Your entry door is one of the main sources of outside air into your home, and it also provides a great deal of aesthetic appeal to the front of your home. Like all pieces of your home that are exposed to the outdoors, your entry door can be affected by weather exposure and temperature fluctuations fairly significantly over time. This can reduce the effectiveness of your entry door to keep the outdoors out of your home, and can also have aesthetic consequences as well. Thankfully, there are a few things that you can keep your eye on to help determine when you need to replace your entry door.
Ease of Opening and Closing
If your entry door does not open and close very easily, you likely should look into replacing it with a newer model. This is usually because of water damage or temperature exposure, causing the door to swell in the frame and move less easily on its hinges. Sometimes this is a seasonal issue and will pass once the temperature becomes more moderate, but more often than not it is because the door itself has become completely deformed and needs to be entirely replaced. Beyond simple convenience, a door that does not fit into its frame is more likely to not close properly, letting heat out of or into your home depending on the season and increasing your energy bills.
In a similar vein to the above warning sign, if you notice that there are drafts moving throughout your home, especially in areas near the entry door, your door probably isn't sealing properly against the frame. Sometimes, this is simply a matter of replacing the weather stripping on the door, but in the case of actual damage to the door, you'll have to replace the entire thing.
While squeaky hinges may not initially seem like a cause for concern, they indicate that the door and its associated components are aging and likely are not in great condition. Also, such squeaking can mean the hinges are actually falling off, which means the door isn't properly aligned with the frame and can be easily forced open by intruders, which is a serious security concern. If your door is overly noisy when you open or close it, you should take a look not only at the hinges, but at all the components, including the doorknob, frame, jamb, lock, and the physical door itself to find any signs of damage, age, or wear.
For more information on your options for entry doors, contact a company like Southland Exteriors LLC.