5 Signs It’s Time to Replace a Front Door

5 Signs It’s Time to Replace a Front Door

34% of burglars enter through the front door. If you don’t replace a front door for a while, you’re only making it easier for thieves to enter your home.

One way to ensure you have a safe door is to make sure it’s in good shape and to replace it when you need to. But how can you tell when it’s time to replace the front door?

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Today, we’ll get into five signs that it’s time to replace your front door. Keep reading to find out what they are.

1. The Front Door is Hard to Open

Do you have to remind guests to pull the door closed hard when they leave? Do you practically have a wrestling match every time you leave the house?

A door shouldn’t be hard to open. If it is, that’s a sign that it’s time for a new one.

Difficult operation can signal problems with the frame, hinges, or shape of the door. All of those are problems you don’t want to have.

2. It rusty door handle that needs a replacementLooks Worse for the Wear

We often don’t notice the things we walk by every day. When was the last time you took a good look at your front door?

Take a look at it inside and out, and check any edge you can easily see. Is it chipped, scratched, or dented? Are there any cracks?

Damage doesn’t only make the door look ugly. It weakens the material and opens it up for problems like rot. Visible damage is a good sign you need to replace a front door.

3. It’s Showing You the Light

Can you see light around the edges of the door when it’s closed? There are certain features, like sidelights or other windows, that provide great light.

If the light is coming through around the edges of the door, though, that could be a sign that the door is pulling away from the frame or has other structural issues.

4. Poor Seals Let Drafts Through

14% of heat loss from the home comes from doors. That means you could be paying for heat that’s literally flowing out your front door.

This comes from a couple of factors. Poor seals around the base and sides of the door allow drafts to get through. Any kind of drafting is a sign it’s time for a replacement.

The material of your door also contributes to heat loss. Metal or wood doors aren’t fantastic at insulating. Fiberglass is a much better material for conserving your energy.

We offer an entry door buying guide to help you figure out which type is best for you.

5. Replace a Front Door to Keep Out Unwanted Guests

Do you notice ants or other pests in your home? They could be walking through your front door if you have poor seals or other damage.

Replace your front door to keep out these unwanted pests. A new, more structurally sound door can also help keep out other unwanted guests—burglars.

Always make sure to keep your entry doors locked, but a stronger door itself also doesn’t hurt.

A New Door for a Happier Home

You want your front door to welcome you, not disgust you. Damage or drafts are a sure sign that it’s time to replace a front door.

They’re not only unpleasant to look at and experience, but they make your door overall less effective.

If you see any of these signs with your door, contact us today. We’re happy to schedule a free in-home estimate where one of our representatives will listen to your concerns and recommend the best products.


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