Will Your Entry Door Survive the Winter Season?

It’s hard to believe that November is here. As we’re enjoying this spooky time of year, we all know what’s coming next. Before long, temperatures will dip below freezing and the chill of winter will settle here in Fort Wayne.

While you’re changing your furnace filter and prepping your home for winter, there is another component you’ll want to think about this season: your entry door. While many homeowners don’t connect their front door with winter weather or even energy bills, the truth is that an outdated door can cost you more money during the coldest days.

If you’re wondering about how your entry door will hold up this season, consider the signs of a failing front door:

 
 

1. Is Your Current Door Builder Grade?

The quality of your door is a big contender when it comes to your door surviving the winter season. This is one of the first—if not the first—question to ask yourself before you replace your door. Different door materials have different life expectancies—and if your door is builder grade, you might be surprised how long the door doesn’t last.

A builder grade door is a lower quality, stripped down version of an entry door. These are often used in newer homes for builders to save money. They typically accompanied with flimsy locks, poor quality glass, and they might even feel clunky when you open and close it.

A builder grade door may last between 8-10 years. Keep in mind that these doors are not a permanent solution for any home, so plan to upgrade when budget allows.

2. Is Your Door Sticking?

A sticking entry door is frustrating, but it’s a sign that replacement may be in order. Over time, an entry door expands and contracts due to weather variations and humidity levels. This causes the doors to bend and warp out of shape, and the result is that they no longer fit within the frame.

Furthermore, a sticking front door can also jeopardize home security. This makes it easier for the door to be kicked in by intruders. Your door should easily open and close without hassle.

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3. Do You Feel Drafts in Your Home?

Windows aren’t the only exterior component that experiences drafts. Doors are subject to drafts as well, and sometimes you can even feel drafts when you place your hand by the frame of the door.

If there is glass on the face of your door, it may allow hot or cold air from the outside to enter through the frames. Poorly insulated doors can also become drafty and increase energy bills.

A new entry door is a great investment for any homeowner, with steel offering a return on investment of roughly 90%. Find out more about our entry doors by contacting us today.

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Chris Jarvis