Steel doors are fairly common on homes these days. A steel door is fairly inexpensive, and it makes for a decent upgrade to any new home. It’s also commonly used in rental properties. As long as it’s maintained well, and hung properly, a steel door can last for many years. However, a steel door is not ideal for every situation.
Steel doors tend to have a fairly high insulation value, which is one of the greatest strengths it has to offer. You can paint over steel doors, and they are resistant to most forms of forced entry. They also won’t crack or bow, like wood.
Steel doors are highly resistant, but not impervious. Poorly maintained steel doors often suffer from paint cracking and chipping. If left unattended, this looks unattractive and decreases home value. Steel doors are also very plain in style. A steel door is functional, not beautiful. If your intention is to live, a steel door is an excellent choice. If your intention is to invest and add value, even fiberglass is better than steel.
Steel also conducts temperature, so your door feels exactly the way it feels outside.
Steel doors offer safety and decent insulation, just not very much else. A steel door is very functional in choice, and probably not what you want when you sell your home. First-time buyers with older front doors might opt for steel as a quick-fix replacement, but are they really saving money?
Before you install a steel door, consider the money you’re spending now and how you might put it towards a higher quality wood or fiberglass door.
Guest post by Gerard Mcdaniel
My husband and I are having a long argument about whether or not we need a real estate agent to find a new home. We’ve loved living in this house but we’re both wondering whether or not it’s worth the hassle to find an agent. We also think we may be able to buy a house we found ourselves and save a little money by angling to the seller that they won’t have to pay our agent – it’s like their 3% will go right in our pockets. But at the end of the day I’m the one saying we do need an agent. I really want someone to help walk us through the process and the agent we worked with to find this place was so wonderful – I really wish she hadn’t moved! She told us about ElectricityCompaniesinDallas.com and about the septic system requirements and even helped us look up the school district we’d be in even though we didn’t have any kids. I just think you get what you pay for in this day and age and I like the idea of paying for someone’s expertise. My mom is a receptionist at a real estate attorney’s office and she tells me all these horror stories about people who come in needing a lawyer because they got caught up in some scam that they never would have fallen for if they’d had an agent representing them. I love my husband but I have to say I think he’s wrong on this one. I don’t think you can ever be too careful when it comes to buying a house –it’s the biggest investment we’ll ever make and I think it makes sense to spend more time and money and come out of it with a better place to live and no legal issues. The last thing I want to do is fall in love with a For Sale By Owner without a real estate agent by our side to help us represent our needs and wants!