San Luis Obispo Door Expert Announces Tips for Homeowners Considering Replacing Their Front Door

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The Door Guy specializes in installing and repairing all types of entry, French, and interior doors and shares reasons why replacing an entry door can be a smart investment.

Today, San Luis Obispo Door Expert, The Door Guy, announced tips for homeowners considering replacing their front door. A person never gets a second chance to make a first impression. The entry door can suggest a lot about the people who live inside. That’s why it’s good to consider what guests are looking at while they’re standing at the front door ringing the doorbell.

In fact, nothing transforms the image of a house as inexpensively as replacing or remodeling a front door. Replacing a steel entry door was the least expensive remodeling project in the 2011-12 Remodeling vs. Value Report, but was cited as one of the most cost effective. A homeowner can expect to recoup 73 percent of cost upon resale, the report stated.

Luckily, doors have changed significantly over the past few years. “Older doors were often made from wood, which has a warm, natural look but is vulnerable to the elements,” explains Richard Connelly, owner of The Door Guy. “Today’s models are more durable, energy efficient, and fit better, reducing heating and cooling costs and making replacing an entry door a smart investment. Doors can be made of fiberglass, wood, steel, vinyl or a combination of these materials.”

Picking the right door can pay off in smoother door openings, energy savings, less maintenance, and added visual interest. With the hundreds of choices available, here are a few things to keep in mind:

    1. High quality steel and fiberglass doors have a thermal break that prevents outside cold and heat from being conducted through the skin and frame of the door. The R-values of most steel and fiberglass doors range from R-5 to R-6. A fiberglass door offers more than five times the insulating value of a solid wood door.

    2. Complete entry systems are another great option. Door components are designed to work together reliably and energy efficiently. A door is prehung in its frame and weather stripping, hinges, and lockset are all designed as part of the system. Sidelites often flank the door. When choosing an entry system, make sure all components come from the same manufacturer and check that the weather stripping seals properly and that the threshold interlocks with the bottom edge of the door.

    3. Don’t be shy about turning the entry into a focal point. Even if a homeowner is fairly traditional, this is one place to indulge in color and whimsy. To add a little panache to steel entry doors, jazz up the trim with contrasting color and/or accents such as decorative crown molding. Or choose a dramatic color for the door such as black, red, or a vibrant green.

The Door Guy has been providing top quality door installations at affordable prices since 1988 for residential and commercial customers. Whether a homeowner is purchasing a door or entry system for a newly constructed home or replacing or repairing an existing door, The Door Guy has the knowledge and skill to help a homeowner select and install the perfect door to fit their needs. He also specializes in creating unique custom doors.

“My favorite projects are one-of-a-kind custom doors that often include sidelites or transoms that have been designed to compliment a particular architectural style,” says Richard, who has more than 35 years of experience. “I enjoy adapting antique doors and hardware to a new setting to create interesting architectural designs.”

To learn more about this company and for more information and tips about doors, please visit their website,

About the Door Guy

The Door Guy is a licensed, bonded and insured professional contractor that provides top quality and affordable door installation, complete entry systems, door repairs and weather-stripping, custom hardware installation, and much more. They proudly serve San Luis Obispo, Pismo Beach, Arroyo Grande, Grover Beach, Nipomo, Oceano, Morro Bay, Los Osos, Cayucos, Cambria, Atascadero, and Paso Robles.


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