Wondering if it’s time to replace your front door? Feeling drafts, looking old, tired of looking at, want to change the look of your home?
Does it Creak?
Do you notice sounds coming from your front door whenever you open or close it? Creaking or scraping sounds can develop as doors age. Over time frames and sills can begin to deteriorate or even rot in some cases if there has been long-term exposure to the elements. Seals, weather-stripping, the sweeps on the bottom of the door, hinges and even hardware can wear out. Each of these can make the door demanding to operate, make it less energy efficient and in extreme cases unsafe.
Are there Dings, Dent or Scraps?
Your front door is one of the main features of your house. It makes or breaks first impressions. It’s also an important component for energy efficiency and safe being. Have a look at the condition, look at the seal on the bottom, the weather-stripping on the top and sides of the frames. Check the sill/threshold, the hinges and the condition of the interior/exterior surfaces. Sometimes all it takes is a fresh coat of paint, and some new parts and voila…things look and work great. If you don’t think that the answer for you get out and have a look at the possibilities are they are virtually endless.
Are There Cracks in the Door or Frame?
Scrapes and scuff marks may not be such a big deal, but when you notice a crack or hole or something worse, it’s likely time to start looking for a new door.
Does it Feel Spongy or Loose when Closed?
If that is the case, it’s also time to start shopping! Since many older doors, their frames, the sill supports, and slabs were made from wood, you may have rot issues. Here’s a tip…take a look at the base of your door frame on each side of the door. If you so discolouration or shading of any sort you may have a problem. You can also place both your feet putting your full weight on the threshold…. If you feel it move while doing so, you have a problem.
There are virtually endless possibilities for doors these days. Traditional wood doors are beautiful but are expensive and require frequent maintenance. Similar looking fibreglass units are available for a fraction of the cost, look virtually identical, require far less maintenance and offer great security and energy efficiency. Steel doors are now available in thousands of different style slabs, a multitude of paint colours, and sizes to spruce up or set a new neighbourhood trend.
If you’ve determined it’s time to make a change Contact us today at Scheel Window & Door to explore your options.