There’s a reason why many front doors are located smack in the middle of the home. It provides easy access, a clear entry point for guests and brings symmetry to the design of the house. You may use a garage or side door to access your home on a daily basis, but everyone else uses your front door — strangers can even see it from the street! Keeping your front door functioning smoothly and looking fantastic will ensure that every visitor you have to your home will be impressed.
At Window World TX, our entry door installations are energy-efficient and stylish. However, once we leave your home, a few DIY front door maintenance habits can keep your door in great condition for many years to come. Keep reading for more information on the best way to maintain your entry door!
5 Tips For Maintaining Your Front Door
Whenever you’re cleaning your home, it’s pretty easy to forget about the front door. But a few simple steps could make your door last much longer and hold up better against the elements.
Cleaning The Surface
Your front door needs a little TLC every now and then. Luckily, the best way to cleanse it is with old-fashioned soap and water. Using a soft cloth with soapy water, wipe down the surface of the door. You might be surprised by how much dirt, dust and cobwebs form over time. Removing this debris from your door gives it a fresh look and prevents any deterioration caused by long-term exposure to grime.
*Don’t forget about the glass! If your door has glass panes, use a window cleaner to spray and wipe off any dirt or streaks that have formed!
Upgrade The Color
Many homeowners change the color of their front door to match a specific style of home or to make a statement. Another great perk to adding a layer of paint is protection against the elements. Window World entry doors are designed to be durable and resist extreme weather without rotting, warping or twisting. However, a new coat of paint helps the door with fading from frequent sun exposure or even peeling from inclement weather. You can also choose to stain your door to give a deeper wood color!
Service The Hinges
Without functioning hinges, your door might as well be a wall. Take a moment to look at your hinges and adjust any malfunctions. The screws might need to be tightened, the hinges could use a little grease, or they might need to be replaced altogether. This is a relatively cheap maintenance task that will ensure your door opens and closes without a problem.
Assess Your Locks
Front door safety tip: double-check the function of your locking mechanisms! It’s so inconvenient to get a key stuck inside your lock or have trouble securing your home. The easiest way to prevent this from happening is by testing your locks every now and then. Does your deadbolt lock? Is your lock easy to use and secure? Make sure the mechanisms are moving smoothly with some grease or consider upgrading to a keyless locking system!
Replace Your Weather Stripping
Making sure your door has a good seal around the edge is important for several reasons — especially if you don’t have a storm door or screen door as a layer of protection. Weatherstripping keeps bugs and dirt from entering your home and is proven to make your home more energy efficient by retaining heat and cold better.
When Is It Time For Entry Door Replacement?
Unlike solid wood doors, Window World doors are expected to last over 30 years barring any major damage. If your door still seals and locks the entryway of your home, it can probably be repaired. If your door is over 30 years old, has major damage or doesn’t secure your home, it’s time to consider a professional door replacement.
Need Entry Door Services?
Window World TX is your go-to team for door installations and replacements. We can ensure that your front door makes a statement, secures your home and stands the test of time. Contact us today to start your service request!