Are Your Exterior Doors Ready for Winter?

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Repairing or replacing an exterior door can be one of the least expensive and cost effective home improvements you make this year.  A drafty exterior door is estimated to cost an average of 2% or your annual energy bill.  In some cases, drafts may be eliminated by simply repairing damaged trim or replacing weather stripping around door jambs.  In other instances, it may be best to replace the door in its entirety.  Some exterior doors may be too costly to restore or repair in comparison to purchasing a new door.  Upgrading a hollow core door to a solid core door will increase the efficiency and also the security of your home.

Homes in New England are exposed to drastic seasonal weather changes.   By preventing drafts in the winter and leakage from air conditioned rooms in the summer, you can help reduce your carbon footprint.   Having an energy efficient door will help decrease greenhouse gasses, thus reducing global warming and lower utility bills. We highly recommend a door analysis early in the fall.

Due to the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, you may qualify for a tax credit of 10% of the material cost, up to $200 for an exterior door that meets Energy Star requirements.  The credit is only available for upgrades that are in place by the end of 2013.  Please visit www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=tax_credits.tx_index  for more information on tax saving incentives for projects completed in 2013.  Call us today and we will gladly provide a free estimate and recommend the best option for your home and your budget.  Our staff of highly skilled craftsmen treats every home as if it was their own.  Fisher & Rocha, Inc., is proud to offer the community quality workmanship and thrives on their excellent reputation servicing the south coast region for 50 years.   Call us today at 508.758.6738.