4 Signs Your Door Needs to be Replaced

The exterior doors in your home serve important purposes functionally and aesthetically. They are the points where you welcome family, friends, and potential buyers into your home. Good doors keep out would-be intruders, and they serve as a barrier between your home and the heat, cold, wind, rain, and snow outside. If your door can no longer be that efficient barrier, it’s one of the signs your door needs to be replaced.

Rather than taking your door for granted, it’s smart to evaluate whether or not your door is really doing its many jobs. By replacing a door that is not performing well, you can save money in utility costs. You can also preserve the condition of your home by protecting it from moisture. Here are some big signs your door needs to be replaced:

1. The Door is Letting in Drafts

Doors become drafty if they were not properly installed in the first place or when, as they age, the seals around them crack or shrink. You can test your doors for drafts in several different ways.

One way is to hold a lit stick of incense and trace the perimeter of the door from inside. If the line of smoke moves, you’ve discovered a drafty spot.

Another way to is to wait until it gets dark outside, turn off the lights in your house, and then shine a flashlight around the perimeter of the door from the outside. If your partner in this task (a person standing inside your home) sees the light coming in, that means air can come in too.

2. Your Door is Letting in Insects

If you have a pest problem in your home, one place you should look for the cause is the doors. If a door is not sealed and fit properly in its frame, it could be an entryway for bugs. If bugs can come in, so can the elements.

3. There is Moisture Between Panes of Glass

If your door has a window with a double pane of glass, look for moisture, mildew, and mold. If you see moisture, it means your door has been compromised and you should think about getting a new one.

4. The Door has Visible Damage or is Hard to Open and Close

If your door has been around for a while, it may be weathered or cracked. It may also be warped, or the hinges may be loose. If your door shows any of these signs of wear and damage, it means the structural integrity of the door may be compromised. If so, the door isn’t doing its job as a secure barrier against intruders. Loose hinges or cracks, especially, can make a door easier to force open.

These are all big reasons to replace your doors. If you think it’s time to replace any of the doors in your home, look no further than Zephyr Thomas Home Improvement. Our ProVia entry doors, storm doors, and patio doors all meet the high standards of the ENERGY STAR program. Getting a replacement door from us can help save you money in heating and cooling costs – and increase the security of your home.

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