4 Signs It’s Time To Replace Your Front Door
December 19, 2016
December 19, 2016
Whether you want to sell your home or simply improve your home for your own enjoyment and personal comfort, timely replacement of old front doors can give your home a physical and economic boost. Although most homeowners realize an old front door detracts from a house’s appearance, worn or ill-fitting entry doors can also let heat escape and let in drafts, increasing energy costs. Here are some tips to help you decide if it’s time to replace the front door of your home:
- Trouble Opening, Closing, and Locking (or Latching). Over time, doors and doorframes can become warped or worn, and hinges may start to sink or bend. Cracks and fractures can also develop in wood or fiberglass doors. Once this happens, the door may stick, have trouble opening or closing, or even refuse to latch.
- Signs of Water or Insect Damage.Once weather or pests cause visible damage to a door, it’s time for replacement. Termites and other pests can damage the structural integrity of exterior doors, and water can cause wood to swell and crack. Don’t waste time trying to repair a visibly damaged door; install a new one for maximum energy savings and security.
- Tarnished or Broken Locks, Knobs, or Hinges. It’s sometimes possible to clean or replace the broken or tarnished hardware without installing a whole new door, but sagging hinges and ill-fitting locks may also impact the structural integrity of the door itself. In those situations, it’s time for a door replacement.
- Dents, Scratches, and Serious Cosmetic Flaws. Replacing the entry door is one of the simplest ways to give your house a facelift, improving its curb appeal and charm. New, clean entrances make houses look more modern and inviting, and can make a significant difference in the way that you – and prospective buyers – feel about your home.
Whether you’re planning to sell your home or simply increase your own enjoyment (and possibly reduce your energy bills), take a look at the entry door for these and other signs of potential problems. If your door is damaged, hard to open, or outdated compared with the rest of your home, you may want to consider replacement, especially before you list the house for sale.
If you want to sell, but don’t want to bother replacing doors, windows, and other old or broken systems in your home, consider selling your house to an investor like 4 Brothers Buy Houses. We purchase homes “as-is,” for cash, and never request repairs before closing. Click here to get a fast, no-obligation quote today.