Your home, whether you realize it or not, takes a serious beating during the winter months. Even if you don’t notice it, your house, and especially its points of entry, are under constant stress during the long, cold winter. You want to make sure things like the front door are well protected and maintained, so that you extend its useful life as long as possible.
Door replacement services are eventually going to be necessary, but energy efficient windows and doors should last quite a while if properly maintained. Below are some valuable pieces of maintenance advice for your front door this winter.
Tighten and Fix Loose Fixtures
Before the winter really sets in, it’s a good idea to make sure that all of the fixtures and joints on your front door are secure and fitting properly. It is also a good idea to do this a couple of times throughout the winter as changing temperatures, harsh winds and melting ice can end up wreaking havoc on fixtures as time goes on. If you think your door needs to be tightened up, door replacement services specializing in energy efficient doors and windows can come and take care of it for you.
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Weatherproof Your Door
If you talk to any good door replacement service, one of the main maintenance measures they will recommend you take will be weatherproofing your door. This is especially vital if you have wooden energy efficient doors and windows. Your door likely came weatherproofed, but if you have just purchased a home and aren’t sure how old the door is, or can’t remember the last time you applied a weatherproof coating to your current door, it might be a good idea to stop by the home and garden store and pick up something to prepare for the dead of winter.
Check How It Opens and Closes
If you find that your front door is not opening and closing properly at the beginning of the winter, you are going to want to make sure you can fix it before the brutal weather sets it, or if not, you may want to consider getting it replaced. Door replacement services can be called in to do the job whenever you need, and it could end up saving you a lot of money on your energy bill over the winter.
Energy efficient doors and windows are designed to thermoregulate your house better, but if there are large gaps and cracks where your door isn’t sitting flush with the frame, you might end up letting cold air in all winter long.
Keeping your door in good working order all year round is important, and part of doing that is maintaining it throughout the harshest months of the year. Keep the above winter door maintenance tips in mind and protect your door all winter long.