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Is It Time To Replace Your Front Entry Door?

Posted by William Nowell on

5 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Front Entry Door

Original story written by: Waunakee Remodeling

Date: March 4, 2019

"Exterior doors play an important functional and aesthetic role for your home. Your front door is one of the first features visitors and passersby notice about your house. To create a lasting impact for first encounters while deterring would-be trespassers, a door should be both appealing and structurally secure. If you have concerns about any of the front door problems listed below, don’t take a chance on your door for another seasonal cycle and get started designing your new door today.

Here are 5 sure signs it is time to replace your front door:

1. Warping: If your door is warped from humidity cycles and age, there’s nothing that can be done to repair the damage. Typically, this is a result of prolonged exposure to moisture, which happens naturally over time. While homeowners often perceive warping as being only a cosmetic issue, the overall integrity of the door may become compromised, as the door substrate may eventually begin to crack or rot.

2. Moisture: Entry doors often have more glass issues than windows because of repeated high-velocity impacts from opening and shutting. If your front door features double-pane glass that has a failed seal, it’s possible for moisture to get trapped in between the layers of glass. Left unaddressed, the moisture can spread to the rest of the fixture, leading to mildew, mold, and ultimately, rot and leakage. While the mold can be cleaned, it typically indicates a problem with the glass seal. In this case, it’s often easier and more economical to opt for a full door replacement.

3. Sticking: When doors stick, it usually means moisture has seeped into the wood frame or the panel itself, causing it to expand. If it feels like a workout every time you open or close the door, you likely need a new one. You may notice the issue becoming more pronounced during rainy days or when the humidity is high.

4. Rust: Your hardware plays an important role in keeping your door secure, so once it becomes compromised, it may be time to consider a newer model. If you notice rust accumulating around the hinges or locks, replacement is essential for maintaining the security of your home.

5. Drafts: Lastly, if you feel outside air making its way inside, it means your entry door is no longer doing its job. Drafts are indicative of a failed seal, a problem that typically warrants a full rough opening entry door replacement. With new door installation, you’ll be able to maintain a comfortable temperature inside your home, and you may also notice your energy bills going down."

If you are planning on replacing your front door be sure to check us out first!  We have a large variety of front doors and we also make custom doors, right here in our warehouse!  You can stop by any time Mon-Sat 9a-5p or call us at 404-965-2993 for more info.

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