Knock Knock: The Top Signs You Need a New Front Entry Door

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The Neolithic wooden door in Switzerland is over 5000 years old. It is said to be one of the oldest front doors in history. While your door might not be quite as outdated, you may still be finding signs that it’s time to replace your front entry door.

However, since front entry doors are an investment, many homeowners are unsure as to when it’s necessary to replace them.

Fortunately, there are some telltale signs that let you know exactly when your front entry door needs to go. Read on for the top signs that it’s time for you to go door shopping.

It’s Become Difficult to Find Replacement Parts

If you find that you’re going on a treasure hunt expedition every time you need to replace the part in your door, this is not a good sign.

If your door parts are difficult to find, it’s typically a sign that that specific door model is no longer in circulation. Which means the parts of the door are no longer being produced.

This means two things; first, the manufacturer considered your current door model to be outdated, and second, that replacement parts will only become even harder to find and more expensive as time goes on.

Your Energy Bill Has Spiked 

If you’ve been taking the proper steps to conserve your energy and reduce your carbon footprint, yet you’re still seeing a gradual increase in your monthly energy bill, there’s a good chance your front entry door is to blame.

Gaps around your doorframe are a major source of lost energy. A worn out door that no longer fits its frame will allow the majority of your air conditioning and heating efforts to go… well, out the door.

Not only is it time to upgrade your door, but you may also want to look into more energy-efficient options that have been Energy Star certified.

You Spend More Time on Your Front Entry Door Then You’d Like To

Chances are when you originally picked out your front entry door, you were intending to add on to your list of chores to complete around the house.

But depending on the type of material that was chosen for your door, you may find that your door requires maintenance and upkeep on a regular basis.

Wooden doors, in particular, tend to absorb water, and more humid climates can easily lead to swelling and chipped paint.

If your doors are requiring more of your time than you’d like, then chances are it’s time to find a model or material that is notably low-maintenance.

The New Door is Out of Style

Sometimes aesthetic reasons are enough to make you want to purchase a new front entry door.

After all, your front door is one of the first things guests and passersby will notice when viewing your house.

This tends to be the case for homeowners that bought their home with the front entry door already installed. If you feel your front entry door is no longer keeping up with the times, maybe it’s time to look into new options.

Opening and Closing Your Door is a Workout

If you can thank your door for an increase of muscle, consider it another sign that it’s time to switch out your door.

While all doors and windows will have a slight resistance added on as a safety precaution, doors that require extra force are no longer suitable for the size of the doorframe. 

Anything from swelling as a result of humidity to normal wear and tear can result in this issue. However, the only long-term solution is to start shopping for something new.

Out of Date Security Measures

Nothing is more important than being able to keep your loved ones and belongings safe and sound.

However, outdated models of doors are often not designed to be compatible with more modern security measures.

When you stop to think about it, you will likely find that it’s not worth the risk of endangering your family to hold onto an old door.

You can sleep soundly knowing your home is protected once you have installed a more secure front door and a compatible security system. 

Interior Damage from Rot

In addition to swelling another common side effect of doors that have observed too much moisture, is the occasional rot.

Not only is this interior damage reducing the lifespan of your door, but it’s also creating a vulnerable spot in your door that increases the chance of braking occurring.

No Longer Fits Your Family’s Needs 

Perhaps you purchased your home when it was just you and your spouse. However, since then you’ve taken on a couple of kids, and even the family dog.

As your home has evolved and changed, so should its elements.

Finding a door that is more fitting to the size, and needs of your family is ideal.

Working With a Larger Budget

When initially buying or building your home there’s a good chance that you were working on a tighter budget.

After investing the majority of the money in construction or down payment, it’s possible that you chose to skimp on your door and to choose a model that would work for the time being.

The good news is, your financial situation has now allowed you to purchase the door of your dreams. Congrats on not having to settle!

You Plan on Selling Your Home

If you plan on selling your home in the somewhat near future it’s important to know every detail of your house will contribute to your final resale value.

This means it may be in your best interest to replace your front entry door in order to request a higher asking price.

Finding the right front entry door for your home to have that curb appeal is very important when it’s time to sell.

There’s more stuff to finding the perfect front entry door then ripping out pages from design magazines and heading to the showroom floor.

Having the help of the door and window professional is the best way to get the advice you need to find a door that delivers in every area.

For more advice on quality front entry doors check out our blog today.

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