How do I know if I need a new front door?

A front door adds charm, elegance, and style to your home. But when it is damaged, it can be a very negative lens for your home’s appearance. Most people don’t pay attention to the management of their doors like they do to the rest of the house -and that can lead to further deterioration and damage to the door.  How do you know when it’s time to knock out the old front door and get a door replacement? These are the top signs that tell you it’s time to change your front door!

1. Pest Infestation

Any damage to your door’s frame and material can be a pathway for pests and insects to get into your house. When you begin to notice an unusual presence of insects, ants, and pests in your home or around your front door, it could be a sign of damage to your door. And that’s how you know it is time for a front door replacement. 

2. Safety risks

Cracks in the door handle, damage in the door frame, and other similar damages could pose risks to your safety and protection, which is the primary function of a door. If you spot any safety risk in the form of damage to your door, it is time to get a new front door. For doors that have been around for a while, possibly since you first moved into or built the house, any safety risk should be attended to immediately because the side-effects of long term use pose more threat. 

3. Water damage

The effects of water damage are more intense on materials that have already been exposed to harsh weather conditions, and the smallest level of impact or pressure can cause your entire front door to fall apart. To avoid the worst case scenario, invest in your home renovation a little early and get a new front door. 

4. Loose hinges

Over time, the bolts and hinges on your front door can wear out from use. Exposure to weather elements may also weaken their strength and create rust and other damages. Loose hinges can be considered a safety risk and should be addressed immediately. If your front door is old enough to suffer loose hinges, it is old enough to be replaced with a new one. 

5. Duration of Use

The lifespan for most doors is between 15 to 30 years, but exposure to harsh climates and other factors can age your door faster than expected. You know how long you have had your front door for, just ask yourself if it is time for a change. And if it is, get a front door replacement.

Secure your home with timely door replacements that help you save cost, time, and stress of fixing damages. Contact your local replacement professionals to get new doors installed!

Kathy McDonough