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Top Mistakes Homeowners Make When Selecting a Replacement Door


Many savvy Connecticut homeowners take advantage of the opportunities to become better informed when making large purchases to their homes –  thanks to the wealth of knowledge on the Internet.

However, we see many homeowners in Connecticut make some common mistakes when purchasing a replacement door. Following are some of the more common mistakes we have helped homeowners resolve.

Selecting a High Maintenance Material

These days, most people barely have time to relax or do hobbies, so the last thing you want to do is add door maintenance to your never ending “to-do” list. For instance, many homeowners select wooden entry doors CT because, well, they are beautiful; however, they are likely unaware of just how much maintenance these doors require: owners must sand, stain, and paint to protect the door from the elements.

Newer materials, such as fiberglass, can imitate wood’s appearance (if that’s what you want) very well and are virtually maintenance free. Contact us to see samples of some pretty amazing replacement doors.

Buying Only Because It’s Cheap

Even if you have a tight budget we don’t recommend installing a cheap entry door, you’ll end up regretting wasting that money. Save your low-end options for another home improvement project, on one that isn’t quite so visible.

Your home’s replacement entry door is a highly visible feature and will likely be seen either by you or a passerby every single day. A cheap door will also not have the energy efficient benefits and could prove drafty. And a cheap door will probably require high maintenance. Choosing based on price alone rarely works out for Connecticut homeowners.

Assuming You Can Install it Yourself

There are three steps in the process of purchasing new replacement doors. First, you must choose the door that tickles your fancy; second, you must purchase the door; third, the door must be installed. Once you have taken care of the first two steps, you should turn to a professional door installer. Trust us, this task is not as easy as you may assume, and an incorrect installation can lead to a number of problems that you don’t want or need. For instance, an improperly installed window can negatively impact the energy efficiency of your CT home, and can make the door more difficult to use, while also making your home less secure.

Deviating From Home’s Architectural Style

Most Connecticut homes have a prominent architectural style. You may be tempted to be adventurous with your new replacement door, but make sure you don’t overdo it. If you end up choosing an entry door that features an extremely bold color or design, you can make your house look very uncoordinated, leading to a decrease in curb appeal.

Replacement entry doors add value to your home by boosting curb appeal and improving overall energy efficiency. For the Connecticut climate, we recommend Therma-Tru entry doors. Consider the location of your door when you pick the finish, color, and material. If possible, set aside time to discuss these considerations with a ct door contractor.

Our Replacement Door experts at J.C. Tonnotti can provide advice that will help you make and install the door that is right for you.

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