What to Consider When Replacing your DoorThink you might need a new door? Read on for a checklist of things to consider before you buy and our easy solutions.
1. AestheticOne of the most common reasons people want a new door is because they don't like how their current door looks, even though it's structurally in good condition. Zabitat specializes in fixing this concern! We have a plethora of decorative door glass, divided lights to give you that trending farmhouse look, classic wrought iron, and more. Instead of paying beaucoup bucks for a pre-hung entry system with glass in it, simply select a beautiful new glass insert to refresh the look of your current door and allow more light in your home. Even if you simply don't like the panel styles of your door, you could save the cost of a new door by ordering one of our cut-to-fit doors. They are trimmable fiberglass slabs that can be customized to your current jamb, and are readily available in a variety of panel and glass styles. Add a fresh coat of paint, sit back, and enjoy the increased curb appeal and savings.
2. Security and SafetyIn this day and age, protecting your home from intruders - whether people or pests - is a must. If you haven't done so recently, installing a new lock and handleset is a great upgrade for your security, while also adding to your entry's aesthetic. Another aspect of security is to make sure there isn't a big gap at the bottom of your door for animal pests to sneak through. If your door has too big of a gap, consider replacing just the door slab itself with one of our cut-to-fit doors. Lastly, if you live in a hurricane-prone region, Zabitat offers severe weather glass inserts that are certified to meet Florida building codes and Texas insurance approval, with aluminum frames and laminated glass.
3. PrivacyMany people come to Zabitat unhappy with the level of privacy their current door offers. It's possible to replace glass with a more blurred, less transparent privacy glass insert. Another popular choice are our enclosed and add-on blind options. They let you control light and completely obscure vision at the push of a lever. If you previously had glass in your door, and want to return to a solid door or smaller glass size, our cut-to-fit door slabs can help you there. Consider a solid option or a Craftsman-style quarter view.
4. Energy EfficiencySometimes your door needs a quick refresh with the change of seasons. Zabitat offers a door tune-up kit with weather stripping for two sizes of doors. We also have low-e glass among our product offerings, which is a glass made with an invisible, thin metallic hard coating that reduces heat flow.
If you've gone through this checklist and thought "But my problem doesn't fall into one of these categories, so now what do I do?" then you may actually need a pre-hung new door system. If the function of your current door is irreparable - if it's rotting, if the whole frame is skewed from foundation settling, or the door itself is warped, that's when it's actually a good idea to replace the whole door system.