3 Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Front Door

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Your home’s front door may be one of the first things visitors see. Not only does it need to look welcoming, but it also needs to protect the interior of your home and function as it should. Unfortunately, entry doors don’t last forever — and if yours is nearing the end of its lifespan, it might result in inconvenience or even property damage. Let’s take a look at three signs that you need a new front door right away.

Your Door is Weathered or Cracked

Doors are meant to act as a barrier to the harsh elements, so it shouldn’t be a surprise when they start to show their age. Wood doors, in particular, are prone to becoming cracked or warped. If you spot stress fractures or large cracks, it’s probably time for a new front door.

Your Entryway is Drafty

Older homes tend to be a bit drafty, but that doesn’t mean this is a normal occurrence. Ultimately, it means that you’re losing energy (and wasting money in the process). If you’ve noticed that cold air tends to come in around the front door, even when it’s closed, replacing the weatherstripping might help. But if there’s a gap between the door and the frame, a new front door may be warranted. Keep in mind that a door without a window that’s one to 1.5 inches thick offers more than five times the insulating value of a standard solid wood door. Not only can a new door make your home more comfortable, but it can also help you cut costs.

Your Door Sticks, Squeaks, or Scrapes

Doors that are noisy, that are difficult to open, or that cause damage to the door may be good candidates for replacement. A squeaky door might be remedied by applying a lubricant to its hinges, but it could also be that the hinges are worn out or that excessive moisture has done too much damage to the door. And if you physically struggle to even get the door open, you may also want to think about whether installing a new door will solve the problem. Finally, if you’ve noticed scraping on the floor, that may mean the door is warped. Since warped doors can’t really be fixed and you’ll want to prevent other damage to your home, the best option is replacement.

If you’ve determined you need a new entryway door, we’re here to help you select the right one for your home. For more on our San Diego replacement windows and doors, please contact HNH Build today.

How Your Home Benefits from Replacement Windows and Doors

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In the average home, nearly 10% to 25% of heat escapes from old windows and doors. This can cause energy bills to skyrocket while also making your home uncomfortable during the winter. The best way to combat this loss is by investing in replacement doors and windows.

How Replacement Doors and Windows Help Prevent Energy Loss

With old windows and poor insulation, indoor air can be allowed to escape through cracks. This can not only drive up energy bills, but it can also put additional stress on your HVAC system causing it to work overtime. If this is allowed to continue for too long, you could end up needing system repairs on top of replacement windows and doors.

Front doors can also provide a way for energy to escape, especially if they aren’t sealing properly after closing. A lack of sealing around doors can make it easy for heat to escape, and while draft stoppers can be used to help mitigate the problem, the issue will persist until a new front door is installed.

Preventing Damage and Pest Infestation

Replacement windows and doors can also help protect your home against damage from water. Old windows and doors are prone to having gaps and cracks that water can seep into and damage the interior of your home. If water is allowed to continue getting in, over time you could begin seeing hazardous mold growth or rot. If a wall is damaged enough, it may require extensive repair in order to fix it completely.

Similarly, these gaps and cracks can be great ways for pests to gain entrance into your home. From tiny insects to rodents, you could be inadvertently giving them an easy way in when you fail to replace your old windows and doors.

Replacement windows and doors nip these problems in the bud and ensure that no water or pests can enter and no energy can escape.

Are You Overdue for Replacement?

If your home is struggling with old windows and doors, consider how replacing these can benefit you. To learn more about all the options available to you, check out Hand In Hand Build for more information and inspiration.