The next time you’re about to enter your house from the garage door, walk around to the front door instead. Take a good look at it. It might be the first time you’ve seen it up close in months. But for your guests, it’s the first impression they have of your home. If it’s not in great shape, it can detract from both the beauty and value of your house.
Your front door is also the first line of security for your family, as well as the guardian of that expensive energy you’re using to keep it warm or cool. Replacing a worn front door should be one of your top priorities.
5 Signs You Need a New Door Installation
There are some simple visual tests you can conduct before calling in the experts for a professional evaluation. These are the things to look for:
- Space/Gaps – If you can see the light coming out the sides at night, then your door isn’t tight anymore. It could also mean the framing needs to be replaced. Remember, if light can escape, it also means heat or cooling is escaping. And don’t forget about invasive insects. They can enter your home through the tiniest of gaps. Replacing your front door can help you improve energy efficiency and avoid exterminator bills.
- Splitting/Dents/Rust – If your front door is damaged, that means your security is compromised too. If you’ve had your home for many years and never replaced the front door, it’s probably time for a new entry if you see this kind of damage. Many homeowners think they can repair a rusted or dented front door, but nothing will give you the peace of mind you need, like getting a new one.
- Functionality – If you have difficulty opening or closing your door, it’s probably because the frame is swollen or damaged. It’s a sign the door doesn’t fit the space properly anymore and needs to be replaced. While replacing the front door, your door replacement specialist can reframe the area to ensure proper alignment.
- Energy Expenses – If you’ve noticed higher energy bills, it could be a culprit you suspect the least: your front door. Just as windows need a tight seal to conserve energy use, your front door needs this as well. It’s time to replace your old door with a new energy-efficient door that will save you thousands of dollars over the next several years.
- Moisture – If you notice water droplets around your door frame, it’s time to replace your front door and possibly the frame. The longer you wait, the more compromised the structure will become. It will eventually swell and become soft, causing further damage with extended use.
Learn More About Front Door Replacement
The experts at Northwest Exteriors can help you improve your front entry security and energy-savings with a professional front door installation. Contact us today for a free inspection and quote. You’ll be glad you did!