Homeowners tend to not use their front entry doors as much as they used to. But out of sight out of mind could create a problem. Because you don’t use that old front door, you probably haven’t thought much about replacing it. However, now just may be the time for an upgrade.

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It is better to replace your front door before it becomes a major issue. With that in mind, there are some clear signs you should look for.

Light Peeking Through

Doors are meant to keep things out of your home. When light shows in around a closed-door, that means other things can get in too, like water, drafts, bugs, and other pests. Light should never peek through your doorframe or casing. If it does, it is time to invest in a new door.

Hard to Open and Close

If a lot of effort is needed to open and close your front door, it is probably time to think about an upgrade. When your door is sticking to the jam, it is a sure sign of expanding and contracting that is causing your door to no longer fit properly. Air leaks in and out when the door doesn’t fit right, so it is time for a replacement.

Not Properly Locking

A front door that doesn’t lock properly can leave you at risk. For your security, you need a new lock. If you are replacing a lock, you might as well upgrade the entire lock system. While you are at it, it is best to consider a new, structurally sound door to go with it.

Your Door is Damaged

Dents, rust, cracks, holes, splintering, and peeling are obvious signs your front door has seen better days. Any of this damage can compromise the structural integrity of your door. A deteriorating door definitely needs to be replaced.

You should also consider replacing your door if you notice your hinges are squeaking. Squeaky hinges can indicate your door is beginning to fail and intruders can easily gain access to your home.

Drafts

Do you stuff a towel in front of your door to keep the cold weather out? If so, investing in a new door that fits better will do wonders to keep all of that energy you are paying for in your home where it belongs. Installing a new energy-efficient door with a high-efficiency rating will prevent your HVAC system from working too hard. The harder your HVAC system works, the higher your heating bill is.

Your Door is Ugly

The front door is typically the first impression people will have of your home. It is front and center, so what it looks like matters. An old, unattractive door will leave people with a negative impression of even the most well-cared for home. A new door is an easy way to give the exterior of your home a boost and add value to your home.

If you decide it’s time to replace your front door, there are things to keep in mind. You need to consider appearance, material, durability, and cost. Luckily, you are not alone. Let the pros at Armorvue Home Exteriors help. Our experience and knowledge guarantees successful selection and installation of your new front door. Contact us today for a free estimate.