The front entry door is an important part of your home. Being part of your home’s exterior, it will require replacement at some point. So, it’s important that you know the signs that you need a new front door.
Your front door may already be showing signs of old age, such as scratches, dents and a faded finish. Traditional solid wood entry doors may be restored, which in some cases may be the only option if the door is an antique or is a part of a historic property. Modern doors, on the other hand, typically require a complete replacement, especially if it’s made of steel or fiberglass.
If you’ve recently had completed a roof or siding replacement project, replacing the front door is an opportunity to finish updating your exterior color palette. One of the best features of front entry doors is it’s not beholden to the house’s exterior color palette. You can choose one that’s strikingly different from the rest of the house, and it will still look good.
Entry doors need a tight seal between sash and frame to prevent air leaks that result in drafts. If you have drafty entry doors despite having weatherstripping, it indicates the door sash and/or frame may be warped, creating bigger gaps. It isn’t a good idea to leave entry doors in this state as it could allow heat leaks that could result in high utility bills.
It is common for most types of door materials to expand and contract from temperature extremes. Sometimes the door ends up permanently warped to which there are some solutions depending on the material. Wood doors can be planed and refinished. Metal and fiberglass doors can be adjusted or the hardware replaced. Failing all of these solutions, your best option is to have your front door replaced.
The roofing and siding contractors at Blackstone Exteriors offer quality entry door replacement options. Give us a call at (817) 402-5102 (Texas) or (515) 344-1323 (Iowa). You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.