An entry door that sticks, leaks or has cracks isn’t just a nuisance. It can also lead to security issues and increased utility bills. But how do you know if you should keep repairing the door or if it’s time for a new one? There are a few common signs that your front door needs replaced.
If opening or closing your front door requires a kick, a yank or a hip-bump, it probably needs to be replaced. A door that drags on the floor doesn’t just damage your flooring, it could also be warped or sagging, which means the edges aren’t sealing properly. Hinges that squeak persistently can indicate that they’re failing, making it easier for an intruder to force the door open.
Weatherstripping and seals wear out, shrink and crack over time, creating openings around your door where air, moisture and pests can get inside your home. This isn’t just annoying; it’s a waste of your heating and cooling dollars and can lead to further damage. While some drafts can be sealed with new weatherstripping, a leaky door that’s hard to close or has other damage should be replaced.
A visible crack in your door means it’s no longer structurally sound. Not only are cracks an entry point for insects and moisture, they’re also weak points. Dings and rust are also signs of structural weakness, creating a security issue. A door that’s warped can’t fit the frame properly and should be replaced. If your front entry door has double-paned glass, look for condensation or moisture between the panes. This is an indication that the seal between the glass panes has failed, which can lead to mold and mildew in your door.
Thinking about putting your house on the market soon? What message will your old front door send to prospective buyers? A worn, dented entry door doesn’t exactly give off great curb appeal. A new front door will not only make a better first impression, it will also add to your home’s resale value. In fact, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2018 Cost vs. Value Report, replacing an entry door with a new steel door will give you a 91.3% return on your investment.