The exterior door is the first thing everyone sees when they visit your home.
They are therefore the very first impression your potential buyers or guests get any time they visit.
When renovating our home, you should never forget the exterior doors therefore. This is the only way to influence your home resale value as well as improve home security.
If in any case you are not planning to renovate your home even though it feels drafty with cracked doors, you should consider doing a replacement.
Steel, aluminum, fiberglass and wood are all popular options and each one of them come with a number of advantages and disadvantages.
Which is a good reason to get a door helper.
However, knowing when or how often to service your exterior door may not always be very clear.
This is because even a door that got serviced yesterday may require yet another service today, again!
It could be as a result of half-baked services, old age of your door, exposure to bad weather such as storms immediately after service, wear and tear or just any time you feel the door’s operation is not up to its standards.
Let’s look at some of the signs that should guide you in deciding how often to service your exterior doors.
1. Rising Energy Bills
It is good to always remember that paying attention to the status of home applications and paying the right bills for the right services is essential to you as a home owner.
However, unintended bill rises should be avoided in order to reduce your recurrent expenditures.
A worn out door with rusted pulley systems means higher energy demands for lifting the parts of the door as well as working against the friction in it.
Any deviation from the standard energy bills should be a tell-tale sign that your exterior door requires professional repair to improve its efficiency.
2. Worn Appearance
As the first impression your guests see when they visit, you should invest in getting the best design and exterior décor for it.
If your door looks rusty, then it is the right time to service it. Exterior doors will wear out due to weather or poor handling.
3. Increased Noise
When the door rolls over the track or moves about the door hinges, it should do so efficiently and quietly.
This will however occur only with well-maintained ad properly lubricated doors. Unbearable noises from your doors are a sign of worn out parts, poor lubrication, damaged parts or excessive vibrations.
4. Sticky Doors
Exterior door may become sticky when there is a problem with the door frame, door rack, rollers or hinge system.
If the issue is your lock system, get a locksmith immediately. Oiling of hinges and rollers can be tries as first aid measures.
However, they are clear signs that your door requires urgent service.