Needing a new entry door goes beyond the out-of-date style you may currently have and into the more functional, safety and energy efficient realm. Sure, aesthetics plays a part but we offer three other signs that you likely need a new front door. Failure to address these issues could mean you’re spending more money than you should on energy bills as well as compromising your safety.
- Gaps between the door and frame: If you notice a draft whenever you walk by your entry door, gaps could be to blame. This is a natural occurrence over time as your door ages and your house settles. The threshold, frame and door jamb can all contribute to the overall functionality of the door, becoming loose or warped over the years. Leaving those gaps untreated allows heat and cold to get in your home, depending on the season. Those areas also become susceptible to rot because of the infiltration of moisture. You can add weatherstripping to block the drafts as a temporary measure but eventually you will need to consider a whole new door system.
- Chilly air around the inside of the door: Similarly, if the area around your front door on the inside, such as the interior entryway, hallway or foyer, feels extra chilly and you just can’t seem to keep it warm, you may have a poorly insulated door. Generally, steel and fiberglass doors have higher insulating values than wood doors. Today’s modern doors feature tighter-fitting frames, energy-efficient cores, and double- or triple-panel insulating glass to reduce heat transfer, according to Consumer Reports.
- Warping or cracking: Seasonal expansion is par for the course living here in New England. Just like the roadways experience frost heaves, cracks and pot holes with the freezing and thawing cycles, entry doors also suffer from some degree of expansion from heat and cold. As a result, this warping and cracking can compromise the structural safety of your home. Plus, it can allow for energy leakage and reduce the effectiveness, functionality and security of the door itself.
Keep in mind, these are just a few of the signs that suggest door replacement. If you have a question about your existing entry door or are looking for a new one, please call Rescom Exteriors at 508-832-5202. We have a full line of top-quality Bristol entry doors for you to choose from.