It creaks whenever it opens, it’s cold inside your house, and there are ants crawling around your floor; if this sounds familiar, then it may be time for you to replace your front door. The front door of your house is vital when it comes to protecting your home and enhancing your curb appeal. In that respect, it’s important that you keep an eye out for the tell-tale signs that it’s time to replace your front door:
If you find it difficult to open and close your door, that’s a sign that your door has aged and needs to be replaced. You’ll likely find the issue worse during the winter months, while it eases in the spring and summer months.
Cracks in and around your door is a sign of poor structural integrity. It can also cause bugs to creep into your home and air to creep out.
Squeaking or creaking
If your door squeaks or creaks as you open and close it, that means the hinges are loose or wearing down. You can try oiling it, but depending on the age of your door, you may have to replace the whole thing.
As you’re walking nearby your front door and notice the air is noticeably warmer or cooler than the rest of your house, that’s a sign that your door isn’t properly sealed and is causing air leakage. This will not only make your home uncomfortable to live in, but it could also cost you (literally) each month on your energy bill.
Scrapes along the floor
When you open or close your door, it should move an inch or so off the ground. If you find it’s scraping the ground, however, that’s a sign that the door is warped and needs to be replaced.
Older doors tend to be made out of wood. As a result, years of water, bugs, and normal wear and tear can cause the wood to rot. To check to see if your wood is rotting, feel around the door to see if any spots are softer than others.
Ants, spiders, or other pests will find any way possible to get into your home, and sometimes it’s right through the front door. If you notice more bugs than usual, it’s likely because your door isn’t closing properly or has cracks large enough for bugs to creep in.
If you notice any of these signs in your front door, then it’s time to get it replaced. At Ivy Lea Construction, our exterior door services can make your home more secure and more appealing in no time. Give us a call today at 716-875-8654 to learn more.