An old front door can not only become an eyesore but also detract from your home’s energy efficiency and security. That’s why it’s so important to make sure your door remains in good shape. But how do you know when it’s time to replace your front door? The experts at WindowPRO share the top signs to look for below.
You Have a Hard Time Opening It
If you’re constantly finding that your door needs a good shove to open, or you need to give guests special instructions to close the door (“Close it hard” or “Lift it up a little as you pull it closed”), it’s a good sign that it’s time to replace it. Problems like this could be caused by moisture seeping into the wood of the door or frame.
You Can See Outdoor Light Around the Edges
When you can see a crack of light around one or more edges of your front door, that could be a sign that it’s pulling away from the frame or there are structural issues. And, if you can see the light, that means more could be moving freely into and out of the home – like air and pesky insects.
You Can Feel Drafts
Even if you aren’t seeing light around the edges of your front door, that doesn’t mean that air isn’t leaking through. If you feel drafts around the door, it could be a sign it needs to be replaced. Sometimes drafts can be remedied with easy repairs like replacing the weatherstripping. However, other times, drafts could indicate seals failing or damage being caused after years of your old door expanding and contracting with the changing weather – issues that typically warrant a replacement.
You See Visible Damage
There’s a difference between a few cosmetic blemishes and more problematic cracks, dents, or warping, which could indicate that the door’s structural integrity has been compromised. Rusted hardware could signify moisture issues and water damage. Such damage not only can lead to poor energy efficiency but also allow intruders to take advantage of weak points to force entry on the home.
If you suspect it may be time to replace your home’s front door, contact WindowPRO today. We’ll be happy to provide a free, in-home consultation and help you assess your needs and find a quality replacement.