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The ROI of Updating Your Front Door

Updating your entryway is a worthwhile investment if you opt for quality and durability.

Aesthetics, curb appeal, and increased home value

Part of keeping your home in top shape is updating, maintaining, and replacing features over time. You may be considering updating your front door because you know it can dramatically change the look of your home. Or, perhaps your current door is worn down, drafty, or has outdated hardware. If you’re in the market to sell, you might be looking for ways to increase your home’s curb appeal or overall value with a more modern look. 

Regardless of your reason, updating an entryway is a significant investment, and it’s a good idea for prospective buyers of a new front door to understand their options. If you’re thinking about this, contact Clark Hall to learn more about design options and the custom design process. 

Everyone must weigh the benefits and drawbacks of updating their front door to determine if it’s a worthwhile investment.

The Benefits of Updating Your Front Door 

The front door is the home’s focal point from a curb appeal standpoint. The entryway draws the eye and invites you in, often setting the stage for the aesthetic of the overall home. Updating your front door can benefit homeowners in multiple ways.

  • Added security. Steel doors are the most secure option on the market. Steel itself is virtually impenetrable, and the sheer weight and durability of the door make it a top choice for protection against extreme weather as well.
  • Upgraded curb appeal. Our custom doors are handcrafted to suit your unique vision — no other door will be exactly like yours. As the focal point of the exterior of your home, a personalized front door design will enhance the home’s curb appeal and overall aesthetic.
  • Improved insulation. All of our doors and jambs are insulated with high-density polyurethane foam and then weather-stripped (sealed) with professional-grade material.

Factors That Influence Door Quality

Not all doors are created equal. At Clark Hall, we take our quality to a level above the industry standard. Several factors can determine the overall quality of front doors, and it’s a good idea for prospective buyers to be informed.

  • Material. Front doors can be made from wood and fiberglass, but Clark Hall only utilizes iron/steel or aluminum in our projects to produce one-of-a-kind entryways.
  • Installation. Clark Hall sends their experts to install doors with white glove service. Glass and hardware are included in the price of the door, and professional installers will take care of every detail [Disclaimer: Clark Hall’s professional installation is only available in areas we service].
  • Warranty. We believe in our craftsmanship. That’s why we have no problem offering the longest warranty in the industry, covering each piece of the door and finish.

What’s the ROI of Replacing My Front Door?

Replacing your front door is an investment, and cost is, of course, a factor for most people. It’s possible to replace a front door in such a way that the homeowner gets no ROI. Low-quality, prefabricated doors can warp or crack and require frequent maintenance. In this way, a homeowner could end up losing money in time and upkeep costs.

The higher the quality, durability, longevity, and design of the door, the greater the return on investment for the homeowner. 

In 2023, remodeling’s cost vs. value report uncovered these statistics:

  • Steel. The dollar amount added to the home’s value was higher than the installation cost for a new steel door, resulting in 100.9% of the cost recouped.
  • Fiberglass. The cost of installing a fiberglass entryway was double the amount of added value, resulting in only 50% of the cost recouped.

What Do These Percentages Mean?

In short, the cost you put into your door replacement project will return a percentage back to you. Typically, that return is in the increase in the value of your home as a result of adding a new door. Added value can come from increased security, curb appeal, overall aesthetic, longevity, or a combination of those things. The amount that a homeowner recoups from the money spent on their door project is their ROI.

Where You’ll See a ROI

A new door, like any renovation, can increase the property value. While that speaks volumes to many homeowners, not everyone centers their upgrades around prospective buyers. Some people are more interested in making home improvements to enhance their environment for themselves, and that still returns a healthy ROI.

Improved Security

Neglecting your front door is more than an aesthetic issue, it’s a security concern. Doors that aren’t properly maintained can peel or crack, making them susceptible to further damage. Plus, damaged doors are no longer a secure barrier to the outside world. 

Steel doors are the hallmark of security. Our doors surpass the highest level of rating and restriction for extreme weather conditions, making them the obvious choice for homes in high wind, snow, or stormy environments. As a material, steel stands on its own feet for durability, but we don’t leave it at that. Our 14-gauge steel door panels and steel barrel hinges are carefully considered and built with integrity with every weld.

Save on Maintenance Costs

The cost of maintaining a wood or fiberglass door over time can include refinishing, painting, and repairing dents, dings, and scratches. Steel door maintenance includes occasional drying and bi-annual cleaning. Homeowners who live in an environment with saltwater air, heavy rain, or snow can maintain their steel doors by wiping them down with a dry towel when needed. Cleaning is straightforward and doesn’t incur extra costs – only wiping down with water and diluted dish soap, then drying with a clean towel. Clark Hall gives all customers a touch-up kit with their paint color in case of any accidental marks or stains. Make sure to always use ammonia-free glass cleaner when cleaning your glass windows. That way, if any overspray were to get on the door, it wouldn’t harm the steel.

Increased Resale Value

The National Association of Realtors finds that replacing or updating your front door can add significant value to the home. Breathtaking front doors is an impactful way to increase curb appeal and curb appeal alone can increase property value by 7%. Clark Hall Doors, in particular, are handcrafted, making each one unique. A one-of-a-kind custom door is an easy way to enhance your aesthetic, set your home apart, and set the tone for your entryway. The added benefit of security will also be a selling point for prospective buyers.

Upgrading your front door can provide 100% ROI when it’s done thoughtfully. Making the investment into a top quality door will pay off in more ways than one by enhancing curb appeal, providing security, and ultimately recouping costs. 

If you’re ready to invest in a custom door project, reach out to our experts to talk about what’s possible.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the ROI of replacing a front door?

ROI on a front door replacement depends on the material of the door, installation cost, and the value that the replacement adds to the home. Steel doors offer 100.9% ROI, while fiberglass doors offer 50% ROI.

How much value does a new front door add?

A front door’s value depends on the quality, material, and design. An aesthetically pleasing front door can enhance the curb appeal of your home, boosting the property value by 7% or more.

Is a new front door a good investment?

A new front door can be a worthwhile investment when homeowners opt for quality and longevity.

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