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Steel Entry Doors: Still Your Best Bucks County Remodeling Investment

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Here’s a quiz: What’s the best investment you can make when remodeling your home?

  1. Replacing your garage door
  2. Getting a new roof
  3. Adding a new steel entry door
  4. Remodeling your bathroom

Did anyone pick C? If so, congratulations. When Remodeling magazine put out its Cost vs. Value Report earlier this year, it put the 20-gauge steel entry door at the top of its list.

The report compares the average cost for a number of popular remodeling projects with the value these projects retain upon resale.

In the case of steel entry doors, the report found that the average cost of installing the doors was $1,230, while the resale value was $1,252, meaning homeowners recouped 101.8 percent of the cost.

“The cost-value ratio expresses resale value as a percentage of construction cost,” Remodeling wrote in its report. “When cost and value are equal, the ratio is 100%; when cost is higher than value, the ratio is less than 100%; when value is higher than cost, the ratio exceeds 100%. That means the replacement steel entry door is the only project that, on a national basis, more than pays back its investment in the form of a better home resale price.”

Steel Entry Doors: Six Years on Top

The steel entry door is something of a returning champion, as the door-maker ProVia noted on its blog:

“The 20-Gauge Steel Entry Door has consistently delivered the best return on investment for resale, holding the top spot in the Mid-range product category since its debut in this report in 2009/2010. This year it’s #1 again, providing a whopping 101.8 percent Cost-Value. The steel entry door is the only project that, on a national basis, more than pays back its investment (100 percent+) in the form of a better home resale price.”

Rounding out the top five in the Cost vs. Value report were manufactured stone veneer (92 percent of the cost) garage door replacement (88 percent) vinyl siding replacement (80.7 percent) and wood deck additions (80.5 percent).

The report also found that replacement projects generated a better return than remodeling projects.

“This has been the case since at least 2003, but this year the gap widened by 3.8 percent,” says ProVia’s Phil Wengerd, writing on the company blog. “Replacement projects showed an average return of 73.2 percent in this year’s report, just a smidgen below its 73.7 percent last year, while the cost-value ratio of remodeling projects sank to 60.8% in this year’s report, down from 65.1 percent last year.

Trust Tom Adams for Your Bucks County Steel Entry Doors

So as you can see, steel entry doors are your best Bucks County remodeling investment. When they need steel entry doors Bucks County homeowners look to Tom Adams Widows and Carpets to keep their your homes warm and secure while still looking inviting.

We’ve been providing homes with high quality entry doors for more than 60 years. We want the entry to your home to be inviting and impressive to you, your family and your visitors. That’s why we use ProVia’s professional class, highest standard, energy-efficient doors.

Our entry doors are available in both smooth or texture steel that suggest beauty and strength. We also carry entry doors made of smooth fiberglass or wood grain textured fiberglass for an unmatched wood appearance, in 5 different wood species and a 100 paint and stain combinations, along with custom colors too. Tom Adams also carries more than 50 different shapes and styles of glass that allows light to permeate in the home while providing you with privacy and an exceptional first impression to your home.

No matter what kind of door you’re looking for, we’re committed to helping you provide it for your home. Tom Adams has an exclusive door program that will let us design and install your new designed door on our computer, so you can see the finished project, prior to your ordering. Whether it’s a steel entry door, a storm door, or a garage or patio door, we’d love to have you visit our showrooms or browse our website. You can also contact us to get answers to any questions you might have about installing new doors, windows, or flooring. Make an appointment for a FREE IN-HOME ESTIMATE.


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