While front entry doors last a long time, they all eventually need replacing. However, it isn't always obvious when this needs to happen. You may just get a few small clues that things aren't right.
How do you know when the time has come to fit a new door?
1. The Door Doesn't Work Right
A well-fitted front door works smoothly and seamlessly. You don't have to put any effort into opening, closing, or locking it. It fits in its frame perfectly and hangs precisely in the right place.
Older doors sometimes lose some of this operational smoothness. For example, you might have to really yank on the door to open it. Or, you might have to bang it shut to get it to latch into place. The door doesn't feel like it fits right any longer; it may even look warped or crooked.
While you can fix some opening and closing problems by adjusting the hinges, this won't always work. If the door is warped or twisted, then your only option is to put in a new door.
2. The Door Isn't Energy Efficient
Your front door should act as a barrier on your home. From an external perspective, it should prevent bad weather from coming inside. It should also act as an internal insulator by stopping warm or cool air from escaping out.
Older doors often lose some of their fit. On windy days, you may feel gusts coming in through the sides, top or bottom of the door. If this happens, then you can bet your bottom dollar that the door is leaking the other way too. It will let warm air out in winter and cool air out in summer.
A badly insulated door wastes energy and increases your bills. Sometimes, you can boost the door's insulation by adding weatherstripping products to it; however, a replacement will be more energy efficient.
3. The Door Has Some Damage
If your door shows signs of damage, then it might not be as secure as you need it to be. It could have lost some of its integral strength. For example, if you see cracks, signs of an old insect infestation, or rot on the door, then it may not be as solid as it once was. Any weak spot makes the door easier to break down.
While you can fix the damage, you never really get the strength back. From a security point of view, a new door might be your best bet.
For more advice, contact replacement door suppliers.