My current double door is original. It’s a solid steel door and seems to be operating fine. Unfortunately our entrance is very dark. Can I simply add 2 full glass lites to the doors, and avoid the cost and trouble of replacing the entire door system?
Technically, new door lites can be cut into your existing door, but this may not be the wisest approach. Triple pane ornamental glass lites are quite heavy, especially full length units. Your original doors (frame and hinges) were not designed to support this added weight, and may fail to close properly following this application. Also, beware of ‘bargain’ glass lites in the marketplace. These units have vinyl frames which often lack U.V. protection and quickly yellow and crack. Finally, the cost of adding door lites is approximately 35-50% of the cost of a new door system. When you consider the benefits of a complete replacement, (insulation, security, maintenance free finish, etc.) The less expensive option may not provide the best long-term value.
How do I know if I need to replace my door?
There are many possible reasons for replacing your door. Many people choose a new front door system simply to upgrade the look of their home. Today’s doors come in many styles with maintenance free finishes and customised glass lites. A new door system can provide a dramatic impact on your home’s curb-appeal. On the practical side, original builder’s doors are typically made of light gauge steel. They dent easily, transfer sound and are often drafty. Sweeps and weather-stripping are often inadequate or badly worn. Hardware may be flimsy, offering poor security. Old wooden doors often warp, making them hard to close. At Edmunds we recommend steel doors from ‘Trutech’, which are made of 24 gauge steel, with a foam core interior, providing superior durability, insulation and noise reduction. Triple pane ornamental glass allows for energy efficient light to enter the home. Heavy duty frames, adjustable sweep, steel reinforced lock blocks and ball bearing hinges all add to security and reliable operation. Finally a heat reflective paint and vinyl clad wood frame provide a beautiful maintenance free finish that can add genuine beauty and value to your home.