(WHAS11) -- If you're thinking about sprucing up the appearance of your home, the front door is a great place to start. But you don't want to sacrifice substance for style.
Sure it is your window to the world and yes the front door is a great way to increase your curb appeal. But if it's not energy efficient and it can't stand up to intruders and the elements, it's not a good investment.
Replacing the front door typically isn't a job for do-it-yourself people because you can't just hang it in an existing frame. Mark Spencer from the Door Company says after about 15 years most front doors need replacing.
“A door, unlike some other replacements, gets a complete frame and everything. Everything on a door comes out. So no longer is that homeowner dealing with an older threshold that may or may not be efficient," said Spencer.
If you're going to upgrade here are your options. New doors come in wood, fiberglass, aluminum and steel. The latter being the best bet for security, but often the worse for aesthetics.
When it comes to efficiency, a door that shuts down drafts can sometimes pay for itself in saved energy bills in a couple of years. But be aware, replacing the door isn't your only option.
So how much should you expect to pay? Well those numbers are all over the place ranging anywhere from 200 all the way up to several thousand dollars depending on size, material and style.
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