IMPROVE YOUR HOME COMFORT WITH ENERGY-EFFICIENT DOORS
Make your home more comfortable by installing energy-efficient doors. Beyond increasing your home’s curb appeal, they’ll improve its energy efficiency and save you money each month.
Upgrading your doors
The first step to upgrading your doors is to take a good look at their condition. Check the ease of operation of each door, look for excessive rot, and note the condition of any glass inserts. If a door is in reasonable condition, it may be more cost-effective for you to repair and seal it rather than replacing it altogether.
How to repair existing doors
- To reduce air leakage, caulk any gaps between the trim and wall, and make sure the weatherstripping is flexible and properly installed.
- Replace or repair any damaged glass inserts.
- Replace weatherstripping if it’s worn out or doesn’t seal properly.
- Install bottom seals or sweeps on doors that don’t have sill weatherstripping.
If you decide to replace any of your doors, you’ll want to do the following:
- Find out if your new doors meet ENERGY STAR® requirements by visiting the Natural Resources Canada website or asking your contractor.
- Consider wood, vinyl, or fibreglass frames.
- Source good-quality weatherstripping.
- Plan to glaze with a low-e coating and an inert gas fill.
Talk to a contractor
It’s smart to talk to and hire a knowledgeable contractor to make sure your new doors will meet your needs, save energy, and be properly installed.
We recommend getting quotes from at least three contractors. These quotes should all have the same details so you can easily compare them. When you’re ready to make a decision, consider the best value rather than the lowest price.
Looking for a contractor? Read our advice for hiring a contractor here.