Your main entry door goes through a lot of wear and tear over time. The traffic that goes through it makes this a normal occurrence. In many cases, the door slowly gives out. It doesn’t stay closed or doesn’t close snugly, it gets stuck or begins to catch on the jamb, the lock won’t work or becomes hard to work, etc. Doors get old, and just like when you’re replacing windows, you need a professional to install a new door on your home.
Winter is the most trying season for many components of your home, including the main entry door. To lessen the impact of snow and the freezing weather on your front entry door, here’s some advice on door (and indoor) protection.
Keep It Closed
It may seem a given, but if you ignore it, your door is likely to fail. Keep your door closed as much as possible to prevent drafts from entering and making your home uncomfortably cold and less energy-efficient. Minimizing the opening-closing of your door also protects it from damage.
Replace Your Door
If your door has seen many winters and is now unable to function properly, it may be time to replace it. Repairing an old door may be effective sometimes but if you want to refrain from constant repairs through the years, it’s better to start looking at replacement doors.
Install a Storm Door
Perhaps the best protection you can get for your entry door is another door; that is, a storm door. A storm door is the best option you have for keeping snow, ice, hail, and wind-blown debris away from your main entry door. It also adds another layer of insulation to keep the drafts out.
Install a Door Sweep
A bottom sweep also protects you from the cold, making your door more effective at keeping the drafts from entering through the gap where your door meets the floor. It may seem like a simple addition, but it can make your home more energy-efficient and comfortable.
At Windows By Toll, we can help you with replacement windows and doors. We also offer more advice on winter-proofing your home. Call us today at (203) 580-9945 and let’s get your home improvement project started.