Front Door Replacement: What to Know and When to Hire a Pro

Read below for 7 signs you need a new door.
M&M installed entry door with glass insert and sidelights.

Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal with a New Entry Door

You remember to lock it and you place a festive seasonal wreath on it, but do you really look at what’s behind that wreath? Your front door says a lot about your home. It should reflect both your home’s architectural design and your personal taste. It makes a first impression for guests, passersby, and potential buyers. Your entry door’s job is to provide curb appeal, keep the weather outside where it belongs (no drafts and no moisture from rain), to open and close easily, and to keep intruders from entering.

A quality door that has been properly installed and maintained can last for decades. Plus, as stated in Remodeling magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report from 2014, entry door replacement returns more than 95% of the homeowner’s investment and is ranked as the single most cost-effective home upgrade.

Read below for a quick rundown on when you should replace your front door, what types of entry doors to consider for replacement, and why you should hire a professional to install your new entry door.

When Should You Replace Your Front Door?

If you are uncertain about whether your front door needs to be replaced, review these 7 signs that you need a new door:

  1. Drafts – Does your door let in drafts? Check the seals around your front door for drafts. The seals around your door can shrink and/or crack as they age.
  2. Cracks or breaks – Look for creaks or breaks along the doors panels or within its edges.
  3. Squeaky Hinges – There may be a bigger problem than just the annoyance of squeaky hinges. Worn hinges can signal that the door itself is wearing down. Loose hinges mean that your door can be easily forced open.
  4. Exterior Damage – Does your front door show signs of weathering? Are there scratches or dents?
  5. Floor scrapes – If your door is creating scrapes along the floor when you open or close it, this could indicate that your door is warping or sagging.
  6. Plenty of Pests – If you’re seeing more and more pests take up residence in your residence, this can mean that your entry door is no long closing properly allowing insects to enter your home.
  7. Closing and Locking the Door – If you have to go through a lot of trouble to close and lock the door, you need to have your door examined by a professional.

What Type of Front Door Works for Your Home and Your Budget?

There are many options when it comes to finding a new front door that works best for your home and your wallet. The benefits to having a replacement entry door installed include an updated appearance, energy efficiency, ease of operation, and security. Here is what you need to know about the different types of material:

Wood – attractive look and these are typically the most traditional types of doors.

Pros: heavy in feel, high-end look with rich decorative details and glass inserts, they are the least likely to dent, scratches are easy to repair

Cons: relatively expensive, require regular painting or varnishing to maintain their look, direct sunlight can fade them, have shorter warranties than other types of front doors

Fiberglass – significantly more affordable than wood, but equally appealing to homeowners. These doors are available with a smooth surface, or, an embossed wood-grain texture.

Pros: moderately priced, low maintenance, durable, resistant to dents and cracks as well as rot and rust, can be painted or stained to look like real wood

Cons: can crack under extreme impact, maintenance cost increases with composite doors that incorporate wood

Steel – these account for around half the market.

Pros: relatively inexpensive, best for security purposes as they are the strongest type of entry door, deters intruders as well as fire and moisture, most have an insulating foam core which means they are highly energy efficient

Cons: dents are hard to fix and if not treated quickly, scratches may rust

Why Should a Professional Install Your Entry Door?

A home remodeling professional can help you throughout the entire process from selecting the right type of door to the installation. When an entry door is installed, it is imperative that no gaps exist around the frame. These gaps will let the heat inside your home escape. You can tell when a professional did not install a door if there are rough edges, gaps, and if the frame is uneven. If you are opting for a larger door, that means the door framing will need to be redone, which is best left for a professional.

If you think it’s time to make a new first impression with a replacement entry door, call M&M’s professionals today for a free in-home consultation at: 1.800.930.2905. Check out some of the styles and choices you will have by choosing a ProVia door by visiting their website and try out their exterior home design tool.