Do you repair or replace your old doors?
If you are living in an older home, you may begin to notice the high traffic parts of your home, and noticing the entry doors are beginning to show wear and tear. Over the years, doors can become troublesome to open and close and become increasingly drafty. So, many homeowners are faced with the question of whether to repair or to replace the entry doors. Although it may seem like an easier solution to repair since it’s already there, you may be surprised to know that replacement doors could end up saving you a lot of time and money down the road.
Energy efficiency is perhaps one of the best ways to save money with a door replacement. By replacing old, drafty doors with new doors that fit properly and contain energy efficient materials, you will be able to stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter; all while using less electricity.
Not only will you be saving money and the environment through energy efficiency, but you will also be increasing the value of your home by replacing the entry doors. Did you know that you can actually increase the perceived value of your home by tens of thousands of dollars from adding a new entry door system?
Knock, Knock: 5 Signs That You Need a New Door
People generally spend time thinking about doors, and as a result, they’re often taken for granted. But, doors have a lifespan, and it’s important to look for signs of wear. Otherwise, that old door may let more in that it keeps out. If you notice any of the following problems, it’s time to start looking for new doors for you home.
- Drafts are a big sign that a door needs to be replaced. When the seals around a door age, they can shrink and/or crack. If you’re wondering why your house gets so cold at night, check around all your doors for drafts.
- Squeaky hinges aren’t just annoying – they’re a cry for help. Maintenance and oiling can only go so far. Hinges that are wearing down indicate that the door itself may not be that far behind and loose hinges mean that your door can be easily forced open.
- If you see visible cracks in your door, you should wait another day to start looking for a replacement. Not only do cracks let in bugs and drafts, but they mean that the old door is structurally weak, which poses a safety concern for you and your family.
- A door that scrapes along the floor or ground when you open or close it should be examined. Old doors can warp or sag, causing damage to your floor every time you use the door. Patio doors that scrape in their tracks should also be checked.
- If you’re finding an excess amount of ants or other pests inside, they might be waltzing in right through your front door! A door that doesn’t close properly anymore can let in insects, which are not only annoying but can also cause damage or bring germs into your home.
Whether it’s your front door, back door or patio door, wear can be detrimental. While drafts and cracks can raise the power bill, structural damage or warping can compromise the safety of your home. If you need to replace an old lock or you need an entirely new door, we can help. We specialize in doors, windows, and roofing in the South Jersey area. We can assist you in finding a new door that’s secure and compliments the style of your home.