Replacing your front entry door can make a big difference in energy efficiency, security, and curb appeal. A new front door can be a fairly easy and inexpensive project, but knowing when the entry door needs replaced isn’t always obvious. Many homeowners don’t use their entry door every day. Whether they enter through the garage or secondary door, they may think of the front entry door as nothing more than a “formal entrance” that doesn’t get much use, and therefore doesn’t need much attention. Yet replacing your front door can boost the value of your home and save you some money in the long run.
Can You See a Gap Under or Around Your Door?
If you see light coming in around your door, that means it’s time to replace the door. There shouldn’t be a gap that allows the light in, because it means that air drafts, water, and insects can come in as well. If you see a gap, it means the weather stripping is worn, or the door and frame are beginning to warp. When you see this, it’s time to consider replacing the door.
Is There Any Damage to the Door?
Even if you aren’t using your front door daily, doors are subject to wear and tear over the years. You may want to replace your entry door if you notice:
- Splitting or Peeling
- Squeaky or damaged hinges
Do You Struggle to Open or Lock Your Entry Door?
If your door is sticking, it could mean that your door is beginning to warp. When your entry door expands and contracts from the changing temperatures over the years, it may no longer fit in the jamb well. Once the door doesn’t fit well, it’s time for an upgrade. You may also notice that this warping impacts the lock. If your door isn’t catching or locking properly, it’s more than just an inconvenience. A door that doesn’t securely open or lock is a safety concern that needs to be addressed.
Is there a Draft? Are Your Energy Bills Going Up?
If your energy bills are increasing, it’s usually because your HVAC system has to work harder than it should to maintain the temperature of your home. If your front door is older and your bills are going up, check your entry door for a draft. Most likely, you’ll be able to feel an air leak when you pass by. If you upgrade your entry door, you will get a tight seal and a much more energy efficient entrance to your home.
Is Your Front Door an Eyesore?
Your front door is the focal point of your home and a key part of your home’s curb appeal. When visitors come to your home, the front door will give them the impression of who you are as a homeowner. A damaged, poorly maintained, or unattractive door may create a negative impression of your home as a whole. Upgrading your door is an easy way to boost your curb appeal and give your home a fresh new look.
Upgrading your entry door is an easy way to increase your security, the energy efficiency, and the curb appeal of your home. When you realize that your current entry door is ready for replacement, there are many options that are affordable, in stock, and quick to install. Contact Armorvue Home Exteriors for a virtual appointment to learn more about our high quality entry doors and expert installation service.