Do You Need A New Door? How do you know if your door actually needs to be replaced? After all, most folks aren’t made of money.

Here are three signs it’s time to lay down the dough for a new entry door:

1 Take a look at how your entry door(s) functions, does it open and close seamlessly, or do you notice it sticking or large gaps perhaps? While a simple adjustment might be enough to remedy the problem, in most cases sticking is due to an even larger issue – warping.

Warping is a major problem, especially for doors made of wood. When exposed to extreme weather conditions, doors expand and contract, causing eventual warping and gaps between the door and the threshold. Gaps cause your home to leak cool air in the summer and heat in the winter, running up your energy bill.

2 How are the aesthetics of your entry door? Is it cracked, dented, rusted or otherwise damaged? Some doors simply require a bit of maintenance, whereas for others the damage is far more serious.

Your door has to battle the elements on a daily basis and is exposed to heat, cold, sun, humidity, wind, etc. Most doors will need to be replaced eventually; if yours look like it’s seen better days, don’t put it off any longer.

3 There are other components besides the door itself that can become damaged over time. The threshold, frame and door jamb all contribute to the functionality of your entry door and these too can become loose or warped.

These pieces are also susceptible to rot, yet another problem inflicted by the elements. While it is sometimes possible to replace only one of these parts, more often than not you will end up having to replace the entire system, costing you more money in the long run versus the initial investment.