1. Light Peering Through the Door
Do you always see the light sneaking through the door, especially when approaching the entrance at night? This is a crucial indicator that there are spaces around, between, or under the door and could be the reason for rising energy bills. The gaps, however tiny they are, allow heat to escape and cold air in, forcing the heater to work harder to maintain the set temperature. A structurally sound door closes snugly and is well insulated to prevent any elements from penetrating through. Under normal circumstances, some of these issues can be solved by simply weatherstripping the door. It entails sealing all openings to ensure warm air doesn’t escape, translating to a lower energy bill. This is also important for your external door as it helps keep water and rain out.
A draughty door is a next thing to watch out for after light peering through, especially if the gaps aren’t straight enough to allow light through. Diagnosing a draughty door is relatively easy. In most instances, you should be able to feel a cold breeze by simply standing next to the door. If this doesn’t work, use a light cloth or feather string and hang it on the door. The slightest breeze will blow the yarns or light fabric, indicating a leak. A draft stopper may be helpful in preventing a chill, coupled with proper insulation. Sealing any gaps or cracks within the door almost always does the trick. If this solves the problem temporarily, only for it to arise again, it might be time to start saving for a new door. A draughty door can lead to high energy bills, which puts money in the drain. Simply replacing the door with an energy-efficient one will save you trouble and money in the long run. KJM offers many services and products for your home, such as doors, secondary glazing, and more.
3. It Takes a Lot of Effort to Close or Open the Door
Opening and closing the door shouldn’t be a struggle. Remember how the door was when you first installed it? It shouldn’t lose this functionality even with years of use. If lubricating the movable parts don’t seem to help, it might be time to start thinking of replacing the door. Normal wear and tear, especially worn-out hinges, rusted frames, etc., will cause the door to losing its structural integrity, making it hard to open and close. A simple twist on the door frame, or the door itself, could render it useless. This also compromises its overall strength and durability, meaning a burglar could force its way in without much struggle.
4. Cracked or Peeling Paint
Although most of us will ignore cracking or peeling paint on the door, you shouldn’t. Most doors are specially treated to ensure the paint doesn’t crack or peel. Although you might be tempted to spray a fresh lick of paint to cover the peeled part, it would be best to have someone knowledgeable take a look. Repeated cases of paint cracking or peeling even after repainting is often a sign of internal components failing, making the door weaker than before. It also indicates that the door was neglected and wasn’t maintained regularly with proper vanish, oil, or paint. Peeling paint exposes the door material to harsh elements such as water and moisture, causing long-term damage. Call an expert to inspect the door to determine if it is time to replace it or not.