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5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Front Door
Your home’s main entry door is a key piece of your home’s curb appeal. Chances are your front door will be the first thing your guests see as they walk up to your home. Keeping your door in great condition not only provides a great first impression, but it can also help save your home from a variety of potential issues. Your front door is not only part of your home’s aesthetics, like all windows and doors in your home, your front door provides several practical benefits such as energy efficiency, easy of operation, and peace of mind security.
Even though our front doors are used pretty much daily, they are often neglected. At most, they may get a coat of paint every 5-10 years and the hinges lubricated every few years. Considering most entry doors are not regularly inspected, it is easy to miss signs that your door needs to be replaced.
Difficulty in opening and closing your front door is a clear sign that there is an issue with your door that needs to be investigated further. Older front doors or poorly installed doors are at higher risk of getting stuck. This apparent smaller issue can eventually lead to further problems down the road. Replacing Your windows and doors through a licensed professional contractor will save you from future expenses and troubles associated with faulty installation.
Higher Energy Bills
Have you noticed a cold draft penetrating through or around your front door? If so, it has probably led to an equally noticeable increase in your energy bills. With air being able to find its way in and out of your home, you will find yourself relying on your heating and cooling systems to maintain your home’s internal temperature. With these systems running more, your energy consumption will also increase. New doors will not only seal properly blocking air exchange, they are also more energy efficient, helping reduce your energy consumption further.
Wear and Tear
If you have a wooden door, then cracks, splintering, and warping are potential issues you will have to deal with. Old wooden doors are notorious for drying out and cracking when not properly maintained. Over time, these cracks will become more significant, to where they interfere with regular operation. You could fix this type of wear and tear by filling the cracks with an epoxy and repainting, but once the wood is damaged, it’s just a matter of time before the damage spreads.
We mentioned above that your main entrance door plays a major role with your home’s external aesthetics. If your door just doesn’t fit in with the rest of your home’s design and style it is time for an upgrade. Sometimes, a fresh coat of paint can do the trick. Changing the door colour, can change the entire look and feel of your home. Other times, the only option is to upgrade.
A broken or damaged door could become an entry point for potential intruders or even small pests. Front doors are meant to protect, but that’s only possible if they are in good working condition. Visible damage can attract the wrong type of attention, and that is not what a homeowner wants.
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