Dutch DoorYour front door says a lot about your home, and you not only want to make sure that it’s inviting, but you also want to keep it in good working order. Ideally, you should be inspecting your front door at least once a year to evaluate its operational capabilities. You will also want to make sure that it is providing good energy efficiency as well.

Most front doors will last for several years. At a certain point, though, you will need to replace it. How do you know when it’s time for you to take that step and buy a new door? Here are some signs to look out for:

How to Inspect Your Front Door

  • Check the overall appearance of the door. If you have a wooden door, look for obvious signs of wear, such as rotting or warping. For steel doors, you will want to look for rust spots or dings.
  • Open and close your door on a dry day. Repeat the process on a wet, humid day as well. You will want to be sure that all parts are operating smoothly. If the door does not close securely or fit tightly when the weather is humid, it is probably leaking air when the weather is dry.
  • Take a look at the weather stripping around the sides of the door. Pick a bright day and stand inside the front door. Look for daylight flowing through the door perimeter. If you see daylight coming into your home, then external air (and moisture) is likely entering the house in the same manner. It’s a sign that your weatherstripping may have lost some of its compression, has become cracked, or is simply worn out.
  • Touch the door on both hot and cold days. If you are able to determine what the exterior temperature is from insider your home, the door may not have adequate insulation. You may want to consider upgrading it to an Energy Star qualified model instead.
  • Carefully examine the locks to make sure that they operate smoothly. You’ll want to ensure that they will protect your home as well.