Do you need a new door?

CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal)   Do you have a door you’ve been thinking about replacing, but not really sure where to start? You’re in luck, because Diana Vasquez from the Center for EcoTechnology gave us a quick guide on how to buy and replace a door in your home!

First thing to consider is whether the door you are looking to replace is an exterior or interior door? Interior and exterior doors are exactly what they sound like, interior doors are placed inside the building and exterior doors face the outside.

  • There are two main types of doors – hollow and solid core. You never want to place a hollow door as an exterior door. Hollow doors are not very durable when it comes to outside elements.
  • Something to keep in mind with exterior doors is the R-value of the glass. Old doors usually have 1 layer of glass, but newer doors are now being made doubled paned and sometimes gas is added. Single paned glass doors have an R-value of 1, and double paned doors have an R-value of 2 plus the R-value of any gases added. You are essentially doubling the insulating efficiency of your door by replacing an old door with a double paned door.

Second thing to remember is to always measure the width and height of the space your door will be going into! Keep in mind, will your door need a frame or will you keep your old frame?

  • Always keep in mind to measure two inches beyond the height and width to leave wiggle room for your door – in case of uneven flooring and other things.
  • If the door you are looking for needs a frame, it may be easier to search for a pre-hung door. This just means the door comes with its frame.

Lastly, if you’re looking for a unique door to fit with the rest of your home, we recommend buying used! You get one-of-a-kind purchase and you save money! EcoBuilding Bargains is a great place to find tons of beautiful doors at a fraction of the cost of major home improvement stores.

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