3 Signs Your Entry Doors May Need to be Replaced

enrty door could be leaking warm airIf you’re trying to figure out whether or not you need to replace the entry doors for your Toronto area home, it’s not always the easiest thing to figure out. In fact, many people assume that their front door or side door, since it isn’t cracked, the glass isn’t broken, and the handle still works, is still safe and secure.

In truth, your entry doors are the first point of entry for anyone trying to get into your house, including somebody trying to break in. Experienced burglars and other thieves can quickly and easily assess the condition of an entry door and, if they notice it is in poor condition, they will break in that way.

Here are three signs to consider about your entry door.

Sign #1: The handle is loose. If you have an older front door and the handle is loose, you can certainly replace the handle, but that’s usually a sign of excessive wear and tear over many, many years. As a result, it’s likely best to simply replace the entire door itself.

Sign #2: The door is not closing firmly. You might enjoy the fact that you can just lightly push the front door closed and it will latch, especially considering the last home you lived in where you had to push on the front door to lock it tight. However, if you engage the deadbolt and the door is loose in the frame, that will provide somebody an opportunity to get a crowbar or some other tool into the gap and pop the door out of the frame.

Sign #3: It is at least 20 years old. Entry doors installed in an old home usually have a life expectancy of 15 to 20 years. If the front, back, or side entry doors of your Toronto area home are at least 20 years old, then it’s well past time to replace it, even if it seems to be in decent condition. Older doors become weaker and easier to break down.