River City Window and Door

9895 Ridgefield Parkway Richmond, VA
Phone: (804) 929-6550

Choosing The Right Replacement Door

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Deciding you need to replace an old door might be a little easier than figuring out which one to buy. There are many styles, brands and price ranges to chose from. Figuring out which type of door you need, the style that suits you and your budget should put you in a good position to start looking around.

Needs: If you are part of a Home Owner’s Association your choices might be easier, but very limited. Some communities require a wood door. Historical areas may require a historically accurate replacement. If your home doesn’t have a covered porch, you should probably look at getting a fiberglass door. If you do have some cover (at least 2.5 feet) a wood door will last a long time. Wood today isn’t what it used to be. Today’s wood products have preservatives all the way to the core, yet are still able to take stain and paint right away.

Style: Unless you have a very unique home, you really should match a door to your home’s style. A craftsman style door isn’t suited for a colonial home and a contemporary door will not look right on a bungalow. Driving around your neighborhood will give you a good grasp of where you need to start looking. Most homes in Richmond are going to be some form of colonial. If you want to add a little style, try some of the decorative glass which can really dress up an entryway and let in a lot of light at the same time.

Budget: Doors aren’t something people buy everyday, so this can be an eye opening experience. You can walk through a big box store and look at some doors, but be careful what you are looking at. Most prices are only for the door slab. Quality fiberglass doors without sidelights, glass and a transom are usually around $1,000. Once you add decorative glass, sidelights and transom you can easily be in the $5,000-$7,000 range. Wood is definitely at a premium and the same fiberglass door in wood usually is about 2x the cost. Hand carved, one of a kind doors can easily climb past the $15,000 range.

Replacement Windows | Front Door | Patio Doors | Vinyl Windows | Double-Hung Windows | Casement Windows | Entry Doors

Therma-Tru | Simonton | Thermal Industries | Jeld-Wen | ProVia | Simpson | Masonite

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Areas We Serve

Henrico ♦ Bon Air ♦ Chester ♦ Chesterfield ♦ Glen Allen ♦ Manakin-Sabot

Mechanicsville ♦ Midlothian ♦ Powhatan ♦ Short Pump ♦ Tuckahoe ♦ Wyndham and more!

At River City Window and Door, we specialize in providing our customers with the highest-quality replacement windows and doors for their homes. We offer wood and vinyl windows from top brands such as Simonton or Thermal Industries Windows. For those looking to replace their entry doors or patio sliding doors we have a large selection available in fiberglass or wood. With all the options we offer, you are sure to find the perfect piece to accent your home's beauty! Don't put up with an old damaged window or door any longer, give us a call today!