We tackled the signs that your door needs to be replaced, as well as the material choices you have for replacement in the first two parts of this series. Today, we cap off this post with a rundown of the important considerations every homeowner should be aware of, after the door has been replaced.
An entry door replacement does not end with the installation. If you want to make the most of the investment, there are some things that you should consider after the project.
Doors must be inspected at least once a year to make sure that they are working well. Check for physical signs of damage on the frames, jambs, thresholds, panels, and other components, as well as opening and closing mechanisms. Also check the condition of the caulking or sealant; broken or cracked caulking can lead to the premature failure of the doors. Check, too, whether your drainage system or sprinkler system is exposing your doors to possible water damage.
Some door materials require more maintenance than others, but it is nevertheless recommended to routinely check whether yours – regardless of the material – needs something done. Steel doors, for instance, may be coated with touch-up paint to maintain their look and prevent deterioration. Interior finishes and paint should be retouched whenever necessary to maintain their protective features.
Hiring a Professional
If you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your doors are well-inspected and well-maintained, hiring a professional is the way to go. Door contractors possess specialized knowledge that is critical to spotting problems – especially if they are not so obvious to the untrained eye – and, more importantly, taking care of them before they get bigger.
A professional eye will also be able to guide you into choosing an entry door material and style that is a good fit for your home and your energy requirements. If you need, say, extra insulation, an installer or contractor can walk you through the ideal options. If you find that you need your door equipped for something well after it has been installed, a contractor can also help you make the necessary changes.
Lastly, a door professional can help you secure a good warranty program, especially if his or her company has a partnership with a trusted door manufacturer. So when your doors encounter issues after installation, your warranty will cover the expenses and technicalities required in its repair or replacement.