Your front door is exposed to the elements year round and is exposed to direct sunlight, wind, rain, ice, and snow. Overtime, the door and its frame can start to wear out and deteriorate. Before selecting your new door, the first thing you need to do is evaluate and detect potential damage.
Simply replacing a door is not always that is needed to give your home a fresh new look. Sometimes the door frame, door jambs, and door threshold also need to be replaced. The easiest way to tell if these areas of the door are worn out is to look for signs of water damage, soft spots, and cracked and broken sections in the wood.
Another way to tell if the door frame needs replaced is to get a level and see if your door is level. If it is off, then this could be a good sign you need a new door frame. In addition, if you have to lift the door to get it shut or it seems like it is leaning, these are good indicators there is damage to the door frame.
Once you have looked for potential damaged and determined what you need to replace, the next thing to do is to measure the door opening. The last thing you want to do is order a door that is either too big or too small. This is also a great time to consider if you want to change the look and design of the front door entry, such as choosing a door with wider sections of glass windows around the new frame.
When shopping for a new door, set a budget on how much you are willing to invest into a new door. Weigh the upfront costs of the new door compared to its long term benefits. Remember to ask you self the following questions, as your answers will help narrow down your door selections and help you select the best one for your home and budget.
- Is the door energy efficient?
- What features are included?
- What type of weather protection is included?
- What is the estimated lifetime use you can expect to get out of the door?
- Is the door already finished or do you need to invest more into paint or stain?
- What hardware and accessories are going to be needed to frame and hang the new door?
- Are you remodeling other areas around the front door, like installing a new doorbell or exterior lighting?
The next thing to consider is the type of materials the door is made from. Doors are made from steel, fiberglass, and wood. If you are looking for a low maintenance door, then it is recommended to choose a fiberglass one as these offer a variety of styles and finishes, are dent resistant, fade resistant, and are energy efficient. On the other hand, if your budget is a bit more restrictive, then choose either a wood or steel door, but be aware there is regular maintenance required to maintain the door’s appearance.
Lastly, after choosing a new door for your home, you will want to get new door locks installed. To ensure you select the most secure locks for your home and prevent damaging your new door, you will want to contact a Mississauga locksmith to choose your locks and get them installed into the door. For further assistance with choosing the best new lock hardware for your new door, contact Bill’s Lock Service today at 905-564-3434 to speak to one of our knowledgeable and experienced locksmiths.