Key Aspects to Look for in an Entry Door December 22, 2014 If you’ve decided that it’s time to look for a new front door, side door, or even a patio door for your Toronto home, avoid the common trap of thinking they are all essentially the same. The moment you begin looking at replacing any entry door in your home, you’re going to see a wide range of prices. Some front doors could cost you about $700 while others may be priced in the thousands of dollars. There’s a good reason why some are simply more expensive than others. In some cases, it’s about the size and design of the door. One homeowner may call a particular front door ostentatious while another would describe it as welcoming. Aside from the appearance differences between some entry doors, the more important aspect to consider has to do with security, durability, and energy efficiency. Energy Efficiency Yes, entry doors also need to be energy efficient. More than 40 percent of a home’s heat during the winter is lost through the windows and doors. Doors that are old, worn out, and beat up will likely be draftier than a new door that seals tightly against the cold air outside. Also, the insulation within the door itself is going to help protect the interior of the home from cold, frigid temperatures that are so common throughout Toronto during winter. Durability An entry door should last between 15 to 20 years. Of course, that’s all going to depend on usage and abuse. If you have a habit of kicking the door open when you’re bringing in groceries, while it might not seem that this is causing any real harm to it, it’s actually contributing to the wear and tear on that door. You’ll begin to notice some serious signs of wear and tear on those doors before 10 years if that’s the case. A higher quality door will be able to withstand the constant beating better than a cheap entry door. Security Finally, security is essential for any homeowner. A cheap entry door will not protect the home, family members, or possessions as well as a higher quality door. One with metal components around the handle and deadbolt will be much tougher to break down. The hinges can also be an important factor. It you want the best entry doors for your home, call Platinum Windows and Doors today.