Exterior doors play a vital role in your home’s security, beauty and energy efficiency, which is why they need to be in good condition at all times. Wondering if it’s time to replace your doors? Here are five red flags to watch out for:
The sound of squeaky hinges is one of the most common signs. Although hardware issues are often repairable, they might foreshadow the impending failure of the panels themselves. If your doors are several decades old, it’s probably time to think about investing in replacement doors.
Drifting Door Frames
Hot weather followed by cold weather causes your doors to expand and contract, which can compromise the doors’ structural integrity over time. Sagging doors might scrape the floor and make operation stressful. The constant movement of the material might also lead to cracks, which let warm indoor air out of your home and cool outdoor air inside. Cracks are a sign that your door has reached the end of its service life.
When it comes to sliding patio doors, faulty latches are a major security concern. Upgrading to a sliding door system with a sophisticated locking mechanism is key to keeping your home secure.
Worn-Out Weather Strips
Damaged weatherstripping is bad news. The primary purposes of weather strips are keeping air infiltration to a minimum and denying access to unwanted guests, like insects. Weatherstripping failure is just one more reason to replace your door.
If the insulated glass of your door sweats inside, it’s indicative of seal failure. The fog is impossible to clean, affects visibility (and therefore the view) and serves as a sign of compromised energy efficiency. If there’s condensation between panes, you should strongly consider getting new patio and entry doors.
Discover the advantages of replacing your faulty exterior doors with Renewal by Andersen of Kentucky products. Call us at (859) 629-4649 in Lexington, (270) 215-5825 in Evansville or Owensboro or (502) 716-7264 in Louisville to discuss your door replacement needs.