By Jill Wuertz, Bayer Built Woodworks Product Manager
A new front entry system is great way to improve curb appeal and increase the value of a home. In a recent survey released by the National Association of Realtors, the replacement of an exterior door held the most value and recouped the most cost of any exterior improvement project.
For the Midwest market the average front entry replacement recouped an average of 102% in costs and increased the value of the home. The 2010-11 Remodeling Cost vs. Value Report explains that replacing the front entry requires the smallest investment and offers significant improvement to the curb appeal of a home.
In competitive markets where a home needs to stand apart from the crowd, replacing the front entry system will add instant character and set the tone for the inside of the home. The variety of door styles, glass options, and materials available today are almost endless. In addition to improving the value of your home and improving curb appeal, a new entry system could also help improve energy efficiency. Look for doors that are Energy Star qualified to get the biggest bang for your buck.
In the below example we replaced a standard six panel steel door with a textured fiberglass door from our Elite Series. The low maintenance of fiberglass and the Craftsman style panels were appealing to this homeowner. This is a great example of how replacing your front entry system can improve curb appeal while adding character and value to your home.