Thank you to all who answered!
We caught a perfect deal and now have an energy star rated metal door
installed. A fellow who is retired and does good work (yes, insured!)
installed it late yesterday.
Call me silly but when he wanted only 30$ over cost of door, we thought it
too low and he did really *nice* work, including raising the wood piece
above the door as the new ones are slightly taller. Paid him 100$ over cost
of door and I think that was fair.
He does freelance work helping people with disabilities and low income,
adapt their home. He said he'd put the money to good use for a lady he
knows down the street of us who needs a wheelcair ramp rebuilt (wood rotting
Feels good to help folks out and I think that even at 100$, we got a good
deal. The door BTW is a simple one, 162$ for pre-hung door and parts
(included a deadbolt and he's making us extra keys for free).
Oh and for those who don't know, anytime you put in something 'energy star'
rated, you get a small tax write off as well as a lower energy bill by a
Was warned several times on various aspects of our home that things are not
to codespec, mostly because the specs have changed. A contractor we talked
to several months ago listed us 35,000$ *minimum* to fix the back room
(porch enclosure by VA code, not technically a 4th bedroom).
It was mostly code issues and he had a real thing about the door from the
3rd bedoom being an 'exterior type but not firesafe' and the door from the
'enclosure to the screened porch' being an interor type hollow core.
It was significantly cheaper to have the room retrofitted to a 'proper'
enclosure aka 'sunroom'. Among other things, we don't have to have the roof
over the back of the house ripped off and raised for a sunroom (grin). It's
slightly less than 8ft back there. Something about VA specs and a true
bedrooom addition required the roof be about 4 inches higher. I may not
have caught it all accurately but I caught clearly the 35,000$ *minimum* and
probably cost me much more!
The house was built in 1963. Lots of things have changed since then. Some
seems silly but some is truely safer.
Building codes typically cover safety and fire issues. So code would specify
a solid "fire rated" door between a garage and the house. But I have not
heard of anything for an outside door. However most people would prefer a
solid door for security reasons.
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