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The front door is the unsung hero of your home. It protects your home from uninvited guests and the elements while doing its’ best to look good and add to your home’s aesthetic appeal. All of this 24 hours a day, 7 days a week without a vacation. Yet, if you’re like many people, you rarely give it the attention it deserves. Truthfully, when was the last time you seriously thought about your front door?

Your front door has plenty of crucial jobs. So, why do so many people keep the same door for years, if not decades? In many cases, they just don’t realize that it’s time to replace it with a new one. To help you decide if now is a good time to replace your entry door, here are a few questions you should consider.

1. Is your front door starting to show signs of wear?

If your front door is weathered, dented, scratched, or even rusted, it is time to start looking at replacing it. Today, fiberglass doors are available in a wide array of colors, finishes, and hardware options. Fiberglass doors can imitate wood without the maintenance costs. Some doors even have the option of cherry, oak or mahogany grain patterns. Decorative or clear glass, as well as decorative accessories, can drastically enhance your curb appeal and give your home a clean, fresh look.

2. Are you worried that you and your family’s safety and security is in jeopardy?

Dents and rusted spots are also signs that your door’s structural integrity may be compromised, putting your entire family’s security at risk. Even more importantly, this is what burglars admit they are looking for when deciding which home to target [1]. It’s also worth noting that burglars prefer wood doors that they can kick in over steel doors that are stronger. Or perhaps your front door looks okay, but you aren’t quite certain it closes and locks properly, you’ll want to start looking at your new options.

3. Do you feel a draft when you walk past the door?

Do you currently have a towel under the door to keep the cold weather out in the winter? Are you adding weatherstripping every 6 months to cover gaps and holes? Does your door feel warm on the inside during the summer? If this is your door, then you need a new one. Fiberglass doors are known for being energy efficient, ensuring you can put your towels back on the shelf where they belong and see a decrease in your monthly energy costs.

4. Do you struggle to open and close the front door?

If opening and closing your door feels like a gym workout, that is a huge sign that something is really wrong with the it. If your front door scrapes along the floor, it’s a good indication that the door is warped or started to sag. This indicates that the door is not structurally sound and if left untreated, can cause even greater problems.

5. Does your door squeak when it is opened and closed?

In some cases, you may be able to fix this problem simply by lubricating the door hinges. If the door continues to squeak afterwards, you’ll want to take action. Besides being annoying it is an indication of a bigger issue. The door will continue to be more difficult to operate and cause problems down the road.

Should you replace your door? If you answered yes to one or more of the questions above, it’s time to replace your entry door. Vinyl Design can provide a great front door that will last a lifetime. Contact one of our authorized dealers today.

[1] https://www.wfaa.com/article/news/investigations/we-asked-86-burglars-how-they-broke-into-homes/287-344367279