Front door creaking? Feeling a draft? It might be time to consider replacing your exterior door. Exterior doors take a great deal of abuse, ranging from constant opening and closing to withstanding harsh weather. Check out these tips to determine if it’s time to replace or repair.

  1. Drafts – Drafts indicate faulty weather seals. As the seals age, they shift or crack and allow cold or warm air into your home. To check for drafts, run your hand around the outline of the door. If you feel warm or cold air, your seals may be worn out. Air leaks can have a negative impact on your utility bills.
  2. Sticking – Does your door stick when you open it? A sticking door can mean that it no longer fits within the frame due to wood shrinkage, or a warping door. It can also mean that your threshold is wearing down. If you see light coming through the perimeter of the door, then the door and frame are no longer a tight fit. 
  3. Squeaks – Squeaky hinges can be an indicator of a deteriorating door. Hinge screws can sink within the door because of shrinking, warping or cracking wood. Tightening the hinges can only go so far. At some point new holes need to be drilled, however, eventually the problem will repeat itself.
  4. Splits – Splitting or cracking wood reveals a structurally weak door. This is not a safe option for your family, as it can easily be forced or kicked open. Also, an unsound door will not fit within the frame correctly causing a host of problems.

If your exterior door isn’t functioning correctly, it most likely needs to be replaced. If it is just a matter of a loose threshold, or a small crack, then by all means save yourself some money and repair. However, windows and doors are the main source of air leakage in a home. So, if your door is exchanging cool air for hot and vice versa, then help your utility bills out and have it replaced.