Investing in a new exterior door may or may not be a project on the top of your to-do list. For some homeowners, it can be easy to put it off. However, the end result of a door replacement is something that can completely transform the curb appeal of your home and improve the functionality of your entryway. But how do you know it’s time to replace your door?

These five telltale signs suggest buying and installing a new door should be your next home improvement project.

You can feel the outdoor elements inside.

One of the quickest ways to know it might be time to replace your exterior door is if you can feel a draft that brings cold or warm air into your home. While your initial thought might be to line old towels or DIY waterproofing materials into the seams of the doors, you should really consider if those solutions keep your home energy efficient. Weatherproofing resources may help, but if you still feel a draft even after applying them, it’s time to start door shopping.

You struggle opening or closing the door.

If opening and closing the door is struggle, you’ve likely been ready to replace it for a while. The first place to look in this situation is at the gaps between the door and the door frame. Before replacing a door, you may tighten or loosen the hinge screws. If you’ve done that or you can see light from the outside coming in at the top or bottom of the door, you’re also dealing with leaking air. Replacing this can help when opening and closing the door and it will keep your entryway much more secure.

The door is weathered, warped or cracked.

wear and tear on your doors can lead to some serious damage over the years. If your door is made of wood, it’s probably taken quite the beating. Seasonal changes cause a door to expand and contract over the winter and summer months, which in turn causes cracks and warping in the wood. Step back and look at the door to see if light is coming into the room. You may notice stress fractures in the grains of the door, which is a sign that it's ready to be replaced.

Bugs have made your door their entryway, too.

If you’re noticing more unwanted guests like ants and other pests are making their way inside your home, they may be using the same entryway as your friends and family. Double-check that the door is properly sealed if you want to stop pests from entering. If you decide to invest in a door, make sure there is a sturdy steel or aluminum threshold underneath the door. This is not only irritating but pests in the house can also cause damage and bring germs into your home.

You’re just ready for a new look.

Perhaps you aren’t facing any of the above issues. No worries! Sometimes a new look and feel is the most important reason to take on the task of replacing a door. In fact, a new door is a cost-effective way to refresh the exterior of your home without a major remodel. This can be a great opportunity to explore the look and feel you want in your home. And by investing in a new door, you can ensure your door is properly sealed and ready to keep the outdoor elements outdoors!

If any of the reasons above sound familiar, reach out to Hometown for a free consultation.