We were looking to replace our front door which has 2 flanking sidelights
The door appears original to the house which was built in late 1890s (all glass is single-pane and the door has no weatherstripping). Needless to say, it’s very drafty (we use rope caulk to seal gaps and plastic to cover windows in winter).
We’ve had 3 estimates for the work, all ranging between $3,000-$5,000 bucks. All contractors cite unknown condition of framing, subfloor, etc.
At that cost I question ROI, efficiency-wise, and whether that money could be better spent on other efficiency upgrades. As an alternative, could the door’s components be upgraded rather than replacing the whole unit; can sidelights and door be replaced independent of the entire frame?
Or, is the most economical and efficient option a good storm door that covers sidelights as well? Any and all suggestions would be appreciated!
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