Replacing the doors on a home can be a big project. Many go their entire lives with the same doors on their home. However, this can be a mistake. There comes a time when it’s important to replace a home’s doors. But how do you know when it’s time?
Every part of a home’s exterior eventually wears out and must be replaced. Neglecting this can have negative financial effects in multiple ways. Poorly installed or worn out doors can lead to higher heating and cooling costs. A worn out door also has a detrimental effect on your home’s curb appeal. No homeowner wants to lose money in these ways. It’s therefore a good idea to evaluate your doors once a year to determine if they should be replaced.
Observe the door’s general appearance. If it’s painted and the paint is chipping, fixing your curb appeal could be as easy as a new paint job. There are other more serious potential problems. If your door is made of wood, it could be at risk of rotting. Rotting can be a problem especially in more humid climates, making Florida homeowners vulnerable. If pieces of a wooden door start to flake off, the door has reached the end of its natural life.
When evaluating your door, open and close it. It should easily respond to your pressure on any day regardless of weather. If it doesn’t close securely or gets stuck on humid days, it is likely increasing your energy costs. Another vulnerable area is the weather stripping surrounding the door. The door should fit snugly against the stripping, not allowing a draft or even light through.
When it’s time to replace your door, Indian River Glass can help. The company has a wide variety of options for interior and exterior doors. Reducing your heating costs and enhancing your home’s curb appeal are a phone call away.