How do you ever really know when the time is right to replace a door? Perhaps updating your doors isn’t the first thing that springs to mind when you’re thinking about making home improvements, however, doors have a lifespan and it’s beneficial to keep an eye out for signs of wear and tear to know when the time is right for a potential replacement. In some cases, a coat of paint may well do the job, but here are a few handy signs to tell when you may need an update.
You can feel a change in temperature
If your home feels significantly colder or warmer than it previously has, the chances are that your doors might be the issue. As the doors in your home grow older and experience the general wear and tear of everyday homelife, the likelihood are they may have become less tightly sealed than when you or the previous homeowner first had them installed; as when the door ages the seals around it can shrink and crack. This can then result in undesirable cold air getting into your home or perhaps warm or cold air (whatever your desired preference from your central heating or air conditioning) getting out. The best thing to do if you are experiencing changes in temperature in your home is to monitor it, feeling around the suspected area. This can also be evident if your energy bills are rising, and replacing your doors may give you back some of the control over the interior temperature of your home.
The outdoor noise getting is louder
If you find yourself being woken up frequently by noisy neighbours or ongoing traffic outside your home, there’s a distinct possibility this could be made worse by the quality or condition of your exterior door. As your door ages, so can the quality of its acoustic insulation. If you choose to replace your door, chances are you’ll notice a pretty immediate improvement in noise levels.
The door is damaged
If the door is damaged, even lightly so, getting a replacement or an upgrade will positively contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal of your home as well as the potential resale value. Even something that may seem as minor as light cracking in the door can get significantly worse over time and mean that the door is structurally tired, which could pose a possible safety concern to you and your family. Other minor damages that can get worse over time include squeaky hinges and if your door scrapes along the floor.
You want to improve the interior design of your property
Although it seems simple, by installing new doors you can significantly increase the appearance (and value) of the inside of your home. Whether you choose a higher quality wood or cost effective material such as fiberglass, you would be surprised how much of a difference choosing a different type of exterior door that features alternative moldings or accents can significantly improve the overall look and feel of your home.
If you are based in Falkirk or the surrounding area and are looking for further information or guidance on getting your doors updated, whatever your style or preferences may be, we can help you find the perfect doors for your home. We understand that it can be difficult to find a reliable supplier for replacement doors but here at Finewood we pride ourselves on quality and reliable customer service. For the best selection of quality doors in Falkirk and across Scotland, please get in touch or call us on 01324673100.