If you park in your garage, you likely don’t pay much attention to your front door since you rarely use it. In that case, you may not realize that your door has seen better days. So, how do you know if it’s time to replace your front door?
We’ve put together this handy list of signs that it’s time to look for a new entry door. Read through it and then give your door a quick inspection!
It’s Hard to Open and Close
You shouldn’t feel like you’re getting an arm workout every time you open or close your door. If you notice that your front door is getting stuck, it likely means it’s expanding and contracting when the weather fluctuates. This can contribute to heat gain and loss, leading to higher energy bills. Replacing your entry door with a new, energy-efficient model can help keep your home at a more steady temperature without overworking your heating and cooling system. As a result, your energy bills may start to decrease.
You See Visible Signs of Damage
After years of use, it’s not uncommon to notice physical damage to your door. While you may not think that a dent or peeling paint is much of a problem, they can indicate more serious issues. Dents can compromise your door’s structural integrity, while areas of rust and peeling paint can be a sign of moisture damage. If your door looks damaged, it’s time to think about replacing it.
Your Lock Doesn’t Work Anymore
Did you know that 34% of home intruders come in through the front door? While you can always replace a broken lock, we recommend taking it a step further and replacing your door at the same time. Most new doors are more structurally sound than older models, so you can add your new locking system to your upgraded door for maximum protection.
You Can See Light Around or Under Your Door
Your front door should be flush with the frame. If you can see light coming around the sides of your door, it’s no longer able to do its job. If you’re not sure whether there is too much space between your door and the frame, hold a lighter near the cracks. If it blows out, drafts are coming in and you need a new door.
Are You Ready to Replace Your Front Door?
After reading about the signs that you need a new front door, go take a look at your entryway. If you notice any of the signs that we’ve mentioned above, it may be time to think about replacing it with a more secure, energy-efficient option.
When you’re ready to replace your front door, the Siding Express team is here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to get started.