It is one of the first things you seen when you return home, and one of the first impressions you will make on guests and future potential buyers. Can you guess? That's right, it is your entry door. If you are considering a home renovation, do not forget the front entry door. When it comes time to put your home on the market, curb appeal is an important factor; it is the first chance you will have to make a good impression on a potential buyer.
If you have no immediate plans to renovate but your home is feeling a bit drafty, or if your door is cracked, warped or other wise in need of repair, consider replacing the old door with a new model. Steel, fiberglass, wood, and aluminum are all popular choice and each door comes with its own baggage (advantages and disadvantages, of course). How do you know for certain that your door actually needs replacing? Well, here are three signs that indicate it is time to invest in a new entry door.
Try the 'Open-Close' Test
Take a quick look at how your entry door functions: does it open and close seamlessly, or do you notice any sticking or large gaps? While a simple adjust might be enough to fix the problem, in some instances sticking is due to a big issue- warping.
Warping can become a major problem, especially for doors made of wood. When exposed to extreme weather conditions, doors can shrink and expand, causing eventual warping and gaps between the door and the threshold. And gaps can cause your home to leak cool air (or heat) and run up your energy bill. If you suspect that this is the issue, contact your local door and trim company and ask if they can inspect your door.
Is It Holding Up To Weather Conditions?
What is the aesthetic condition of your entry door? Is it cracked, dented, rusted or otherwise damaged? Some doors simply require a new paint job and they are good as new, but for others the damage is more serious.
Your door has to battle the elements on a daily basis and is exposed to heat, cold, sun, humidity, wind, etc. All ct doors will need to be replaced eventually; if yours looks like it's seen better days go ahead and get an estimate for a replacement.
It All Fits Together
There are other components besides the door itself that can become damaged over time. The threshold, frame and doorjamb all contribute to the functionality of your entry door and these too can become loose or warped. These pieces are also susceptible to rot, yet another problem inflicted by the outside elements. While it is sometimes possible to replace only one of these parts (especially if the entry door is still in great shape), more often than not you will end up having to replace the entire system (often the door and frame are sold together as a set). Your local handyman or door and trim company should be able to assess these components and tell you what needs to be replaced.
In rare (and unfortunate) cases, problems like sticking and binding are signs of a more serious issue, like a shaky foundation. If you notice your windows are also sticking as well as interior doors (wall and ceiling cracks are another indicator), call a local contractor to take a closer look at your home.
Fiderio & Sons: Therma Tru Entry Doors
New ct replacement entry doors can add both safety and value to your home, and reduce your energy costs. We recommend Therma Tru Entry Doors for many reasons: they are durable, energy efficient and offer some of the best safety features. The Therma Tru website has features that enable you to design your door, and our portfolio includes examples of replacement entry doors we have installed. Please contact us if you have questions about your options for entry doors, or if you would like to visit our showroom in Meriden to see more of our samples and work with our designers to configure a door that suits your needs and your taste.