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Home Improvement  /  March 29, 2020

Should I Replace My Front Door?

You know what they say – you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. And since your front door is often most guests’ first impression of your home, why not make it a great one?

Luckily, replacing a front door is something most homeowners should only have to do once or twice in a lifetime. Though lower-quality materials like vinyl doors may only last around 20 years, steel and wooden doors, if covered properly, can last 100 years or more. But if your front entry doesn’t have an awning or cover, it can shorten your front door’s life to 30 years or less. 

Handyman Connection of Boise can help you install a new front door and even fix the interior and exterior carpentry around the frame. But if you’re not sure if replacing is the right next step, check out the following signs that may mean it’s time to say goodbye to your old front door:

Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Front Door

There’s a Constant Draft

Doors of all materials tend to shrink and expand with the changing seasons and temperatures. Over time, this expanding and contracting can cause the door (and the wooden frame around it) to 

There Are Water Droplets Between the Glass Panes

Over the years, front doors with glass panes can lose the important sealant material that protects the interior of the windows. This can allow moisture between the panes that can eventually develop into mold. Not only is this unsightly, but it can also present a health hazard to your family, and even spread to other parts of your home if left unchecked. Replacing your front door is the best option in this scenario. 

You Notice Large Dings and Dents

Dings and dents are going to happen over the years – but if those imperfections get large enough, they can turn into a nasty crack over time. These cracks can allow moisture, drafts and bugs into your home. If you notice a dent or crack getting deeper and your energy bill getting steeper, consider swapping your old door for a new one.

You’ve Had a Water Leak Nearby

Water damage isn’t just a problem for wood and drywall. If you’ve had a plumbing leak recently near your front entryway, there is a chance that water damage could have compromised your front door. Steel doors are liable to rust, and also tend to have a wood frame interior that can rot from excessive water damage. 

You’ve Hired an Exterminator Lately

If you’ve experienced termite damage (especially near your front door), and have noticed that your wooden front door is feeling less sturdy and solid than usual, it may mean that the bugs ate more than just your studs. Consider replacing your front door so that the entryway to your home is safe and secure. 

Call Handyman Connection of Boise for Expert Door Installations and Carpentry Work

If your front door is no longer keeping your home secure, reach out to the experts at Handyman Connection of Boise. We’re happy to help keep your house comfortable and safe during this time. All of our craftsmen are practicing appropriate social distancing methods and are happy to accommodate any individual requests or needs our customers may have. Call or text us today for a an estimate on your home project.

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