These days, front doors don’t get the same use as they used to. Side doors and garage doors have become our main entry points for our homes. Even though they aren’t getting as much use, it doesn’t mean they won’t need replacing sooner or later.
You might have forgotten to inspect your front door when you moved in or are looking for a little change. Regardless of the reason, learn how to tell when it’s the right time to invest in a new door.
Wearing It’s Age Well
When you bought your home you inspected the pipes, the floors, and even the lighting, but looking at the doors might not have been high on your priority list. Depending on the age of your home, you might need to look into replacing your door with something new and improved.
Many older homes or houses built in a suburb include builder grade doors. This refers to the specific grade of the door that used in the build of the home. Builder grade doors are low cost, but also low quality, coming at the expense of the homeowner.
Knowing the age of your door is very important because older doors could actually be very energy inefficient, costing you even more money at the end of the day. Whether it be through the warping of the wood or single-paned glass windows, your old door could be more expensive than you think.
Judging a Book by Its Cover
While the appearance of your door is considered an eyesore to you and your guests, it can also compromise the structural integrity of your home.
One thing to look out for on your door is the presence of rust. This could be a sign of decay within the door and can also be an indicator that there is a moisture problem. Since rust is one form of decay, it will break down and deform a variety of materials, such as the iron in your front door.
While rust is one matter, the dings and dents in your door are less a show of character and more signs of a safety hazard. If you bump into it or try to kick it open when your arms are full then immediately see a huge dent, it might be time for a new home door. Something that should be protecting you, might be one of the most unsafe things in your home.
If your door is covered in rust plus a few dents, marks, and dimples, your door might have moisture causing warping and disfiguring of the frame.
Now You Hear Me, Now You Don’t
Your home should be your own space that protects you and keeps the outside world just that, on the outside. Older homes were built using doors that aren’t as structurally sound, hence allowing quite a bit of noise to come through. These days, manufacturers offer many different materials that hit every part of the cost spectrum no matter your budget.
Utilizing impact resistant glass and layers of durable materials, these doors offer homeowners a multitude of benefits. Design these days focus on a solid interior with multiple layers, making it easier to protect your home from outside sound. You’ll find that thicker doors are able to keep out more sound because of their density.
The material of the door is beneficial but is not the only contributing factor when keeping outside sounds, outside. Both glass and material can contribute to storm-proofing your home. Thicker glass and more dependable door materials also assist in helping the security and energy efficiency of your home.
If you’re still on the fence about replacing your door, it’s important to know that outside noise and disturbance can be reduced by up to 40% simply by installing an impact resistant front door.
Here Comes the Sun
It might seem expensive to replace an exterior home door, but imagine replacing couches, curtains, or other fabrics thanks to sun damage. This can easily be prevented by investing in a door that utilizes UV protection materials.
If you are the owner of a home that is older or has been built using outdated materials, you may find yourself in a situation where the sun comes streaming in, full blaze every afternoon, damaging your home furnishings. Older doors were built without those important UV-blocking technologies and can only block up to 95% of sun rays.
Another benefit of UV-blocking glass inserts, besides protecting your furniture, is reducing heat throughout your home. If you live along the Gulf Coast, this is especially beneficial since you’re living in direct sunlight and heat for the majority of the year. You’ll be able to reduce heat during the summer and increase heat retention inside your home in the winter. If that’s not the best of both worlds, I don’t know what is!
New Door, New You
While a new door doesn’t feel like a major life decision, there are a lot of factors to consider when making this change. It’s almost like giving your home a facelift without the rest of the work.
Replacing your front door is one of the best investments you can make that will dramatically increase the life and value of your home. Now that you know what to look for when replacing your current front door, learn about what you should look for in your new door that’s sure to catch the eye of any passerby!
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