Did you know that an outdated entry door can cost you more money on your energy bills? Over 90% of homeowners are concerned about their home’s energy efficiency, and a new front door can certainly help reduce drafts and make your home more comfortable. Although a high quality fiberglass front door can last 15-20 years, there will come a time when you’ll need to upgrade to keep your home as efficient as possible.
Knowing when it’s time to replace your front door can help save you from high energy bills down the road. These are the top signs to keep in mind when you’re in need of a new entry door:
Do you ever have a hard time opening your front door? If so, this is one of the first indicators that it’s time to replace. As the foundation of your home settles over the years, your door can expand and contract inside of the frame. If your door no longer fits properly inside the frame, it may not be functioning properly in terms of security and efficiency.
Although extra natural light in the home is normally a good thing, you don’t want the light streaming in from the frame of your door. This indicates that air is likely making it into your home as well, which will make your home feel drafty and uncomfortable. Under-the-door drafts are some of the most common sources of air leakage, and you’ll want to consider replacing to help reduce your energy bills.
Squeaky hinges might not seem like a big deal, especially when you can add a little oil to make the sound go away—at least temporarily. However, the truth is that squeaky hinges can be a cry for help, and a sign that your hinges are loose. Loose hinges can be easily bypassed during a break in, which compromises the security of your entry door. Steel front doors are some of the most secure and durable front doors on that market, so keep this option in mind if you’re concerned about home security.
If you use your front door on a daily basis, it’s bound to endure a ding or two over its lifetime. However, large cracks are another issue entirely. Cracks in your door means that the structural integrity has been compromised. Furthermore, these cracks are an entryway for unwanted air and insects.
Do you Need a New Door? Universal Windows Direct can Help
If your front door has seen better days, contact us for a free estimate at 317-547-2600.