, they can contribute to high amounts of air leakage leading to energy loss. Doors need to work properly for heating bills to be low.
Because of new technology and materials offered on the market, modern exterior doors generally fit and insulate better than old ones, and their associated heat losses (or gains) come from opening and closing the door. However, damaged weather-stripping can inflate energy losses around the door substantially. Check your weather-stripping at least once a year and replace it if necessary. After replacing the weather-stripping, scope out the door seal again. If the door is still having troubles sealing tightly to all sides of the jamb, you either installed the weather-stripping poorly or the door is bent and in need of replacement.
Look into an insulated metal or fiberglass door when replacing your exterior doors, as they are a better choice than wooden doors. Insulated metal or fiberglass doors are much stronger, have lower maintenance needs and seal and insulate better. They also have the added advantage of offering more of a restraint to intruders.
Glass (or patio” doors), specifically sliding glass doors, loose heat much quicker than other types of doors because glass is not a good insulator. Multiple layers of glass and low-e coatings improve the situation by 2 to 3 times, but it is still considerably worse than for a foam-core door.
Energy Star Tax Credit
Homeowners may be able to claim a tax credit for the purchase of Energy Star qualified doors. If you made your home more energy efficient last year, you may be qualified for a tax credit on your federal income tax return.
If you have any questions about your next exterior door replacement project, Energy Star Tax Credit, or want to leave it the hard work to the professionals, call New Creations Handyman today at 763-302-9129!