The entry doors to a home are very important as they not only serve as a protective barrier, but they are a representation of the style of you and your home. Since these doors are so important, you are going to want to make sure that you are well aware of when they should be replaced. To help you with that, you will want to check for the following problems.
There Are Tiny Cracks
Even if the cracks are very small and look to be shallow in depth, it is still important to realize that their existence is a sign that it is time to have the door replaced. Generally, such cracks start to appeared because a door has begun to be exposed to too much weather. It has been soaked with water and excessively dried out in the sun. Wood entry doors will start to develop small cracks that only get worse as more water penetrates the cracks. Instead of waiting until the door looks really bad, you will want to go ahead and work on getting the door replaced now.
It Seems Hollow
Whether this is something that was caused by termites eating away at the inside of your entry doors, or they were simply made with low quality materials and you are just now noticing it, you will want to go ahead and use this as a sign to have it replaced. You will want an entry door to be thick, solid, and heavy. This way, it would be much harder for any criminal to break through it in order to gain entry into your home. Also, if there is a major wind storm, it is much less likely that the wind would be able to cause any significant damage to a heavier door.
There Are Cracked Windows
Some entry doors will have one or more glass windows in them. If those pieces of glass are cracking or becoming loose, you will want to have this issue addressed right away. While you do have the option of simply having the glass pieces replaced, you might want to use this as an opportunity to have the entire door replaced, especially if the glass sections are large enough that someone could punch through them in order to reach through and unlock your door. Security needs to be considered when you pick the design of your entry door.
If you need assistance with the removal and installation of your entry doors, you will want to find a quality contractor that will be able to help you with that.