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Entry and Patio Door Replacement: How Does It Benefit You? – Part 1: How to Tell If You Need New Doors

As with many of your home’s exterior components, your entry and patio doors are constantly exposed to the elements. Over time, the damage they sustain could develop into serious problems that may affect both their life cycle and performance.

Are your doors already beyond repair? Then you should consider investing in a better and longer-lasting solution–door replacement. You’ll know your home needs this upgrade if your existing doors are already showing these telltale signs:

  • Obvious signs of damage. These may include scratches, dents, cracks, gaps or holes. The door framing material may be worn, peeling or warped, as well. Exterior doors that have seen better days are unlikely to add points to your curb appeal. In fact, extensive wear and tear on your doors could indicate that the unit has already weakened, which may affect your home’s safety and security.
  • Difficulties in operation. If opening or closing your entry door is becoming a daily workout, then it might be a good idea to get a new one. Sometimes, an inoperable entry or patio door is caused by old and failing hardware–in which case, you need to get them replaced. The underlying problem, however, may be more serious. Your doors may have adjustment or balancing issues. Fluctuating temperatures should also be taken into account because it can cause your units to expand and contract, allowing them to stick or jam.
  • Recurring drafts. Like your windows, doors keep an airtight seal when they’re closed to keep drafts out and keep costly energy in. Old and failing doors, on the other hand, will have cracks or gaps on their frames where air can leak in, compromising the thermal stability in your home. At the same time, heating energy may leak out, leading to significant costs. New weatherstripping is one solution, but not when your doors have already sustained considerable wear and tear.
  • Moisture between the glass panes. Take a closer look at the glass panes in your door. If they have moisture between the panes, it means the seal between the glass has already failed. This makes it easy for water and moisture to seep into the material, forming mold, mildew or rot. You probably already know just how damaging mold and rot can be. Aside from compromising the door’s structural integrity, they also have accompanying health risks.

When your entry or patio door displays these warning signs, then door replacement is the way to go. Just make sure to cover all the bases involved with this project.

Stay tuned for the second installment of our three-part blog, where we’ll take a closer look at the advantages of exterior door replacement and the essentials you should consider.

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