Exterior doors are made to withstand almost anything that Louisville weather can throw at it without have to complete a door replacement. But there are extreme circumstances that sometimes develop that not even the best exterior can withstand.
An exterior door that can’t handle a rainstorm is definitely one that a door replacement needs to be looked into for. The water damage we are talking about here is mainly from flood damage. Whenever any part of your home sits in water you can almost be assured of damages, even parts of your home that are supposed to withstand water to some degree.
If your exterior door does ever end up in standing water, for any period of time, it is a good idea to get it checked by one of our door professionals. They can check your door and the frame around it to see if only certain parts need to be replaced, or if you are going to need a full door replacement.
Damage done by wind can range from insignificant dents to extensive damage to the outside and interior of the door. Damage by the wind is usually from objects being blown into the door, like a tree.
The most significant wind damage done by the wind itself is usually done to screen and storm doors. This is due to the fact that your regular exterior door opens to the inside of your house, out of the wind; and screen doors and storm doors open to the outside of the house right in to the wind.
Once in the wind it is easy to lose your hold on the door, allowing it to go flying against the house or railing; causing glass to break or the door to be bent enough that the door no longer latches or closes properly. In many cases, the damage will be bad enough that the screen door or storm door will require a door replacement.
Many Louisville homeowners don’t think about falling objects, such as hail and trees, causing damage to their exterior door. With hail, rarely if ever, will you have to replace your exterior door. The damage to your door from hail will most likely be just cosmetic damage, but the door itself should still be in good working order.
With a tree, it all depends on how the tree falls. Doors are made to withstand a good deal of force and should have no problem withstanding a tree falling against it, especially since the eve of the house will be deflecting most of the force for the door. In most cases, there will be more damage to the eve and your gutter than there will be to your door.
However, if a large tree comes down and crushes the roof first and then the door from the top, the damage to the door and the frame would be extensive enough to require a door replacement.