5 Signs You Need a Door Replacement

Updated: Jan 22

Based on general wear and tear, the average homeowner should expect to schedule a front door replacement every 30 years. That could involve the door itself, as well as the frame, hinges, handles, and locks. There are several signs that the time has come - read on to discover five of the clearest. When it comes time for a door replacement, contact the experienced professionals at Budget Windows & Doors - we take great pride in our work and place special emphasis on customer satisfaction.

5 Signs It's Time For A Door Replacement

1. Visible damage on your door

Dings, dents and peeling paint may seem like easy fixes, but small issues with your front door can lead to bigger overall problems in your home if not taken care of.

Much of this is due to the age of your door. If your home is over eight years old and still has the original builder grade doors, then you are a prime candidate for a replacement. Builder grade doors are typically low-quality, stripped down products. The term comes from the fact that many builders and developers purchase low-end doors to use in new developments and as a way to save themselves thousands of dollars.

Replace your builder grade door with something more durable.

Old doors may be made of wood that is now rotting or deteriorating. Steel door frames could be rusting due to poor rust protection applications.

Visible damage on your door suggests its integrity may be compromised, leading to the next, more specific problems on this list.

Visible damage on your door suggests its integrity may be compromised

2. It's difficult to open and close your door

A door that sticks, jams or scrapes against the frame whenever you open or close it is only going to become more difficult to use over time. If your door is difficult to open and close, it may be time to replace it. 

Why does this happen? Over time, expansion and contraction causes doors to absorb and release moisture, and they tend to bend and warp out of shape. Living in Ontario adds another dimension to the expansion and contraction in that we experience fluctuating temperatures and regular freezing and thawing.

Home safety can be jeopardized as well. When contracted, it's easier to kick in a door or bust through a poor locking system. A new, smoothly opening and closing front door will ensure the safety of everyone in the home, and you can't put a price on that.

Your front door should open and close smoothly.

3. You're experiencing a draft

A faulty front door can be a real energy sucker, and can result in unexpected increases in your monthly energy bill. If you can you see daylight around the door frames, or you can actually feel a draft coming from the doors, you're in need of a door replacement.

A drafty door will not only increase your monthly expenses, but can lead to illnesses and allergy flare-ups within your family. New doors are Energy Star® rated, providing you with an energy efficiency guarantee.

A faulty front door can be a real energy sucker

4. Moisture buildup between the glass

If you have a door with a window or larger panes of glass and they're getting foggy or there's visible moisture buildup within, that's a problem. This issue generally arises when you have double or triple-pane glass and condensation gets trapped between your windowpanes as a result of an opening or hole that is barely noticeable to you.

A regular double-pane window is not as efficient as an air-filled one. So once it begins to leak, you should consider a door replacement, as the moisture will compromise the integrity of the entire door.

Once moisture is visible on door windows, consider a replacement.

5. Outdated appearance

A door replacement is a quick and cost-effective way to refresh the look of your home without a major renovation. Your front door is a focal point of your home, and an upgrade means instant curb appeal.

Today’s doors are built with durable materials and insulation, which are integral to eliminating drafts, keeping glass clear, and reducing street noise - plus they look amazing too!

For further reading, be sure to check our article on "When Should You Replace Windows and Doors?"

A stylish, functional door not only shuts out weather and holds in home energy, it increases your home’s value.

Need a door replacement? Trust Budget Windows & Doors, Kitchener

Budget Home Windows & Doors is pleased to be your source for all your window and door needs in the Kitchener area. We ensure our services are tailored to meet your requirements. 

We pride ourselves on our experience; we've seen it all, and we will recommend the right solution to maximize the value you get from your home improvement dollar. Backed by superior quality products, service and knowledge, we are able to deliver flawless results time and time again.

Budget Windows & Doors services Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph, Stratford and surrounding areas, our success stems from the quality service we provide with every job completed. After all, that’s why our customers keep coming back and referring us to friends and family.

For a no obligation estimate, contact us today!

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