You see it every single day, but how often do you really notice your front door?
A workhorse fixture in your home, the front entry system keeps your family safe and your home insulated from fluctuating temperatures. It’s the first thing guests see when they arrive, and the last thing your kids see before they leave for college. It’s an integral part of the family: a welcoming sight at the end of a long workday and a symbol of security as you put the kids to bed.
Despite its importance, when was the last time you considered the integrity of your front door? While it’s true that many doors have long life expectancies, no door lasts forever. To keep your home looking beautiful and feeling comfortable and safe, you may need to replace it.
Here are a few signs that it’s time to replace your front entry system.
Your Energy Bill Is Spiking
If you have noticed your energy bill steadily climbing the last few years, there are two main culprits to blame: windows and doors. Inefficient windows and doors account for an estimated 30% of all residential heating and cooling loss. Their inefficiency may stem from old age, improper installation, or inadequate materials.
To keep your home well insulated – and your energy bill manageable –consider replacing your front door. You may also have to replace the old windows in your home as well. Consult with a reputable window and door company about your options.
The Door Sticks
If you have to labor just to open the door, there’s something wrong. Hard-to-open or squeaky doors are often caused by warping, moisture damage, or weathered hinges. In any case, this minor annoyance may indicate a greater structural issue with your front door that needs to be addressed.
You can try to salvage it by visiting the “request service” page of the door’s manufacturer. With any luck, the manufacturer can fix it under warranty. Otherwise, consider replacing your old door with a sturdy, quality-made new one that comes with a competitive warranty.
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Your Curb Appeal Is Nosediving
To determine the state of your curb appeal, turn to family and friends for honest advice. Does your house stick out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood – not in a good way? To what extent is the front door responsible for the lack of curb appeal? Ask people you can trust to give an honest answer.
If they tell you that your door looks dated or rough, consider it a call to action.
It Doesn’t Feel Safe
Safety is an essential criterium for a front door. You want to feel confident in its ability to deter intruders. If the door doesn’t feel structurally sound – it rattles when you shake the handle, for instance –replace it. Find a quality-made vinyl, steel, or wood door with a trustworthy locking mechanism.
When was the last time you paid attention to your front door? If it has been a while, take the time to test your door for efficiency, operability, and security. If it fails the test, don’t hesitate to get a new one. A new front entry system is a worthwhile investment in a safer, more efficient, and more beautiful home.