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February 18, 2021
Your entry door serves as the gateway into your home and is one of the first things visitors will notice. It also plays a role in your home’s energy efficiency, security, and overall value, so it’s important to keep your front door well maintained.
Unfortunately, your door is bound to be affected by frequent use and constant exposure to the elements (especially when faced with harsh winters and salty air here in the Portland and Cape Elizabeth areas) and eventually, it will need to be replaced. But it isn’t always easy to tell when the time to call a door replacement contractor has come. Thankfully, there are a few things you can look for when deciding whether your Maine home needs a new door. If you’ve noticed any of these five signs, it’s time to upgrade your door:
Your Door is Warping and Cracking
Doors can warp and crack for all kinds of reasons, from fluctuating temperatures to moisture intrusion. And while a warped or cracked front door may seem like little more than a cosmetic issue for your home, it can actually cause a whole slew of problems. Once a door has warped out of shape, it will no longer open and close properly, which can be extremely frustrating. Warping and cracking can also affect a door’s structural stability, making your home an easier target for intruders. If your door is bent out of shape or has visible cracks, it’s time for a door replacement.
Your Door is Squeaking, Sticking, and Scraping
Does your front door make an awful squeaking sound and scrape against the floor every time you open it? Or do you find yourself throwing your full body weight against the door just to push it open? Squeaky, sticking doors are annoying, to say the least, and can make it a hassle just to walk through your front door. These issues are usually caused by age, but can also be signs of moisture intrusion into your home’s door frame, which isn’t something you want to ignore for long.
Water is one of your home’s greatest enemies and will do anything it can to find its way in. When moisture gets inside your front door, especially if it’s a wood door, mold and mildew growth are almost inevitable. Not only does this look bad, but it’s also a health hazard for your family, and you don’t want it to worsen. Though it is possible to clean and remediate mold, it usually makes more sense to replace the door to prevent mold from spreading further. Doing so will ensure the mold is removed from your home entirely, so you can rest easy knowing your family is safe.
A drafty door will make your home uncomfortable, especially during the freezing winters here in Maine. If you’re constantly rolling up a towel to shove in the gap beneath your front door, there’s a good chance it’s time for a new door. Though a door sweep can provide a temporary solution, the best way to fix a drafty door in your home is to replace it.
A properly sized door will fit in place without any gaps around the bottom or edges, sealing out drafts and helping your home stay comfortable all year long. This will lessen the strain on your HVAC system as it heats and cools your home, which could lead to savings on your energy bills. Air sealing around your new door can also help cut down on drafts and improve the overall comfort and energy efficiency of your home by plugging up gaps and stopping cold air from seeping in around your door.
Bugs and Pests
Flies, moths, and mosquitos are drawn to the light on your porch or above your front door, and when there are gaps and cracks around the door’s edges, they’ll find their way inside your home. Bugs and pests can also get inside the door itself and cause serious damage. Keep bugs outside where they belong by replacing your aging entry door.
The Best Exterior Doors Come From Marvin Doors
If you nodded your head while reading this list, then it’s probably time to have a new door installed. And the first step in that process is finding the best type of exterior door for your home. There are many different kinds of entry doors on the market, but some of the highest-quality options come from Marvin. One of the industry’s leading manufacturers, Marvin makes entry doors that are built to last and offer exceptional durability, energy efficiency, and security. Plus, they come in a wide variety of materials, styles, and colors, so you can design a door that looks beautiful and boosts your home’s curb appeal.
Evergreen Home Performance is proud to be the first Marvin Authorized Replacement Contractor in Maine, and can install your new doors flawlessly to ensure optimal performance and long-lasting value. We are dedicated to helping homeowners across Maine, from Cape Elizabeth to Portland and on up to Camden, maximize their home comfort and reduce their energy consumption, which is why we start most projects with an energy audit. Through this comprehensive assessment, we’ll find out where you’re losing the most energy so that we can provide the most effective solution.