Everyone knows that your front door is the entrance to your home, but it often gets neglected. It’s not like people just ignore it, but replacing your front door is often one of the last things people consider when they’re looking to renovate their home.
To be fair, a good door can last decades, so there may be no need for an upgrade. But, getting a new door can be a statement piece for your home and can instantly increase your curb appeal. While changing your door for aesthetics is a good idea, there are plenty of practical reasons you may want to consider a switch. Here are 5 signs that it might be time to replace your front door.
Your door is damaged
Having a few scratches on your door is perfectly normal, but if you’re starting to see rust, warps and dents, you may want to seriously consider your options. Any damage to your doors, such as cracks or breaks, may affect its structural integrity. This may not seem like a big deal if the lock is still working, but thieves may look at the damage and consider your home a potential target.
You’re concerned about the elements
If you live in an area that sees all four seasons or gets a lot of rain, your front door may be at risk. Getting hit by the elements regularly will create wear and tear, which will slowly add damage to your door. Depending on the materials of your door, it may warp or even crack. Although you may not physically see the damage, a visible sign is when it becomes difficult to open and close your door. Getting a door that’s better suited for the weather may be a decision that’s best made sooner rather than later.
Alternatively, depending on the type of home you have and where your front door is located, it may be wise to install a storm door.
You plan on selling your home
One of the main reasons homeowners choose to replace their front door is because they’re planning on selling their home in the near future. Although you may not think much about your front door, when house hunters view your property, it’s one of the first things they notice. Think of it as a statement piece that can set the tone for the rest of your home.
Even if you don’t plan on selling your home anytime soon, a new door installation will give your property some curb appeal. More importantly, a new front door might bring you a bit of extra joy every time you step through it. With so many different styles and colors available, getting a door that gets you excited may be well worth the cost.
You want to improve your energy efficiency
Most homeowners know that having energy-efficient windows may reduce their electricity bills, but they don’t realize the same thing applies to doors. If you find your door is sticking, it’s possible that the weatherstrip has worn down or is no longer aligned with the frame. Both things could allow air/heat to escape from your home, which could increase the amount you’re spending on electricity.
One clear sign that your door has a sealing issue is if you feel drafts coming through the bottom or top of your door when you’re inside. This doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a door replacement since there may be a more straightforward fix, but it’s definitely a sign that you may want to speak to a professional about your options.
You’re concerned about moisture
If your doors have double-paned glass, there’s always a possibility that you run into mold and mildew problems. Like windows, there’s a seal that separates the glass from your doors, which may break down over time. When this happens, mold and mildew may start to develop.
There may not be a need to replace your doors immediately, but once you see mold and mildew, you’ll want to consider your options before it spreads. Hiring a mold removal specialist is one solution, but replacing your door may be easier, especially if it’s older or damaged. Don’t forget, Sam’s Club Members get a 10% discount off Fair Market Value Estimate*.
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