Keep your front door looking great and operating properly during the colder months. Follow these tips to keep the cold air out and protect your door from the elements of winter.
Start by examining the exterior of the door. Look for any damaged or weathered areas. A small area could be cleaned and a wood filler product used to patch it. A professional should be called to evaluate a larger damaged area, as ice and snow could cause further problems.
Check for leaks. A clever way to do this is to wait until nighttime. In the dark, shine a flash-light from the outside in. If you see light peeking through at various spots, you have some areas that need attention.
Weatherize your door. If your door did not pass the leak test, let’s get that fixed. Applying new weather stripping is a cost efficient way to prevent warm air from escaping. You can also use clear caulk to fill in small areas. Always make sure you are starting with a clean work surface, so your new repairs adhere well. You should also examine your threshold. Over time it can get flattened or dented. This is also an easy replacement that can help deter cold air from creeping into your home.
Replace an old screen door with a storm door. Today’s storm doors are a great first defense against the elements. Not only do they provide an extra layer of insulation, but they also add security and increase the curb appeal of your home.
Check your doors hardware. Examine and tighten any loose screws. Check all your locks or deadbolts and make sure they are in working order. When you close your door is there a solid latch or do you find yourself pushing just a bit harder to get it shut? If you live in a high humidity area, your door may swell during the summer, then come cooler weather, it may not fit as tight as it once was.
If you find that your front door, or any door in your home is in need of something more than a simple fix, please call our office. We want to see that your home is warm and cozy all winter long.