Should I change our newer doors with older ones?
September 26, 2010 11:12 AM Subscribe
Should I replace my ugly (more energy efficient) doors with some older, more attractive ones? If so, how to go about it?
posted by Red Loop to Home & Garden (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
The two main doors into our small house are newer steel prehung doors with foam inside, and ugly plastic muntins between the windows. Years ago I found some older, wooden doors in the barn that were probably the ones replaced. They're very nice looking, with glass panes over 2/3 of the length, but slightly thin, about 1 1/2 inches thick. Obviously with that being the case, they're horribly energy inefficient.
If I rehang the old doors, I can make a tight seal, but I don't know if there's a good way to make the rest of it more efficient; there's not even glazing, just wooden strips holding the thin panes in (one pane needs a new strip on it, and I'm not sure how to match that). Older brass knobs and escutcheons probably lose heat as well. I suppose we could put on a storm door, though that would kind of blow the aesthetics.
I suppose I'm looking for opinions on just how much heat we may lose, what ways we may be able to reduce that, or whether or not we should even do it. Thanks!