Your front door is the first thing people see when they come to your house.
That’s why it’s important you keep your front door in good shape – or maybe even consider replacing it altogether.
Here are the 10 things you should look out for when thinking about replacing your front door…
1. Is there space around the door?
Space around the sides of the door and underneath is a bad sign in general, it means the shape of the door has warped with age, damage, or even bad fitting.
If there is space around the door, water can get inside, along with insects, and possibly rodents in extreme cases.
It can also let in draughts and unwanted noise.
You can fix door space by applying weather stripping, but weather stripping still needs to be replaced after a while.
We recommend that you invest in a brand new door instead.
2. Are there dents in the door?
If your door is less sturdy than others, dents will be common occur over time and use
With these types of doors, light impacts like using your shoulder or knee on the door can cause surprising amounts of damage.
At the end of the day, these types of doors are simply cheap and low quality.
We recommend upgrading to a stronger type of material for the door, like composite or aluminium.
3. Is there peeling and splitting?
If the timber of your front door is old, it’s probably prone to splitting and pealing.
The wood will warp, split, and crack, and the paint will start to peel.
Looks aside, splitting and peeling can result in water damage, which can cause rot and the door to expand and damage the frame.
4. Is the door rotting?
Once moisture does get inside the door, everything goes downhill.
The wood will rot and start to seriously deteriorate from inside out, becoming unstable, dangerous, and a risk for security.
If you have water damage in your front door, we recommend getting a new door with higher quality timber or a door constructed from uPVC.
5. Do the hinges squeak?
Most people think that squeaky hinges are a small problem and just a nuisance, something is easily fixed by applying lubricant.
This might be the case, but it’s an overall sign that the hinges are old and malfunctioning.
Thieves are opportunists, and they might even identify the hinges as a major weak spot that they can break and then gain full access to your home.
6. Is the lock functioning?
We don’t have to tell you that a secure lock is absolutely vital for the security of your home.
One thing you might not know, however, is that some lock and door combinations aren’t a good match.
This might be the case if you find the lock keeps breaking, and it’s often the case for old doors.
We can advise you on whether you need a new door or not, along with advice on the newest locking systems.
7. Is the door hard to open?
If your door is hard to open, it could mean that water has gotten into the frame, which is a sign of future deterioration.
Maybe the door has always been hard to open, and now it’s getting worse.
The door was probably fitted poorly, or it could have been the wrong type of door in the first place.
8. Can you feel a draft from the door?
On cold or windy days, you might be able to feel a draft from the door.
Don’t underestimate the impact of a cold draft in regard to the overall temperature of your home.
The cold air can drastically reduce the temperature inside, not to mention letting warm air out as well.
We’ve already talked about the potential of spaces around the door, but there’s also the possibility that the door’s material is not good enough and is letting air through and heat out.
In both cases, it’s best to get a new door.
9. Is your door window single glazed?
If your door has a window, check if the glass is single or double glazed.
Single glazing is now extremely outdated and is no longer efficient for insulation.
Save on your heating bills by either replacing the glass or by getting a new door.
10. Is your door attractive and fashionable?
The last sign on our list might not apply to everyone, but we think most people will care a lot about the style of their door.
After all, the front door is the first thing people and see and a major focal point of the house.
Colour fading can be common in front doors, along with dents and general damage.
If your door just needs a fresh coat of paint, then go ahead.
For other cases, we recommend a brand new door.