Angie's List: Tips on improving or replacing your front door

LEWISTON, ID - Improving your home's curb appeal is a smart investment.

In today's Angie's List report, how upgrading your aging front door can help reduce your energy bills and increase your home's value.

"If your door is not opening properly, if you're getting a draft coming through the door, or any leakage surrounding the door jamb itself you might want to look at replacing the door," said Door Sales Manager, Chuck Morgan.

"Even if you are on a tight budget, you can invest in improvements for your front door," said Angie's List Owner, Angie Hicks. "For example, you can add new weather stripping that will help your energy efficiency and it can cost as little as ten dollars. If the actual structure of your door is in good shape, but you're just not happy with the way it looks, a fresh coat of paint and some new hardware can really brighten it up."

"Everything comes out," said Morgan. "The door jambs, the threshold, the door itself, the old buck strips, we put in new buck strips, new jambs, new threshold."

"To update your entry way if you do it the traditional way you are looking at about three to four hour job," said Door Company Owner, Tim Quigley. "Take a door out and put a whole new door system in. When we are doing it, it's anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour and a half."

"Your standard fiberglass door with a lifetime warranty and installation is going to be somewhere around $1,000, $1,100," said Morgan.

Angie's List said installation is key when replacing a door.
If it isn't framed correctly, you'll see air leakage leading to higher heating and cooling bills.