Telltale Signs that Your Exterior Doors Need Attention January 25, 2016 You want to make a good investment in your home. Whether you recently purchased it and have been doing some renovation work or you’ve lived there for a decade or more, at some point in time you need to address the windows and doors. The windows and exterior doors for the home are responsible for 40 percent of the heat loss through drafts. Most homeowners have a tendency to focus strictly on their windows and make a good investment in replacing them at some point in time. It’s recommended that windows be replaced at least every 15 years. Newer innovations, better seals, and new features make newer windows much more effective at saving energy. But what about those exterior doors? Here are a few telltale signs that may indicate your exterior doors need some attention. They are not tight in the doorframe. When you close your front door, does it rattle within the frame? If it does, then that’s increasing the amount of drafting along that doorframe itself. It’s also negatively affecting security. If somebody aims to break into your home when you’re not there, all they would need to do is prop a crowbar in that frame and break open your front door. If your entry doors are not tight within the frame, it’s time to consider replacing them. They are at least 30 years old. Doors are just like windows; they have a life expectancy. If your exterior doors are at least 25 or 30 years old, it’s time to seriously consider replacing them. The sliding glass doors don’t open smoothly. As sliding glass doors get older, dirt and other debris can get built up along the tracks, making it much more difficult to open them. If that happens, you’re much less likely to want to spend time outside in your outdoor living space. If you notice any of these problems with your exterior doors, it’s time to visit Platinum Windows and Doors to see what options are available to help you improve the condition and quality of your home.